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  1. Not a lot about this place, I believe the bowling part shut down in 2009 and then the crystal maze part shut down in 2010. Oakwood own this place and have no plans for it besides letting it rot away. Whoever is trying to look after this place is attempting to keep people out. Heard about this place from a different site, easy to find, such a pain in the arse to get into as there's a very tight gap to try and squeeze through.. Thee maze is bigger than first thought, only uploaded a few pictures of that.
  2. And old 18 century house with had a bank function.The building is stripped of all furniture an will probably be renovated in some future. Needed to be a little bit inventive to gain access to this one. But later I was all alone, with the only sound coming from the people in front of the building. 1 IMG_1541 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr 2 IMG_1534-bewerkt by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr 3 IMG_1519-bewerkt by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr 4 IMG_1488 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr 5 IMG_1453 by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr 6 IMG_1441-bewerkt by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr 7 IMG_1450-bewerkt by Bart Hamradio, on Flickr
  3. Another drive past find on a trip to Italy last year, never seen pics of it, so we called it Powerplant Percy. It was a sub-station of some sort, but stripped out and not much to see, but it was rather nice inside, so here you have it. Well there you have it, a stripped out shell, but they need a bit of love too, or maybe not, you got this far, so you must have enjoyed it
  4. During a Italian trip waaaay back in 2016, I visited this rather lovely Manicomio in the heart of a seaside Italian City, it was impressive to say the least. Huge stairs, huge windows, high ceilings, but sadly rather empty, but I enjoyed it enough to go back this year with Baroness Von DerpBangers. Thanks for looking
  5. History Costing £350,000 and ten years to build, the Cardiff City Asylum opened on 15 April 1908. The main hospital building covered 5 acres (2.0 ha), designed to accommodate 750 patients across 10 wards, 5 each for men and women. Like many Victorian institutes, it was designed as a self-contained institute, with its own 150 feet (46 m) water tower atop a power house containing two Belliss and Morcom steam engine powered electric generator sets, which were only removed from standby in the mid-1980s. The site also contained a farm, which provided both food supplies and therapeutic work for the patients. The first medical superintendent was Dr Edwin Goodhall, whose then advanced approaches and therapies resulted in the hospital acquiring a reputation at the forefront of mental health care. Patients were also encouraged to take work and supervised tours outside the institute. During World War I, the facility was called the Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital. During World War II, part of the hospital was turned over to the military, becoming the largest emergency service hospital in South Wales, treating British, US Army and German personnel. 200 beds were retained for civilian use, which enabled early treatment of post traumatic stress disorder of military patients. On 5 July 1948, the hospital was taken over by the Ministry of Health as the National Health Service came into existence. It continued to be used through to the mid-1980s, when care in the community began to reduce the number of resident patients. The decision was made to close the hospital as it was no longer deemed suitable for patients. Closure of the hospital is today, 29th April 2016. The Explore As always, explored with my better half @hamtagger . This place had become a little bit of a fixation to us. Knowing as most of you probably did that closure was imminent we decided to pay it a visit. The hospital recently had an exhibition showing the history of Whitchurch and it had finished a week before our visit, only downfall is we would have got to see the hall but where is the fun in being allowed in somwhere! This place had 10 wards, they are huge wards, built on 2 floors. When we visited only 2 of those wards were in use on the East side and they were the secure unit which were moved to the new Llandough Hospital earlier this week. 90% of the site is disused. On site there is a funeral home and a hospice both of which are still and will still remain active now that the hospital has closed. The whole site is pretty vast, the corridors are long and echoey, we never saw a single person while walking around the main sections. The wards were all closed and padlocked off inside but this didn't really bother us too much. We