Blue lagoon – Dudu Blue Lagoon http://dudubluelagoon.com/ Sun, 07 Nov 2021 21:01:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://dudubluelagoon.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-11-120x120.png Blue lagoon – Dudu Blue Lagoon http://dudubluelagoon.com/ 32 32 The cleaning of the Blue Lagoon is scheduled for Saturday https://dudubluelagoon.com/the-cleaning-of-the-blue-lagoon-is-scheduled-for-saturday/ Thu, 28 Oct 2021 18:12:04 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/the-cleaning-of-the-blue-lagoon-is-scheduled-for-saturday/ DURBANITES are encouraged to join the next #CBL (Clean Blue Lagoon) on Saturday October 30 at Beachwood Mangroves. Organizer Denise McCreadie said the more people there are, the better the planet needs everyone’s help to preserve it for future generations. “Humans need nature more than nature needs humans. However, the way humans destroy the planet, […]]]>

DURBANITES are encouraged to join the next #CBL (Clean Blue Lagoon) on Saturday October 30 at Beachwood Mangroves.

Organizer Denise McCreadie said the more people there are, the better the planet needs everyone’s help to preserve it for future generations.

“Humans need nature more than nature needs humans. However, the way humans destroy the planet, it looks like all of these nice sights won’t last long. We cannot blame the government for the garbage in our city; it is our responsibility to keep our city clean and to involve our children in the cleanups as well, ”she said.

READ ALSO: Citizens Unite to Clean Up Queen Nandi Drive

The eco-warriors, who will attend the event, must wear their gloves, sunscreen, masks, water and disinfectants.

“Black bags will be provided and the entire Covid-19 protocol will be followed. No mask, no entry, ”said McCreadie.

She asked all volunteers to wear the correct shoes.

“You will have to cross a section of the river, so please choose your shoes accordingly. You can also walk, which is long, but you will meet the beauty of nature, which is worth experiencing, ”she said.

McCreadie said cleanup attendees are visiting the Facebook group, Clean Blue Lagoon, for updates.

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Team up to clean up the Blue Lagoon https://dudubluelagoon.com/team-up-to-clean-up-the-blue-lagoon/ Wed, 20 Oct 2021 06:17:12 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/team-up-to-clean-up-the-blue-lagoon/ Get your gloves and cleaning gear ready for the next #CBL (Clean Blue Lagoon) beach cleanup later this month. Organizer Denise McCreadie urged all of Durban to join in the cleanup scheduled for Saturday, October 30 at Beachwood Mangroves. “We normally hold our #CBL beach cleanups on the third Saturday of every month, however, things […]]]>

Get your gloves and cleaning gear ready for the next #CBL (Clean Blue Lagoon) beach cleanup later this month. Organizer Denise McCreadie urged all of Durban to join in the cleanup scheduled for Saturday, October 30 at Beachwood Mangroves.

“We normally hold our #CBL beach cleanups on the third Saturday of every month, however, things haven’t gone as planned,” she said. McCreadie said the Durbanites are blessed with the Golden Mile, the warm ocean and nature.

READ ALSO: KZN Beach Clean Up calls on eco-warriors to participate

“However, the way humans destroy the planet, it looks like all of these nice places won’t last long. Humans need nature more than nature needs humans, so something needs to be done. people blame the government for the garbage in our city, but it’s actually a global problem and it will take us all to solve it. We need a workforce to pick up the garbage before it reaches I would also like to encourage the kids to come, because we think this will be one of those little geniuses who will see the problem and find the solution, ”said McCreadie.

The eco-warriors, who will attend the event, must wear their gloves, sunscreen, masks, water and disinfectants.

“Black bags will be provided and the entire Covid-19 protocol will be followed. No mask, no entry, ”said McCreadie.

She asked all volunteers to wear the correct shoes. “You will have to cross a section of the river, so please choose your shoes accordingly. You can also walk which is long but you will meet the beauty of nature which is worth experiencing, ”she said.

McCreadie said cleanup attendees are visiting the Facebook group, Clean Blue Lagoon, for updates.

“With the development of 2021, keep an eye on the group as Covid, lockdowns, weather conditions and chemical spills are known to change things at the last minute,” she said. For those who cannot attend, but still want to be an eco-warrior and save the ocean, there is an option to arrange for an unemployed person to attend on your behalf.

“All you have to do is send us some salary money using the Zappa app, and we’ll set it up for you. We have a team of unemployed people that we hire for the morning to come and clean up, and drop off the bags at a central point so that they can be taken to the river to be picked up by the municipality.

For more details on this, there is a discussion post on the Facebook group where you will find information, ”she said.

Companies that donate money and are looking for a team building and visibility exercise are invited to involve their teams in this initiative.

