I used to like Birmingham New Street Station for it’s simplicity. It had a big, wide corridor with excalators to platform level on one side and stairs on the other, and it wasn’t confusing at all.
Then came the Grand Central development, which involved spending millions to turn from a station with a shopping center above it, into a, and work with me on this, a station with a shopping center above it.
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A lot of schools use the cheap PMR446 radios that are available. They use them to control traffic on-site, control student flow about the buildings, and to announce when students are being let out.
It is all against Safeguarding Guidelines, and this is why:
From my experience, Schools do not know how radios work.
On PMR446 there are “Channels” and “Privacy Codes”.
So you can set your radio to channel 7, Privacy Code 4 (or whatever), and think that nobody else can hear you.
Well, it doesn’t work like that.
Anyone who spent about a fiver on a crap radio can hear what you are discussing.
Everything you say, about every pupil, is being broadcast.
Using AI to generatean idea for the 14th Doctor, Donna and Mel on Earth…
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The last words of Part 1 were “Obviously I have to check these measurements with a mock-up before I start cutting things to the wrong size.”
And, yes, when making the mock-up I forgot to account for the 5mm between the rail edge and sleeper edge.
Continue reading Fleetwood Street OO Model Tramway – Version 2 – Part 2
Ok Wales, has dropped the speed limit to 20mph in built up areas. Deal with it. It is probably a good idea. I live in a 20mph zone, and I don’t moan about it. I moan about the pricks the belt down it too fast, park across my driveway waiting for their precious kids from the school 400yds away, but not the speed limit. Anyway…
My issue is with comment by Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, and a man who has clearly no concept of speed, time, distance, or arithmetic .
“It’s going to take you a minute longer to make your journey, and we will save 10 people’s lives in Wales every year as a result of that one minute contribution – it doesn’t seem an unfair bargain,” said Mark Drakeford.
The bit I’m interested in is:
“It’s going to take you a minute longer to make your journey” said Mark Drakeford.
No, Mark, it isn’t. It is going to be one minute per mile. Get your numbers right.
It is the 21st Century. I’m still playing a game that was released in 1994, Transport Tycoon. Well, almost, but not exactly. Really I’m playing OpenTTD, which was first released in 2004. So, either I’m playing a 30 year old game, or a 20 year old game.
And finally, after 20, maybe 30 years, I’m releasing a scenario for it.
So it had better be good, hadn’t it?
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A bit of a ramble coming on, but at least it isn’t a rant.
Ancient Greece is responsible for my car looking like it has done the Paris-Dakar Rally. Well, not exactly, as it isn’t full of bullet holes, but you’ll have to work with me on this…
Continue reading Ancient Greeks and the state of my car