A: Sadly our old hand-built site, created over 10 years
ago, was about to fall apart. Believe it or not we are not professional web
designers… In fact it’s a wonder that
it didn’t self-destruct years ago as it had become increasingly difficult to
maintain. It also wasn’t very friendly for users of tablets and smartphones.
The old site will be missed. It was like an old friend,
albeit a slightly mad old friend with memory troubles, wonky legs and a habit
of falling down the stairs, so it had to be retired.
We hope you like the new site - it should be a lot
easier for you to find, read all about and, hopefully, compare and buy our products, especially
if you live outside the UK. What’s more, we’ve managed to retain almost all of
our quirky features – you find links to a lot of them on the Rough Guide To Radioactivity Information page
and we’ll be adding more as we go along. The new site makes it easier for us to
add and update products and we’ve also got a nifty facility for running special
offers and promotions, so keep your eyes peeled for some great deals. There’s
more. The Contact Us link at the bottom of the page should make it much easier
for you to get in touch; please feel free to have your say with the
Comments and Ratings features on the Product pages.
If you would like to pay by cheque/order by post, just drop us a line and let us know what you are after. Please send it (together with payment) to R Maybury, 73 Penrith Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 8PN. Cheques made payable to R.Maybury, please...
Who are we?
A: Well, let me
introduce ourselves. Based in London, UK, we are Rick and Jane
Rick was a technology journalist for more than 30 years and wrote for the The Daily
Telegraph and its website for over 20 years. He also edited and contributed to a number of magazines and
publications, and currently curates our sister site
Dustygizmos. There's even a section devoted to vintage Geiger Counters and atomic oddities. If you are at all interested in old gadgets and electronic whizwangs click the button below.
Jane has also been known to do the odd journalistic stint. Prior to that, she worked in publishing, and also for an arthritis research charity in Holborn, before becoming a full-time mum and working part time at a local school. Seven years ago, she gave that up to devote her time to running anythingradioactive's web site.
How did it all
A: Back in April
1986 we were touring the USSR when we started hearing rumours of an
industrial accident somewhere in Russia. Of course, back then, no one
told you anything and it wasn’t until our plane was parked on the
tarmac at Gatwick Airport’s furthest-flung outpost being greeted by
grinning firemen with hoses, clearing immigration in record time ("JUST GO, JUST GO!!") and finally meeting our friends who were waiting for us, that we
found out something major had occurred at Chernobyl.
It was then that
Rick’s interest in all things nuclear started to blossom. Back
then Geiger counters were quite hard to come by, so he decided to
build his own (which still works today).
2005: Jane, having been previously diagnosed as having an overactive
thyroid decided to have it sorted out by means of a radioactive
iodine treatment, which involved taking a simple tablet. The only
downside to this was that she was to remain impressively radioactive
for around a month afterwards. As you can imagine, this produced some
rather interesting clicks on Rick’s old DIY Geiger counter and
resulted in the invention of that ever-popular game, radioactive hide
thoughts of one day setting up a web site to deal with all things
nuclear as it were - radioactivity gets a really bad press, no-one
ever mentions the fun side - and so, finally, the idea of
anythingradioactive.com was born. Thanks for visiting: we hope you
like it and may your Geiger counters never tick in anger...