just enjoyed sneaking round capturing it like it is now. HT said to me wouldnt it be nice to look back on these pics in years to come and see what it did look like. A severalls in the making if nothing happens with it. As you can see not a lot was accessible but it wil give you an idea of what it is like. Parts of it reminded me of Goodmayes Asylum in Essex, it had that feel to it. Especially with working lights and the colour of red on the windows and doors. The place hadn't been looked after which was a shame really. Decay had allready started. Some corridors were closed off due to colapsing ceilings. The water tower was locked off because of Aspestos. Reading a story online, millions had been spent renovating one of the concrete rings on one side of the tower only a few years ago. The building is beautiful. Red brick with a single line of yellow brick right through the middle. The grounds are just as nice, old flowerbeds now overgrown but still spring flowers coming through. On our way out we were met by Security at the main desk, we explained to him that we were just looking at the buildings. Luckily we were on our way out and he told us that he didn't mind us taking externals so there was our chance to walk around the whole site externally. I got chatting to him and asked him about his job. He explained that he had started working for the gardens when he was 17 as a stopgap before he found something else to do, 44 years later he is still there. I could see the bond he had with this building with the closure ahead. He was emotionally attached to it, you could see the sadness in his eyes when he talked about it. He talked to us about the cannabis factory that was found a few years back in one of the derelict wards. He laughed when he said that staff thought he was behind it. All in all really nice to speak to him, someone with knowledge. So really a maze of corridors to see and a lot locked down, this place has a mortuary but I am led to believe that it's 50/50 as to wether there is a slab inside it still. I am told that it is stored for gas bottles. The main hall is amazing but I only got to see it through cracks in the doors. Currently being used for storage of medical records and equiptment it was heavily locked. Whitchurch has a lot more to offer but for us its a waiting game until it becomes more accessible inside. In particular I loved the Matron's door. This place had a lot of original features left and this was one of them. Anyway enough of my waffle, I am sure that many of you will vsit this place in time. On with the pics Externals An aerial view of the whole site, arrow plan. 1 : The Main entrance 2 : The Pavillions had seen better days 3 : Westside, Innit bruv! 4 : One of the smaller villa's on site, more recently being used for admin 5 : One of the secure Units for the higher risk patients 6 : 7 : East Side 8 : Some more of the East side 9 : The external of the curved corridor 10 : 11 : The Internals 12 : 13 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17 : The corridor Kink 18 : A bit of artwork from a former patient 19 : 20 : The corridor which led you to the Mortuary & Tower, sadly closed off 21 : Sad times for Whitchurch 22 : The main entrance 23 : A little history from when it was a military hospital Thanks for looking!
  6. Think this is the correct section to share this one, not that there's much to share. The site is huge but the main building is sealed tight and being watched like a hawk with the most technical cameras I have ever seen. Here's what I did get anyway, not much but still!
  7. This old Resthouse in Belgium is getting better and better by time. If you would drive past the building you wouldnt expact the place would still have some great decay! 1 2 3 4 5
  8. visited this primary school with @woopashoopaa a nice little school this we visited has we were passing to go to another place so thought it would be worth a look inside and glad we did still a few bits and bobs left lieing around theres not much history about this place so heres a bit I found and then on with the puics..... The long established St John's, Wingates CE Primary & Fourgates County Primary schools were closed in 2004 following amalgamation to form The Gates CP School. The place has remaining untouched for many years after the Bolton Council set up a Family Learning Centre there for a few months but again moved to another building in Bolton City Centre and was put up for sale in 2009 but no buyers were found it remains to be seen wether the building will be knocked down in the near future
