• PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - 1d
    <<< Slough & Windsor Railway Society meeting: >>> HS2 is the largest infrastructure project in Europe; conceived to significantly increase railway capacity by moving fast trains from the East Coast, West Coast, and Midland main lines. The project has attracted more than its fair share of controversy: critics will cite ballooning costs and environmental impact; proponents will argue the need for network improvements, the jobs created, and the benefits to the public and the economy. Whatever your viewpoint, HS2 is more than just a high-speed railway line. Keith Hoffmeister, a member of the Chiltern Society, has been photographing the HS2 route ever since the plans were first revealed in 2010. He covered the whole route from Euston to Birmingham and published a DVD in 2012 as part of the Stop HS2 campaign. (Photo: Artist's impression of HS2 train to be built by a Hitachi and Alstom joint venture – December 2021 – Hitachi Rail – Wikimedia Commons CC-by-3.0) Please note that this is a change from the programme advertised in the Triangle magazine earlier in the year. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused. All are welcome. See you there! Please see website (swrs.co.uk) for location and further information, including admission prices and parking charges at the station car park. (There is no post code for our meeting place, but the website has detailed guidance!) Remember that The Manor is easy to reach by train or bus, and is but a short walk from the town centre car parks.
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 15d
    Yorkshire Bylines has been maintaining a list of the upsides to Brexit, and the downsides, all cross-referenced to source articles. Currently their list is standing at 22 'up-sides' and 754 'down-sides'. They are continuing to add to the list, so if you are looking for something specific, this could be a good place to start. https://yorkshirebylines.co.uk/regular-features/the-davis-downside-dossier/
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 22d
    Short notice, but as SBC haven't posted this tweet here... "The Slough Proclamation, marking the beginning of the reign of His Majesty King Charles III, will take place today (Sunday 11 September) in the Town Square, High Street, Slough at 2pm. Residents are welcome to join us for the Proclamation by the Mayor of Slough. " https://twitter.com/SloughCouncil/status/1568888702935437312?t=3YuyALVPmSoaPMVmmSPaag&s=19
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 27d
    Slough & Windsor Railway Society meeting: To the north west of Slough, on the border between Berks and Bucks, Burnham and Taplow, on the banks of the River Thames, lies a country house and estate that has played a major role in the history of this country. When Frank is not on duty as SWRS Secretary he spends his time as one of the Volunteer National Trust Historians at the Cliveden Estate. Tonight, the 350+ years of the Mansion estate will be explained. A place known for Power, Politics and Passion with a little bit of scandal. The talk will cover the history from the beginning up to the current day. All are welcome. See you there! Please see website (www.swrs.co.uk) for location and further information, including admission prices and parking charges at the station car park. (There is no post code for our meeting place, but the website has detailed guidance!) Remember that The Manor is easy to reach by train or bus, and is but a short walk from the town centre car parks.
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 1mo
    On my rare forays into Scooploop these days I am often criticised for quoting James O'Brien, or the Guardian; for being 'leftish', and for criticising the newsworthiness or political stance of such 'august' organs as the Daily Mail. I am told that our absent PM, Mr Johnson, is still doing a bang-up job, got all the big calls right, and is beyond reproach; that the current government is the answer to all the country's woes (rather than the cause), and has our best interests, rather than their's, at heart. Well, I was delighted to find this article - written by a businessman - that entirely supports what the other people I trust are telling me. OK, so I could be criticised for 'confirmation bias', but here's an independent source also describing how 12 years of Tory rule has completely stuffed-up* this country. (*Language moderated for publication!) https://www.hospitalityandcateringnews.com/2022/08/the-absurdity-of-british-politics-what-happened-to-politics-for-the-common-good/
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 7mo
    An evening of great interest to local historians and railway enthusiasts alike: archive photographs of the railways in and around Slough, also featuring the Slough Trading Estate railway (where locos No.3 and No.5 worked). John Coke will be showing photographs from his and the Society's collections, and from any members who can bring them along. All are welcome. See you there! Directions to The Manor, and other details, may be found at our website: swrs.co.uk/swrsweb/index.html Please see the Programme page for the latest information: swrs.co.uk/swrsweb/html/event_calenda... Remember that The Manor is easy to reach by train or bus, and is but a short walk from the town centre car parks.
