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20:14
Dec 8th 2012


ShatnerzBassoon

Chesterfield

Ep 45: Boy Band Baby Oil

posts 550

1

Hello my little chicken chops….

 

With the arrival of baby number three in a couple of weeks I haven't had a deal of time for gaming the last month or so but still managed to get my fill of my other little hobby, Urbexing! Then I though… hmmm I wonder if any of you MLG buggers are into wandering around abandoned buildings and sites, sneaking in through insecurities, playing cat and mouse with security guards, falling through unsafe floors and taking photos whilst your at it like my good self?

 

I have been doing it for about four years now but only just started documenting my little escapades.. this is my blogsite where I stick my fowtoes, all very safe for work…..

 

http://www.urbecks.com (<– see what I did there… Urbex was gone so I spelt it cool like the kidz instead)

 

Anyway, if any of you chuffers are into this give me a shout, Im off to sneak into St Johns mental asylum in Lincoln in a week or so and would appreciate a hand to hold lol!

 

All my love as always… Shatners

20:26
Dec 9th 2012


GoddTodd

Emeryville, CA USA

Community Manager

posts 1414

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My friend John Law AKA Sebastian Melmoth is a very famous urban explorer. 

He used to lead Formal Dress Sewer Tours, has climbed the underside of just about every major bridge in the US, has held lavish diner parties in decommissioned missile silos. You name it, he's explored it.

I recall one of his bits of advice was always carry proper ID. Because not having ID was automatic grounds for being arrested, but with ID there's a chance they might just let you go with a warning or just give you a ticket.

He also recommended memorizing the phone number to your lawyer. If you know other urban explorers, ask them if they might have a reference for someone you can call in a pinch.

 

If you're interested in reading about some of his adventures, you can pick up this book he wrote about his founding of the Suicide Club and the Cacophony Society (the very group that Fight Club was loosely based on.)

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/…..1110208393

 

And here's an olden blog entry about said sewer tours.

http://thslone.tripod.com/sewer.html

 

Here's another amusing antidote about getting arrested climbing the SF/Oakland Bay Bridge on Y2K with a backpack full of martinis. 

http://socalledexpert.wordpres…..martini-8/

 

Enjoy

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21:00
Dec 9th 2012


ShatnerzBassoon

Chesterfield

Ep 45: Boy Band Baby Oil

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Awesome stuff there godtodd thanks for that! Very interesting read.

 

Things are a little different here in the UK, I listen to the AmericanUrbex podcast so I know things are was tougher over in the states.

 

In the UK trespass is not a criminal offence its civil and for any prosecution to be successful on the civil front the landowner has to prove they have suffered a significant loss.  Essentially providing you do no damage, take nothing  and carry nothing which could be considered going equipped for theft the police have absolutely no interest other than general duty of care for preventing you hurting yourself.  We tend to stick to the rule of if your asked to leave.. leave, that way things never escalate and everyone's happy.  I actually spent almost an hour hid in a stationary cupboard after a G4S security guy came up the stairs in an old Sugar Factory I was wandering around then sat down for a coffee from his flask… felt like solid snake lol! Thankfully he finally moved on so I could scuttle off.

 

Its great fun, brilliant to see inside the places everyone else just walks past… we had a walk around the old Sheffield crown court a few weeks ago and found a secret passage that took the judge to his quarters… amazing laugh

 

I steer clear of drains… I'm involved in highways as part of my job and know just how quickly flows through culverts can ramp up, if your in the wrong place at the wrong time it must be bloody terrifying laugh

15:03
Dec 14th 2012


Egg Daddy

Tunbridge Wells

Community Manager

posts 399

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Great pictures Shatz – you have a very good eye and technique.

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22:42
Dec 14th 2012


CoyoteCub

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Ep 92: General Erection

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These are really, really cool.

I'm guessing its just disused sites you visit??

I've got to ask though what got you interested in this??

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08:26
Dec 15th 2012


ShatnerzBassoon

Chesterfield

Ep 45: Boy Band Baby Oil

posts 550

6

Cheers Egg sir.. very kind thumbs-up

 

Coyote.. yeah just derelict/abandoned stuff, as well as usual buildings my current obsession is Royal Observer Core nuclear bomb observation bunkers… there were about 1500 of them built in the 60's to observe how a nuclear missile strike on the UK was affecting the population and environment and report back to central government in their bunker… your never more than nine miles away from one, been down two local to me…fascinating stuff.

 

http://www.subterraneanhistory…..nkers.html

10:23
Dec 15th 2012


CoyoteCub

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Ep 92: General Erection

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Is that what they are!! Again that's really really cool.

My gran lives near one of them, in my youth I used to drink cider with my mates sitting on top of it.

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15:15
Dec 15th 2012


Mesozoic Prinny

Face it, reality is still in beta.

Ep 19: Built in Fleshlight

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Wow, it's weird to think that the government used to give a damn about anything but being re-elected…

23:59
Dec 17th 2012


ShatnerzBassoon

Chesterfield

Ep 45: Boy Band Baby Oil

posts 550

9

Ohhh well… it transpired that the good lady who is due to give birth on boxing day had a slight emergency (thankfully a  false alarm) so the trip to the lunatic asylum was postponed on Sunday. 

Instead I went for a bimble around a 200 year old cotton mill which was just as bloody awesome…. some photos I took are here http://urbecks.com/#/archives/187 I found accounts books dating back to 1904!

11:17
Dec 18th 2012


Adamski UK

Warwickshire

Community Manager

posts 1911

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Wonderful images Shat.

 

Gotta ask what equipment you are using – looks like you've got a very wide angle lens in a few shots.

