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Abandoned Military Camp

Lost in the rolling green hills of central Taranaki, lies a place not many people know about. My father introduced me to this historic site when I was a child, and told me it was a secret. He had used the military camp when he was training at school as a young boy. It was then, 50-60 years ago, that the camp closed down and let nature consume what was left.

Today I returned to that site, not being there since I was a child myself, unaware of just how much it had changed.

Heads up: I wouldn’t walk through this place at night time.

Photo by Adambutchart

From the outside, it looks nothing more than just an old farmers shed that’s been forgotten about. But what’s inside is far more appealing…

Crawling over the wooden fences, worming my way around the pillars, I entered the place I haven’t seen in years.

Straight away, my heart dropped. This place looks completely and utterly haunted. The wooden benches attached to the concrete wall stuck out just as I had remembered. The long grass crept down the edge of the concrete, creating a waterfall effect, adding to the eeriness.

Finally some good news, I found a friend! This little guy scuttled away from me so quick I thought I had seen a ghost.

As I ventured through this not-so-wonderland, I felt incredibly isolated. The only signs of life were the spiders hanging down from their webs, which I had to avoid in order to keep my sanity.

Finally, some light. The last standing target from this military camp is riddled with bullet holes. I began to feel incredibly overwhelmed by the history of this place and left to scour the parameter.

From an aeroplane, you wouldn’t know this was here. I think that was the point in the first place. Somewhere you could actually feel like you were at war, consumed by isolation & fear.

After climbing the cliff-face, I discovered a bullet lodged into the mud. I wonder if my father shot this bullet, all those years ago.

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Hands On: iOS 11 Beta 1

It’s finally here… Sort of! Apple held it’s annual WWDC Developers Conference in San Jose, California this morning where a lot of new and exciting techology was introduced. This article is focusing mainly on iOS 11 and the first developer beta released only a few hours ago.

I’ve had the opportunity to install beta 1 on my iPad, and I must say – first impressions look good! Obiously, some fans are disappointed with the update, saying Apple lost it’s creative opportunities to add rumored features such as dark mode & group FaceTime calls.

Looking past that, we can see that iOS 11 truly is something extraordinary. IMG_0003.PNG

This update is hugely focused on the iPad. Introducing the new ‘Dock’ which resembles the one from the all familiar MacOS dock, allowing you to drag and drop the apps you want into one easily accessible place.

One thing that really stands out about iOS 11 is the new notification center, which is fully customizable. It gives off a very Microsoft feel with the tiles and shape aesthetic.

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This is only Beta 1, and there will be lots more features to come as we progress towards the worldwide release this fall. However, the key behind today’s WWDC conference was the importance of the App Store. Therefore, Apple completely redesigned it.

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The App Store, much like the rest of the operating system follows a transparent, tile like aesthetic – which works incredibly well! The app now features a ‘Today’ section where customers can see what’s new on the App Store each day.

There’s a lot to look forward to! I’ll be posting blog posts on each beta as they’re released so don’t forget to subscribe to my post notifications on my home page! Or visit me on Facebook here!