Diary Blip (Friday 31st July 2020)
Regular listeners may remember problems that the smart meter installer had getting the electricity meter to communicate with the company. After spending three hours here he told me they'd have to re-book. Three weeks later I'd heard nothing and I was prompted to chase them up when they sent a bill with an estimated reading for the gas, whose smart meter was working.
An appointment was booked for this morning and a different chap came over from Bath. He couldn't get it to work either and finally decided the smart meter was faulty and swapped it over with a new one. One hour and 40 minutes later it was working correctly, showing both gas and electric consumption. Perhaps not my best ever blip, but a notable landmark.
Given that for gas there is a 24p per day standing charge, the 4p used for gas and electricity to 1743 hr at least shows that all my solar panels are earning their keep, with enough power stored in the battery to last until the morning.
Too hot to go out so the afternoon was spent in my study under a giant ceiling fan. What a good investment that proved to be, for at least three days of the year, and charged by solar power.
31.7.2020 (1823 hr)
Blip #3274 (#3024 + 250 archived blips taken 27.8.1960-18.3.2010)
Consecutive Blip #000
Blips/Extras In 2020 #126/267 + #053/100 Extras
Day #3782 (860 gaps from 26.3.2010)
LOTD #2419 (#2260 + 159 in archived blips)
Old Forge series
Diary Blip series
Taken with Pentax lens KS-1 (Blue) and Pentax smc P-DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM prime
Lozarhythm Of The Day:
The Clash - Junco Partner (recorded May 1980, Channel One Studio, Maxwell Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica; overdubs August 1980, Wessex Studios, London)
This was the result of the Clash's brief visit to the legendary Channel One studios. Style Scott from the Roots Radics house band provided the drums and Mikey Dread was on hand to create the mix, while Joe Strummer played the famous studio piano.
The song is of unknown origin but surfaced in the prisons of New Orleans and Louisiana, first recorded by James Wayne in 1951 and credited to Robert Allen (a pseudonym of Bob Shad). It was later popularised by James Booker (probably the source of the Clash's version) and Professor Longhair. I have been exploring the triple-album Sandanista! this afternoon.
One year ago:
The Old Forge (Petunias)