Boost Energy Systems
has bought Ampair
, taking most of its time at present. Therefore we have been handling much of the phase converter business. In the last two days we made three sales and prepared to move phase converter sales stock to another building, complete with computer records.
On Saturday evening we went to the Odeon in Guildford for the first time since it moved to Bedford Road. The film was A history of violence
, first shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
As the van was in use for the Model Engineering Exhibition at Pickering, we were obliged to carry a Booster E16
in the back of our Suzuki Ignis Sport
. At 220 kg this is the heaviest single item we have carried. It fitted in easily and performance was not seriously affected so the Suzuki scores highly as a load carrier as well as a hot hatch. Getting the unit in and out was very difficult but this was no fault of the car, which has a superb flat loading area with no lip.
On Saturday evening we saw the Florestan Trio
playing Beethoven chamber music at the Wigmore Hall
in London. The great moments for me were:
1) The beautiful opening cello melody in the adagio of the Piano Trio in Bb Op.11, said to be Beethoven's first introduction for that instrument
2) The rapid violin notes in the Presto Finale of the Piano trio in G Op.1 No.2.
Unusually for this venue we had a car parking problem. Arriving one hour before the end of paid parking time we used a credit card machine to pay. It accepted the credit card but failed to issue a ticket so I left a note to that effect on the dashboard. On returning to the car we found a penalty charge notice. Now we must wait to see if the charge appears on our card statement. All readers note; Westminster City Council takes no prisoners ! A Spanish couple we knew, who misunderstood the regulations, had their car towed away.
Ahmed Mulla was disqualified from a certain win at the STEP
regional competition in London on the grounds that he had obtained a previous STEP award. A great pity that nobody mentioned this rule before all the work was put into preparation for the event. As one of those involved in that work, you can imagine how I feel about STEP now !
On Monday night we saw the Phil Brown Swingtet at the Cricketers
in Horsell Birch, Woking. Wide ranging programme from King Oliver's Dippermouth Blues to Charlie Parker and Wayne Shorter. During the latter piece Ernie, a retired saxophonist, whispered in my ear "sounds like the days when I practised scales for hours". Our favourite number was a lively rendition of 'It's Alright with you'.
Yet another person has been reading this weblog; a guest trombonist told me our taste in classical music was rather safe !
On Wednesday evening we again saw the Blue Moon Jazz band at the Watermans Arms
, Hersham, joined by anyone who wanted to play with them. This included Tony Nutt from the Apex Jazz Band on cornet.
On Monday night we saw the Frog Island Jazz Band
at the Cricketers
in Horsell Birch, Woking. They played many Jelly Roll Morton numbers, including a fine rendition of Sidewalk Blues. This was a great pleasure after hearing it played badly by two other bands.
Today we visited Hamble
, a yachting paradise in Hampshire, for the first time this year. Much new residential building is putting pressure on the already inadequate car parking.
We are adding links to Ampair
on key web pages. Ampair is a well-established manufacturer of wind turbines that also supplies solar panels.
No posts for the last week as we were on holiday in Guernsey
, one of the Channel Islands. Highlight was a day trip to Sark
, an island with no cars where transport is by tractor or horse and cart. See picture below.