Wednesday, 20 February 2008

frozen countryside, bovines and a motel!!

RING RING, RING RING, "whats that mate, a night in the cheshire countryside? count me in!!

And so the plans were made, the meet point and the date was set, a mooch around a site in deepest darkest cheshire, who could refuse??
we arrived at our first target for the night and after crunching around in the frozen undergrowth looking at fences, climbing stuff and getting shredded on the brambles we got busted at the last minute by a torch weilding stealth security ninja!! BUGGER cue myself and havoc running throught the undergrowth to strains of "hello, can i help you?" and "what are you doing here" we wernt hanging around to tell him, and so we were off into the night, closely followed by the newmendoza!!

back at the cars, we talked about what to do next, it was decided on a mooch round an ex MOD fuel depot called twemlow fuel depot, it sounded interesting and was described by havoc as looking "like fucking tellytubby land" well this i had to see!! and after a short drive, and squezze through a fence, we were amongst the bovines in a place that did actually look like tellytubby land!! but that was its only good point, and after getting covered in mud and surrounded by bovines we decided we'd seen enough.

next stop was the saxon cross hotel, this was easy exploring at its VERY best!! walk in entrance, no security, and not too much chav/pikie damage it made for a fun hours exploration.

i didnt take too many pics as i was having an "i cant be arsed with pics" night, but i too a few and here they are.

we did while we were there make time for a pint aswell!!!

but we unfortunately couldnt pay as the till was locked...............

and then, while myself and havoc were exploring some of the bedrooms

this appeared walking down the walkway to the chalet style rooms!!! WTF??!! it turns out it was thenewmendozaclaus!!

the hotel thankfully saved what would have been a VERY dissapointing night, and as for the first site, well watch this space we have unfinished business here!!!


Thursday, 7 February 2008

KIDDERMINSTER, bunkers and a sticky end!!

We went to the drakelow ww2 shadow factory last night for a guided tour, which was excellent. those guys down there are REALLY dedicated people what with all the stuff they have to cope with and they do it for the love of it!! the factory itself consists of 4 miles of tunnels, all interconnected and were built in ww2 by rover for the bomb proof production of aircraft components for the bristol aircraft company, then in the 1960s was converted into an rghq (number 9) for use in the event of a nuclear attack, then upgraded in the 1980s to an RSG also for use in the event of a nuclear attack, this place was facinating and i cant wait to visit again, it was a real shame that photos were not allowed, but hey, it means im going to have to back again!!

While we were in the area we thought we would pay a visit to the silos at the former british sugar plant at kidderminster, these silos must be nearly 230ft high and they were my first ever silo climb.the silos were covered in (obviously ) sugar and the whole place stunk of a mixture of old sugar, rat shit AND pidgoen shit, they were not the most pleasent place i have ever been. before we attempted the climb we explored the old production area underneath and found a ladder leading into the bottom of one of the silos, well it would have been rude not to take a peek!!

inside the silo looking UP!!

the sticky silo floor.

anyhow after that, the only way was up, and were SUPRISED to find mendoza (of irrational "were going to fall off and die" fear fame) was following us!!

the climb was long and sticky, and interspersed with broken handrails, holes in the floor and chunks of pidgoen shit on the handrails!! but after a final open air dodgy ladder climb we were finally at the top and the views were simply stunning

all in all, an excellent evening!! thank to havoc for sorting the invite to drakelow, and to mendoza for overcoming your irrational fear of dying!!

untill next time people