January 31, 2008

It’s stove thursday

Filed under: Personal — Joe Brewer @ 6:46 pm

wood burnerFinally I’ve had a wood burning stove installed in my flat. I’ve been wanting one for what seems like ages, and the sale of my classical organ has helped make this a reality. Now is a particulally good time for it to be installed as the price of oil has shot up, and it has been getting quite expensive to heat my maisonette – I use oil as there is no gas mains in my street. Unfortunately, I cannot use it tonight as I have to let the cement at the top of the chimney cure, but this should only take about 24 hours.

The install was not without it’s problems though. Two builders arrived at about 10 in the morning, and within 15 minutes it was pointed out to me that there was no lintel – this is very important as the heat weakens the bricks above the fireplace. Eventually, one of the builders went and bought a lintel and installed it. The next issue was removing the chimney liner that had been left from the oil fired boiler which was taken out a few years ago – not too much of a problem, but it did take longer than expected. At two in the afternoon, they announced that the weather wasn’t good enough to install the new chimney liner, so they were going to do a site visit just down the road in Cuckfield, and would reasess the situation. Luckily, the weather improved enough for them to continue. The last issue was getting the new chimney liner straight down to the stove – because my chimney doesn’t go straight down to the fireplace, the liner has to meet the stove at a slight angle. This doesnt bother me at the end of the day, it’s hardly noticable unless you look closely, and I think so long as it works, I’m happy. The builders left at 6.30pm after announcing that it had been the most troublesome installation this winter.

So thanks to Harridge Stoves for making my home a bit more homely and warm. Perhaps I should offer to help with your website – the frames are doing you no favours with the search engines….

Here is a link to a picture of the stove

January 24, 2008

Taxidermy site project

Filed under: Marketing,Personal — Joe Brewer @ 4:02 pm

One of my more recent projects is a taxidermy site. Taxidermy is, of course, the art of mounting or reproducing animals for display. The site is doing surprisingly well, since I have got off to a good start with the link building, something I have not been very good at in the past, but it obviously pays off to do it well.

Interestingly, although not completely surprisingly, Derren Brown has an interest in taxidermy. His book “Pure Effect” contains a picture of him sitting with a stuffed cat, which I always used to think was his pet.

Johannus Organ update

Filed under: Music,Personal — Joe Brewer @ 3:49 pm

As of yesterday, my front room is empty. The organ was taken to it’s new home near Guildford around midday, and now I have enough room to swing a cat (the type found on boats) in the empty space. Although I’m a bit sad to have seen it go, I know it has gone to a good home, and I’m pleased that I got considerably more for it than I was told I would by the MD of of Makin Organs. Perhaps I should offer to do some marketing for them!

January 3, 2008

Johannus Opus 1400 Classical Organ for sale

Filed under: General,Music,Personal — Joe Brewer @ 4:31 pm

consoleHere is the basic specification of my Johannus Opus 1400 which I am selling:

3 x 5 Octave tracker type action manuals
32 Note RCO Pedalboard
Each manual has a coresponding swell pedal. There is also one crescendo pedal.
MIDI Compatible
Eight external speakers

You can see detailed close up pictures of the instrument here: Johannus Opus 1400

Each manual has 8 programmable piston memories
Pedalboard has 8 programmable piston memories

Whole organ has 24 (Three banks of eight) programmable piston memories – these can include/exclude accessories and can be accessed by foot pistons.

7 preset registration pistons which increase in number of open stops (PP P MF F FF T O) – these registrations can include/exclude reed stops.

Piston for putting pedal stops to the Positif manual.

Stop list:

Double Bass 16′
Subbass 16′
Octave 8′
Gedackt 8′
Choralbass 4′
Bassflute 4′
Openflute 2′
Mixture III
Bombarde 32′
Contra Trumpet 16′
Trumpet 8′
Clarion 4′

Lieblich Gedekt 16′
Bourdon 8′
Octave 4′
Open Flute 4′
Nazard 2 2/3′
Conical Flute 2′
Tierce 1 3/5′
Sifflute 1′
Cymbal II – III
Clarinet 8′

Bourdon 16′
Open Diapason 8′
Gamba 8′
Rohrflute 8′
Octave 4′
Open Flute 4′
Twelfth 2 2/3′
Super Octave 2′
Conical Flute 2′
Cornet IV
Mixture V – VIII
Scharf III – V
Contra Trumpet 16′
Trumpet 8′

Quintaton 16′
Open Diapason 8′
Viola 8′
Celeste 8′
Stopped Flute 8′
Octave 4′
Rohrflute 4′
Flute Twelfth 2 2/3′
Wladflute 2′
Nazard 1 1/3′
Octave 1′
Sesquialter II
Rauschpfeife IV – VI
Fagotto 16′
Cromorne 8′
Vox Humana 8′

Positif to Great
Swell to Great
Swell to Positif
Positif to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
The above six accessories can be activated by foot pistons

Tremulant Positif
Tremulant Great
Tremulant Swell

Other controls
Reverb, Volume, Transposition, stop lamp brightness

Anyone wishing to try this instrument should contact me through my blog, or through ebay. Here is the ebay listing:

Organ measurements:
Depth without pedalboard – 75cm
Depth with pedal board – 120cm
Width – 139cm
Height – 122cm

Narrowest width of console is 66cm – this is the narrowest width of a door that the organ can go through on it’s side – both sides of the door should be clear so that the organ can be pivoted through.

January 1, 2008

Goodbye 2007, Hello 2008

Filed under: Personal — Joe Brewer @ 6:07 pm

Well, another year has shot by without so much as a blink of an eye. Last year I never really made any resolutions, so I don’t feel that I really acheived anything worthwhile during the year. So, this year I have decided to make a list so I can see any progress. Since most people tend to over estimate what they can do in one year, but under estimate what they can do in five, I have decided to make a list for one year and five years. Here are my one year goals:

  1. Take on more hypnotherapy clients, and make a bigger difference in people’s lives.
  2. Help people at The Olive Tree.
  3. Blog more often. I’ve actually won a new motorola KRZR phone in a competition at work (a major upgrade from my ancient Nokia 6310), so I’ll be able to add more pictures, and maybe videos.
  4. Start trading domains. I seem to have recently aquired so many domains, that I think it might be a good idea to start trading. Some of the domains I have I havent used at all for several years. I’ve been a member of dnforum for nearly a year, but I’ve never made any posts, so I think it’s bout time to start.
  5. I’ve been meaning to go through the eight CD set of Michel Thomas French course for what seems like years. Since I work in a muli-cultural environment, I think it would be a good idea to stretch my brain with this.
  6. Lastly, I would like to think that I could start paying my mortgage using money that I am making through affiliate marketing. Currently I’m only just about breaking even with the domain names and hosting.

So there’s my one year goals. Too much, we’ll see. My only five year goal is to pay the mortgage of the house that I am living in at the time – whether this is too big of a goal, only time will tell.

Before I sign off, just want to mention that Kylie was fantastic on last night’s Jools Holland Hootanany – she obviously loves singing with live bands 🙂

Anyway, happy new year readers!

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