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Amazing new technology

March 23rd, 2010

A friend gave me this amazing pig torch today!

What is amazing about pig torch you ask? Pig torch has incredible pump-action technology that means it requires no batteries! Here we can see the pump mechanism:

By pumping up the pig it builds up a store of energy that can be released at any time via its nostrils. Am a little bit worried that pig might become too pumped up with energy and explode. Must be careful.

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Walking around Marlow (again)

March 7th, 2010

I realised it’s been a while since I treated/bored you all with photos of my wanderings around Berkshire. So here are a few photos of my walk today around Marlow and the surrounding countryside.

I don’t think anyone could visit Marlow without wanting to ride on the happy little Marlow train previously eulogised on this blog. I didn’t take a picture of the Marlow train today unfortunately, but here’s one I made earlier to illustrate its essential characteristics:

Here it is going over the bridge at Bourne End. I believe said bridge is currently the subject of some controversy over its repainting or lack thereof due to budget constraints.

Anyway, the important things to note are that it is small, consisting only of two carriages, and it trundles at a leisurely pace. Neither of these are readily apparent from the above photo, thus it fails in its intended purpose.

Fact of the day: in olden times when the Marlow train was steam powered it was referred to as the “Marlow Donkey”, presumably due to the aforementioned characteristics.

Trains on hills

March 5th, 2010

After a flurry of Train Game development the train now goes up and down hills!

Unfortunately all is not quite right in train land as sometimes when going up or down a steep hill the train intersects the waggons or goes way out in front as if on an invisible elastic band rather than a rigid coupling. More work needed I think.