“Doctor, I need psychiatric help! I keep thinking I’m a bell!”

“Take two aspirin and if you’re not better in the morning give me a ring.”

Yes, we’ve taken up bell ringing. Currently in the painful learning everything from scratch stage..

Many thanks to the bell ringers at St Mary’s Church Battersea for their patience and help!

Mad Amusement Arcade

The evening standard reported that inventor Tim Hunkin, best known for the Channel Four television series The Secret Life of Machines has created an amusement arcade of machines made from parts such as windscreen wiper motors amd wok lids and it opens in Holborn, Central London from 11th February 2015.


Tim has filled the former art gallert with 16 “mad” coin-operated machines, each providing a bizarre or humerous mini-adventure. In Microbreak, users are taken on a three-minute package holiday while never leaving an armchair. In Test Your Nerve, participants have to put their hand close to the jaws of a red-eyed dog. Tokens to operate the machines can be bought at the arcade for as little as £1.

Mr Hunkin was quoted aas saying he felt “a missionary zeal to reinvent amusement arcades”. He already has one, the Under the Pier Show in Southwold, Suffolk. Hunkin’s “Under the Pier Show” at Southwold Pier, England is a penny arcade featuring a number of humorous, coin-operated machines of his creation. Attractions include the “Autofrisk” (a device that simulates the experience of being frisked by multiple, inflated rubber gloves), the “Bathyscape” (a device that simulates a brief submarine adventure) and a somewhat rude sculptural clock.

Novelty Automation is at 1 Princeton Street and opens Wed-Sat 11am-6pm

Maker Faire Elephant and Castle

Some pictures from Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire –

And the finished picture from #triggertrap –


Fred Wells Gardens

What a great place Fred Wells gardens is.

It’s on the site of a former railway station, but it’s now a great hidden gem in Battersea.

  • It’s one of the only (possible the only) parks in Wandsworth where you can light a barbeque*.
  • It has a free tennis court.
  • Children’s playground with vomit-inducing spinner.
  • Open grassed area.
  • Dog friendly.
  • Great trees for climbing and den making.
  • Hide and seek all around.
Den Making Fred Wells Gardens
Den Making Fred Wells Gardens

Some facts about Fred Wells gardens

  • A small strip of land along one side of the park cost Wandsworth Council £1.6M in 2008
  • Fred Wells was a long serving  Labour councillor of Wandsworth. It was opened in 1983 by Denis Waterman and Henry Cooper (why them is lost to the mysteries of time…)

* Barbeque area was given temporary trial status according to the notice in the park. Not sure if it’s still in force, but the barbeque tree trunk still exists.