CRRRaSh! 331 A Very Localised Tornado

By Roy Mathur, on 2020-08-24, at 18:13:31--18:39:42 BST, for Captain Roy's Rusty Rocket Radio Show, Listen

A Very Localised Tornado

A few days ago, my home was hit by a peculiar gust of wind that blew out a bath panel and a cover over exposed pipework. Don't bother looking it up, because I couldn't see the event on the BBC Weather app, but it happened, as is attested by the rest of my week trying to fix the bath panel.

Like many exemplars of British workmanship in this abode, the old bath fitting was a botch job, so the panel didn't fit in either dimension, and it's been an ongoing nightmare.

At least I wasn't sucked into orbit by the apparent non-tornado and can instead do this show.


I tried regrowing my goatee in honour of Roger Delgado, and it grew back quickly, but I realised a goatee doth not make a Delgado, and so I returned to being relatively clean shaven Master Roy.

Geekly Activity

Geekly activity is mostly down this week as I have too much to do in the home and, ironically, regarding the show.

I do have a few things on the go though, like comics and books, so continue to tune in, and there's always the revisits of classic media to fill in any content gaps.

The Slide

More Delgado! You can catch a little pre-Doctor Who Doctor Who in the form of Victor Pemberton's rejected Doctor Who script, commissioned instead into a radio play by Doctor Who producer Peter Bryant, and starring the great Roger Delgado. The drama is currently available on BBC 4 Extra, even outside the UK.

Red Dwarf: The First Three Million Years

This is a documentary about the show on Dave in the UK, but I'm sure you can find it elsewhere too. It's light and amusing and fans should enjoy it.

Problems with Emulators

Because I have nostalgia for several retro computers and consoles, my first stab to use a multi-system emulator, so I tried to install my RPi with multi-boot selection of RetroPie and RISCOS. RISCOS refused to play with any other file systems without a lot of hacking, so I settled on RetroPie, and also Kodi, when I figured out how to install apps within RetroPie.

RetroPie resolution for my test game, Sonic the Hedgehog, was good, but playing with my Buffallo SNES clone controller was overly slippery.

Lakka auto-configured by controller, but was also unintuitive and resolution for Sonic was pants.

I suppose I could have spent more time, but why compromise when real retro hardware is still available?

Retro Hardware

The solution to not using emus is obvious and I've started to search eBay for parts, so that I can ditch emulation for the majority of my retro adventures. Unfortunately, I lost my first eBay bid in years, but I'll stick with it.

I have a small HP T5540 Thin Client for DOS gaming, but drivers are almost non-existent for DOS and I still have not got music working and I can't slow down the CPU for some games. If you can stand those limitations, it's not a bad option, but bear in mind I bought mine on eBay for GBP 18, but due to demand, sellers are now asking extraordinary amounts for these machines.

Discord Chat

I'm hosting a weekly Discord chat for the pod every Friday at 7pm. Just go to the website and click on "Chat".

Support Me

You can now directly tip me a few galactic credits by going to my website and clicking on "Support".


I'm not doing badly for an average podcast, but I finally worked out why I was trending on AntennaPod. I'm not. I think the episodes are ranked according to release date and in alphabetic order.

Sucks, but there you are.

At least, without zillion listeners, if you choose to tune in, you'll be part of an elite group! No, forget that. That sounds like a cult.