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 7mo
    I've just posted an event to my local loop. The layout in the editor uses white space (blank lines) to separate paragraphs. On publishing, all the white space is ignored, resulting in a single slab of almost unintelligible text. (Well, you can read it, of course, but the important context added by separating text into paragraphs is lost.) This really isn't good enough. Could it be fixed, soon, please? This is the event: https://www.scooploop.com/thread/swrs-autism-awareness-hattie-frankl-cumbrian-camera-john-coke
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 7mo
    Slough & Windsor Railway Society meeting this Friday: Autism Awareness (Hattie Frankl) + Cumbrian Camera (John Coke) 'Two for the price of one', this week, from our social events team... In the first half, Hattie Frankl will be telling us about the characteristics of autism, and her personal experience as someone on the autism spectrum. (It is considered that over 1% of the population are on the autism spectrum, therefore it is useful for everyone to have an understanding of the condition.) In the second half, John Coke will be showing a 40-minute silent home movie taken in Cumbria during 1963-1970. Starting at Shap, there are also fine views of the last steam workings out of Manchester Victoria. Directions to The Manor, and other details, may be found at our website: http://www.swrs.co.uk/swrsweb/index.html Please see the Programme page for the latest information: http://www.swrs.co.uk/swrsweb/html/event_calendar.html
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 9mo
    With the current "one rule for us, another rule for all of you" leadership, are we heading towards anarchy? (Warning: contains offensive language.) https://twitter.com/RATM/status/1469663103898075138?t=RdzsbHacU9UButaHcaiZuA=19
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 9mo
    There is now no doubt that Boris Johnson and his staff were enjoying illegal parties while the public were instructed to not socialise during the covid restrictions last year. Journalists from the BBC and ITV News have been at the forefront of uncovering the rule-breaking that took place at Downing Street last Christmas. The BBC's Ros Atkins has posted this series of videos which reveals the timeline of events, and the serious journalism that uncovered the goings-on. Its worth watching, if only to confirm that the claims are not mere idle speculation. The BBC at its best, and precisely why the government wants to have a tighter control of its editorial policy. https://twitter.com/BBCRosAtkins/status/1469711096449798146?t=Skwn369gObIpJN1qyWlDZw&s=19
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 9mo
    Literally! Not photoshopped. Seen on M40 bridge near High Wycombe this morning.
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 10mo
    It can take a very long time to work through a day's-worth of notifications after I've finished a shift, or been offline for other reasons. It would be very useful if we could mark posts as 'Read' from the menu in the loop view. That way, we could open the loop and work down the posts, marking the ones we aren't interested-in as 'Read'. Yes, you can do this from Notifications, but the truncated post title in the notification -- and especially all those annoying posts that don't have a title at all -- means that to know what the post is about, you have to open every single one. You can, of course, preview them in Loop view, but you still have to open them to mark them as read, even if you don't want to read them. Incidentally, this is even more needed for the Android app, where 'Mark as read' functionality is sub-par (it often doesn't detect that you have read something, particularly if you have opened it from a notification alert). While you're at, it would be helpful (on occasions) to reverse this, ie mark a thread as 'un-read'. This particularly applies when you accidentally brush 'Mark all as read' in the app, which I have done a couple of times! I've mocked-up a couple of menus to give some ideas. The icons are fa-book and fa-book-alt, although you might know better ones to use.
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 10mo
    I am annoyed to admit that, as a rail enthusiast, up until last week I was still labouring under the impression that HS2 was simply another high speed railway line -- same sort of idea as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link -- fast trains, dedicated track, limited stops. How wrong I was. The main purpose of HS2 (as a whole) is to add new capacity to the rail network. Capacity that will allow the express trains currently using the West Coast Main Line, the Midland Main Line, and the East Coast Main Line to be diverted, freeing up vast numbers of train paths on the existing network. As Nigel Harris, editor of RAIL Magazine, explains in this comment piece, high speed trains require a great deal of space in front of them in order that they may stop safely should the need arise. If this train is taken off the existing network and onto a new route, several more trains, whether local or stopping passenger, or freight, can use its space instead. This is way more effective than trying to increase capacity by small changes to the existing network, since such improvements are only at best tweaks to a system which is already near full capacity. This is not a short read, but that's because it's written by an expert, not a politician. Nigel Harris knows his stuff, and gives a detailed critique of the negative social, political, and transport effects that cancelling HS2E will cause. https://www.railmagazine.com/research-hub/comment/2021/09/06/an-act-of-betrayal-by-the-pm (Make sure you click on the '2' to continue reading the second page!)
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 10mo
    This is a serious request. I'm hoping that someone in this loop, whether techy or non-techy, knows of a charger for NiMH rechargeable batteries that can charge a set of three AAA cells. I only use rechargeable batteries now (for AA/AAA sizes). I have several torches that are powered by three AAAs, but all the chargers that I have seen can only charge 2 or 4 cells, thus requiring faffing about when charging is needed. Anyone? [Update: The thread below offers a number of suggestions if you are looking for something like this. I am going to hunt down a discontinued version of Duracell's CEF22, as it seems to be ideal for my needs.]
