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.

Saturday 13 December 2014

Streetformers - Dubstep Body popping Santa's in Lincoln.

This amazing festive performance took place on High Street near the St Benedicts Centre, Lincoln, Lincolnshire on Friday 12th December 2014.

Warm up routine :

Their main performance :

I love their slow Motion sections, who needs slowmo on iPhone6 when you have talent like that !

If these guys are performing in your city then be sure to go and see them, highly recommend seeing them. So entertaining!
The performers are Kaspar Vilkaste and Poppin` Pierre.

Hope you enjoy this performance.

Wednesday 3 December 2014

Amazing animated Christmas scenes at Derby Garden Centre.

Here is a walk through of the amazing animated Christmas scenes at Derby Garden Centre, Little Eaton near Derby. As you can see someone has clearly spent a lot of time putting together all of these scenes to produce this Christmas Village.

All of these animated scenes are available to buy. What will you get?

The video I took of the animated scenes:

Or use this link to watch the video :


Video of the Official opening of London Road Bridge in Derby on 27th November 2014.

Here is my video of the Official opening of London Road Bridge in Derby on 27th November 2014.
You can see the ribbon being cut, the Mayor driving over the new bridge in both directions then the first members of the public to use it....


Thursday 20 November 2014

How to make a 2015 personalised calendar from your own photographs, easy to follow video tutorial. FREE templates provided.

Looking for a personalised gift this Christmas that will be enjoyed all year, No idea what to get for someone?
Its only five weeks to Christmas day and your wondering what to get, how about creating something unique that nobody else will have? Very little effort is needed and I have supplied the templates for free and a simple to follow video guide too. What you waiting for !

My 2015 Calendar Tutorial Guide.

Four years ago I created a set of calendar templates and a video tutorial on how to use them. My tutorial has proved very popular over the years with over Twenty two thousand people following my guide so far.

Here is an example of what you will be able to create using my free 2015 Calendar templates.
Go on make someones day this Xmas by giving them one of the best and very unique presents that they can enjoy all year.

My photograph of Heage Windmill in one of my free calendar templates :

An example of what you can do with my free templates.

The free 2015 templates have a decorative framed image area into which you can import your own images to produce the nice edge effect below.

Click to view larger. Close up showing the nice edge that your photos will automatically have.

The monthly calendar templates are provided free so you can make a unique gift for someone right now.
All you need is Corel PaintShop Photo Pro (or any photo editing software that supports layers such as Gimp, Photoshop etc), A colour printer, some Matt finish paper and 12 images of your choice.

If you are interested in giving it a go then have a look at my 2015 Calendar Guide page here :
Complete guide on how to make a 2014 personalised calendar from your own photographs. <-- Click me now to start making a great gift for Christmas.

I hope this has inspired you to have a go at producing a truly unique personalised Xmas present that you will be remembered for, for the whole year ahead. Use Matt Paper as I suggest and it will not cost a lot of money to make several of these calendars.

Matt Paper allows printing of high resolution images but has a finish that you can write on which you need for a calendar! Matt paper can be bought for as little as 4 Pence per sheet.

In my written guide I have supplied detailed instructions on how to use my templates with Photoshop and even the free image editing software Gimp.

If you do find my tutorial of use then please leave a comment on either the video or my blog post saying what you created.


Wednesday 17 September 2014

The Last Post Ale House, 1 Uttoxeter Old Road, opens Friday 19th September at 6pm Derby's second Micropub.

The Last Post Ale House is located at 1 Uttoxeter Old Road, Derby and opens at 6pm on Friday 19th September 2014.

Update 20th September :
Having been along to the opening night I can really recommend this ale house, I've never been in a micropub before. I was the first customer so got to photograph the very first pint being pulled.
The atmosphere is "intimate" and friendly, great bar staff and handy for town. I wish them great success with this ale house, I'm fairly sure its going to be very successful where its located due to the amount of footfall.

My opening night photos from The Last Post Ale House, Derby :
The very first ever pint pulled at the Last Post Ale House

Half an hour after opening on the first night.

Almost 2 hours after opening on first night.

The licensing hours are 11am to 11pm
The property was originally a post office so in recognition of this the pub is called the Last Post.

If your wondering where exactly that is, here is a photograph I took three days before the ale house opens. You can see The Mile pub on Friar Gate, around the corner from that on Uttoxeter Old Road you will find the Last Post Ale House.

My photograph showing the location of the Last Post Ale House, Derby, Derbyshire.

Following from the success of the Little Chester Ale House George & Walter from Wentwell Brewery are opening this second micro pub in Derby. This new micro pub is slightly smaller than The Little Chester Ale House with a capacity of about 24 persons but the cellar is a lot bigger which will enable them to have 5 hand pumps on the bar.

Here is a view inside the Ale House three days before its opening :
Last Post Ale House a few days before it opens.

