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Sunday, 28 February 2010

52 Club Weekend

Thurso & District Round Table No. 1052 hosted the annual 52 Club weekend on Friday & Saturday, with 40 past and present Tablers travelling from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland and Belgium for the prestigious event.  The club had the honour of the presence of National President Dave Barker.

The formal dinner attended by nearly 60, was held in the Pentland Hotel on Saturday night and guest speaker was local Councillor Willie MacKay, MBE from Watten. Music was provided by the Thurso & District Strathspey & Reel Society, led by George Pain.

I tested my new camera by avoiding the use of flash for most photos and just captured the natural light by increasing the ISO setting to 2,000 to get a reasonable shutter speed.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Leith reflections

When in Edinburgh for the Scotland vs France international I ventured down to Leith to get some harbour shots. I ended up snapping these reflection shots just next to the various harbours.  Putting into practice what was learned from the Camera Club's photo-shoot at Scrabster harbour in January.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Wick Academy vs Turriff Utd

The only Highland League game played today was at Wick.  Wick beat Turriff Utd 5-1, with Turriff scoring in the last minute. The scorers were, Sam Mackay, Gary Weir, Craig Shearer, David Allan & Richard MacAdie.  Look out for my photos in the Sunday Post & Press & Journal.

Cromarty Firth Oil Rigs

While driving home from Edinburgh recently, I took a detour via Invergordon and captured the oil rigs that were parked in the firth.  It was dead calm and perfect for reflections.

The band with no name - update

Having looked at the website wwww.thebandwithnoname.com it appears the band are on their farewell tour as their last gig is at the Manchester Apollo in September.  The lead singer Chip K (immediately above), who is a dead ringer for Sting, is pursuing a solo career and the other two singers, Leon Henderson (wearing hat) and David Strafford are forming a new project called Sinister Bleak.

My website's gallery now has all of the pix from the Thurso gig.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

The Band With No Name

I drove my daughter to a Christian rock concert at Thurso High School tonight and decided to stay and take some photos. I'm glad I did, the band were fantastic stage performers - full of energy.  The kids, teachers, mums and dads were rocking in the aisles for 90 mins!

The band are called "The Band With No Name" - see http://www.thebandwithnoname.com/ and http://www.innervation.org/.

They are on a world tour having played in the UK (inc. Royal Albert Hall), Europe and USA. They play in Wick High School tomorrow night.

The lights produced colour casts and hence the conversion to B&W for most photos.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Wick Academy U17s vs Nairn

Wick Academy U17s played Nairn in the North Development league today in Wick and won 8-0.  Ross Allan who plays for the senior team, scored at least 2 goals.  The Nairn goalie got a nasty cut to the head due to a tackle and had to go off.

Wick Academy U15s vs Nairn

Wick Academy U15s played Nairn in the North Development league today in Wick and won 9-2.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Wick Academy vs Fort William

Wick played Fort William today in perfect weather conditions.  Wick left it late to win 3-0 but could have scored a lot more if it wasn't for the man of the match, Fort William goalie John Campbell.  He made a string of fine saves.  The scorers were Gary Weir, Martin Gunn and David Allan.