A video of Brighton’s season

The Brighton & Hove Albion journey began 115 years ago on 24 June 1901 and has culminated in promotion, on the 17 April 2017, to the top flight of English football, the Premier League. The beginning was here at the Seven Stars Hotel on Ship Street when the club was formed at a meeting…

Much as been written about the history of the football club here, here and here…so I won’t reinvent the wheel.

However, I will add to this story that there seems to be a family connection to Ship Street? I vaguely remember someone telling me that, (on my Mother’s side being the Boniface‘s) a Frank Boniface used to own Ship Street, lost it in a poker game and went to Australia. I will have to go back in my notes and check what I have, and of course investigate further. Family stories do tend to get embellished of course but somewhere in amongst it all lies the truth.

As with a lot of others around the world I followed the terrible news of the attack in Westminster. I was shocked to learn that the attacker stayed in Brighton the night before and even more shocked as to the location of the hotel. I lived on Havelock Road and went to Balfour Road School in the 1950’s not far from there.

Flux Capacitor

Flux Capacitor

I came across something really interesting and cool today. Having been invited to join fellow steampunk enthusiasts in a Facebook group, Southern society of steampunk steamologists I got a post of an event they were holding. It included something called teapot racing? Teapot racing? Wot the heck is that? Well, it is exactly that, teapot racing. Like I need another project.

Wishful Thinking

The Chess Problem

At first I thought it was a hoax at first but some after some cursory investigation it may not be. The email address that one is supposed to write to with a solution was only registered last year and at first I couldn’t find any Penrose Institute but I did find it eventually and it may all be legit because that site was only started last year too.

Where I saw the original story, then another more in depth story I found here…So, to the problem itself but I must admit I’m still a little suspicious.

Initial observations are thus. Black has no moves it can make other than the bishops and all three are on black squares so the white king is relatively safe on white squares. There seems to be some clues provided, the hand drawn chess board has an x diagonally beside the furthest white pawn. Significant? Perhaps. It also says below it that it’s easy for humans and that it is a ‘legal’ position. Amusing to say the least, here is some chatter on the forums at chess.com

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