November 13, 2012
Holiday Huffing, Just For Fun
Harry Potter, Hogwarts, Little Girl Giant, Liverpool, North West, Scaffolding, Sea Odyssey
Scaffolding in various forms has been around ever since man first starting building large structures that created the need for it. From simple frames with wood tied at right angles through to the complicated precision engineered system scaffolding in use today.
But it isn’t only employed in the construction and repair of buildings.
Due to its versatility, scaffolding is used in hundreds of other applications from a self-employed plasterer trying to reach a 12ft celing through to stage rigging and seating platforms.
Spot The Scaffolding
The following are a couple of examples spotted on my travels around the UK this year.
How about being used as a frame to hold the set for the Great Hall at Hogwarts as witnessed at the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour.
Or as a platform on the moving rigging used to animate the giant uncle in a Sea Odyssey as witnessed on the streets of Liverpool earlier this year?
Very impressive, eh?
One of the more common alternative uses for scaffolding in the scaffolding industry is for temporary structures.
Examples of such include:
- Temporary Roofing – A weather proof covering that helps to keep new works or an existing structure dry whilst work is completed, perhaps during an extension or following fire damage.
- Virtual Buildings – A temporary roof and saffolding walls covered by sheeting that can be used to create a temporary waterproof indoor work or storage area.
For more insights into the fascinating world of scaffolding, take a look at my previous posts: Does that scaffolding meet EU regulations? / Holiday Scaffolding II
April 19, 2012
Holiday Huffing, Just For Fun
California, Giant Sequoia, Leylandii, Trees
Not been on for a while, so this is just a quick one. Pause. Wonders how many blog (and real life diary) entries worldwide start with such a line. If I had a pound…
Just got back from a holiday to Vegas and California and thought I’d post a photo from my travels.
Sequoia National Park
The photo in question is of trees, but not just any trees, bloody big trees! Giant Sequoias in fact. Now, these aren’t the biggest in the world, but they’re quite close to ol’ General Sherman himself within Sequoia National Park.
Need a reference for size? The tiny dot waving from the bottom of the middle tree is my wife who is 5′ 10″ tall.
You’d always be able to find your way home drunk with one of those at the end of your driveway. Would certainly put arguments over leylandii into perspective.
And there we go, short but sweet…
January 4, 2012
Just For Fun, Musically Challenged
Driveways, Driving, Music, Song Titles, Songs
So we’ve tried writing serious and interesting blog articles (particularly proud of This time next year Rodders, I DON’T want to be a millionaire…), but the ones that seem to be most popular are the throwaway fun ones.
So, as Rock (mostly) songs with the word ‘fire’ in the title… enjoys a top 10 Google ranking, let’s have another go with ‘Drive’.
- (You Drive Me) Crazy – Sugarcoma
- Baby Can’t Drive – Slash
- Baby Driver – Simon and Garfunkel
- Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away) – The Deftones
- Cemetery Drive – My Chemical Romance
- Concrete Driveways – Northern Cobblestone
- Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro
- Don’t Drive My Car – Status Quo
- Drive – R.E.M.
- Drive – Incubus
- Drive – The Cars
- Drive All Night – Bruce Springsteen
- Drive By – Body Count
- Drive My Car – The Beatles
- Drive-In – The Beach Boys
- Drive In Show – Eddie Cochran
- Five State Drive – Less Than Jake
- I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar
- Interstellar Overdrive – Pink Floyd
- Jerry Was A Racecar Driver – Primus
- Midnight Drive – Mary J. Blige
- Moonlight Drive – The Doors
- Mr Cab Driver – Lenny Kravitz
- Ocean Drive – The Lighthouse Family
- Piledriver Waltz – Arctic Monkeys
- She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals
- She Drives Me Wild – Michael Jackson
- Shut Up And Drive – Rihanna
- Venus in Overdrive – Rick Springfield
- You Drive Me Crazy – Shakin’ Stevens
- You Drive Me Nervous – Alice Cooper
Did you spot the fake?
Or will you cut and paste it for your own list without checking? I’ll be Googling later to find out…
And the best?
A couple of good ones in there, but not as many rock songs as you might expect considering rock music is always used on ‘Driving Music‘ albums.
So let’s go for a glam rock classic from the very sexy (but slightly manic) Suzi Quatro:
Serious posts to follow at a later date with no obligation to watch. Just click that Stumble button and off you go…