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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where have I been this month on: Yesterday at 10:20:02 pm
5. Ryde Pier Head?
2  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Channel 5 series - Paddington Station 24/7, starting 11 September 2017 on: October 19, 2018, 11:02:39 am
It's simply the way the programme (like every TV programme) is edited. The primary footage tells the story but to make it flow and to help explain the story to the viewer various other content is edited in. Establishing shots (that locate and establish the nature of the story) may be filmed at a different time, often on a different day - a sunnier one maybe. If the main story is filmed on a single camera, cut-away shots are inserted to avoid awkward cuts and edits. In current affairs programmes these are known as 'noddies' because they often feaure the interviewer nodding in agreement to camera while the edit point passes. B-roll footage is also added to pad out the story. It too may be shot at a different time or day sometimes on smaller cameras (and nowadays drones) and often without an audio track. Or it may come from library footage or archives: compare episodes of Paddington 24/7 and count how often the same shot of an HST departing crops up in different stories.

Anyway... the point of the above is to illustrate what a pain in the a*se live clocks are for the video editor: the main story takes place at 14:05 to 15:00 but all the B-roll footage we have has clocks showing 10:30 and 17:50! Hence the pixellation or the insertion of an on-screen clock to re-establish the 'real' time line.

It's always interesting to lift the curtain to see how it all works - sorry if I have spoilt it for you  Cheesy
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 18, 2018, 10:16:29 am
Do we (they) know if the move to Stoke Gifford was supposed to be under electric traction or diesel?
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Getting Electrification Right on: October 18, 2018, 09:20:04 am
At first glance, I thought it was a picture of the Dubai skyline.
5  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Railway bridges struck by road vehicles - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: October 14, 2018, 04:30:48 pm
[By the same logic whiskey, being made from grain, is practically muesli.

That must be true, because you never put ice in muesli.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Happy Birthday HST on: October 12, 2018, 11:18:59 am
Update - good news and bad: the clip is archived on a BBC News server. I've seen it but I don't have any permission to distribute the content I'm afraid.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Happy Birthday HST on: October 04, 2018, 06:44:19 pm
I've asked the question, so we'll see what, if anything, comes back.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Happy Birthday HST on: October 04, 2018, 04:10:49 pm
Now if only the BBC News archives would dust off the original and post it online in a clearer resolution.

I have a contact who can tell me if it still exists and is either on the archive server or in a tape library but I seriously doubt I can get a release copy  Sad
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Happy Birthday HST on: October 04, 2018, 06:32:00 am
As I parked at Swindon this morning, the nice lady on Radio 4 informed me that today (4 Oct) is the anniversary of the first HST service to the West in 1976. I’ve no idea if this is correct but I was very pleased that the 0612 to PAD is an HST. I wished it ‘happy birthday’ as it pulled in and would have bought it a small cake if I’d known earlier... 😁
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: One from the wife on: August 27, 2018, 08:18:11 pm
Does the reverse of the postcard offer any clues?
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Re: Mad Bishop & Bear closing for refurbishment - Aug 2018 on: August 10, 2018, 06:39:37 pm
Allegedly the time the last banking transaction took place.

Now. About the Ale & Pie Tasting Board... Mmmm...
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Closure threat - Bristol Railway on: August 06, 2018, 09:54:35 am
...that pesky Marvin behind this.

And him with a brain the size of a planet...
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: August 03, 2018, 11:17:16 am
What an excellent idea. As good as one of the comments in the Oxford Mail article:

Perhaps we could start a competition. Steal a brick, post a photograph of the gap left, and the winner is the one who takes the last one before it collapses, like a giant "Jengo" (?)[sic]

Unfortunately it also punishes people from the area who are supporting the development so perhaps I should delete this post before somebody takes me seriously.

I suppose the villagers could be given the big pile of bricks and they could re-build the bridge somewhere, in a field, as a monument to stupidity ?
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Railway posters for the 21st Century on: August 01, 2018, 03:28:50 pm
Yes - a beached whale from a while ago -

That and the steelworks add up to dystopia, I guess.

My mum always recommended Milk of Magnesia for dystopia. At least, I think that's what she said.  Grin
15  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Re: Future of traffic between London/Swindon and Gloucester/Cheltenham on: July 31, 2018, 05:21:06 pm
Interesting. A couple of questions:

Would the Cheltenham train also call at Gloucester or skip it?

Presumably there's no chance of the line being electrified at any point in the foreseeable future so these services would run diesel to Swindon?
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