Category Archives: Photography

Monochrome Monday ~Ruins

it’s so quiet in the ruins, walking through the old town

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

anything but here

Monochrome Monday ~ Girls

real women are never perfect, and perfect women are never real

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Scenes on Sunday ~ Sea

I must go down to the sea again
to the lonely sea and the sky

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Battle of Britain Day

2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

On September 15th 1940 the German Luftwaffe launched its largest and most concentrated attack on London

Defending England were the Hurricanes and Spitfires of the RAF

Fighter Command was outnumbered

Ranged against the Spitfire was the bf 109

this action was the climax of the Battle of Britain, commemorated every September 15th as Battle of Britain Day

the memorial flight includes Hurricanes, Spitfires, and a single Avro Lancaster

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalknet

 

all through the battle and the following blitz St. Paul’s Cathedral remained safe

 

Monochrome Monday ~ Getty Villa

Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, Southern California

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

not quite The Getty Villa

but from exactly the same part of the world

California Wildfires

sometimes all you have left is prayer

Here in England we almost never get wildfires, instead we sometimes have devastating floods, and every few years a hell of a lot of snow.  Sadly, my friends out on the USA’s West Coast are in real physical danger from the bush fires burning out of control through California, Oregon, and Washington State.

The fire services are doing the very best they can, and President Trump is due to visit California tomorrow to see for himself the scale of destruction.  But when fires even threaten the freeways and interstate highways, things are obviously our of control.  Some of the fires may have been caused by arson, or smokers casually discarding their butts, or by electrical faults, or even lightning.  But they have spread so far and wide because of a 20 year mega-drought.

The only thing that will end these fires is heavy rain.  And all the rest of the world can offer is our thoughts and prayers.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

perhaps now it is time to pray for heavy rain in Southern California

Scenes on Sunday ~ Desert

when you’re in the desert, you look into infinity

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

big wide horizons out there

Scenes on Sunday ~ Blue

all is at peace where the blue sky meets the blue sea

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

all of life’s better emotions are to be found in the send of the sea

Monochrome Monday ~ Inner Demons

everything seems different in black and white

perhaps that isn’t so pc any more

seeing everything in shades of grey

watching the world disappear

into a darkling dangerous abyss

nothingness

 

a hell we created for ourselves

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

we each have a demon in our heart

Triumph TR7 V8

so, after a lot of committee work they came up with a curate’s egg

Here in England there is a long tradition of curious and interesting sports cars, with a few names being right at the top of the list when it comes to cars the classic enthusiast admires.  Sadly, the Triumph TR7 was never a car to put stars in the eyes.  Mostly that was because it was so different to it’s better-looking and more hairy-chested predecessors.

The original TR7 was a two-seat fixed-head coupe, powered by an overhead-cam four that churned out some 100 bhp.  Underneath was a fairly sophisticated suspension for the time, bolted to an incredibly strong monocoque, which made the little car heavy at just over a ton.  (Trust me, if you are ever going to roll a sports car, and expect to live through it, then make it a TR7.) But, deep down, the TR7 was a great car waiting to get out from under something far more ordinary.

The TR7 had two basic problems; #1 it wasn’t a convertible  #2 it was underpowered for its weight.  Despite that, and despite its terrible build quality it sold very well in the USA.

To give the TR7 more power the designers chose to drop in a 150 bhp version of the Rover / Buick 215 cu in aluminium V8, producing what was either a TR7 V8, or a Triumph TR8, (depending on who you talk to).  This thing went like shit off a shovel.  Then, to make it more appealing to Californians the steel roof was chopped off.  The thing was, the original TR7 was so strong that not at lot of additional strengthening was needed to compensate for the lack of a roof and those hefty C pillars.

What resulted was a pretty little proper sports car that was fabulous to drive,  so long as you remembered all that weight up front.

I’ve never driven a TR8, but I did like its less powerful TR7 FHC variant.  Imagine a stiffer and more powerful MGB and you will have an idea.  The ohc four up-front revs better than the venerable B series four-pot, and the shorter wheel-base makes the TR7 more nimble.

If you want one of these things, then first of all they are rare.  The TR8 drophead is a rare as hen’s teeth.  Finding one in as good condition as the gold number pictured here could take a very long time indeed.  Outside of California any un-restored example is likely to be infested with rust.  Any original car is likely to have problems with the electrics, cooling, gearbox, rear axle, suspension…..  But do not let that put you off.  Given a decent garage / workshop I could rebuild / build one of these things from the front spoiler backwards.  Just about everything is available, and there are thousands of bits languishing from other British Leyland cars of the era.  In fact you could take a rotten TR7 FHC shell and build a convertible with as much performance as you want / dare.

Some say the Triumph TR7 is like a curate’s egg, good in parts.  And that only a hairdresser would want to own one.  All I know is that the TR7 intrigues me ~ in any form it’s like a beautiful woman hiding her charms.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

you might want to do something about that ‘period’ interior upholstery

 

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