Yesterday I showed a technology book produced in the late 1940s that I picked up at a local car boot sale. In the same car boot, but on a different stall I found this curious looking book titled Infantry Training Training and war 1937 which has two date-of-issue stamps on it dating from 20th January 1941. I can’t read the stamps properly, but they say “home guard” on them which is probably why it has survived 73 years as it doesn’t look to have been read much, contains all its pages and is in very good condition considering its age. Someone has scrawled “P I G S Are snobs” inside the first few pages in white chalk for reasons unknown.
The book has a rather serious warning on the front cover stating
“Not to be published. The information given in this document is not to be communicated, either directly or indirectly, to the Press or to any person not holding an official position in His Majesty’s Service.”
It is Sunday, that means it’s car boot day, and since it was dry the car boot was quite large. Amongst the junk I managed to buy an Apple Pro Mouse for £3.
The Apple Pro Mouse has two major failings; 1) It has one button and can only function with one button and 2) Its cable is really short. I am right handed, the USB ports on my Macbook are on the left. The cable reaches, but only just. In OSX problem 1) can be overcome by pressing the control key for left mouse (but you still don’t get a scroll wheel, leading to comical stroking of the mouse) and 2) can be solved by not moving the mouse very far from the computer.
It has that crap Apple cable that gets all kinked inside. I don’t know how Apple make cables, but they all kink in horrible ways. I saw my cousin’s Macbook charger melt its cable after it became twisted inside to the point where the outer covering came off.
Coming soon in the short series “people’s crap I bought from the car boot” – Some 70s “How things work” type books and a 1940s army infantry guide that says I’m forbidden from publishing its contents. I also gained another Amiga (when the economy collapses, I hope these become legal tender, I have quite a few now) and a new cordless phone. In return I got rid of a mini fridge and some breakfast bowls. I can also get rid of a table and weird Ikea shelf thing.
Right, I’m off to learn how to prepare a minefield and what the correct way to do a beach landing is.