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Videos from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s

I have created a page for the various videos that I have digitized from S-VHS; that is to say, videos that I made in the 1980s and 1990s. Some are on our family YouTube channel, but most are hosted only here.

The videos are grouped (no doubt this will change over time but for […]

Everyone in the pool!

Outdoor swimming pool at Testbourne school.

Outdoor swimming pool at Testbourne school in Whitchurch, Hampshire.

Our children’s primary school is offering swimming lessons to year 4 students using the nearby Testbourne school’s outdoor pool. Fantastic!

In their letter to parents, our school said, » Continue reading Everyone in the pool! »

Its Physics, Jim!

The book for the masses (pun intended)

The book for the masses (pun intended)

Ah how I love Star Trekkin’ by The Firm – Its a catchy tune from the late 80s with this line from Scotty, the chief engineer: “You cannot change the laws of physics.”. And then later, “Its physics, Jim!”

Many, many years ago, I was a student at the OSCSS and just loved the physics class taught by Roberta Tevlin (on weekends, I’d catch her playing at Grossman’s in the Happy Pals). I even got Wonderstruck on TV (today, I just make the local newspapers).

Anyway, I heard an interview on the Quirks & Quarks podcast with the author of a book relating to physics and, appropriately for this month, future presidents.  I looked up the author, Richard Muller, and found his book called Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines.  I have since learned that the author intended only one copy to be read: the one he donated to this month’s new occupants of the White House.  Its written smartly for a quick dip without any mucking about. » Continue reading Its Physics, Jim! »

Musical Mutterings

Logo of the band Arcade FireArcade Fire is a popular Canadian alternative music group; Again, I catch these things well after others have made them popular.  I haven’t listened to them much.  Probably all of 6 minutes so far (the same song twice).  I like them, well this song to start with; In particular, I really liked the interactive music for Black Mirror found at its own website http://www.rorrimkcalb.com/ — read that URL backwards.

Screenshot from Black Mirror interactive video by Arcade FireThe best bit is that you can choose what bits of the song to listen to – just the vocals, the bass, etc.  There’s six buttons at the bottom to select which ones to have active.  So, if you just want to know the words (no prizes for guessing that “Black Mirror” figures pretty prominently, but there is also some French spoken in there, too).  Pressing the space bar flips black to white and vice versa.

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Family Fun Evening at Whitchurch Primary School

Tolii and Tosha met some of their friends and had a very good time at the Whitchurch primary school’s family fun evening tonight. Tolii loved the bouncy castle and getting his face painted. Tosha loved to chase balloons and play with Joshua! […]