Category Archives: Additions

October 5th 2010

After the sad news of the past couple of months, Ian Williams has cheered me up a bit with this job advertisement from 1978 – I’m looking for a permanent home for it, most likely in Editing.
However, before that, does anyone out remember applying for that job? It closed on September 5th 1978.
As a memory jogger, this was shortly after the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Alberta – perhaps Geoff Higgs can recall the board – he was a boss then!


The two remembrances of RDH and Henry are now available in Recollections, along with further recollections of colleagues who are no longer with us.

October 16th 2009

The latest addition is a Scroll of Honour collected by Denis Wyatt following the great leaving in June 2009. I’ve also added emails to the Contacts where provided. It would be nice to see some of the newly enrolled “Oldboys” (or girls) at one of the Lunches throughout the year. Our next is at Guildford on November 5th so that might be the ideal opportunity to come along and meet a lot of old friends.

January 9th 2009

A belated Happy New Year to everyone! Regular readers will recall the discovery of the majority of the lost Direct TV from Alexandra Palace website in the Internet Archive in September last year (September 9th’s entry is the start of the tale). Subsequently I managed to fill in some of the missing pieces (December 14th entry) and thought that was the best I could do.

Just before Christmas I received a letter from Arthur and, after contacting him, received a CD-ROM with the last complete vesion of the whole site. This has now been uploaded with its original format and navigation, so go and explore!


November 10th 2008

At the recent Oldboys Lunch at Guildford, Dennis Collett gave me a CD-Rom of photographs he took in Munich in 1972 (That’s 36 years ago!). Whilst the main section in Trips describes the area and machines, these other pictures bring back many memories to those who actually went there. Additionally I have just got to grips with Photoshop’s Web Gallery Automation, and so I have added a Munich Gallery and a Brisbane Gallery. I shall be going through the rest of the vast collection of photographs I have received and add more Galleries over the Winter.

September 12th 2008

The Direct Television from Alexandra Palace web site that I mentioned below has now been relocated to its own domain. I managed to get which mimics fairly well its original home with Freeserve. I have tidied up the formatting and navigation and found a few of the missing pictures from our own archives. I have already received offers of more information and, possibly, some of the pictures that are missing. The link from here is as before in Links, but I have renamed it to Direct Television from Alexandra Palace. There are a lot of familiar names (and experiences) that VT Oldboys will recall.

September 9th 2008

Ed Wooden has just reminded me that, for several of us, today marks the 45th Anniversary of joining the BBC at Wood Norton……

Also, I have just posted a new link in Links – doesn’t sound that exciting, but it marks the successful conclusion of a search that has taken Howard and I a couple of years or so! Visitors may remember that we had a link to a fascinating site by Arthur Dungate which chronicled his BBC career at AP and Lime Grove in TK and Film Dubbing. Some time ago I received emails reporting the link to his site as broken and, after emails and much searching, realised it had disappeared and all those memories with it.
A week ago John Dickenson passed onto Neil Pittaway the URL of an organisation who have been “archiving the internet”. A search there discovered the majority of Arthur’s website which I have downloaded and re-assembled as best I can.
Visit the link Memories of Alexandra Palace and have a look. Apologies for missing images, broken links and random formatting, but I felt the site was too valuable not to publish as it is. I shall return to tidying it up later on …… honest, Geoff….:-)

June 1st 2008

Dave Rixon has found the missing page of his cartoon “Computer Catastrophes”. Afficianodos of Dave’s work can now see JV339 (John Vigar) utter the immortal phrase “Christ I’m screwed” (I have that in Russian somewhere!) and visit Chad’s Caravan Sales (sorry Chad). For those who haven’t looked at the cartoons, do so for they are not only funny but an inspired piece of social history (honest!).