Google Streetview showing this property (Before it was the Last Post Ale House):

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O2 Data speed slow in Derby City Centre at the moment due to mast on Osmaston Road.

If you are on o2 and live in Derby City Centre then you may have noticed that your Data connection to the internet has been appalling over the last few days.
This is due to engineers working on the tempoary o2 Mast that is in the car park on Osmaston Road near the old DRI.

Here is a photograph of the o2 mast that they are working on, its located in the car park of the old DRI.

Here is a map showing the o2 mast location.

Here is what your iPhone data indication looks like when you have lost 3G and its dropped down to a really poor GPRS connection :

o2 Sent me a text message on Monday "o2: Just to say, there's work planned around DE1 2QY over the next few days. it may affect your signal, but once it's done you'll have a faster smarter, stronger network, see more "http://s.o2.co.uk/Status/ByWHae"
But that link does not show any planned maintenance.
They also sent me this exact same message on 5th September with a different web address.

Here is the o2 Network Status checker : http://status.o2.co.uk/

On an iPhone it tells you your data connection method in the top/left of the screen. If you are on a wifi connection this this will hide the indicator.
The data connection method normally shows either "4G" "3G" "E" "o" or nothing.
3G vanished a few days ago and I can only get GPRS now (indicated by the o), this is extremely slow when you are used to 3G. Also at times its showing "Searching....." or "No Service".

You may find that while you are surfing you suddenly get this message "Safari cannot open the page because your iPhone is not connected to the Internet".

Hopefully this o2 mast will soon be up and working again soon as its very annoying when I'm paying for a service and getting a very poor connection like this.
Hope you found this information of use.


Tuesday 16 September 2014

Derbyshire Day 2014 is Sunday September 21st. Calke Abbey, Ticknall - A celebration of everything Derbyshire

Derbyshire Day 2014 is here!

"Derbyshire Day" is a day to celebrate arts, crafts, music, dancing and food and drink from the county of Derbyshire. This annual event will take place at Calke Abbey, Ticknall and runs from 10am -- 5pm.
Its located on the grounds of Calke Abbey which is about 15 miles from Derby city Centre which is about a 35 minute drive.

More information about Calke Abbey : http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey/

My videos of "Derbyshire Day" from last year.

Derbyshire Day, Kedleston Hall near Derby. Sunday 22nd September 2013. A tour of the event.

Derbyshire Day - Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Chip Pan and water demonstration.

The Naughty Dalek on Security at Derbyshire Day 2013. "Exterminate, not on a Sunday":)

Useful links to companies that were at last years event : 

Higgledy Piggledy Jazz : https://en-gb.facebook.com/higgledypiggledyjazz
Derby Pyclet Company : http://www.derbypycletcompany.co.uk/
Spondon Bakery : https://www.facebook.com/SpondonBakery
The Pudding Room : http://www.thepuddingroomderbyshire.co.uk/
Yew can't cedar wood fir the trees : http://www.woodworkprojects.co.uk/Steve.htm

Tutbury Band : http://www.tutburyband.co.uk/

Derby RSPB : http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/derby
BBC Derby : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/england/derbyshire/

Follow me on Twitter : https://twitter.com/AndySavage1969


Monday 1 September 2014

Paul Young performing near Derby in his group Los Pacaminos at the Swan Inn Pub, Milton on Saturday September 20th 2014. Get your tickets now.

Did you know that Paul Young, the singer from the 80's who had a string of hits in the top 40 is performing near Derby (18 min drive away) in his band Los Pacaminos. I dare say you can remember some of those songs he did such as "Love of the Common People", "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)", "Come Back and Stay", "Everytime You Go Away".
Since 1995 Paul joined a group called Los Pacaminos and has been making music for many years touring around the world.

Here is your chance to see him play locally in Derbyshire and its less than a 20 minute drive away from Derby city Centre.

To book tickets contact Sue Newbolt on 07971 731571
Tickets are £20

The Los Pacaminos Poster for the 2014 gig in Milton, Derbyshire.

The Swan Inn, the gig will take place in a large marquee at the back of this pub.

Paul Young in Los Pacaminos
Paul Young with Los Pacaminos

The gig takes on Saturday 20th September 2014 at the Swan Inn Pub in Milton, Derbyshire.

This gig is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Charities.

See their gigs page for tickets :
Los Panaminos Gigs page.

Video of Los Pacaminos playing "Wooly Bully" :

The rest of the band members have performed  or written songs with some well known musicians such as
Go West, Joe Jackson, Level 42, Jimmy Nail, Leo Sayer, Robbie Williams,Squeeze, Chris Rea, Jools Holland,Tom Jones, Queen, The Pretenders, Mike and the Mechanics, Chaka Khan, Gary Barlow, Tony Hadley, Pete Townsend, Dave Stewart, Joan Armatrading, Alison Moyet, Elvis Costello, The Human League and Bob Geldof !

