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Battersea Powerstation – Dec 2009

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You can’t ignore it from the Chelsea Embankment. A brooding brick hulk decaying since the 1980s.

For the last 25 years schemes have been put forward to develop the site into something else, as the site switches owners: Theme Parks, leisure facilities, ‘affordable’ housing, you name it, they’ve dreamed it.

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May 19th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Posted in Dereliction,The Creme

Tagged with Chris, Dan, Ercle, Gary

Go West – May 2010

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Another 28DL meet was arranged, and my attendance in Cardiff was confirmed when I realised what there was to do on the way down. Following Guildford, Bristol and Manchester’s previous nights of antics in years gone by, I pencilled myself in and got arranging.

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May 11th, 2010 at 10:36 am

Posted in Dereliction,Drains,Social

Tagged with Chris, Gary, Gina, Mike, Tumbles

Dirty Military – November 2007

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Military stuff doesn’t tend to get my juices flowing. Mostly because it’s usually pretty ancient and made of concrete, or because it smells of piss. Cold War Concrete was great fun in Germany, Russian Choppers in Belgium interesting, and there’s still stuff the Nazis left behind that I want to see out in Germany. But in the Uk, it’s never grabbed my attention.

We got up at what seemed like 5am to get out to Old Woking AA base, which was dissapointingly a big concrete box in a field. Rewind 50 years, put the gun back in there and then call me up for a play… Holy grail this ain’t!

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May 4th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

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Tagged with Firefly, Silverhatch

Ticking Boxes – April 2010

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March/April 2010 has been quite a busy period, what with visiting some drains, getting high in London, doing some interesting new stuff and then some stuff that’s under lock and key until I feel like it (probably next week or so…)

So here’s a few of those little things that just get done along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 18th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Posted in Dereliction

Tagged with Gary, Gina, Mike, Neb

Hobotrip – March 2010

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Following Paris and the Einslife trip, the plan was to get away to Belgium again and see some powerstations and industry. More of the usual, whatever we can get our grubby, bramble scratched hands on. This trip seemed almost routine, a foray into dereliction for a prolonged period of time less of a novelty. If I’d have taken this trip a couple of years ago I’d have probably been beside myself with excitement. Thanks on this trip must go to Miles in particular, driving all the way to Liege and back in short stints between our long houred days of exploring.

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March 22nd, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Posted in Dereliction,Roadtrips,The Creme

Tagged with Chris, Gary, Miles

Achtung Baby! (Part two) – August 2008

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Following Noisy we headed for Hasard Cheratte, a mine on the edge of Liege. We sat in the car and laughed at both Duck-girl and the hugely dangerous game of football tennis played across the road. Access was easy, the sun was shining, and there was industrial goodness all around. Where would I rather be? Nowhere.

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March 17th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Posted in Dereliction,Roadtrips

Tagged with Rooks, speed, Vivo

Memories of Hellingly

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Nestled 10 miles back from the East Sussex coast lays Hellingly Hospital. Red brick, stark and decaying, closed in 1994; Hellingly is a place of mystery from the exterior. When Mental Health moved into the community in the early 1990s, Hellingly was boarded up and left, with only a small secure unit operating on site.

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March 15th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Einslife! (Part Two)

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December 2009

Enter ins Deutschland. Home of leather shorts, big sausages and Radio Einslife. We arrived in the dark, having drank copious amounts of Blue Chimay and eaten dried apricots. Chris put up with us in the car on the way to St Josefsheim, where we walked in through the front door. Wilkommen ins Deutschland indeed. In the mostly enclosed courtyard, we could finally use our firewood. We found a little wheelbarrow and cooked sausages, onions, peppers and mushrooms. They were delicious.

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March 12th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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Tagged with Brad, Chris, Dan

Home Fires Burning, 2007-2010

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The desire of explorers to conquer local derelict sites is always strong. Like a dog pisses on walls to mark its territory, explorers become expert at their local sites to gain early credibility. Reading isn’t exactly a haven of exploration. Aside from Station Hill’s 80s urban wonders, there is little else in Reading aside from an outdoor swimming pool and some office blocks. Construction comes and goes, there is the usual crap such as nursing homes and hostels, but the bottom line is, Reading doesn’t really draw explorers in.

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March 12th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Winch and Speed Do T’north – Dec 2008

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Following the success of the Achtung Baby summer Eurotrip, myself and Speed decided to visit the north with our remaining annual leave, early in December. We planned a rough route taking in Inverkip Powerstation, some North Eastern Asylums, as well as the 28DL Manchester Meet. We intended to go with a full car, but we don’t have any friends. Boo hoo.

Of course the idea of ‘Doing’ the north of England is a daft one. Things change, and you could never see everything an area had to offer in a long weekend. We cherry picked the sites we wanted to see, and didn’t quite ‘do’ the north… Always time for a return trip…

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March 6th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

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