Today I learnt Aug 3, 2016 19:13:56 GMT
Post by confused on Aug 3, 2016 19:13:56 GMT
is it learnt or learned?
anyhoo today I went to Bletchley park. home of ww2 codebreaking, giant computers and super top secret nothing to see here.
I wanted to go for a while but then I watched 'the imitation game' t'other night which was the story of code breaker allan turing and his time at bp (Bletchley park, I can't be arsed to keep typing that) and thought. lets go.
bp mansion itself is just lovely. built in a very tasteful Victorian noveau style it was the home of a very wealthly 1 percenter. after he and his wife died it went up for auction and sold for £7500 to mi6 who decided they needed somewhere to be studying codebreaking, handy an all this being 1937 and just before the outbreak of war.
they chose the location cos it was on a major rail line to London and roughly half way between Cambridge and oxford where all the eggheads they'd need were.
part way into the war polish spies brought them a german cypher machine. the enigma. they neede to crack the cypher.
thing is these cypher machines weren't that special. it was their individual codes that made them secret. they were invented during the 1st world war then sold commercially for years for banking and stuff. so there were quite a few about.
anyhoo eventually turing and his chaps invented a giant decoding machine to decrypt enigma, which 'probably ended the war 2 year early saving millions of lives'.
in the film turing called the machine 'christopher' after his first love but in reality they were called bombes. named by polish codebreaker after their favourite pudding. allegedly. and one working, they're wasn't one machine, there was 2000! and they were all over the place, even America had some, cos after the war in Europe ended they started on trying to decipher Japanese codes- wayyy harder.
bp itself both in the war and now was just lots of prefab huts. its only in recent year that any kind of preservation and restoration has taken place. it all looked a lot better than I thought. nd actually very pretty, small lake, loads of grass and trees, picnic areas. and no screaming fuvkin kids cos it was be pretty dull for littluns (replacemt downside, old people everywhere!)
they have a working replica bombe machine, built to orginal plans, soe of which could only be found in the national archives in America!
its pretty awesome. and not as big as youd think. like it wouldn't fit in my car but it'd fit in lazy daisys van....
the enigma machine isn't very big either, but then that the point.
the renovation huts are all quite touchy feely, you can pick up the phone and fondle the typewriters. also pokey. on the film you see 'hut' as one big shed. in real its one big shed made up of lost of rooms each one more pokey and dark than the next.
and lots more things to see than I thought. vintage cars, extra exhibits loads of interactive shit.
plus also that turing was a dishy fellow and looked nothing like benedict cumberband.
and local fun. when renovating one of the huts a couple of years ago they found al sorts of papers and stuff lining floorboard or blocking up holes and stuff. they found some of turing original programming papers which were essentially punchcards.but they were called banburyisimus. named after the town were they had the special papers printed!! which town that then.
I was gonna post some pics but new laptop is not playing nice. see also; lak of spellcheck and for some bizarre reason not being able to move curser back with deleting. so soz for all typos hope you get what I mean.
i'll try and add some pics from t'interwebs.