The Swan Inn and Cygnets Tearooms can be found in the village of Milton, near Repton.
49 Main Street,  Map location :  Swan Inn and Cygnets Tearooms.

If you would like to learn more about the Derbyshire village of Milton then see my village page :
Milton, Derbyshire.

Paul Young has performed charity gigs at this pub a few times over the years.

A video from their 2012 gig at the Swan Inn, Milton.
Paul Young in the band Los Pacaminos performing at the charity gig at the Swan Inn Pub, in Milton, Derbyshire. In this video they can be seen playing the Tequila song, they played this three times during their gig. Its a silly song that involves a lady from the audience going up on stage to hand out shots of tequila to the band members.

Hope you found this of interest.

Thursday 21 August 2014

Trusteer Rapport causes iTunes error "unable to load data class information from Sync Services"

I have just updated my iTunes to version and then tried to sync some new videos onto my iPhone only to get an annoying error message :

"iTunes was unable to load data class information from Sync Services.  Reconnect or try again later."

I tried rebooting my computer and fully re-powering the iPhone but still get the error message.

How did I fix the problem?
I actually found that the issue was caused by Trusteer Rapport which is a browser program that most online banks encourage you to use.

I'm not sure why there is a conflict between iTunes and this software but I found that uninstalling Rapport got iTunes sync working again without any problems.

How to uninstall Rapport from Windows 7. Quit your browser, goto the control panel, Click on uninstall program, Select Trusteer Rapport and click Change, Uninstall button at the top. It will come up with a panel where you have to type in some numbers and letters to confirm that you want to stop the program running to uninstall it.

Of course uninstalling Rapport is not ideal as you may want to keep this software if you use online banking.
Hopefully there will be a fix for this soon.

hope this helps you if you get this error.

Thursday 17 July 2014

Derby Caribbean Carnival 2014 "Explosion of Cultures" on Saturday 19th July. Family fun day on Osmaston Park on Sunday 20th

This years Derby Caribbean Carnival will take place this Saturday, 19th July 2014. The weather is not looking too good at this stage with thunderstorms predicted but you never know.

The theme for this year is "Explosion of Cultures"

Here is my complete guide to this years Derby Carnival. Complete with detailed route map for the procession so you know where the best place to stand along the route to get a view of the dancers and their great costumes. I have also provided a smartphone mapping pin. The procession generally moves very slowly so if you have trouble getting here and parking then don't worry as you can soon catch up with the front of it.

On Saturday 19th the 39th Derby Caribbean Carnival Parade will take place, show your support for this annual event. Its always very popular and attracts lots of people. Derby's annual Caribbean Carnival has been running since 1975 !

The Procession starts at 1pm from Pear Tree Street in Derby. After leaving Pear Tree Street, it turns right onto Portland Street, right onto St Thomas Road, Left at the mini round-a-bout onto Pear Tree Road, right up Normanton Road to very top where it meets Lara Croft Way/Mercian Way, Down Babington Lane, left onto St Peters Street, down The Corn Market and finally onto Derby Market Place at about 3pm for the carnival showcase and live performances.

If you are a car driver and are around this area then expect to have to wait while the carnival passes through. Also the Bus route will have to change while it goes up Normanton road.

I will hopefully be taking video of this years carnival and will try an get it online within in a few days, it will appear on my YouTube channel : Andy Savage's Derby and Derbyshire videos.
If you have an account on youtube then subscribe to my channel and you will get notified when the video is available to view. Check out some of my other local videos if interested.

Here is a video I took at the 2013 Derby Carnival:

Here is a video I took at the 2012 Derby Carnival:

Here is a video I took at the 2010 Derby Carnival:

Here is video I took at the 2009 Derby Carnival :
I have taken quite a few photographs at these events over the years but have only got around to uploading photographs I took at the 2005 Derby Carnival. Have a look at my photographs here - 2005 Derby Carnival Photographs on www.derbyphotos.co.uk.

Derby Carnival Procession Route Map
Here is a detailed map showing the complete route that the 2014 Derby Carnival Parade will take on 19th July 2014. Click the link below the map if you want a large version you can print out.
Also the link below the map will work on an iPhone so your can see the route map when you are mobile.

My route map : 

View Derby Caribbean Carnival Procession Route Map. in a larger map

Smartphone mapping pin.
If you have a smart phone (iPhone,HTC,iPad etc) then you can use a navigation drop pin I have made for you. While viewing this blog on your phone tap the link below :

Smartphone push pin &lt;-- Tap me on your smartphone to get exact location of the start of the Derby Carnival.

Smartphone push pin &lt;-- Tap me on your smartphone to get an exact location of the end of the Derby Carnival.

When you tap the link above, it will launch your mapping application and place a "push pin" onto the map with the exact location of the carnival parade start. You can then use this marker to get driving, walking or bus directions from your current location.
For example on an iPhone you tap the Directions button at the bottom and this will pre-fill in the start and end locations so just tap the Route button at the bottom and it will show you either the driving route or the walking route. If you tap the middle button at the top, this will even show you which bus number and when the next bus departs !

