Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester



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 →

Social and Anti-Social Transport

Last night I went to see Andi, Maddy, and Storm, for our semi regulare dose of two hot men, Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson. This was not really that well planed (Maddy and I aranged it on Wednesday). The… 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 →

Boats for Sale

Yesterday after reading Maffi’s (nbMillyM) response to nbStarcross’ Post I thought I would have a gander up at Thrupp to have a look at the two boats he mentioned in his post; nb Sir Reginald, nb Cock Robin; yep, still looking for a… 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 →

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

Shit, and I mean that Literally

Walking round the country side, I see a number of these signs on the side of foot paths, they are not very subtile. I am going to stick my neck out, and assume the idiot who did this understands what… Continue Reading →

Number 8 – Culham Cut to Clifton Hampten Bridge – Pt1

I managed it, After last nights aborted attempt to walk from Culham, to Clifton Hampden, I completed the first documented part of my Task 8. Culham is an example of a shrunken village. The manor house and church are meagre… Continue Reading →

Number 8 – Culham Cut to Clifton Hampten Bridge – Delayed

Last night I attempted to walk the above course, its about 6.6 miles all in with about 3.5 of that being Thames Path, however with the weather closing in I stopped the walk just before the Appleford Railway Bridge, however… Continue Reading →

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