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Mr. Asaad’s comment on my recent Knee Op.

Below is copy of my surgeons letter (written 18th Dec 2009) to my GP referring to the Op on my left knee on 4th Nov. For the record, the knee is improving day-by-day, although the 3 weeks following surgery I found extremely challenging.
The Op on the Right knee is pencilled-in for 19th Feb 2010. I’ll [...]

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Review of Agfa Camera DC-2030r

Updated: 2nd Jan 2010, 7th Jan 2010 & 8th Jan 2010

I couldn’t resist it. Tesco’s are selling off unsold Christmas stock, and I bought this 12 megapixcel camera for £49.95 – a saving of £30 over the RRP.
My existing camera (5 Mp) is OK, but fiddly to use, and resolution limited, plus the close/far switch [...]

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Pre-Amplifier For Balanced Magnetic Guitar Pickup

This post is part 3 of the article ‘High Quality Guitar Pickups On A Shoe-string’, and discusses the fitting of an experimental balanced magnetic pickup to an acoustic guitar, together with a suitable pre-amplifier.

Balanced Magnetic Pickup Pre-Amp Schematic
Parts List for the Balanced Magnetic Pickup Pre-amp
Suggested Printed Circuit Board Design
Downloads: Project Files & Op-Amp Datasheet
Part 1: [...]

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Songs For Broken Voices – 4

Songs for Broken Voices ™ © 2009 J.W.Brown

Last updated 4th March 2010 by JWB

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Another Knee Op in February

I braved the snowstorm over the hills on the way to Hexham, and kept my appointment with Mr. Assad. He showed me 12 brilliant colour pictures of my left knee joint, (from the inside) both before & after his work, which I found fascinating. He has fixed the torn medial meniscus cartilage- which looked like [...]

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Mast Lane at 9:00am 18th December 2009

Cullercoats at 9:00am 18th December 2009

This mornings view from my workshop window. As usual being only 500 yards from the (warm!) North Sea has kept that horrible white stuff to an absolute minimum. So I should be able to attend a ‘review’ of my left knee with Mr. Asaad, at Hexham General Hospital this [...]

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Belated Statistics for November

Now that one.com seem to have fixed the problems with their ’statistics’ server, I can update everyone on November’s stats.

First of all, connectable.org.uk achieved one million hits in the period 1st Jan 2009 – 3rd December 2009. This compares very favourably with last year (2008), with a total of 28,985 for the period March – [...]

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Ultra-Cheap Peizo Pickup For Acoustic Guitar

This post is part 2 of the article ‘High Quality Guitar Pickups On A Shoe-string’, and discusses the fitting of a peizo pickup under the soundboard of an acoustic guitar, together with a suitable pre-amplifier and tone-control.

Obtaining a Peizo Capsule
Siting The Pickup
Peizo Pickup Pre-Amp & Tone Control Schematic
Parts List for the Peizo Pickup Pre-amp & [...]

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The Hard Times of Old England

Too achy and sore to finish off more work on the shelving in my ‘music’ room, I got down to compiling a directory of my all-time favourite Steeleye Span and/or Maddy Prior mp3 tracks, and of course, playing these favourites as I sifted amongst the various Album directories on my hard disk. The eponymous track [...]

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High Quality Guitar Pickups On A Shoe-string

Making a great-sounding magnetic pickup out of scrap magnets.
Building It Yourself
Get Magnetised
Get Wired
Testing the experimental pickup
Amplifying the pickup output
Experimental Breadboarded Pre-Amplifier
Audio Testing
Building Mark I Pre-amp
Loud/Soft Footswitch
Fitting The Pickup
Tone Control
Schematics & Printed Circuit Boards
Downloads : Project Files & Op-Amp Datasheet
Downloads : Audio Test Tracks
Part 2: Ultra-Cheap Peizo Guitar Pickup For Acoustic Guitar
Part 3: Pre-amplifier for Balanced [...]

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