360 Degree Views of the Carnival route, use your mouse to look around.

360 view of Pear Tree Street
where the parade starts at 1pm.
360 view of St Thomas Road where the parade turns left up Pear Tree Road.
360 view at the bottom of Normanton Road.
360 view at Lara Croft Way (note that this no longer looks like this since the Derby inner ring road was completed)

The weather forecast for the Derby Carnival does not look too good at the moment . If you are driving in from another city then you can always have a look at my local webcams to see for yourself if its raining right now.

Tuesday 24 June 2014

The 4th CAMRA Greater Manchester Cider and Perry Festival, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th June 2014.

The 2014 CAMRA Greater Manchester Cider and Perry Festival takes place this weekend.
This is the 4th Cider and Perry festival. This festival takes place at the Palace Hotel in the Copper Face Jacks Bar on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th June 2014. It opens at noon until 10:30pm on both days.

Admission is £3 or £2 to CAMRA & EBCU members.

The Palace Hotel, Manchester :

Palace Hotel Manchester

The Palace Hotel is a stunning Victorian Gothic building with an impressive 217-foot-tall clock tower.
Grade II* listed red brick and terracotta building, designed for the Refuge Assurance Company.
Look at this amazing Terracotta  design around the entrance:
The entrance to the Manchester Cider Festival at the Palace Hotel

It was built 1891–1895. The inside has Burmantofts faience and glazed brick as you can see here on the entrance down to the Festival bar. Amazing stuff.

The interior of this hotel was amazing, covered in stunning Terracotta and Glazed tiles like this.
Once down in the Copper Face Jacks bar you can hire your 1/2 pint festival glass.

The bar will be well stocked with Ciders and Perries and served by friendly staff. Here is a photograph (taken with iPhone) of the bar last year.
There are 57 different real ciders and perries to try from all over the UK. As is usual at festivals you can have either a 1/3 or a 1/2 pint. There is no option to have a pint for obvious reasons :)
The bar on at last years festival.
You can buy a carry out of your favorite cider.

The festival glass last year:

Last year I was chosen to be on the official CAMRA judges panel for testing Cider which was a great honor. I have never done this before. There were six of us on the panel, we had a cordoned off area in the pub. The table had 42 small glasses, 6 x 1 litre containers containing mystery ciders which were simply marked as "Sample 204" etc.
You were told how to mark a cider on its Aroma, Initial taste, Aftertaste and personal enjoyment. You had to cleanse the pallet between ciders with some water and a cracker. Once you had tasted all 6 ciders you were encouraged to go back and taste them again and change scores if you wanted to.

Me judging some Ciders for CAMRA.

For information on the Manchester Cider Festival see their website :


Saturday 7 June 2014

Thunder storm in Derby right now. View a real-time lightning strike map.

Right now there is a thunderstorm in Derby.
Did you know that you can view a real-time lightning strike map of the UK so you can see where the thunderstorm is and how severe it is?

Here is a screen grab showing the last 60 minutes of lightning strikes for the UK.
The next image below this one is a current map of lightning strikes for the UK for comparison. Scroll down a bit to see the live map data.

Next time there is a thunderstorm in the Derby area you may be able to see it comming by looking at the local webcams - Derby and Derbyshire webcams.

Live real-time lightning strike map for UK
If you would like to see real-time lightning strike map for the UK right this second then here it is below.
If there are no coloured markers on it then thats because there are no thunderstorms at the moment!
The map below shows all of the lightning strikes that have occurred in the last 60 minutes. Also what charge they were and if they connected between clouds or to the ground.

Here is the key
+CG Positive cloud to ground strike
-CG Negative cloud to ground strike
+IC  Positive in cloud or intracloud strike
-IC   Negative in cloud or intracloud strike

Photographing lightning is very difficult and offers a great challenge

Here is some intracloud lightning in Derby, NOT the Derby in Derbyshire but the Derby in Kansas, USA !
Lightning  _MG_0864R

Hope you found this of interest.


Wednesday 28 May 2014

Stockport CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival 2014 - Thursday 29th May to Saturday 31st May.

The 28th Stockport Beer and Cider festival starts on Thursday 29th May and runs through to Saturday 31st May 2014. This is one of the best Beer and Cider festivals I have been to, Really enjoyed it in 2013 so looking forward to this years festival.

This festival takes place at Stockport Football Ground, Edgeley Park, Hardcastle Road, Stockport.

The charity for this festival is Walthew House, a local charity providing help for people with sight and hearing problems.

Opening times and prices:
Note Camra members get FREE entry to all sessions apart from after 7pm on Friday when its £3.

