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Old 9th May 2019, 08:18
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"The driver was trapped in his cab". Probably a fear of heights!
He was also treated by paramedics; perhaps a discreet, in-cab, change of underwear!
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Old 9th May 2019, 08:48
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Originally Posted by KelvinD View Post
"The driver was trapped in his cab".
Ichabod Crane?
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Old 10th May 2019, 08:03
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Just ate breakfast in a small park watching others scurrying to work. Including two blokes scaling their places of work, tower cranes - rather them than me.
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Old 10th May 2019, 09:59
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Acrophobia's a weird thing, isn't it? I'm quite happy paragliding but would be v v unhappy at having to walk one of those high glass bridge thingies, or being perched in one of those tower crane cabins.
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Old 10th May 2019, 10:42
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I even hate crossing ordinary bridges; mind you my regular drinking companions for years have been structural engineers. I imagine that if I drank with aircraft designers I might be rather more wary of flying!
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Old 10th May 2019, 10:53
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Originally Posted by Rather be Gardening View Post
Acrophobia's a weird thing, isn't it? I'm quite happy paragliding but would be v v unhappy at having to walk one of those high glass bridge thingies, or being perched in one of those tower crane cabins.
The height isn't really the problem...it's more to do with the, um, practicalities once up there. One imagines a selective diet and limited fluid intake would be somewhat relevant.........

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Old 10th May 2019, 10:59
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We had a tower crane collapse in Croydon a few years ago while it was self erecting; the operator and the two guys doing the bolting/unbolting were incredibly lucky to survive...

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Old 10th May 2019, 15:27
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As a teenager, my mate joined the Paras. I knew he was afraid of heights so I asked him how did he square that? His answer was "I don't look at gazing out of an aircraft door to the ground as a height. I regard it as a distance".
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Old 11th May 2019, 06:40
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It would seem West Mids finest coffee and doughnuts consumption was not interrupted thanks to this civic minded citizen....

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...ngham-48218693
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Old 11th May 2019, 07:14
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Burial at Sea

The Times:

”The former Guards officer and magazine proprietor Algy Cluff’s new memoir By the Way. . ., includes tragicomic tales, such as the one of Admiral Sir John Kelly’s funeral.

The body of the former commander of the fleet was committed to the deep at Portsmouth in 1936. Regrettably, the coffin wasn’t weighted and thus immediately popped up to the surface. The 20 admirals present considered two options: towing it ashore or firing on it with the HMS Curacoa’s three-inch guns. Cluff writes: “It was only after thirty minutes that the intense bombardment succeeded in reducing the coffin to firewood.”

No admiral has been buried at sea without ballast since.”.........
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Old 11th May 2019, 13:06
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That drama on TV about Chernobyl was terrific and ghastly. Reminded me of the demon core incidents and an old joke. Why should you never buy cheap Russian underpants? Because Chernobyl fallout.
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Old 12th May 2019, 10:48
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As there aren't as many as there was, and never let be said Yorkshire is slow to adapt, "trouble at t'mill " has now become "trouble wi t'bin. "

Coming soon "Twinned wi Pyongyang " signs .....

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-48238051
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Old 12th May 2019, 14:40
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Originally Posted by G-CPTN View Post
We have to pay for replacement wheeliebins.
We do not have 'box' bins for recyclables - just a wheelie bin (different coulour to general waste bin).
Contact our local council (Orkney Islands Council) who have 9,500 spare wheelie bins for a population of about 17,000
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Old 12th May 2019, 14:43
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Originally Posted by ricardian View Post
Contact our local council (Orkney Islands Council) who have 9,500 spare wheelie bins for a population of about 17,000
But what colour. Even districts in the same county area cannot agree on bin colour or what goes on what.

My last District even had CCTV on the trucks to stop waste not in a wheelie bin being taken. The present one, same county, collects side waste.
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Old 12th May 2019, 14:47
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Yes Easter was worse than Christmas in that respect. No papers Friday, Sunday or Monday as I recall. Also, TV developed a decidedly religious bent for some reason so pretty dull if the weather was also naff.
The village in which I was brought up (Hayfield, Derbyshire 1943-59) had a large recreation ground with swings and a seesaw. Both swings and seesaw were chained up on Sunday just in case someone might actually enjoy themselves
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Old 12th May 2019, 14:56
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
But what colour. Even districts in the same county area cannot agree on bin colour or what goes on what.
My last District even had CCTV on the trucks to stop waste not in a wheelie bin being taken. The present one, same county, collects side waste.
On my island (Stronsay) we have Orkney Islands Council black plastic sacks for our rubbish, no check is made on what you put in the sacks.
We have recycling skips for paper, glass, plastic & tins and the Stronsay Development Trust have a machine which takes waste cardboard and converts it into briquettes to burn on open fires or stoves.
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Old 12th May 2019, 18:42
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Ric,I take it they are communal skips like in Spain.

I presume you have to buy your cardboard back
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Old 13th May 2019, 07:39
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It's an easy mistake to make really...teckernology being what it is .....and thus clearly at fault here yet again.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-48246027
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Old 13th May 2019, 10:20
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The thing is, having missed a 'No Entry' sign, there may not be any further signs suggesting no entry/one way.

Many years ago (mid 1960s) I was flagged-down by a beat bobby whilst driving the wrong way down a one-way street in Central London - he was amused as I had had to drive the wrong way down several one-way streets to reach where I was.
I wasn't charged,
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Old 13th May 2019, 11:35
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I believe that it would have been the FSL's birthday today...
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