Monday, 30 November 2020

Catherine Hill and Cheap Street Frome

Frome is a very attractive old town in Somerset. It has a rich history and some beautiful buildings and streets. In this video, which is from a live-stream shown on Periscope Channel I walk down Catherine Hill and along Cheap Street which has a stream running down its centre. 

Please join me now as we walk through Frome.

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Saturday, 28 November 2020

My Favourite YouTubers Part 6 - Trekking and Towpaths

 Here is number 6 of my favourite YouTube Channels. By the way, these are in no particular order. Today it is Trekking and Towpaths hosted by Ant.

Ant takes us on many walks along old railway lines, canal towpaths and more. It's an enjoyable way to spend a few minutes joining in on the walks and educational too.

I can highly recommend subscribing the Trekking and Towpaths so that you don't miss a single new video. 

On these walks, you will get a taste of Britain's rich industrial heritage as well as see some of the beautiful countryside. 

To go to Trekking and Towpaths click here.

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Friday, 27 November 2020

A Walk Around Bradford on Avon Wiltshire

 Join me on this walk around the historic town of Bradford on Avon. It has a rich history and built its fortune on the woollen mills and later rubber industry. Many of the oldest buildings and the houses of both poor and wealthy remain in a habitable condition.

There is still standing a Saxon Church. Imagine that - a building still open after 1000 years! 
This really is a lovely little town to visit and explore its narrow roads and steep hillside properties which tell us something about its past. 

This video was originally broadcast live on my Persicope Channel and saved to YouTube to benefit from HD quality video. You can follow me on Periscope to watch future live broadcasts as well explore some of the amazing English towns and countryside.

I have previously walked around the Tithe Barn area in this town too - click here to watch

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

My Favourite YouTubers Part 5 - High Peak Autos

Once again I am delighted to recommend another YouTuber to you. The channel is High Peak Autos hosted by Matthew Goodwin who reviews many different cars, many of which are on sale through his business, High Peak Autos.

Matthew, in his videos, drives the cars and gives a candid opinion about them. I like his style of delivery, and his dry sense of humour shines throughout his presentations. I would say that even if you're not that interested in cars, you will like to watch High Peak Autos and find it both entertaining and informative. He films in the beautiful countryside around the edge of and indeed inside the Peak District National Park. 

Please do visit High Peak Autos on YouTube, you will love it!

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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

A Walk Around Warminster, Wiltshire

There are many interesting towns in Wiltshire. The buildings in these towns and the stories they tell are well worth exploring. It is all too easy to walk through a town centre and look in the shop windows and fail to look up and see something of the former glory of them. 

In this video on my YouTube Channel, Roland's Travels, we take a look at Warminster as I walk through just a part of it. There is more to explore on another occasion. Originally this was a live-stream on my Periscope Channel. I have reduced the length slightly by cutting out some of the walk around the boating lake in Warminster Park.

Friday, 20 November 2020

My Favourite YouTubers Part 4 - Living Big in a Tiny House

Many of us dream about living a simpler life and being mortgage-free. Some have achieved that dream by living in tiny houses. In this series of YouTuber recommendations, I am pleased to tell you about Living Big in a Tiny House, hosted by Bryce Langston. 

Bryce is a New Zealand based actor who found himself, as many actors do, out of work. He took an interest in tiny houses and started making YouTube videos, and to his surprise became very popular. He now travels throughout New Zealand, Australia, the USA and Europe visiting tiny homes and finding out about the people who own them. It makes fascinating viewing. 

The channel is growing and Living in Big in a Tiny House will soon have 4 million viewers! Just by watching these videos, you will be inspired in house design and see how to maximise small spaces, so even if you like a larger property that is no bad thing.

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Monday, 16 November 2020

The Tithe Barn Bradford on Avon

The Tithe Barn in Bradford on Avon is a remarkable building and has stood here for over 600 years. Built around 1400 it served Shaftesbury Abbey collecting the tithes of the local farmers. It stands next to the Kennet and Avon Canal, and so if you're walking or cycling on the Sustrans Route 4, it's an ideal stop-off point.

Estimates say that it could go back to 1332 but definitely built before 1337 as my research now shows. In the video, I mention 1400, but it was the granary which was added in 1400. 

The building and site are owned and managed by English Heritage, access if free for visitors. The River Avon is also very close with plenty of grass for a picnic on a nice day or call in at one of the cafes. A gift shop is situated in one of the old buildings plus it's worth having a look at the various craft shops and cafe in the adjoining  Tithe Barn workshops.

If you would like a substantial meal, go onto the canal towpath, heading east, and you will arrive at several pubs or walk into the town centre for an even greater choice of eateries. 

I hope you enjoy the video, and please do subscribe to my channel, Roland's Travels for more videos in the future. Here is another video, A Walk Around Bradford on Avon, where we take a look at the town centre and the many fine buildings that are of historic interest.

Saturday, 14 November 2020

Bowerhill RAF Airbase - RAF Melksham

RAF Melksham. Last remaining building
RAF Melksham the last remaining building and closed leisure centre

World War 2 created a massive demand for aircrew and aircraft technicians amongst many other vital trades for the war effort. In 1940 land was obtained at Bowerhill Melksham, for a new RAF (Royal Air Force) Station. RAF Melksham was an airbase though without a runway. Aircraft were required on-site and had to be transported in and assembled for the trainees to use.

