A photo streetscape of Camberley High Street

The previous article on the Streetscapes photographic exhibition in Camberley, from 2nd-6th August, reminded me of the photos I took recently of Camberley High Street.

My photos were taken on the Saturday of the Camberley Carnival, where the High Street was devoid of vehicles, My photos my not be of the quality for an exhibition, but they are a record of the High Street in June this year.

An exhibition of photography in Camberley

I found out about an exhibition of photography in Camberley earlier this year, can’t recall how I learned about it. I subsequently visited the exhibition and reported on its recommended photography tips.

The exhibitions are organised by The Photographic Angle, which is a charity that holds free exhibitions across the country transforming otherwise empty spaces into temporary galleries. It promotes education of the public in the art and science of photography, by staging exhibitions, and by working with professional, student, and amateur photographers. [Click on image to enlarge and to link to the website]

The latest Photographic Angle exhibition in Camberley is of Streetscapes, from 2nd to 6th August at Building B, Watchmoor Park, Camberley, GU15 3YL. It’s open from 10.0 am to 3.00 pm. If these days are inconvenient, then the exhibition is on this week from 26th to 30th July at Greenwood House, London Road, Bracknell, RG12 2UB, again from 10.0 am to 3.0 pm.

Le Tour Day 20: My thoughts

Take a bow Tim. At long last a prediction of mine becomes fact. Yesterday’s stage 19 of the Tour de France was won by Edvald Boasson Hagen.

It was a quiet ride for the main protagonists, and the jersey holders, resulting in no changes to to the leaders positions. Meanwhile the breakaway group split with nine riders remaining for the last 10 kilometres or so, and that became a thrilling tactical battle. With Edvald Boasson Hagen in this group of nine  the motivation to cross the line first was his two second places in earlier stages, and that his team hadn’t had a stage win.

My thoughts for stage 20,

  • Stage 20 is a time trial, a discipline in which Chris Froome excels. Though with a lead of less than 30 seconds over his two main rivals, he can’t afford any mistakes. Froome’s advantage is that he’s the last to set off in the time trail, and will know what he has to do to win.
  • Chris Froome doesn’t have to win the stage, he just has to beat Bardet, Uran, and Aru.
  • I think Froome will try hard to win the stage.
  • Will he do it and win the tour? Yes, he will.

Le Tour Day 19: My thoughts

I’m a bit late with this, as had a Friday morning meeting. Never mind, I watched an absolutely riveting stage 18 of the Tour de France on ITV4 yesterday.

Gosh, I’m improving in my predictions. Stage 18 turned out pretty close to my thoughts. Yes, there were breakaways, though not that resulted in a stage win. The leaders of the tour stuck together right to the finishing line, with Romain Bardet coming across the line at the same time as Chris Froome. The loser on the stage was Fabio Aru,

It was a stage where Chris Froome could be said to have won the tour, as none of his competitors claimed the tour lead from him, and Saturday’s stage 20, being a time trial, is one where Chris Froome is the best in the Race.

My thought on stage 19,

  • There’ll be breakaways as this is the last stage where teams without a stage win to date can try for that win.
  • I still think Team Sky will want to control the race, maybe even releasing Mikel Landa to claim a podium place – difficult, but a reward for efforts ton the tour to date.
  • The major candidates must be Michael Matthews, a two stage winner so far, Andre Greipel whose team desperately needs a win, and Edvald Boasson Hagen who’s been very close to stage wins.
  • So, who? A sprinter for the win, and therefore Boasson Hagen is my pick.

Le Tour Day 18: My thoughts

Who knew that an uphill cycling race stage would be so exciting. Yesterday in the Tour de France the handful of leaders battled it out to gain time over their rivals. Some succeeded, some not.

The winner in yesterday’s brutal mountain stage was Primoz Roglic, an unheralded rider who raced solo up the final mountain and crossed the finish line over a minute ahead of the race leaders.

The race is now between three riders, Chris Froome the race leader, and two joint second place riders, Rigoberto Uran and Romain Bardet. The previous second place rider, Fabio Aru, lost time, and is now fourth.

My predictions yesterday weren’t too far out. But then we’re into the final stages of the race so one would expect the leaders to show.

My thoughts on Stage 18,

  • Today is the defining stage of the tour, where any weaknesses will be uncovered. The mountain top finish on a huge climb means that significant time can be lost or gained. See the stage profile below to see how harsh.
  • Chris Froome is my choice to remain the tour leader, though by what time margin I can’t imagine.
  • Maybe there’ll be a breakaway again today, though I can’t see anyone doing what Roglic did yesterday. Therefore, the finish will be like stage 17.

Discover the Thames Basin Heaths circular walks

When at the Bisley Strawberry Fayre this year we stopped by the Thames Basin Heats Partnership stand, and picked up some leaflets. Below is the inside of one of the leaflets.

The other, more extensive leaflet, was in fact a 24-page booklet. In which were described 44 circular walks in the Thames basin heaths across Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire. You can discover details about each site at the Thames Basin Heath Partnership website. They’ve also a Facebook page HERE.

The sites in Surrey Heath and nearby are:

Doreen Tipton on the black country flag

I’m sure you’ll know of my links to the black country in the Midlands, if not, look HERE or HERE.  It’s hugely disappointing to learn that the Black Country flag has been portrayed as being racist. It’s discussed in the local newspaper, the Express & Star HERE.

Of course, saying the flag is racist is absolute bunkum. The chain in the flag relates to the past chain making industry in the black country. The black in the flag relates to the coal and black smoke from the iron foundries and steel works, as is the red from the flames emanating in these processes.

I love that black country comedienne makes light of this. It made me smile.