Thursday 29th May

Trade Session: 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Admission: Trade Invite Only

Evening: 5.30pm - 11.00pm
Admission: Open to the public - £2.00

Friday 30th May
Lunch: 11.30am - 3.30pm
Admission: Free

Evening: 5.30pm - 11.00pm
Admission: £5.00

Saturday 31st May
Lunch: 11.30am - 4.00pm
Admission: £2.00

Evening: 6.30pm - 11.00pm
Admission: £2.00

Google Streetviews :
Mini Virtual Tour around the ground, Have a look at the seating area and wander around various rooms in this fancy tour that was created this month :
Stockport FC VR Tour.

This is a Google Stretview showing the gates where you get into the Beer Festival :

Entry gates to festival.

Stockport Beer Festival isnot far from Derby, If you use the train then its about an hour and a half journey, you change at Chesterfield. Stockport Railway Station is about a 10 minute walk from the festival.
Here is a walking Route map (PC only)

The Cider and Perry bars are on the left and the Beers on the right as you walk down. Then CAMRA membership stalls and other stalls and Bottled beers. Along this route are entrances up onto the Terrace and down stairs to the Toilets.
At the far end you can walk down the steps to get to the TNT Suite, where there will be live entertainment lunch and evening for all three days. Also in the TNT suite is the food area.

The Beers and Ciders are arranged down the sides as you enter the festival.

Cask Ales List.
Cider and Perry List.
Bottled Ales List.

Here are a few of the Ciders at last years festival :

Some of the Ciders at last years festival.

This is last years half pint festival glass with the pitch in the background. As you can see this is a very high quality glass nicely etched, rather than screen printed. I broke this glass while washing it so hopefully I can replace it with a nice 2014 glass. This is Oaky Dokey Cider by Burnard's.

The lovely festival half pint glass

Here is the pint glass at last years Beer festival. I have photographed it with the pitch in the background. This is a Perry, can't remember which :)

The festival pint glass.

The postcode for this festival is SK3 9DD, This will take you to Edgeley Park, Hardcastle Road, Stockport,
Cheshire, UK. The front of the club looks like this :

Stockport County Football ground.

Once you are in the Beer Festival you can go up any of the stairs on the right and you can then sit down in the Danny Bergara stand, as you can see there are hundreds of seats to chose from !

Plenty of seating at this beer festival !!!

Food at this festival : Chicken Curry, Beef Lasagne, Giant Yorkshire pudding filled with beef stew
Sausage and mash with caramelised onion gravy. Plus specials Mexican Chilli con carne, served with pilaf rice, and sour cream, Homemade Steak and Ale Pie, chunky chips and peas.

A short video pan around the seating stand at last years festival :

Last year I made a time-lapse movie of the pitch being mowed while I was drinking my cider, Just a bit of fun ! Here : www.youtu.be/NzxwoSyptcs

Do you want more information on this great beer festival ? Have a look here :

For more information about this Beer and Cider Festival please visit their website : www.stockportfestival.org.uk

Stockport Beer and Cider Festival Facebook page :

Stockport Beer and Cider Festival Twitter Feed :


Wednesday 21 May 2014

Lincoln CAMRA Beer and Cider festival, Thursday 22nd May to Saturday 24th May at Lincoln Drill Hall.

Lincoln CAMRA Beer and Cider festival starts Thursday 22nd May, its just 55 miles North East of Derby. A great way to get there is on the train from Derby, you just change once at Nottingham. Lincoln railway station is in the heart of the city and just a six minute walk for the beer festival venue which is the Drill Hall.

This is the first time we have been to Lincoln beer festival and only the second time I've been to Lincoln so should be fun. This is the tenth time that the festival has been held at the Drill Hall, this can be found on Free School Lane in Lincoln.

Did you know you can go on a virtual tour around the Drill Hall? IF you have never seen inside it before this is very handy as it allows you to wander around all the areas of the hall the same as Google Streetview (pc only) : Click here to view the Lincoln Drill Hall VR tour.

Here is a walking route map from the railway station to the beer festival.

The festival opens on Thursday 22nd May
12 noon – 3pm: Admission free
4pm – 6pm (Trade Session – invitation only)
6pm – 11pm: Admission £2

Friday 23rd May
12 noon – 11pm: Admission £2 before 4pm, £3 after 4pm

Saturday 24th May
12 noon – 11pm: Admission £3

Free admission for CAMRA members to all sessions !
Souvenir Festival Glass £3 (refundable)

Here is a video of a pan around last years Lincoln Beer Festival

Here is a video from the 2007 Lincoln Beer Festival when visitors were asked what they thought about the festival.

For more information see their website : www.lincolncamra.org.uk

See you there !

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Video of my magic Trick - The Vanishing Penny !, How do I do it?

I start with a normal UK Pound Coin and a UK Penny coin.
I place a glass over them and the penny magically vanishes !

1) I start zoomed in on the two coins so you can see them clearly.
2) I zoom out and show the glass is normal.
3) I place the glass over the two coins and the penny vanishes.
4) After I remove the glass I zoom in close again and turn the Pound over a few times so you can see it clearly.