“It’s always a good team building exercise and companies get great social media content showing their brand in return. They donate their time or their money and it’s a win-win situation all around.

“I urge you to spread the word about #CBL as much as possible so that we can rally as many people as possible. Bring your family and friends and let’s clean up Blue Lagoon, ”said McCreadie.

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From Iceland – The Blue Lagoon is the Environmental Company of the Year https://dudubluelagoon.com/from-iceland-the-blue-lagoon-is-the-environmental-company-of-the-year/ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/from-iceland-the-blue-lagoon-is-the-environmental-company-of-the-year/ Posted October 7, 2021 The Blue Lagoon yesterday won the Environmental Company of the Year award at the Environment Day ceremony. The home delivery service Aha.is was also awarded for this year’s initiative in the field of environmental issues, reports Vísir. As the Icelandic winter approaches, we search for our cozy traditional lopapeysa sweaters, the […]]]>

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The Blue Lagoon yesterday won the Environmental Company of the Year award at the Environment Day ceremony. The home delivery service Aha.is was also awarded for this year’s initiative in the field of environmental issues, reports Vísir.

As the Icelandic winter approaches, we search for our cozy traditional lopapeysa sweaters, the beautiful woolen garments that have kept Icelanders warm for generations. They are available for international delivery through our online store, and ours are hand-knitted here in Iceland from local wool.

The awards are presented by the Confederation of Icelandic Business, the Icelandic Travel Industry Association, Finance Iceland, Fisheries Iceland, the Federation of Icelandic Industries and the Federation of Trade and Services. The Environmental Company of the Year award was presented to the winner by the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Johannesson.

The Blue Lagoon has neutralized its carbon activity since 2019 by planting trees and growing algae. The company’s carbon emissions accounting and plastic footprint are also monitored, enabling the Blue Lagoon to make operational improvements and reduce the company’s impact on the environment.

In an announcement from the Confederation of Icelandic Businesses, it is stated that the world-famous spa has implemented an environmental management system and completed the certification process for quality, environment and safety management. It also received the Blue Flag, a world-renowned ecolabel, in 2013.


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Blue Lagoon in Pembrokeshire closed for breeding season https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-in-pembrokeshire-closed-for-breeding-season/ Fri, 24 Sep 2021 05:38:32 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-in-pembrokeshire-closed-for-breeding-season/ From September to November, the National Trust Cymru is delighted to welcome very special guests to the Blue Lagoon in Pembrokeshire. In recent years, an increasing number of gray seals breed in and around the lagoon and spotting them is an exciting encounter with wildlife that many visitors will not forget. However, the combination of […]]]>

From September to November, the National Trust Cymru is delighted to welcome very special guests to the Blue Lagoon in Pembrokeshire.

In recent years, an increasing number of gray seals breed in and around the lagoon and spotting them is an exciting encounter with wildlife that many visitors will not forget. However, the combination of the high number of visitors to Blue Lagoons and its sheltered nature that makes it so attractive to seals, creates a situation where there is a high potential for disturbance for seals.

The time seals spend resting on land is vital to their health and that of their young, as they digest a recent meal, socialize and feed their young. In order to provide them with a safe environment to raise their puppies, National Trust Cymru will close the Blue Lagoon to visitors from From September 25 to November 5.

Visitors will still be able to observe these wild creatures in their habitat from the coastal path, and coasting trade providers who have signed the National Trust Coasting Trade Agreement and received specific training on how to operate around seals, will have always access to the lagoon with groups of visitors having booked in advance.

Mark Underhill, campaign manager for National Trust Cymru, Pembrokeshire, said:

“There are two species of seals that can be found in Britain; harbor seals and gray seals. Only gray seals are present regularly in Pembrokeshire, where they are present all year round.

“About half of the world’s gray seal population breeds on our coastline and the total number in West Wales, mainly Pembrokeshire, is estimated at around 5,000, with some 1,400 puppies born each year.

“The breeding season is vital for our seal colonies here in Pembrokeshire, and we ask visitors not to enter the Blue Lagoon and to follow the guidelines set out by the Seal Alliance and the Pembrokeshire Marine Code when they are on the coastal path. “

Paul Renfro of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum says;

“The Pembrokeshire Marine Code recommends staying at least 50 meters from seals, although they can be disturbed at any distance, so it’s important to be responsive to their behavior.

“If a seal at rest looks up or turns to look at you, then you are close enough no matter how far away you are. Seals can be particularly sensitive to disturbance after periods of stormy weather and during the breeding season, so we recommend that you give them more space at these times.

