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Arisen from the ashes

This website ‘was’ once the product of twenty years work. I say ‘was’ because with the swipe of a hand my hosting provider deleted my account and their account backup and all my own backups failed.

My entire website had been wiped out in December 2015. It was huge containing media that would have kept you coming back for months.

The rise from the ashes in 2016 cannot recover a lifetime of work and so this humble little site of mine exists for posterity with the aim of one day becoming just as wonderful as the original site.

# Hash before a link means it’s not ready yet.

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LED Tape Strip Lights

There’s a huge range of LED strip light and tape; splash-proof, waterproof and colour-changing options. They are easy to install and energy efficient. Also known as LED tape or ribbon, once installed the whole strip works as one continuous light.

The origin of a supply

A trend in fires caused by moulded thermoplastic consumer units has led to regulatory amendment to address the danger. This article discusses the technical aspect of source of installation enclosures.

What are Minor Works

In simple terms, notifiable work such as fitting a new consumer unit requires a certificate from your electrician and a certificate from building control whereas work that is not notifiable to building control, is recorded on a minor works certificate.

What Part P work is Notifiable

Part P applies standards for the safe installation of electrical systems in residential buildings and makes it a legal requirement that: “Reasonable provision shall be made in the design and installation of electrical installations in order to protect persons.

Segregation of Emergency Circuits

A UPS system is usually ‘optional’ wiring whereas fire and EM lighting are a ‘legal’ requirement and need to be dedicated entirely for that purpose. If sharing containment then they must be segregated. Wiring for ‘legally’ required standby loads are permitted in the same run or enclosure with other general wiring (701.10).

The thrill of Taipei

Taiwan is a small island nation 180km east of China with modern cities, traditional Chinese temples, hot springs resorts and dramatic mountainous terrain. This post takes a snapshot view at the capital Taipai City.

3 reasons to stay and look around

Content

Content includes varied topics from wildlife to space exploration and great photos. My personal interests have fuller sections devoted to culinary, architecture and ancient history.

Blog

A Blog with some great posts. You can subscribe to the RSS feed so that new material will be available to you when it is first posted on this site.

You Decide

Errrm, let me see, I’ll leave it for you to come up with the third reason why you would want to look around this website.

where I Live – The Archway

category: about me

Despite Archway being a shithole I’ve been here for most of my life. Lately it has finally been recognised as a significant place worthy of investment by the uncaring Council but not down to its unappreciated history but due to the commercial value and real estate revenue for property developers.

What was once, and still is a major London gateway to the North, was unforgivably turned into a carbuncle gyratory by the 1960s head-in-a-cloud-cookoo-land town planners – history has simply repeated itself. The landscape pirates that created the roundabout and the tower are back having removed the roundabout and narrowed the through traffic to one lane. But the folk of our past left their mark and their story is all that remains for posterity, as surely even St Joseph’s will become luxury flats in due course.

where I Live – The Archway

category: about me

Despite Archway being a shithole I’ve been here for most of my life. Lately it has finally been recognised as a significant place worthy of investment by the uncaring Council but not down to its unappreciated history but due to the commercial value and real estate revenue for property developers.

What was once, and still is a major London gateway to the North, was unforgivably turned into a carbuncle gyratory by the 1960s head-in-a-cloud-cookoo-land town planners – history has simply repeated itself. The landscape pirates that created the roundabout and the tower are back having removed the roundabout and narrowed the through traffic to one lane. But the folk of our past left their mark and their story is all that remains for posterity, as surely even St Joseph’s will become luxury flats in due course.

Feature 1 – Pakistan in 29 Days

category: humour

The Guru Aziz seeking spiritual enlightenment, sets out on an epic journey of discovery to Pakistan, which he believes to be the craddle of wisdom that once emerged from ancient civilisations along the Indus Valley. The story is told in over 600 scenes and by the end of it, you will truly have a flavour of Pakistan and an insight into one of the most dangerous places on earth to be at.

The Guru lands in Karachi, the southern tip of Pakistan, and travels towards the Capital of Islamabad at the northern tip. With the Indus River cutting through the centre of Pakistan, the country has a turbulent West with the provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a milder East of Sindh and Punjab. Mr Aziz chooses the Eastern route, not least because the Punjab is his main interest, and the subject matter of his current book about this region of the South Asian sub-continent.

Feature 1 – Pakistan in 29 Days

category: humour

The Guru Aziz seeking spiritual enlightenment, sets out on an epic journey of discovery to Pakistan, which he believes to be the craddle of wisdom that once emerged from ancient civilisations along the Indus Valley. The story is told in over 600 scenes and by the end of it, you will truly have a flavour of Pakistan and an insight into one of the most dangerous places on earth to be at.

The Guru lands in Karachi, the southern tip of Pakistan, and travels towards the Capital of Islamabad at the northern tip. With the Indus River cutting through the centre of Pakistan, the country has a turbulent West with the provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a milder East of Sindh and Punjab. Mr Aziz chooses the Eastern route, not least because the Punjab is his main interest, and the subject matter of his current book about this region of the South Asian sub-continent.

