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Report - Pyestock NGTE Feb 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by SparkUK, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. SparkUK

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    This was a last minute flyer for BigJobs and myself, we'd had other plans which fell through so it left us with a bit of a hole to fill timewise. I am going to bore you with some history regardless of whether it's been done to death or not. In reality that means I'm going to shamelessly steal some history and put it in here.

    From Wikipedia;


    That doesn't nearly do it justice, it's like a footnote decribing the pyramids as 'some stone things out in the desert'......

    Hence why MoLAS (Museum of London Archaeology Service) undertook a project to record as much as they could while it still stands and there is still documentation available.



    It's brutal that this place was effectively killed off by computer modelling, computers don't come up with ideas, they don't wake up in the middle of the night with an inspired 'crazy' idea that then becomes ground breaking technology, men do that... men who scribble things down on beermats and fag packets.

    Pyestock wasn't built by a computer, nor would it ever be. When you look through the filing cabinets in here there are hundreds of sketches, sketches done without computers, many without even a ruler, that doesn't matter, what matters is the ideas that people had, ideas that they had the bottle to 'try it and see' Your computer won't do that. They talk about the 'maturity of technology', how much of that is a lack of people who can be creative?

    Ok so thanks to BigJobs for managing to stay awake and drive, not so many thanks for being such a noisy get while we had our couple of hours of 'sleep' if you could call it that. So first light saw us out and about on the perimeter, we did maybe 5 minutes before being spotted by security, as much as we're an attractive couple we look a bit more explorey than early morning dog walker types, loosely translated we looked like a pair of Northern fuckwits who just had two hours sleep in a car and were now trying to circumvent a fence at first light. A few quick detours and some specialised Gurkha evasion manouveres and we were in. The bits of that I've missed out involved lots of mud, lots of running, quite a bit of blood from a sliced finger and then a significant amount of hiding but it all worked out just fine, we were in... slightly mucky, but in all the same. The next few hours involved most of the same, climbing, running, hiding and getting progressively filthier till it was time to make our comedic exit the same way we came in, they don't call us Northern Monkeys for nothing you know. Back to the car and a stupidly traffic infested motorway journey back North ended with BigJobs off to buy new clothes before heading off out on the razzle and myself back to Liverpool and then straight off to Manchester.... I'm sick of the sight of tarmac now.

    Anyway.... Pyestock.... It's big, it's dirty and I want one.



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