Early Television

Just a reminder of the days when we expected so much less from our technology. When this set came out the only colours you could view were black and white. No flat wafer-thin screen. No HD. Just a goldfish bowl picture with rounded corners and 405 horizontal lines making up the picture which almost disappeared if a plane flew overhead!

In the UK, back in the 50s, there was only one channel, the BBC. It wasn't until 1955 we got our first commercial channel, ITV. TV wasn't 24/7 back then so we played with our wooden toys and Meccano sets until kids TV started at 5.00pm. Happy days!

Hot Gossip: The Prince, Kylie, Dr Who and a Plumber from Birmingham

Recent posts here have included London and also Dr Who. This one combines the two themes via none other than that bubbly pop princess and all round trouper, Kylie Minogue.

Kylie joined David Tennant here in the UK to star in the Dr Who 2007 Christmas Special about a futuristic version of the Titanic. Kylie is a RetroTech kind of girl; a timeless Diva.

As a result of this and her many other contributions to popular culture, she received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from none other than Prince Charles earlier this month.

If you want to hear some juicy gossip involving the Aussie songstress then check out: Kylie: Hot Gossip and a Plumber from Birmingham

Eye Love London - London Eye

"London Calling" is an old Clash Anthem. London is still cool. So is London calling you?

Why not come and visit one of the world’s great cities and home of the 2012 Olympics.

So what is the Eye?

It’s a huge, futuristic ferris wheel. The height of the London Eye is 135m making it the fourth tallest structure in London.

The London Eye has won over 75 awards for national and international tourism, outstanding architectural quality and engineering achievement since opening in March 2000.

It is also the tallest observation wheel in the world located on the bank of the River Thames close to Westminster and the British Parlament.

You can see around 40KM (25 miles) from the top. That's as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day.

The London Eye welcomes an average of 3.5 million customers every year and can carry 800 passengers per revolution - equivalent to 11 London red doubled-decker buses.

Each rotation takes about 30 minutes, meaning a capsule travels at a stately 26cm per second, or 0.9km (0.6 miles) per hour - allowing passengers to step on and off without the wheel having to stop.

Enough of these statistics. Eye'll see you soon in London!

Old-Fashioned Steam Radio

Here's a reminder of what radios used to look like around World War II.

The days when a geek's hobby was being a 'Radio Ham' and you stuffed your attic full of huge gray boxes with glowing valves and hissing everywhere. Meanwhile, your roof was adorned with massive antennae warning the neighbours you were not 'normal'.

As the picture shows, it had its compensations. Attractive young women flocked to your bedroom in the hope of catching a few well turned phrases of Norwegian or the distant chatter of Chinese whispers above the static.

Happy days!

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