Somewhere in England (and somewhere else in Greece)

OK it’s holiday blog post time. This summer’s edition comes to you from Dorset in England and the Peloponnesian coast of Greece.

Little to report from the Peloponnese I’m afraid, beyond a constant stream of what I think were these guys below from the nearby base at Araxos. I’d forgotten the Hellenic Air Force still has some A-7s. And one of these C-130s hacking round the circuit.




But in England things were much more interesting. For one reason or another I ended up in this picturebook village in Dorset (which I think had better remain nameless. although no doubt someone will shortly have some fun with a comment.) What I didn’t expect to find there was this:


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This, for those of you in parts of the world where it’s not obvious, being an Aerospatiale Gazelle, in what I’m pretty sure are ex-Royal Navy colours (and used to look like this.) And it pops in and out of somebody’s garden as you can see.


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Of course, that garden is right next to the (much smaller) gardens and homes of various other people. You’ll be amazed to hear that at least some of those people, who take their gardens rather seriously, it being a moneyed bit of Dorset and all that, are not much amused by having a helicopter – even the ever-so-dainty Gazelle – operating just over their hedgerows.

By coincidence a few minutes after I took the pictures above I had the chance to experience just what they’re unhappy about.


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You can see their point of view. But the problem is that some of the neighbours who don’t like the Gazelle guy also don’t like each other much, for entirely unrelated reasons. So a co-ordinated protest may not be so easy to achieve. It’s not exactly Midsomer Murders but it would make a decent sitcom. Aah, the English and their castles.

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5 Responses to Somewhere in England (and somewhere else in Greece)

  1. Ben Kolbeck August 17, 2009 at 8:59 pm #

    Great post once again, great catch!

    LOL you should have come up here to Manchester, EGCC is great for spotting!

  2. Ben Kolbeck August 17, 2009 at 9:00 pm #

    Ouch, way too manĂ½ “Greats” in that last post, sorry :S

  3. Ben Kolbeck August 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm #

    Heheh, yes of course you do :) and there are no other attractions in Manchester anyway, haha.

  4. Kieran Daly April 7, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    Thaks for the comment Ben, and for the invite. Although we do have airports down south too!

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