Sunday, 14 August 2022

Local trip

With no trains this Saturday i instead had a bus and tram trip. I took the Metro to the new terminus at Edgbaston Village. Then i walked back to Moor Street - on the way having a look at the splendid Bull which featured at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, and then took a bus to Bartley Green. You can see my photos here.

Friday, 12 August 2022

Churches (152) : St Nicholas, Wallasey

The parish church of St Nicholas in Wallasey on the Wirral, despite appearances, dates from the early 20th century. Work began on the church in 1910 and it opened the following year. The plan of the church is in the opposite direction to the usual liturgical direction with the chancel at the West. The church has a central tower, North and South aisles on the nave with transepts. There is a Lady chapel to the South and a vestry to the North.

The church was built out of Storeton sandstone. The church is sometimes known as the Golfer's church due to it's proximity to Wallasey golf club!

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Calculators (12) : Olympia LCD220

A late 1970s calculator with an eight digit LCD display and a pleasingly minimalist black case. The calculator has some mathematical functions like square root as well as the standard four arithmetic basics. As the calculator no longer works i don't know what the switch above C/CE does that can toggle between F, A and 2.

Monday, 8 August 2022


At the weekend i made another trip to Wales, travelling to Machynlleth in West Wales. This is a lovely little town that is well worth a visit. Lots of book and antique shops, i did visit one of the latter but unfortunately no typewriters! You can see my photos here

Friday, 5 August 2022

Churches (151) : St Peter, Mancetter

The parish church of St Peter in Mancetter, Warwickshire dates from the 12th century. Parts of the chancel walls still include original masonry. The nave was remodelled in the 13th century with a North aisle added. A West tower, South aisle and clerestory were added in the 15th. A South porch added in the 17th century.

The church is mainly built from sandstone, though of various types. Part of the chancel is ashlar and coursed stone.

Thursday, 4 August 2022


A day off mid-week meant i could have an extra little trip. I decided to go to Atherstone in Warwickshire. Initially it was just to take photos of trains but as there didn't seem anything that exciting around i headed into the town and updated my photos there, especially of the interesting church. You can see my photos here.

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Model Week : 99

Project #099, a Handley Page Jetstream, is now nearing completion. So, what will project #100 be? I do have a few interesting kits in my backlog but i wonder if i should get something special?

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Calculators (11) : Sharp ELSI MATE EL-8113S

An early scientific calculator from the mid-1970s, built between 1975 and 1976 and an interesting example of how fast the technology in calculators was advancing. The El-8113S could perform trigonometry calculations, logarithms and powers all facilitated by a Hitachi HD3685 microprocessor. An eight digit VFD (vacuum fluorescent display) was provided to show your answers. There was also a switch to change between using degrees or radians.

The EL-8113S was powered by AA batteries or via an external AC adaptor.