Author Archives: John Breakwell

Compilation tapes from the 80s – #1

Going through boxes of 30+ year old tapes that are cluttering up the bedroom. Thought I’d share the sort of music I was recording off the radio whilst I at University. This one is from 1983. Jasper Carrot – “Magic … Continue reading

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It’s No Longer the Same

My feelings for my phone have changed. It’s back from the dead but doesn’t quite feel the same. It’s a sort of abusive relationship as I’d signed my Lumia 950 up to the Windows Insider Programme. Every now and then … Continue reading

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Game Design – A Crash Course

Having a clear calendar, I made a last-minute (ish) decision to spend £35 on a 3-hour workshop on game design. James Wallis is always entertaining and engaging, and Eclectic Games (Reading’s premier games emporium) is a friendly place to be, … Continue reading

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Songs from the Nationals

For the last four years I’ve been running a D&D/Pathfinder game for the Student Nationals. To make the game more fun, I’ve started making props for the players – last year they were given Beholder deely boppers: This year, microphones: … Continue reading

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Helping science

Many years ago, I used to sell items on eBay for friends and co-workers. Some of the items which didn’t sell are still cluttering up the loft, over a decade on. One piece of electronics I decided to dust off … Continue reading

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Finally, a phone upgrade

“Early adopter” is not really something you would expect to see on my technology profile. For Christmas 2011, I was treated to a HTC Radar Windows Phone (a year after Windows 7 came out). It’s a lovely little phone – … Continue reading

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Dr Strange at the movies

It must be getting on for nearly 40 years since I last read a Dr Strange story and that would have been a reprint of the earlier 1960s US comic as backup feature in Marvel UK’s “The Avengers”. I found the … Continue reading

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