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Happy Beaujolais Day!

November 19th, 2015

I’ve got my Beaujolais Nouveau!

Beaujolais Nouveau stand in Waitrose in Wilerby!

Beaujolais Nouveau stand in Waitrose, Wilerby!

My bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau

My bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau

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Wuala by LaCie service, comes to an end! Goodbye Wuala!

November 14th, 2015

Wuala by LaCie comes to end today (15th November 2015). You’ve maybe never heard of it, but it was one of the first pioneers of Secure Cloud Storage, that not only offered traditional Sync, similar to Dropbox, but Backup, Sync, Change Control, Version Control - with a Standalone Java Application, that operated across all platforms, to Browser Client, and support for all mobile devices. A brilliant cloud storage platform, which originally allowed you to trade up storage, by offering storage on your computers to share with the cloud, this was withdrawn, a few years after I started using it!



I came across Wuala, when I purchase a USB flash drive from LaCie, in 2010, and I’ve been using it every day, with family and friends.

It had a simple interface, and I really enjoyed using it! and I’ve not found a replacement with similar functionality, and I’ve checkout out, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, DropBox, Box and finally Tresorit



I can only assume, that since Seagate purchased LaCie in 2012, it’s not in Seagate business model, to own and run a Secure Cloud Storage company, or Seagate/LaCie could not compete with the various Cloud Storage platforms available online today, and it was running at a loss!

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Happy Halloween 2015

October 31st, 2015

In an Andysworld yearly tradition, Happy Halloween, and Welcome To The Great Pumpkin Massacre of 2015. I’ve been growing my large Atlantic pumpkin this year, which weighed just short of 10kg, I’m afraid I lost to my work colleague, who’s pumpkin weighed in at 17kg! So freshly picked from the allotment this morning, and slaughtered and carved this evening!

Fresh pumpkin on the allotment

Fresh pumpkin on the allotment

Fresh pumpkin on the allotment

Fresh pumpkin on the allotment

It has been rubbish weather this year for growing pumpkins, and very few fruits, set correctly, this was the only one, early in the year.

Slaughtered, and carved!

Slaughtered, and carved!

Slaughtered, and carved in the dark!

Slaughtered, and carved in the dark!

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Summer’s End

September 18th, 2015

At Summer’s End, as the Autumnal Equinox approaches (23 September 2015), the butterflies grab a last nectar bite, before the Buddleia Davidii stops flowering, when the day is warm, and the sun is out. Here are a few snaps I took with my age-ing (2013) Google Nexus 4 running Android 5.x something, unedited, not tampered with, straight off the phone, just shrunk an reduced in size. (as I’m often asked, what digital SLR, and macro lens did I use - Answer NONE!)

You can see by the tatty wings on these butterflies, these are old butterflies….

Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria ssp. tircis

Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria ssp. tircis

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Why Einstein A Go Go ?

August 20th, 2015


A few have commented on twitter, what a fantastic handle, or why @einsteinagogo ?


so I’ll lift the lid on the secret…very few know the actual reference is to an eighties song (1981) by Landscape - “Einstein A Go Go” - “You Better Watch Out You Better Beware Albert said that E=mc2” - “Einstein A Go Go“! Landscape had hits with “Einstein A Go Go” and “Norman Bates” in the UK Pop Charts in the 80s.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Albert Einstein, and I thought @einstein (although my citizen band radio handle late 70s/early 80s) was to egocentric for twitter, although I do have a rather large head!

so @einsteinagogo it was, I think the first reference (einstein-a-go-go) of using it was on the VMware Community Forums in 2005!

Mike Laverick of VMware fame (from Nottingham, UK) spotted it quickly on the VMware Community Forums, and wrote “fan of Landscape” from an early posting in 2005.

Quotes by Albert Einstein

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

Information is not knowledge.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

So now you know!


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I’ll get you Butler - Stephen Lewis, On the Buses’ ‘Blakey’, dies aged 88

August 14th, 2015

All good things……..

I’ll get you Butler - Stephen Lewis, On the Buses’ ‘Blakey’, dies aged 88

..Come To An End….



R.I.P - Blakey

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PAC-MAN Rebooted by NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

August 13th, 2015

Are you a fan of PAC-MAN, well let me introduce you to PAC-MAN Championship Editon DX+ by NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

Lets just say it’s PAC-MAN on acid and steroids….for 2015, it’s brilliant…

Pay what you want, and Support Charity, over at Humble Bundle, time is running out, you’ve only got 5 hours before the deal runs out….




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Windows 10 - What does Andysworld! think!?

August 13th, 2015

A bit late to the party, played and tested many of the earlier Beta, Previews, and RTMs, but this is the first time, I’ve got to install the Enterprise version, yes virtually, because that’s all I do these days, Virtual, Cloud etc So here are some pretty pictures, and the first thing you’ll notice, is this is highly optimized, and uses much less resources on previous Microsoft OS, it’s actually quite nippy compared to other OS hogs, this test was conducted with a single vCPU and 2GB RAM - WOW, only 2GB of RAM, when most laptops, these days, have 8 and 16GB….



So, what does Andy, really think…… well personally I still like Windows 2000 Professional, Vista was okay, and this is the Desktop of Choice for my Office, but I resist to move to Windows 8, and I have Windows 7 on my Admin Workstations, Windows XP, 2000 on most of the laptops, Sony DUO has Windows 8.1…, and my gaming rig has Windows 8.1 Pro.

will I be upgrading, not at present…

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A Beekeepers Gold!

August 10th, 2015

and it’s not honey….it takes 7kg of honey to produce 1kg of bees wax! Bees wax burns clean with no soot, so that’s why it was favored in Churches and Monasteries, because it does not stain the ceilings! and many say that’s why Monks kept bees! Wax candles are usually made from paraffin!

You can see Sheldon’s support of beeswax candles here:-

As the season, winds down, I’ve started to tidy up and render this years bees wax down for wax exchange. This is from bees wax, I’ve been collecting all year, after inspections, e.g. removed from hives, queen excluders, and other bits of brace comb. Later in the year, I’ll take this wax and exchange it for foundation at Thorne. Foundation is the starter strips we use for bees to use as a template to draw out their comb. Thorne just add this and blend this with their other sources to create the foundation, so no waste, and completely recycled!

Here are some fantastic pictures of the process at Thorne, when I was lucky enough to visit, and have a tour around the factory by Gill Smith (Director and Owner of Thorne), in their Centenary year (2013).

Don’t forget Thorne Rand Open and Sale Day - Saturday 17th October, 10am.

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July 29th, 2015


I returned to my childhood whilst watching the Punakha Tsechu. Watching stories unfold before my eyes, I started to believe in magic again, in demons and monsters, in angels and saints, casting away my cynical view on life. Bhutan is like that … it opens up the mind and soul!

by Lindsey

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