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I Am Modifying This Blog So There Might Be A Few Hiccups

I am trying to improve my blog by adding a tag index amongst other things. So, for a few days, some parts of it may look a bit odd while I sort it out. Hopefully all the content will remain visible to you as usual but the menu may vary a little from time to time.

When I feel I have got it right I will remove this post.

Fourteen Different Calendars

Fourteen Different Calendars


If you didn’t already know it the 1st January next year will always be on a different day to the 1st January this year. This comes about because:

  • for ordinary years 365 days in a year ÷ 7 days in a week = 52 weeks and 1 day remaining,
  • for leap years 366 days in a year ÷ 7 days in a week = 52 weeks and 2 day remaining.

This means that:

  • if the 1st January is on a Monday in an ordinary year then so is the 31st December. So the next year must have the 1st January on a Tuesday,
  • if the 1st January is on a Monday in a leap year then the 31st December is on a Tuesday. So the next year must have the 1st January on a Wednesday.

If there had been 364 days in every year the 1st January would always be on the same day of the week.

As a consequence of all this movement around the week, by the 1st January, next years calendar is always different to this years. That leads to the question: “There’s only seven days in a week so how many different ones do we need? Just seven.” Well the answer is, “No you need another seven as well, for all the leap years. They too can start on any day of the week.”

Fourteen Different Calendars Are Required

Yes, there are fourteen different calendars required to make all calendars for all years:

  • seven are required to allow for the first day of the year occurring on every day of the week for 365 day years;
  • another seven are required to cover the same situation for 366 day Leap Years.

I have produced a reference table showing which years in the range 2001 to 2112 start on each day of the week. You can see it here: Fourteen Calendar Table in my Reference Library.


Hythe To New Romney

Hythe To New Romney By Train


It was a nice summer and I enjoyed a family day out travelling from Hythe to New Romney on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in Kent on 5th July 2014. It was an overcast afternoon and the breeze was slightly chilly when it whistled through the carriages. We travelled  West from Hythe as far as New Romney, where we alighted to look at the model railway and take refreshment. The original plan was to go all the way to Dungeness, part of Romney Marsh, where there is a large loop in the countryside which connects the up and down lines to turn trains around. There is a Railway Station at Dungeness too besides a lighthouse, village, very large shingle beach and a  Nuclear Power Station. However we travelled so late in the day that by the time we were ready to continue our journey we realised we could go from New Romney to Dungeness and back but wouldn’t have time to get back to Hythe. Perhaps I’ll get to see Dungeness next time. This line may have a small gauge (15 inches) but it is a big railway with 13½ miles of track.

More about Romney Marsh.

Videos and Photographs Taken During My Trip From Hythe To New Romney:

For photographic enthusiasts: All photographs and videos were taken with a Lumix FZ100.

This railway is scaled to 1/3 of a full size railway and operates a public service using trains of long carriages mounted on bogies with a roof and windows. Some carriages have glazed windows and some are open. They have comfortable seats. The seats over the bogies don’t have a foot well and so are more suited to children or a dog (yes dogs are allowed after paying the appropriate fare). Take a look inside this one:

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Happy Passengers Inside an RHDR Carriage With Glazed Windows.

At Hythe the line follows the route of the Royal Military Canal. It can be seen here beyond the palings:

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The Royal Miltary Canal, Hythe.

The journey from Hythe wasn’t quite so bouncy as this video portrays. Because the line follows the Royal Military Canal it has similar bends in it which allow the loco to be seen.

You can relax and enjoy the scenery as you traverse the marshes:

On the journey from Hythe to New Romney I saw this Victorian Water Tower Near New Romney:

Victorian Water Tower
Victorian Water Tower

New Romney was quite a hive of activity due to all the comings and goings of through trains, the model railway, single carriage rides given on the sidings and regular use of the turntable. The Bug was giving regular rides back and forth over the turntable:

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The Bug Giving Rides

While The Bug was out of the way I had a look at the turntable from two angles:

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New Romney Turntable View A
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New Romney Turntable View B

Whilst wandering about at New Romney I came across this relic from WW2. Actually I think it was a WW2 look-a-like:

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WW2 camouflaged Loco

There were a few more locos around including diesels:

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No.2 Northern Chief
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No.14 Captain Howey
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No.12 J.B.Snell

Winston Churchill rushes into New Romney Station. There’s plenty of time to apply the brakes because the platforms are so long:

Then Winston went for a quick spin on the turntable too with the driver on board and a disc jockey controlling the turntable:

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No.9 Winston Churchill On The Turntable At New Romney

With a heavy load No.8 Hurricane pulls out of Dymchurch Station with wheel-slip (spinning driving wheels). The road crossing ahead has its barriers down and people are waiting:

“Why are people waiting?” You ask. They are waiting to get to the Funfair:

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Dymchurch Funfair

Dymchurch is well known locally for this funfair which has been around for many years. It’s right at the beach, only a short walk from the RHDR Station. We stopped off to look at it but on the way back one of our party caught the wrong train. He looked quite troubled when he returned. I thought he’d seen a ghost:

Well it was late in the day by this time and a cool breeze had sprung up so we were glad to get back on the next train to Hythe (the last train if I remember correctly).

