Photo Journal of Events and Activities in Scotland

All posts in Livingston

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Taking photographs in the dark is always a challenge. Taking photographs in the dark, without a tripod, using a hand-held camera, high ISO and moving subjects is positively insane, even with one of the latest and best ‘low-noise’ digital cameras available. But that’s me. And the results are surprising.

On the nights of Friday and Saturday, 3 & 4 October 2014, the ‘Woodlands Trust Scotland‘ hosted an event in the woodlands near Bellsquarry, Brucefield and Adam Brae in Livingston, West Lothian, known as the Wilderness Plantation.

Called ‘Embrace’, it was a production by Vision Mechanics, described as a ‘fusion of aerial artistry, dance, shadows and illumination, inspired by an ancient Indian legend’.
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The very sunny Grand Harburn Festival was held on Saturday 8 June 2013

There was something for all the family – Read more

Amcor Flexibles Fire at Brucefield Industrial Estate

Fortunately there would appear to be no serious injuries with only one person suffering minor burns to the back of their hand. (Info source, Amcor website)

Nonetheless, a very dramatic incident for employees, residents and businesses in the vicinity. Read more

Co-op fire damage

“The Co-operative Food” a.k.a. the Co-op building in the Bankton Retail Centre adjacent to South Livingston Train Station was burned out in a fire overnight (2 May 2011). Media reports indicate the police are considering the incident as suspicious.

Demolition began quickly but looks to have halted. I hope they can rebuild it quickly as it was a popular and handy store. Read more

Fire at Brucefield Industrial Estate Sunday update

Update of the situation late afternoon on the Sunday immediately following Thursday’s inferno.

The roof has collapsed on top of what remains of the factory floor preventing access to pockets of burning embers trapped beneath. The fire fighters can pump as much water in as they like but the fire won’t totally go out until they can expose it and deal with it.

There as a large demolition digger with a claw pulling bits off and a tender crew standing by to hose down each new flare up that erupts as the embers breath fresh air.

To date the only injury reported was a minor burn to the back of someone’s hand. Four firefighters were taken to hospital as precautionary measures after feeling unwell while tackling the blaze. All have been released. Read more