  9. visited st josephs myself woopashoopaa and gronk this was our first stop of the day after we gained access we found it was now being inhabited by pidgeons and there was shit everywhere. the church and been pretty much stripped but was still worth a look. as the place hasnt been covered that much.just as we had left and crossed the road taking our externals the police turned up so made our escape to our next place so heres bit of history i found and a few pictures In October 1870, Father Henry J Lamon (see "St. Joseph's Clergy") was appointed head of the new mission that would soon become the Parish of St. Joseph, Wigan, and it was due to the untiring zeal and great energy of the new Rector that rapid progress was made. The first service was held on 22nd January, 1871, in a small chapel that formerly belonged to the Primitive Methodist Body, in Caroline Street, but in a very short time the building was found to be too small for the increasing numbers of Catholics living in the surrounding Wallgate area. Consequently, with the permission of the Right Reverend Doctor O'Reilly, Bishop of Liverpool, Father Lamon purchased some adjoining land to the chapel, at a cost of £500. The old Methodist chapel was then pulled down, and on the site was erected the first church of St. Joseph, which opened in April 1872. This new church was built to accommodate between 500 and 600 worshippers at a cost of £3,000 - a considerable sum at the time. At a further cost of £5,000, through the support of his faithful parishioners, by 1874, Father Lamon had built the schools at St. Joseph's, which soon had an average attendance of over 800 scholars! However, it soon became evident that the new church was totally inadequate for the requirements of the district, and steps were taken without delay for the erection of a more extensive building. NOTE: During his time at St. Joseph's, there was frequent correspondence between Father Lamon and the Bishop of Liverpool, regarding the possible acquisition of land around Caroline Street. Indeed, some of Father Lamon's letters to the Bishop, which are kept in the Archdiocesan Archives, suggest that the first Rector of St. Joseph's was most shrewd and business-like when dealing in such matters In due course, more land adjacent to the church was purchased, and the old premises were removed to make room for the building of a second new church! The design of the new St. Joseph's Church, the one that so many came to know and love, was entrusted to Mr. Goldie, of the firm of Messrs. Goldie and Child, of Kensington, London, and the contract, which amounted to about £6,000, to Mr. J. Wilson, of Wigan, with Mr. Weatherby acting as clerk of works. In 1877, the foundation stone was laid and blessed by the Right Rev. Dr. O'Reilly, and, together, with the adjoining Presbytery for the accommodation of three priests, the church was completed in 1878 and opened on Sunday, 30th June of that year. P
  10. The last location on our last Belgian excursion and what a belter!! Not actually abandoned so maybe class this one as infiltration... Vintage turbons, switches n dials... YES PLEASE!!! ...CENTRAL OHM... ... As always, thanks for lookin' in
  11. After a bit of a lurk in the Jungle School, we popped down the road for a Sunday afternoon saunter around another abandoned Belgian school... ...The Green School... ... Thanks for lookin' in...
  12. Not much to say about this one really... Big 'ole Chateau tucked away in the Belgian countryside with a STUNNING staircase and LOADS of decay... And now for that staircase... As always, thanks for lookin' in...
  13. After a huge effort and going underneath 2 lines of razor wire, we managed to get in this HUGE abandoned factory.Great fun to explore! Pictures are from 2 visits.
  14. a recent visit with @woopashoopaa @Telf and @GRONK was a fun day out had by all of us.visited various locations so on to the police station after have a good look around and telf working out our way on site we spotted our entry point finally got in all was good headed streight upstairs was going well till we reached the ground floor and got busted. so not many pictures as i was more busy looking around and to be honest not really much to see a bit of history and pics.... The building has been empty since 2010, when the police force left Irwell Street for a new £16 million base in Castlecroft Street. A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “We recommend that the public do not enter condemned buildings and adhere to safety signs that are on these buildings. “We will arrest and detain anyone who is caught breaking and entering.â€
  15. The Laundry Plant was built in the early 19th century. It belonged to a Lung Sanatorium. Since the closing in the 1990s, the area is decaying rapidly. And my favourite shot from there: A GoPro clip will follow soon...
  16. More from a recent Euro jaunt... A super decayed school in Belgium with a lot of natural ingress hence the Jungle moniker... ... Thanks for lookin' in...
