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London Dive Show

This weekend was the London Dive Show. I've not been in a while and I was busy on Saturday, so went up on the Sunday. My first impression was how quiet it was when I arrived. The days of everyone rushing to dive shows to get deals on equipment seem to have long gone, killed off by the internet. I didn't really have anything I wanted to buy and just browsed the booths of the mainly foreign dive destinations. There were a lot from Indonesia this year, and somewhat closer to home, Ocean Addicts caught my eye.

Winter Portland Diving

Sunday 18th March saw me go down to Portland to do some local, winter diving. First dive was a drift across Balaclava Bay. Well it was supposed to be a drift, but there wasn't a lot of current. There were a lot of scallops though. I got a bagful. Visibility was about 3m except for one patch which I think was caused by other divers on the boat. The sea temperature was 10°C, 2 degrees warmer than the previous weekend in Eastbourne, but it usually gets colder the further east you go at this time of year.

Weymouth Artificial Reef

They've started work on the artificial reef in Weymouth. See this article in the Dorset Echo.

At the moment, it's the lobster hatchery reef they're doing. Let's hope they make some progress on sinking a wreck soon.

Moving the site to drupal

The site has been somewhat neglected over the last couple of years. It also didn't help that my previous blog software was hacked. Typically it was the only part of the website code that I didn't write myself. Now, however, I've moved to using Drupal. Not everything is there yet, but it will make updating the site much quicker and I hope to get back to updating things regularly.



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