Posted on December 9, 2012 by bigrab
In May 2011 I made this posting about the Denny’s Hovercraft which I remember on the Clyde as a youngster. The posting has a link to a short Pathé News film from back in the day.
This week, regular correspondent John O’Hare sent me a great film of the hoverbus on its initial manouvres. Unfortunately the film doesn’t have sound. The description is as follows:
This hoverbus – the Denny D2 hoverbus – was the first in the world produced for commercial operation. The film begins with tests in Loch Long. It then records the maiden voyage sailing from Dumbarton to Oban, along the Crinan Canal to Inverness, Fraserburgh, Aberdeen, Berwick-Upon-Tweed and down the east coast finishing at the River Thames, London. The last section of the film concerns the liquidation of William Denny & Bros. Ltd.
On its maiden voyage, the hovercraft was skippered by 57 year old captain, Richard Mason. Peter Denny [featured in a memorial statue in the film] was born 1821 and died 1895. The statue was erected by friends and fellow townsmen in 1902.
Click here to view.
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Posted on July 19, 2012 by bigrab
Mind you, sometimes it’s the stuff that goes on behind the scenes that makes a town:
What is it you do for a living?
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Posted on April 3, 2012 by bigrab
I’m a member of the local “Freegle” site where folk offer and ask for goods that are no longer wanted. It was good to find a home for our old, but prefectly usable, three piece suite through the site.
The system works where an email is sent with an offer or wanted heading and then when the goods are taken or received then an email will be sent with those headings.
Thus you’ll get an email like this:
It is not known if the recipient had a free ticket for the Dumbarton Football Stadium on Saturday.
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Posted on December 8, 2011 by bigrab
Or rather during the flood!
Dumbarton earlier today:
The 'car park' at the quay
High Tide at the bridge.
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Posted on November 21, 2011 by bigrab
I spotted this vehicle in Dumbarton High Street the other day
It seems to be a kind of two thirds size VW camper, bedecked in the livery of Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine! It had a life size Scooby Doo soft toy in the passenger seat but there was no sign of any pesky kids.
Maybe Shaggy, Velma and co had popped into Greggs for a steak bake.
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Posted on October 2, 2011 by bigrab
I’m not a film buff, so the chances of me going to see Cloud Atlas a film starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry when it is released next year are virtually zero.
However today whilst taking a constitutional in the grounds of Overtoun House and Estate in Dumbarton, I saw much evidence of the filming they are doing there. These days, as you’ll see if you click on the link, the house is occupied and run by a Christian group.
It was built as a home for Lord Overtoun and then used as a maternity hospital for many years. It lay derelict for some time before the religious group took it over so it would be churlish to criticise the service they are performing in occupying the building.
I took some phone shots:
The front lawn at Overtoun House
This balloon looked to have a harness attached to it. For ariel shots I assume.
Two of the film company's trucks at Overtoun Bridge
The budget for the movie is $140,000,000.
That’s what I call big bucks.
Sheep not bothered by cloud and rain
There was widespread flooding in the area.
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