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Hello there readers of my blog, I hope that I find you well? Just thought I best update whats going on with me and a very important milestone!

The very important milestone first me thinks. Regular reader of this poor excuse for a blog, and anybody who knows me, will know I have a bit of a sad obsession with Motorways. Not sure to this day as why I do but still I will endeavour to continue…

Anyway I have beaten my record of motorways in one day! More information regarding why I do this can be found on an older post here. My previous record of 11 has now well and truly been smashed! 14 motorways in one day!!! The day in question was Wednesday 25th August when I had to go up to St Andrews in Scotland for work, via Bury on the way. so the completer list is as follows:

M40, M42, M6, M56, M60, M66, M65, M61, A 74(M), M74, M73, M80, M9, M90

Good work indeed for me, albeit a very very long day. To beat this is definitely going to take something very special!!!

Anyway onto something completely different. My photography has been very low on the radar the last month and certainly need to improve and submit some more images for publication. However I have been published but by someone else! Strange yes i’m sure it is but please read on.

I recently picked up this months copy of Railways Illustrated, a monthly insight int0 everything I enjoy about my hobby, I open up to the editorial a few pages in and what do I see but a picture of me with other ‘enthusiasts’ at a recent open day held by DRS at its Crewe Gresty Lane Depot. This was a bit of a shock as I have myself taken images of Trainspotters and put them on a web gallery and even blogged about it before. It seems that the tables are now changed! I did send the picture below to a good friend and his reply was very funny, simply stating that I had “unfortunately cunningly disguised myself as me”

So until next time, keep an eye on my twitter feed, tumblr blog, facebook and flickr as its my birthday soon and Im sure that there will be pics of me being out and about all drunk and so on!

Be Cool Peeps!

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Thanks…

I Just thought I would say a little thank you to my good friend Magic Moir. Because of his comments on a previous post, he gave me inspiration to submit some recent photos for publication. It has paid off as I have once again had a photo published. Again it is in The Railway Herald, so no payment as its a free magazine, but still its all good. So a big thanks to you sir, you have helped me get my third image published.

Nice one sir, nice one.

This is the image below, click on it to get more info on my Flickr page:

Hello!

Alas, I have failed you again, yes you the reader/observer of this my attempt at blogging more than pictures!

I unreservedly apolagise to you, the reader. If there is any of you out there that is???

Anyway as mentioned above, I’ve been away for a while. Holiday for one and in the wordpress wilderness. Work does have a lot to do with this, being ever so much busier. Also my other more geeky hobby has to be fair distracted me from updating this.

However as I sit here at home awaiting the clock to hit 18:00 when I must get back to work and down to London town, I have decided to keep you informed of my goings on and try to write a half decent blog. This may not be achieved on either front, but I will try.

There are a few issues which must be addressed for those of you who follow this blog and are keen to know how certain things are progressing.

  • I have another Premier Inn to add to my ongoing list – not interesting!
  • I adore the new iPhone 4 and iPad but alas have not even touched either, let alone purchased said items.
  • ALL of the TV I watch and enjoy has ended for good or come to its seasons end, 24, Lost, Doctor Who, Glee, Desperate Housewives, Cougar Town….
  • The no smoking has had a relapse, although the exercise is improving.
  • Im not submitting photos to railway magazines for publication, and I don’t know why? Laziness I suppose.
  • The World Cup has come and gone, England were useless, and the whole world now has discovered one of the most annoying man made objects since time began, the vuvuzella!!
  • My first and only car I have owned is no more, having got rid of the old Fiesta to the scrap merchant for a measly £40.

    Most of the above seem to be very negative, however I feel very happy and not down in the slightest. Im not sure as to why?

    Still, good times are among us, on the 31st July I will be celebrating with my wife our first wedding anniversary, a milestone for sure!

    Early September see’s my birthday creep up again, 31 this year! Even better news on that subject, a few weeks ago a few people guessed my age and I was told I looked 25-27 years old. Result!

    Im sure I will get very sad and geeky and verging on major camp-ness with The X Factor return in a few months, which will unfortunately lead us to Christmas!! Be wary soon as you see those ads on ITV, you know that the year is coming to an end, so get you jumpers ready.

    This brought me to another though after looking back at some older photos the other day, I feel I may bring back the roll-neck this winter? thoughts would be welcome.

    I feel that this blog may have opened the floodgates a little, and one hopes that I will return to here and keep you all enthralled with future posts. Time will tell.

    Until that time, please feel free to get in touch by leaving a comment or two below, it’s always nice to know that these ramblings are being read by someone.

    TTFN

    Long Time , No See

    Well that’s to all of you who may happen to read this poor attempt at a blog! Hope everything is all good in your world? There has been lots happening in mine and will try and fill you in on these below. Now I’m sure I will miss some bits and bobs but will endevour to come back and add them later.

    Firstly is the lack of keeping this updated. I have no excuse, I have had plenty of free time over the last couple of months, but have found myself occupied with other things. I have however been keeping my Twitter and Tumblr Blog up to date, so please take a look to see my daily ramblings and where I’ve been recently.