To avoid disturbing the seals at this very important time of year, National Trust Cymru recommends the following strategies:

  1. Sssh, keep quiet:
    Channel your inner David Attenborough and speak in a low voice and encourage your children to do the same. Loud dogs can scare off seals, so if your furry friend is a bit talkative, leave them at home when visiting a seal breeding area.
  2. Don’t get too close:
    Make sure you stay at least 50 meters away from the seals (three London buses long) and never get between a seal and her cub, or a seal and the sea. This will cause distress to both mother and mother. to the puppy.
  3. Keep dogs on a short leash:
    Keep your dog on a short leash. Do not let them run free or play with balls, frisbees or sticks near a breeding colony, as this will cause them distress.


What to do if you spot a seal in distress:

  • If you see a solitary baby seal on a beach, it is probably not in distress. Baby seals are often left alone on the beach while their mothers go to get dinner.
  • Never go near the seal. This will cause further distress and may be dangerous to you and the Seal.
  • Look to see how many people there are approx. In most cases, when seals are in distress, it is due to contact with curious and well-meaning visitors.
  • If you are still concerned, contact the Welsh Marine Life Rescue Conservation Group 01646 692943 or 07970 285086 who will be able to offer you further advice.


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Blue Lagoon: Launch of a petition to “save” the Ward reservoir https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-launch-of-a-petition-to-save-the-ward-reservoir-2/ Fri, 24 Sep 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-launch-of-a-petition-to-save-the-ward-reservoir-2/ A CAMPAIGN has been launched to save Belmont’s Blue Lagoon amid fears that the popular beauty spot may be overwhelmed. The plans were first unveiled at a public meeting last week, where the owners of the lagoon considered either breaking the dam and allowing the lagoon to return to nature, or filling the tank. Now […]]]>

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to save Belmont’s Blue Lagoon amid fears that the popular beauty spot may be overwhelmed.

The plans were first unveiled at a public meeting last week, where the owners of the lagoon considered either breaking the dam and allowing the lagoon to return to nature, or filling the tank.

Now a petition has been launched to register opposition to the proposals and preserve the lagoon for future generations.

Jennifer Mullins, who started the petition, said, “Not only is it a great place to walk that is good for physical and mental health, but also inhabits and attracts lots of wildlife. Many people come to the Blue Lagoon to appreciate this hidden gem, especially in good weather. ”

Blue Lagoon Heritage Ltd, a consortium, first took possession of the reservoir under an agreement valued at £ 50,000 in September 2010. The lagoon had been drained by the previous owner, Belmont Holdings, in May in order to avoid being penalized by the Environment Agency, but it quickly filled with rainwater.

The consortium’s proposals to fill the lagoon were first addressed after it emerged that the cost of upgrading the reservoir to modern safety standards, as defined by the 1975 Reservoir Act, could cost up to to £ 1million.

North Turton Parish Councilor Keith Harrison said plans could see part of the body of water fill up, while the land surrounding it is converted into a fishing lodge.

But residents of Belmont, as well as visitors from further afield were dismayed at the loss of the reservoir, as the level of work required could also mean a lot of disruption for those living nearby, with Cllr Harrison having estimated that it could take 10,000 trucks of quarry material traveling along Church Street.

Ms Mullins said: “Many seniors who grew up in Belmont have fond memories of playing there with their friends and are saddened and outraged at the thought of his passing. I have seen this grief and discouragement firsthand.

The plans are expected to first be reviewed by the Environment Agency and Blackburn with Darwen City Council. The petition is available at www.change.org/p/blue-lagoon-heritage-ltd-save-the-belmont-blue-lagoon


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The poisonous blue lagoon could lose its “dazzling” color https://dudubluelagoon.com/the-poisonous-blue-lagoon-could-lose-its-dazzling-color/ Thu, 23 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/the-poisonous-blue-lagoon-could-lose-its-dazzling-color/ The boss of a new water purification company wants to shake off the bright blue hue of a popular Peak District beauty spot where Yorkshire tourists flock. The Hoffman Quarry at Harpur Hill, Buxton – known as the “Blue Lagoon” – is a popular excursion spot for the people of Sheffield, who often flock to […]]]>

The boss of a new water purification company wants to shake off the bright blue hue of a popular Peak District beauty spot where Yorkshire tourists flock.

The Hoffman Quarry at Harpur Hill, Buxton – known as the “Blue Lagoon” – is a popular excursion spot for the people of Sheffield, who often flock to the place to cool off in the dazzling water on a hot day. daytime.

However, the area has been the subject of much controversy in recent years as people continue to ignore warnings about the dangers of swimming, Derbyshire Live reports.

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The water, while beautiful to look at, is highly toxic and tourists descending to the area have also caused chaos during the lockdown period – people apparently using the local gardens as toilets.

But the boss of a new water purification company saw the potential to clean up the quarry and make it safer for people and wildlife, thus encouraging even more people in the area.

David McDonald wants to use new technology to decontaminate water using a state-of-the-art filtration system, making the Lagoon the first body of water in the UK to benefit from this treatment.



