New Video Stabilisation System arrived

This arrived from Amazon while we were travelling home from Crewe and our 7th cancelled balloon flight.

It’s an Opteka SteadyVid EX Video Stablizer System, a.k.a. A gimbal, which cost me £39.  No power required, purely mechanical.  It should help with stabilising walking videos.  Lots of pro’s use similar things, though for £200+ you can buy smaller servo operated ones!

My Bose Travel Speakers

Today we went to the Designer Outlet at York so Christine could buy a new Radley handbag with her Bingo winnings. While there we popped into the Bose shop and I saw a pair of the portable computer speakers which are on my Amazon Wish List.

They were on special offer down from £249 to £149 so we decided I should get them. While at the till, a colleague of the salesman suggested there was another pair on Manager Special price which turned out to be £15 cheaper again! So I ended up paying £135 for a £249 pair of speaker that will pop into a suitcase to take abroad.

They connect to my iPad and use a mains adapter

Power on / off and volume controls are on the side of one speaker, which also has a powers on LED.

They also come with a remote control. There’s a sample of the sound they make in today’s Vlog which covers the trip to York.

Rodney’s New Car

Rodney has a new car. He’s been unhappy with the Renault Zoe for a while, after finding electric vehicles are not living up to their promise. Finding working charging stations which were supposed to be free, but now aren’t is really difficult, with companies charging £10 an hour.

So on Thursday he picked up this car, a 1.5L Petrol BMW Mini Cooper Clubman in Black.