Archive for October, 2012


RIP Ceefax

In rambling on on October 22, 2012

I have far more affection for Ceefax, the Oracle and 4-Tel than I have for most things broadcast on the TV. I’m much more of a textual data person than an audio/visual one, even when you have to wait for the pages to flick over. Sad to hear of its demise.

Ceefax Goodbye

From the archives:

Kirsty's Birthday

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Falling Angels

Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier

In books read on October 20, 2012

I listened to this as an audiobook and enjoyed the narration which skips between quite a number of different characters. Fab story about two girls growing up in the early years of the 20th century from families with quite different views on the world. One of those books I didn't want to end. I can guess what Maude and Lavinia (and their grave digging friend Simon too) did next but would like to know all the subtleties of their lives after the book finished. A very enjoyable listen indeed.



In instagram on October 20, 2012


Tree & sculpture & sky.

In instagram on October 19, 2012


Miró & the two headed birthday boy.

In instagram on October 19, 2012


Look up!

In instagram on October 19, 2012

Hawthorn and Child

Hawthorn and Child by Keith Ridgway

In books read on October 18, 2012

Something a bit more than a collection of loosely joined short stories - the links are obvious between some of them, and less obvious with others. A little disappointing in that I was waiting for a couple of pieces of jigsaw to appear than didn't turn up (isn't that always the way with jigsaws though?). But then it does make me want to read it over and see what I missed the first time around. Marked down from five stars to four because a couple of the stories didn't seem nearly as good as the rest, but the ones that are good are very good.

This was a kindle eBook.


1. Add blackcurrants to cheapo vodka 2. Leave 27 months in dark cupboard. 3. Profit! (Sorry, I meant, Drink!) Raspberry & strawberry not so successful, need to try adding sugar maybe?

In instagram on October 16, 2012


This video explains the whole “how does lightning know to strike the tallest thing” conundrum much better than any amount of handwaving science.

Lightning captured at 7,207 images per second (by ztresearch)

(via What If? which admittedly has very good handwaving science.)

Collected on October 16, 2012 Leave a Comment


“So exactly how do you take a 100-ton space shuttle and fly it on ferry hops across the country?” Fabulous video that explains it.

How NASA Moves Space Shuttles: A 747 Piggyback Ride | NASA Shuttle Retirement |

Collected on October 15, 2012 Leave a Comment

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