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Old 19th Oct 2015, 21:38
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Here's something for you at the weekend Mr Draper. I'd go myself if it wasn't so far south.
Hartlepool model railway show is a exhibition showcasing some of the finest layouts and demonstrations from the UK
Hartlepool Model Railway Show 2015
October 24 - October 25
Oct 24 at 10:00am to Oct 25 at 5:00pm
Hartlepool College of Further Education
Stockton Street, TS24 7NT Hartlepool

Here's a photo from the Farcebook advert

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Old 20th Oct 2015, 07:38
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Morning peeps, blue sky overhead here bebuggad!
Was gong to post a picture but photobucket is taking forever to load,investigating it says connecting via 'rubicon projects' which further investigations seems to be summat to do with advertizing does anyone know if this is something that has inserted itself onto my machine and could therefore be deleted or is it photobucket itself?
It has rendered photobucket which I have used for years virtually unusable
Wouldn't have known that was a model layout if that human figure hadn't been there Mr Ricardian it gives it away somehow.

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Old 20th Oct 2015, 10:11
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Eventually got in after five minutes,see if it will still show a picture
This used to be a proper river.
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Old 20th Oct 2015, 16:37
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I just logged in and it is time for dinner.
Heads up for a good programme tonight about building Cars: live.
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Old 20th Oct 2015, 21:58
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This used to be a proper river.
What's that last bridge, that resembles a g-string looking for a bum? Wasn't there the last time I looked.

Five Brigdes Cross the Tyne ...
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Old 20th Oct 2015, 22:31
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'New' Redheugh Bridge.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/...2acbae6f3e1848
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Old 21st Oct 2015, 07:09
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Morning peeps ghastly dull dark and wet here,we have a veritable plethora of bridges over the Tyne,dunno why it's no longer a proper river it's just a bit of feckin pretty scenery now,dunno why they just dont fill it in and be done with it.

PS Beyond the Tyne Bridge we also now have that new piece of ghastly modern plastic tat called the milleneum bridge.
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Old 21st Oct 2015, 07:15
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Morning all.
Proper rain today.
The hydroponics season has started.

I'm afraid the Tyne is no different to all the other once great rivers of the UK Mr D.
In the last 2 years my eyes have gazed upon the Forth, the Tay, the Mersey,
what's left of the Manchester ship canal and the all have one thing in common - bugger all shipping.
What a sad state of affairs.
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Old 21st Oct 2015, 08:52
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Misty autumnal start to the day here.

Thse canal at the end of the road, Juliana Kanaal, is being widened and dredged. The locks are all being upgraded. Many of the bridges are being raised to let bigger craft through. Still seena as a very omportant transport route through the Benelux and France


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Old 21st Oct 2015, 09:31
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Our yard's concrete surface was subsiding and breaking up as it was laid on 8" of loosely piled crockery shards. On Friday the large skip arrived, on Saturday we got busy with a breaker, pick axes, shovels and wheel barrows and filled the skip, Sunday we made wood shuttering around the sides, Monday loads of small road stone laid over the pit, then vibrated down firmly with a plater.

Early yesterday the concrete arrived, and a merry morning of shovelling, raking, and planking, bringing 4 days of hard labour to an end, all done inlovely dry sunny weather.

By late last night the concrete was firming up nicely, just in time for the deluge, we cannot believe how lucky we have been!
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Old 21st Oct 2015, 13:20
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The gods smile upon the Trabbists .... sometimes.
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Old 21st Oct 2015, 14:29
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^ They are positively beaming at us today, not only by holding off the rain until we had completed our tasks, but now they have given us the most beautiful view of the City.....The ridiculous Shard of Glass and Walkie-Talkie-Meltie-Weltie buildings have been almost totally expunged from the skyline by low cloud and mist!
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Old 21st Oct 2015, 17:42
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The ridiculous Shard of Glass and Walkie-Talkie-Meltie-Weltie buildings
Sounds like someone does not appreciate modern architecture
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Old 22nd Oct 2015, 05:54
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Morning all.
Thought I'd get up early and look for any Orionid meteors floating about.
There may well be but they'll be way above the 8/8 clag floating above me head.
Never mind all is not lost - kippers for breakfast.
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Old 22nd Oct 2015, 07:10
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The Forth still has a fair amount of shipping. Leith is moribund with only a few unemployed oil industry vessels laid up and the Western Harbour has been landfilled for property development, but Grangemouth is now the main cargo port for the East coast of Scotland.

Hound Point oil terminal usually has a million barrel plus tanker lading for export to furrin parts, even to points East of Suez which is rather odd historically. Braefoot exports various liquid gases and a bit of gasoline and usually has a vessel or two lading there.

Until recently there was a constant flow of barges bringing modules to Rosyth to be stitched together to make those two idiotic Blaircraft carriers.

The marine equivalent of ADSB is worth a look from time to time. marinetraffic.com
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Old 22nd Oct 2015, 07:53
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Morning peeps, very windy through the night,billions of dead leaves blowing up the street,alway thought we should be able to make use of dead leaves have a dead leaf fired power stations or summat,seems a waste,
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Old 22nd Oct 2015, 09:16
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Our and next doors houses/garages form a little cul-de-sac affait where the wind eddies and I noticed yesterday we had had quite a big heap of leaves gathered just where our car is normally parked (they would have been under the engine of the car). Presumably this would have been the centre of the eddy.

I then remembered a couple of incidents from my motor-sport days, running autocross meetings in autumn, where the cars were parked in fields of long dry grass and, on a couple of occasions, fires were started by the hot exhausts on the long dry grass (over the years, rare but it did happen).

So I did clear the (very dry) leaves up before parking (won't bother today though - you would need a flame thrower to dry them enough to catch fire). Probably just being paranoid.
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Old 22nd Oct 2015, 09:21
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Yer there a gyre at my front door, a null point where a standing wave of dead leaves accumulates,have to dig meself out sometimes.
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Old 22nd Oct 2015, 10:11
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I then remembered a couple of incidents from my motor-sport days, running autocross meetings in autumn, where the cars were parked in fields of long dry grass and, on a couple of occasions, fires were started by the hot exhausts on the long dry grass (over the years, rare but it did happen).
There was a case a few years ago at a big horse-race event in Cape Town, where over a 100 cars were destroyed when the dry grass of a temporary car park was ignited.

Fire at Kenilworth
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Old 22nd Oct 2015, 12:56
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It's been a while so I would just like to dip my toe back in with a recollection of a glider fire somewhere in Germany many years ago.

It had been a long, hot summer and I was instructing in (as I recall a K21). On landing, we noticed smoke coming out of the wheel box. Opening an inspection hatch revealed that dry grass had caught up in the brake system and had started smoldering. There being no fire bottle on board, both instructor and stude emptied bladders through the inspection hatch. Problem solved!
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