My worst job

The worst job I ever had was working in a supermarket meat  and cheese department.  It was OK cutting and packing the cheese.  It was OK packing the cuts of meat.  What wasn’t OK was having to scrub the walk-in freezer floor with a wire-brush in order to remove congealed blood!  Bloody cold!!

What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447?

An absolutely amazing article by Jeff Wise.

“Two years after the Airbus 330 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, Air France 447’s flight-data recorders finally turned up. The revelations from the pilot transcript paint a surprising picture of chaos in the cockpit, and confusion between the pilots that led to the crash”. 

Cheam Village gets a sweet shop!

The good news – Cheam Village now has a sweet shop which opened today.  The bad news – another barbers has opened, making 3 in the space of 50 metres, with the new one directly opposite an existing, established one.  So which one of these barbers will close first?  What Cheam really needs is a book shop, preferably a second-hand bookshop.

My first computer

The first computer I came upon was an IBM 1130. I had dropped out of studying A-Level physics and was required to fill my time at college with something else.  I don’t remember how I came to be sitting in on a computing course, but eventually it lead to a career in computing.

The IBM 1130 had lots of lights and switches though I don’t remember what purpose they served. My first attempt at trying to draw a flow-chart, the initial step required to write a computer program, was a complete failure – I totally failed to understand what was required!  Undeterred, I went on to become a decent computer programmer (I think).

North Downs Way

What’s with the trains today?  Finally made it to Dorking and eventually managed to pick up the North Downs Way heading for Gomshall, I guess about 5 or so miles along a good, waymarked path.  A rather grey day with some nice sunbeams through the clouds.  Trains from Gomshall are every 2 hours and I just missed one!  Amazingly there are still country bus routes and half-hourly as well.

Current favourite picture

This picture was taken on a day out in London when I set the camera to take b&w images only.  I like how they appear much sharper than when in colour.

Sunday on the Downs

A walk of a couple of miles on a windy day.  Wooly hats and gloves made their first appearance. We managed to startle a couple of horses and their riders as we appeared around a turn in the path.  There were no injuries.