Zumi - Faversham and East Kent
Culture, collecting and comment from Faversham and East Kent
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Friday, January 13, 2012
The Latest Must-have Gadget!One to amuse the inner librarian (sadly, in my case, the outer librarian too).
The "BOOK" is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy to use even a child can operate it. Just lift its cover! Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere, even sitting in an armchair by the fire yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc.
- Each BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information.
- These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence.
- Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs in half.
- Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in information density; for now BOOKs with more information simply use more pages. This makes them thicker and harder to carry, and has drawn some criticism from the mobile computing crowd.
- Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain.
- A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.
- The BOOK may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening it.
- The BOOK never crashes and never needs rebooting, though like other display devices it can become unusable if dropped in water
- The "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backward as you wish.
- Many come with an "index" feature, which pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval.
and it's all true...
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Oo, thankee sir, for noticing us peasants...I just read today's Telegraph review of the Sportsman - possibly the most patronising piece I've seen this year... I know it's early days, but it'll take some beating.
Check it for yourself.
Starting off with casual and dismissive comments about Kent as a place to go through rather than to, and Seasalter's apparent inbreeding, there's a great review as far as the food is concerned, although the paper napkin seemed to have caused a little bit of a problem.
Still at £100 each for the tasting menu lunch with wine for the reviewer and his girlfriend, this was reported as "astonishingly good prices". That'll be planet London then... grr.
I expect he want to be AA Gill, but doesn't quite have the wit for it. Still, the food sounded nice, as long as there's no food critics at the next table. it was nice last time I was there, and we escaped with a bill less than half of this one. We must have been doing it wrong.
Monday, February 14, 2011
A Valentine's WishWe've just exchanged contracts on a house in Faversham, needing a major renovation, but overlooking the creek and with bags of space and character. Expect photos of rotting timbers and piles of rubble, but for now we're focusing on its potential as the settling down home. Here's hoping!
This delightful card seems to be appropriate for us, and is lovey enough to work for Valentine's Day too.
Friday, February 04, 2011
Ignorance is BlissAnother piece of Edwardian whimsy - at first sight this is another romantic card, suitable for the approach to Valentines Day, but wait - open the flap, and there inside are 12 pictures of Ramsate at its finest.
The first 6 show the Inner Harbour, Victoria Pavilion, Harbour with Gates Open, the Marina, the Wtaerfall and the Westcliff Promenade.
The second group here shows Ellington Park, the Sands, East Cliff Promenade, General View Ramsgate, Madeira Walk and New Undercliff Promenade.
Those were the days... not quite sure which ignorance is bliss here - the courting couple ignorant of the young audience, or maybe one of them ignorant of the other's brood of children? You decide...
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
An early ValentineA little treat fo rthe scrap people out htere - if you can't make something lovely with this, you're not trying hard enough! This delightful Valentine is unused and undated, but I guess comes from the 1910s or 1920s. Maybe someone can date it better than that...
It opens out to reveal the poem, sent by the girl in the picture who pleads to be saved for the tedium that is her fate if she doesn't get her man. At least I think that's what she's saying.