The future’s bright …

… the future’s orange; and wire-free or so they said in 1994. Yet, still I cannot get a worthwhile 3G signal at sunny Beaufront Woodhead.  Not so much Everything Everywhere, more Not Very Much, Anywhere 😦

The future's bright ...

Yesterday we walked from Stonecroft to Settlingstones (still no signal 🙂 ) and came across this magnificent engine house which formed part of the Stonecroft and Greyside mine, once used for the extraction of witherite. I was hoping to find some connection between the mineral and orange dye but had to settle for this: By using rhodizonic acid or sodium potassium rhodizonate, witherite is stained to an orange-red. Why wouldn’t you 🙂

The Engine House ...

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  1. 2e0mca · March 8, 2015

    I love that Superdry watch shot 🙂 I live in a London suburb and whilst the signal is generally good, there are parts of my house where the good old fashioned horsehair plaster defies the modern 3G signal. As an Amateur Radio license holder I understand a lot about the propagation of radio waves… I sometimes wonder whether the professionals in the mobile phone industry do thoughs…;-)

    • M-R · March 8, 2015

      Have you seen an American movie from a good few years ago called “Frequency” …? 🙂

      • northumbrianlight · March 9, 2015

        I haven’t but I just watched the trailer and it is now on the rental list – thanks for the tip.

      • M-R · March 9, 2015

        I actually made that comment to your earlier commenter/entator, Robin, as the topic was radio waves et al. But I’d be happy for everyone to enjoy it – if you can stand a feel-good ending ! In fact, I think it’s a bloody GOOD movies; good script, nice acting, some nice action. It’s my second-favourite. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · March 9, 2015

      Many thanks. In our part of the world I think the lack of 3G (and of course 4G) is all down to ROI – just not enough people in Northuimberland’s empty county (and long may it remain so 🙂 )

  2. M-R · March 8, 2015

    Knocked over by that last photo … What post-production fx have created so wonderful an image, Robin ? Oh, never mind; I’ll just gaze at it …

    • northumbrianlight · March 9, 2015

      Mostly down to OnOne’s texturizer – it needed something because on such a grey day, the sky was all washed out. Many thanks for taking the time to look and comment.

      • M-R · March 9, 2015

        My absolute pleasure, I assure you !

  3. Scott Marshall · March 8, 2015

    Not having a phone signal is bliss ha ha – excellent edits on both these shots

  4. Cate Franklyn · March 8, 2015

    Luv, luv this shot!!!!

  5. Tish Farrell · March 8, 2015

    Orange doesn’t work in Wenlock either. It makes one wonder how there is something like 85% coverage in a rugged country like Kenya – the Maasai can check in with their herd minders in the absolute middle of nowhere, but people here have to climb hills and wander about looking daft – and STILL no signal. But given all these shortcomings you have made a very pleasing post. The mine building is most evocative. Orange -phff – who cares. Its absence clearly fosters creativity.

    • northumbrianlight · March 9, 2015

      I may be repeating myself (comes with the territory) but I was not entirely impressed that onshore, I could get 3G and 4G signals in the Arctic! Like Kenya, impressive and surprising. Actually I am now on O2 but that wouldn’t fit the challenge 🙂 (O2 offers TuGo which gives you mobile voice over a broadband connection which helps in these parts).

  6. LaVagabonde · March 9, 2015

    Awesome shots, as usual. I must admit that I don’t know what a 3G signal is…

    • northumbrianlight · March 9, 2015

      Many thanks Julie. You are probably better off not knowing about 3G – it delivers ‘high speed’ data/Internet access over a mobile signal e.g. for smartphones. There is also 4G which is even faster and scheduled for delivey into Hexham on the same day the inhabitants arrive from Planet Zog 😀

  7. Lignum Draco · March 9, 2015

    … you gotta wear shades? 🙂
    Nice series.

  8. restlessjo · March 9, 2015

    Only a problem in emergencies, Robin, but nice photos. 🙂

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