Needs to start with W and have two vowels in the word.

Wireless Crystal Radio complete with Cats Whisker……Hand made to a design from Popular Wireless magazine published in 1925. The Wireless itself probably dates from a couple of years later. The coil on the right is the inductance which is in a balanced circuit with the variable capacitor inside the box (attached to the dial). The Cats Whisker and the Galena Crystal are at the back. Connections for earth and aerial are on the left.

Western Class Diesel Locomotive……D1065 ‘Western Consort’ approaches Reading Station in September 1975. The Western’s were Diesel Hydraulic locomotives and were being withdrawn from service at the time this photograph was taken as British Railways rationalised the fleet on Diesel Electric types. The Westerns were replaced by the Class 50 locomotives like the one I published in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge ‘V’ post.   Western Consort was withdrawn from service 2 years after this photo and subsequently scrapped.   7 of the class have been preserved.

Walkers Waiting for the Wimbledon Train……Seen at Earls Court. They obviously had the same idea as us for New years Day – walk section 6 of the Capital Ring between Wimbledon Park and Richmond 🙂

Catch up with Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and other entries Here.

It’s all there before me
Laid out in octave blocks
Several different voices and
A metronome that tocks

A sensory conundrum
Keyed in black and white
As I gaze at spots on lines
And strive to read on sight

While there’s nothing grand about you
Plastic box upon a stand
Your tonal recital of keys I press
Is anything but bland

You’re not the ancient Beringer
That I tinkered with when young
But your keys feel much the same
And I think we’re going to have fun


Martin Addison – 12/08/2015

With Alasdair successfully achieving Grade 4 with Merit on the Clarinet there has been a gnawing feeling that I should also be playing an instrument… The image says it all!

Lots of E’s today… As a result of events in my working life I wound up watching a bit of Equestrian and the Elimination rounds of the Archery at the London Olympics. However… Electricity is the high voltage subject for today.

As a society… worldwide that is… what do we do now that doesn’t rely upon a reliable electricity supply? Not a lot really. And I was not too surprised when confronted recently with Cubs that had never seen a match! Electricity is a key part of our lives – this Blog isn’t possible without it.

So today I had our usual early morning call with my team – one DBA in the UK and two coding persons in India. All ok, work in hand and off we go… Around midday I get the info that India and the Kolkata area where my offshore team is based has lost power as the grid has shut down. This means that my guys over there can’t do their work – not a major worry from my point of view. I accept that sometimes there will be issues. In fact my biggest concern normally is that they will over do it to catch up tomorrow which I’d rather they didn’t because they’re far better to me when they’re thinking on two feet.

India is not doing too bad in respect of power outages – from experience Zimbabwe is very bad, but national / regional festivals like Holi are probably more disruptive year on year than the loss of power experienced today – though I always encourage our team to enjoy their festivals as I feel that it’s important that we all feel comfortable with who and what we are.

The devastating effects of what happened to the power grid in India today reminded me that the US suffered very badly in November 1965 when the power grid went walkies. Over 30 million people on the East Coast of the USA and Canada found themselves without power on that occasion. The tiniest fault in our national grid systems can render us impotent. This is not just an issue that might affect my friends and colleagues in India – anyone can be downed by a simple power failure. My Colleague Rohit joked that perhaps India has finally caught up with the 1960’s USA! 😉 Perhaps we need to find a non-electricity reliant back up to our lives where ever we live and work?