Happy New Year to All! Remember that 2008 marks the 50th Anniversary of VERA’s first transmission in April 1958.
May I wish all Oldboys and visitors a very “Merry Christmas, VT!”, and put on record my thanks to Howard Dell & Geoff Higgs for their stirling work in checking (and finding) errors and typos on the website. Also, a big thanks to all of you, worldwide, who have sent me stories, pictures, clips and reminiscences – without you there would be no oldboys website.
Those of you who are already members of the BBC Pensioners Association may have seen the reference to this website in the latest Newsletter. Nick Whines, who is the Association’s Secretary, has asked if I can point out the advantages of being a member, and to this end I have added a link to their website on the Links page.
Apologies to any visitor getting strange Search results (see also December 14th). The deletion of the old website files didn’t totally solve this problem, but I think/hope that it has now been fixed. The odd results appear to have also been caused by the failure of the search facility to erase old cached data. I’ve had a serious word with it and things should be improved – but it may take a few days to sort itself out.
In the Guest Book, Keith Graham mentioned the original Ampex factory in Redwood City and the sign. I have asked Keith to get a ground level photo of it in the New Year for the record, but, for the time being, here it is courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Earth. Its actual location is at 1228 Douglas, Redwood City, California.
Today marks the end of the link to the original Oldboys website, and all its files have been removed from the server. This has been causing problems with our search engine and producing rather weird results.
The old link button had been renamed Happenings, and I hope to provide a, sort of, diary here recording the odd contacts and information that has no specific place on the website. So do check in regularly! New information will be added at the top so there shouldn’t be too much scrolling. Everything will be kept.
Howard (Dell) reports that, on Thursday, he had a very good lunch with, amongst others, Syd Lotterby (right)
On the subject of lunches, the next A40 Faction lunch has been set for Thursday, March 13th 2008 at the usual venue, The Stag at Chorleywood.
At the recent Christmas Lunch at Surbiton, John Martin asked me to promote the next 40s & 50s (and others!) lunch at Glenmore House on May 22nd 2008. More details when we get them. Nick Martin is hoping to produce some pages for this website detailing future events. You can find full details in Future Events.