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The Longitude Story

My father-in-law gave me a book to read called “Longitude, the True Story of a Lone Genius Who Soled the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time” (Dava Sobel), after my passion for watches rubbed off on him a bit. 262 more words


Re-creating Harrison's timekeepers...in Australia

It is said that longevity is improved markedly by keeping your mind challenged and active and keeping hand–eye coordination intact. If that’s the case Norm Banham might last forever. 852 more words


Know Your Destination

On a plane bound for New York, the flight attendant approached a blonde sitting in the first class section and requested that she move to coach since she did not have a first class ticket. 473 more words

Tama County

Almhouses, Annotations and Murder: Spending Time with Parish Registers

  • by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library

The parish register – the list made in a church of the people who have been baptised, married or buried there – is one of the most useful tools for family history, especially for the period prior to the arrival of the civil registration process in 1837. 724 more words

Leeds History

The Human Computer

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich is fun. You can see John Harrison’s clocks which, famously, helped to solve the problem of determining longitude at sea. To do that, a seaman needed to know the difference between the time at the Meridian Line, zero longitude, and the time on his ship, so having an accurate clock that didn’t vary in the pitching and yawing of the sailing ships of the time was vital. 497 more words

Creepshow (1982, George A. Romero)

Creepshow is an homage to 1950s horror comic books. Director Romero and writer Stephen King go out of their way to make it feel like you’re reading one of those comics. 791 more words