Daily archives: May 12, 2010

A little WordPress help please 3

Fellow WordPress users can I ask for your help?

How can I get full posts in my RSS feeds? I’ve set everything I can find to full feeds, but still I’m only getting a one line summary in my feed. This is very annoying, for me and for my readers. Does anyone know why this might be happening? And, if you do, do you know of a way to fix it?

Thank you.

I’d run a mile when this ship came in

One habit the architecture wanders hss got me into is looking up. I can’t believe I never really noticed this shield on St. Anne’s Square before. Angry ram figurehead, eagle for sails, giant braziers and scary fighting fish. I don’t care what the cargo is, I’m going nowhere near it.

Other stuff on eBay

It seems like a good time to list other stuff Harry and I have on eBay.

For anyone looking for a challenge, Harry has a job lot of bikes for sale. You’ll have to collect them, because there’s no easy way to ship them. He also has other bike, vintage and random sales going on.

I have various bits and pieces listed at the moment, and I’ll probably be adding comics, models and art soon as well.

The job lot link should be valid as long as the auction’s running. The other two will be okay as long as we’re selling stuff.

Wombling- Field Clinometer Mark III

(Wombling shall be an irregular series of posts about interesting stuff members of Team Spinneyhead find which, as the Wimbledon commoners would have it “the everyday folks leave behind”.)

Field Clinometer Mark III

This interesting piece of kit is a Field Clinometer Mark III. Harry found it at the tip whilst scouting for bikes and bike parts. Research (primarily here and here) revealed that it was a device used in the aiming of artillery pieces.

Field Clinometer Mark III

The clinometer was placed on the barrel as it was elevated and the swing arm used to measure the angle. The arm can be adjusted by degrees. The sprung shoe still works well- pull it back to disengage the teeth then move the arm into position.

Field Clinometer Mark III

For greater accuracy the arm has a slight bow so the spirit level can be slid along it to get measurements at the minutes level.

Field Clinometer Mark III

Sadly the spirit level itself has been smashed. Otherwise the clinometer would still work almost as well as when it came out of the factory over a century ago.

Field Clinometer Mark III

The device was built in the Soho M&S Instrument Works in 1906 and was numbered 869. This is one of those “What tales it could tell” objects. Unfortunately neither Harry nor I have access to any artillery, so the clinometer’s going on eBay to find a good home. (Note The auction has now ended and the clinometer shall be making its way to a new home soon.