Category: Soundscapes

A tribute to BBC World Service – Daily Commute – Soundscapes. So expect small stories, recordings and maybe even a photo.

can I kick it

Can I kick it?

The very best part of this season is the leaves kicking. I feel sad when I see others walk straight through a pile of fallen leaves. I’m so close to shouting at them – Kick it! Cause it will make you feel better and put a smile on your face.

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Love London Have London

Love vs Hate

I got a love vs hate relationship with London.

Love : The crowds, the buzzing 24/7 life style, lights, nightlife, early mornings, the global cosmopolitan, the intermingled mixture cultures and ideas, the sounds, the music, the food. Was standing out side KX for 10min and heard Italian, Spanish, Russian, German, French, Cantonese, friends from all over.

Hate : The crowds, the rushing 24/7 life, that feeling that you gotta be somewhere 5min ago even if you got plenty of time, the smells, the dust and dirt, the cramp space, the pushing and shoving, the noise.

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a swift one down the pub

Just a swift one

I enjoyed a swift one while waiting for a friend in London. Good music, comfy chair and a nice cold one.

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london calling

London Calling

Can you spot the error?

Hint: time, so how did I managed to do that then? Ideas on a postcard erm a comment below.

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rain on van

A wash out

The day before I enjoyed this view of Dumyat (Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Mhèad) Hill, and I wanted to walk up it. I checked out the weather forecast and it looked like more clouds, but the rain would at least hold back to until lunch time. Therefore I decided to get up early so that I could hike up while the sun rose. Woke up at 5am and it was dark and wet, so I snuggled back up into the sleeping bag. Woke up before 7am and took this photo and had my breakfast, at about eight it had cleared and the mutt managed to do a dry walk.

The sound you hear is the rain coming down hard with drops from the nearby trees blown on to the roof of the van.

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waterfall

Waterfall

Had a walk around Castle Campbell in Scotland and enjoyed the sound of the waterfalls in the forest below and around the castle. The river Dollar Glen is fed by the streams Burn of Sorrow and
Burn of Care. I recorded this from a small waterfall of the Burn of Sorrow, not that I feel any sorrows by listening to this.

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driving to mum

Driving to mum

Every time we go over to MiL, aka Tilley’s favourite person. At about half a mile away from the door we go thru a roundabout. Which is the starting point, for this little serenade.

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thunderstorm

Summer storms

It has been playing around for the last 48 hours, trying to get started but failed. Then finally it broke the heat wave that have been around for the last few weeks and gave us a good old summers thunder-storm. Not only does the plants need a drop of a water, we too could use a drop in temperature so that we can sleep at night again.

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supermaket

Shopping

Necessary evils that is shopping. Yes I can go online and get it delivered. But sometimes you do need it now. My main pet hate with supermarkets is that they change their layout or move products around. So have to go up and down the aisles or worse ask for directions!

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chimes for sale

Chimes

Got a bit of a love hate relationship with these things. While I really do like walking through town or market while these chime away. I just can’t have them in a neighbors garden. Funny thing is that I can fall asleep anywhere that got a noisy background, but these things …

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Peoples Vote March 2018

Peoples Vote March

Sadly I couldn’t go this time. There was nearly 500.000 by some accounts.

Here’s two 360 clips from that day, thanks to my friend. (remember to click and drag around or spin your mobile around)

1: 4k version – 360 camera #PeoplesVoteMarch Brexit demonstration London, 12:30pm 23rd June 2018
2: #PeoplesVote #PeoplesVoteMarch 4K 360 walking footage, People’s Vote March, London 23rd June 2018

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Are you up?

Was moaning a bit when our dog woke me up at 4:40am for a nature call. Couldn’t really get angry with her, as I got to hear and see this, even though my bed was calling.

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Tour de Yorkshire, Barden Moor, 2018

Tour de Yorkshire

We are so lucky that this amazing race is on our door step. The atmosphere, the smiles and of-course bike p0rn. We have both seen races in France and elsewhere. This is not the same as seeing the pro riding the same roads you pootle on. Tour of Yorkshire has become a spring classic for me, right up there with Paris – Roubeix aka “Hell of the North”, Liège–Bastogne–Liège and Amstel Gold Race.

More snaps here.

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frozen canal

Frozen Canal

We had a spot of frost and the canal had about an inch thick “crust” on it. A narrow boat sailed along as icebreaker and crated this wonderful sound.

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Tilley playing with Ruby

Play fighting

Our mutt playing with Ruby the rescue dog, yes that is them making these sounds, went on for hours. Tilley is the one making the high pitch squeal, that is just what she does when excited. I have to tell other dog owners that it is ok. When she is playing, no contact, no biting – nothing – and she squeals like someone stepped on her.

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sweet dreams

Sweetdreams

I have never had a dog that dreams as much at Tilley does. Each evening at least 2-3 times and in the night I often get woken up either by her barking or running paws. She often does this rolling sound, wonder what she is dreaming to make this sound.

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queen charlotte track NZ

Noisy wake up call

We were cycling the Queen Charlotte trail in NZ. Every morning we got woken up to this. Kicked off at about 3:30am and by 4:15am it was at a fever pitch, with no chance of falling back asleep. Some of them sounded like a mobile phone’s ring tone. At about 6am the raucous erm dawn chorus died down and we could have a bit of snooze, until it was our turn to get up.

The sharp eared ones among you, will hear the “tell tell” sound of Hilleberg vs Exped, at the end of this clip 🙂

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Bat out of hell

<WARNING> This soundscape does have a loud, sharp, piercing sound in it, so please turn your volume down before playing.

This was a bit of surreal experience. This random showground, where we were allowed to camp, cheaply, on any bit of grass we could find among parking lots and exhibitions halls. While we were pitching our tent and cooking our dinner, a graduations come prom party started in one of the halls. Us tired, dirty and in our cycling gear with camp stove going vs them dressed to the hilt in their better than Sunday best. We crawled into bed and just about heard the revelers leave – as we dosed off in to dreamyland – not a late one as they all got driven there by their parents.

We then were woken up by this sound in the dark.

A bat flying around and I guess a bird taking part in the fun. As I was waking up I did thing is this the Blair Witch 🙂

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tent after the rain new zealand

Rain

One of the best things in life. Is to lay in your tent, all snugged up in your sleeping bag, reading a book or having a little snooze. With the sound of gentle rain on the tent. Feels great knowing you are in the elements but you are not getting wet.

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Knife making

Making a knife

I got to make a knife from scratch. Fire, iron, hammer, filing and loads of polishing. I ended up with a knife that I really like.

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Casa Critica Buenos Aires Argentina

Masa Critica

Joined the biggest Critical Mass – Casa Critica, Buenos Aires, Argentina – we have ever been on, live bands, food vendors and soap bubbles. More than a few thousands on bikes or roller-blades.

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last tango

Last Tango

Every Sunday night in Buenos Aires you can go and dance tango on this square.

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Mount Cook

Mount Cook

Had a fantastic flight, in a helicopter, up and over Mont Cook in New Zealand, stunning views!

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Brooks saddles factory tour

Brooks Saddles

I do have a weak spot for old industrial craftsmanship, ok CNC, robots are great but each has its place. The Brooks factory is any one’s dream to go and see, you can get right up and close to see, smell and hear how it is done and the craftsmen are happy to answer your questions. The noise and smell from these machines is a joy to experience.

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