Saturday, 25 October 2014

HO scale street lighting plinth cont.

Found a strip of wood which is ideal from which to manufacture the pavement outside the Gare du Nord facade; the pavement will then serve to hold the row of 6 street lights.








A couple of gaps had to be cut to accommodate 2 of the facade pillars.


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Currently listening to:

The Jesus and Mary Chain

What I hadn't realised was that when Bobby Gillespie was the drummer, he couldn't play with his feet at the same time as his hands and so their distinctive sound was actually based on just a snare and a tom-tom and not a full kit.

Bobby Gillespie
Naturally, I find this sort of info encouraging from a drumming point of view. In other words, an effective drumming sound can be created with minimal co-ordination and minimal equipment.

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Last night's dinner:

Fish suppers at Helensburgh to celebrate my sister's birthday.

Forgot to take photograph but they were excellent.


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Drumming practice update:

Very enjoyable Samba drumming session this morning at the Old School House, Glasgow.



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Miscellany:

Identified the source of a linguistic puzzlement this morning.

I read the following passage (from my online Logic course) and was, as I say, puzzled.

As for arguments, just remember the connection between an argument and the logical character of its conditional analogue to see how to apply truth-trees to the analysis of arguments. These considerations are true, but don't establish the connection between the syntactic considerations and the semantic interpretation rigorously enough. We will come back to this quite important issue at the end of this section.


It was the underlined sentence that threw me. It seemed ungrammatical and perverse.

The source of my confusion was that I read the phrase "but don't establish" as a command. My reaction was, as a result, a query: "why shouldn't I try to establish a connection between the syntactic and the semantic?"

Of course, the author was not using the phrase as a command but in a constative sense ie to convey a matter of fact.

The reason I thought he was using the phrase as a command was that in the previous sentence he used the phrase "just remember" as a command. Therefore my mind was primed for commands and hence I mis-interpreted his sense of the phrase, "but don't establish".

I must look out for that sequence of events occurring in a passage: it reflects the difference between the performative and the constative use of words as outlined by the academic J L Austin.










Friday, 24 October 2014

Installing HO scale street lights.

Because the wires emanating from the street lights are so "fine" ie fiddly and fragile, I don't fancy soldering all their connections from underneath the baseboard.

Since I intend having a strip of pavement running along the front of the station facade, I thought that the pavement could double up as a wooden plinth to which the lights and their wiring could be attached.

Something like this.

The lights

The facade



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Currently listening to:

More or less listening to the last 20 minutes of this General Ludd mix on a loop; really uplifting.


https://soundcloud.com/rubadubdist/gen-ludd-century-club-mix


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Last night's dinner:

'Twas a home made Lasagne from the freezer which I forgot to photo.

By the way, although bags of wine are usually slated (with justification), I think this is quite a good one from Marks and Spencers.





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Currently reading:

Giving this another chance - but I've skipped a few chapters.

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Drumming practice update:


Nothing for it but to return to basics and keep practising.




I actually find these corny cartoons to be quite encouraging.



Thursday, 23 October 2014

6 volt HO scale street lights by Train $ave

Inserted a cut-out church facade that I painted in rough and ready fashion about 18 months ago, into the thin gap between Lego building and orange wall.

Position A.

Position B.
 I've always liked this facade and would like to incorporate it into the layout somewhere.


Then I turned my mind to the row of street lights that will go in front of the station facade. They came from Gaugemaster and are made by a company called Train $ave.




Wired up a pair in series and connected them to a 9 volt battery.


They seem to work.
The lights will form a row in front of the station.



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Currently listening to:


One of my favourite songs is on this album: "Indoor Fireworks."

