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Removing the camera at Nene Valley Railway

End of an era ...

Last weekend Tim and I headed over to Nene Valley Railway for the very last data 'harvest' from our time-lapse camera there - attached to their station awning as part of our Almanac project. You can see Tim up the ladder here disconnecting the external camera as a train comes in. Each of the five cameras are placed at film location sites in East Anglia ... there's a wide choice of both TV series and films shot at NVR, from 'Jim'll fix it' to 'Octopussy' and 'Peter's Friends'.

Many thanks to all the staff at the Railway for their patience with the project - especially to Gary who has had to live with the computer end of the system in his flat for the last year! Originally due to be installed for one calendar year this one was actually in place for 2 years by the time we took it down. In that time half of the station platform area has actually been rebuilt and the 500 images captured each day show every detail of the changes from blooming flower beds, to the 'turntable' for trains (I'm sure that's not the technical term) coming to life.

Cheers?!
Photo: Tim Olden

Somewhere on TV

Now I am slightly nervous about drawing anyones attention to this (!) but we might be on the telly tonight, & perhaps (of course) looking like real twits ...

Whilst up at Grizedale over the summer Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall and the River Cottage crew, were filming a special programme around the Coniston Water Festival - which our It's a Lake District Knockout kicked off ...

Aside from having to let Hugh join in the tug-of-war (seen as the most 'suitable rural game' we played) the toast (pictured here) was all we, or the other guests, really saw of the man himself. However the crew did seem to be filming most of our event, so I'm intrigued to see how it comes out ... and how they explain that we were compering (then eating) dressed as Tudors!

Channel 4 20.00 - set your videos.