New from the MySociety genii:, capsule the curiously-capitalised PlaceOpedia. Think Google Maps ? Wikipedia. Brilliant. Except that, as I write, all the links read


  1. You’ll be pleased to know that the Deltic wasn’t the only Rube Goldberg engine designed by Napier. They also did the Nomad, a post-WW2 attempt to increase the power and efficiency of piston aircraft engines.

  2. Oh yes, Armstrong-Whitworth, making things that would last, you feel. Aveling-Barford, Ruston-Bucyrus, Blaw-Knox, Massey-Fergusson, they made the stuff of life. wtf do the likes of Aviva, Seneca and Endica do, apart from all ending in a?

  3. For the sound, go to YouTube and have a search on 55 or deltic. I’ve added a good ‘un on my favs on my YouTube page, /alanbe2. You can here it from miles away, and it has to be one of the weirdest noises you’ll here. Would be cool to make a minature one.
    Owp, gotta go, I can here Spitfire kicking ten bells out of a neighbours cat…

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