Please note This is NOT a camera trick or video editing trick.
The glass is a normal half pint glass.
The table top is solid wood.

Clever !


Tuesday 1 April 2014

England World Cup Song 2014 - Come on England "Give it Some Welly" the video made in Derby !

Here we have it then a great song for this years England World Cup Song 2014.
It called "Come on England Give it Some Welly" and it was written by The Parents.

This video was filmed in Derby, you may recognise some of the locations around Oakwood and Chaddesden :

Here is their video Give it some Welly, The England World Cup song for 2014.

The Hairdressers at 01:20 is Hair Affair on Roosevelt Ave, Derby.
The park at 01:57 is Chaddesden Park.

I think this is a great song and a great video too, lets hope it becomes popular !
Spread the word!


Wednesday 19 March 2014

Video - "Duffield, But not as you know it!", kaleidoscopic trippy car journey in Duffield, Derbyshire.

Here is my latest video "Duffield, But not as you know it!".
Its a Kaleidoscopic Trippy car journey in Duffield, Derbyshire, UK.
This is a car journey in Duffield, Derbyshire, UK which I did on Sunday 16th March 2014.
Can you guess the driving route I took?

This is best watched at 1080/720p fullscreen.

See if you can work out where I am or any of the locations.

Or use this link - Duffield, but not as you know it!

Hope you like it.

Saturday 15 March 2014

Derby Assembly Rooms car park fire, 14th March 2014 - videos

There was a massive fire at Derby Assembly Rooms car park on Friday night. At this stage its under investigation as to the cause.
When I was up there a few weeks ago I noticed that there was a large area in the middle that was surrounded by wooded sheeting, Not sure what was behind that, maybe building materials for the current work that is being done on the car park? 

Here are some videos of Derby Assembly Rooms Car Park Fire  :

I was on the top floor of the Assembly Rooms Car park only a few weeks ago when I took this video of the former Full Street Police Station being cleared.


Thursday 13 March 2014

Red Bull Quadcopter, 360 degree and high tech filming at Ashbourne Shrovetide Football 2014.

While I was at this years Ashbourne Shrovetide Football on Tuesday 4th March and Wednesday 5th of March I noticed some new and unusual filming going on. Perhaps you saw them too?

The first thing that was rather obvious was a quadcopter flying over the crowd, well just out of the way of the crowd.
Apparently this was being filmed for Red Bull, I took two photographs of the Quadcopter when it landed.
As you can see its being controlled by two people, one to fly the quadcopter and another operator for the camera control.
This is a nice bit of kit, must have some serious power in those 8 blades to lift that camera up, it was very stable in the air too.

I also caught the Red Bull quadcopter in flight in my video here :


Film Crew No 2
Another filming unit I saw consisted of four people. This consisted of a very fancy camera which was held aloft, a microphone boom operator, a camera operator and a support guy.
I took a few photographs of this crew.
The camera that was being help up in the air has all sorts of interesting stuff on it. As you can see the actual camera is hung below the framework. This is being controlled remotely by the woman. She has a screen shield to view the footage and a remote control to control the view that is being captured.

Film Crew No. 3
Another capturing method I saw a few of was a 360 degree camera on a pole. I saw a few of these during the game.
As you can see it consists of 6 small wide angle cameras made into the shape of a cube.
Not sure if they were capturing single shot 360 degree images or 360 degree video.

If anyone knows where I can find footage that was taken from these three filming crews let me know by posting a reply to this post.

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Forest v Derby Legends, Sunday March 23rd 2014 at Grange Park, Long Eaton United FC. FREE charity match for Sport Relief.

Did you know that on Sunday March 23rd 2014 there is a free football match taking place Forest v Derby Legends ? This will take place at Grange Park, Long Eaton United FC, Derbyshire.
This is a FREE event, no need to buy tickets, just turn up. Seriously its really free just give a donation.

Long Eaton United.
Long Eaton's ground is quite small, it has a capacity of 2,000 (180 seated). So if you want a seat its first come first served !

The Nottingham Forest Legends v Derby County Legends charity game is to raise funds for Sport Relief and the match starts at 1pm.

Players confirmed so far :
Derby County :
Roger Davies, Dick Pratley, Trevor Hebberd, Jason Kavanagh, ,Mark Edworthy, Graham Harbey, Neil Bailey, Michael Johnson, Craig Ramage, Kevin Hector, Tommy Johnson, Lee Carsley, Rory Delap, Rob Kozluk.

TBC : Andy Garner, Tommy Johnson, Darren Moore.

Nottingham Forest :
Des Walker, David Johnson, Jason Lee, Ian Breckin, Craig Armstrong.

Long Eaton United FC  :

The ground has a very small car park, which is accessed down a road off Station Road, Long Eaton. Its not very well sign posted so is easy to miss the road. Look out for the sign for "Erewash indoor bowls club" as this shares the same road.

