It ware a trip up to the Hunter Valley on the Queens Birthday Long Weekend for my mother in law’s 70th Birthday.
The Hunter Valley is renowned for it’s wines and vineyards. Unfortunately for us(not for our livers), we stayed in a homestead that was surrounded by cows for a Dairy Farm. Still you can’t go wrong with plenty of space for the kids to run around, open wood fires, great food, company and of course some great wine.
There is always a dusty Dirt road either leading to or from a homestead.
No farm is complete without an old rusty Shovel and Fork
BOEING Factory Tour
I was lucky enough to get a behind the scenes tour of the Boeing 737 Factory in Renton / Seattle Washington a few years back now. Now you just don’t get these opportunities to do something like this, so when it occurs you jump at the chance. Boeing does run some tours but mainly at Everett. So I’d thought I’d upload a couple of pictures from the day. This was an amazing experience. If you’ve had the chance to fly anywhere, it’s more than likely that you’ve flown on a Boeing aircraft and also the chances are that it was a 737 type aircraft. These style of aircraft have been around since 1966 and cost from around $30 million to over $100 million depending on configurations. So save your pennies if you are looking to purchase one.
The process of building an aircraft has been so streamlined now that the aircraft are being built in about 2 weeks from when the fuselage enters the hanger. Below are a couple of photos of the factory before the streamlining process and after. You will see the clogged hanger in the before photo and the clean flowing photo afterwards. This increase productivity by allowing the aircraft to be in constant motion in the hanger and at the end of the day that produces more planes for Boeing’s customers.
There is kilometers/miles of cabling that goes into these birds and how the build crew put these together is just an amazing feat. There are very tight working conditions and a lot of pressure to ensure that everything is done correctly as every aircraft has a set number of components allocated IE. nuts and bolts allocated to them, so they can’t have any left over or be short either. To add to that, each plane has it’s on configuration for each customer. One thing that is amazing is how small an empty plane looks with no seats in it.
If you ever get a chance to get to Seattle, make sure you head out to the Museum of Flight if you can’t get access to the Boeing factory.
Loheac 24 hour Karting Race France.
I was lucky enough to get to participate in a 24 hour karting race in France in a town called Loheac a little while back, so I thought I’d upload a few pictures from the event.
This was a great experience with the guys from AWAS.
Now to be honest we weren’t great compared to the other teams and their drivers who seemed to have stepped out of the pro circuit compared to us. But where we missed out on lap times we made up in great crashes.
With numerous driver changes as well as tyre changes and fuel stops throughout the 24hrs it made for a quick 24 hours, but none the least tiring by the end.
It was a great weekend with plenty of great french company, food and of course wine(which helped soothe those sore ribs).
If you are in the area why not visit them. Check out their website http://www.askloheac.org/
The pre race track walk through
The Sydney Marathon and Sydney Half Marathon along with the City to Surf are a couple of the great runs you can do in Sydney and make the most of the great weather and sights that we have in and around Sydney. If you are ever around at the time make sure you bring your runners.
Now it was a great day for a run except for the Sri Lankan dinner the night before around at a mates place. All I can say is that some of the spices and my stomach met for the very first time. Needless to say the next morning I did struggle to make it to the start line without the help of some incontinence pads. But when you know there is nothing left there is nothing left.
Below are a couple of shots from the half marathon that I took part in.
Is the Sydney Harbour Bridge Collapsing?
Check out the photo of the North East end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. As you can see from the photo, the drooping of the top beam at the second and third vertical beam suggests some serious structural issues. This droop must be fairly pronounced as from the angle of the photo taken looking up, you can clearly see the North West side of the bridge higher above the closer North East Side.
Also you can see what looks like remediation work occurring beneath the road to try to prop up the third vertical beam. At the top of second vertical beam there also looks like a lot of compression in the beam there as well.
Is there potential for the Sydney Harbour Bridge to collapse? What do you think?
Below is a crop from a similar angled photo taken in 2013. You will notice that the North West side of the bridge beams are not visible as the beam on this side hides the beam on the far side.
Cropped image taken from the below image which can be found on wikimedia.org.