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Cutty Sark by Roy de Jersey...
17th April 2015

Roy de Jersey is one of those people who seems to find a couple more hours in each day than the rest of us. He always has several projects on the go and he showed me a few as we walked around his workshop before this photoshoot.

Roy is a big fan of classic bikes, particularly if they can be raced - which he still does, and his engineering skills have kept many old bikes 'alive' and on the road.

Roy also has a special talent when it comes to model-making and recently had this recognised when he won his class in the Guernsey Eisteddfod with this beautifully crafted and detailed model of the Cutty Sark.

I was invited along to capture a few pics of the Cutty Sark and I have to agree with the Eisteddfod Ajudicator's comment that Roy's two years of fine detailed work are near perfect.

Roy already has another model boat started... I should expect another call in about two years time!
VIEW PICS OF ROY DE JERSEY'S CUTTY SARK
This is why we cannot let the Fermain Tavern disappear...
13th April 2015

If someone was to ask the question 'Why do we need the Fermain Tavern'? Last Friday would have to be the answer!

It was last Friday that the 'Tav' presented another famous band (another one of many). This time it was The Blockheads... yes you all know them from the days when they were Ian Dury's band.

The Blockheads won't mind if I suggest that they have been around a bit. They have certainly amassed a good collection of experiences along the way and perhaps more importantly they have a stockpile of talent that can be brought to any of their live performances. And there are some pretty good songs in their repertoire too ;-)

This is a guaranteed combination to lift a gig into something special... and it did just that on Friday.

So, to get back to my earlier question. The 'full-house' of punters who enjoyed the rare talents of the Blockheads were able to savour all this locally in our 'very own' Fermain Tavern!

That fact alone should tell you why we need the Fermain Tavern... and why we need it to stay as our premier live venue. At a Fermain gig you get the chance to stand just three feet from popular music's new and established icons. How privileged does that make us?

The point is that NO OTHER Guernsey venue will ever replace what we already have here at the 'Tav'. The only other venue that very occasionally puts on a worthy (that's questionable) original band might be Beau Sejour... but really, there is no comparison and nothing remotely regular in their promotions.

But more to the point is the question, 'Where is the atmosphere when you have to stand in a Sports Hall drinking out of plastic cups'?

Please remember what we have in the Fermain Tavern. It is a great venue and needs our support. Paul Staples has done a fantastic job to keep the momentum going for the last few years but now it is time for some-else to take over. We must offer our support so that the 'Tav' continues its fine history of Live Music.

I was able to get right up close to the Blockheads and captured a few pics. They are now online:
VIEW PICS OF THE LEGENDARY BLOCKHEADS
Round 2 of the GVC's Downhill Series....
12th April 2015

This morning Talbot Valley lived up to its reputation of being one of Guernsey's prettiest places.

I was fortunate to spend a few hours there whilst photographing the Guernsey Velo Club's MTB Downhill racing, Round-2.

There was a good turn-out of MTB bikers riding the twisty down-hill course. Each competitor had two timed runs on this sunny morning... and it really was a couple of hours well spent by riders and photog's alike :-)

For me, speaking as a photographer, the light was really useful offering me the chance to use slow shutter speeds, back-lighting, flash and panning techniques.

I definitely ticked a few boxes there then!

I've added a new gallery of pics here:
VIEW PICS OF MTB DOWNHILL SERIES ROUND-2
It was business as usual in my town office....
09th April 2015

A chance meeting today in my town office (The Cock & Bull) reminded me that I still needed to update a couple of Galleries from waaaay back...

Richey Powers is making a return visit to Sark to get together with his band mates in The Recks and he happened to walk into the said town office! Richey is the charismatic frontman of The Recks.

He updated me with some of the festival/gig bookings that The Recks have lined up for 2015 and it is an impressive list. I'll not announce anything here at this time as I'm not sure if the details have been released yet... but it is safe to say that the band is really getting noticed.

So my Galleries have now been updated with a few pics (that had been forgotten) of The Recks playing at The Fermain Tavern. They were supported on this occasion by To the Woods so their Gallery has also had an update.

Check-out the pics here:
VIEW PICS OF THE RECKS
VIEW PICS OF TO THE WOODS
Just a quick thank-you....
08th April 2015

Can I just say a huge thank-you to everyone who has visited this web-site since the weekend. I'm staggered by the enormous interest in my work :-)

The automatic counter that runs at the bottom of the page has shown well over 50,000 new views which makes my efforts all worthwhile!

