Wednesday, 23 December 2009

A chilling reminder!

A chilling reminder!, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Also on

Monday, 21 December 2009

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Mastermine Chair

Mastermine Chair , originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

My new chair!!!!

Monday, 26 October 2009

Never Trust a Woman

Never Trust a Woman, originally uploaded by Cyberose.

Video I found on Flickr!!!

Monday, 19 October 2009

Its a puppet!

Its a puppet!, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Bekahs kitty cat!

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Do you think I will fly again?

Do you think I will fly again?, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

I found this one in an old spiders web in Bluewater Kent UK
It was with another one stuck together and stuck in the web.
The other one flew off but this one was probably never going to fly again!

Monday, 27 July 2009

Ladybird spotting #2

Ladybird spotting #2, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Seems like this photo is getting a lot of comments on Flickr!

Thursday, 23 July 2009

I'm stuffed!

I'm stuffed!, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

A bee taking a nap!

Monday, 20 July 2009

Girls Aloud Tribute #7

Girls Aloud Tribute #7, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

At Dartford Festival 2009 Full set here >>

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Summers here!

Summers here!, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

And the pink chairs are out!

Toyota MR2 mk2

Toyota MR2 mk2, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Guess who owns this?

Friday, 17 July 2009

Another 'Tumbler' Spider

Another 'Tumbler' Spider, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Found in the hallway of the flat!

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Riot Scene

Riot act Scene 2, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

A riot in Northfleet, Kent

Thursday, 9 July 2009


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

New one!

New one!, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

In a field at Greenhithe, Kent UK

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Common red soldier beetle

Common red soldier beetle, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Found on my roamings.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

It is

It is, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

A help point

Monday, 6 July 2009

Free ride to the fête!

DMS1304, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Stone Council put on a free open-top bus from Bluewater to the fête.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

"Gixer" 600

"Gixer" 600, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.


5EXE, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Bad or good nuber plate?

It was only a threat of rain!

It was only a threat of rain!, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Clouds forming over the QE2 Bridge on the River Thames at Greenhithe, Kent UK

Greenhithe Wheat Field

Greenhithe Wheat Field, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Its now July and the wheat is turning golden. I cant wait for the harvest!

Harlequin ladybird

Harlequin ladybird , originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

The dreaded Harlequin Ladybird spreading northward through the UK causing havok with our native species.
Seen here with the larva shell and an Aphid


Greenfly, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Macro shot of a 2mm Greenfly on the back of a leaf
Fuji S7000 Macro 2 setting hand held no flash

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Friday, 3 July 2009

Fir cones

Fir cones, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Tyria jacobaeae in force on the Senecio

Ragwort being attacked by Cinnabar Moth caterpillars

Tower Cranes at Greenhithe

, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

A new riverside development at Greenhithe Kent as part of the Thames Gateway Project

'Oh what a beautiful day!'

'Oh what a beautiful day!', originally uploaded by kenjonbro.


'Sid', originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

I found this by the river in Kent.

Friday, 19 June 2009


'Missing', originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Friday, 17 April 2009

Changing times, from Wealth to Health

Was H Samuel jewellers and now a heath food shop!

Monday, 13 April 2009

Honda Shadow Lump (crop in Picnic)

My reflection in a crankcase of a Honda Shadow

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Twin engine triumph dragster

Twin engine triumph dragster, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Seen at London City Airport 2003

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Leyland Fire Engine

Leyland Fire Engine, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Under wraps!

