Believe it or not, I still haven’t received a job offer from Korea. I won’t let this get me down though, there are still plenty of things to do in and around Plymouth, and one of these occurred yesterday. A fact I was completely unaware of until being woken up by what I believed at the time to be a mass attack on the UK.
Saturday 30th June was Armed Forces Day, hosted in (or rather above) Plymouth.
So I’ll set the scene… There I am peacefully sleeping, albeit in a slightly inebriated state, having enjoyed a night out with friends. Who knows what the hour was, all I can tell you is that it was too early. Oh! You’re aware of this hour? Ok then, I’ll continue. So at ‘too early’ am…
Ok so that was really anticlimactic. Here is a YouTube clip, crank your speakers up to 11 and listen to the flybys (if you have a sub woofer that helps).
Now you have some idea of what I kept hearing, and it’s all well and good hearing that when it an air show, or reading some idiots blog. But imagine you are said idiot, you live near a naval base, and you are disorientated (hung over). Now I’m not saying I truly believed an attack was happening, I doubt I’d have stayed in bed that long otherwise, but the thought did cross my mind.
So after I’d figured out that an attack would probably involve explosions of some kind, I did a little research and found the true source of the deafening jet sounds. Armed Forces Day 2012!
Despite this, my first thought was to go for a ride in Cornwall, but after changing an inner tube only to realise the new one was in fact an old one (pre-punctured), Armed Forces Day seemed like a good way to go. I gathered my friends and we headed on down to Plymouth Hoe.
This should be where I’d show some pictures. However, I’ve been shooting on film recently (some of you might remember it), and as much as I enjoy shooting on 35mm film, it doesn’t offer the instantly viewable images we’ve all come to love.
That said, it wasn’t long before the rain decided to pour down on us, so you’re not missing much (I’m really underselling this event). We began to walk home in the rain when the Red Arrows flew overhead. These guys are amazing, and definitely worth a watch if you get the chance. Seeing them skim Plymouth’s skyline from below was exhilarating, and worth missing the full show for. My only regret was having my camera in the bag at this point.
So there it is. My Armed Forces Day 2012! I hope none of you were expecting an in-depth expose on the event 😛