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Old 8th Feb 2016, 23:56
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A photo for your collection Mr Draper. This chap was the head gardner at Lyme Park (Cheshire) until 1907.

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Old 9th Feb 2016, 04:27
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Another day about to start.
Seem to be more than usual of the heavier than air machines
taking off this morning.

Partly cloudy, +3C and a typical February day forecast.
Down in the south of the UK, Channel Islands, north of France etc
does not look good. Mucho wet stuff cascading down there.
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Old 9th Feb 2016, 05:30
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Originally Posted by ricardian View Post
This chap was the head gardner at Lyme Park (Cheshire) until 1907.
No poncy headgear needed. That bunnet and beard would deflect any wayward balls!
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Old 9th Feb 2016, 07:39
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Morning peeps bright and clear here,thank you Mr Ricardian, one has filched it.
Head on train crash in Germany, on a single line track? thought that was all but impossible these days.
One of those biscuit tin cruise liners had to put about because of a bit of lumpy weather,they shouldn't let the ugly buggas out the piers if they int built for blue water.

This is a cracking image, Changing Shift Swan Hunters.

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Old 9th Feb 2016, 12:54
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Scattering spot of favour here is Tenstmuir beach by RAF Leuchars
Way back in the early 70s, RAF Leuchars was remarkably busy. It was home to 43 Sqn, 23 Sqn and the shore base for 892 Sqn RNAS. During exercises, what seemed like the whole of the Tanker Force would find itself based there and drawing fuel to feed the greedy Avons over the North Sea.

And hereby lay the problem. Leuchars was not on a pipeline. Fuel arrived by railcar and tank capacity was limited.

Someone had the bright idea of parking a ship full of AVTUR in the Tay estuary and running a pipeline through Tentsmuir forest to a specially constructed fuel farm of bladder tanks. Now, the pipeline consisted of slighty bendy sections of pipe about 20ft long with brass coupling. Thousands zigzagging their way through the forest and each coupling leaking a little bit of AVTUR at each joint in the line.

My recollection is that there was a board of enquiry or suchlike formed in order to write off a rather large number of gallons of AVTUR.

One walked through the forest last year and could have sworn I could smell that AVTUR.

Now that really is totally trivial!
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Old 9th Feb 2016, 14:00
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I don't doubt what you say for one moment lars and it seems that they
may have learnt from the error of their ways and put in a strategic pipeline
at some later date.

http://www.secretscotland.org.uk/ind.../GPSSLinksWood

Nice place for dog following is Tentsmuir Forest.
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Old 9th Feb 2016, 15:35
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Not a place to run out of petrol(gas for the Colonials)this is the place Rich Hall said the Police will pull yer over because they are lonely.
I like clips like this for some reason.
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Old 9th Feb 2016, 16:55
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A slide show of Southampton from above - in 1949 and other years.

PHOTOS: Southampton from above - in 1949 (From Daily Echo)
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Old 9th Feb 2016, 18:04
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Interesting documentary on BBC4 tonight on the Bombay Explosion during the war when a ammunition ship blew up,have a personal interest in this because me Stepfather was in Bombay at the time,he was serving in the Dems, never found out which ship he was on,not the one that exploded though.

oops! sorry disregard the above tiz about the dockland bomb in London,one should not be so quick orf the mark.
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Old 9th Feb 2016, 21:43
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Hwy 50

Tony,
I have had the pleasure of driving that road many times, 100 miles between towns, you only have to really worry about the cops about 10 miles either side of the towns.
Gorgeous, sweeping, scenery, and at the eastern-most edge of Nevada there is the Great Basin National Park.
Thanks for the vid.
BTW, your previous piccie of the shift change at Swan Hunters reminded me of why I left that dreary, dark, wet, and cold part of the world.
Its a gorgeous 75 deg.F here on the Central California coast.
Cheers,
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Old 9th Feb 2016, 22:27
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Polly more life in that there desert than there is at Swan Hunters now Mr Fleigle.
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Old 9th Feb 2016, 23:09
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Yet again heard somebody on the radio talking about "high tea" when they obviously meant "afternoon tea". Its easy. Afternoon tea - cup/pot of tea, and any or all of the following: toast, cake, scones etc, eaten around 4 pm to fill the gap before the evening meal. High tea - a proper sit down meal with something hot, eaten maybe 5 - 6pm when you are not subsequently going to eat another meal later.