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - 10mo
    An illustrated talk to Slough & Windsor Railway Society. Taking to the water this time, Colin will be giving a presentation about three pretty amazing 'Maritime Adventures': 1) A trip to Dubai in November 2018, primarily to visit and stay on board the hotel ship 'Queen Elizabeth 2' in Port Rashid. 2) A cruise up the Amazon in February 2018, all the way to Manaus and back, on board Fred. Olsen's MV 'Braemar' (pictured). 3) A northbound trip on the Norwegian Coastal in April 2014, on board Hurtigruten's wonderful heritage ship MS 'Lofoten'. Regulars of The Manor will remember Colin from his talks about foreign railtours he has organised for the Locomotive Club of Great Britain (LCGB). Please see the Programme page for the latest information, including directions to The Manor (at Slough Station): http://www.swrs.co.uk/swrsweb/html/event_calendar.html
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 10mo
    Has the Royal British Legion published any comment about the sustainability of the traditional paper-and-plastic poppies that we have all bought annually since the year dot? I haven't researched this, but in terms of avoiding single-use plastic, surely the traditional poppy is an obvious target? Is there an environmentally-friendly alternative, or are the days of poppy-sellers numbered? (I know there are many 'posh' poppies, such as enamelled brooches, available, but these are one-off purchases. The 'disposable' poppy is an annual reminder and encouragement to donate.)
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 10mo
    A message to the Prime Minister from Led By Donkeys. (It's an amusing /depressing watch, but only a minute or so.) https://fb.watch/99-QfIjuJ5/
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 11mo
    70 years ago today on the 31st of October 1951, Zebra crossings came into use for the first time in England and in the UK as the first official zebra crossing started protecting pedestrians in Slough High Street. Post-war Britain had only 10 percent of its current road traffic, but fatalities were mounting. The typical pedestrian crossing was marked with nothing more than metal studs in the road: easy for pedestrians to see, but difficult for the motorist. By the time a driver felt the bumps under his tyres, it was usually too late to stop or slow down. The government's Transport Research Laboratory ran visibility experiments on new types of crossings, using model roads at 1/24 scale (a half-inch to the foot). The lab then tested a variety of designs at a thousand locations starting in 1949. Broad black and white stripes had the most visual impact. The new striped crossings were made the legal standard in Britain and widely introduced in late 1951, starting at Slough. Pedestrian deaths dropped 11 percent in the first year. Jim Callaghan, Member of Parliament (and later prime minister), visited the lab in 1948 and is sometimes credited with first noting the crossing's resemblance to a zebra. Despite Callaghan's saying in 1951 that he didn't remember doing that, no one else has ever claimed credit, and the name zebra crossing caught on.
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 11mo
    Do take a look at this amusing tweet from Talk Radio host Mike Graham. He tries to interview a very sensible chap from Insulate Britain and makes a compete prat of himself - and then publishes it on Twitter! The replies are wonderful, especially the 'giraffe'. (It's only a minute long.) https://twitter.com/talkRADIO/status/1452892180301889538?t=y1NKbBXV_g1iIT8hMr_Cwg&s=19
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - 11mo
    A week or so back I had the great pleasure of watching "The Importance of Being Earnest" at a delightful theatre above a very nice pub in Kennington. Before the show, I enjoyed a couple of pints of Proper Job, and a delicious meal of venison sausages and colcannon mash, served with ale gravy and a strip of pork crackling. I must say that the staff at The White Bear were extremely friendly, and the food was lovely. It was not cheap -- didn't see much change from twenty quid -- but the quality was superb, and you don't begrudge paying a decent whack for flavoursome food prepared by someone clearly skilled at the art. (Booking is usually advisable, although I was very early and almost had the place to myself!) The theatre is a curiosity, but as I have found, far from unique in London. Directly above the main bar is an L-shaped room seating about fifty people. The walls, ceiling, floor, and even the seats, are all black, with an intriguing tangle of audio-visual paraphernalia suspended above our heads. The stage, if you can call it that, is just the clear space in the corner. 'Intimate' would be one word to describe it, but its compact form is just right for small scale theatre and comedy, and there's a regular programme of shows put on. This was my introduction to Oscar Wilde, and a very enjoyable evening it was too. The White Bear 138 Kennington Park Rd, London SE11 4DJ https://www.whitebearkennington.co.uk/
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 11mo
    Past the castle and down the High Street, beyond the Guildhall, you will find a little coffee shop called Clairmont's. Calls itself an 'Alco-Chino Bar', whatever that is... I simply wanted to say that they are very friendly there and do fantastic coffee! (I haven't tried the food, but I'm sure that is wonderful too.) The address is 5 High St, Windsor SL4 1LD. Why don't you give the big names a miss next time you want a coffee and pop over to support your local business instead? [Photo by Flora Dupont, 2017]
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - 11mo
    Did you know that Datchet holds a beer festival? I didn't until I saw the banners around the village, yet it's been going since 2009, and it's on next weekend. It takes place at Datchet Village Hall, which is about ten minutes from the railway station, so rather than the dangers of driving there you can catch the trains via Windsor. (Staggering back up Castle Hill might be a challenge!) The Saturday evening is already sold out, but there are tickets for the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions. They expect to have over 20 local ales and ciders available. Further details at the SL event here: https://www.scooploop.com/thread/datchet-beer-festival
