Archive for November, 2013

Confiscation Cabinets

Toys confiscated by teachers from London schoolchildren in 150 different schools, over thirty years. On display now at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London.

FeedDemon goes wholly freeware

My desktop RSS reader FeedDemon has sadly just stopped development with a new 4.5 version. But the developer Nick Bradbury (the genius behind the classic HomeSite HTML editor) has very kindly made FeedDemon advert-free and has also enabled the Pro version for everyone… “As promised, this last version of FeedDemon is completely free. All of […]

This was Birmingham

Some pictures of old Birmingham, rescued from the This is Birmingham Facebook group (soon to close)… Just right of the New St. station ramp, with what is now Waterstones on the corner. Underground loos entrance in the centre of the road. Mid 1960s? Bull Ring Market elevated shops area, 1966. Half way down Corporation St.? […]

JURN updated

My JURN search-engine has just had its annual full check-and-repair. JURN lets you search inside 4,538 free ejournals in the arts & humanities, and the results gives full-text access to all articles. My JURN Directory is also repaired and updated. This organised directory contains links to the home-pages of 3,000 of the English-language ejournals included […]

Back to Firefox

It looks like I’ll be switching back to Firefox as a Web browser, over Christmas, as Google Chrome is set to block install of all extensions that don’t come from its own extension store. There is no way I could tolerate Google Search without GoogleMonkeyR, or Facebook without F.B. Purity. Also not on the Chrome […]

_Bham Free WiFi

Virgin Media Business has launched… “a super-fast free Wi-Fi service to serve the city of Birmingham  [Visitors] will be able to access unlimited Wi-Fi free of charge across the city centre with the eight connected locations providing 2.5sq miles of coverage. […] In order to connect users should look for the hotspot ID “_Bham Free […]


Another electric bicycle based on past classic designs. The Icon E-Flyer is based on the classic 1920s British motorcycle look…

Concept 1865

BASF’s Concept 1865. A “Penny Farthing” bicycle, reinvented with advanced materials, puncture proof tyres, and an electric motor.


Facebook apps Unbaby Me and Unpolitic Me are now a unified Google Chrome extension called