• The Lost Villages of Ashopton and Derwent

    The Lost Villages of Ashopton & Derwent in the Peak District is the destination – plus a little of The Dam Busters, Monks and Abandoned Farmsteads and some hot chicken soup thrown in for good measure.

    The Peak District, as with many other places that are right under your local nose, is full of fascinating history – from recent times to as far back as the end of the last ice age. Apart from the beauty of the place, if you only look twice you can find some great evidence. We are really a bit Johnny come lately aren’t we, when you just stop to think that your very footsteps were walked 10,000 years ago or maybe that pile of rocks you stepped on to tie up your boot laces, were put there to clear a field 4,000 years ago or indeed that prehistoric rock art that was etched 6000 years ago.

    One particular place I am interested in is the more recent history of the Upper Derwent and the lost villages of Derwent and Ashopton which were submerged following the construction and flooding to form Ladybower Reservoir in the 1930’s. [Read More…]

  • A Brew in The Woods at Delamere Forest

    Happy New Year all you lovely people. Thanks for your support and company in 2018 and I look forward to getting out there in 2019 and perhaps seeing you in person!

    I nipped out for a brew in the woods. If you can do that too, then I highly recommend it and leave your stresses behind, connecting with nature for a bit. I finished the vlog in the conservatory due to a bad video and sound production during my talk in the woods. Pitty  – as that was a much better dialogue than the take-two back at the Turnock towers! oh well, there’s always next time.

    Yeah, so 2018 was a busy year and no doubt 2019 will be but I fully intend to get out more in 2019 and get behind the camera and make more films to watch when I’m too old to get out.

    Let’s make 2019 a healthy one. I don’t mean down at the gym but just get out and hike or at least watch what you put in thy gob! Keep tabs on this channel as I will lose a few stones in 2019 and will be blogging about the outdoors and just how losing a few pounds is easy with a mindset fix. Possibly, the odd wild camp, a few photos and some history along the way.

    Oh yes, it will include the odd bit of music too. You can always turn the sound down a bit or better – turn it up with headphones to catch the intended baselines and ambiance. The Music on this video is FergoPeaks from my creations on the PeakBeatz Album and along with maybe another will be in my new short film “Life Of Pie”. Probably a bit weird but has a hidden message. 20 Great channels shout out via the kettle drum were :

    Wye Expolorer https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHKs…

    Dean Read https://www.youtube.com/user/Deanread

    Prepped Nomad https://www.youtube.com/user/hitmande…

    Frogmoon Wildcamps and wanders https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBnO…

    wiltshire Man https://www.youtube.com/user/g0vqw

    Zed Outdoors https://www.youtube.com/user/ZedOutdoors

    Isle of White Bushcraft https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCev-…

    Live Simply Films – Mountian Mike https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ZD…

    Simon, A Bloke in The Woods https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCL5…

    Andrew Beavers https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSY…

    Paul Messner https://www.youtube.com/user/MrMego17…

    Saved Purplecat https://www.youtube.com/user/savedpur…

    Haze Outdoors https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDzw…

    Alan METALMAN https://www.youtube.com/user/AlanKeep…

    Patrick Dickinson https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCotA…

    Olly Outdoors https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ4Y…

    Steve Butler https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPyW…

    My Self Reliance https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIMX…

    Sleeves https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP6m…

    TA Outdoors https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTAout…

    Happy New Year and see you soon!.

    Music created using Akai MPK both live and virtual loops recorded including some real instruments using various tools, Digital Audio Workstation & tools, drum machines, synthesizers & MPC etc. Basically, a lot of messing about and learning on the fly until it sounds something like the tune in my head.. most skills of which I forget and have to start over next time!

    Most of my music can be found here: www.peakbeatz.com blog – sometimes www.turnock.com

    twitter – @stephenturnock

  • Delamere Forest to Atoll South Pacific, It’s Crime Scenes all the way..

    We all come across litter when out in the great outdoors – whether it be a Forest, your street or a Pacific Coral Reef Atoll. [Read More…]

  • Listen to your Recruiter Ancestors!

    If you are in recruitment did you ever stop to think about the origins of your industry? Recruiters today have a lot to thank the original recruitment pioneers for. It’s easy to forget that the Recruitment industry has been around for a long time but most recruiters I would say do not want a history lesson and they know everything! Well, that’s OK. I knew everything too!

    One of the oldest references to a public employment agency was in 1650 and the first private employment agency was opened in the US in 1893, an Engineering Agency and you will find a few dotted around the UK such as London domestic Agency ‘Masseys’ established in 1845. For specialist technical recruitment businesses and consultancies we are probably looking at the 60²s for the first ones to appear. The company I started out at was established in 1961 in Stockport by Alan OBrien – Manchester Design Services and latterly MDS Consultants plc. [Read More…]

  • Retro Recruiter – It’s back to the future

    IT Operations in Recruitment
    Some younger recruiters may not remember the welcome sight of a phone box in the middle of nowhere. Normally they were on the rainy side of the street and required a lot of u-turns. Invariably they didn’t work or indeed had someone in it who was in no hurry whatsoever – and when they did step out, would do so amid a puff of smoke.