Little remains now of the airbase except some of the larger buildings which became the Christie Miller Sports Centre, and was closed in 2018 and waiting for a decision on its future. The base was a training facility, and in July 1940 the RAF School of Instrument training moved from RAF Cranwell. Later a branch of the RAF Armament School moved in as well. 

In 1942 the Armament School moved out and was replaced by the RAF Electrical School which moved from Hereford. As the war neared its end, a large number of Royal Navy Air Service mechanics received training here along with many transport drivers. During the war, it was passing-out over 200 tradesmen a week. 

Military personnel better knew RAF Melksham as No.12 School of Technical Training between 1940 and 1965. The base also housed No.10 School of Recruit Training and averaged 100 a week of mainly National Servicemen until the final intake in June 1953 and the which passed out on August 17th 1953. The base closed in 1965, the local council acquired the land and buildings, and this was the start of the present-day industrial estate.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Out and About - The City of Bath - Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge is one of only four in the world where you will find shops built on it. The City of Bath is a World Heritage Site and has some wonderful buildings, including the Roman Baths.

I had to go to Bath, even though in Lockdown due to Covid-19 as my daughter had to register our newborn grandson. With only one allowed in to register, I took a few minutes to walk in the area of the Register Office and right on the doorstep is Pulteney Bridge.

Pulteney Bridge, designed by Robert Adam in the Palladian style, was opened in 1770. It spans the River Avon and is next to the Pulteney Weir, which when in full flow can generate quite some noise! Join me in this walk as we cross the bridge in both directions and admire the architecture. We also take a glimpse at Bath Abbey.

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The bridge is named after Frances Pulteney, wife of William Johnstone Pulteney. The bridge was originally a toll bridge and boundary between parishes, built on the condition that fresh water could be piped across it from the hills to the townhouses.

The City of Bath is packed with fine architecture, particularly Georgian and has many museums and parks well-worthy of a visit. I will bring you more live videos from Bath in the near future, so please do click on the Persicope and Twitter links to follow me. 

Monday, 9 November 2020

My Favourite YouTubers Part 3 - Cruising the Cut

We now come to number 3 in my series of blog posts, My Favourite YouTubers.Today we take to the water and recommend, Cruising The Cut. Find out what it is like cruising on England's and Wales' canals and waterways in a narrowboat. David John's gave up his job as an ITV local news reporter in South East England, sold his house and bought a narrowboat.


With regular video postings, the channel is a relaxing way to tour the canals and waterways. David produces excellent videos telling us about life on the narrowboat, and we see plenty of splendid scenery along the way. 

Why Cruising the Cut?

Many may wonder about the title of the channel. A cut is another name for a canal as the canal had to be cut out of the landscape and be filled with water. England's canals go back many years and were all cut by thousands of navvies. The first pure canal in England was the Bridgewater Canal, which initially connected Worsley to Manchester. It was named after the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, who owned many of the coal mines in the North East of the country. The first stretch was opened in 1761, but it was later extended so that it ran all of the way from Runcorn to Leigh.

Canals were relatively short-lived with the advent of the railway, and the majority fell into disrepair and complete closure. There has thankfully been a renaissance with many canal trusts established to repair and reopen many, and there are still many more planned for restoration. The canals nowadays are busy with pleasure traffic and those like David who choose to live on them. 

Please do take a look at the channel, Cruising The Cut, you won't be disappointed.

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Friday, 6 November 2020

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Prevention is Better than Cure
Karolina Grabowska from Pexels
Prevention is better than cure is an age-old saying. However, when it comes to our health, there is a huge amount of money spent on research and cures, and it seems very little on prevention.

Here in the UK Matt Hancock the Government Health and social care Secretary told BBC Radio,

"In the UK, we are spending £97 billion of public money on treating disease and only £8 billion preventing it across the UK. You don't have to be an economist to see those numbers don't stack up."

When we think about the illnesses that are easily preventable such as diabetes, cost millions of pounds just in the UK alone. The NHS spends £10 million per year on treating diabetics, and this is mainly due to complications, such as amputation, stroke, kidney failure and blindness. 

With preventative measures, diabetes could become a rarity rather than a common condition as it currently is in the UK.

Diabetes can be managed and prevented by the individual. Other conditions might not be so easy, for example, those caused by pollution.  There has been much debate in recent years about the air quality in our towns and cities caused by road traffic and especially diesel engines. 

A UK study of air pollution reported. "Between 2017 and 2025, the total cost to the NHS and social care of air pollution for diseases for which there is more robust evidence for an association is estimated to be £5.56 billion, corresponding to 1.15 million new cases of disease."

Taking responsibility

Each of us can do much to prevent illness. A proper diet and appropriate exercise are vital to playing our part in staying healthy. Smoking, drinking (alcohol), recreational drugs and undue risk-taking can all add to the increase in poor health in our society. 

There is no lack of advice that we can seek, but do make sure it is from reliable sources. 

