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Day 12 of our holiday finds us in the southeast town of Milton Keynes. For those of you keeping score at home, that's 900 miles we've travelled in Britain so far. We're here for no reason at all other than to pay homage tomorrow to Bletchley Park, where during the Second World War a team of mathematicians and computer scientists, including the legendary Alan Turing, laboured in secrecy to decipher the German Enigma. This single feat, more than any other, served to break the back of the Nazi war effort because, with fewer troops and in most cases inferior weaponry, they relied overwhelmingly on the element of surprise for their operational successes. Lacking secure communications, this advantage was severely compromised.

So, we celebrate this band of geeks who won the war for our side. But, being geeks ourselves, we're mostly here to check out their lab space and drool over their cool toys.

Which is good, because otherwise, Milton Keynes has got to be the most drop-dead boring location in Great Britain.

Date: 2009-08-18 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aflaminghalo.livejournal.com
I am actually very jealous about this. :) Have fun.

Date: 2009-08-19 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dianec42.livejournal.com
I'm assuming you've hired a car with unlimited mileage. Be prepared for them to be gobsmacked when you return it -- no one puts that kind of miles on a car in Britain! (Except for us...)

Date: 2009-08-19 07:46 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] blipvert.livejournal.com
Absolutely it has unlimited miles! (and very little else).

The lady at Thrifty made a big deal about the fact that the car was brand new, they'd just gotten it that morning, with only 8 miles on it. It will be at well over a thousand by the time we've finished with it. I can't wait to see her face!

Date: 2009-08-21 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-ness.livejournal.com
Yeah, we drove from Glasgow to London via South Wales one Glasgow Worldcon year. Started with a brand-new Fiat Punto and a handful of miles on the clock and dropped it off with 1976 miles on it.

So, did you deliberately visit Milton Keynes, or did that just happen by accident?

Date: 2009-08-21 01:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] blipvert.livejournal.com
Clearly we weren't getting enough roundabouts.
Also, to visit Bletchley Park.

Date: 2009-08-21 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-ness.livejournal.com
Ah, ok, didn't realize Bletchley Park was *in* Milton Keynes.

Date: 2009-08-19 10:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] technophobe1975.livejournal.com
Hope you enjoy your visit to Bletchley Park - isn't that the place where the Government refused to give them enough funds for upkeep so they had to appeal to the public?

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