Map for Long Eaton United Football Club (Grange Park) :


#dcfcfans #derbycountylegends #sportrelief

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Burton Beer Festival 2014 - Thursday 13th March to Saturday 15th March at Burton Town Hall, Burton-on-Trent.

Just down the A38 from Derby is the town of Burton, and this is where you will find Burton's 35th Beer Festival in March 2014.
The CAMRA Burton Beer Festival 2013 runs from Thursday 13th March to Saturday 15th March.

This is a great venue for a beer festival. In the main hall beers are located all around in the archways (see in the video).

There is a large stage where Martin Atterbury will perform on Friday/Saturday lunchtimes and live entertainment in the evenings by retracting the Wurlitzer organ into the opening in the stage wall.
Ciders and more beers are located down two short corridors in the Lingen room. There is also a food area serving meals and a quiet room too.

Here in my video you can watch a few tunes played by Martin Atterbury at last years Burton Beer Festival.
It features Martin Atterbury on the Wurlitzer at Burton Town Hall.

This Wurlitzer organ is from Cleveland Ohio where it was manufactured in 1921. After a fire in the Cinema, the organ was shipped to England in 1939 and installed in The Forum at Northenden, Manchester.
In 1971 the organ was purchased by Burton Council and installed in Burton Town Hall where it has been ever since.

Or use this link : Video of Martin Atterbury on the Wurlitzer at Burton Beer Festival 2012.

Here is what Burton Beer Festival looks like :
Atterbury Fest

Location :
Burton Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire.

Date and times :
Thursday 13th March 2014  6:30pm - 11pm
Friday     14th March 2014 11am - 11pm
Saturday 15th March 2014 11am - 10pm

Admission Prices:
Thursday Free to Camra members, £1 non-members.
Friday lunchtime £2 (free for CAMRA members)
Friday Evening £6 (£2 for CAMRA members)
Saturday all day £3 (£1 for CAMRA members)

Friday and Saturday (Lunchtime)  Martin Atterbury on the Wurlitzer playing popular classics.
Friday (Evening)     The Nuts
Saturday (Evening) Little Dynamite

Glass hire for all sessions is £2 returnable on departure from the festival if required or you can keep it as a souvenir.

Beer and Cider List for the 2014 Burton Beer Festival :
2014 Beer List (PDF)

Google Streetview of Burton Town Hall :

View Burton Beer Festival. in a larger map
Post Code for the venue :
DE14 2EB

Main Hall , burton town hall

Getting to Burton Beer Festival by Train:
If you are thinking of going to Burton Beer Festival by Train from Derby then it will only take around 9 to 12 minutes and will cost £7 for a day return. (or £6.50 off-peak day return)
On Friday, The very last train back from Burton to Derby is at 23:40.

Depending on where you live the cheapest option may be a Derbyshire Wayfarer as this only costs £11.10 for unlimited travel all day on train and bus over the area below :
Derbyshire Wayfarer routes covered by train and bus.

Map Location for Burton Beer Festival :

View Burton Beer Festival. in a larger map

To find the Beer Festival simply turn left out of Burton station and walk down Borough Road. You will see the Town Hall directly in front of you, a fine Gothic looking building here :

Photograph of Burton Town Hall
Burton upon Trent town hall


Saturday 8 March 2014

2014 Belper Farmers Market, 2nd Saturday of every month. Get some great local produce.

Belper Farmers' Market takes place this Saturday 8th March and on the second Saturday of every month. The market runs from 9am to 1pm on Belper Market Place, Belper, Derbyshire.

Photograph of Belper Farmers Market :
Belper farmers market 2012

You will find all sorts of local food for sale here such as Cheese,Eggs,Pies,Meat etc.
The Pudding Room, Lime Tree Pantry, Heage Windmill, Amber Ales, Yorkshire Crisps, Honeypot etc.

Here are some websites of producers who are often at Belper Farmers Market :

Dates in 2014 for the Belper Farmers Market.

Saturday 8th February 2014
Saturday 8th March 2014
Saturday 12th April 2014
Saturday 10th May 2014
Saturday 14th June 2014
Saturday 12th July 2014
Saturday 9th August 2014
Saturday 13th September 2014
Saturday 11th October 2014
Saturday 8th November 2014
Saturday 13th December 2014

Belper Market Place is located at the very top of King Street where it meets the A609.

Location map for Belper Farmers Market :

View Belper Farmers Market. in a larger map


Thursday 6 March 2014

My videos from Ashbourne Shrovetide Football, Wednesday 5th March 2014.

I was at Wednesdays Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game and took lots of video. This is the best footage I have ever taken in the 12 years of seeing the football.
I will be uploading the footage from Wednesdays game over the next few days and updating this post with them.