  17. This as you all know is a steel foundry that closed in January 2012 and everybody and his dog has been in to take pictures we have been told the plant use to turn old cars into nice shiny lumps of steel that would be sold to some other cock that probably turned them into not so nice shiny new cars but I think the real goings on where much more sordid, I think they made great big steel vibrators one hundred feet high !! there was lots of evidence of this all over the site. anyway lets forget this silliness From what I have been told from a two of my friends that used to work there the owners went into administration over night everyone went home Friday and then got a text message over the weekend telling them they don't have a job anymore and the place has been dead since then, everything is as the workers left it. I've been told if the guards find you in here they call the old bill so we had to be on our toes. this place is big so there's lots of places to hide if they do come looking. We heard them a few times but managed to keep out of their way. This place is real dirty and I mean dirty, everywhere is covered in a fine grey dust and in some places its 10cm deep but getting covered in shit is what its all about don't you think ....... We entered, we explored and I'm happy to say we left with our sphincters intact. on a side note if anyone is making a trip to Thames steel keep your eyes and ears open for moving / creaking metal , I was there with a few friends and we stopped for a drink and a chat, as we stood there we heard a sound like someone dragging a big bit of metal along the floor behind us , then about a minute later a bang as loud as thunder was followed by an even louder crashing sound as part of the roof came down. I must say it looked so fucking cool and I wished I had filmed it but it happened so fast I just did not have time to even think about hitting the record button. the crazy thing is we all walked through that very spot about 20 minutes before hand so thank fuck we did not stop there to have a chat because we could well have been killed. there's still some metal just hanging ready to fall at any time. note one of the beams still hanging up there just being supported by the yellow hand rail. On with the main pictures
  18. Hi all, First post on this forum, start off with something simple. The DRI, alot of people have visited this place and it caused alot of drama, but it was on my list for a while. Some history for you. Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (DRI) was established in 1810 on land formerly part of Derby's Castlefield estate on land near what is now Bradshaw Way and the A6 London Road. It was known as the Derbyshire General Infirmary at the time. In 1890 a Typhoid outbreak sweeped through the hospital, and the buildings design was blamed. The hospital is entirely demolished, a year later Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of what would become Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The neo-Jacobean building was completed in 1894, and its main features were its 'Onion' shaped domed towers and its central corridor which ran the length of the hospital. The hospital was expanded at several points in the 20th century, the most visible being the still used Wilderslowe Tower and the now disused A+E building built in 1970. The DRI as a result is an architectural mish-mash with the original hospital at its heart. Buildings aside, the DRI was a pioneering hospital, the UK's first Flying Squad was set up here in 1955, in 1976 George Cohrane set up the first National Demonstration Centre for Rehabilitation and in 1992 the Pulvertaft Hand Centre was opened by the Queen, her grandson William was sent here seven years later following a rugby injury. In the late 90s, the NHS Trust's for each hospital in Derby merged, and drew up a dramatic plan to consolidate the services of both hospital's on one site. The so called 'super hospital', soon to be known as the Derby Royal Hospital is one of the largest in the region. There are no official plans to redevelop the now redundant Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, the land is covered by a large regeneration plan which will expand Derby's city centre southwards into what is known as Castleward. The 1987 built part of the hospital shall continue to provide medical care, providing the services of the closed Aston Hall and Grove Hospital's south of Derby. The vist. I've wanted to get into this place for months, with many attempts and fails. But I finally managed to get in. I soon became aware of the pure amount of workers on site demolishing many of the out buildings slowly but surely. I stayed in one of the first buildings, I'm not sure which part of the hospital this was, be great if someone could tell me? But I enjoyed the look around. 4 Floors and each have their own character and story. It's just such a shame a big beautiful place has to be knocked down for something completely useless. Onwards and upwards I suppose. Hope you enjoy. http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag89/arron13/IMG_2402_zpszbbmtji5.jpg' alt='IMG_2402_zpszbbmtji5.jpg'> Thanks for looking:cool:
