Sunday, August 30, 2009

PM Life Saver

Picture by Ian Macnicol
A lifesaver wearing a Gordon Brown masks jogs along the beach. Oxfam is calling on the Prime Minister to be a lifesaver and lead the way on climate change ahead of UN climate talks in Copenhagen. TheTamshee: reckons that our PM has already used up his 9 lives

Trifid Nebula

Picture by Universal News & Sport
Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory have captured a new image of the Trifid Nebula, showing just why it is a firm favourite of astronomers. This massive star factory is 5500 light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Man "U" versus Arsenal

TheTamshee says: the red devils pass there first big test of the new season with a Rooney penalty and a Abou Diaby own goal. Magic Giggs,y takes a free kick from the right side and incredibly the Arsenal man nods the ball into his own net. United 1-0 down at half time to a Arshavin strike, turned things around in the second half with a all out attacking game. Final score 2-1 to Sir Alex's never say die battlers. Click the title link for full match report curtosity of Giles Mole, scribing for the Telegraph.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Esbjerg Water Tower

The Old Water Tower was built 1896-1897 on a Bronze Age burial mound above the newly constructed harbour. Since the tower is built upon at the height of the city, facing the sea, it soon became the landmark of Esbjerg. TheTamshee says: the troops on board the NBW could see the water tower in the near distance but due to shore leave restrictions we were only aloud to stroll the harbour area.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Balvenie Castle

TheTamshee: scans the photo albums and thinks back to quality family time at Balvenie Castle. Click title link for all the history.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Noble Kolskaya

TheTamshee: has been off the net for some time now, contract finished with Maersk. Towed the rig to Esbjerg harbour for installation of new Molde type crane and some maintenance.
Promised the Rob-Meister that i would send a picture so he could build a leggo Oil Rig. This is not the NBW, it is the Kolskaya, previously managed by Noble. Finally made agreement with Skyline today to supply Wi-Max to the rig should be up and running in the next few days.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Maersk Transporter

TheTamshee says: Lead Tug Maersk Transporter approaches Fwd Bow for hook up of the towing pennant.

Stalked By A Mistle Thrush

TheTamshee: is keen to get up close and personnal with the birds of prey but on my recent visit to the Trossachs Holiday Park outside Aberfoyle, I was stalked by this Mistle Thrush -which followed me home to take up residence in the Swift Speedbird.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Spitfire @ Edinburgh

TheTamshee says: these photo's are for the Rob-Meister.

Offshore Denmark

TheTamshee: returns to Esbjerg, Denmark today. It transpires that Maersk has released the NBW early. We will depart to esbjerg harbour for installation of new Molde type 80 ton crane on the 7th August, weather permitting. Contract tender negotiations are ongoing with Maersk but no conclusion expected before end of month.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mither Tap @ Bennachie

TheTamshee clan: set out today to get to the top of Mither Tap. This circular walk climbs through mostly pine woodland, and then onto the open hill top. The path circles the Mither Tap summit around one of the two pictish walls and then gradually descends to Heather Brig before returning to The Bennachie Centre. This was a good challenge for the kids, en-route we observed common buzzards flying overhead, lots of not so yummy mushrooms. Some meat / insect eating plants like the Sundew and Butterwort
and a red squirrel ( Scuirus Vulgaris ) with the longest white tail i have ever seen. The fur colour can range from bright ginger through to red and dark brown or tinged with grey in winter. There larger ear tufts in mid winter disappear by summer. The bleached white tail by late summer is only evident in some individuals. Adults can weigh up to 350g

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Highland Games

TheTamshee clan: spent the penultimate day of there scottish caravaning tour at the Strathallan Highland Games just North of Stirling. The games are tradititionally held on the first sunday in August in the town of Bridge Of Allan. First founded in 1852 by Major Henderson, the games attract hundreds of athletes, pipe bands, and highland dancers. The kids were well impressed with the men wrestling in their kilts

while the tamshee gave some vocal support for Selkirk runner Alister Lawrie, competing in the 3000 metres.

Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre

TheTamshee says: set in 100 acres of beautiful Perthshire hills this is a fantastic adventure park for kids of all ages. The selection of exotic animals to view, including the Tartan Sheep!!! is impressive.