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Letting go of our ‘stuff’


This is an indulgent post, so forgive me. I have categorised it under Personal so that does explain it away. Since I lost my wife last year, I keep getting these sudden, crystal-clear insights into┬áideas. One that frequently hits, and hit they do, is the concept that in a sudden moment, all of your stuff,…

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Garland Brothers and the golden age of hobby electronics


Does anyone reading this remember Garland Brothers on Deptford Broadway? When I was about 11 onwards, I became interested big-time in what my Dad did as a hobby – Electronics. He had studied radio maintenance in the RAF as a National Service recruit and it led to a lifetimes interest in radio and electronics. In…

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Sleepers


Sleepers are, I imagine, not something one comes across much these days. Not the old wooden ones at least. Sleepers were of course the heavy chunks of wood that ran the length and breadth of the country below our train tracks. They sat perpendicular to the rail line and supported it. I see they have…

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Danny Dunn Invisible Boy comes true!


So, I am seeing something I dreamed of as a lad come true in my lifetime. As a 9 year old, I read a book from my primary school library that had a great and lasting influence on me. It was called Danny Dunn Invisible Boy and was part of a series of books about…

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Tastecard www.filmology.com on your bank statement? Don’t cancel your debit card!


A word of warning… if you buy Cineworld vouchers via Tastecard, when the transaction appears on your bank statment, it will show www.filmology.com. If like me you can’t think what that transaction is and tap that address in, it is just a dodgy looking affiliate links site. That immediately put my fraud antennae up and…

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Donald Samuel, Headmaster, Bybrook Infant and Junior Schools


I’ve only just leaned of the passing of my old headmaster, Donald Samuel. I wanted to say something because I always felt he had influenced my life over many years. He was an old school type of headmaster, you knew not to do anything wrong as he could show great displeasure! But he ran the…

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Lightening strike in Godmersham


Well I’ve never seen this before. I was visiting Godmersham Church recently. It’s a small village about half way between Ashford and Canterbury. Just to the left of the entrance to the church stands a tree which appears to have received a lightening strike. A ‘gouge’ runs from as far up as I can see…

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Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy


When I was a lad, about 8 I reckon, I found a book in the school library at Bybrook Junior School. It was called ‘Danny Dunny Invisible Boy’ by Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin. They were American novels written in the 50s – 70s about a boy who lived with his mother who was housekeeper…

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The Cloud Appreciation Society


After many years of looking, at last I have become a member of this inspiring group of people. I wear sunglasses a lot, I think my eyes have become more sensitive as I have aged. They have polarised lens and they bring out the edges and detail in the clouds like you wouldn’t believe. Sometimes…

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Radio Downloader


As you may have seen elsewhere here, I am a Radio 4 / Radio 4 extra maniac. I am always wanting to keep programmes I have enjoyed and frequently search about for a piece of software that would let me download them. There are plenty out there but none really do the trick. Until today…

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