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.

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.