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On the 31st March 2016, I visited the quiet beach at Oxwich, south Wales, UK and decided to walk up...

On the 31st March 2016, I visited the quiet beach at Oxwich, south Wales, UK and decided to walk up the narrow road on the cliff side to visit St. Illtyd’s Church.

As I neared the church, I heard the faint strains of bagpipes warming up. Other visitor’s who were making the same trek stopped walking and moved to the edges of the road. We had all stumbled across a wedding party about to leave the church and make its way down the narrow road to the hotel garden below. And, leading the procession were the Bideford Youth Pipe Band with their bagpipes and drums at the ready.

As the procession of musicians and wedding guests passed by, one observant onlooker remarked that one of the wedding guests had been on the TV show: I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

When the road cleared, I and other onlookers proceeded to continue towards the church. As the road narrowed and changed from tarmac to a stony path, we stumbled upon the bride herself, carefully negotiating the terrain in her heels and dress – helped, of course, by her bridesmaids and the groom himself.

The same guy who had noticed the aforementioned celebrity asked the groom, “Aren’t you that guy off the tele?”

“Yes.” he replied.

-Congratulations to you both!-

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Bideford Youth Pipe Band | Oxwich – 31st March 2016
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Bideford Youth Pipe Band | Oxwich – 31st March 2016
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Bideford Youth Pipe Band | Oxwich – 31st March 2016
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Bideford Youth Pipe Band | Oxwich – 31st March 2016
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Bideford Youth Pipe Band | Oxwich – 31st March 2016
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I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here! | Oxwich – 31st March 2016
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Wedding Guests | Oxwich – 31st March 2016
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Wedding Guests | Oxwich – 31st March 2016
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The Bride | Oxwich – 31st March 2016
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Bride and Groom | Oxwich – 31st March 2016

For this week’s photographic challenge: The Road Takenshow us something that surprised you on the “road taken”.

The Road TakenOn the 31st March 2016, I visited the quiet beach at Oxwich, south Wales, UK and decided to walk up the narrow road on the cliff side to visit…
Cambrai Memorial, Louverval Military Cemetery The Cambrai Memorial at Louverval Military Cemetery...

Cambrai Memorial, Louverval Military Cemetery

The Cambrai Memorial at Louverval Military Cemetery commemorates 7,038 British and 5 South African soldiers(1) who fell in the Battle of Cambrai and whose graves are unkown. Their names are inscribed according to their regiment on the monument’s semicircular peristyle, which surrounds a Stone of Remembrance.

The human cost of the battle of Cambrai was horrendous: 44,000 British soldiers and 50,000 German soldiers lost their lives in the 17 days of fighting between November and December 1917.

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Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France

The memorial was designed by the architect Harold Chalton Bradshaw, and unveiled on 4 August 1930 by Lieutenant-General Sir Louis Ridley Vaughan. Inscribed on the monument and the Stone of Remembrance are the words:-

THESE ALL DIED IN FAITH – THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

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Cambrai Memorial | The Stone of Remembrance and Memorial Entrance Gates

On each side of the monument are two bas-reliefs, the work of sculptor Charles Sargeant Jagger. Soldiers going over the top are depicted on the monument’s left. And on the right of the memorial, the evacuation of a wounded soldier from a trench portrays the violence of war.

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Soldiers Going Over the Top, Sculptured by Charles Jagger
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The Evacuation of a Wounded Soldier, Sculptured by Charles Jagger

The memorial stands on an elevated terrace inside Louverval Military Cemetery.

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Louverval Military Cemetery and Cambrai Memorial

Steps to the left of the Cambrai Memorial lead to the lower cemetery ground, which contains a Cross of Sacrifice and the graves of 124 soldiers. Rows B and C contain some war time burials. The other graves were transferred here in 1927 from Louverval Chateau Cemetery.

Casualty details: British 118 | Australia 4 | New Zealand 2 | Total 124 soldiers

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Louverval Military Cemetery and The Cross of Sacrifice.

Most of the soldiers buried here lost their lives between 1917 and  1918.

References:

  1. Visitor information plaques at the site
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Cambrai Memorial, Louverval Military CemeteryCambrai Memorial, Louverval Military Cemetery The Cambrai Memorial at Louverval Military Cemetery commemorates 7,038 British and 5 South African soldiers(1) who fell in the…
The Mametz Wood Memorial commemorates the sacrifice made by soldiers of the 38th (Welsh) Division...

