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Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

At some point during the evening of Monday 29th or the early hours of Tuesday 30th, this blog went awol! We are now back up and running with an older version of WordPress, apologies for any inconvenience.

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Apple & Steve Jobs

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

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Those who know me will have no doubt that I am upset by the resignation of Steve Jobs… heck I’ve been using Apple products since the beginning of the nineties! I bought my first Apple machine in Hong Kong and remember looking at the “Next Cube” at an exhibition as an alternative and wondered whether it represented a better bet, but I stuck with my purchase of the PowerBook 140, I’ve never wavered since, despite some tricky times before Steve Jobs returned in 1997. Anyway its all history now! I’m on my nth Mac, a really slick 27″ iMac Core i7 with a screen to die for [2560 x 1440 pixels] running OS X Snow Leopard and with 16GB of RAM.

Roof Truss Sketch Goes Global!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

A couple of years back, summer 2008 to be more precise, I constructed a virtual roof truss of the timber structure which once covered the Drawing Room Block at Parlington Hall, from the early part of the nineteenth century up until around the mid 1950′s. Below is a view of the sketch. Clicking on the picture will take you to the relevant section on the Parlington History Site, in a new window.

Parlington Roof Truss

Barnaby Rudge

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Given all the talk of the riots, and I have to say numerous mentions of the earlier unrest, termed the Gordon Riots of 1780, it seems only fitting to mention Charles Dickens novel Barnaby Rudge, set as it was during that riotous period. So here is a picture by BOZ from the Philadelphia Edition.

This is a short summary of the book from the

Riots, not new, always a worry!

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Gordon Riots 1780

Gordon riots

Two interesting letters from the period.

Lincoln Inn Fields, London, June 3rd 1780 – Least my dear friends at Peel should be under any apprehension for us, on account of this mob, I will write to day to tell you we neither suffered fright nor danger by it, though they were very noisy all night, and there still is a continual crowd about the Sardinian Ambassador’s. I do believe there were very many thousands of people assembled yesterday in St. George’s fields, who afterwards went to Westminster Hall, but did no sort of harm there further than crowding the Hall and making it hot, and sometimes shouting at the people they did not like as they passed. Lord George Gordon was seen by Mr. Leycester haranguing the crowd, with his hat off, for a considerable time, and misleading an unruly ignorant set of people in St. George’s fields. He afterwards came to them out of the House of Commons, and said he could get no answer as to the repeal of the Roman Catholic Act, and advised them to attend every day in a body, till their petition was granted. They then vowed they would destroy all the Roman Catholic chapels, and, as it was a very hot day, took care to get drunk in good time, and as soon as it was dark, began to attack our neighbourhood, though till we went to bed, at eleven, they seemed not to do any mischief.