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  1. Views look excellent from up there I postponed my visit after a fire there a year or two back; Must see one day
  2. UK Tower Colliery, South Wales - November 2016

    nice set of shots there mate
  3. That warehouse looks huuuge Nice set of shots; And nice set of camera equipment too
  4. i love old cinemas & theatres and what a sad story to go with it Excellent work
  5. UK Leybourne Grange, October 2016

    Looks a bit dodgy in places... then that shot with no floor! Excellent set of shots, liking that lots
  6. Great set there, looks a good explore Love the last shot of the Tele's
  7. UK Kingsway Tram Tunnel - London - Sept 2016

    This is an excellent report Must have been great to see this place first hand Love the underground map shot
  8. great set of shots; I love places like this
  9. UK Chernobyl nuclear power plant, May16

    Many thanks guys As its a permission visit, it does make it a different type of exploring, in that you can almost take your time to get that correct shot, and not looking over your shoulder all the time. But, when it comes to Pripyat, the derelict town nearby, this place is back to normal, and still loaded with dangers - questionable structures, dodgy floors, broken glass, enviromental hazards, and then theres the radiation, albiet rarely a problem. I cannot reccomend this place enough, it has to be done! More photos to follow!
  10. Chernobyl… Where do I start! Had an awesome action packed beer drenched week-long trip in the zone. I took 1400 photos, and saw some amazing sites in Pripyat. I’m going to start with Chernobyl Nuclear power plant, as it is a once in a lifetime site. It is my first nuclear power plant (!) and although originally sceptical about radiation levels, the dose I received in my 3 hour visit should be acceptable. Our tour guide had worked at the plant for 26 years! There was, understandably, a vast amount of security and ID checks to enter the plant. Although the station is long decommissioned, there is still plenty of activity around here, and will be for the foreseeable future. We had a comprehensive briefing on the disaster before entry, then some security and were led to the new sarcophagus construction yard. Some more security & lengthy ID checks, dressed up in all lab coats, foot covers & hat, more security, then inside the nuclear power plant. An exceptionally long corridor linked the 4 reactors. Control rooms for each nuclear reactor on the left, and turbine halls on the right. Nuclear Reactor 2 control room was a real highlight. I have never seen so many buttons & dials. Radiation was surprisingly low here. Then on to the wall beside the reactor 4, which had the accident. The giger counter went bonkers. Moving swiftly on to Nuclear reactor 3 turbine hall, which was very impressive. Finally more security, and radiation checks, and the monument outside. An outstanding visit. I’ve got loads of photos of Pripyat, and the partially built reactor cooling tower for reactor 5, which was never finishsed. All to follow. Explored with the excellent company of Stig, Auntieknickers, The Lone Ranger & two non members. History The history is well documented on the net. In summary: The Chernobyl disaster happened on 26 April 1986, in Ukraine, former USSR. An explosion & fire released large quanties of radioactive particles into the atmosphere over current day Ukraine & Belarus. It was the worst nuclear disaster in history. It is one of only two level 7 events (the other being Fukushima in 2011. To contain the contamination cost a lot money and a lot of lives. The other 3 nuclear reactors were restarted the same year, and were not decommissioned for some years later. monument to the disaster the new sarcophagus to cover reactor 4 the new sarcophagus to cover reactor 4 Let's go inside..... The very long corridor - linking all 4 nuclear reactors Nuclear power plant, Reactor 2 control room so many buttons Monument next to reactor 4, that exploded Turbine Hall, Nuclear Reactor 3 this is a model of reactor 4, which exploded and this diagram explains (best in the pictures!) how the new sarcophagus will be moved into position thanks for looking
  11. UK Shangton care home village, Leics, Feb16

    Many thanks guys Been meaning to get back on for ages; been busy I won't leave it so long next time!
  12. UK Loxley chapel, Sheffield, Jan16

    thanks guys Yeah, I've missed the best days for this place, but it was good to see anyway
  13. Belgium The Particle Accelerator (03/2016)

    looks a great place; good work
  14. UK HMS Wildfire, Chatham - 2016

    Awesome photos good work
  15. thanks to KM Punk for this one. The village consists of a number of cottages, houses, daycare centres, greenhouses, an admin block & a hall. Not all of the buildings were accessible. Not only was the power on, but I was surprised to find some of the lights were left on in some of the buildings too. Nothing was in a terrible condition, and it feels a shame that it closed. The greenhouses contained some amusingly rotten grapes, presumably from a wine growing project. Apologies if this is a bit bland, But, at least it is fresh; and completely un-vandalised. CARE Shangton was a ‘Care Village’ for people with Learning Disabilities and Moderate Mental Health Conditions. It was established in 1966, but officially opened in 1973. The concept of the community based care provided, was a big step towards today’s supported living. It focused on promoting the independence of the service users by providing occupations that suited the individual, this was mainly in Catering and Horticulture. The company, CARE, also owned a tea room and a had a stall at the market in neighbouring Market Harborough. The service users planted and potted plants and made bouquets of flowers, which were sold on the market stall and all proceeds went to the resident’s fund for day trips and holidays. They also baked cakes, scones, etc and sold them at both the tea room and the market stall. The village was very successful, holding a very good reputation locally. It provided a service to 53 people, at times there was a waiting list to have a home here. One feature of the village that was visibly different from other care facilities, was that it was made up of several houses specially designed for 2-4 people and a more traditional 14 beded unit filled with corridors. With the success of the village and the aging of the houses, it was announced in 2007 that CARE Shangton was to close. However, after an outcry the village was temporarily saved. In 2013, it was announced that CARE had merged with Self Unlimited. Soon after they revealed plans to relocate to the local town, Market Harborough, to ‘help the service users integrate into the local community’. The process of moving people started in late 2013 and was completed in October 2015. The new facility can provide for up to 80 people and can provide for a wider range of abilities. The site has been sold and there has been a planning permission application for new housing. And the greenhouse, with its Skanky Skany rotting grapes! thanks for looking!

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