Swimmers can be seen diving into the bright blue water, which is very toxic and contains dangerous obstacles below the surface

Despite the challenges of setting up an electric filtration system in an isolated quarry and the cost of installing it nearly £ 20,000, Mr McDonald is confident that the Hoffman Quarry would be a great place to present the news. technology.

He claims he even had an enthusiastic response to the idea from a senior member of Derbyshire County Council staff.

But the sophisticated technology would remove the glorious blue hue from the water, and it proved to be an unpopular idea locally for other reasons.

High Peak Borough Councilor Linda Grooby, who has been closely involved in the Blue Lagoon controversy from the start, told Derbyshire Live there is unlikely to be a local appetite for it.

She said: “I don’t think that’s an option. The only option that would be to use a filtration system would be to drain it, because if we drained it, we could use it to remove toxins from the water. would therefore be safe and could be diverted elsewhere.

“But in terms of its use in the career right now, I would say that’s a no.

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“We wouldn’t want to encourage people to come to the quarry. We dye the water to make it black, to make it unwelcoming to people who swim in it. Because even if you remove the toxins from it, it doesn’t. is not safe.

“It’s very deep, it’s very cold, and there will always be dead animals and rotting cars. It’s really not a good place to swim anyway, so there’s no way that we would like people to bathe there.

“So not at all, that’s not really an option.”

Councilor Grooby explained that the landowner, whose identity has never been revealed, hinted that he wanted to use the fenced lot to build industrial units, but issues arose regarding vehicle access to the building. site.

Mr McDonald says he is insisting on his Zeoconcept filtration system, which was developed in Sweden and used effectively in similar toxic swimming pools, and he hopes to work with local authorities to pursue the idea.

He said: “We would be able to make it perfectly safe what is currently a health hazard. We have spoken to the county council and they are concerned about the safety aspect and the environmental benefits.

“It would mean you are out of danger, which is better for the wildlife and the community.

“It could be used as a water source, it could be used as a lake of fire or whatever.”

Mr McDonald added that the filtration system’s by-product, zeolite, can be used as an organic fertilizer, and growers who have used it say it has been shown to be so effective that they were able to use less. of water and that they got better plant growth. .

He says 70% of UK lakes are “poisoned” and that there are five lime quarry ponds in Derbyshire which are his main areas of interest.

Hoffman Quarry, he hopes, could be at the forefront of new technology.



The so-called Blue Lagoon near Buxton has been described by authorities as
The so-called Blue Lagoon near Buxton has been described by authorities as “possibly the most dangerous water in the UK”.

The quarry made headlines last summer after a post-lockdown stampede by day trippers led to chaotic and controversial scenes in the village of Harpur Hill, which has no parking lot for the quarry and no public toilets.

Villagers reported hordes of people showing up, carrying barbecues and loudspeakers, and even using the gardens and church yard as toilets.

Eventually, local farmers took matters into their own hands and poured foul smelling slurry into the quarry.

This year has seen a steady flow of visitors, but the frequent dyeing of the water by High Peak City Council and traffic displacement measures by Derbyshire Police have meant that the influx of people seen the year last was not repeated.

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Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire, closed to the public for two months https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-pembrokeshire-closed-to-the-public-for-two-months/ Wed, 22 Sep 2021 13:22:35 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-pembrokeshire-closed-to-the-public-for-two-months/ In recent years, an increasing number of gray seals breed in and around the lagoon and spotting them is an exciting encounter with wildlife that many visitors will not forget. However, the combination of the high number of visitors to Blue Lagoons and its sheltered nature that makes it so attractive to seals, creates a […]]]>

In recent years, an increasing number of gray seals breed in and around the lagoon and spotting them is an exciting encounter with wildlife that many visitors will not forget.

However, the combination of the high number of visitors to Blue Lagoons and its sheltered nature that makes it so attractive to seals, creates a situation where there is a high potential for disturbance for seals.

The time seals spend resting on land is vital to their health and that of their young, as they digest a recent meal, socialize and feed their young.

Closure of the Blue Lagoon

In order to provide them with a safe environment to raise their puppies, the National Trust Cymru will be closing the Blue Lagoon to visitors from September 25 to November 5.

Visitors will still be able to observe these wild creatures in their habitat from the coastal path, and coasting trade providers who have signed the National Trust Coasting Trade Agreement and received specific training on how to operate around seals, will have always access to the lagoon with groups of visitors having booked in advance.

Mark Underhill, campaign manager for the National Trust Cymru, Pembrokeshire, said: “There are two species of seals that can be found in Britain; harbor seals and gray seals. Only gray seals are present regularly in Pembrokeshire, where they are present all year round.