Feature 2 – The 60s lifestyle

category: culinary

The 40s 50s and 60s were wonderfully nostalgic times. From the greatest world war ever enacted during the 40s, through the austerity and rock & roll years of the 50s, and the introduction of everyday kitchen appliances and household comforts that forever changed the way we expected to live in the 60s.

This special feature looks at the way things were before humankind went to the moon and before sattelite TV and the mobile phone.

Feature 2 – The 60s lifestyle

category: culinary

The 40s 50s and 60s were wonderfully nostalgic times. From the greatest world war ever enacted during the 40s, through the austerity and rock & roll years of the 50s, and the introduction of everyday kitchen appliances and household comforts that forever changed the way we expected to live in the 60s.

This special feature looks at the way things were before humankind went to the moon and before sattelite TV and the mobile phone.

Feature 3 – Modern Architecture

category: our planet

Architecture is for people, not just for architects and builders. It is foremost a necessity to provide shelter and facilitate our lives, but styles and methods of construction have always been about national pride and the desire to make a mark in human history and be remembered in future ages.

This page looks at skyscrapers and bridges and the designs of churches, airports and other architectural fascinations.

Feature 3 – Modern Architecture

category: our planet

Architecture is for people, not just for architects and builders. It is foremost a necessity to provide shelter and facilitate our lives, but styles and methods of construction have always been about national pride and the desire to make a mark in human history and be remembered in future ages.

This page looks at skyscrapers and bridges and the designs of churches, airports and other architectural fascinations.

The History of Gin

category: culinary

The history of gin goes hand in hand with the history of rum and the story of distillation. Fermentation is a natural process whereby distillation is a type of processing. We process a fermented base in order to obtain a higher percentage of alcohol by volume.

However, the refinement in the distillation process means a filtering out of flavour; more alcohol, less flavour. And so distillation is essentially the art of hitting the right balance between the desired alcohol content and level of flavour.

Looking at ancient hominins

category: our planet

Ancient history may not immediately reach out as a topic of huge interest but what is more compelling than how our ancestors evolved and lived in times when the world was in a a very different geological state.

Forget the tedium of school days learning about the Etruscans, and open up your eyes to the wealth of literary record about the past and it is surprisingly addictive. Discoveries are not only for archaeologists but also for the amateur sleuth.

Women with amusing T-Shirts

category: humour

From the cheeky to the saucy or rude, women are accordingly voicy in proportion with the assets they have been blessed with. If you have it – flaunt it, as the saying goes!

Humour is the best medicine, the humour category contains all sorts of witty amusement including jokes, funny photos, quips, interesting facts and many items to keep you chuckling for a while.

The History of Gin

gin bottles

category: culinary

The history of gin goes hand in hand with the history of rum and the story of distillation. Fermentation is a natural process whereby distillation is a type of processing. We process a fermented base in order to obtain a higher percentage of alcohol by volume.

However, the refinement in the distillation process means a filtering out of flavour; more alcohol, less flavour. And so distillation is essentially the art of hitting the right balance between the desired alcohol content and level of flavour.

The history of gin goes hand in hand with the history of rum and the story of distillation. Fermentation is a natural process whereby distillation is a type of processing. We process a fermented base in order to obtain a higher percentage of alcohol by volume.

However, the refinement in the distillation process means a filtering out of flavour; more alcohol, less flavour. And so distillation is essentially the art of hitting the right balance between the desired alcohol content and level of flavour.

Looking at ancient hominins

category: our planet

Ancient history may not immediately reach out as a topic of huge interest but what is more compelling than how our ancestors evolved and lived in times when the world was in a a very different geological state.

Forget the tedium of school days learning about the Etruscans, and open up your eyes to the wealth of literary record about the past and it is surprisingly addictive. Discoveries are not only for archaeologists but also for the amateur sleuth.

Ancient history may not immediately reach out as a topic of huge interest but what is more compelling than how our ancestors evolved and lived in times when the world was in a a very different geological state.

Forget the tedium of school days learning about the Etruscans, and open up your eyes to the wealth of literary record about the past and it is surprisingly addictive. Discoveries are not only for archaeologists but also for the amateur sleuth.

Women with amusing T-Shirts

category: humour

From the cheeky to the saucy or rude, women are accordingly voicy in proportion with the assets they have been blessed with. If you have it – flaunt it, as the saying goes!

Humour is the best medicine, the humour category contains all sorts of witty amusement including jokes, funny photos, quips, interesting facts and many items to keep you chuckling for a while.

From the cheeky to the saucy or rude, women are accordingly voicy in proportion with the assets they have been blessed with. If you have it – flaunt it, as the saying goes!

Humour is the best medicine, the humour category contains all sorts of witty amusement including jokes, funny photos, quips, interesting facts and many items to keep you chuckling for a while.

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New WordPress/DIVI site

Yes, it’s about taking everything to the edge so the new site is mobile and tablet friendly which means you can link into McDonald’s wifi and browse the site while you’re chumping down on some junk food.

About Me

My homepage, history, albums, and personal pages.

Health

Info on cancer, heart disease and wellness and fitness.

Media

The digital age includes technology, social media and lots more.

Our Planet

Learn about the ancient world, outer space and the planet we live on.

Humour

Okay so stop what you’re doing and have a laugh.

Culinary

More than a recipe database, it’s a culinary wealth of interesting pages.

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