The Mametz Wood Memorial commemorates the sacrifice made by soldiers of the 38th (Welsh) Division during the attacks and capture of Mametz Wood in the first Somme offensive of July 1916. The 38th (Welsh) Division suffered more than 4,000 casualties, of whom over 1,000 were killed. More than 750 of those killed remain buried in the wood with no known graves. Their names are recorded on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.

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Mametz Wood Memorial to the 38th (Welsh) Division | The Welsh Dragon Looks Towards Mametz Wood

The Mametz Wood Memorial is situated on a chalk bank overlooking Mametz Wood and in front of a ridge that once concealed the trenches from which the 38th (Welsh) Division attacked. A red Welsh Dragon, which is depicted snarling and tearing at barbed wire, looks towards the site of engagement with ferocity and a sense of tenacity to remind us not only of the slaughter of soldiers cut down by machine gun fire during their advance, but of the bitter hand-to-hand combat that ensued once the perimeter of the wood had been breached.

It was full of dead Prussian Guards, big men, and dead Welch Fusiliers and South Wales Borderers, little men. Not a single tree in the wood remained unbroken.

-Robert Graves, poet ~ who fought in the battle,
describes the aftermath immediately
after the capture of Mametz Wood.

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The Welsh Dragon, Mametz Wood Memorial

The memorial was commissioned by the South Wales Branch of the Western Front Association following stimulus from a surviving veteran of the Battle of Mametz Wood. Sergeant Tom Price had visited the Somme Battlefields in the early nineteen eighties and was surprised to find that there was no memorial to the 38th (Welsh) Division at the scene of their great sacrifice. A public fund raising event began in Wales by telling the story of the Battle for Mametz Wood and the proposal for a Welsh war memorial at this site. News of the fundraising spread to other regions quickly, and the target of £20,000 was exceeded in a short time as personal stories of sacrifice and courage spurred many people in to pledging their money for the cause.

The Welsh Dragon, hand forged from steel and sculptured by the blacksmith David Petersen sits on top of a four-sided tapered plinth, 3 metres in height. Stone for the plinth was quarried from the Forest of Dean and carved into an obelisk by the monumental masons Messrs. Mossfords, Cardiff. The Dragon was taken to France in April 1987 by the 157 (TA) Royal Corps of Transport, Cardiff, who had also taken the stone blocks the month before. A local firm of builders then fixed the Dragon to the plinth.

In July 1987, on the 71st anniversary of the Capture of Mametz Wood, the memorial was unveiled and dedicated. The wreath laying ceremony was led by veterans of the battle as two buglers of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and with support from the  French Army Garde D’Honneur, sounded the Last Post. The 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Wales provided the music as the Kilgetty Male Voice Choir led the singing.

PARCHWN EU HYMDRECHION
PARHAED EIN HATGOFION

A Welsh inscription on the front face of the Mametz Wood Memorial translates to English as:

We revere their endeavours.
May we continue to remember.

Regimental crests of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Welsh Regiment and South Wales Borderers that comprised the 38th (Welsh) Division are carved on the sides of the stonework. The rear of the monument bears no crest, only the words:

MAMETZ
WOOD
1916

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Mametz Wood Memorial | Regimental Crest of the South Wales Borderers

A bronze plaque, affixed to a separate plinth on the memorial’s left reads:

THE BATTLE FOR MAMETZ WOOD

AS PART OF THE BATTLE OF THE
SOMME, WHICH BEGAN ON 1st JULY
1916, THE 38th (WELSH) DIVISION
ADVANCED FROM OVER THIS BANK
TO ATTACK AND CAPTURE THE
STRONGLY HELD MAMETZ WOOD.
THE FIRST ATTACK WAS MADE ON 7th
JULY BY 115th BRIGADE BUT THIS WAS
UNSUCCESSFUL WITH THE BRIGADE
SUFFERING HEAVY CASUALTIES.
A DIVISIONAL ATTACK ON THE 10th
JULY WAS ABLE TO CLEAR THE WOOD
UP TO ITS NORTHERN EDGE BY 11th
JULY AND BY THE TIME THE DIVISION
WAS RELIEVED ON 12th JULY THE
ENEMY HAD COMPLETELY WITHDRAWN
FROM THE WOOD.
DURING THE ACTION THE DIVISION
SUFFERED OVER 4000 CASUALTIES AND
THIS MEMORIAL WAS RAISED IN 1987 TO
REMEMBER THIS SACRIFICE.

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The Battle For Mametz Wood | Visitor Plaque

The plaque also displays a map showing the memorial’s position in relation to the attacks made on Mametz wood and the brigades that comprised the 38th (Welsh) Division.

