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Vernon

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #900 on: December 01, 2018, 11:52:40 pm »
Didcot has become Hollywood??!!

https://reportglobalnews.com/2018/11/judge-dredd-publisher-rebellion-to-open-oxfordshire-film-studio/

Wow!

At least something useful has come out of the Daily Mail.

Does that mean the bit outside the studio shall henceforth be known as "the Cursed Earth", populated only by mutants?

PaulF

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #901 on: December 02, 2018, 06:24:04 am »
Didcot has become Hollywood??!!

https://reportglobalnews.com/2018/11/judge-dredd-publisher-rebellion-to-open-oxfordshire-film-studio/

Wow!

At least something useful has come out of the Daily Mail.

Does that mean the bit outside the studio shall henceforth be known as "the Cursed Earth", populated only by mutants?

Think you’ll need to persuade the mutants to move out of the Orchard Centre first ;D

mattc

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #902 on: December 02, 2018, 02:33:38 pm »
...
More worryingly, that leaves a dangerous concentration of Bile Duct unaccounted for...


ETA: It moved to Thurrock, apparently.  Makes sense.
The bile moved to Thurrock, or the film industry did??

(Hopefully the former,  cos I don't give a monkeys about Thurrock. They can start their own thread! )
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Kim

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #903 on: December 02, 2018, 03:45:04 pm »
...
More worryingly, that leaves a dangerous concentration of Bile Duct unaccounted for...


ETA: It moved to Thurrock, apparently.  Makes sense.
The bile moved to Thurrock, or the film industry did??

(Hopefully the former,  cos I don't give a monkeys about Thurrock. They can start their own thread! )

Yeah, the bile...
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: Didcot
« Reply #904 on: March 14, 2019, 11:20:04 am »
New Thames road bridge Didcot - Culham, at 'Appleford', looks like it's happening...
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PaulF

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #905 on: March 20, 2019, 07:58:51 am »
Since his television contract was cancelled Thomas the Tank engine has fallen on hard times. He had to leave Sodor after an unfortunate incident with a fork lift and is now addicted to diesel and living in a siding at Didcot.


Jaded

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #906 on: July 12, 2019, 07:59:04 am »
I’ve just noticed that they have cut down loads of trees on the approach to Didcot. This means that he power station is returned to its former dominance, albeit only being half as good as it used to be.

Sunny, with a light covering of fluffy clouds.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #907 on: August 14, 2019, 12:04:41 pm »
The power station won't be dominant much longer. The remaining towers are to be exploderised this Sunday, 18th August, at 06:00.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #908 on: August 16, 2019, 09:57:41 am »
"Yes please" said Squirrel "biscuits are our favourite things."

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #909 on: August 16, 2019, 05:02:42 pm »
I'd forgotten about the boilerhouse collapse.  :(

I wonder how long they'll leave that chimney up?
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slope

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #910 on: August 16, 2019, 05:20:05 pm »

Didcot Herald says:

"The cooling towers will be brought down on Sunday, August 18, while the chimney will be demolished separately 'later in the autumn.'

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #911 on: August 16, 2019, 07:16:33 pm »
We watched the first set go down (with about 200 other people!) from the handy little hill on our estate. You could have got a little closer, but for more a lot of effort and not as nice a seat. It was great fun and quite a spectacle - thouroughly recommended if you are in the area!

I MIGHT pop-up to the Clumps for these ones - it's a very scenic spot, but quite a way further from the towers. Will monitor the forecast ...
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slope

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #912 on: August 16, 2019, 07:30:12 pm »

I MIGHT pop-up to the Clumps for these ones - it's a very scenic spot, but quite a way further from the towers. Will monitor the forecast ...

We used to go up them Wittenham Clumps in an orange Reliant Robin to take acid just before dawn when the towers were almost built - it was quite far out actually

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #913 on: August 16, 2019, 09:29:38 pm »
Wittenham Clumps, orange Reliant Robin, part-built cooling towers, just before dawn? You must have needed the acid to attain a modicum of normality!
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PaulF

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #914 on: August 18, 2019, 08:03:45 am »
I’m about 10 miles from Didcot.

Just as the towers went down our electricity went off.

TheLurker

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #915 on: August 18, 2019, 08:57:38 am »
Went to Newbury yesterday and I took the back road from Wantage. Glanced across at the top of Chain Hill saw the 3 remaining towers and wondered when they were going to knock them down.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #916 on: August 18, 2019, 09:00:37 am »
I’m about 10 miles from Didcot.

Just as the towers went down our electricity went off.

Splodey pylon, with spectators legging it - possibly a drone involved?
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17844597.drone-hit-pylon-didcot-power-station-came/

edit.

Arcing cable flashes then an exploding transformer in this vid...  https://twitter.com/i/status/1162989415649685504
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #917 on: August 18, 2019, 09:06:25 am »
BBC just mentioned the cloud of dust started a fire on the pylon. I could understand that from the chimney, although the dust would have to be quite dense to do that, but from a cooling tower? Unless it was coal dust from the ground I can't see how it happened.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #918 on: August 18, 2019, 11:33:59 am »
Could have been oscillation causing the wires to touch or at least come close enough to arc.
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mattc

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #919 on: August 18, 2019, 02:49:27 pm »
I’m about 10 miles from Didcot.

Just as the towers went down our electricity went off.
Sorry about that.

Everything in Didcot went off as well. We walked home from watching it and thought "an awful lot of house alarms are going off - why is that?", and then found we'd all lost power!

As planned, I went straight out on my bike. Managed about 90mins before an absolute soaking, but that's another (less interesting) story. It were a reet nice ride from about 10am onwards :)

This is exactly the same view that we had:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-49375917
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PaulF

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #920 on: August 18, 2019, 03:05:32 pm »
That’s ok, I’m not holding you personally responsible :)

Power in our village is so unreliable I thought it was one of our regular outages and just a coincidence.

mattc

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #921 on: August 18, 2019, 03:11:34 pm »
That's very decent of you. There were a couple of hundred of us who stood back and did absolutely nothing to stop it. In fact most of us cheered and clapped.
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hellymedic

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #922 on: August 18, 2019, 03:43:06 pm »
Did the dust cloud nucleate the rain fall?

mattc

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #923 on: August 18, 2019, 05:54:01 pm »
Did the dust cloud nucleate the rain fall?
That's a lovely idea! But I'd say the wind direction was wrong (i.e. the dust blew rapidly to the NE, and the rain front came from a fairly standard SW direction). Could be wrong though!
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #924 on: August 18, 2019, 08:01:35 pm »
Oxford Mail reporting flying debris striking the pylon, well inside spectator area.
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17844787.didcot-power-station-demolition-debris-hit-power-cables/
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