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - 11mo
    Datchet Beer Festival was conceived back in 2009 by a trio of local beer lovers. Twelve years on, the 2021 festival will offer the WIDEST selection of beer - over 20 real ales and ciders, sourced from established and brand new local breweries within just a few short miles of Datchet village... and two or three from a little further afield. From such humble beginnings the 2021 festival is set to see over 600 people attend during the two days - so make sure you are one of them! (NB -- Saturday evening already SOLD OUT!) https://www.datchetbeerfestival.co.uk/
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - 11mo
    Slough Town FC take on Bath City FC at Arbour Park stadium on 26th Oct, in their next Vanarama National League South game. Supporters aged 18 and under can watch Tuesday evening's home match against Bath City FC for 𝙁𝙍𝙀𝙀 if accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the turnstiles. https://sloughtownfc.net/article/2527/Special-offer-for-Bath-City-match
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - 11mo
    Last week SBC posted this update about the green bin collection service. https://www.scooploop.com/thread/winter-break-for-green-bin-collections This year, green bin collections will be paused between November and March. I can understand this as a cost-saving exercise, and I'd rather this than them start charging for collection, BUT, I realised I have only two more collections THIS YEAR and there's loads of gardening still needs doing!! So, my title is an exhortation to get outside and make the most of your remaining bin collections!!!
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 11mo
    Boris Johnson claims his government are aiming for a “high-skill, high-wage” economy, but is that really feasible? I was prompted to write having stumbled across this article from the Australian Times. It's always interesting, and often unnerving, to read how us Brits are seen by foreign eyes. Johnson's ideal, it would seem, will require such fundamental changes in benefits and the way work works that it might just remain a pipe dream. https://www.australiantimes.co.uk/news/why-boris-johnsons-plans-for-a-high-wage-economy-require-a-major-shift-in-the-way-british-business-works/
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - 11mo
    I think this is a great idea... Rather than the American Halloween tradition of 'trick or treat' (demanding sweets from your friends or neighbours), Hackney residents collect foodstuffs for their local foodbank. Last year they collected five tonnes of food! Perhaps something for your Halloween party to consider for Slough Food Bank? Read about it here: https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2021/10/12/trick-or-eat-halloween-hackney-foodbank/
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 11mo
    This should be sounding alarm bells for the community, not just in the Slough-Eton-Windsor area, but nationally. Eton College were ahead of the game in March 2020 when they closed down weeks ahead of government instruction for state schools to do the same. Cases of Covid are still rocketing in this country, 45,000 last Thursday alone -- that's 45,000 new cases in one day -- with 800 hospitalisations, and 100 deaths, per day. The UK tops the league tables for Covid, and that's not a great place to be. (Why is the government still pretending that all is hunky-dory?) https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/eton-college-covid-lockdown-students-b960669.html
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 11mo
    ...inside the box, Schrödinger's cat plans its revenge.
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - 11mo
    I took these photos in August, so I hope it's still there. Someone put a great deal of time and love into making this. (Just by the doctor's surgery in Stoke Poges.)
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 12mo
    Just found this new Wikipedia article. Yes, the John Oliver in the title is the British-American comedian who has a late-night show on US television! It's a short but amusing read. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Oliver_Memorial_Sewer_Plant
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - 12mo
    This is a revealing (non techy) article about long distance Internet data traffic, who owns the cables, and why. Useful general knowledge for the tech-minded. https://www.wired.co.uk/article/facebook-google-subsea-cables
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - 12mo
    This is an interesting article, posted by SLBroadcast from The Entrepeneur loop, but the summary presented is too short and doesn't really make sense. The full summary presents a much more compelling reason to read the article. The full summary is: "The linearity and pragmatism of technology and operations professionals seem diametrically opposed to the abstract thinking and future-focus of entrepreneurs. But the opposition makes them uniquely suited to high-achieving collaboration." Just wondering if it is Scooploop's processing, or the length of the text presented by the source page, that truncates the summary excessively. (Ignore the additional truncation of the internal link text below (that's not the issue!) and follow the link.) https://www.scooploop.com/thread/why-entrepreneurs-and-tech-ops-professionals-make-a-powerful-team
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough - updated 12mo
    Apparently, Microsoft have been a bit naughty, again, and Windows 11 is unhelpful if you want to use a browser other than MS Edge. This Article was presented to me today and is straight forward to follow, so I thought it would be helpful for others. (The process isn't difficult, but it is tedious.) I haven't needed this myself yet, but here it is for when we do. https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-change-your-browser-in-windows-11/

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