Last Vulcan back in the air ( admin posted on July 8th, 2008 )

XH558 is back in the air. Sadly I couldn’t be there at Waddington over the weekend, but my second favourite aircraft is back on the air display circuit.

I will never forget the sight (and sound) of a Vulcan Scramble at early 1970s air shows. Yes I know it’s a bit of a fake, with the aicrew already strapped in and the whole plane “hot”, but as a pre-teen, it was just fantastic. (If any real crew would like to tell me otherwise be my guest).

Good luck for the rest of the season.

p.s. my favourite plane ? English Electric Lightning.

Also here.

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Kirklees Needs this ( admin posted on July 7th, 2008 )

Like a fish needs a bicycle.

First you need to visit or and have a scan through. Not really hit google yet because it’s too new (Registered 4th June 2008, along with The architects and artists have clearly been very very busy.

This is a superb development, full of clever opportunities to spend money and buy fat (sorry – enjoy nutritious food in an exciting “major fast food brand” restaurant).

If last Sunday is anything to go by, a few new roads will also be needed (Total road chaos for 3-4 hrs on Sunday due to the kirklees youth games. No I don’t have clue what that was about either, despite having numerous “youths” living at home).

I also recall the last deluge when the river through the site came within inches (or mm) of flooding the whole area. Lets hope the budget includes a big dredger and a wider river. Build this on a flood plain ? Glad I don’t have to insure it.

Posted on 21/01/2008 1:03 PM by: Niel Stewart

Note the trees on the bank!

I wish them luck – they are going to need it.

p.s. the council owns 40% of KSDL (Kirklees Stadium Developments Ltd)

p.p.s. The council website hasn’t found it either :-

Search for: hdone
Results for hdone. Search took 0 seconds.Did you mean: done ????????


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No more music at work ( admin posted on July 2nd, 2008 )

The PRS are causing mayhem with small businesses all over the country, and they have the law on their side. A few months ago they started a very agressive campaign, assuming (probably correctly) that most small businesses, that are able to, have a radio at work. Bingo, collect a huge fee from them.

Except most small businesses don’t consider this fair and either refuse to pay (and get sued) or take their radio’s home again. This has now happened where I work – no more music. And no more adverts. Oops – do the commercial stations realise what they’ve done?

The FSB are also fed up, especially with the bullying tactics employed.

My advice :-

Don’t speak to them. Don’t reply to any correspondance. Don’t admit anything. Don’t let them on your premises.

If that’s too late, then join the FSB and hope they can get some concessions for you. Putting your head in the sand will not make these people go away – but you can at least drag out the process and make them earn their money, which of course means less revenue for the artists they supposedly represent. If you have already admitted to having a radio (or similar), you are doomed. I would suggest you stick your head in the gas oven, but you probably need a permit for that as well.

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Check this out ( admin posted on June 21st, 2008 )

Register story here

Site here

(Professor David J C MacKay of the Cambridge University Department of Physics )

Interesting reading.

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Nigerian Scam Mail ( admin posted on April 30th, 2008 )

Got this today – the lads from Lagos seem to be still going strong :-

Mr.Timi Alaibe

(Managing Director, NDDC)

Niger Delta Development Commission,

Old Secretariat Complex,

Romuola, Port Harcourt.

I am Mr.Timi Alaibe (Managing Director), with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
My commission – The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) which is in charge of managing and supervising the disbursement of oil sales revenues for the Nigerian government which covers payment to foreign and local contractors that have executed contracts for the Federal Government. The revenue under our control runs into several hundred of millions of dollars monthly. Myself and other colleagues in the NDDC are currently in need of a foreign partner whose bank account we shall transfer the sum of Fifty Million United States Dollars($50m). This fund was accrued from various over invoicing of foreign contractors’ payments made over the years during the last regime.
The Total fund is presently in the Government Account named CBN/FGN INDEPENDENT REVENUE account Central Bank of Nigeria. However, by virtue of my position as civil servant and staff of the NDDC, I cannot acquire this funds in my name. This is because as top civil servant, I am not allowed by law of the land to own or operate bank accounts outside our country for now.
I have been delegated as a matter of trust by my colleagues, to look for an overseas partner in whose account we would transfer the fund, hence, the reason for this mail. We shall be Transferring the money to your account with the company’s name you provide as the beneficiary, under the guise that you are being paid for a contract which you/your company executed for our country through the Commission.
For your support and partnership, please reply me to negotiate your fees or the percentage you wish to be paid when the funds arrive your bank account. You must however note that this transaction, with regards to our disposition to continue with you, is subject to these terms. Firstly, our conviction of your transparency. Secondly, that you treat this transaction with utmost secrecy and confidentiality. Finally and above all, that you will provide an account over which you have absolute control.
The transaction, although discrete, is legitimate and there is no risk or legal liability either to ourselves or yourself now or in the future as we have put in place the necessary machinery that will ensure a hitch free transfer into your account upon acceptance.
The transfer will be effected to your account within five – seven (5-7) working days from the date we reach an agreement and you furnish me with a suitable bank account and company name with your contact telephone and fax numbers including your private e-mail address.
I am looking forward to doing business with you and do solicit your confidentiality in this transaction, Please mail back your response through this email address for me to update you on our plans as to how we intend to actualize this transaction.
Sincerely yours,
Mr.Timi Alaibe

Don’t blame me if you take up his offer and lose your money. Feel free to bait him yourself though.

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Funny graphic ( admin posted on March 29th, 2008 )

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Lisp files ( admin posted on March 20th, 2008 )

These are some lisp files I have been working on, for use with Bricscad. Early versions only. Thanks to for permission to use.





All to be on default path (./support)

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Not a joke ( admin posted on March 8th, 2008 )

When I saw this I thought I had missed a month and it was 1st April already :-


This means every place of work, for instance, where someone has a radio on. And your car. And your kitchen. The best bit is where it comes from – the “Red Tape Team”. It really isn’t a joke – they exist here.

You just couldn’t make it up.

To buy a licence for all your performances, go to the PRS/MCPS Alliance website and get your credit card out.

Red Tape Front Page for the whole story (pdf).

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Bit of PHP ( admin posted on February 28th, 2008 )

 Can you guess what this does?

for($x=0; $x<$spaces; $x++) { echo " "; } echo $num; echo "

Try it.

Just a PHP exercise Joe needed to do.


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Quote of the day ( admin posted on February 27th, 2008 )

 Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of —
Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there
I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up along delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
Where never lark, or even eagle flew;
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
— John Gillespie Magee Jr., “High Flight”

Good luck to XH558.

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