I grew up in the Hertfordshire town of Berkhamsted where for the early part of my life my parents and I lived with my mother's parents in George Street at number 130. There are two roads here, in this particular part of the town, not in the town itself, George Street and Ellesmere Road, both … Continue reading Railways
I felt a rant coming on; it's my age I think, more and more despite my best intentions I feel less and less tolerant. I try not to give in but sometimes I just have to. Telly. Do you remember when "Telly" was an event? Good telly that is. People set aside some time in … Continue reading “tink” or When did bicycle bells become so unfit for purpose?
We got a wonderful email at work today, well, when I say "we" I mean those of us in the "engineering" section and before you ask, no, we don't all wear red shirts and when I say "wonderful" I mean... well, you decide. The mail itself was from the, wait for it, wait for it... … Continue reading Miscellaneous Claptrap
I've just listened to two Kansas albums back to back; first, "The Prelude Implicit" from last year (2016) and then from 1974 their debut album, "Kansas". Listening to the two albums you'd hardly know that 42 years separates them. Both are full of verve and energy and also full of all that wonderful stuff which … Continue reading Kansas, I’ve a feeling we’re not in toto anymore.
Progressive Rock, "Prog". What is Prog? This is a very difficult question to answer. Initially I would say it's songs that are more than just; verse - chorus - verse - chorus - verse. Songs and pieces of music with tricky beats and time signatures; songs and pieces of music that are structured differently to … Continue reading Album Review, “On The Rebound” by Drifting Sun
The distance from Gniewkowo to Toruń is about 21 km, around 13 miles in old money, the difference between Gniewkowo and Toruń is however quite marked. Toruń is one of Poland's flagship historic towns, if I may describe it thus; one of the "10 places in Poland you must visit". Toruń sits on the River … Continue reading From Gniewkowo to Toruń
In spite of the rich English heritage of simply speaking louder and slower to foreigners in some sort of vain hope that then they'll understand, for my Polish Odyssey I've actually tried to learn some Polish language. Two or three days into my very first trip to Poland I was studying the departures board at … Continue reading Sorry, I’m English…