    First off Smoking. I had mentioned in a previous post that I had attempted to give up the old fags! Well as of today I have gone 8 weeks without one! Well done to me! It has been very hard and especially whilst out and about with everyone else chuffing away! But I’ve stayed strong and resisted, I hopefully will be smoke free forever! I have been going down the patches route and as of tomorrow will be on the final 2 week lowest dose!

    Now with not smoking you may think that I have had loads of money to myself and find myself in a new financial situation. Well the answer is yes and no, the problem is you see that I have always been crap with money and if I have it I will spend it! So with all this extra cash I have been investing in many things. Cd’s, DVD’s, Books and model trains! (More about his later, maybe not today!)

    But this has now stopped, I have succeeded in not buying crap food whilst out with work and from now on this is the testing times, do not go crazy when I look at the bank balance. There are many things on the iwant list for the future, a new compact camera, a new lens for my SLR and a holiday would be nice, The US has been calling me and the wife recently, may have to go back to good old NYC!

    But I have my feet firmly on the ground and trying to be a sensible, mature grown up! Lets see if this continues!

    On the geek front, a few updates I am now the proud owner of two iPhones, al be it one of them is a work one but now I am all powerful in the world of mobiles! The obsession with Fox’s Glee continues and am eagerly awaiting the new episodes in around two weeks time!

    This then brings me onto a small matter of another television great returning. The Doctor! Yes on Saturday Doctor Who returns with Matt Smith in all its HD glory on the BBC. To say i’m a bit excited like a little boy would be an understatement. I’m sure my good friend Magic Moir will also be counting down the days, hours and minutes until this occasion. Cant wait to have a good old geeky chat with him about it. Also the last few episodes of Lost which he is also an avid fan. Will we ever know why, what and why all of that ever happened????

    Mind The Gap

    On the other major geek front, railways, I have been a busy little spotter with a couple of trips already in the bag this moth with plenty of photos being taken, many of which can be found on my flickr page. I have also taken a route down to the darkside of railway enthusiasts and returned to spotting wagons. I used to do this many years ago in the early 90’s, but I have found that if you end up owning a book of them, you will spot! Still it has given me a fresh enthusiasm for my hobby, whatever you feel, I’m happy!

    So I think thats about it not to go on too much, just another insight to what is going on with me. Oh and I still have not started exercising, but will try within the next week or two to go out running and on the pushbike more.

    So until then I bid you all farewell

    I’ve done something….

    As I have already discussed in previous posts, i’m a rail enthusiast, now that may shock you. But I feel i’m quite a normal kind of guy, not your stereotypical ‘Train Spotter’. My friends would even agree with me on that one!

    However, I recall showing one of my good friends, Mr Moir a few pics in the past of some ‘proper’ spotters, and he found it very amusing.

    Jump forward many months and I feel that I will have to share this little thing with him also. Now as a enthusiast in all aspects of railways I do take photographs of trains. I have also been taking photographs of train spotters taking photos of trains!

    Strange, weird, maybe bonkers, but still amusing. I’m sharing this with you to see what you think. Some of the photos it is a tad hard to spot the spotter. One photo even had a female spotter! simple sit back and indulge, you will however find many stereotypical spotters in this images, so you have been warned.

    Follow this link here of click on the image above

    Powerhaul

    Here I am again, back from the cold and wet crappy weather. Its been a while but im back here talking dribble. The title of this post refers to a new breed of locomotives for the UK. The GE Powerhaul locos for Freightliner. I managed to sneak into Stoke Gifford Sidings in Bristol the other day to see one of these new locos. Pictures can be found on my flickr photostream or here:

    Now before I bore you to death talking about this i’m not going to go on about what they are and so forth just how I happened to know where said loco was.

    Over the past few years rail enthusiasts (thats what I like to be know as, not a spotter!) have taken full advantage of the internet and email lists. Without these lists and updates I would have had to have waited until these locos were out and about on the national network, not knowing when they would turn up.

    Now some within the railway community would say that this is cheating, but when you get to where I am with the hobby, I need less than I have seen on the national network, so I feel that this makes it a bit more fun going out and hunting these things down.

    Hey there you go, if none of this makes sense then, poo to you Im just rambling and I like it!

    Overnight Stay

    Well been adding a few things to the blog here, namely a RSS feed from my Flickr pages and Twitter. The more observant of you will notice what is on the Flickr feed…trains!

    Well i’m sure that explains the “BigColes the Geek’ name of this blog, yes as you may have guessed I am what you normal people refer to as a ‘Train Spotter’. It is a tad more complex than that one word but still more to come soon on this fascinating subject.

    Now back to what I was planning to talk about; staying away overnight. Well to cut a long story short, I do work all over the country and this does require me to stay away quite a bit, now my company have a business account with Premier Inn, and so I have become somewhat of an expert in these said hotels.

    Tomorrow night I will be staying in Torquay my second overnight of the week, last night was Heathrow Airport.

    What I think I was trying to get at is i’m sure other people do the same, but how many different Premier Inn’s have they stayed at? Am I on a one man mission to stay in every one of them in the UK? Not sure but will update this soon with a number and we will see where it take us.

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