Gosh! Another year almost gone and we are back to our Gadgets evening when everyone is encouraged to bring a long a gadget or two, that is anything from a robot to a cooking utensil or a favourite piece of software, all that matters is that you would like to show it to us and tell us about it. At the same time we traditionally bring along some festive food to nibble to keep our strength up!
Following our usual programme, although with a smaller number of us, we held our slides and video evening again. Michael began with his Italian tour through Rome , Pisa and Venice. There were some very good shots of Vatican city and St. Peter's Basilica including from the top the top of the dome, the Forum and the Coliseum. He and his friends decided to go on a segway tour and as he had taken a dash cam and we were treated to an intriguing video tour of Rome. I must say it looked a great way to see a city without all the usual walking, especially, with a guide to tell one about the various places visited. It still took 4 hours with a few breaks. As much of Rome was pedestrianised it was quite safe too. Taking the train to Pisa, and of course, they had to visit the leaning tower, which also included an interesting shot of the inside, which I have never seen before. In fact betraying my ignorance I had never realised it was hollow inside. Taking the train once more they stayed in Venice for 3 days, one of my favourite cities. They also visited Murano to see the glass factory.
Duncan then followed with his dash cam footage of driving with several 3 min. clips concatenated. We all agreed that one should be aware that a dash cam monitors your own driving as much as others on the road. He had also visited Brandon Bank and the Isle of Lewis to see the standing stones of Calanais (Callanish ) [Gael.(Eng.)] which are not as well known as Stonehenge, but thought to date from a similar period about 1800 BC and also thought to be of astronomical use.
He also visited Dun Carloway and to see a thatched water mill. Later heading for the Lake District to Lake Coniston and the Old man of Coniston. There were also some mining activities ( slate. lead and copper etc.) in the area. He had also visited the Imperial War Museum and had a photo of a section of Mulberry harbour used in WW2 and historic aircraft.
Paul had similarly a nostalgic look at Bletchley Park [Ed. A place I would like to visit one day.] He also had photos of the Turing Welchman Bomb and Colossus used for breaking the German Lorenz code during WW2 built by the Post Office at Dollis Hill by Tommy Flowers. Also visited the Computing Museum with photos of the Cray computers.
On a trip to visit Brighton he drove to Hove where parking is cheap to catch a train to Brighton. Hove station is right next to the old Dubarry Perfume factory now flats. Duncan said could tell us a joke about the old perfume factory, but it didn't make scents.
Paul had shots of Brighton Pavilion and pier and on his way home had visited Chichester and the Cathedral, quite a famous old city.
Peter then presented some photos of his river trip on the Allen Gardiner ship - including dinner travelling from the Ipswich Marina down to Felixstowe on the River Orwell. It gave good views of Ipswich Docks and the lock and Orwell bridge. Peter said that an amateur photographer, Sid Cooper, had become the official photographer for the bridge project and gave slide lectures documenting its construction including the hollow internal sections. Peter was on the last voyage of the year, but can recommend it as a very pleasant trip. It is very small and only accommodates 10 passengers. The food was good (He had slow cooked lamb shank). The ship was named after a 19th Century naval explorer and missionary.
He also showed some video from Portugal of a street musician and storks nests. Also a reprise of the yellow Triumph Herald motoring (floating) down the Rhine,
He recently visited Colchester Zoo with his family and included shots of penguins, some video of otters being fed and walk through a lemur enclosure.
Quite a varied evening, some of us getting further afield than others!
At the Committee meeting we decided on the following list of future events, but as always, if someone else would like us to introduce some other topics we would be delighted to accommodate them.
|ICENI Future programme 2018/2019|
|December 19th||Gadgets and Party Evening||All|
|January 16th||Winter Social Evening - TBA||All|
|February 20th||NAS + RAID + storage solutions||All|
|March 20th||New Devices and hardware SSD||All|
|April 17th||Mac Evening||All|
|May 15th||AGM - Computer Surgery||All|
The Social evenings dates and venues are just suggestions at this stage.
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 £15, visitors free.
"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.)