The well-organised collector has all their items suitably
filed & annotated, so that they can be found when
required. Alas, even with five categories on this site,
there are a few items which don’t really fit anywhere else.
That’s why they’re here!
A COUPLE OF POST CARDS WHICH EMBODY HISTORY.
23rd February 2016. Sorting put a few post cards bought last autumn, prior to
filing them, I thought these two were worthy of publication, in view of their content.
CHRISTMAS 2015. NOVELTY ITEM: A CHEMICAL TREE.
1st January 2015. My kids got me this excellent Chemical Tree – a variant on the old Chemical Garden.
The instructions were quite difficult to decipher!
THE DIFFICULTIES OF MAKING UP PASSWORDS FOR THE INTERNET.
2nd January 2015. I am old now, and can just about remember two PINs. We have to write down actual Passwords,
especially now it is quite hard to get one of a sufficiently high strength!
SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GO TO A COIN FAIR?
14th December 2014. After a long interval, a new page about coin tokens in Birmingham, 1811-1812. Very boring, I promise you!
ERECTING A PALRAM ‘HARMONY’ 6' x 4' GREENHOUSE.
31st March 2014. At last a small greenhouse is ours! These images made during the erection of it might prove useful to other purchasers?
TWO COINS OF KING VICTOR EMANUEL II.
September 2012. We return to the local coin, banknote & antiquities fair in search of more ad hoc history…
COME TO THAT, WHAT’S IN A POSTAGE STAMP?
An enjoyable few hours with coins of Napoleon III prompted us to look at our
small accumulation of Imperial Russian postage stamps.
WHAT’S IN A COIN?
A casual visit to a coin, bank-note & antiquities fair got our imagination going.
Q: What price History? A: Very reasonable indeed!
THE GREAT 1mm PENCIL LEAD MYSTERY.
Why can’t we easily get 1mm leads for our propelling pencils any more? Including some pencils only a few years old?
Also, how success was finally attained with the kind help of a sympathetic correspondent from Italy!
THE SHED FIGHTS BACK!
May 2008. some problems still remain with utilising The Shed, even though it has been ‘cleared’.
CLEARING THE SHED.
There is a small shed at the top left hand corner of my garden. After moving into this house in September 2007,
the task of clearing its contents was finally undertaken on a bright Spring day in late March 2008.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PENNY.
This coin, approximately 1,600 years old & yet of no especial value, set in motion a train of thought
which I decided to record here. Also, it tells you how you can make very cheap but effective cuff-links. ☺
THE ROCK MEN SPEAK FORWARDS!
In the third and final Flash Gordon cinema serial (1940), Flash & Co. meet the Rock Men. They speak backwards,
so we tried to make them speak forwards… Did we succeed? Just click the picture to find out!
It’s true that this page already is a repository for ‘odd things’. But I just read something that struck me as being
so remarkable, that it ought to go here, so have started this further sub-section to house it,
and any other similar things that may turn up.
§1 The amazing ‘homing instinct’ of an ass. 1816.
§2 An email from me to my ex-wife (2007) concerning financial institutions.
§3 An extract from Cosima Wagner’s diary (1880) concerning the ‘homing instinct’ of a dog.
§4 An extract (1826) from the diary of a Cotswold clergyman, describing a kite-propelled vehicle.
STRANGE ‘CLOCKWORK’ DEVICE.
This old – probably circa 1930s/40s – device we saw on eBay attracted us because the seller
stated unequivocally, that he could not conceive any purpose it might have served.
Having acquired it, neither can we! How about you? 8^)