The First Ever Wireless Hack: Marconi vs Maskelyne
Guglielmo Marconi is famous for sending the first transatlantic wireless signal from Cornwall to Newfoundland, with his two radio stations on the Lizard peninsula covered by a previous Geek's Guide. But he worked up to this achievement on the Isle of Wight, the England-in-miniature that lies just off the south coast of Hampshire …
'Its dignity is arguably undermined by the proximity of a tea cup ride, a dinosaur-themed crazy golf course and the Dino Jeep Safari'
Makes me proud to be British.
We may have cocked up our Covid preparations and facing a mega-recession, but when the chips are down, we have a language that lends itself to magnificent understatement when this is what is called for.
> Makes me proud to be British.
I was quite impressed to read that Queen Victoria (or perhaps rather the Prince of Wales) was so technology savvy to have not only heard about the developments in radio but also set up a ship-to-shore link in 1898.
There's only one possible song to mark the achievement (and no, it's not a Rick roll).
Well I was circling around to get a picture of my boys (then 3 and 5) enjoying the Dino Jeep Safari, when I saw the monument and was pleasantly surprised to read about the history of the site. The chair lift down to the beach was great too, the boys were terrified and thrilled at the same time.
you also get a great view of the side of the Needles as you wobble over the cliff on your creaky chairlift. I took my boys there when they were somewhat smaller and did a trip to the Needles battery, which they quite liked, on the promise that they could go to the funfair later. Needles duly explored we headed to the chair life and then the funfair, only to be told it was closing as it was "nearly 5!"
Love the IoW - its really like heading back to the 60s
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I had a coloured sand filled glass lighthouse my girlfriend's mum gave me.
I and my girlfriend were involved in a near fatal car crash in the early seventies and she was convalescing at a place they rented in Seaside IOW.
Since my car was wrecked I bought a German made Diana scooter for twenty quid and used to ride down every weekend. I remember the monument but nothing about St Catherine's Point.
I do remember the cream teas on the island though, I wish such a thing existed here in Spain.
The one we bought when we visited Alum Bay in the 1960s wasn't packed as tightly as it should have been, leaving a small pocket of air at the top, which allowed the sand to start mixing if it was moved at all. After a while the entire top was no longer banded colours but a uniform yellowy-grey.
At least back then they still allowed you to collect your own coloured sand from the cliffs - that was before they realised that "human" erosion was going to eat the cliffs a damn sight faster than natural erosion!
I grew up on the South Wales coast near Lavernock Point, where we were proudly and frequently reminded that Marconi made the first transmission across the sea to the island of Flatholm in the Bristol Channel. Yes, it’s only a few KM but still.
Anyhoo, no one ever mentioned the role of the Isle of Wight in between this first transmission and the first transatlantic one - and this BBC Wales article also resolutely refuses to acknowledge it:
I came here to make a similar point. It was a series of steps, and the "radio won't travel across water" one was disproven at Lavernock, while the IoW undoubtedly dealt with "radio needs line of sight".
There is a small plaque at the church in Lavernock but getting there might be difficult - it's at the end of a long narrow lane, past a caravan park and with space for only three or four cars to stop whenever the car park is blocked off - which it seems to have been every time I've visited in the last few years.
If you carry on past the church you will find yourself on the coastal footpath, heading East towards Penarth, but if you can spot the overgrown path and gate just at the end of the lane, and brave the brambles, nettles and crumbling rocks you will eventually end up on the rocky beach, renowned for producing some great fossils - not unlike the south coast of Dorset and the Isle of Wight.
Geeks' Guide to the Hovercraft Museum...
And if you are over in Cowes... The Saunders-Roe factory building still exists, along with the Union Flag from the days of the British Hovercraft Corporation
Ministre des transport Madame Barabara Chateau * inspecting SRN4 production at Cowes.
* as referred to in Prime Minister's Speech To The French. Tim Brooke-Taylor(?) as Harold Wilson in "I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again"
....seeing this as I've always loved the Isle of Wight. We'd got there every year in the 80s and early 90s for 2 weeks for the family holiday. Staying at Sandown holiday park. Sadly, lots of what we loved have all gone and closed down but the island is still nice to visit. My sister has now moved there, which we all dreamed of doing as kids. I'm also considering it but IT work there isn't great, the pay isn't great and worst of all their internet. I might knock Virgin but their speeds are generally good but they are to cheap to pay to have their cable run over to the island so no Virgin media there at all.
Fastest, and probably least comfortable, route to the IoW is the hovercraft from Southsea to Ryde.
Takes about ten minutes. Then ride the ex-London Underground train from Ryde pierhead to the mainland (ie the island).
Foot passenger only, so you'll need the bus to get much further.
The Hover drops you off on the beach just along from the pier - it is the foot passenger ferry that drops you at the end of the pier. The car ferry drops you a couple of mile out of town.
I had a gig in Ryde once and had to run for the last ferry - that is a REALLY long pier!!
Visited Cape Cod on holiday pre-Covid and accidentally stumbled across one of the sites on the other side of the Atlantic - was nothing much to see there, but was pretty cool.
Sadly no Crazeeee Golf site there, dino-themed or otherwise.
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