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WOT ABOUT WELWYN WIREWOUND?

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WOT ABOUT WELWYN WIREWOUND?

  The Welwyn wire wound precision resistors that I offer are in the category of "once they're gone, they're gone" as they started life as a finite supply at the GPO Dollis Hill laboratory before ending up with me. Anyone know anything about Welwyn? Well, for those that don't, here's a potted history. Welwyn Electrical Laboratories Ltd was established in 1937 in Welwyn Garden City, near London, UK. Many of the earliest products were vitreous enamelled wirewound resistors which developed over the years into the well-known green W20 series, together with cracked carbon film resistors. The company relocated to the...

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A GRUNDIG AT BATHTIME

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A GRUNDIG AT BATHTIME

Its interesting the lengths that were taken in order to sell tape recorders, just look at this advertising shot from 1959:- I have suggested to Mrs Mullard Magic that we re-enact this scene for the 21st century but she said that if I came near her with my little Nagra  then she would belt me with her loofah, oooo-errrr.  At least I suggested a battery tape deck as a concession to 'Elf & Safety!'

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BENNY OR BROWN - WHICH ONE IS BEST?

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BENNY OR BROWN - WHICH ONE IS BEST?

Everyone was stunned when Mrs Brown's Boys popped up on our screen in 2011 as something new in the comedic realm but was it really? They say that there is nothing new in showbiz and that people have short memories and this may be true when we go back to 1993 when another redoubtable lady appeared in Mrs Doubtfire. And if you go back even further to 1977 , well, look who........ Which one of these stunners is the most comely then?    

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PINK FLOYD SAY RULE BRITANNIA WITH SOMETHING PERKY IN ISLINGTON

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PINK FLOYD SAY RULE BRITANNIA WITH SOMETHING PERKY IN ISLINGTON

 Well what an advert, bet that made you sit up and take notice in 1975!!!!  Once you get past the strategically placed thongs and cards you wonder what the advert is for, well, if you're sitting comfortably, then I'll tell you!  First though, I will say that I bet that the lady pictured turns heads these days at the Post Office as she stands in the Pension encashment queue!  Anyhow, I digress, as  Britannia Row Audio Ltd was an offshoot of Britannia Row Studios and  was created to hire out Pink Floyd's tour equipment and keep the skills of its crew...

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VALVE PRE AMPLIFIERS AND NUCLEAR WOODPECKERS

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VALVE PRE AMPLIFIERS AND NUCLEAR WOODPECKERS

Well beat me on the bottom with a rolled up BVWS bulletin and call me Edna, just look at this.  When have you ever seen a Chernobyl pre amplifier.   I'll bet this thermionic masterpiece just radiates a sweet and mellifluous sound. As some of you may know, during  1972, the Duga-1 radio receiver, part of the Duga radar array was constructed 11 km (6.8 mi) west-northwest of Chernobyl. It was the origin of the Russian Woodpecker which allegedly, if it stopped transmitting, would herald a Soviet nuclear strike on the West. Also during 1972, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was constructed 9 miles northwest...

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