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RC Remote Control for a Raspberry Pi Pico

Saturday, June 19th, 2021

One of the things missing from the Raspberry Pi Pico is the lack of network connectivity. There are other models that do provide that such as the Arduino version of the Raspberry Pi Pico – The Arduino Nano RP2040, but there are alternative ways to communicate. In this case I had an RC remote control […]

Barnt Green to Lickey Hills Circular Walk in Worcestershire / Birmingham

Monday, April 5th, 2021

This is a way marked route by Worcestershire County Council. Starting at Barnt Green (approx. postcode B45 8NW). It takes in some of the local countryside, skirting around the reservoirs to the top of Lickey Hills and back down to Barnt Green. Alternative starting point is Lickey Hills Visitor Centre car park (check closing time […]

Barnt Green Waterways Circular Walk

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

This is a way marked route by Worcestershire County Council. Starting at Barnt Green (approx. postcode B45 8NW). It takes in some of the local countryside, walk towards Alvechurch, along a canal and past Upper Bittell Reservoir. For public transport the Barnt Green railway station is nearby. Distance: 5 miles Click the map for a […]

Hanbury Circular Walk

Saturday, February 13th, 2021

This is a way marked route by Worcestershire County Council. Starting at Gateway Park near Droitwich Spa Marina (approx. postcode WR9 7DU). it goes along the Worcestershire and Birmingham Canal, and then across fields passing Hanbury Hall (National Trust). Distance: 7 miles (including walk around the outside of Hanbury Church). Click the map for a […]

Webheath to Banks’s Green Walk, Redditch

Saturday, January 16th, 2021

This is a walk starting at St. Philip’s Church in Webheath Redditch. It goes to Bank’s green by using a combination of the Monarch’s Way and country lanes. Approx 60% of this is on roads. The route is based on one that I have followed as part of the Scout’s Shirehike. Distance: 3.8 miles Click […]

Batchley and Enfield Woodland Walk, Redditch

Sunday, January 10th, 2021

This is walk around the Batchley and Enfield areas of Redditch. It goes through 3 different wood areas, the Memorial Garden and 2 local parks. It also includes the site of the former Enfield factory and the railway. Distance: 4.5 miles Terrain: Woodland and tarmac paths. Includes some stairs (alternate route available). Click map for […]

Creating 2D Animations using Blender 2.8 and Blender 2.9

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Blender is well known as a 3D modelling tool, but it is also good for creating 2D animations. It includes the ability to create timeline based animations using Keyframes with automatic tweening and fine control over all the objects. If you don’t know what that means then hopefully this video for beginners will provide a […]

Star Wars Day – Raspberry Pi RGB Matrix Display

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Today is the 4th May, which means Star Wars day. So I’ve added a new scrolling image showing a series of images from each of the 9 films in the three trilogies playing on my Raspberry Pi controlled RGB LED Matrix Display. It’s 4946 x 32 pixels long. Shown on my 64 x 32 Matrix […]

Using a gamepad or joystick on a Raspberry Pi with Pygame Zero QJoyPad

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Pygame Zero is an easy way to get started in game programming. It used Python Pygame, but makes getting started easier by reducing the amount of code required. I’ve previously created a tutorial getting started with Pygame Zero programming. One feature that is missing from Pygame Zero is support for joysticks or gamepads. It is […]

Amazon Dash Button Home Automation with Raspberry Pi, Sengled home automation lights and pi-power Energenie Power Sockets

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

I have recently been upgrading some of my home automation. I already use Energenie Pi-Mote to control some electrical power sockets, I’ve now replaced some of my light switches with Sengled home automation light bulbs. Initially I’ve been using my Pi-power software running on a Raspberry Touch Screen and some timed actions to automatically turn […]


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