 

Interesting that you visited Sandwell College. I used to live just round the corner from that place! Much of my family are still in the neck of the woods and I pop by from time to time.

 

Within walking distance from that place is a rail bridge that spans the M5 motorway. Not sure if you can still get in, but there is a service tunnel that runs under the bridge. It was somewhere we used to go as kids.

 

Very inspirational stuff Shat. Keep us updated.

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06:37
Dec 19th 2012


ShatnerzBassoon

Chesterfield

Ep 45: Boy Band Baby Oil

posts 550

11

Cheers Adamski… that tunnels sounds intriguing, will have to get down there with my big torch. I have a couple of cameras, a Canon 5DMkII which now only goes on more mundane explores following numerous run ins with hedgehog eating metal thieves and a Canon 40D.  Lens wise I have a 35mm prime f1.4 and 50mm f1.8, a Canon 70-200 L series and a Sigma 10-20mm for the wide stuff.

 

I went around the most sinister place ever… just posted my photos up, a Catholic Boys Orphanage Home Tubirculosis hospital, never seen anything like it before lol… leg braces and equipment that looks like its from the set of The Walking Dead ! http://urbecks.com/#/archives/257 confused

12:45
Dec 20th 2012


Baron Von Pleb

Sheffield Sex City

Community Manager

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Very interesting Shat. I like your MO. I did something similar whilst studying photography at University. I mapped out local abandoned pottery factories in the Stoke/Staffordshire area. I was chased by groups of tramps on more than one occation.

 

I found your Coalite Chemicals at Shuttlewood adventure interesting as i'm from around that area and went to school in Bolsover so we could see and smell that place.

 

Keep up the good work.

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06:33
Dec 21st 2012


ShatnerzBassoon

Chesterfield

Ep 45: Boy Band Baby Oil

posts 550

13

Cheers Barron, I always find the homeless folk fairly pleasant, its the metal thieves that are the bane of my life lol! 

I went to Bolsover school as well…. Welbeck Rd Infants and Juniors then Moorfield Hall, small world laugh

12:23
Dec 21st 2012


Baron Von Pleb

Sheffield Sex City

Community Manager

posts 985

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Indeed a small world. I went to Welbeck Road for my year 7 and 8, then up to Moorfield for 9 to sixth form. Left school in 94 so there shouldn't have been that much between us. Small world indeed.

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07:11
Dec 22nd 2012


espedair

In orbit around Pluto.

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Ep 61: Awesome Ruler

posts 299

15

Great site Shatz, I have seen some of the ops posts near my in laws in Dover and always wondered what they where! Also was obsessed for a while when living in London about the legendary 'missing' underground stations like the BBC one.  Great photos, I look forward to seeing what other places you can get into!

12:59
Dec 22nd 2012


MantisMat

Admin

posts 1669

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Wow Matt thats a really good site.

I'd never be able to do that shit at night, far too Supernatural for me

09:28
Jan 20th 2013


ShatnerzBassoon

Chesterfield

Ep 45: Boy Band Baby Oil

posts 550

17

I did two explores of 1800's abandoned county mental asylums at the weekend… to sare it was scarey is an understatement… a cell door slammed behind me in the Lincoln site and I nearly had a shephers pie in underpants situation lol… amazing places though laugh

 

Photos are here if you fancy a gander http://www.urbecks.com

19:27
Jan 21st 2013


GoddTodd

Emeryville, CA USA

Community Manager

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Wow! Love your black and white work. I appreciate your fearlessness in pushing your blacks.

Almost made me feel like I was back in the dark room.

You lucked out with some stunning skies as well.

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06:46
Feb 19th 2013


ShatnerzBassoon

Chesterfield

Ep 45: Boy Band Baby Oil

posts 550

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Bonjour my little chicken chops… thought I would give a quick update as I have done all sorts of Ninja sneaky sneaky shenanigans since my last post including a nice old hospital with a morgue, quarrys, manor houses and my favourite to date the old Sheffield Crown Courts with its full court rooms, prisoner cells and awesome clocktower whereupon I sat for hours making wierd noises at the confused people walking six stories below.

 

They are all here, just click the Urban Exploration Photo link on my webatron 2000 page:

 

http://www.urbecks.com

07:12
Feb 20th 2013


GoddTodd

Emeryville, CA USA

Community Manager

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Brilliant as usual. The clock tower images are epic.

What a shame. Over 300 years old and then they just let it go to pot like that.

At least in San Francisco we know how to keep our landmarks looking sharp.

By selling them to pornographers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…..sco_Armory

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19:29
Mar 5th 2014


ShatnerzBassoon

Chesterfield

Ep 45: Boy Band Baby Oil

posts 550

21

I haven't updated this for quite a while but I have been doing plenty of sneaky sneaky civil trespass lol… I picked up a new camera, an OMD EM5 which has been brilliant as its much smaller than carrying all my SLR stuff over twenty foot fences.

 

Anyway thought I would share this one as all i could think while I was exploring it was DayZ lol… you'll see what I mean! Also it transpired not to be as abandoned as i thought when I ended up with an RAF German shepherd hanging off my arse as I scrambled back over the fence 0_o

 

http://urbecks.com/archives/1127

13:52
Apr 8th 2014


Baron Von Pleb

Sheffield Sex City

Community Manager

posts 985

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Shat – Just to let you know. I heard that they are pulling Sheffield Court House down this year. So you were lucky to get in and get those pics while you could.

Gamertags: Xbox 'Baron Von Pleb' and PSN 'BaronVonPleb'

Twitch: baron_von_pleb

Twitter: BaronVonPleb

 

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