We play these parlour games
We play at make believe
When we get to the part
Where I say that I'm going to leave

Everybody loves a happy ending
But we don't even try
We go straight past pretending
To the part where everybody loves to cry

Indoor fireworks
Can still burn your fingers
Indoor fireworks
We swore we were safe as houses
They're not so spectacular
They don't burn up in the sky
But they can dazzle or delight
Or bring a tear when the smoke gets in your eyes

You were the spice of life
The gin in my vermouth
And though the sparks would fly
I thought our love was fireproof

Sometimes we'd fight in public, darling
With very little cause
But different kinds of sparks would fly
When we got on our own behind closed doors

It's time to tell the truth
These things have to be faced
My fuse is burning out
And all that powder's gone to waste

Don't think for a moment, dear
That we'll ever be through
I'll build a bonfire of my dreams
And burn a broken effigy of me and you

Indoor fireworks
Can still burn your fingers
Indoor fireworks
We swore we were safe as houses
They're not so spectacular
They don't burn up in the sky
But they can dazzle or delight
Or bring a tear when the smoke gets in your eyes



"Indoor fireworks" always reminds me of when me and my sisters were young and my father brought home a set of indoor fireworks which he and my mother set up on the backroom table. (Quite out of character for both of them when I think about it.)

Not very spectacular as I recall but I think a burn-mark was left on the table.




These pictures from the web tally with my memory of the event.



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Last night's dinner:

 Bit of a rush as I was going out, so it was a Marks and Spencers' ready meal.

Seafood gratin.
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Currently reading:

Tried a whole selection of diaries using the "sampling" facility on my Kindle. None appealed.


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Drumming practice update:

After yesterday's somewhat depressing events, I returned to practice with avengeance today. Hopefully, everything will come together one day (soon).


“What I have achieved by industry and practice, anyone else with tolerable natural gift and ability can also achieve.”
 
― Johann Sebastian Bach

Not sure what message to take from that quotation!!



Wednesday, 22 October 2014

If at first you don't succeed.

No time for railway today, so here is a picture from the Web

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Currently listening to:

General Ludd
Here is an interview link with the duo in which the following interchange takes place:

"Can you sum up the General Ludd sound in five words??

Not really. "


https://www.list.co.uk/article/65672-exposure-general-ludd/

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Last night's dinner:


Ham shanks from Marks and Spencers
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Lost interest in reading:




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Drumming practice update:

Disastrous 1-to-1 session with my Samba drumming tutor. I couldn't do anything; felt less than a beginner in every respect. Decided to suspend these weekly sessions for a few months while I go away and practise.

"If at first you don't succeed ............................ don't try sky-diving."





Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Viessmann 60706 HO scale street lights

After drilling requisite 6mm holes, I installed 4 street lights outside theatre and street restaurant. I won't power them up yet.

2 lights remaining for use elsewhere.




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Currently listening to:

3 different versions of Joni Mitchell's beautiful song, "A Case of You".

Herself 1971
Prince in 1983

Re-recorded by herself in 2000.


In 2011 Mitchell was voted the No. 1 female artist and "A Case of You" the No. 1 female song by listeners of BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

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Last night's dinner:

Chicken stuffed with anchovies and capers.




Stuffing revealed.

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Currently reading:

Dragging a bit.

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Drumming practice update:

Last lesson for a while from my regular tutor; he's off to Belize to teach and learn drumming.

Never mind, 2 hour drumming class tonight and solo lesson tomorrow with my Samba tutor.






Monday, 20 October 2014

Biggar part 2.

Did more work on the pavements around the Theatre and street restaurant in preparation for installing the street lights.




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Currently listening to:

Everything I have on iTunes by the Glasgow electronic musician, Alex Smoke.








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Last night's dinner:

Before dashing out to work, consumed a pie and beans.




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Currently reading:


Karen Armstrong
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Drumming practice update:


Continuing with "up -stroke" practice, practice, practice.


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Miscellany 1:

On Saturday we went to Biggar to see Andy Fairweather Low playing in the Municipal Halls there.

Andy is on the left.




A really great atmosphere in the hall and actually a really enjoyable evening. But, I have to say I was bored by much of the performance - all those plodding blues numbers, they all sound the same to me.

Things came to life when he sang his old Amen Corner hits and his solo hit "Wide-eyed and legless". His voice has lost none of its distinctiveness nor its Welsh quality.

Miscellany 2:


The countryside around Biggar



Miscellany 3:

The following morning I went to Mass at St Isidore's RC Church in Biggar - an unusual place of worship.


Basically a converted stone villa.

Steep driveway




Not sure what this room would have been originally

Van Gogh-like stained glass windows.