Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester



High above Manchester & Hacman

A long while ago, I managed to get high above Manchester, not High as in on drugs mind you, but as in a long way above ground. And at the weekend just gone I had a look around an old… Continue Reading →

With @MiniBoyGeek on big trains

Today I took MiniBoyGeek out on the big trains from New Mills Newtown to Manchester Piccadilly, on a Northern Rail train much much older than him (pre privatisation).

Manchester #MakerFest 2015

I missed out on Day 1 of Makerfest as I was working on Saturday. but here are the photos from Sunday:  

More signs than chains of path

Following on from the plans to put a path in between the Chips building (Ancoats) and New Islington Tram stop , over the Ashton canal,  this is what they have managed to achieve! A chain is 22 yards! the path… Continue Reading →

MCM comic con Manchester

New Islington Free School

Over the weekend I received a letter from Julie Roscoe (head of planning at Manchester City Council) informing me that application number 104709/FO/2014/N1: “erection of a part 2, part single story building to form a new 2-form entry school with… Continue Reading →

You want them to park where…?

Way way back in my original post about the New Islington Free School on the land adjacent to Cotton Fields I touched on the suggested roads used for dropping off the kids. Am I the only one who can’t see… Continue Reading →

Best laid plans of planners and builders…

From my recent post about the planned school for the land at New Islington Marina / Cotton Fields in Manchester, you may recognise this diagram from the planning submission: Now the cunningly awake ones of you will have seen in… Continue Reading →

New Islington School Planning Permission

There is a cunning plan under Planning Application number 104709/FO/2014/N1 for a school in New Islington, next to the Marina at Cotton Fields in Ancoats in Manchester. Dear Sirs, I am writing to put forward my views on the Planning… Continue Reading →

Cosplay with jake

Down at hackspace today jake and I had a go at taking the eMac to bits. Jake is a bit of a cos play geek 🙂 This is the old eMac that is being turned into the helmet for his… Continue Reading →

Taking a Bike on a Virgin

For the last while me and my bike have been traveling between Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe, Virgin run an hourly service between these two stations using Class 390 Pendolino Stock, with most of the sets being brought into service between… Continue Reading →

Double Diamond Construction duty of care

Yesterday while on my way to work cycling towards this junction This “gentlemen” In this van Decided that undertaking me (he must have been right on the kerb) (right hand lane to go strait over) before the lane split, then… Continue Reading →

Broken Prop Shaft

A while ago (it has taken me a while to post this) there was a horrible crunching noise coming from under our back cabin floor. normal it makes less horrible whirring noises, as under there lives our prop shaft. It… Continue Reading →

On Continues Cruising and JSA

my contract with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) has not been renewed, so for fun I am now without a job, one of the things however I am allowed to do in the UK while applying for work… Continue Reading →

Manchester from up high

Cunning Plans

There is a cunning plan, and that cunning plan is to escape… escape the west, heading east we plan to first go… um… west to Llangollen, because b0atg1rl has never done the Llangollen Arm of the Shropshire Union canal (bit of… Continue Reading →

An update

It’s been a fair while since I last wrote an update to my blog; back then b0atg1rl and I were looking for a boat; since then we have bought ourselves a 58ft Semi-Trad called nbSteven (the name will be changed when… Continue Reading →

Trains and Cost – Part 3: Public Investment v Wasteful Subsidy

In 2011 passengers contributed about £6.5bn and taxpayers £4bn a year to the running of the railways (ref). Now I will be the first to admit I don’t like how the Rail Network is set up at current [1, and 2]. However… Continue Reading →

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