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Huw #40888 18/09/09 10:51 AM
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But what if people start "illustrating" each and every post? On other forums of my acquaintance, I notice that guys often link to their photo sets on (for example, Flickr*). I find this to be a nice approach, as you (the user that is) can then choose whether to wade through it all (or not).

Of course, being a non-exhibitionist myself, I don't care to indulge in going around taking pictures of everything I see. Although I'm grateful to those who record events, myself I have always found that savouring the experience in person was always sufficient. That is, the memories are in my head (and unlikely to be of much interest to anyone else).

If you're busy photographing everything (you know, in the time-honoured tourist fashion), can you (the observer ... because that's then all that you become) be sure that you're not missing out on something there? Like, participation, for example. Actually doing something. And ... after a while, who wants to look at those photos anyway? I well remember being trapped on my Mum's sofa on many occasions trying not to appear "too quick" in going through her latest "snaps" ... "Oh, you've missed this one" ... and "And now, here's the scrap-book" [groan]!

That and the thought of the hard-drives of the world being stuffed full of zillions of "holiday snap" images (and, worse still, infantile YouTube videos) just grates on my old-fashioned mind, for some reason. Perhaps after another ten years or so, someone will need to look into ... er, deleting some of that stuff. At least URL links have the useful property of becoming invalid after a few years, if not months! frown

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Now then, let's see if these beauties raise a comment from my old mate Tony Dowman! smile


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Geoff can you get HD on these?


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We had our first telly when I was twelve years old. It was the Murphy V-530 shown half-way down the page at the link. We (that is, me and my sister) were forbidden to touch it! And I can still remember the first programme we gathered to watch - Percy Thrower's "Gardening Club"!

Those were happy days. Britain was still a manufacturing nation then. National Service was just coming to an end (unfortunately). And we had V-bombers on fifteen minutes stand-by 24-hours a day! smile


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I saw the last Vulcan flying display at Fairford, the crackle as the pilot turned away from the crowd and hit the after burners was very impressive.

But Geoff you've taken us off topic again.

Lee


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Lee S #40912 21/09/09 10:57 AM
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The Valiant, the Vulcan and the Victor. They each had their slice of history. For instance, the Valiant dropped the first operational British atomic bomb at Maralinga, and then (only seven months later) the first British H-Bomb (it had taken off from Christmas island). Then there was the tragic loss of life when the "round-the-world" Vulcan crashed in foul weather at Heathrow. Most folk these days will recall the epic bombing mission from Ascension Island to Port Stanley. But my own favourite was the Victor. What a magnificent, powerful, and handsome (?) machine! Definitely "fit for purpose"!

But ... the list of brilliant post-war British aircraft is (was) almost endless ... Hunter, Lightning ... TSR-2, Concorde etc. smile

Next topic ... British missiles - Blue Streak (carried by the V-bombers), Blue Steel (rocket) et al.

But meanwhile ... back to computers. Here's a great site about early British computers. All largely forgotten now, it would seem.


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... more on historic TV ... and 25 years of Elite! smile

More on Elite (must get on with the work now)!


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Hi Geoff

The blue streak is a little on the large size to be carried by a bomber (One siting on its side at Spadeadam)

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Well done, Billy. You spotted my "deliberate mistake". I got my Streaks and my Steels mixed up there, so to speak. Just making sure you were paying attention, of course.

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The Avro Blue Steel was an air-launched, rocket-propelled nuclear-armed stand-off missile. Whilst the de Havilland Blue Streak was a ground-launched ballistic missile ("rocket") also intended to be armed with a nuclear warhead.

And, by the way, wasn't there a launch-pad (proving ground, whatever) near to where you are now? Is that what you meant about Spadeadam? smile

On a personal note, there was a time that I was very much "into" missiles myself. But of the second and third generation anti-tank type. All that was before I was moved into biomed, and (to be honest, and with a great span of hindsight now) I reckon that I would have been better off staying where I was.

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Yes, the testing ground was Spadeadam, the large concrete structures used to test the rocket engines are still there.

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