“About half of the world’s gray seal population breeds on our coastline and the total number in West Wales, mainly Pembrokeshire, is estimated at around 5,000, with some 1,400 puppies born each year.

“The breeding season is vital for our seal colonies here in Pembrokeshire, and we ask visitors not to enter the Blue Lagoon and to follow the guidelines set out by the Seal Alliance and the Pembrokeshire Marine Code when they are on the coastal path. ”

Paul Renfro of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum said: “The Pembrokeshire Marine Code recommends staying at least 50 meters from seals, although they can be disturbed at any distance, so it is important to react to their behavior.

“If a resting seal looks up or turns to look at you, then you are close enough no matter how far away you are. Seals can be particularly sensitive to disturbance after periods of stormy weather and during the breeding season, so we recommend that you give them more space at these times.

How to avoid disturbing seals

To avoid disturbing the seals at this very important time of year, National Trust Cymru recommends the following strategies:

  1. Sssh, keep calm: channel your inner David Attenborough and speak quietly and encourage your kids to do the same. Loud dogs can scare off seals, so if your furry friend is a bit talkative, leave them at home when visiting a seal breeding area.
  2. Don’t get too close: make sure you stay at least 50 meters from the seals (three London buses in length) and never get between a seal and its calf, or a seal and the sea. both mother and puppy.
  3. Keep Dogs On A Short Leash: Keep your dog on a short leash. Do not let them run or play with balls, frisbees or sticks near a breeding colony, as this will cause them distress.

What to do if you see a seal in distress

  • If you see a solitary baby seal on a beach, it is probably not in distress. Baby seals are often left alone on the beach while their mothers go to get dinner.
  • Never go near the seal. This will cause further distress and may be dangerous to you and the Seal.
  • Look to see how many people there are approx. In most cases, when seals are in distress, it is due to contact with curious and well-meaning visitors.
  • If you are still concerned, contact the Welsh Marine Life Rescue Conservation Group 01646 692943 or 07970 285086 who will be able to offer you further advice.


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Blue Lagoon: Test of the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue | Viewing time https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-test-of-the-tudor-black-bay-fifty-eight-navy-blue-viewing-time/ Wed, 22 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-test-of-the-tudor-black-bay-fifty-eight-navy-blue-viewing-time/ You sleep expanded its popularity Black bay fifty-eight series of diving watches. The latest addition is a blue version with a manufacturing caliber and a medium-sized 39 mm case which won the “Challenge” watch prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2020 (GPHG). How does the Tudor winner behave in our test? The vintage […]]]>

You sleep expanded its popularity Black bay fifty-eight series of diving watches. The latest addition is a blue version with a manufacturing caliber and a medium-sized 39 mm case which won the “Challenge” watch prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2020 (GPHG). How does the Tudor winner behave in our test?

The vintage Oyster Prince model (left) has inspired many of the iconic design elements of the Black Bay collection.

The Tudor label has been all the rage in recent years and can count on a steadily growing fan base. Rolex’s second brand stagnated for many years, but since 2009 Tudor has started to accelerate again. The history of Tudor, rich in characteristic design, is highlighted in the brand’s new retro models. The Heritage Black Bay, reminiscent of Tudor’s first dive watches, was released in 2012. Its debut was followed by the premiere of the smaller Black Bay Fifty-Eight in 2018. The blue version, which we’re testing here, has was unveiled in 2020.

The name “Fifty-Eight” refers to 1958, the year Tudor introduced its first diver’s watch, reference 7924, known as the “Big Crown”. The diameter of the new watch of 39 mm corresponds to the dimensions of the case of the historic model. In other respects too, this new version looks at first glance like a vintage watch, an antique model. It even looks a bit delicate, thanks to the rotating bezel and smaller dial.
The vintage feel is further emphasized by the domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, which is heavily curved along its edge like the acrylic crystals on models from previous decades. The dial, too, is slightly convex like the dials of classic old watches. The narrow straps of the bracelet and the typography of the rotating bezel also allude to Tudor history. The designers even chose to omit the date display, complementing the historic impression.

Old Tudor diving watches with so-called “snowflake” hands have become famous and are highly sought after at auctions. The moniker derives from the squares at the ends of the hour hand and second hand: each is rotated 45 degrees and looks a bit like a stylized snowflake. This detail first appeared on the tips of the hands in the late 1960s and has been preserved thereafter.

The screw-down crown is engraved with a Tudor rose emblem.

In 1956, divers in the French Navy turned to Tudor to find the perfect diver’s watch for their needs. Tudor then became the official supplier to French military frogmen. Combat divers opted for blue rather than black dials in the mid-1970s. Our test watch with blue dial and blue aluminum diving time scale is reminiscent of these timepieces. The aluminum ladder is not as scratch resistant as its ceramic counterparts, but its matte surface blends better with the vintage style of this model.

