Maplin’s prices have generally always been much higher than other retailers. This is probably a large part of the reason why they are closing down.
They have been slowly selling off all stock from their stores including fixtures and fittings. We’ve been going there every couple for weeks and looking to see if there were any bargains. Even with 50% discount much of their stock is better priced elsewhere but in the past couple of weeks they have been increasing their discounts and selling some stock at one-off prices.
We popped into the Slough branch yesterday and managed to pick up some bargains. A Samsung Smartthings hub for £50 (usually about £100), a Meccannoid robot for £50 (usually £200+. This one has no box was but was fully working), a MakeyMakey for £24.99 (usually £49) a Makerbuino about £20 (usually around £70) and an aluminium display stand for £3. Apart from the robot and sign, all new and boxed. The only thing you have to consider is they will not accept returns unless the items are faulty but you still get warranty with the manufacturers so this was not really a concern for us. Now to do something with the Makey Makey and get the smartthings hub working in our house.
Meccano Meccanoid Robot
Shop display sign from Maplins £3
Samsung Smartthings Hub £50
Makerbuino ready assembled
Last Bank holiday Monday Anita, Debbie and myself went to Brighton for the day. We parked at the Marina where the car park is free although you have to walk the mile or so along the beach to get back to the Pier and the town centre.
We arrived early and made our way to the Post & Telegraph Weatherspoons for a full English breakfast.
The Marina car park at Brighton
Brighton Beach in the glorious sunshine. A long walk ahead.
Anita and Debbie walking ahead. The Pier is in the distance.
Debbie trying our Hula Hooping in the Tiger store.
Cloud Gallery. One of our favourite art gallery’s in Brighton. We usually buy JJ Adams prints from here. Anita decided to sit down and eat the free sweets whilst Debbie and I browsed.
This is a print we bought from JJ Adams. Love it or Hate it?
We would never visit Brighton without a quick stop at Choccywoccydoodah
So much for our diets. Milkshakes. Mine was peanut butter flavoured. Yum!
We like to visit this Mexican restaurant for lunch. They do a fantastic chocolate Chile brownie. Dos Sombreros.
Thursday was bowling night at Maidenhead 10 pin bowling. We were the only people there most of the evening and enjoyed two games of bowling, food and a drink for £10 each (Paul won).
Luke, Rachel, Anita, George, Eileen, Paul, Debbie attended and Chris (aka Lord Long) never quite made it although he scored quite well on the bowling whilst not even there.
After this we battled it out on the air hockey (Luke was the winner), arcade machines and then 6 of us played Laserquest (Luke won). Can’t believe how much we were all sweating at the end.
Just booked our tickets for the Revival event 2018 at Banks Stadium in Walsall. Can’t wait to get playing all those retro arcade systems and perhaps pick up some toys to bring home for the personal collection?
This is another project. I purchased this kit from Ebay and it dates around 1986 and would be used with an original BBC Microcomputer to interface it with Lego motors and sensors. The kits are fairly easy to get hold of and Ebay still sells sensors and motors but the kit has no software and/or instructions.
I have a BBC Micro but need to get hold of the software. There are some Lego fan sites with at least one selling the software but for £400+.
I spoke with Lego who cant help me and have just emailed someone at the Centre for Computing History who apparently have a complete kit in storage box 130. I’m hoping they can help me with copies/code examples/instructions etc as it would be nice to get this old kit working again.
Once working with the BBC, I would also like to see if its possible to get it working with something more modern like a raspberry Pi.
Lets see what their response is……
15th September – No email response from the Centre for Computing History but today we attended their annual Retro Computer Festival and chatted with some of the volunteers. One chap managed to locate the software disc I need and is going to copy it and se me a copy in the post. Lets see if it arrives?
Nerf wars has begun at work. First was an Nerf n’strike Elite and now its the Nerf Rival MXVI-4000 Khaos
40 bullet hopper battery operated rapid fire up to 27 meters and 30mps firing rate
Takes 6 D Cell batteries – not included!
Cant wait to get to the office tomorrow and retaliate against my bully of a colleague who keeps attacking me with her Nerf gun!