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Old 18th Mar 2015, 17:18
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Suns come out here,eight and a half stone was the proper weight for a young lad in the fifties Mr Blacksheep.
Sounds to me like yon Royal Flying Corps overfed yer,eleven stone?,bloody disgraceful yer wouldn't fit in a Spitfire.

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Old 18th Mar 2015, 17:19
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Octopussy - I can't find a response to my request for a photo of you by the pool on your business trip. I'm sure silence = acquiescence. Safe travels.

Do you know I have not even bothered to look at what happened in the budget yet? The forex markets hardly ever reacted to them.
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 17:32
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makin' bac'n.
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 17:59
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Back from docs.. Initial consultation, two xrays, further consultation, new pain killers, appointment with specialist made and pain killing injection, all in 45 mins. Seems I can no longer escape having a new knee.

Now in local having a beer.
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 18:33
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Knees are a pain in the balls, as mothers used to teach their daughters.
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 18:56
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My Grandad was shot through the kneecap about 30 seconds into the Battle of the Somme.

He was lucky. It was a Blighty wound and he woke up in a field hospital outside Maidstone somewhere with no memory of how he got there. He used a walking stick for the rest of his life. When I expressed surprise that he'd had a walking stick since he was 18 he said something along the lines of, "A lot of teenagers used walking sticks after WW1....."

That said, hope it all goes smoothly Ibbie!!
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 19:03
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As a youngster in the late 1940s/early1950s there were many 'limbless' men around (not totally limbless, but missing at least one).

Many worked as lift operators in department stores, though one worked for my grandfather as a driver (he would remove his prosthetic hand and show me how he had a choice of a hook or a 'hand' - gloved of course).

Invalid carriages were commonplace, both manually operated and petrol-engined.
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 19:12
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The American Civil War's biggest growth industry offshoot was the development and manufacturing of prosthetics.


see what I did there? you didn't want to get hit by a civil war ball.
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 19:50
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Here you are G-CPTN a 1946 car for disabled, I think it is a Lamar.
Behind it at 1.30 is a Scammell Scarab three wheeler truck, forerunner of Scarab and Townsman, once such a familiar sight at stations and breweries.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVYQp99vpig
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 19:58
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AC were the manufacturers of the most popular motorised ones, and I suspect that the manually-operated ones were built in Remploy workshops run for disabled people.

And yes, AC were the same company that built the AC Cobra.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invacar#History


BBC News - Gone for a decade: The invalid carriage





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Old 18th Mar 2015, 20:32
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meadowrun - One of the 'benefits' of war is a leap forward in medical treatment.

Time was that the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast was one of the top hospitals in the world for the treatment of gunshot wounds, (ironically, bearing in kind what happened to my Grandad) especially relating to kneecaps.

My mate's sister was a nurse there during the Troubles and was on the Gunshot Trauma team (or somesuch). She used to live in one of the tower blocks opposite that the squaddies called 'Tampax Towers'.

Trabb living up to it's name here.....
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 21:17
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When I enlisted with the 16th Entry of RAF Boy Entrants, 22 May 1952, I took my Ration Book with me.
In 1956 the RAF sent me, and others, to Canada for training, and on our first few days of lining up for breakfast in the RCAF Mess we were automatically given 2 fried eggs, without the option. Far too much food for our small UK rationed stomachs to cope with, and most of us wasted the second egg.

One day we noticed that a single boiled egg was an option, so ordered that next day. Pushing the plate away to be collected, the somewhat tall egg cup fell over - and disclosed the second egg being kept warm under the base !
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 21:20
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When I was a youngster there were still plenty of men around missing a limb from the First World War not just the Second.
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 21:49
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An "Oh dear!!" moment.

This could be expensive - steam engines don't grow on trees.
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 22:48
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Have spoken with TbF. He is well, but busy.
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Old 18th Mar 2015, 23:07
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Good to know that Ibbie, thanks.
Sorry to hear about your continuing knee problem though. Hope it gets sorted out soon and without too much trauma.

Very tired tonight for reasons unknown. I think the scratcher will be called upon before very long.
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Old 19th Mar 2015, 00:08
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Ibbie-thanks for finding out about Frank for us-we was concerned! Sorry to hear about your knee troubles. Hope you can get it fettled. Getting older is a real bitch!!

Angels-more pointless snippets-when I was a Jenny I was stationed at HMS Dryad in Southwick, Hants. Wren's quarters were in a tower block-I think since demolished-also known as Tampax Towers!
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Old 19th Mar 2015, 05:07
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Surprised there's no thread here on the UK budget or did the dog and pony show successfully pull the wool over everyone's eyes?
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Old 19th Mar 2015, 05:32
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Old 19th Mar 2015, 07:38
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Morning peeps.one has to report thick fog here but according to the news it's not fog it's smog! sent across from the feckin EU,Brussels wudden be doin this if we still had a thousand Lancasters ready and ticking over on our runways.
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