Overall, Tudor has managed to create a very beautiful and harmonious retro watch that looks even more timeless thanks to its blue color and the fact that it forgoes the golden hands and hour markers that are usually installed on the dials of other Fifty-Eights. models. Fortunately, functionality has not been overlooked: large luminous indexes and a lot of luminous material on the hands guarantee exceptional readability day and night. The easy-to-grip crown disengages from the winding mechanism when screwed down, thus protecting the latter. Setting the time is easy thanks to the stop-second function and the absence of date display, which eliminates the first position extracted from the crown.

The unidirectional rotating bezel engages in one-minute increments. It too is easy to grip and turn thanks to its finely serrated edge. The bezels of early models had a bit of slack and looked tiny when snapped, but Tudor made some significant improvements: the bezel on this watch snaps almost as authoritatively as its counterparts in watches made by the big sister of Tudor, Rolex. A luminous triangular index allows the wearer to read the dive time even in dark conditions or in cloudy water. This Black Bay is also perfectly suited to diving thanks to its waterproof case to 200 meters and its waterproof textile strap.

The textile strap accentuates the vintage look of the watch.

The watch’s blue fabric strap is lightweight and durable, and features a gray stripe along its midline. It is sewn according to a traditional method which relies on historical machines. The beautiful pin buckle is designed to resemble the shield shape of the Tudor coat of arms logo. Like the case, the clasp juxtaposes polished and satin-finished surfaces.

The textile strap is breathable, which contributes to its comfort on the wrist. Flat textile straps often seem out of place on tall case watches, but that’s not a problem here: the strap fits the Black Bay well and enhances its overall vintage look.

The strap goes through the back of the case and therefore covers it widely, but that’s not a problem here because unfortunately this Tudor watch does not have a glass back, so manufacturing Caliber MT5402 will not be seen by the buyer and can only be admired by the watchmaker who unscrews the fully threaded steel caseback and opens the case for maintenance or repair. The movement is particularly impressive because it maintains the traditional Tudor virtues of precision and robustness. The brand responds to the first claim by having each movement tested by the official Swiss chronometer control authority, the COSC. This exam certifies, among other criteria, that the difference in average daily pace remains within a narrow range between –4 and +6 seconds.

The steel caseback hides a movement that has few decorative finishes but features a freely oscillating balance with regulating masses along its rim.

Our electronic chronometer confirmed this precision. The gaps in the various positions remained in a tight group. The average deviation was a minor loss of -1.3 seconds per day. The watch kept near perfect time on the wrist, where we measured minimal gain of just +0.5 seconds per day.
Caliber MT5402 (MT stands for “Tudor Movement”) relies on various technical characteristics to respond to the second part of the brand’s philosophy: robustness. First, the movement is quite high (4.99mm), so any small variation in tolerance in the production process is unlikely to cause malfunctions. Second, the pendulum is not held on one side by a rooster but is installed in a stable and completely horizontal position under a bridge. And third, the hairspring is made of silicon, thus minimizing the likelihood of speed deviations caused by the shifting or deformation of this tiny spring after the movement has been impacted.

Other high quality features of the manufacturing movement are its long power reserve of 70 hours and its freely oscillating balance with four regulation screws. These screws make it possible not to finely adjust the rate by modifying the active length of the hairspring, as is the case with ETA gauges.

The fact that Tudor does not invest much effort or expense in the fine decoration of the movement matches the brand’s philosophy to offer reliable watch technology at an affordable price. Nevertheless, the rotor is nicely openworked and adorned with both a sunburst pattern and the brand name engraved.

In addition to the version we tested with the textile strap ($ 3,375), this model is also available with an Alcantara-style “soft-touch” strap ($ 3,375) or a steel strap ($ 3,700).

The Black Bay inspires with its design in much the same way as historic Tudor diving watches. And like its ancestors, functionality has the same priority. Other than the missing date display and the scratch-sensitive aluminum bezel, you don’t have to make any compromises here. This newcomer has scratch resistant sapphire crystal, lots of luminous material, high water resistance, good wearing comfort and easy operation. The price is right too. So Tudor did everything right. But this success is also reflected in the long waiting lists for this model. In this way, too, Tudor follows in the footsteps of its big sister, Rolex.

