Big Day Out 2015 – St Patrick’s Festival

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We are back this year at the Big Day Out in Merrion Square .  A family friendly day, filled with all sorts of goings on. We will be showing off our brain waves reading machine, Fabric Cadaver TwitterKnitter and 3D printer. TOG Duck is just back from his winter home and is set to make an appearance, roaming around outside.

Sunday 15th 12pm – 6pm

Love Locks on Ha’penny Bridge

IMG_20150220_080018_800x600The TOG Lockpicking Group were in the press a few times over the last few weeks. Mainly over the Love Locks removal from the Ha’penny Bridge. At first we got some mixed responses from family members and colleagues but eventually we got them to see us as helping the bridge and not destroyers of love!

If you missed any of the coverage, a TOG member running the @LoveLockNoMore account documented the adventure.

It all started with a quick visit to the bridge to remove 8.7KG of locks:

Then of course Broadsheet.ie pick up on it:

Then the newspapers picked up on it:

Irish Examiner

The Sunday Times

The Hearld

The Irish Sun

We even managed to squeeze in a bit of run with a quiz :

Even getting into the Social Media Column in the Irish Examiner:

And what is the best result of it all? The Dublin City Council visited the bridge with their cutting tools, and cleared the bridge! I job well done if I do say so myself :)

 

Update On 98FM talking to Ray Foley from 1:10:25

Metal Lathe

latheLate last year TOG took delivery of a new toy…. a brand new metal lathe. At about 600Kg, it’s probably the heaviest bit of equipment that we have in the space. We had some fun getting it in the door……and yes we did measure the door before we ordered it :-) . A bit of heaving and ho’ing with an engine crane and we soon had it up on its cabinet stands. We spent a few weeks assembling it, reviewing all the accessories and getting it all tested. We have 3 and 4 jaw chucks, live and dead centres, steady rests and a number of other tools and accessories.

We’ve had some great instruction from one of our members relatives. We’re now slowly beginning to use it. Our crafters kindly made a nice protective cover from some spare vinyl. The lathe is a great addition to our workshop . We have a brand new MIG welder on the way too, thanks to one of our regular workshop user/members.  We even have a CNC Mill in our sights too….right Ed :-) .  Drop in and have a tour of our workshop. You can see all of our tools and equipment. More pics here…..Lathe Pics

 

Sandymount Repair Cafe – CANCELLED

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Repair Cafe  returns to Sandymount on Saturday 7th of March 2:00pm5:00pm. The event were expert volunteers help you repair everyday items and talk you through the process. The event is totally free.

Bring along your broken items and learn how to fix them alongside expert volunteers…. anything from stereos to suitcases, lamps to laptops, chairs to chinos and plates to parasols.

TOG will be making up part of the team of volunteers on the day. The event takes place in Christchurch Hall, Sandymount.

-Update- This is now cancelled. https://www.facebook.com/events/804078342975111/

 

February 2015 Book Club

Thank you to all who came to the February book club meeting. (I still can’t believe no-one else enjoyed the book as much as I did!) The next meeting is set for 19:30 Friday 20th March. (Hopefully we’ll enjoy the next book more.)

This month’s book is “The Martian” by Andy Weir;

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.

And the short story this month is “Progress Report” by Alex Apostolides and Mark Clifton, and is available on Gutenberg.

As a reminder, feel free to pop over to our goodreads group and add suggestions for future reading.

Happy reading, and see you next month!

Art -> Code

Come in for a cuppa Thursday in Tog for some delightful doodling!

 

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Amazing art & mess making session, open to all from 4pm on in Tog.

Stick around from 7pm for some computer wizardry for Coder Night

 

Tog 2.0 keeps it kickin’!