Category: General Interest

Captain Kirk Boldly Goes …

Captains Log 13102021, Blue Origin successfully completed its second human flight into space on board the New Shepard spacecraft on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. The flight included astronauts, Dr. Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, Audrey Powers, and William Shatner. Star Treks Captain Kirk, “To boldly go where no man has gone before“, a.k.a. 90-year-old William […]

A15 Bluetooth Speaker

Recently obtained the Lenrue A15 Bluetooth (wireless) speaker having previously blown up the Cambridge 5.1 Sound Surround system which has been around for more than 20 years!! It was purchased from Amazon at around £30.00 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluetooth-LENRUE-Enhanced-Waterproof-Portable-Matte-Black/dp/B089LLT2P8 What’s in the box 1 x LENRUE IPX7 waterproof Bluetooth Speaker 1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable 1 x Micro […]

Whittington Arms

Visited the Whittington Arms restaurant near Lichfield at lunchtime to celebrate MPK’s birthday. The Whittington Arms Tamworth Road, Lichfield WS14 9PS https://www.thewhittingtonarmslichfield.co.uk/ Enjoyed a great meal at reasonable prices. RACK OF LAMB MAPLE-GLAZED ROTISSERIE PORK BELLY BUTTERMILK CHICKEN, SOMERSET BRIE & BACON PIE FRESHLY BATTERED LINE-CAUGHT COD NOURISH BOWL ASIAN-STYLE CRISPY DUCK SALAD

National Memorial Arboretum

We visited the the National Arboretum, near Alrewas, on 23 September 2021. The Arboretum was the idea of Commander David Childs CBE who believed a year-round national centre of Remembrance was needed in the UK. It is part of The Royal British Legion, but operates with a separate Board of Trustees and has independent charity […]

Twycross Zoo

As a birthday present LDK received an Animal Adoption (Gorilla) pack at Twycross Zoo. Each adoption helps to support their conservation work and to help care for animals at the zoo. The adoption pack includes Photo of your chosen animal Adoption Certificate and an animal fact sheet A soft toy of your chosen animal One […]

New Bits and Pieces

A number of recently purchased items. Recently I needed to read a CD on my Surface Pro device which doesn’t have a CD/DVD drive so looked to see what USB devices are available. Noticed a drop in performance between connected devices and it turns out I was using USB 2.0 cables to connect USB 3.0 […]

Mandelbrot Pictures

I remember being fascinated with Mandelbrot pictures ( and their theory ) in the early 1980s before venturing into fractals and later developing a 3D Terrain Modelling application, using fractals to “roughen up” the surface, as part of the Medusa CAD system portfolio. On a recent TV program there was mention of a series of […]

Microsoft Edge Updates

I’ve used many web browsers over the years and I’m currently using the Microsoft Edge browser across all platforms including iOS, MacOS abd Android. It is based on the Chromium open source project and other open source software. Find out more about Microsoft Edge at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to […]

USB Soundcard

There are issues with the soundcard resulting in poor playback (fading high to low intermittently on playback) in my (old) laptop (DELL XPS-15 L501x) which has lasted more than 10 years (so far). I tried updating the audio drivers (Realtek High Definition Audio) as recommended, but this didn’t resolve the issue. The Dell audio system […]

What’s Cooking

In order to see what’s cooking you need to see through the oven door. Recently I tackled our oven door with plenty of elbow grease (available from Wilko at £9.99 a tin – if it’s not visible on the shelf you may need to ask a member of staff) and a specialist oven cleaner called […]

GCHQ 2020 Christmas card

GCHQ have made their Christmas Card available to the public “The card is sent by our Director Jeremy Fleming to colleagues and partners across the world, but we’re also sharing the brainteaser with you for to enjoy over the festive season.” https://www.gchq.gov.uk/news/christmas-card-2020 To solve it, you’ll need to complete a number of incomplete letter sequences […]