I hope you have found pictures that interest you and that you are encouraged to make a return visit every so often. I can guarantee that you will always find new updates.

.... oh, and don't forget that you can buy an occasional pic on-line which will encourage me to keep offering up-to-date coverage of all these events ;-)

Thanks again,
Andrew
Loads of action from the Hillclimb... even though we had a big hold-up :-)
07th April 2015

Now that is what I call a top weekend... or at least I will when my aching bones feel better ;-)

I think I should have gone into a training regime before the non-stop shooting this Bank Holiday. I always forget how tiring it is to carry so much heavy kit hung around my neck! No wonder so many Sports photographers walk with a stoop... I'm well on the way myself :-(

But the pain is nothing that a hot shower can't fix... and I now have the reward of some great action shots.

The latest Gallery update is for the Guernsey Motor Cycle & Car Club's Bank Holiday Hillclimb.

This event was interrupted by a major oil spill along a length of track stretching from the start-line all the way into the tunnel. I think there was an immediate fear that the whole day could be lost as this happened during the early practice runs, but after the competitors pulled together with every broom on the hill a safe clearance was made and the fun could start again. Well done everyone.

So, with good racing weather (and for taking pics) I managed to capture plenty of action and I've had a restful day sitting on my behind editing the results.

There has already been over 40,000 views of my weekends work so I'm well chuffed. Thanks for all the interest!

Hillclimb pics are now online:
VIEW PICS OF THE GMC&CC BANK HOLIDAY HILLCLIMB
After sixty years of looking I have discovered that I have a talent...
05th April 2015

Well, it has taken a while. Sixty years to be precise! But today I have discovered that I have an exceptional talent.

Now I know that some of you will not be surprised by this (at least my family won't be... I hope!) However for the rest of you who might have missed my special gift I'll explain.

Today I have shown that men can indeed multi-task!

I'm not sure if this is a first, but the fact that I have just completed a full edit of my pictures of the Autocross Summer Championship whilst actually watching Andy Priaulx race in the British Touring Car Championship must position me up there with some of the greatest (male) talents the world has ever seen!

OK, maybe I'm taking this a (little) bit too far but I'm dead chuffed! This weekend was always lined up as a very busy one for me and the need to keep on top of the shoots was important if I am to tick off a few of the jobs my missus has on her 'to-do' list next week :-(

If things continue to go this well I can see that steam-cleaning my cottage walls and a bit of painting will feature in next weeks work load.

Thinking about it, maybe I haven't been so bright after all!

Pics of the Autocross can be viewed here:
VIEW PICS OF ROUND-3 OF THE AUTOCROSS SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP
Guernsey does Motorsport better....
04th April 2015

With Andy Priaulx taking pole on his return to the British Touring Car Championship the weekend was already looking pretty good.

Then there was the local action to look forward to and it started on the coast road at Vazon with the Guernsey Kart & Motor Club's Sprint meeting... nice!

It was a little chilly down at Vazon making me think about borrowing a couple of tyre warmers to ease the cold... but the bikers wanted them for themselves ;-(

I've been burning the midnight oil to get a full-action gallery of pics from the Sprint on-line. It is definitely a case of keeping up with the editing as the weekend is going to be so busy... Autocross, Hillclimb and Gigs, here I come!

Sprint pics can be viewed here:
VIEW PICS OF THE FIRST SPRINT OF 2015
An especially quick quickie.......
25th March 2015

Well the title should say it all...

I've no time to talk, so this is a very quick quickie update :-)

I've uploaded a new Gallery featuring Round 3 of the Guernsey Kart & Motor Club's Winter Kart Championship:
VIEW PICS OF ROUND 3 OF THE WINTER KART CHAMPIONSHIP
2-Day Trials shows off our Island....
24th March 2015

On Saturday I had the best 'work office' that anyone could wish for.

I was taking pics of the first day of the Guernsey Motor Cycle & Car Club's annual 2-Day Trials meeting and this was happening on the hillside over-looking Fort Grey and Portelet Harbour.

Now, if you are a local person, you will already know what an amazing spot this is when the sun is out and the sea is blue.

If you have never visited Guernsey then I promise you that the view would rival the very finest in the world... and like I said, this is where I did a days work. Well somebody has to do it ;-)

Day 2 wasn't quite so amazing, but hey, you have to take the rough with the smooth!

If you want to get an idea of what I am talking about take a look at the new picture gallery. Unfortunately you really had to be there for the full effect:
VIEW PICS OF THE GMC&CC 2-DAY TRIALS

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