Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester



Hippy’s cause trouble

Some of you may think I have some hippy tendancys; being that I live on a boat, and that I plan to be as off grid as I can, bma and I have over a number of years had a smiler talk;… Continue Reading →

Jobless Skippy is Sans Job

Things sort of went quite badly last weekend; and I did something silly on Monday evening, on Tuesday Morning I went to my GP and talked to him, He gave me a prescription for Citalopram and looked into setting up a… Continue Reading →

Book 27 – Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple is a work book. One of the fun things I have been involved with is the long running Alfresco vrs Microsoft SharePoint Fiasco, Recently we have finally decided on using MicroSoft SharePoint Foundations rather… Continue Reading →


MASCOT is one of those weird things we have at work; (Italian: MAniplatore Servo COntrollato Transistosissato / English: Transistorised Servo Controlled Manipulator). its the in vessel remote controlled robotic arm for JET, there are two, one that I Photographed, that… Continue Reading →

MAST tour

Last week Peter took a group of people for a look round MAST (Mega Ampere Spherical Tokamak), MAST like JET (JET Tourus Hall Photos) is a Nuclear Fusion Reactor, unlike JET however MAST is a Spherical Tokamak, making it smaller;… Continue Reading →

JET Torus Hall

During the last JET Shutdown, Mark Woollard mounted a digital camera inside the JET Torus Hall to record the working activities of the Shutdown. Over the course of the Shutdown the camera captured about 32,000 still images. These Images have… Continue Reading →

CCFE Flywheels; Revisited.

At work today, we had a work tour of the flywheels; that I have previously mentioned; The Flywheel Generator Converter (FGC) works in a similar manner to the alternator in a car, the rotating part of the Generator carries the… Continue Reading →

CCFE Flywheels

  At Culham Centre for Fusion Energy we have a number of really cool things; Including some very very large power requirments (we are one of about 13 National Grid customers on our own 400 kV feeds). When JET is… Continue Reading →

Didcot Power Stations Tours

On Friday, Organised and went to the two Didcot Power stations with a group of people from work, there is a third power station on the Didcot site; however that is mostly un-used; or used as emergency backup. Map of Didcot RWE npower the… Continue Reading →

Number 8 – Abingdon to The Railway bridge

Abingdon is a charming riverside town with many fine buildings including the majestic County Hall in the market place. This was built when Abingdon was Berkshire’s County Town . The town was once dominated by the Abbey, then the most… Continue Reading →

Number 8 – Culham Cut to Clifton Hampten Bridge – Pt2

This is a continuation of part one, of task 8. On the north bank; by a tree is a GeoCach

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