Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester



Coate Water Railway with @MiniBoyGeek 

Today MiniBoyGeek, Tas, and little lion went for a dog walk down to Coate Water, in Swindon. Being it was a Sunday with nice weather North Wilts Model Engineering Society were running trains at the Coate Water Miniature Railway. This… Continue Reading →

Steampunk in Swindon

Tas, MiniBoyGeek and I had a quick walk round the Steam Punk Spectacular at the Swindon Steam Museum (will have to do Photos of that some other time). Podpad Studios were there with some of their cool steampunk stuff, and… Continue Reading →

First Urbex at South Marston Hotel, Swindon

Recently we found ourselves in Swindon, Joe offered us a free Urbex (Urban Exploration) trip round the old South Marston Hotel (Joe’s previous visit), I didn’t get many photos, but next time I do an Urbex I will :). I… Continue Reading →

Up a windy hill

Barbury Castle is an Iron Age hill fort situated in Wiltshire, England. It is one of several such forts found along the ancient Ridgeway route. The site, which lies within the Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has been… 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 →

The Tail of one CITY^H^H^H^H Town

I am reading the Swindon Masterplan Report (Draft Rev C), while the document is not all about canals; in fact very little of it is about canals, the Swindon Evening Advertiser would have you believe it was a well supported plan… Continue Reading →

Canals of Swindon

Swindon Borough Council, have been writing consultations again, The Swindon Advertiser reported “Residents want canal back in town centre masterplan” [link]. THE GRAND plan for an overhaul of Swindon town centre could be set to get its own makeover –… Continue Reading →

Dealing with Spam

Since spending a fair amount of time in Swindon, and having the following on my Parents front door I Still win the following: The Swindon Star The Swindon Star is a weekly free newspaper, well-established in the community and packed… Continue Reading →

Return of the Marauder

My Suzuki Marauder has turned up;  it was stolen from Random Zero’s way back in September of last year; Random Zero and I are waiting for the police to give us full details on the muppit who stole her, with… Continue Reading →

Macintosh SE/30 and System 7

While at CCFE they were going through a time of clearing out random things that hadn’t been used in years; I came across a Macintosh SE/30 The Macintosh SE/30 is a personal computer that was designed, manufactured and sold by Apple Computer, Inc. from… Continue Reading →

Train and Cost

Tomorrow I start a new job in Staverton (near Staverton Airport) its a small village between Cheltenham and Gloucester Swindon to Staverton by Car takes 56 minutes and is 37.1 miles (according to google) and according to This journey would… Continue Reading →

Skilling up

Last time I was without employment (back before CCFE) I managed to get an SL2 form from the Job Centre, and I used it to get my CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme), and my 17th Edition (BS7671 IEE Wiring… Continue Reading →

The Other way on the Wilts and Berks

This is my wondering the other way along the Wilts and Berks Canal from Purton Road Bridge into West Swindon, this should be from just south of the number 5. The Cycle path at this point crosses the line of the… Continue Reading →

Walk along the Wilts and Berks Canal

For those of you who played Guess where, this is the post that will answer that. Over on nbtheGreenMan’s blog Suzanne has been blogging about her wondering the Wilts & Berks Canal, Her post and photos are of the Abingdon… Continue Reading →

New Doctors and 0844 – Response

Further to my letter to the North Swindon Practice at Home Ground Surgery, Thames Avenue, Swindon, SN25 1QQ, I got this letter back from Chris: What she doesnt say in this is that 01793 705 783 maps to 08444 996 631 directly and places… Continue Reading →

New Doctors and 0844

I have moved back to Swindon, and due to continuing requirment to engage with the health care profession; I needed to register with a new Doctors, I have registered with the North Swindon Practice at Home Ground Surgery, who list 08444 996… 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 →

Stolen Suzuki Marauder

My Suzuki Marauder has been stolen from my Friends Garage in Penhill, Swindon. Suzuki Marauder Gz125 reg V937GLH Also stolen was Azz’s Kawasaki Klr 250 reg J706MLF If you have any details please contact me; or contact Wiltshire Police Crime ref 54110079557

Looking at Boats

This weekend I have been in Swindon, and after the fun events of Saturday, I was sitting watching TV with Parents; well they were watching TV, I was playing on the computer, and at this point there should be a… Continue Reading →

Didcot Railway Centre

Today Helen and I went to the Didcot Railway Centre; home of the The Great Western Society; who were offered the use of the Didcot Motive Power Depot site, and they took over the site in 1967. The society has a comprehensive… Continue Reading →

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