  19. This place, as I am sure a few of you are aware, is in the middle of nowhere. If you can call the Welsh countryside nowhere that is... I have to admit, I felt quite smug, driving towards the location in my Land Rover Defender - perfect camouflage for the area. And, no, contrary to some published photos - this is not my Landie The house is a little set back from the outbuildings, and at first I didn't see the house at all. With eyesight this good, it's no wonder that my research, is on occasion... bloody hopeless Once inside the house, I spent far too long photographing the Harmonium and the Clock next to it. One thing I liked about this location is that, although it is filled with lots of little artifacts, I do not get the feeling of intrusion - perhaps because I get the impression that it has been abandoned for quite some time. I don't know if this is true or not to be honest, but that is the feeling I get. Both upstairs and downstairs, there was so much to photograph and document As well as those personal items, the view out the back has a peacefulness to it I could quite happily have spent several hours at this location, both inside and out. As we were leaving I spotted an old cart in what is left of an outdoor shed - of sorts. It looked quite photogenic, but I wasn't sure I wanted to get the tripod out and take my time. One of my fellow explorers was getting a detail shot though, so after wandering about I decided to get a bit closer to the cart. Of course, the grass had grown quite a lot and I was careful where I was treading. Or so I thought. As it happens, I stepped forward, and my foot went straight on a large nail. Nail, which was attached to some wood/fence/whatever went through my boot and in to my foot. Bloody marvelous. Actually it wasn't, it was bloody painful. The nail was gripped quite well by my boot, so in traditional comic book fashion, I slowly lifted my leg up to pull the nail out. The general call was to take my boot off and see the damage. Well I knew the nail had pierced my foot and I saw no point in taking by boot off until I got back to the car. I hobbled away from scene, and then decided, actually, bollocks, I was going to grab a shot of the bloody cart. As it goes, I am quite pleased with this grab shot When I got back to the car, boot and sock off, there was a nice neat puncture hole in my foot, just shy of the middle of the arch. Luckily, the boot gripped the nail quite firmly, so any lose rust or muck was "wiped" off the nail before it went in to my foot - well at least that is what I reckon. Thanks for viewing - there are some more images on my Flickr A couple of detail shots, portraits, that sort of thing
  20. For a change I decided it was time to have a look at some locations in the UK. So, for the first time in our green land, I planned out a mini tour. One of the places on the to-do list was Soldier's Widow. The bizarre thing with this place is that every possible entry point is completely sealed. The one remaining possibility is a bit of a squeeze, but no more than that. Downstairs was a bit of a mess and for the most part dark. So I went upstairs, where there were a couple of rooms. Wardrobes full of clothes, shoes and all sorts. I do find it eerie being in a location which was clearly someone's home not that long ago. There were all sorts of documents laying about, including this from the Abbey National I decided to grab a picture of this, so went over to the window in the bedroom to get more light. Out the corner of my eye I notice someone walking about. Oh, I thought, a fellow explorer. Cool. I watched the guy wander in to the out buildings, at the same time noticing that he didn't have a rucksack, camera or anything else with him. Dressed in green overalls, this portly chap had was talking to someone on the phone. As he walked towards the sealed front door I could overhear what he was saying. I backed away from the window and went to warn my fellow explorer to be a ninja and stay away from the windows. "I think someone has been in the house again, the curtains are open now." Great, so clearly under watch, and someone didn't quite leave only footprints - but evidence that they had been there. Bloody curtains. Really!!? Of course, I am holier than thou, and always leave things exactly as I find them. OK, maybe I do move the odd thing now and again, but generally I do leave things as they were. There was more movement outside and double checking things were sound. Clearly the entry point was known and hadn't been messed about with. "I think all we need to do is get some 2x4 and nail it shut." Great, I hoped that said tubby-chap didn't have the wood in his car. "See you later then." With that he wandered off and I heard a car drive away. Breathing returned to normal - I am sure I actually breath more loudly when I try and be stealth-like though. I decided to blitz the remainder of the visit, which to be fair didn't take long. That window... well a bit of it anyway It was the first time I had seen decent gas masks - and it wouldn't be the last time that tour either - other gas masks (Pripyat) were somewhat different... I am a bit of a fan of documents, which perhaps saved the day on this occasion, as without going over to the window at that specific time, I am not sure what would have happened... Documents though, whether newspaper, magazine or something more personal do provide an insight in to the world left behind. Nearly three.. Well who knows if he will be king, things are less certain now than then and his um is proving to have considerable longevity A once treasured portrait, now, as with the house and home, abandoned Thanks for viewing Oh and a few more images on my Flickr
  21. 3 locations which I thought didn't really warrant a report of their own, so I thought I'd bung em together in here... 1st up... ...Krachstrom... (or... The Window Access Of Death Empty Turbine Hall )As the name would suggest, a bit of a pisser to get into! Spent longer on access than shooting the place! Next up... An old mine, I think?? Unfortunately we were a bit late on this one and renovation work was well underway! Scaffold, tools and fencing all over the shop! And some parts freshly sealed! Still very photogenic, lots of symmetry, amazing ceiling... ...Waterschwei... And finally... ...Chateau Honore... Well, that's it for now... Thanks for lookin' in
