A busy but enjoyable weekend 

Friday night was a great night out with Debbie and friends from work.

Playing pool with Chris & the girls and drinking at Bar H

Mexican food & cocktails were great

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was definitely worth the wait. It’s an excellent sequel and even funnier than the first. The soundtrack is also awesome!

Saturday morning, went to work for half a day for the College Fun/Open Day.

Dads birthday and a little Family party on Saturday night.

Car boot sale on Sunday morning, some shopping and then erect three sides of the shed. Quite a busy weekend.

Have aches all over, possibly a hernia, hit my thumb with a hammer on Saturday, and the nail went a little black. Sunday, I decided this didn’t hurt enough, so hit it again to make sure along with some blisters, a bruise and a splinter. Washing machine also died on Friday night, so had a new one arrive on Sunday. A quick bit of plumbing and it seems to work alright.

And finally, this months Radpberry Pj magazine comes with a complete kit to build your own google voice assistant. Can’t wait to build it!

Star Wars Identities Exhibition & Tall Ships Festival

We booked tickets for the Star Wars O2 Identities Exhibition a couple of months ago and went with our friend Anita. The tickets were £20 each through Love Theatre and are normally £22 each so we got a small discount. You have to book timed slots and we chose 10.30am so we would have the whole day in London if needs be but enough time to get there by Train.

We caught a train from Slough £13.00 each and arrived at the O2 at about 10.00am so we had time for breakfast in Harvesters (all you can eat).

We queued for about 15 minutes at the entrance before going in. You have to watch a short introductory video (this seems to be the norm for these sorts of events nowadays) and were given audio headsets and wristbands to listen to commentary and create our own character as we went through the exhibition.

It took us about 1.5 hours to walk around looking at the costumes and artwork on display and build our characters at certain waypoints. At the end you are given an opportunity to see the final character built upon questions you ask as you go along. You then see this on a large screen at the end before exiting into the gift shop.

The gift shop is typically expensive with many Star Wars branded items available cheaper online. We did buy some metal coasters as they were branded with the exhibition logo and could not be purchased elsewhere. They were however £19 for a set of eight and a little cheaply made for my liking.

Overall we enjoyed the exhibition but it felt a little short compared top other similar events we have attended.

As we were finished by lunchtime we decided to visit the Tall Ships Festival taking place in nearby Greenwich. We saw some ships coming into dock at Greenwich and enjoyed some street food (Mexican burrito) at the Naval Museum where the Cutty Sark is located. The weather was great and after a couple of beers I could easily have stayed there all day enjoying the sun.

We left late afternoon and made our way back to Slough on the train.

Flickr Album of Photos


Saturday Night out in Reading

We don’t get out as much as we used to so it was great to finally get to Reading last Saturday for a night out with Keith and Brian. Caught the train into Reading and tried out a few bars and a few beers.

The Sun Inn – nice selection of beers and real ales.

Pavlogs Dog – again, very nice mixture of beers, ales and ciders. Pool table and live music. Normally I like Lager, Lager and nothing but lager. Was brave this night and tried something new – quite enjoyed it – would definitely recommend this:


The Horn. Small bar but nice feel. Had a duo singing covers.

The Hope Tap – heavy metal band – didn’t get their name as I was a little drunk by this point.

All the bars had live music. Good atmospheres. We got some food from the usual Chicken shop (haven’t come down with food poisoning yet) and am looking forward to doing this again soon.

Here’s Brian showing how impressed he was with the Heavy Metal band.


We asked them if they could play anything more mainstream and they obliged:

This is what they normally sound like:


Retro Games Night Centre for Computing History

Retro gaming night at The Centre for Computing History. Geek heaven with food, drink and a lot of computers from the past few decades.

Canon V20 MSX Computer