113 BRIGADE comprised 13th Royal Welsh Fusiliers (1st North Wales), 14th Royal Welsh Fusiliers (Caernarvon & Anglesey), 15th Royal Welsh Fusiliers (1st London Welsh), 16th Royal Welsh Fusiliers (2nd North Wales).

114 BRIGADE comprised 10th Welsh Regiment (!st Rhondda), 13th Welsh Regiment (2nd Rhondda), 14th Welsh Regiment (Swansea), 15th Welsh Regiment (Carmarthen).

115 BRIGADE comprised 10th South Wales Borderers (1st Gwent), 11th South Wales Borderers (2nd Gwent), 16th Welsh Regiment (Cardiff City), 17th Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

At the entry to Mametz wood and inside it are personal shrines and memorials left behind by relatives of soldiers who fought and died in this battle.

The ground inside the wood still bears the scars of fierce combat with huge craters and signs warning of live munitions.

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The Welsh Dragon at Mametz

References & Notes:-

  1. Welsh on the Somme: Mametz Wood (Battleground Somme), Michael Renshaw (Paperback). |  [Kindle version]
  2. Cymru’n Cofio, Wales Remembers 1914-198 – First World War Centenary Programme 2016.
  3. Photographs taken 15th August 2016 © 2016 Wolverson Photography.
Mametz Wood MemorialThe Mametz Wood Memorial commemorates the sacrifice made by soldiers of the 38th (Welsh) Division during the attacks and capture of Mametz Wood in the first Somme offensive of July 1916.
EcoAir DD1 Classic MK5 Desiccant Dehumidifier For the purpose of clarity, this is a review of the...

EcoAir DD1 Classic MK5 Desiccant Dehumidifier

For the purpose of clarity, this is a review of the EcoAir DD1 Classic Mk5 Desiccant Dehumidifier (formerly DD122 Classic), purchased with hard-earned cash.

Overview

The EcoAir DD1 Mk5 Desiccant dehumidifier sets the bar for home desiccant dehumidifiers with its innovative design and a wealth of comprehensive features that optimize performance and save energy. It rectifies problem areas quickly and maintains them intelligently by toggling between full power, economy and standby modes as it senses the environment around it. This means that once your environment is under control, dehumidification requirements will be adjusted continuously so that power is only consumed when absolutely necessary. It works effectively at cold temperatures, even as low as 1ºC. Its operating range of 1ºC-40ºC makes this machine incredibly versatile for use in almost any home enclosure.

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EcoAir DD1 Mk5 Classic Desiccant Dehumidifier

The EcoAir DD1 Classic Mk5 Desiccant Dehumidifier can be used to dry laundry indoors quickly yet keep humidity levels within a comfortable range. Clothes dried with the assistance of this dehumidifier smell fresher than those dried more slowly indoors.

The 3D-Louvre on top of the machine can be controlled to tackle problem areas quickly, like mould growth on a wall, by channeling airflow towards a target in a precise manner.

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3D-Louvre

The selective Ioniser purifies the air by releasing negative ions from the air outlet. This has a normalizing effect on the human body, providing ideal conditions for breathing and relaxation.

Desiccant technology means no more noisy compressor at the heart of the machine. This model is advertised as Whisper Quiet at only 34 dB(A). Measurements made confirm this fact, but whether or not you could sleep with this unit running in the same room is a moot point. However, it is barely audible at night when operating on a landing behind a closed bedroom door.

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The unit has intuitive controls, a filter that is quick and easy to clean and a neat carrying handle that folds flush with the top of the unit.

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EcoAir DD1 Classic Mk5 Desiccant Dehumidifier Water Collection

The EcoAir DD1 Classic Mk5 Desiccant Dehumidifier has a water collection tray capacity of 2 litres, which is simple to empty and replace. Water collection can be bypassed with a supplied hose that can be plumbed into existing drainage.

What’s in the box?

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Packaging and Contents

The EcoAir DD1 Classic MK5 Desiccant Dehumidifier arrives well packaged with the main unit protected with polystyrene blocks. Included with the dehumidifier is a transparent hose 1.2m in length and 12mm in inner diameter. This can be connected to the dehumidifier if continuous drainage is desired. A manual, which contains the 2 Year Guarantee Card on the final page completes the ensemble.

