Welcome to my blog, Whats this about then?

This is a place where I will be posting all sorts of things not just things relating to Derby and Derbyshire. On here you will find details of any videos I’ve made of things in Derby and also Time-lapse, stop motion animation, Tutorials etc. If I find some useful software for PC or iPhone then I will feature it here.I’m sure that there will be something of interest to someone on my many posts.Please leave comments on any posts if you like them.
Don’t forget if you are new to my blog and would like to read through the previous posts then see the Blog Archive section on the left side of this page.
Also there is a Search box at the top left of the page if you are looking for something but cant remember where it was. I am a trustee member of "Friends of Friar Gate bridge", aiming to get this bridge restored.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Derby Arboretum "A viewpoint" by Andy Savage. Britain's first public park

To celebrate the 180th birthday of Derby Arboretum (park) I have made this little video. For me the this amazing park is all about the trees so I have tried to film some of the trees up close and personal. I have used a mixture of filming techniques to create this, hopefully you will like it.

I have used a 360 degree camera on an extremely long selfie stick allowing me to get shots from 5 Metres up in the air. If you enjoyed my film then please like and leave a comment. Music Credits : Breathe by Roary Equipment used : Insta360 One X, 3M Carbon Fibre Extension pole. Software used : Insta360 Studio 2020, Sony Vegas Pro 17 Thanks Andy
https://twitter.com/AndySavage1969 #DerbyArbo2020

Friday, 12 June 2020

Home Disco lighting system using lasers, DJ lights and smoke machine for a small cost.

Are you missing going clubbing at the weekend? Did you know its easy to recreate some of that weekend feeling by getting DJ lighting and smoke machine, these items can be purchased quite cheaply. In this video I had a go at creating a good lighting system as cheap as possible.

or use this link to go to my video about my home disco lighting.

 I have provided links to the products so YOU can create the same thing in your home.
The video shows you how the different lights look in different amounts of smoke.

You can see that the lights are set out in my Kitchen with footage of before I set the smoke machine off so you can see the difference that makes to the look. Near the end of the video I have demonstrated how each of the lights look when set to sound-activated mode. I have projected them onto my white ceiling.

Here are the direct links to the items you can see in my video, all of these are from Amazon :
The GVOO Laser light was best one by far with some amazing patterns created by the red and green lasers and also the RGB LED in the unit and at only £26.99 a bargain.

Smoke Machine.
ADJHeavy Density Fog Juice,5L for the above. 
Disco Lights, Gvoo Sound Activated Party Light LED Stage Projector 6 Colours 24 Patterns.
LED Disco DJ Party Lights Sound Activated Colorful Rotating Lighting Effect.
OMERIL Sound Activated Disco Ball Lights.
GEELIGHT DMX512 RGB LED DJ Party Light Sound Actived Color Stage Lighting.

The game changer was the introduction of the Smoke machine, that only cost £45 from Amazon. The fogging liquid this uses is a water based liquid rather than Glycol so doesn’t leave an oily residue so its fine to run in your home. It only takes a couple of busts of smoke to fill an average living room. Remember this is not a large nightclub environment so doesn’t need as much.

In my video I have only used a total of 6 lights and yet I’m sure you will agree it looks amazing.
I have used 3 Laser lights. These are sound-activated or can be set to auto-run. The remote controls allow you to adjust the patterns, speed and choose red or green or red and green lasers.

One of the Laser lights has an additional bright RGB LED in it which adds to the effects.

One of the lights had DMX control but also has auto mode so you don’t need to buy a DMX controller.

One point worth mentioning is don’t use the smoke machine in a room which has smoke alarms on the ceiling as they will get set off ! You could alternatively put a plastic bag over them or take them down but you must remember to reinstate them after!

If you have followed my guide and bought some of these lights from Amazon and created your own system post your video in the comments.

Andy (aka Comedyhunter)

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

THE Best pubs for Real Cider (Flat) in the UK as of Sept 2019

THE Best pubs for Real Cider (Flat) in the UK Sept 2019 :
I only drink flat cider and finding pubs in the UK that sell it these days is a lot better than it used to be, there are some amazing pubs selling loads of proper ciders. Below is a list of the best ones me and a friend have found in the last 12 months.
Listed by most ciders sold.

Andy Savage

Amount of ciders is average amount found (i.e. NOT when there is a beer festival on.).
Im including fruit Ciders as well as traditional ones. Here is the CAMRA real cider definition.

The King's Ditch, 51 Lower Gungate, Tamworth <<<<<-- p="" the="" winner="">32 Ciders 

Foleys Tap House, 159 The Headrow, Leeds
24 Ciders 

Harlequin Pub, Nursery Street, Sheffield
20 ciders 

Brunswick Inn, 1 Railway Terrace, Derby
16 ciders 

The Pestle & Mortar, 81 Castle Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire
14 Ciders 

Tamworth Brewing Co, 29 Market Street, Tamworth
13 Ciders

The Post Office Vaults, 84B New Street, Birmingham
13 Ciders 

Tom's Tap and Brewhouse Ltd, 4-5 Thomas Street, Crewe
11 Ciders 

Angel Ale House, 24 Church Street, Atherstone, Warwickshire
11 Ciders

Taphouse Brewpub, 70 Humber Street, Fruit Market, Kingston upon Hull
11 Ciders

Shilton Vaults,The Hollow, Earl Shilton, Leicester
9 Ciders

Whalebone Inn, 165 Wincomlee, Kingston upon Hull
8 ciders

1887 The Brew Room, 139 Church Street, Blackpool
8 Ciders

Hop and Vine,24 Albion St, Kingston upon Hull
8 ciders 

Mean Eyed Cat NCL, 1 St Thomas Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
7 Ciders

The Free Trade Inn, St Lawrence Road, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne
7 Ciders

Elbow Room, 26 Station Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire
7 Ciders

Crown and Kettle, 2 Oldham Road, Manchester
7 Ciders

BeerHeadZ, Cabman's Shelter, 1A Queens Road, Nottingham
7 ciders

The Old Horse, 198 London Road, Leicester
7 ciders

The Babington Arms, 11-13 Babington Lane, Derby
6 Ciders

The Brink MCR, Beneath 65 Bridge St, Manchester
6 ciders

Furley and Co, 18-20 Princes Dock Street, Kingston upon Hull
6 ciders

The Old Queens Head, 40 Pond Hill, Sheffield
6 ciders

The Lillie Langtry's, 4 South Sherwood Street, Nottingham
5 Ciders

Sir Robert Peel, 13-15 Lower Gungate, Tamworth
5 ciders

The Victoria, Union road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
5 Ciders

The Font bar, 7-9 New Wakefield St, Manchester
5 ciders

The Fenton, 161 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds
4 ciders

Shakespeares, 46-148 Gibraltar Street, Sheffield
4 Ciders

The Market Vaults,Market Street, Tamworth
4 Ciders

Borough Arms, Earle Street, Crewe
3 ciders

Hops - Belgian Bar, 8-10 Prince Albert Street, Crewe
4 ciders

The Birdcage Lincoln Pub & Kitchen, 54 Baggholme Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
3 Ciders

Captain Ridley's Shooting Party, 183-185 Queensway, Bletchley, Milton Keynes.
2 ciders