  22. Visited a while back with Mr Dan Explores after failing a site local to me. Some of you may remember my report and photos of the Piano Parts making side which closed in 1980. The site sits in the English town of Roade, Northamptonshire https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650519160101 This more modern section of the site continued the production of vehicle parts until 2011. The site seems to have been used in more recent times for Police Training but still retains some of its interesting features, such as a Laboratory. In the 1960's the factory was thought to have approximately 1,800 workers. Sadly; a few years larer the closure of Roade railway station caused the factory began to slip into decline. This was probably the third outing of my new 50mm lens which I have since fallen in love with. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157652282835508
  23. Well its been a few weeks since I posted, and about 6 weeks since I visited here with 3 exploring friends from various forums (Liam_CH, Els and a Bengley). I have wanted to crack this site for a very long time, so it was nice to get it done on a sunny April weekend The site is located in Sheerness, which is in the English county of Kent (East of London) and is looking a little worse for itself since its sudden 2012 closure which claimed 350 jobs. It has been sold out of administration but nothing has happened on the site and 3 and a half years later she sits decaying. The dust on site is something else and seems to consume everything! #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157652260359969
  24. A little history, shamelessly stole from Wiki! High Royds Hospital is a former psychiatric hospital south of the village of Menston, West Yorkshire, England. The hospital is located within in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough and was first opened on 8 October 1888 as the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum. The hospital closed in 2003 and the site has since been developed for residential use, some of which is in the old hospital buildings. The hospital was designed on the broad arrow plan by architect J. Vickers Edwards.[citation needed] The 300 acre (1.2 km²) estate on which the asylum was built was purchased by the West Riding Justices for £18,000 in 1885 and the large gothic complex of stone buildings was formally opened on 8 October 1888. The hospital was intended to be largely self-sufficient, and was provided with its own library, surgery, dispensary, butchery, dairies, bakery, shop, upholster's and cobbler's workshops and a large estate partly devoted to agriculture and market gardening. The patients lived in wards and if they were able, were expected to work towards their keep either on the farm, in the kitchens and laundry, or in various handicrafts. The hospital was formerly connected to the Wharfedale railway line by its own small railway system, the High Royds Hospital Railway, but this was closed in 1951 The explore was quite good actually, this is the only Asylum I have been in where I got a real feel of it. It felt like an Asylum, not just looked like one. Strange noises, wet footprints in the middle of rooms and none anywhere else all added to it. I must say the place was stunning and as I had got my ticket for the tour bus I was now at the location intended haha! Everywhere there were beautiful tiled floors, ornate woodwork, stunning celings. It is crammed with stuff to see. And the hall, well that was a belter too, the decay is starting to have quite an effect in there now. Personally I loved the little windows above the split corridor. They are a thing of beauty! Met Sweetpea & Dirty Jigsaw whilst we were there, good to see you guys! Anyway, on with the pics! Picture heavy as always lol Nice little staircase And another The stunning hall Sorry about this shot, I was using my wide angle and it blurred it. This was one of my favourite bits from the safe in what I think was the post office Those beautiful windows Clocktower The external
  25. Hey guys.. Little late with the report but headed down to Jameah with SlimJim and Chopper. We found ourselves an open door and had a little mooch around. After hearing what we presumed was secca talking, we backtracked and headed over to the church, after snapping away here we headed round into the main building. We dind't get very far as we heard muffled voices and signs of life - the smell of fresh cooking, clothes hanging out to dry etc.. from here we decided to back up once again and make our way out.. on our exit we bumped into a gentleman, who informed us that it's in fact not derelict, and is still teaching as a school! The short story with this place is that it was originally a Victorian orphanage. In later years it became a seminary and also ballet school and ultimately became an Islamic school. It's infamy came about when in the late 90s, Abu Hamza used it to train his acolytes in the use of automatic weaponry and handguns. Further dodgy goings on were reported later on and the Police raided the place in 2006. (Borrowed from Jim:D) Unfortunately I did't take any externals as the guy we asked said no, so we respected his requests and went on our way. Shame though, as it is such a beautiful building. Thanks for reading guys!