This is another almost permanent tradition to have our party and gadgets evening just before Christmas - and Gareth's Birthday! This is an evening when you are encouraged to bring along your favourite gadgets and demonstrate them to us all. "Gadget" has always been very loosely interpreted to include anything from a computer, piece of software, culinary items, gardening tools, electrical devices and so on. Just something you think we would all be interested in that you would like to tell us about. You can bring as many as you like. I'm looking forward to it and have a few lined up.
We had a very good attendance at this meeting with several slide shows and videos. The evening was introduced by Gareth with a great tour of the US from which he had just returned from his honeymoon with 670 photos. He and Sophie began by flying to Boston and after a few days in New England caught the train to Chicago. Then from Chicago took the train to San Francisco, through some fantastic scenery in the Rockies and because they had a sleeping cabin at the rear of the train on part of the trip were able to shoot straight down the track which made it even more impressive. They eventually reached San Francisco and travelled on the cable cars on the famous steep streets. He also showed the braking mechanism and cable drive system.
The second up was Duncan who showed slides from Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Churchill Forge in Worcestershire plus some shots of the Lake District on Coniston Water a location which inspired Arthur Ransome in his book "Swallows and Amazons". Moving on to the Hardknock Pass some of which is 1 in 3. Again he is also very keen on the narrow gauge railway, and ended the trip with a parachute jump.
Next Michael took over and showed us his visit to Africa Live, near Kessingland in Suffolk, with shots of Giraffes, Tigers and Lions.
John followed this with his record of his Great Rail Tour to the Black Forest in Germany using 27 different trains! Going to Freiburg and Titesee on the lake. He showed a massive waterfall. They had various tours during their stay there and went up the mountains on a lift, and which included Mary & he doing a hot air balloon flight.The final day was the pigtail line, built by the Germans towards the end of the war to give them access to the Swiss border. They also visited a very large model railway.
Anne had brought several video DVDs of her holiday in the Spring in Costa Rica. A country she was very impressed by and felt safe in. She also visited an enormously high waterfall consisting of five in succession. Although there were old railway lines there were none working now. So reaching their jungle lodge was quite a journey and the last part was on a trailer behind a tractor. It was extremely hot being only 8 degrees north of the equator and as they were in a rain forest quite humid too. She enjoyed videoing the wildlife. There were some beautiful birds and plenty of howler monkeys to wake you up in the morning.
The evening was completed by Peter's photos and a video taken at Gareth and Sophie's Wedding on 29th October at Trinity Park. This showed that it had been a beautiful Autumn day, the Bride looked beautiful in her full length white wedding dress and arrived in style in an open carriage drawn by two white heavy horses with decorative white plumes on their heads. Magnificent. She and her Father were preceded into the ceremony by a flower girl and two bridesmaids in long dresses. The Groom looked pretty dapper with his best man both in their dress suits and gold cravats and waistcoats, and the Groom didn't look too nervous either! It was a really happy occasion. After the ceremony there were celebratory drinks outside and then the official photographs. The Bride and Groom then set off in the carriage for a private tour of Trinity Park in the late afternoon sunshine. A perfect day. Thank you Gareth & Sophie for the invitation, we thoroughly enjoyed the day and seeing you both so happy.
A very good photo and video evening.
|ICENI Future programme 2016/2017|
|December 21st||Gadgets and Party Evening||All|
|January 18th||Winter Social Evening - The Shepherd , Langham TBA||All|
|February 15th||Arduino/Raspberry Pi||All|
|March 15th||Mac Evening||Peter et al|
|April 19th||AGM + IoT||All|
|May 17th||RISCOS Update - New Impression||All|
Our meetings are held at the Bourne Vale Social Club, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE , for a map and other details please see the website.
Membership fee currently £10, visitors free.
We are continuing our publicity for EAUG events , however their website has not been updated for a years now. So if you wish to know information please phone one of their contacts.
Meetings are at the Great Baddow Village Hall, on the second Tuesday of the month
opening at 7:30 p.m. for a start at 7:45 - 8:00 p.m.
Their website has not been updated since 2011
"ICENI does not have any Insurance cover for computers or other equipment so please be advised that you bring machines to the club at your own risk."
However many household insurance policies will include cover away from home often with no increase in premium. (Ed.)