Spectrum Next

Some 3.5 years ago, I signed up for a Kickstarter developing the Spectrum Next, a re-imagined version of the ZX Spectrum from 1982. This week the finished product finally arrived! So far, I have to say that I’m impressed by the build quality and operation. There’s a lot more to discover about this retro machine, … [Read more…]

Fujifilm FinePix 6900 Zoom

The last year has been one of decluttering and tidying. In that process, I found my first digital camera – the Fujifilm FinePix 6900 Zoom. I think I purchased this around 2002; the camera was released early 2001. The specifications are interesting, compared with today’s cameras and smartphones. Maximum resolution was 2832 x 2128, producing … [Read more…]

Performance Rights and Big Numbers

This week, the government is holding a hearing on the financials of the music industry, specifically around revenue from streaming compared to other forms of remuneration. This article from Sky News caught my eye, with Gary Numan unhappy that his streaming revenue for 1 million plays was only £37. I suspect that artists and others … [Read more…]

The Problem with Test and Trace

This recent BBC article shines a rather sad light on the state of our community. There’s no excuse for rudeness, but I think we’ve reached this point due to a number of escalating issues that the government chooses never to address. Scam Callers There are real challenges in dealing with scam calls. I receive around … [Read more…]

Name and Shame

I’m not a great fan of the UK Honours system. Too often, honours are granted to those who have literally just done the job they have been paid for. Admittedly, some awards are for inspiring the nation rather than just being there, and Ben Stokes’ amazing finale in the cricket against New Zealand is a … [Read more…]

Should we be reducing our red meat intake?

Although I posted this tweet somewhat tongue-in-cheek, the content of both the BBC News article and the research do raise some important issues.  First is whether reduced red meat consumption would in fact save thousands of lives per year.  I have no doubt that reduced red meat consumption would definitely benefit us all.  The science … [Read more…]

Dark Woods Coffee

I found Dark Woods Coffee through (of all places) Liberty of London.  Liberty has a small groceries section in their store near Carnaby Street and Dark Woods is sold under the Liberty name.  As a result I decided to buy directly, picking the Crow Tree I had before and a new choice – Under Milk … [Read more…]

CD#472 – Speak & Spell – Depeche Mode

Speak and Spell wasn’t an album I had when it first came out.  In fact I only purchased a CD copy a few years ago.  As with most of my music history, I listened to the radio and followed singles.  As a result, tracks like New Life, Just Can’t Get Enough and Dreaming of Me … [Read more…]

CD#370 – The Hurting – Tears for Fears

Which band can bring back memories of being a teenager better than Tears for Fears? Listening to songs for this album transports me instantly back to places and people.  As a teenager I was definitely a singles fan, so put Mad World, Pale Shelter or Change on and I’m there – word perfect. However, I’m … [Read more…]

CD#066 – Full Moon Fever – Tom Petty

It seems quite appropriate to start reviewing and listening to my CD collection in more detail with Tom Petty.  Sadly Tom’s death was announced last week at the age of 66. Wikipedia tells me that the album went gold in the UK with over 100,000 sales.  I’m not sure what directed me to Tom Petty … [Read more…]