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TestDisk – Free unformat / SD card recovery tools for Linux, Windows and Mac

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Ever had that sinking feeling when you format your SD card with all your precious holiday photos before suddenly realising that you hadn’t actually copied them anywhere? In this case it turned out I did have a copy after all, it just happened to be on a different computer. I thought it was a good […]

Visiting Sheldon Country Park with a child or baby (includes Old Rectory Farm – demonstration farm)

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Sheldon Country Park is a council run recreational area with a working demonstration farm called “Old Rectory Farm”. The farm building was once the home of Reverend Dr Thomas Bray, the closest Sheldon has to a [18th century] famous person. There is a car park accessed from Ragley Drive. The car park can be very […]

WashCraft Domestics – fixed our cooker and saved our Christmas

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

When our cooker broke a week before Christmas it looked as though we were going to have raw turkey! We have a range cooker / oven, with a large electric oven. The fan element had not been working since we moved in, but it had been working as a conventional oven. With only a week […]

Moving House

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Well we managed to move in the end, so goodbye Coventry and hello Redditch. Most of the furniture is still flat packed, and all the rooms are full of boxes, but we are getting there. Here are a few of the companies that we used: Estate Agent in Coventry – Wiglesworth Wiglesworth were really good […]

Ambulance, FA Cup, Italian Job, The Blitz and a Time Machine

Monday, October 1st, 2007

The refurbishment has gone ahead and the museum is now a huge improvement on what it was before. I’m not sure if it is completely finished, I think there were plans to move or refurbish the cafe, but other than that most of the exhibits seam to be in their final destinations. I must say that I am very impressed by the new exhibits that have been completed since I was last there. This includes a road layout with an Ambulance donated by Warwickshire St John Ambulance, a mini showing how the tunnel scenes for the original Italian Job (the one starring Michael Cane) were actually filmed in Coventry, and an example of a production line.

Flamenco Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant – near Coventry

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

I drive past the Flamenco Spanish Tapas bar when I travel to work, but this is the first time I’ve been. The restaurant is located off the A45 between the NEC / Birmingham International Airport and Coventry. The service was excellent and the food was very good. It was quite expensive compared with some other […]

20 mph speed limit – protecting children outside schools?

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Warwickshire is currently trialling five 20 mph zones near schools in villages around the county. See Warwickshire County Council 20mph Speed Limit Trials There are a number of sites on the Internet objecting to these, but if they reduce the number of accidents and serious injuries outside of schools then I’m for it. The problem […]

Salesman’s Lie : Grill-It : National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show

Monday, February 19th, 2007

I went along to the National Boat Caravan and Leisure Show at the NEC at the weekend. In general the show was an improvement on previous years, and it appeared that even more had been crammed into the 5 Halls than usual. One thing that was memorable from the show, for all the wrong reasons, […]

Update to: Baby Friendly Shopping – Coventry Town Centre | Belgrade Plaza Car Park

Monday, February 12th, 2007

This is an update to the Previous Blog Entry: Baby Friendly Shopping – Coventry Town Centre. In the earlier post I mentioned that the Belgrade Plaza Car Park, whilst not particularly baby friendly, wasn’t too bad for parking with a baby. After I parked there this weekend, I’d actually now say the opposite, that in […]

Coventry City Farm – Needs financial support

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Unfortunately due to financial difficulties the Coventry City Farm has now closed down. See more children farms on Days Out Diary website. I have previously visited the Coventry City Farm Fun Day 2006, and I have now visited the farm on a normal day. We visited on Sunday, spending about an hour there with my […]


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