23rd June

Turing Duotone

Today would have been the 100th birthday of Alan Turing, the man considered by many as the father of computing. He is famous for having decoded the German Enigma machine at Bletchley Park during the second world war. Google celebrated the fact with one of their Doodles which was a code breaking quiz. You had to set the operations in the computing line so that the code altered the numbers in the middle box to be the same as the numbers in the top box. Each set of numbers represented a letter from the word Google in binary.

It was very clever and I soon picked it up and spent most of the day playing with it on and off. I did read an article that suggested that a lot of people didn’t get it but as the old joke says – there are 10 types of people in this world, those who understand binary numbers and those who don’t!!

In the evening we went to a theatre near us to see a play that had been written by the 21 year old son of a work colleague of Sarah’s. It was set during the second world war in a run down film studio that gets mistaken for a much bigger, more successful one with a similar name nearby. They accidentally get asked to make a propaganda film and in order to get the work have to pretend to be posher! It was a most enjoyable evening with all the usual allowances being made for the fact it was an Am-Dram group.

We only just made it as we went for something to eat first and what originally seemed like plenty of time soon became “hope the food turns up soon so we can eat it before we have to go”. Luckily it did but the theatre turned out to be further away than we thought so we only just made it. Luckily for us the theatre is so small they noticed we weren’t there yet and waited for us!!!I like these small theatres especially as they allow you to take your interval drinks back in with you! Anyway watch out for Sam Fish – I’m sure he’s got a bright future ahead of him and remember where you heard it first!!

Several memories triggered by tonight’s show – the air raid sirens which I remember been tested regularly when I was a young boy in the 60’s – the eerie sound that must have been terrifying at the time. Then there was the music, songs from the second world war like Roll out the Barrel which I remembered from Lp’s I used to buy my Grandad for Christmas and then listen to with him. And finally the use of a pipe as a prop. My Dad flirted with a pipe in the 60’s but soon gave up on it. I took it with me to use as a prop when I played the farmer who owned the land that the holy thorn of Glastonbury grew on in a school play. I put the pipe in my pocket but forgot all about it and never used it!

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