Under wraps!, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

1939 Leyland Fire Engine

1939 Leyland Fire Engine, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

1939 Leyland Fire Engine History

1939 Leyland Fire Engine

This vehicle, known as a Pump Escape in the fire service parlance, was ordered in February 1939 by the Dartford Borough Council Fire Brigade, and was intended to replace an earlier Leyland of 1929 vintage.
It was completed in early October 1939, with the pre-delivery photographs being taken on 3rd October and the registration number, GKO 224 being allocated on 5th October.
It was driven to Dartford from Chorley, Lancashire soon afterwards and the Leyland representative accompanying the vehicle remained in the town for a number of days to carry out training and familiarisation with the Dartford firemen.
The earlier Leyland was however kept in service because of the Second World War having started GKO 224 then took its place in Overy Street fire station (the site of which is now known as Merryweather Close) alongside a Morris Commercial delivered in 1931.
In 1941 all the Fire Brigades in the country, along with the AFS, were nationalised and the Dartford Fire Brigade ceased to exist. The Leyland lost it’s ‘Borough of Dartford’ insignia and carried the coding 30-A-1 instead, this being necessary due to war-time restrictions and the threat of invasion.
Another requirement was that all brightwork should be painted over, but this met with much opposition from the Council, as owners of the nearly new fire engine, and it was agreed to let the brasswork dull off until the end of the hostilities.
The Leyland gave sterling service during the war years, and in April 1948, when the fire service was de-nationalised it became fleet no. 124 within the newly formed Kent Fire Brigade. The agreement on the formation of the NFS was that control of fire brigades would be handed back to local authorities on the cessation of the hostilities. This was decided against because of the lessons learnt in the war, and to have hundreds of individual town and village fie brigades was considered unworkable.
The decision was to allow County and Country Borough Councils to take this responsibility, so Dartford Borough Council had had possession of their newly purchased fire engine for less than two years.
A few battle scars and general wear and tear necessitated a re-paint in 1946, this being carried out by Barney Sands of Northfleet. Unfortunately, they got the colour wrong and the rather orange looking red was also incorrectly applied to the blue steel bonnet.
Blue steel finished (as found on gun barrels) was used on the fire engines bonnet in order to dissipate the heat from very hot long running engines during long periods of pumping. This example is painted in a colour that resembles this finish.
Further painting was carried out by the Kent Fire Brigade after 1948, incorporating their insignia, but the bonnet remained painted red.
In September 1955 the Leyland was withdrawn from service at Dartford, and replaced by a new Commer Appliance. It was then re-furbished and became a Brigade ‘spare’ or ‘reserve’ and was eventually allocated to Maidstone where it remained till March 1956, now sporting a chrome bell and searchlight, taken from Maidstone’s 1939 Dennis which had recently been withdrawn.
It was then transferred to the Kent Fire Brigade Training Centre, which was a camp that had been established at Linton, Kent during the war, by the NFS.
Here it was used for training recruits in the use of the wheeled escape ladder carried on it, although a Merryweather all steel escape was substituted for the original Bayley wooden escape.
During the early 1960’s the Leyland suffered the ignominious fate of being painted Napier (Dark) green with Black wings, which was the standard livery for non-operational vehicles at the time.
In 1971, the Chief Officer at the time, Mr Babington decided that the Leyland deserved to be restored and kept as a museum piece, his decision being reinforced by the interest that had been shown in the vehicle by a Dartford fireman who had witnessed the vehicle attending fires many time during the early 1950’s, when he was a boy.
The restoration was completed in 1973 and it was taken on its first outing by the Dartford fireman mentioned above, this being the official opening of the Thanet fire station. The vehicle has been looked after by this person ever since, who although now retired is still carrying out this role.
In 1983 the power unit was rebuilt due to one of the piston skirts breaking up, but it was still running in its original bores, so a .040inch re-bore was carried out the only replacement pistons obtainable were that size.
Big end and main bearing were re-metalled and line bored, and new exhaust valves were fitted.
This was the first major engine rebuild since new.
Here then is Dartford’s 1939 Leyland Fire engine, displayed for your interest.
Technical Data & Specification
Model F.T.4.a
Engine Leyland 6 cylinder OHC petrol. 8.84 litres
Ignition System Dual, with 2 plugs per cylinder. One set is connected to a Delco Remy coil & distributor, and the other to a CAV Bosch HT Magneto.
Carburettor Zenith updraught type (brass)
Gearbox Leyland 4 speed “crash” type 1st & 2nd gears (sliding partion)
3rd & 4th gears (constant mess, sliding dog)
Rear axle Leyland underslung worm type 5.4:1 ratio
Brakes Front; Vacuum operated by individual servos
Rear; Vacuum assisted by master servo
Fire Pump Gwynne two stage turbine with reciprocating primer,
700 GPM (3100 LPM) capacity.
Escape Ladder Now carrying a 50 foot wooden Merryweather, in place of the original 50 foot Bayley which was disposed of in the 1950’s
John Meakins May 1997

Monday, 6 April 2009

Porsche 944

Porsche 944, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Triumph Rocket III

Triumph Rocket III, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Seen at Bluewater, Kent

Sunday, 5 April 2009

4 on Explore

4 on Explore, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

4 of my pics made it on Flickr Explore!!!

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Tribute to a much loved motorcyclist

Roadside tribute to motorcyclist Vincent Fox who was killed in an accident at 3pm 12th July 2007 in Greenhithe, Kent

A35 Toast Rack

A35 Toast Rack, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

ASDA, Greenhithe, Kent

The Perils of a Stickman!

The Perils of a Stickman!, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Fags in one hand Stella in the other and flattened by a cyclist! And I thought I had problems!!!!

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Green vrs Brown

Green vrs Brown, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Foul markings on the pavement!

Monday, 30 March 2009

RCL 2260

RCL 2260, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Green 'Wedding' bus

Sunday, 29 March 2009