Brighton Bank Holiday Monday

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.

IMG_0088The Marina car park at Brighton

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Brighton Beach in the glorious sunshine. A long walk ahead.

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Anita and Debbie walking ahead. The Pier is in the distance.

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Debbie trying our Hula Hooping in the Tiger store.

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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.

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This is a print we bought from JJ Adams. Love it or Hate it?

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We would never visit Brighton without a quick stop at Choccywoccydoodah

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So much for our diets. Milkshakes. Mine was peanut butter flavoured. Yum!

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We like to visit this Mexican restaurant for lunch. They do a fantastic chocolate Chile brownie. Dos Sombreros.

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Lego 1093 Interface A

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……

Lego Weekend

We didn’t plan for a Lego weekend but none the less, its seems to be a weekend dominated by Lego.

Debbie’s birthday is coming up soon and she has wanted the 70922 Joker’s Manor set for some time now. Just by chance, I noticed that Smyths Toys had a sale on and it was reduced from around £260 to £170 so we bought this as its a fantastic set and price along with a similarly reduced BB8 set.

I also received an email newsletter from Lego promoting their new Tron cycles set and then found buyers on Ebay selling the set from the official London launch signed by the designers. Again, we had to have one of these and after some bids and offers on Lego managed to pick one up for £60. This should arrive early next week and hope its as described?

I also mentioned to Debbie that the Lego store in London has a Mosaic booth which takes your photograph and turns this into an image with all the bricks you need to make your own portrait from Lego. You get the large photographic plan with a box of Lego bricks to make your portrait. We noticed they also have the same at LEGOLAND in Windsor and decided to pop there this morning.

You have to go to the LEGOLAND Hotel reception. There the staff give you one of the security cards that guests normally use so you can access the lift. When you get to the right floor, you are right next to the bar, restaurant and other children’s attractions inside the Hotel. You present your voucher (£99 cost) and the staff help you to use the photo booth. It takes about 10 minutes after which you get your box of 1×1 bricks and your photographic plan for making your own mosaic. The box also includes a large base plate. This will look great when framed.

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Debbie has just gone into the booth.

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Debbie holding her box of 1×1 bricks and base plate for the Mosaic

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The restaurant and Mosaic maker area.

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The animated clock and Dragon at the Hotel entrance who snores and breathes smoke from his nose

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Star Wars – The Saga Continues

Back in September 2017, Lego released their UCS Millennium Falcon 75192 for £649.99 with around 7500 pieces. Within hours they were sold out. Since then they have had a few come into stock but they quickly sell out and we have been unable to purchase one. Debbie was keen to buy one so I bought her Lego gift vouchers to purchase the Falcon when it did come into stock.

This week, I started using the stock informer website again and on a couple of occasions the site showed John Lewis online as having some small stock. I quickly went to the John Lewis website and added one to my basket. I got the payment authorization page to be given a message that the there had been an error. This happened again on at least one more occasion. thankfully as I was off work this week I was able to keep an eye on any further stock. It turns out that John Lewis’s website lets everyone put one of these in their basket and lets you proceed with the order until the payment stage where the first person to pay gets the item – perhaps not he best system?

Finally on another occasion I managed to get one and complete payment. I phone Debbie and she was delighted to know her Falcon was on the way. A couple of hours later I was out shopping and used my Capital One credit card to pay for some goods but it was declined. When I got home short while later I contacted them to be told the John Lewis order had triggered an anti-fraud mechanism and the John Lewis order had been declined. They unblocked the card and said if I tried again the order would go through. I then contacted John Lewis who said because the credit card company had declined the payment, they had cancelled the order and we would not be getting the Falcon. Again I pointed out to John Lewis the folly of their system. Other retailers would simply contact you and ask for alternative payment or try again. John Lewis don’t do this so no Falcon.

Luckily, a little later on, another one came into stock and I managed to purchase the item and finally got an email confirming the order could be collected the next day.

Next day I excitedly drove to John Lewis at High Wycombe and picked up the Falcon. One very happy Debbie has started building the model.

In the mean time, Debbie has contacted Lego to ask for a refund for the vouchers to pay for the Falcon from John Lewis. They seem to have agreed and we are just waiting for the refund to happen – update to follow.

A big thank you again to the stock informer website.

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