Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Churches (42) : All Saints, High Wycombe

All Saints is a large church in the centre of the Buckinghamshire town. There has been a church on the site since early Norman times, this early church was completely rebuilt and replaced by the current church in the late thirteenth century. Much of what was left of the Norman church was the tower but this was replaced itself in the early sixteenth century [1] after concerns it might collapse.

The church was greatly expanded from it's original size during the rebuilding, especially the nave and chancel which was extended. Nave arcades were added in the fifteenth century and a chantry chapel though this was later demolished.

The church was restored in the mid-1870s. The church is flint faced except the tower which is stone faced.

[1] Nikolaus Pevsner, Buckinghamshire (Penguin, 1960) p. 161

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

History of the World in Apple Objects (13) : Macintosh IIcx

The Macintosh IIcx was introduced in 1989 and sold for two years. It was similar to the IIx though in a smaller and easy to open case which was also used by the more powerful Macintosh IIci which succeeded it. The IIcx came with a Motorola 68030 running at 16Mhz and could support up to 128MB of RAM (though that would have cost the GDP of a small country back then).

The IIcx ran Mac OS 6 up to 7.5.5. Unfortunately this one is unlikely to run anything anymore though still has the cute case!

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Tanworth third time lucky

I have planned to visit Tanworth-in-Arden for a number of weeks now. Two weeks ago I had to postpone the trip due to adverse weather, last week it was postponed again due to a cancelled train. Finally i made it there this week!

Tanworth has no railway station itself but is about a mile away from both Wood End and Danzey. I alighted at Wood End, walked to Tanworth to take some photos of the rather nice church before heading out to Danzey and the train home. Not a journey without hazard, i had to walk along the road most of the way and was caught out by ice a few times (luckily didn't fall!) You can see my photos here.

Friday, 8 November 2019

BGLR : First plan of the N project

It has been planned for some time now but I think th N gauge layout project will finally begin in 2020. After all I have the board already (a packing pallet) and all the rolling stock. All I need is some new track and somewhere to place the layout... well maybe by next year the space will be available. I have begun designing the layout, it will be fairly simple but should be interesting.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

The Lost Key

There should be more blog posts about typewriters, well here is one anyway. The Lost Key of QWERTY explores a key which had three dots in a vertical line. It appeared on the very earliest commercially successful typewriter, the Remington Number 1, back in 1873 but then vanished on subsequent models and has never been seen since. It certainly isn't on my Brother Deluxe.