Archive for the ‘YamYamFeatures’ Category

Pier Pressure

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

We’ve been off to North Wales- precisely LLandudno, for a few days. This was mostly a weekend away just to get away, but there was an ulterior motive; more piers. The first, a visit on the way, was Colwyn Bay Victoria. It’s been totally shut since 2008, with a chequered history, and is now , […]


Take the High Road

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

You take the low road, and I’ll take the high road, and I’ll use more fuel.. We’ve been away to Scotland; more precisely Mallaig, the end of the Road to the Isles. A common theme of our trips up north seems to be killer road allegations- though I suspect the 30mph advisories on some of […]


Castle Miranda

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Castle Miranda is otherwise (more properly?) known as Chateau Noisy. It’s a long way from here, in Belgium, but was designed by the English architect Edward Milner. It is, to vastly understate things, a beautiful Neo-Gothic building that has been terribly neglected. You can read all about it in an account on David Baker’s excellent […]


Pelsall, Common

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

I’ve bought a slide scanner, and I thought some readers might like to see this photo of Pelsall Common in the early 70s, taken by my late father. It’s me, my mom, and (I think) a next-door neighnour who was friends with my sister stood around my Dad’s Wolseley 16/60 on Pelsall Common- the railway […]


On The Buses, again

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

This time, I wasn’t driving. We went to Aston Manor Transport Museum‘s open day in it’s new Aldridge home. The new building is bigger and better for purpose, if not as impressive as the old tram shed in Witton. We had a great time: a look about, a ride in some lovely old vehicles, and […]


Internet Censorship, again.

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

I’ve touched on this before, and it seems worth a revisit: in a week where The Pirate Bay has been blocked by Virgin Media, and discussion of an opt-in for Internet porn has resurfaced, and people who don’t understand have made themselves look uncharacteristically foolish (via The Register), it seems worthwhile to explore a few […]


Work on the Avion

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Looks like the visit to the Avion by some urbexers was well-timed: over the Easter break my bother-in-law emailed me: Just thought I’d let you know that they’re demolishing it ……we went to Morrisons today & the back half has already gone. I’m pleased to say that it’s not actually being demolished, or at least […]



Sunday, April 8th, 2012

A technical oddity from a colleagues Android phone today led me to do a bit of googling, and discover a interesting bit of tech: Skyhook. The oddity was that the colleague’s phone kept thinking we were in Glasgow, before realising we were actually in Birmingham. The interesting thing being that we had been in Glasgow […]


Dirty Trick

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

For some years now, I’ve been a great fan of Lenovo PCs, especially laptops: the build quality is good, and the price not obscene. However, there’s one aspect I’ve discovered today that makes me less happy, though it would seem that HP and others are not above the same tickery. Laptops are less stndard than […]


Debunking Debunking

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Geek content follows, but I’ll try to lay off the tech a bit, as I’m hoping to reach out to people who would usually say “WTF?” to one of the tech twatter debates. I’m a follower of, and I’ve been a Linux user for years now, so this article caught my eye: it’s in […]