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Old and Abandoned – Church Ruins

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All there is now is the sun shining through the stretched archways where once handsome windows would have once stood. What windows were there? What people were inspired in their glass shapes?

This building has stood so long without use or care, a testament to those that built it – the immortalisation of their being and existence still survives. But what forces tore this building apart – what hatred? What left this building of worship and solitude in such a mess?

How now only to the nature that has taken over it. Perhaps it’s now more beautiful this way than it was?

Simon 🙂

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Old and Abandoned – Space ‘Junk’

I have a fascination of old and abandoned things. Things that are old and abandoned have a story to tell, they’ve been somewhere, maybe done something and that story can turn something relatively worthless into something of value.

This is the start of a feature where I will put before you old and abandoned things and try and think about the story behind them.

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As many of my regualar bloggies know – I’m a bit of a space geek. So, I’ve ties this old and abandoned post in with space. Sounds kind of weird, because most space things are new and working. Let’s consider though the last 5 decades or more of human space activity – moon landings, space probes, Mars rovers and probes.

On the Moon currently there are four Lunar Rover Vehicles (LRV’s) built to take astronauts for relatively long distances around the Lunar terrain. If you fancy picking up something valuable these cost around $38,000,000 to make and considering their nostagic worth could be worth more if sold at an auction on Earth. Sure, it won’t pay for the trip to get there and to get them back – but they say every little helps.

Then there are the remains of the Lunar landers, US flags and other equipment we left in place. Old and abondoned – but some of it is used still, mirrors left on the moon are still used to measure it’s distance from the Earth by firing lasers at the mirrors and measuring the time it takes the beam to ‘bounce back’.

 

 

Then we have poor Beagle 2 – lost on Mars having never operated. It was a big thing for us Brits to land a robotic probe on Mars and it failed having nver establised contact. Costing around ÂŁ44,000,000 ($80,000,000)  is was also an expensive object to shoot into space and then lose. But on the 16th of January 2015 Beagle 2 was found again by the NASA Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter. It discoovered that the lander hadn’t completely opened and the transmitter was blocked by a solar panel that hadn’t unfolded.

Just think – in decades to come treasure hunters will be trying to collect these and other pieces like them from around the solar system as a collection of our first exploits in space. But at the moment it’s al still old and aboandoned.

Simon 🙂

Old and Abandoned -Sunken DC3

I have a fascination of old and abandoned things. Things that are old and abandoned have a story to tell, they’ve been somewhere, maybe done something and that story can turn something relatively worthless into something of value.

This is the start of a feature where I will put before you old and abandoned things and try and think about the story behind them.

 

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I’ve given you again a sunken object, this time not a ship but a plane! The sea is wonderful place, despite it’s power it’s in some ways a less aggressive place leaving an object on the surface open to the elements. It’ acts as a preserver of many things we’ve thrown or lost in it.

What makes these pictures so powerful for me is that we have an object made to fly underwater. For those thatknow this is a Dakota DC3 (or the military version which has a different name), one of the most sucessful planes ever built. It wasn’t fast, or big, it was versatile used for carrying passengers, troops, goods and anything. It must have been there for many years, maybe over 70 yars ago. Yet it’s still in relatively good contidion.

But how come it’s there? Where was it going? The landing gear is down so it must have been a relatively controlled landing. Did it simply run out of fuel? Did they all survive?

Perhaps sometimes the power of the story of a wreck is not in what we know, but the possibilities of what we dont.

Simon 🙂

Old and Abandoned – The Titanic

I have a fascination of old and abandoned things. Things that are old and abandoned have a story to tell, they’ve been somewhere, maybe done something and that story can turn something relatively worthless into something of value.

This si the start of a new feature where I will put before you old and abandoned things and try and detail the story behind them.

 

 

I’ve always had a fascination with the Titanic and it’s story. The Titanic story is well known and whenever I see pictures of the sunken wreck of that great liner. When it sank it took with it not only the lives of all of those people but the dream of man’s superiority  of creating and unsinkable ship. It’s a testament to human achievement and folly all at once. It is also a rotting museum to life at the turn of the 20th Century.

The story of how the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank is well known. Despite variations in witness reports the events of the sinking  have been worked out. The ship struck the iceberg, the bow sinking lower into the water with the heavy stern lifting higher out of the water until the ship broke in two and sank roughly 2h 40m after hitting the iceberg. The news was met with shock and subsequently martime safety rules were drastically changed to increase safety, many of the rules we rely on today were put in place in the aftermath of the sinking of the Titanic.

What is less well known was the plan to release many of the bodies trapped in the wreck by sending down explosives to tear the ship apart and release them, but the exact location of the wreck was unkown and with the outbreak of war 2 years later the Titanic was forgotten. The location of the wreck was debated decades later and finally found by team led by Bob Ballard in 1985. The wreck was found over 13 miles away from where the inaccurate wireless messages had radio’d in their last position.

In not many years the rust eating bacteria will finally claim the wreck totally and it will fall apart into a pile of old rust. The story will forever live on and maybe one day will turn into legend or folklore. Arthur C Clarke wrote a book called the Ghost from the Grand Banks where the Titanic wreck featured heavily. As with this style the book ended thousands of years int the future with the reader led to believe the wreck was re-discovered by an alien race visiting Earth. This will not happen in reality, the wreck will rot, but maybe the story will last thousands of years.

Simon 🙂

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