The EcoAir DD1 Classic Mk5 Desiccant Dehumidifier manual

Specifications

  • Temperature range: 1ºC to 40ºC
  • Dehumidification extraction rate: 7 Litres/day @ 20ºC and 60% RH
  • Water tank capacity: 2 Litres (Continuous drainage possible)
  • Voltage: 220-240V @ 50Hz
  • Net weight: 6 Kg
  • Dimensions: 290mm x 475mm x 175mm

Review

Design

The EcoAir DD1 Classic Mk5 Desiccant Dehumidifier is impressively smart and fashionable in design and would compliment most decors and furnishings. It is slender enough to tuck away in a corner when not in use. And, it does not seem obtrusive at all when brought out for use. The blue light in the front grill is in vogue with modern appliances and rounds off a very pleasing design.

Operation

The push button controls on top of the unit are intuitive and easy to press. The dehumidifier can be programmed for simple or specific tasks with just a few button presses.

Essentially, the amount of noise emitted from the machine is governed by the two power settings, economy and high. The type of sound that is created is akin to the noise made by the fan in an extraction hood, common to most kitchens. If you want some idea of how this unit will sound, and more importantly, how loud it will be, go into your kitchen and listen to your extractor fan on low and high settings. The video below compares the sound from the EcoAir DD1 Classic Mk5 Desiccant Dehumidifier with the fan of an extractor hood. Sound intensity levels from both units are also measured and displayed for comparative purposes. Advertised as Whisper Quiet at 34 dB(A), measurements made during the making of this video confirm that the intensity of the sound emitted is correct. However, the type of noise created is unlike a whisper, and in my opinion, it is not pleasant to listen to. Nontheless, behind a closed door, the noise is barely noticeable.

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Sound measurements taken at a distance of 1 metre (3ft) from all sources.

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On the high power setting, the EcoAir DD1 Classic Mk5 Desiccant Dehumidifier will dehumidify a room to comfortable levels within a very short period of time. Additionally, the unit will dry partially dried washing very quickly and wet washing reasonably quickly, and at the same, heat the room and maintain a comfortable humidity level. Clothes dried rapidly in this way smell fresher than clothes that are dried more slowly on radiators or airers. Although this dehumidifier cannot compete with the drying times of tumble driers, the EcoAir DD1 Classic Mk5 Desiccant Dehumidifier is a viable alternative for those seeking to dry their laundry in a smarter way; where space is at a premium or home occupancy is low.

This model uses 300W and 590W of power in economy and high power modes respectively. You can calculate the cost of using this appliance by entering these details and your electricity tariff in this calculator. To give you an idea of the energy cost, you will also need to enter how often you expect to use this device.

Don’t be alarmed when you see the prediction! The EcoAir DD1 Classic Mk5 Desiccant Dehumidifier really is an efficient device. This means you will not need to run it as often as you first thought. It will get humidity levels in your home under control very quickly and then it will be a case of running the unit when needed to maintain those levels, or to dry laundry effectively.

Change your habits

Condensation will not disappear instantly when a dehumidifier is in operation. If you are generating excessive amounts of water vapour from cooking, boiling a kettle, washing, showering or bathing, it will be necessary to ventilate your property by opening windows and using extractor fans to expel the excessive humidity.

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Digital Temperature – Hygrometer

Invest in a digital hygrometer that will measure and display the humidity level of the room you keep it in. Switching on your dehumidifier only when humidity levels are excessive will keep your energy costs low. If you own a home weather station or a modern smart phone, then the chances are that you already have a hygrometer at hand.

Conclusion

Positives:

  • Sleek, modern design and aesthetically pleasing. Its slender design makes it easy to store.
  • Incorporates intelligent features that run in parallel to optimise efficiency and reduce power consumption.
  • Desiccant technology means a consistent extraction efficiency over a large temperature range. Extraction rate of 7 Litres/day @ 20ºC and 60% RH.
  • No compressor means a quieter product.
  • 3D-Louvre system can target problem areas by channeling airflow precisely.
  • Purifies the air with negative ions to aid breathing and relaxation.
  • Dries laundry very quickly while maintaining comfortable humidity levels and thereby preventing condensation.
  • Works so effectively that you will use it occasionally rather than continuously. This keeps energy costs down.

Negatives:

  • Although the intensity of noise produced is low and in keeping with that stated by the manufacturer, the type of noise produced in unpleasant to listen to, especially in the high power mode. However, the noise is barely detectable through closed doors. That said, deployment times and locations can be organised so as not to annoy people in the home.
  • Although this dehumidifier contains a hygrometer to measure the humidity level around it, it does not display that measurement. This would have been a useful feature.
  • The humidity thresholds at which the dehumidifier switches to economy, high power and standby modes are preset and cannot be altered. The option to change these would have been beneficial for refining power savings.

A very good product and value for money.

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