GCR Winter Steam Gala 2013

GCR Winter Steam Gala 2013

GCR – Great Central Railway


It was a wet day this year at the GCR Winter Steam Gala 2013 (on 27th Jan). I didn’t take so many photos and the videos were short. For the most part the videos are of trains leaving stations. The event ran all day but I only arrived in the afternoon. Here is the Featured Image for those who can’t see it.

Videos and still photo’s of the GCR Winter Steam Gala 2013:

For photographic enthusiasts: All photographs and videos were taken with a Lumix FZ100.

This year I bought a train ticket and went down the line to Leicester stopping off at Quorn. There was a train waiting to go in Platform 2 but I just managed this shot of No.6023 ‘King Edward II’ in Platform 1 before I boarded:

GCR Winter Steam Gala 2013
King Class No.6023 ‘King Edward II’ in Loughborough Platfrom 1

This year I was accompanied. So when we stopped off at Quorn & Woodhouse Station, on the homeward journey, we chose to visit the café (not the Station Tea Room signposted in the picture below). First we looked around the station and I took a video as the train, from which we had alighted, departed northwards:

GCR Winter Steam Gala 2013
No.78019 Northbound About To Leave Quorn & Woodhouse Station

We had a look inside Quorn & Woodhouse Station too. Oh! I’ve been here before on 26th May 2012.

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Quorn and Woodhouse Station Master’s Office

Then we went over the bridge to the café, a large modern building with facilities.

GCR Winter Steam Gala 2013
Quorn and Woodhouse Station From The Road Bridge

It started to rain as we left the café or was it just condensing steam from No.777 Sir Lamiel which had just pulled in on its southbound journey. Last time I saw this loco it was No.30777.

Back At Loughborough

I found BR Standard Class 7 No.70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’ in the workshop:

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BR Standard Class 7 No.70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’ In The Workshop

Another déjà vu experience below: LMS Stania Class 8F 2-8-0 No. 48624 rolling north this time, through the GCR Station, Loughborough, as seen at the GCR Winter Steam Gala 2012 when it was rolling south.

A more unusual item was seen in the station:

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An LNER Footwarmer

Finally some diesels were parked up round the back:

GCR Winter Steam Gala 2013
Class 45 1Co-1Co Diesel-electric locomotive D123
GCR Winter Steam Gala 2013
Orange-brown (‘golden ochre’) liveried A1A-A1A Brush powered Class 31 D5830
GCR Winter Steam Gala 2013
Co-Co diesel-electric locomotive Class 47 D1705 ‘Sparrowhawk’

To finish off let me show you what happened on the previous day according to Sam Bailey:

Plumbing Parent Category Changed

Plumbing Parent Category Changed

This is a post to advise all my readers that I have changed my Plumbing parent category from the old parent category ‘Technology’ to a new parent category ‘Do It Yourself > In The Home’ since it is more appropriate.

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Manual Search Using Binary Chop

The Problem To Be Solved.

A good friend of mine had found that an Excel spread sheet no longer had a formulae in a particular cell. It had a number there instead. This meant that any changes in other cells associated with the missing formulae had no effect on the result in the TOTAL column. On a regular basis my friend had sensibly made a backup of the spread sheet and now my friend had a great number of them. It was imperative that my friend found out when the formulae had gone missing. My friend was about to conduct a manual search and work through all the backups to find the time when the formulae was last used in the spread sheet. Looking at every backup would have given my friend a lot of work. So I advised using a “Binary Chop” method to make it easy. See Example 4 in particular. Continue reading

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Dyson Slim DC18 Cleaner Head Maintenance


This article advises how to perform Dyson Slim DC18 Cleaner Head Maintenance. This can involve removing the Brushbars to remove items that have got wrapped around them and removing the Soleplate for access  so dirt can be cleaned out. In extreme cases the Motor Housing can be opened so that dirt can be sucked out of it too. Continue reading

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Norton Safe Web & Search Engine Interaction


While updating software on a friend’s Windows 8.1 PC he remarked that he could no longer see the Norton Safe Web (NSW) icons in his search results. He was using Google as his home page and search engine. He had Norton Internet Security (NIS) installed and the Norton Toolbar was present in his browser. At the time I couldn’t find a solution to his problem so I came home and conducted tests on my Windows 7 PC which also uses NIS.

The featured image at the top of the page shows how it looks when it works OK and an NSW icon is selected. Continue reading

From investigation and reason comes understanding.

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