BBC B Microcomputer, Cub Monitor & Cumana Dual Disk Drive

This is another retro console i’m testing from my collection. Its a bit rough but still works. It has a missile command games ROM fitted. The Microvitec Cub monitor still works well but the Cumana disk drive doesn’t seem to want to read disks at the moment. It shows Fault 18 at 0/0 when trying to read a 5.25″ disk.

In the video below, you can see me testing the Missing Command game really badly. Think I need a joystick. Using the cursor keys is fiddly.

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Amstrad PC 1640 HD 20

When I srtaed my first job after leaving school at a business equipment company, one of the first business computers I learnt to use was the Amstrad PC1512 and then the 1640 with a whopping 20MB HDD. I couldn’t believe how much room these drives had at the time.

This is one I picked up some time ago on Ebay with an external floppy drive, DMP 2000 printer and some 5.25″ disks.

I’v e had to move many of my retro consoles from their location in my office back to my house. Although this is going to be a huge headache, it also gives me a chance to fire up all the systems, test and play>

Here is a video of me playing Comic Capers on the Amstrad.

 

Day trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park

It was a beautiful sunny late September day when we went to the wildlife park.

We started with the walled garden complete with penguin and lemur enclosure. The garden is small but spectacular and still very much in bloom. They had a few angles trumpets we also have at home. You walk around the lemur enclosure and stand just a couple of feet away from the penguins. This is close to the entrance and you have a shop with the usual sorts of gifts and a small windows where you can order a hot dog and a coffee.

Further into the park where the main house is situated, you can find a much larger restaurant. The food is simple and when we visited had been under hot lamps for a while so was not particularly appetising but this is normally the case I find with these sorts of places.

 
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Entry to the park is £16 and you can take dogs into the park although not everywhere. I recommend taking the little train that goes around the park as it gives you a good idea of what there is too see and where it can be found. You cannot drive through the park but its small enough to see everything in half a day. I think my favourite part was the tropical greenhouse where there are a variety of birds, sloths, rat-like creatures running around your feet. It reminded me a little of Kew Gardens and the Eden Project.

Eagle Magazine 4th December 1982

We went to our usual Taplow car boot sale on Sunday 16th September. There wasn’t much to buy although I cam across a pile of Eagle comics from the 80’s. Debbie asked the seller how much and he replied £2.50 each or £50 for the lot (26 in total). I was only interested in the top one as it was advertising some 80’s computers and games. I thought the price was a bit steep and we carried on walking around the car boot sale.

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On the way back around for the 2nd time, there was a different man at the stall and we asked him the price again and were told £2.50 for the whole lot. We quickly picked up all of them, handed over the money and continued. On Ebay they can easily sell for £2-3 each. They are generally in good condition but its fascinating reading them and the articles on what was happening in the 80’s, computers, games and predictions for what the future might bring.

In this issue, they discuss the release of ET several months after it was released in the U.S, an article about using wave power to generate electricity, an entrepreneur who is going to develop a smaller shuttle spacecraft that could be carried on a Boeing 747, the impending release of the Philips CD (it might replace vinyl in the future!), a company making talking books (that will never catch on), Airfix models, the Intellivision console and games, the Atari 2600 and games, Big Daddy and Subbuteo

An 80’s retro fest. Cant wait to look at the rest.