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More or Less

I love More or Less on Radio 4. I did squee so much when it came back for a new series. It isn’t easy to make statistics both fun and intelligible. Also, I got horribly sunburnt yesterday :-(. But only on the top of my arms and face and not where my watch goes so […]

Muckle Flugga

It’s a real place! Best name ever. Here it is: View Larger Map

Confused Amazon recommendation

There’s probably some deep connection I’m missing.

A new toy

I have a new toy! It’s a tiny computer. Specifically a BeagleBoard-xM. Here it is next to a pen for comparison: Inside is a TI OMAP3530 SoC containing an ARM Cortex A8 core, TI C64x DSP, and a PowerVR GPU. As well as 512MB RAM and 256MB NAND flash. It supports tons of peripherals including […]

House of competence

Wish I lived there.

The strange world of film cameras

A few weeks ago I found my granddad’s old camera in a box in our attic. Intrigued, I hunted around a bit on the intertubes and discovered it was quite a nice camera in its period. It’s a Voigtländer Vito B produced in West Germany. This is the upgraded model dating from 1956 with a […]

Raw milk

Raw milk! Fresh, flavoursome, rich and creamy, and straight from the cow! Nothing beats the the wholesome taste of raw milk! Here’s a glass of that scrumptious substance I had yesterday. Held bravely by my mum, who was inexplicably terrified of it. I’d recommend it to anyone!

Station Jim

I may well have mentioned Station Jim on this blog previously, but I don’t think I have devoted a whole article to him, which he most certainly deserves. This is Station Jim. He is a dead dog. Very very dead. In fact, he has been dead and on display at Slough train station for over […]


I thought this was a wonderful radio documentary on the decline of the steel industry on Teesside: *sniff* http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00t5zp5/Archive_on_4_Redcar_Made_of_Steel/

A tasty paprika stew

Unusually for me, I here recommend a foodstuff! It’s a synthesis of a couple of different recipes I found, so probably not authentic Hungary-food, but quite tasty. Things you will need: Stewing beef Onions Potatoes Bacon Beef stock Paprika Caraway seeds Garlic Some of these ingredients seem a bit suspicious but they’re probably OK in […]