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Acrostic IWM North Museum Poetry

Achievement

#poetry #learning #expectation

Salford 16th February

A piece on school visits

Three coaches rolled up in the car park

One blue, one black, one green

Passing auntie, the football and the shops

Traffic jams were no fun

Or Waiting for the man with the sign to

Pass go from stop

There were grumbles getting off the coach

Old Trafford exchanged for the war museum

Pupils listening to sir, bore on

The security …. more of the same, but

Out of a corner….a new name

Person from a new place….change of space

Tanks and planes…new things to see

Objects to touch….and all for free

People to tell tales of air land and sea

And your guide at the entrance is about the space

A person to turn to with a friendly face

Telling a tale of the car, plane and gun

Making your visit a bit more fun

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IWM North Poetry

Recipe for Learning

Salford 5th February 2020

A tale of a meet and greeter at IWM North, Manchester

Take a good handful of young minds

and interesting artifacts from a fire engine to a British tank

under some really unusual lighting

give them a tale of a teapot smashed and

hold their attention with items in a display – leave for 5 –

then let them handle an old helmet or two

! While you tell them all about it !

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Poetry

Derail

#Octpowrimo #Fowc #Derail

Days are funny things

Everyone plans what they’ll be doing

Running through – so nothing goes wrong

And everything goes the way they want – but

Instead – something gets in the way

Like a delayed bus, train or plane

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IWM North Museums Photography

Challenge 30 – No17

Behind the scenes

1st February 2019

A couple of Shots from the Lens of my Nikon Camera

The First shot – taken at IWM Duxford, in Cambridgeshire, Taken from under the wing of a Lancaster Bomber.

The Second Shot….setup of experimental shots with BASIC Clicks, capturing Water Movement. This shot was a bit of a group effort, as each part of the shot from pouring the water to setting up the deflector took 1 person each in its creation

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Poetry

Disappear

Disappear

where did he go ?

that master of the air

flying his plane without a care

he drifted his wings out into the fog

over the plains and the wet soggy bogs

and the plane spotters radioed out to the skies

hoping his plane would return in surprise

but over the radio the controller was in tears

our master aviator …in the skies….disappeared!

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Colours Holidays Poetry Travel

Wild blue yonder

Wby

#coloryourworld #cyw #wildblueyonder

 

Heading out to sunnier climbs

the sea looks jewel like from up here

an absent-minded deity

must have dropped it from above

 

Wild blue yonder – tween sky and space

up in the clouds – the planes keep a pace

so passengers landing, on islands they’ll stay

and enjoy some sun, some rest and some play

 

Nothing to see but sea and sky

as through the marshmallow clouds we fly

heading for azure waters of greece

and sun, sea, quiet and peace

 

 

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Art Nature Outdoors Parks Places Poetry Seasons

Impressions of Autumn

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Two leaves rescued from a trip down the drain

travelling down the Trafford Road

The plane leaf – soaring like its mechanical cousin

skipping and dancing on the Salford Wind

The maple leaf – smaller, lighter quicker

playing hopscotch over the sandstone paving

Their brothers and sisters lie bereft

hiding under evergreens to keep out of the rain

as Maple and Plane are captured in colour

Impressions of Autumn – that are brighter and fuller

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Heritage Historical IWM North Museum Museums Photography Travel War World War I World War II

A Busman’s Holiday – In Cosford

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Shared journeys

Old Trafford, Manchester , 5th August

Time        :   Zero Nine Hundred Hours.

Location :   Imperial War Museum North, Old Trafford, Manchester

Destination : RAF Museum, Cosford, Shropshire

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Bill by the RAF Twin-propped Bomber – and it wasn’t raining!

Having done the Great Orme (see here) Bill Nigel and me meet up for a trip to the Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford, Shropshire.

Travelling down the M6 from Manchester and then the M42 we reached our destination, despite queues and roadworks.

Upon arriving at RAF Cosford, we enjoy a bite to eat in the form of soup and a roll in the café.  I had the Tomato (V.Nice!)

Then we hit the Galleries.  Each hangar told the tale of planes that flew in the first and second world wars, as well as some of the individuals that took part in their operation.  A mini timeline, similar to that of IWM North’s Main exhibition space (only a lot smaller) told the history of the RAF from its earliest time as the Royal Flying Corps all the way to the role played in more recent conflict in the Middle east.

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Experimental Aircraft

I particularly enjoyed the Test flight Gallery.  This explained the developmental process behind Planes like the Spitfire and the Harrier Jump Jet .

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Nigel taking shots of the aircraft….

War in the Air had both Allied and German Planes on display as we read how they came to be, and their roles in the Battle of Britain and beyond.  I’m pleased to say I saw a Supermarine Spitfire up close whilst walking round the exhibit, and the one I saw was the oldest surviving model in the world

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All planes have to have something to make them tick – and Cosford’s collection delves deep into many of the engines that got them going.

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I also viewed the artillery used by the RAF Regiment – The Air force soldiers who are assigned to protect the airfields.

It was a most enjoyable day – a pin, bookmark and mug – as well as my photos will remind me of viewing some great pieces of aviation history….just need to get the photos off the camera now 🙂

Something for Historical scholars to spot – my pic shows a statue of Lenin in the distance – but can you spot the other Russian leaders in this pic ?