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Old 1st Nov 2021, 06:17
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Daughter, driving home last evening, encountered some trick-or-treat participants being dropped off, including a Dracula who swirled and swooped his cape at her a couple of times as she passed.
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Old 1st Nov 2021, 07:15
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The sailing club had a Halloween costume competition for the kids and there were some very clever costumes to be seen. Even the adults joined in and I thought it was hysterical to see one very adult "ghost" wearing his PFD (personal flotation device) over his "bloodstained" sheet and his wetsuited legs poking out underneath!
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Old 1st Nov 2021, 09:45
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My afternoon walk yesterday concluded in semi-darkness and as I walked down the mile long built-up final stretch I encountered a number of parents towing small children in a variety of ghoulish costumes, each clasping a pail of treats. Unfortunately my celebrated sepulchral chuckle is no longer in my repertoire - would have worked a treat on a group of people clustered around one seasonally festooned garden with their backs to me.
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Old 2nd Nov 2021, 21:50
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No one was foolish enough to come down our lane. No street lights, no reward.
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Old 3rd Nov 2021, 12:24
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I think children mostly visit only the houses of close friends and neighbours these days, Mr Optimistic. They're always accompanied by adults too ... given the awful risks to children these days, parents want to ensure the safety of their offspring. We don't have many children in my street but I did have a few treats handy just in case.
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Old 3rd Nov 2021, 18:08
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Oh yes, makes sense these days I suppose.
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Old 4th Nov 2021, 09:40
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given the awful risks to children these days,
I don't believe that there are substantially more risks "these days" - more likely is that, with the instantaneous worldwide media, one hears about such events more than, say, 50 -100 years ago.
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Old 4th Nov 2021, 11:21
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I agree. Are you A/H?
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Old 4th Nov 2021, 11:59
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That could be absolutely correct radar101. Good thinking!!
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Old 5th Nov 2021, 00:13
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Not totally sure it's right all the time. I think we may have been safer (in that way, anyway) in the forties. Although I grew up in a seaport, we were much more insular and took notice of those categorised as 'funny'... the man in a dirty mac syndrome. Everyone knew nearly everyone, and the dodgy ones always were under scrutiny, as I remember.
In the case of child safety, "it's none of my business" didn't seem to kick in.
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Old 5th Nov 2021, 21:09
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Perhaps the only things to have changed is parents perception of risk and societies judgement of what risks a parent should allow their children. When I was younger than 7 me and my mates used to hop on the bus to go and watch a film at the cinema in Liverpool ( The Abbey), sometimes in the evening. Can't see that being in the good parenting guide now ( perhaps it wasn't then either thinking about it ).
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Old 6th Nov 2021, 11:08
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  • Astronauts had pulled up panels in their capsule to find pools of urine from a leak
Of course somebody had a leak! Where else would the urine come from? Are these people REALLY rocket scientists?
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Old 6th Nov 2021, 17:41
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Originally Posted by Ascend Charlie View Post
Of course somebody had a leak! Where else would the urine come from? Are these people REALLY rocket scientists?
Well there's yer problem from the start. I'll bet they don't have a flying spanner on board and once crews start trying to get involved in engineering type stuff. well...and anything involving Chap 25 wot included toilets...nooooo way for them.
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 10:18
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Think somebody is taking the p*ss.
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 10:50
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It's that toot toot, parp parp, fart fart day again. 1st Sunday of November and the old crocks are on their way to Brighton right past my front window. I took a short snatch of video to send to some friends and then looked up the car - by some quirk of fate it's the Shuttleworth Collection's Panhard Lavassar so I must have seen it up at Old Warden! Nick Mason was apparently in another Panhard just a few behind, I'd have given him a wave if I'd stood outside long enough.

Nextdoor tells me they started the run in 1896 to celebrate the end of the law requiring a man with a red flag to walk in front. Well... if they started in 1896 and have only just got to Purley, a scant dozen miles down the road... that's not what I call progress. A few veteran bicycles doing it too, I saw a couple of penny farthings, glad they don't have to ride them up Ditchling Beacon!
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 14:09
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Don't know how you ride a penny farthing DOWN a hill, because the CG is rather high and forward.
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 19:21
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DType, I wouldn't want to... just the ruts round here would worry me. The road surfaces are more akin to fishnet stockings (with suspenders)...
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Old 10th Nov 2021, 16:52
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What on earth was the design principle behind the penny farthing ? Seems kind of obvious to make the wheels the same size but there must have been a reason.
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Old 10th Nov 2021, 21:52
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I think it tended to offer a smoother ride than the threepenny bit which was generally derided as a load of cobbles...
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Old 10th Nov 2021, 23:39
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Originally Posted by Mr Optimistic View Post
What on earth was the design principle behind the penny farthing ? Seems kind of obvious to make the wheels the same size but there must have been a reason.
As soon as someone had the thought to replace the huge wheel with a chain-drive and a couple of unequal cogs the penny-farthing was on the way out.
The big wheel was merely to get enough speed to stop falling off without the rider peddling like a twiddly thing.
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