Specifications:
Maker: Tudor, Rue François Dussaud 3–5, 1211 Geneva 26, Switzerland
Reference number: M79030B-0003
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Movement: Manufacturing Caliber MT5402, automatic, COSC certified, 28,800 vph, 27 jewels, stop-second function, silicon hairspring, fine adjustment by four adjustment screws around the perimeter of the free-swinging balance, Incabloc damping, 70-hour power reserve , diameter = 26 mm, height = 4.99 mm
Case: Stainless steel case with domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, screw-down crown, screwed back fully threaded in stainless steel, water-resistant to 200 meters
Bracelet and clasp: Textile strap with stainless steel pin buckle
Rate results (deviation in seconds per 24 hours):
Dial -2
Dial +1
Crown up to -1
Crown down -3
Left crown -1
Right crown -2
Biggest gap 4
Average deviation -1.3
Average amplitude:
Flat positions 291 °
Suspension positions 260 °
Dimensions: Diameter = 39 mm, height = 12 mm, weight = 77 grams
Variants: With blue “soft touch” strap (Ref. M79030B-0002; $ 3,375); with steel bracelet (Ref. M79030B-0001, $ 3,700)
Price: $ 3,375

NOTES:
Bracelet and clasp (max. 10 points): The textile strap is robust and
breathable. The pin buckle is practical. 8
­­­Operation (5): The screw-down crown is easy to use and a stop-second function makes it easy to set the time to the nearest second. The easy-to-grip bezel is easy to rotate. 5
Case (10): The well-designed case has good water resistance. Also good: the crown disconnects from the winding mechanism when the latter is screwed down. 8
Design (15): The highly successful retro design has characteristic Tudor elements from several decades. 14
Readability (5): Abundant luminous material on the hands and indexes, combined with a high contrast between the hands and the dial, make this watch easy to read day and night. 5
Wearing comfort (10): The watch is comfortable on the wrist and not too heavy. 9
Movement (20): The manufacturing caliber is designed for strength and
offers a long power reserve. The decorations are subtle. 15
Evaluate the results (10): The largest rate spread among the various positions is small. The average rate spread is moderate, but strayed into the negative column. 8
Overall value (15): The price is appropriate. Demand exceeds supply, which leads to good retention of value. 12
Total: 84 POINTS

This article originally appeared in the January-February 2021 issue of WatchTime.


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Blue Lagoon: the Belmont bridge restored but the “filling” problems remain https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-the-belmont-bridge-restored-but-the-filling-problems-remain/ Wed, 22 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-the-belmont-bridge-restored-but-the-filling-problems-remain/ A GATEWAY to the Blue Lagoon has been restored, allowing visitors to cross the popular beauty spot again. The restoration was undertaken with the Belmont Bridge having fallen into disrepair in recent years, becoming unusable and unsafe. Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council now says he hopes the restoration will make the lagoon more accessible, but […]]]>

A GATEWAY to the Blue Lagoon has been restored, allowing visitors to cross the popular beauty spot again.

The restoration was undertaken with the Belmont Bridge having fallen into disrepair in recent years, becoming unusable and unsafe.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council now says he hopes the restoration will make the lagoon more accessible, but among residents concerns persist about plans that were unveiled last week that could see the reservoir fill up ahead of a potential redevelopment .

Deputy Head of Council Phil Riley said: “It’s fantastic to see this walkway restored so residents and visitors can enjoy a walk through Ward Reservoir.

“Thank you to our environmental team for their determination, who worked hard to find long-term solutions to the complex issues of land ownership and maintenance that led to the disaffection of this bridge.

“Thanks to our project partners Belmont Village Residents Association, United Utilities and the Peak and Northern Footpath Society, we can now enjoy the Blue Lagoon for years to come.”

The Blue Lagoon, officially known as Ward’s Reservoir, has been a popular destination for locals and visitors since the early 19th century,

However, in recent decades, the Belmont Bridge has fallen into disrepair, becoming unsafe and unusable.

Since those who walked in the area could not cross using the bridge, people often waited until the water level was low enough to descend and bypass the bottom.

The restored bridge will now allow visitors to participate in circular walks around the reservoir.

Work on the bridge began in March 2020 after Blackburn and Darwen Council appointed local contractor Sancus Civil Engineering to repair the bridge construction and the landslide.

But it comes amid concerns about the future of the lagoon itself with reports last week suggesting that the owners, the Horwich-based consortium, the Blue Lagoon Heritage Trust, were considering refilling the reservoir ahead of future redevelopments.

This was first discussed at a meeting of the Belmont Village Residents Association on September 14.

However, official plans have not yet been filed with the Environment Agency.


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A popular beauty spot, the Blue Lagoon may be partly filled – but at what cost for a small village? https://dudubluelagoon.com/a-popular-beauty-spot-the-blue-lagoon-may-be-partly-filled-but-at-what-cost-for-a-small-village/ Tue, 21 Sep 2021 10:34:24 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/a-popular-beauty-spot-the-blue-lagoon-may-be-partly-filled-but-at-what-cost-for-a-small-village/ It is both beautiful and dangerous. Wildlife thrives there, but lives have been lost in its freezing depths. The Blue Lagoon at Belmont, just north of Bolton, sits alongside spectacular moorland. READ MORE:The twist of fate that led owner Lindsey to run the same pub as her tragic brother It is well known to walkers […]]]>

It is both beautiful and dangerous.

