Archive for January, 2011

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

January 18, 2011

I K Brunel is on the front page of the Western Daily Press today (Monday 17th January 2011). Adrian Vaughan, “an historian and biographer of the engineer” has written a book entitled “The Intemperate Engineer”. Apparently Brunel “did so many silly things on the Great Western Railway… there were many flaws in the railway because he wouldn’t listen to anyone else”.

Which drew my attention to the fact that there is a plaque to IKB alongside the Great Western Railway in Sydney Gardens. So out with the camera and onto a web page with it:


Old Year New Year Round Up

January 18, 2011

8th December 2010: Still cold (sub zero C) – got to do the group briefing today.

15th December 2010: Above zero C today but mentor (Ken) ill, so follow walk of another guide (Michael) – interesting bit about the Cross Bath which may well incorporate into own script…

22nd December 2010: Just about zero C today – took the whole walk but twenty minutes over time (did pop into the Assembly Rooms though…).

29th December 2010: Foggy but milder – Ken’s chest still troubling him so walk with Michael – he lets me do it all but we are still ten minutes over the two hours even without visiting the Assembly Rooms.

5th January 2011: Drizzle today but mild – still too long and need to watch for the group obstructing pavements.

12th January 2011: Very mild but persistent drizzle; timing fine as far as Upper Borough Walls but made an unscheduled stop at the remnant of wall (why?) and was behind the clock from there on. Ken warns of problems with road crossings, so need to rethink route around Pulteney Bridge to North Gate. Must not stand so near to exit from Upper Borough Walls – obscured view for traffic exiting. Can only get better?