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Fast Men

Today in History

1904 – Louis Rigolly, a Frenchman, becomes the first man to break the 100 mph (161 km/h) barrier on land. He drove a 15-liter Gobron-Brillié in Ostend, Belgium.

1925 – Malcolm Campbell becomes the first man to exceed 150 mph (241 km/h) on land. At Pendine Sands in Wales, he drives Sunbeam 350HP built by Sunbeam at a two-way average speed of 150.33 mph (242 km/h).

Armageddon 2020

This year the show featured guests arriving via video link from their homes. This didn’t seen to turn off the fans. While attendance was a bit sparse when I arrived at 10am, by the afternoon the place was packed. The usual booths were there, but nothing interesting enough to buy.

The Guests:

Danielle Nicolet & Tom Cavanagh

First up of the people I know are Danielle Nicolet and Tom Cavanagh from The  Flash. It turns out that Tom is the chatterbox, going into great detail about his past and regaling us with stories from the show. Danielle ended the session by showing off her dog.


Anthony Rapp (Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets) from Star Trek: Discovery proved to be an affable fellow. But even he was at times upstaged by his cats.

Covid-19 END

On this day New Zealand moves to Level 1.

Effectively ending the lock-down and changes made.

The only difference is that international travel is restricted.




Codiv-19 Day 58

Today World Goth Day is celebrated. The Official World Goth Day site defines it as “a day where the goth scene gets to celebrate its own being, and an opportunity to make its presence known to the rest of the world.”

World Goth Day originated in the United Kingdom in 2009. BBC Radio 6 was looking at a number of music subcultures throughout a week in May, including Goth music.

Streetcar Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire
(Court Theatre Production)

Jaded Southern belle Blanche DuBois arrives in a sultry New Orleans, desperate for a place to stay.

Her little sister Stella takes her in, but tensions soon flare as Stella’s husband Stanley keeps a brooding eye on his new sister-in-law.

Dark, depressing, brooding and ultimately a tragedy. The critics love it…

The Press Review




Windy Willows

at the Court Theatre
One toad. A whole lot of trouble!

Written by Kenneth Grahame
Adapted for the stage by Alan Bennett
Music and additional lyrics by Jeremy Sams

Directed by Ross Gumbley
Musical Direction by Richard Marrett

The set was impressive, costumes quirky and inventive. Effects and moving props surprising and inventive. And the acting/singing up to the usual standards of the Court Theatre.

The only problem was the script. It just wasn’t that memorable or inventive. It’s essentially the same story that has been told in various media: Toady crashes cars, gets into trouble an the rats take over Toad Hall. Toady rallies his mates to take it back and preserve the essential British Class system.

Other views may be available:

Stuff Review

Theatre Scenes





One of the best-known works of art in the world

On this day in 1922, Howard Carter (not of Mars) and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in over 3000 years.

Howard Carter
George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon


Benedict Cumberbatch & Thomas Edison

In 1877 Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.

Edison in 1922

Win 1.0

On this day in 1985, Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.

Microsoft had worked with Apple Computer to develop applications for Apple’s January 1984 original Macintosh.

It runs as a graphical, 16-bit multi-tasking shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation. It provides an environment which can run graphical programs designed for Windows, as well as existing MS-DOS software.

Despite positive responses to its early presentations and support from a number of hardware and software makers, Windows 1.0 was received poorly by critics.

Critics felt Windows 1.0 did not meet their expectations. In particular, they felt that Windows 1.0 put too much emphasis on mouse input at a time when mouse use was not yet widespread; not providing enough resources for new users; and for performance issues, especially on systems with lower computer hardware specifications.

Windows 1.0 was declared obsolete and Microsoft stopped providing support and updates for the system on December 31, 2001.