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#128

Our Funny Little Car

emoticon:car I blogged a few weeks ago about our struggles in finding a cheap second hand car. The difficulty wasn't in the availability - Northampton is awash with cheap second hand cars - but in finding one from a source we trusted.

We finally found one. Smile

We're now the proud owners of a four speed, 1 litre, Peugeot 106 XN Plus. It was made in 1993, and has done about 93,000 miles. It's an old and small car, with a few funny quirks. But it's very cute :

Our New Old Car

Delia & I are really enjoying being mobile; it's the first car either of us have owned. Being small the insurance is very cheap [1]. It's fantastic to turn a two-hour bus epic to get to work into a half hour car journey.

Our car only has four gears, so it goes into fourth at around thirty miles an hour, and stays there all the way up to eighty. Smile

It's a great car for Delia to learn in though.

The slightly spooky co-incidence is that this car turns out to be exactly the same year, model and colour as the car that Mini (who we live with) owns. You can see her car below, along with a sneak view of the front door of the house in Kingsthorpe where we live at the moment :

Mini's Car

Speaking of where we live, it looks like we're due to move again. Probably within the next two weeks. Surprised

It's been great living with Andy & Mini, but there are now five of us living in a house with just one bathroom. We've found a place in Northampton which is close to the railway station, and which we can just about afford.

We Might Live Here

It's a two bedroom terraced house. We were expecting to only find a flat for the money we have, so we're quite chuffed. As it's only part furnished, we'll have a lot to sort if we get it.

So it's all change - new job (only two weeks now until I start), new car, new house...

[1]Not a commercial plug, but Churchill were the cheapest for us by quite a long way.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-04-01 18:27:58 | |
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#127

Steampunk from the Sixties

emoticon:home Any of you who have read the book The Difference Engine, by the heroes of Cyberpunk William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, will probably have heard the term Steampunk .

Steampunk is a mini-genre of science fiction based on Cyberpunk, but set in the Victorian era. The technology of the day is steam engines, clockwork and the never-quite-made-in-its-day difference engine of Charles Babbage.

You might have thought this was one case where we are a little late for fact to mimic fiction. However a piece of our history, this time from the sixties, has just re-surfaced and seems remarkably Steampunk to me.

I was a bit too young for the Digi-Comp the first time round, but possibly old enough to enjoy it now. Smile

The Digi-Comp

It is (as the image says), a working digital computer. In this incarnation it comes as a kit to build it yourself from cardboard. Definitely not a toy to waste on children. Wink

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-04-01 14:59:55 | |
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