    If not remembering phone boxes, then certainly most recruiters will remember their first placement. I certainly remember mine.

    My first placement was actually done on my second day in recruitment and that candidate, an Instrumentation Design Engineer, was called from a phone box. [Read More…]

  • Cyber Security – Defend, Deter and Develop.. oh.. and Skills Shortages

    Back in November, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced the governments National Cyber Security Strategy for the next 5 years in which he said “The new strategy is built on three core pillars: defend, deter and develop, underpinned by £1.9 billion of transformational investment…”

    The vision for 2021 is that the UK is secure and resilient to cyber threats, prosperous and confident in the digital world.

    This follows on from earlier in the year where the UK government confirmed that the UK’s new national cyber centre will open in London – so called the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

    The UK faces a growing threat of cyber-attacks from states, serious crime gangs, hacking groups as well as terrorists. The NCSC will help ensure that the people, public and private sector organisations and the critical national infrastructure of the UK are safer online.

    I will be taking a look at look at global Cyber Security in general and also taking a look at CISSP qualification shortages and what it means for the world and Recruiters alike as we face cyber wars. Yes cyber wars!

    In recognition of the risk cyber attacks pose, the government’s 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review classified cyber as a Tier One threat to the UK – that’s the same level as terrorism, or international military conflict.

    Ahead of Brexit, Britain could be set to become the world’s cyber talent powerhouse ahead of other nations.

    The UK cyber-security industry which has grown rapidly in recent years and is now worth £17.6bn – up 70 percent since 2013 – and employs over 100,000 people.

    More soon for 2017. I’ll be looking at top talent needs and what the UK has to offer as a world leader in cyber.

    For a current Cyber Security Roundup click here

  • You are what you eat! e.g. Cancer, Diabetes and more..

    The food industry portrays pictures of the happy farm yard on the front labels but in truth, the contents are laden with gazillions of cancer and disease causing chemicals  – many of which are disguised or simply missing from the labels. The average supermarket with maybe 50,000 products on the shelves –  of which 90+% are bad for us,  containing the factory food industry products and processes that will keep us sick and addicted that were created by the needs of big spenders such as the Monster McDonald’s.

    We’re seeing obesity at all ages increase at record highs as the addictive fat, sugar and salt filled products keep us running on empty calories and running back for more.  Meanwhile  most people are landing in hospital where the underlying causes is malnutrition and most people leave hospital more malnourished than when they went in in addition to being pumped full of drugs in an age where in the UK alone, an acceptable level of deaths due to legally prescribed drugs is 10,000 per year. That’s not all, 95% of  disease INCLUDING Cancer can be prevented and even reversed should we give the body the right food. Simply increasing raw fruit and veg and vitamin supplements. [Read More…]

  • The USAF B29 Superfortress wreckage on Bleaklow

    In this video walk, I tell the brief story of the Boeing RB-29A [F13-A] Superfortress 44-61999 ‘Over Exposed’ which crashed on the 3rd November 1948 at Higher Shelf Stones in the Peak District on Bleaklow, near Glossop. Tragically, all the 13 crew members were killed – just  3 days before they were due to return home having survived WWII.

    The Superfortress was on a routine flight from the American airbase at Burtonwood, Warrington. The flight was carrying the payload of $7,400 dollars for the buttonwood base employees.

    There are over 180 plane wreckages in the Peak District but none more prolific in terms of remains, than this super fortress –  an incredible engineering masterpiece of the day and one which is the forerunner of modern jets of today.  [Read More…]

  • Littering, Respect & Responsibility?

    It’s great being out and about in the glorious outdoors. What striking beauty we have on our doorsteps – the places that replenish and oxygenate the urban world.

    BUT…. one thing you cannot help notice however is the increasing amount of trash left behind. What goes on in the minds of these people – who presumably also enjoy getting out? Just throwing bottles and cans etc., along the way side, is beyond most of us but the problem is not just UK bound but is worldwide.

    Snippets in this video are from places of extreme beauty – Delamere Forest in Cheshire and also the Snake Plantation – Lady Clough, in the glorious Peak District. Marred sometimes by litter left by the few and notably wild campers who don’t understand the ‘leave no trace’ Code. [Read More…]

  • A mini Tale of Survival – just 30 mins from civilisation on Bleaklow!

    Tales of the Lost Witch of Bleaklow, The Novice Hiker in the Snow, a B29 Super Fortress and Sheep’s Skull Wardrobe in a Bothy

    Ok no Witch or Wardrobe but sounded better!. But definitely a Lost Novice..!

    When it comes to walking in the hills I can only be described as a novice still – being just short of 2 years in total since discovering the fantastic wonders of the glorious peak district in what started out as a Sunday walk up Mam Tor. I think I have pretty much been back every week, primarily doing circular walks from various guide books and loading up the odd GPX file into the GPS. [Read More…]