5 Nicholas Close Brading

I’ve recently been looking to buy a property here on the Island. Searching around brought up 5 Nicholas Close Brading as a good punt as it was priced well below the normal price for a 3 bedroomed detached bungalow, some research revealed why.

Despite the agent’s description saying “The property has undergone some improvement works in recent times and is considered ideal for owner occupation as a weekend/holiday retreat or as a letting investment.

The real description should have read “This property has been subject to flooding by water and raw sewerage and has been decorated to disguise that fact.

OK, so the price of c£140,000 should have told me something was very wrong, but nobody had the balls to admit it. I’m sure they knew but they just didn’t say!

Needless to say I won’t be taking things any further….

Estate agents? don’t ask……

Edgar Froese 1944 – 2015

Tangerine Dream Phaedra CoverThe news today had me digging out some music from the late 1960s and early 1970s:

Edgar Froese, the founding member of the German electronic group Tangerine Dream, has died in Vienna, aged 70. “Froese died unexpectedly on Friday after a pulmonary embolism”, his son, Jerome, said.

I remember hearing Tangerine Dream for the first time on John Peel‘s radio show and also recall making great efforts to collect just about every album they, and Edgar, produced.

Much has been made (recently) of the influence of Kraftwerk on electronic music but, for me, Tangerine Dream were always the most inventive. That’s not to say I was not listening to both it’s just that I found the rhythmic early sequencer styling of TD to be much more interesting.

Aqua Cover ArtI still have most of the TD albums I collected almost 40 years ago and it looks as if i’ll be dusting them off over the next few weeks!

I suspect most people have heard some Tangerine Dream or Edgar Froese music as, in addition to a prodigious collection of albums, they wrote many film/game scores (including Grand Theft Auto V), and odd snippets of their music appear in many science documentaries.

A sad day for me but at least I have a legacy, thanks Edgar.

Welcome 2015! – with a new theme…

It’s 2015 – Happy New Year! and yes, it’s another change of look for this blog.

The previous theme, Hemmingway, which was only adopted in June 2014, looked pretty good at first but I have realised it didn’t really fit. After a little help from Noupe, I stumbled on this one. It’s called GeneratePress and it looks much better to me – read the reviews and I think you’ll see why.

I had the basics set up in about 30 minutes and then decided to pay $30 for the full version which allows a lot more custom options than you’d find in most other themes, and it’s very easy to understand what’s happening (not always the case). There’s also a good website which guides you through all the options.

No doubt I’ll be playing with settings for a while before I get it to look just right but, for now, what’s there is good enough to start a new year…

More Humax fixing…

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A few years ago I reported a problem with a Humax Freesat receiver which I successfully repaired. Well, until yesterday, the box has behaved itself perfectly.

The fault symptoms were very similar this time, a constant whirling display on the front panel with an occasional display of [APPL]. Humax Display

I also noticed something strange when I started to disconnect the box, the space below the TV has gained a load more cables and connections since I last had to look at it! It really was a mess.

Anyhow, all untangled now and the Humax fault was indeed another capacitor failure (not the same one though) so the details in the original post will help if you get the same problem.

All is now fixed, and for the princely sum of 54p (for the 680µF 25v high temperature capacitor from Maplin) and about an hour of my time – most of that spent untangling!