About Me


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I am currently employed in an after school club as a playworker. I want to expand my roles and responsibilities in to supporting IT / Computer Science / Programming in the classroom as I have a lot to share.  I am currently learning programming with python and tkinter.

I am involved with running the Torbay Raspberry Pi jams and also attend the Exeter Jams.  I am really keen and people have actually commented on the amount of enthusiasm I have for this.  The Pi really has made a difference.

My blog is a record of what I am or have worked on.  Within a school I can work along side children / young people and importantly teachers to produce teaching resources and perhaps run clubs which I have some experience of.


I am signed up to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) update service which is designed to keep data upto date and reduce the need for a new DBS check for every post gained.


I am committed to safeguarding children, young people and 
vulnerable groups and expect any school or establishment I am 
involved with to share this commitment.

DOS Box part 2

Just fixed dos box so that it auto mounts c: then auto loads the mouse driver and windows 3.1,   result is that from clicking dosbox on the menu to having a windows 3.1 session in dosbox takes < 4 seconds.

Uploaded to youtube


ToriOS testing

I decided to have a go at testing ToriOS in virtual box.  Virtual box allows you to run a virtual machine on your computer with a user specified amount of RAM, disk space etc.  and then install a different Operating system within that created system.







ToriOS live desktop system running in virtual box.  What I need to do is to actually install this within the VM.

I am not going to write anything on how to set up Virtualbox,  there is plenty of documentation online.





I have now got dosbox working with win 3.1



ctrl-f10 switches focus

you need a DOS mouse driver for windows to work with a mouse.

unless set in autoexec.bat settings in the config you need to manually mount c:


Poem Generator

I recently posted a question on @PaigntonPoet asking if any young people would be interested in modifying a program to create a random poetry generator.

As I seem to have a collection of programs I decided to make a start,  and combine the Magic 8 ball program with the note pad program I created a while back.

mnagic8 + 3 buttons





At present I have added an extra menu item that calls up the random response generator 4 times.

Looking at the poems on the above twitter page a simple poem seems to comprise of 4 lines,  the 2nd and last line rhyme as in have similar sounding words at the end.

So what is needed is a way to create 2 sets of lines, then call these up in the right way so that a poem is generated based on the rules above.  But being random may not always make sense.

If I get the code right then I can leave the lines of poetry to the experts. :)

For the new IT computer science curriculum doing this ties in with English but also possibly covers.

Key Stage 1

KS 1:1 understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
KS 1:2 create and debug simple programs
KS 1:3 use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
KS 1: 4 use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content

and for Key State 2

KS 2:2 use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output


The raw code can be found here


if you copy / paste in to a file, save this file as a .py file then run in the usual way.  you need the python-tk module for this

Note this is very early ALPHA.



Exeter Raspberry PI jam

Exeter Raspberry Pi jam


Saturday 2nd August between 10:00 and 12:00
Exeter Raspberry Jam
Exeter Library
Castle Street
Exeter, Devon EX4 3PQ
United Kingdom

Football – Torbay vs Bristol pt 2

Good game today vs Bristol.  Even though Torbay Lost 36 – 6.   I started out as water boy,  got promoted to ball boy then ended up as part of the chain gang,  so going up in the world.






Football – Torbay vs Bristol

game day

20 July 2014

Torbay Trojans vs Bristol Apache

Clennon Valley : 14:30

HTML 5 lists

I recently had the need to update a website with a list of links to meeting minutes,  I wanted to create a list but in reverse order so that the list would go 3,2,1 as  the 3rd meeting is the latest meeting that occurred and therefore ideally should be at the top.

HTML 5 seems to provide a solution to this.  In general html lists appear as

  1. Item 1
  2. item 2
  3. item 3
	<li>Item 1</li>
	<li>item 2</li>
	<li>item 3</li>

However in html 5 it is possible to have a list going in reverse

  1. Item 1
  2. item 2
  3. item 3
<ol reversed>
	<li>Item 1</li>
	<li>item 2</li>
	<li>item 3</li>

I have put the above code in as text as my plugin doesn’t seem to support html5 yet





Raspberry PI B+

Raspberry PI Model B+


Image taken from the Raspberry Pi website and has been used here simply to illustrate the post,  ( (c) copy right Raspberry Pi Foundation. )

Pi jam 12/7/2014

I have put a write up of todays Pi jam on the Devon and Cornwall Lug website


Includes photos and videos.

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