Monthly Archives: March 2015

SHEDNOTES 80: And an employment policy to discuss

The Shed has been catching up on House Of Cards, in which Kev is going for glory with AmWork, a plan to create 10 million “real, paying jobs”. The jobs would be created in national infrastructure investment and the armed … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 79: An education policy

The Shed has not yet declared an education policy so here is one. a) Abolish the national curriculum and put all schools in competition to meet local needs. b) Clear the way for the appointment of teachers who might currently … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 78: SWITCHING ON & OFF

To file under BROADBAND CONNECTIONS When switching on and off again, this advice on the order of events from Computeractive magazine in March 2008 might still be relevant … “Disconnect the power cable from the modem or set-top box, then … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 77: A filofacts of techie tips

The Shed has some files of techie stuff due to go online eventually. Under VIDEO we want the following advice from Jane Hoskyn, in Computeractive magazine, on video file conversion tools … “Freemake isn’t worth the risk. There are excellent … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 76: The Brennan JB7

Martin Brennan’s CD ripper, the JB7, was brilliant for its time and The Shed has owned and mainly loved one since 2009. When it is working right, playing your lifetime’s choices back to you at random, it is the perfect … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 75: A Filofacts on BEETROOT

The Shed is clearly not as immune to the zeitgeist as it likes to think and was developing a hankering to grow beetroot when the Telegraph of 28.2.15 published a guide by James Wong, botanist and author of Grow For … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 74: Some notes on screws

For years, The Shed has operated mainly on inherited, left-over or reclaimed screws – most of them single-slot originally, although we have moved as far as having a range of crosshead screwdrivers, imperfectly understood, in order to deal with flat-pack … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 73: When the rules don’t make sense

Here in The Shed, the rules about when to wash hands are sometimes relaxed a little and we were interested in the recent batch of horror stories about how many men don’t always bother after a pee. The Shed’s old … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 73: The Nathan Barley effect

The Shed is always up for an attack on metropolitan trendiness and therefore enjoyed Andrew Harrison’s in the Guardian of 10.2.15, under the heading Totally Mexico! How the Nathan Barley nightmare came true. Harrison summed up: “Charlie Brooker and Chris … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 72: Why Straw proved to be made of straw

The Shed thought Ian Jack, Guardian, was quite good on Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind, in his column on 28.2.2015. In his experience, he said, both of them were the kind of politician who was desperate to be liked all … Continue reading

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