Live Video Feed

By , On 28 April, 2014 12:27

After a bit of fiddling, some cursing and tantrums, I’ve got the Live Video Feed up and working. At the moment, it would only seem to work with quicktime, so I’ll be doing a bit more fiddling and throwing a few more tantrums.

It may well end up being ditched if it puts too much strain on the server, in which case it will be back to refreshed static images only.

Anyway, hope it works out and people find it useful. >>>>>>> Live Video Feed

Can also be accessed via the drop down from the ‘Beach Cam’ link in the navigation bar at the top of each page.

Guitar Project Part 2

By , On 21 March, 2014 17:20

Annnnywayyy… after a disastrous incident with the guitar after the last posting, I had to take everything back almost to the primer. Tip of the day: while waiting for lacquer to cure, do not leave the item in a place where it could fall onto heavy, immovable objects covered in muck and fluff.

So having stripped it all, I decided on a change of direction on the colour scheme. Still using the same colours (as they were already bought) just in a slightly different way. I went for a more defined border and contrast between the red and the black.

New Scheme

…… Nice Shine

Nice Shine

…. Neck bolted onto body and angles checked.


…. Pickups, scratch plate and electronics installed


…. Bridge and tail bar post inserts knocked into place

Nearly There

…. Bridge and tail bar posts screwed in, control knobs, jack and selector switch installed


…. Strings put on and she’s done. Nicely modeled by Alex


… Another view


…. One more


So, almost done now. Just need to check and adjust (if needed) neck relief, sort out the action and intonation and she should be ready to go. Incidentally, the headstock decoration is a Celtic design owl (my favourite bird).

Hmmm, now gotta decide on what the next project will be


By , On 16 March, 2014 13:38

I’ve just set up a Seaford Web cam, showing local conditions at Seaford Beach. Barring any technical downtime, this will be online from 0800-23.55 each day.

Can be accessed here Beach Cam or click on the link in the menu bar above.

The original idea was to have a live video feed but as it really is only for monitoring conditions, live video not really necessary. For the  time being, the image will update every 30 minutes, I may well either increase or decrease that period, once I’ve assessed it for a while.

When you first view this page, hit your page reload button to get the latest image. Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated and will help decided whether this is a viable concept or not.

Interested in Guitars?

By , On 23 February, 2014 12:43

Recently, while browsing through the millions of sites about guitars and guitary related stuff (cos I can’t get out fishing), I stumbled across this gem of a site – Dave’s World of Fun Stuff. It’s a Youtube channel by Dave Reaume, a Canadian bassist and luthier. His sense of humour is dry, witty and very entertaining. Having said that, if his humour isn’t like yours, then you might not find it entertaining – tough!

I’ve included a short clip here as an example and because I wanted to test out the latest WordPress plugin for embedding video.

Cuckmere Beach Clean

Still being incapacitated as far as fishing, or any strenuous activity goes, I’m left feeling a bit like a desk warrior. This means I’ll also be missing out on the ‘Cuckmere Beach Clean’ event, taking place on 1st March. It has been organised by fellow WSF‘er and local ‘Fish whisperer’, Craig Gosling and in conjunction with the R.S.P.B. and Sussex Sea Angling Network (SSAN). Not being able to join in, I’ll just have to do my bit in trying to get the word out.

The event will see the guys clearing up all the crap that has accumulated on the beach at Cuckmere Haven after the recent storms and leaving it in a more habitable condition.

Sea anglers do occasionally, get a bad reputation (sometimes justified) for leaving venues in crap conditions, with discarded rubbish and the like. This event will hopefully, go a long way to showing that the great majority of us are responsible and caring folk who do care about the environment. We are not the same as the tossers who are just too idle or too fucking stupid to either use a litter bin, or take their crap home with them. We take our crap and usually the crap left by others, home or dispose of it in a sensible way. There is a world of difference between dedicated sea anglers and the other group, who are arseholes who just happen to fish a bit.

It also has to be said that crap leavers are not always people who are fishing, there are other culprits – like tourists, or locals having a day at the beach, or partying teens and adults, or flotsam and jetsam, negligent dog walkers who fail to clear up after Rover has emptied his bowels – the list is endless. We just happen to get it in the neck as we are more easily identifiable and therefore blameworthy.

Anyway, here’s the link to the event with times and meeting places etc. Cuckmere Haven Beach Clean

Have a great time and I will be there in spirit, not in body.

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