Wildlife thrives there, but lives have been lost in its freezing depths.

The Blue Lagoon at Belmont, just north of Bolton, sits alongside spectacular moorland.

READ MORE:The twist of fate that led owner Lindsey to run the same pub as her tragic brother

It is well known to walkers and is a short distance from the popular Black Dog Pub on Church Street.

Also known as Ward’s Reservoir, work on its construction began in the early 1800s.

It was a source of hydraulic power for the Belmont bleaching and dyeing plants.

But its 200-year-old dam wall is no longer strong enough to withstand the force of a hut full of 150,000 cubic meters of water.

There is potentially a risk of violation.

The solution envisaged by its owners, however, is controversial.



The Blue Lagoon at Belmont – up to 25 meters deep in places.

Blue Lagoon Heritage Ltd, based in Bromsgrove, first took possession of the reservoir under a deal valued at £ 50,000 in September 2010. The company also owns surrounding land.

In order to keep the reservoir safe, they performed essential work including pumping concrete into the slipway to strengthen it to avoid a mini version of the Whaley Bridge reservoir emergency.

More than 1,500 people were evacuated from the city of Derbyshire in August 2019 when torrential rains raised fears the Toddbrook Reservoir dam wall would collapse, causing major flooding. The repairs will cost around £ 16million.

Another safety measure at the Blue Lagoon is that water levels are managed to keep them low with valves set to the maximum drain position. The levels were low this weekend.



The water level at the Blue Lagoon in Belmont has been kept low for safety reasons, including this weekend.

North Turton Parish Council member Keith Harrison said: “To keep the tank as it is and safe and in order to meet safety standards under the Tanks Act 1975, approximately 1 million pounds sterling should be spent on improvements.

“It won’t happen. But the owner has two options – one is to deal with the dam failure, to let the lagoon drain and the land to return to nature.

“The second option, which he prefers, is to fill the lagoon basin with several thousand cubic meters of inert rubble.

“Visually you would have the same view but the depth of the reservoir would be considerably reduced. In its deepest parts it is currently around 25 meters.

“The rubble to backfill it would come from the quarries. It would cost the owner nothing because the quarries need an outlet for such material and they would deliver it for free.



The water level at the Blue Lagoon in Belmont has been kept low for safety reasons, including this weekend.

Councilor Harrison said it was estimated that ten thousand truckloads of quarry material would be needed.

“People are very agitated by the disruption of our quality of life. I fully understand that. The big story will be once the planning application is made in Blackburn with Darwen Council. traffic and major highways. “

An accommodation application should be filed within the next eight to ten weeks.

“People have suggested that the Chinook helicopters could bring the material, but I don’t see enough material available,” Councilor Harrison added.

“Our concern is what the end game is. The owner talks about turning it into a fishing lodge. It seems plausible as there has been a surge in interests like fishing, especially during the lockdown. am not a fisherman, but I do know that fish do not survive in a meter of water. “



The Belmont Blue Lagoon, near Bolton, also known as Ward’s Reservoir, dates from the early 1800s.

In addition to having the Blue Lagoon, the owners have property and building interests and the local community is concerned that the site will be developed for the long term.

“In an ideal world, I would like the filling to be done and the reservoir to become a place of beauty again, but with no prospect of 10,000 heavy truck journeys through the village. But it seems like a utopian ideal that does not exist.

The lagoon is located in the West Pennine Moors, just inside Lancashire, and is a natural refuge for birds and other wildlife.

Previously, an urban planning request had been filed for a restaurant to be built on land overlooking it, but the authorization was refused.



Warning signs at the Blue Lagoon – officially known as Ward’s Reservoir – in Belmont, near Bolton

The reservoir has been a fatal attraction for swimmers.

A brave passer-by dived to rescue a teenager who had had difficulty swimming in the water in June of this year.

In 2007, a father from Salford drowned after rescuing his son from the deep.

He was in an inflatable boat with his son when they fell into the water at a depth of 40 feet.

The father clung to the seven-year-old while shouting for help and three young men walking past jumped up. They swam 20 meters to the stranded pair and were able to grab the child and head for the bank. When they looked back there was no sign of her father.

The same year, a 17-year-old boy from Chorley also drowned there.

The Environment Agency should be consulted on any proposal to refill the reservoir.

Councilor Harrison said doing nothing was not an option.

He said: “The construction of the reservoir is 200 years old. It is too great a risk for the dam wall to have up to 150,000 tons of pressure against it when it is very full. Its construction started around 1803 and it was completed in the 1820s.

“You can’t expect the valve gear to be as efficient as it was when it was built. There are also trees and vegetation growing on the embankment.

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