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Tunguska, Chelyabinsk… Powys

Geek’s Guide to Britain  As I approach the Wales-England border, the rolling Herefordshire countryside sharpens into steep hills and narrow valleys. Powys is a county covering a quarter of Wales, but it is home to just 133,000 people, making it the least densely populated area of Britain south of the North Yorkshire moors.…

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How Joseph Bazalgette flushed the capital into the modern age

Geek’s Guide to Britain  At various times in the history of the UK, there’s been a massive stink at Westminster, accompanied by demands that “something must be done”. We’ll be stumbling through the demands for PR after this year’s election for a while yet, but spare a thought for the politicians of 1858 who had to endure The Great Stink.…

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Monument to a trio who left their mark on Blighty

Geek’s Guide to Britain  When you mention Brunel to most people, they think of the one with the funny name – Isambard Kingdom Brunel. A few folks will know that his father Marc Isambard Brunel was the first famous engineering Brunel, but not many will know that Isambard’s own son, Henry Marc Brunel, was also an engineer and finished some of Isambard’s projects after his death.…

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BT’s sat comms site repurposed

Geek’s Guide to Britain  Big data? Pah. Arthur is big hardware. He weighs in at 1,118 tonnes, has a diameter of 25.9 metres and is 52 years old. From his home, a high plateau on Cornwall’s remote Lizard peninsula – as far south as you can go on the island of Great Britain without falling off – he has played his part in Space Age history, appropriate given he resembles one of its rockets in scale and riveting style.…

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How the internet of things has deep roots in the English countryside

Geek’s Guide to Britain  Would you like to work in a cross between Downton Abbey and Silicon Valley? For a small selection of IBMers, that’s the only way to describe their working environment, although the place we’re talking about is officially called Hursley Park.…

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El Reg visits the National Archives

Geek’s Guide to Britain  The UK’s National Archives in Kew have enough gems and hidden secrets to keep Indiana Jones or Robert Langdon in sequels for the next couple of centuries, with everything from the Domesday book to the UK’s official UFO records socked away safely in its sanctum.…

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57 years on, Reg man visits scene of first transatlantic voice call

Geek’s Guide to Britain  A cabled telegram first crossed the Atlantic in 1858, but it took almost a century for voice calls to follow, being carried by the TAT-1 Cable which landed at Oban in Scotland, where we went along to see it.…

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The hollowing heroes who reversed nature

Geek’s Guide to Britain  In the middle of a Scottish mountain is a man-made cavern 90 metres high and 36 metres long – tall enough to stuff an entire Cathedral in its belly – which is only accessible through a kilometre-long rock tunnel. This is the home of the Cruachan Power Station.…

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The Buckinghamshire haunt of spooks, BOFHs and boffins

BOFH: The Buckinghamshire haunt of spooks, BOFHs and boffins

The Buckinghamshire haunt of spooks, BOFHs and boffins
Geek’s Guide to Britain

Hanslope Park sits just outside the small, quiet North Buckinghamshire village of Hanslope. I grew up there, and the Park and its occupants would always be mentioned by conversing grown-ups in suddenly hushed tones. Who might be listening? Other villagers were quietly pointed out with the words: “You see him? He works at the Park, he does.”
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El Reg shows where you can go and get truly shafted

Geek’s Guide to Britain  The Tower rises above the flat plain of the Nene valley near Northampton – for centuries home of Britain’s shoe industry, but these days better known as the home town of 11th Doctor Matt Smith, comics auteur Alan Moore and El Reg operations manager Matt Proud – like some kind of latter-day Barad Dûr or Orthanc.…

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BOFH: It’s survey time in BOFH-land… and the dastardly duo are getting creative

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It’s survey time in BOFH-land… and the dastardly duo are getting creative
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So the PFY and I are in the Boss’s office having sat through a 10-minute monologue on the importance of client surveys with a request that we come up with a way of reporting satisfaction levels to him by the time he rocks back from a half-hour meeting.…
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