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Wavy Walls

Wavy Walls

Walls are generally straight, they follow boundaries, and are made with a minimum of materials to save money and time. But sometimes they are bendy. I recall a few in isolated places that had trees planted in the bends. The walls were in an area where fields had lots of stones, so were a nuisance … Continue reading

The Dawn of Computing

The Dawn of Computing

This is the first recognisably modern computer, the Small-Scale Experimental Machine the SSEM, or Baby, the first to be able to store data plus operate an electronic memory. Built in Manchester, began running June 1948. This is what the zeroes and ones looked like. The first sighting of binary code. This is where the coding … Continue reading

The End of Cash?

This is an idea that has been around for a long time and for the life of me I can’t imagine why we would want to give up those jangly coins in our pockets and crumpled and allegedly cocaine impregnated notes. Of course credit cards and online banking are wonderful, but for small stuff and … Continue reading

Turnspit Dogs

Turnspit Dogs

I did a post on these poor creatures, one of many working breeds that have long since died out, in this case, their extinction has probably been an act of mercy. The dogs and their treadmills were replaced by clockwork and hot air driven spits, or jacks. Many years ago, I visited Abergavenny in Wales, … Continue reading

Never the Twain Shall Type

Never the Twain Shall Type

 Mark Twain is famous for many things, but few people know his ‘Tom Sawyer was the first typescript in literary history. He bought his Remington  in 1874, but he was not a total convert to the machine.  Because he soon sent a letter to  the typewriter manufacturer, all in capital letters as this early version did not do … Continue reading