oldSTAGER No.111
August/September 2008



Published Novels

Nearest FarAway Place

Chapter 1

Reader Reviews

Prototype Covers

Location Photos


Prologue/Chapter 1

Golgonooza Review

Reader Reviews

Cover Photo Shoot



The Shields Gazette

Readers' Review

Evening Gazette

Prologue/Chapter 1

Photos (Marsden)
Photos (Bill Quay)

Geograph (Marsden)

Geograph (Bill Quay)
Chapter 0/Chapter 1
Photos (Aoraki)
Photos (Tekapo)
Look Magazine

Buy on the Internet

Novels In-Progress

Odd Jobs

Downfall or Destiny?

Panglossian Books

Contact Details

Magazine Articles

Author Reference Links

Marsden Grotto

Bill Quay

Geograph (Marsden)
Geograph (Bricklayers)

Author Maintained  Sites

Barclay Reunions

Cathy Logan


Table-Top Rallying

Tom Hood Reunions

It'll be all white on the night

I must get out more; on night events I mean. When I was given a new Don Barrow Light (DBL) to review, I believed it would only be weeks before I could put it to the test. Months later and having only competed in daylight I contrived a sad exercise which would be a suitable substitute. So, one evening when the sun had gone down I carted my table-top rallying paraphernalia to my Escort and set up an office in the navigator seat. Objective: construct one route card using a conventional tungsten bulb and another illuminated with a white LED bulb.

I soon acquired a headache using the tungsten bulb. Obviously not helped by my cramped conditions, but I am also a natural or white light person. When I refurbished my work room I purposely installed multiple white fluorescent tubes because of the amount of time I spend PC-bound or map-bound. It may be just me, but I find the yellowish tinge of a tungsten light difficult to work under, particularly when itís important to distinguish between a white and yellow road on a table-top rally.

When I swapped to the LED Ė Wow! I thought somehow I had been teleported back to my study. Under the magnificent crystal glass lens my map shone under a crisp, clear Ė and bright white Ė light. Half an hour later my task was complete with white and yellow roads clearly identified.

I canít comment on the long-term economy of LED bulbs, but for my eyesight the additional cost (£7.50 compared to the £2.20 tungsten) is a positive investment.

I will be upgrading my very old DBL to use LED bulbs, sacrificing the fact that the rheostat will just become an on-off switch.

As for the DBL unit itself, I can confirm itís as robust and practical as ever, with a host of useful accessories such as base plates, plugs and hooks.