Tea and stickies is NOT high tea - even if The Ritz has started calling it that!

Grrrrr!
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Old 9th Feb 2016, 23:22
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Desert life

Tony,
Life in the desert is very subtle but I really like it.
Early in the morning if there is any moisture in the air the smell of the sagebrush is really nice. There is life out there but you need to quietly let it sneak up on you.
I've spent quite a bit of time in deserts around the world, I like em !!!.
Stay warm over there in darkest Gatesheed !.
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Old 9th Feb 2016, 23:47
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I think that these two ( Lake and Nuku ) should get their sentences halved but I bet they get more added on.

A prisoner has admitted stomping on the head of a murderer in the country's maximum security prison at Paremoremo.

Nigel Lake appeared at the High Court in Auckland today, where he admitted a charge of wounding with intent to cause
grievous bodily harm.Nikki Roper was left with a fractured skull and broken arm following the attack in July. He now has
a titanium plate in his jaw, and suffers hearing loss and nerve damage. Roper is serving a life sentence for murdering his
former girlfriend Alexsis Tovizi in 2010.

Another man, Stead Nuku, has also admitted a charge of causing grievous bodily harm, when he broke Roper's arm.

Nuku and Lake are due to be sentenced in February.

Inmate admits stomping on murderer's head
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 05:18
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Morning all.
It's raining and the Derwent and Trent are already well in flood.
There could be trouble ahead.

Here's a proper bit of telephony - a bank of Strowger switches.
Noisy things at peak call times.



Photo came from here for anybody interested in exchange nostalgia.

http://www.islandregister.com/phones/demo2.html
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 07:16
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Morning peeps, beautiful crystal clear blue sky sunny day here,bit wasted though what wi the temperature, we need days like this three months from now.
Pension day today, I like to get me pension bring it home then sit on the floor and cackle over it like a miser.
Got a call from the water company yesterday, I pay it monthly at the corner shop paypoint, nice chap said I still owed 64 quid,called him many names and told him how mistaken he was the robbing bastard,hung up and checked all the recipts I have and checked bills paid in me diary, turns out he were right.
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 07:33
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Morning folks.

Still coughing and spluttering but I have got to be right for tonight , it's me canal society's dinner - actually it's a bit of a piss-up in a pub!

If I remember from me days at Leuchars where I pumped plenty of that hairyplane fuel, the decision to go for pipeline deliveries was because of either British Rail's or BP's intention to withdraw the rail delivery service. Also we were in the days of "hardening" facilities and the depot would serve as back-up storage should our primary source of supply - Grangemouth - become ...errr...not available.
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 09:08
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During the Falkland War, over 12 million gallons of aviation fuel were shipped into Ascension Island by US tankers. This was kept pretty quiet at the time as the USA was supposedly remaining neutral in the conflict.
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 10:53
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'Twere a strange thing that rail service to RAF Leuchars. A wee spur out of Leuchars junction. Now, if I recall correctly:

1. The track belonged to the then British Rail.
2. The engine was some diesel thing and 'owned' by the Army.
3. The driver was civil service.
4. It ran on RAF 'property' and was controlled by the RAF.

An amazing piece of inter-service cooperation almost unheard of in those days.
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 12:03
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Originally Posted by larssnowpharter View Post
'Twere a strange thing that rail service to RAF Leuchars. A wee spur out of Leuchars junction. Now, if I recall correctly:

1. The track belonged to the then British Rail.
2. The engine was some diesel thing and 'owned' by the Army.
3. The driver was civil service.
4. It ran on RAF 'property' and was controlled by the RAF.

An amazing piece of inter-service cooperation almost unheard of in those days.
You sir, are correct.

For a bonus point, can you name the driver?
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