Wednesdays Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 1 :

Wednesdays Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 2 :

Wednesdays Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 3 :

Wednesdays Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 4 :

Wednesdays Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 5 :

Wednesdays Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 6 :

Wednesdays Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 7 :

Wednesdays Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 8 :

Wednesdays Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 9 :

If you would like to link to the playlist which has all 9 parts in one series the  use my playlist here :
Ashbourne Shrovetide Football, Wednesday 5th March video Playlist.


Tuesday 4 March 2014

My videos from Ashbourne Shrovetide Football, Tuesday 4th March 2014.

I was at todays Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game and took lots of video.
I have spit the videos in to small parts.

2014 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 1 :

2014 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 2 :

2014 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 3 :

2014 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 4 :

2014 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 5 :

2014 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 6 :

2014 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Part 7 :


Monday 3 March 2014

2014 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football, Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th March. The maddest game of football in the World!

Note videos of the game will appear on my YouTube channel, Subscribe to see them. or follow me on Twitter so you get notified : https://twitter.com/AndySavage1969

Its that time of year again when the maddest game of football in the world takes place in Ashbourne Derbyshire. Here are the details for 2014 :

The 2014 game takes place on the 4th and 5th March.
On Tuesday Stuart Lees a retired firefighter who now runs a building business, Walker and Lees, will be turning up the ball at 2.00pm. And on Ash Wednesday,   Stephen Bott, engineer will have the honour.

Ashbourne in Derbyshire is host to one of the Oldest Shrovetide football games in England and this annual event is one not to be missed.

It was first recorded in 1682, though thought to date back to the 12th Century ,various attempts were made to suppress it over the years.

It has continued unabated ever since, and by 1928 it had become so respectable that the then Prince of Wales was invited to start the game. From that year on it was known as the Royal Shrovetide Football game.

The Game is played annually on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, and consists of two teams, one from anyone born to the North of the River Henmore, and one from people born South of the river, these are known as Upards and Downards.

The Goals are on the sites of Old mills, one at Clifton and one at Sturston, these are three miles apart.
A goal is scored by a player striking the mill wheel three times with the Ball.

The ball may be kicked, carried or thrown, but generally proceeds in a series of hugs invisible to the spectator. The game can last for many hours, finishing well after dark.

The game starts at 2pm in the afternoon, when a specially prepared ball - larger than a football and filled with cork which weighs around 4lbs is thrown in by a visiting guest of honor. The balls used for the Shrovetide games are made by Ashbourne man John Harrison.
The hand sewn leather balls are filled with cork chippings.
The balls are a work of art and take a few weeks to paint.

The Rules
If the balls are goaled, then it will become the proud possession of the person who has goaled it. If no-one goals it, then the person that turned-up the ball gets to take it home.
The game starts in the Shawcroft Carpark (back of Waitrose supermarket), See my detailed map lower down. I have provided a detailed interactive Shrovetide map lower down in this post which will enable you to see all the key points of the playing field which 3 miles between the two goals at Sturston and Clifton.

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football is something that you just have to see to believe your eyes.
Here is part one of four videos I made of the game in 2012 to give you an idea of what its like :

Here is part one of six videos I made of the game in 2013 to give you an idea of what its like :

I have lots of photographs and several videos from past games that you can view :

Photographs from the 2008 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game.

Photographs from the 2007 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game.

Photographs from the 2006 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game.

Photographs from the 2004 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game.

Photographs from the 2002 Ashbourne Shrovetide Footbal game.

Videos :
Video footage from the 2010 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football Game.

Video footage from the 2009 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football Game.

Video footage from the 2007 Ashbourne Shrovetide Footaball game

Extra video footage from the 2007 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game.

Time-lapse driving video from Derby to Ashbourne.

Time-lapse driving video from Derby to Ashbourne 2012.

Location Map:
Smartphone drop pin locator for Ashbourne Shrovetide Football,
If you own a smartphone (iPhone,HTC etc) then CLICK HERE and it will launch your mapping app with a "drop pin" which I have perfectly located above the turning up plinth, If you have never been to Ashbourne then you can use this to get walking directions to where the action will be at 2pm.
On an iPhone, once the map shows up there will be a red drop pin in the middle of the screen with the title "Ashbourne Shrovetide" above it. Touch "Directions" at the bottom and then "by foot" icon at the top of the screen to get detailed walking directions to the start of the game.

The town of Ashbourne is located in Derbyshire just off the A52, see my time-lapse driving video to Ashbourne Football.
I have created an interactive map which shows all the key points in the game such as the turning up plinth where the ball is thrown, the two goals and the Henmore which is what determines if you are an Upard or a Downard, Click the link below the map for a large view of all the points of interest :

View Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game map. in a larger map

If you are travelling from Derby then you could catch the Swift Bus from Derby Bus Station for £3.80 single/£7.50 return. This stops at Ashbourne Bus Station which is a two minute walk from the Shorecroft car park. Information on the Swift Bus Service.

If your looking for somewhere to stay over then there is the White Hart pub just down the road or the Station Hotel or Compton Guest House or a Travel Lodge at the other end of the town.