Thursday, 5 November 2020

My Favourite YouTubers Part 2 - Martin Zero

The next YouTuber that I would like to recommend is Martin Fisher. The channel named Martin Zero is a must-watch if you're interested in history. Martin looks at the history mainly in and around Manchester but does occasionally travel further afield. Martin has followed the course of many of the rivers that now flow under Manchester, looked at the old buildings and brings the history to life. 

His most popular video, The Secret Trap Door Under the Canal, is below for your enjoyment and demonstrates Martin's enthusiasm for the history and places in Manchester and beyond.

The River Medlock and Martin Zero

The series of videos following the course of the River Medlock is excellent and shows how as the City of Manchester grew the river was culverted and hidden for the most part as it flows through and under Manchester. Have no fear, though as our intrepid explorer finds his way into those tunnels and shows the viewers and explains the rich history of the area. Martin is fascinated with the rivers, and there are many videos for you to watch and learn more.

Martin Zero - Urban Explorer

There are many old buildings, abandoned and yet with a story to tell. Martin will show you around some of these buildings and let you have an insight into their past use and glory. 

Disused Railways and Tunnels

There is much industrial heritage in the UK and the old railway tracks, tunnels and buildings are incredible to see. Without leaving your home, you can watch on Martin Zero and take a trip into a bygone age of railways, industrial and social history. 

Go to the Channel

Well, that's enough from me! Please visit the channel Martin Zero now to see for yourself.

This is the second part of my series, My Favourite YouTubers.

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Wednesday, 4 November 2020

My Favourite YouTubers: Part One - Hubnut

Hubnut - celebrating the average

Welcome to the first YouTube Channel that I am delighted to recommend to my readers, Hubnut.

Hubnut, Ian Seaford is a car enthusiast and motoring writer who likes to celebrate the average. His channel reviews old cars and some of those cars often described as dreadful, but which for many have a place in history.

Ian often tinkers with old cars on Hubnut and has a collection of cars which is always subject to sudden change. At the time of writing, he has owned 70 cars in his time, and that will grow. In the current collection which is often featured on the channel and each with their own name is:

Citroen 2CV aka Ellie
Invacar -  TWC pronounced Tuc
Daewoo Matiz -Myrtle
Citreon DS - Giselle
Rover 75 - Rita
Reliant Fox - Foxanne

There are also 2 project cars for future tinkering! 

Car Reviews

Hubnut has a fine collection of videos where old cars are reviewed and test-driven. Ian's knowledge of cars is incredible, and viewers will learn something new as they watch them. They are also entertaining and often include lots of interesting scenery on the journey. Ian has driven across Europe, and a very interesting trek involved taking Ellie the 2CV to Croatia via many countries and stop-offs along the way. His tour of New Zealand and Australia in 2019 was very popular amongst viewers and his faithful band of "Hubnutters".

Triangle of Doom 

Hubnut has become well-known for the expression, "triangle of doom". Ian has a passion for windscreen wipers, and each car which is driven will include a wiper test. If an area where the wipers meet leaves an uncleared triangular area, this is referred to as the triangle of doom. Areas along the edge of the windscreen could well become an "area of disappointment!

To find out more about Hubnut, I recommend a visit to the Hubnut website where you can read more about Ian and his cars as well as buy wonderful merchandise in the Hubnut Store including a Triangle of Doom Mug and T-Shirt.

Whether you are interested in cars or not, I find that this channel appeals to may. My wife, who is definitely not a car enthusiast by nature, has come to look forward to each new Hubnut video and watches along with. The old BBC and ITV channels have now been replaced by YouTube on our TV.

More to come

This is part one of sharing with you my favourite YouTube Channels. They are very varied in their subject, so do, please subscribe to my blog. There is a section in the right-hand column where you can do this

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Monday, 2 November 2020

Pass the Buck - no responsibility

One of the most annoying things I find in life is to come across people who "pass the buck". 

It seems that a growing number, particularly in the public sector like to get out of their responsibilities and pass them on to others. I suppose the age-old fact remains that if people can get away with shirking their duties, some will take advantage of it. 

The larger the organisation and the more prevalent this can become. We have to lay blame not just with those who "pass the buck", but also with managers who are not aware of what their colleagues are doing or how much work each day they are capable of. Without good management, those with a disposition to be lazy will get away with it.

It is believed the term "pass the buck" orginated in the wild west in the card game, Poker. Players didn't trust each other and so would rotate the dealer. The person dealing would be given a knife to indicate they were dealing and knives genrally had a buck horn handle and hence the term "pass the buck" was created.

It could also be that some who pass on their responsibilities do so, not out of laziness, but out of a lack of confidence. It could well be they have been poorly trained or given tasks that are simply too difficult or too large for them, but in each case, fear to let their managers know they can't cope. If this is the case, the organisation needs to look at its work culture to make sure everyone can freely talk about their workload.

In my experience, the majority of people who like to "pass the buck" fall into the category of wanting to have an easier life and let others do their work. They also don't like the idea of getting into trouble if anything goes wrong but are usually quick to claim any praise when it is forthcoming. 

How do you deal with people who are like this? Please leave a comment in the box below.