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Old 4th Aug 2015, 20:29
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ICI sites were good customers of the company that I once worked for.

The sites that I visited included: Fibres Division Pontypool, Gloucester, Doncaster and Harrogate. The olifine (sp) plant at Wilton and the explosives place at Dumfries.
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Old 4th Aug 2015, 22:12
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The chap was probably involved in additions/modifications to existing plants, certainly well after my father had been involved, given his age G-CPTN.

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Old 4th Aug 2015, 22:13
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G-CPTN you are thinking of Castner Kellner at Weston Point.
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Old 4th Aug 2015, 23:08
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Used to drive past Weston Point works in transit MAN-LPL to deal with the night freighter. We reckoned that the deposit at the bottom of dustbins (pre bin liners) was manufactured there.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 00:08
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Originally Posted by DX Wombat View Post
G-CPTN you are thinking of Castner Kellner at Weston Point.
I wasn't thinking of anything that I knew - the conversation was taking place between 'aviation incidents' at an airshow, and the guy volunteered to tell me about his previous employment and his involvement in 'constructing' various ICI plants. He said that he lived at Runcorn and at least one of his jobs was somewhere on the west coast - it might well have been Fleetwood - it was only because I know about Billingham that I remember that (likewise Grangemouth).

As far as him being an industrial chemist, that was my interpretation of what he was telling me - there was some laboratory work involved and the imbibement of a gas that had affected his lungs resulting in him taking early retirement, which I gathered was not recent - he certainly talked a lot about travelling around Britain to many airshows and how he was 'comfortably' able to indulge his hobby. He was in Sunderland for the full three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and had been to RIAT for the full session, paying 150 for a 'season ticket' which enabled him to avoid the queues.
I don't remember what other airshows he had been to - it might have been Duxford, Shuttleworth or East Fortune.

He had a few grand's worth of camera equipment and lenses and decided that he would buy a new camera on the Monday as one was 'misbehaving' focus-wise, though his clothing was not other than clean and tidy (ie not expensive fashion).
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 00:21
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Originally Posted by tony draper View Post
Yer it's like the fusion power station they built up here in the fifties called Zeta,once they got it working it just wasn't going to be worth sending out electricity bills.
Oy Cap'n! You can have the inventor of electricity, but Zeta was down at Harwell: I worked on the project. For all of five days we thought we'd broken through... egg on many distinguished faces when we discovered that the results we were getting were due to summat else altogether. <Blush>
(But by then we'd had BBC outside broadcast, Pathe News and whoknowswhat reporting our triumph...)
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 01:09
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Circa. late 1940's - seem to recall that when being driven home in the back seat of my Fathers Morris 8, passing through Oldham it would be a fish and chip shop on each corner of the main street, but passing through Bootle ( different trip of course ) it would be a pub.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 01:11
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angels

When I lived in Singers a Harry Ramsden franchise opened. It was in the middle of nowhere really, on the way out to Changi. But every so often I would toddle off there and always be disappointed
I remember that. When it first opened there was a team of about six Brits from Leeds to oversee the training of staff etc. Excellent quality and full most nights, then the training team left and it went down hill almost immediately. The fat wasn't changed frequently enough, everything was dark brown, the chips were rubbish and the fish, instead of being the nice fresh fillets we had enjoyed in the opening days became triangular pieces of a dry tasteless fish that were stamped out from something much bigger, prices probably went up but that I can't remember. From what I was told Harry Ramsdens received a lot of complaints and withdrew the franchise, it then closed!

"In the middle of nowhere" was the East Coast which was where we airport workers liked to live! The chippy was about half way from us, near Siglap, to the CBD. I'm guessing you lived much closer to the CBD?
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 04:31
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Don't recall Harry Ramsdens ( Sing.) being near Siglap ? ( used to live at Siglap ) tho' I do remember visiting it when it opened "somewhere" in Singapore, but didn't they open a 'satellite' shop in Terminal 1 ( or maybe 2 ? ) at Changi Airport.

After a Yorkshire wedding, the Best Man and I drove ahead of the coach that had been chartered to give the remaining guests a tour of The Yorkshire Dales, and went to Harry Ramsdens and asked for " fish and chips, 32 times." They didn't bat an eyelid, just started wrapping 32 newspaper parcels of fish and chips.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 04:54
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The secret to eating fish and chips that come in a grease proof bag wrapped in newspaper is to tear a small hole in one end and then pull out a few as required to scoff. Never unwrap them all. The insulation from the newspaper keeps them hot right down to the bottom. The extra cooking time allied with the salt and vinegar that's drizzled down makes the bottom chips the best by far.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 05:37
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Good morning all. Another insomnia night. Going to the sleep clinic today hopefully they will sort my machine out.

I could murder a piece of Rock Salmon about now-and a bag of bits, yum
What was it about Southerners and rockfish? Bony stuff seeing as it was dogfish in batter.

When I lived in Singers a Harry Ramsden franchise opened.
Knew the guy who set up Harry Ramsdens franchising. Ex director of Pontins. Ended up as owner of the Sparrowhawk in Burnley. He ran that into the ground as well much to the annoyance of me and a lot of other locals. Has a rather big house near Chorley.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 08:10
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Good morning folk.
The sun is shining through what is otherwise an overcast sky.

Another bad night here as well.
That was until I remembered the hypnotism/relaxation App on my phone.
Plugged in the earphones and 4 solid hours of kip followed on.
Marvellous.

Bran flakes for breakfast which is a bit like eating tasty cardboard.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 08:23
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Morning peeps,dull start here,tescos list day today little else to report.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 08:25
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Good morning.

New mattresses being delivered today by Dreams.

One is starting to get a picture of Nigel's sleep machine in mi head of something akin to a franking machine. He turns up at the hospital and they ask him how many hours of zzzzzzz he wants putting on it.They then charge it up with those hours of zzzzzz and give it back to him.

Careful with them bran flakes handsfree.

If you eat em backwards they become sekalf narb . Don't sound too healthy.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 08:29
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Greetings,
26 for 32, blue, calm.

Might make the Frigiliana post today, failed yesterday.

A local saint's day today, the local world will be closed. Have to travel outside the Torrox administration for my needs.







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Old 5th Aug 2015, 08:29
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Handsfree and Tony Draper - just to say that if you have access to YouTube there are hours and hours of soothing music, sea and forest noises of all types there which can be very helpful - and free!

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Old 5th Aug 2015, 08:42
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Thanks for that Mr Strut.
I may well give that a try the next time the insomnia fairies come visiting.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 08:49
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Thanks angels - good to know, in extremis.

I believe there's also a chippy in Morzine - perhaps I'll get there this winter.

I remember going to Harry Ramsdens in Honkers with my mum and dad when they came to visit me - happy days.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 08:54
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There was/is one of Harry's franchises in the Terminal one retail area at EGCC. Expensive Junk.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 09:08
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Yer I like the birds chirping and the running water one,but my all time fav getting to sleep clip is the sounds of the Battle of Agincourt with Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries.
Here's a gudun, a bit sissy forus blokes though.
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