The Life and Crimes of William Palmer
Here's a picture of yours truly on the set of 'The Life And Crimes Of William Palmer' complete with scratty old costume and spirit gummed on sideburns.
For a couple of weeks, a production company for Yorkshire Television descended on the village of Helperby to film the above mentioned TV Drama. They dumped twenty tonnes of hardcore on the main street, painted lots of houses in dull colours and made everyone take their aerials down. Those that wanted were hired as extras so throughout the proceedings while the principal actors got all the action, there were a variety of Helperby and environs people mooching around in the background. My only claim to fame was walking across the street while the main man, played by Keith Allen, walked towards the camera.
Next time that someone tells you that being in the movies is great, don't believe them. It was dull, dull and dull, even for the principals. I forget the number of times we had to walk up the street just because one of the professional actors couldn't get into a carriage! Still it was an experience, I guess.
Unfortunately all the hard work involved came to nothing as the finished product was crap! This is the reason why I didn't sully the main pages with a section devoted to it (and loads more photos.)
The North York Moors
One of my favourite places in the country is the North York Moors. Presented here are a couple of photographs taken on one of my many trips there.
The one above is the East cliff and Abbey of Whitby seen from the road bridge while the one below is Robin Hood's Bay taken from the trail that leads to Ravenscar.
Both pictures are quite old and are already out of date. The view of whitby now has a large collection of houses in the bottom right corner where warehouses are shown while the spot that I took the picture of Robin Hoods Bay is no longer there due to coastal erosion.
If you would like to see more pictures of the North York Moors then head on over to my other half's web site at www.abc15.co.uk for a host of pictures including some or others featuring sheep!
No homepage could be complete without a picture of the author's cats and this is no exception. Winnie and Churchill were brought home from the RSPCA centre in York in 1986. Obviously sisters, they settled into the family although each had her own personality and mannerisms.
Unfortunately Churchill, the one with the white nose died in 2002 of kidney failure at the grand old age of 16. Winnie died in November 2005 of liver cancer at the age of 19 and a bit. I miss them both tremendously and it is unlikely that they can ever be replaced.
Just a bit of advice to anyone reading this with cats. Feed them senior cat food. It's not a gimmick to sell the stuff, it does have reduced levels of chemicals such as phosphorus which can damage a cat's kidneys. Also if you can, get a paste from the veterinarian that reduces the build-up of tartar on their teeth.
Last but by no means least is a few words about my other half. Formerly a copyright expert for the same quasi-government organisation that I still work for, she is now employed as the accounts manager for a local company.
Having been introduced to the delights of websites, she now as a modest presense located at the enigmatically named www.abc15.co.uk. Here, in addition to the photographs from our holidays is the obligatory cat page with a more in depth chonicle of her slightly bonkers moggie Hogarth.