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Old 12th Jul 2016, 07:37
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Well it was very nearly in Derbyshire and that's the county I have
to drive across from bottom to top.
Anyway Stalybridge was always a bit confused; the Post Office
was in Cheshire but the Town Hall 50 yards across the river was
in Lancashire. Yorkshire was only a stride away as well.
As for Greater Manchester I spit upon it's very name.
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Old 12th Jul 2016, 07:53
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Morning peeps,some sunshine but lots of cloud as well, we wer promised a fine day.
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Old 12th Jul 2016, 09:09
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Morning folks. One's body is aching from yesterday's block laying endeavours on me canal.

Accidently clicked on to an advert for funeral plan insurance. One of the benefits that was stated was "No health checks required". Made oi laugh that did.
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Old 12th Jul 2016, 09:30
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I just saw a picture of a huge traffic jam somewhere in Indonesia and noticed they drive on the left there. They also do in Surinam, another former Dutch colony. Wonder what the story behind that is.
Dunno why the former Dutch colonies do, but the former Portuguese colonies in Africa, Moz and Angola, do.

It saves the problems at the borders with the former red places on the map.
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Old 12th Jul 2016, 11:01
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Sad to report that the weather Gods saw fit to blow a lot of air all around Shoreham, gusting up to 35 knots, which meant I will have to re-schedule.

An ex-Australian professional pilot on this thread reckoned it would be just as easy(jet) to spin the Moth around and take off across the runway, as 35 knots is about V1 . . . . .

Goudie, I am sure, when the day arrives, I shall do exactly that!!!
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Old 12th Jul 2016, 20:13
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ex!!! Still current, according to my passport ... although I ALSO happen to be British as well, now.

I have driven in Rome and Naples, so can testify that Italians drive on the left as well.
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Old 12th Jul 2016, 20:36
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Interesting,pilotless airyplaness way back.
https://www.warhistoryonline.com/fea...ain-watch.html
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Old 13th Jul 2016, 05:44
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An interesting bit of film Mr D.

Good morning from a sunny East Midlands of the UK.
Hopefully it will stay that way and I can get the grass cut after
the sons of Morris have been paid a visit.

I must remember to watch Prime Minister's Question Time today
just to see all the sycophants crawl out of the woodwork to pile
praise upon our departing leader.
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Old 13th Jul 2016, 06:29
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I'll trump yer Morris and sons with Iceland and Lidl this morning..
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Old 13th Jul 2016, 06:57
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Sunny and shady here, Clear Blue and the terrace shade is out and I see your Lidl's and raise you an Epi D'or for a Croissant.
 
Old 13th Jul 2016, 08:05
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Morning peeps overslept again off to PO and shops in five so have to dash,just time to slurp me rosey lee.
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Old 13th Jul 2016, 09:17
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Checkers,

Apologies, didn't realise you'd kept the old one . . . .
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Old 13th Jul 2016, 09:47
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Originally Posted by Checkboard View Post
I have driven in Rome and Naples, so can testify that Italians drive on the left as well.
Worrying - you would hope they would steer meticulously down the centreline like your good self!!
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Old 13th Jul 2016, 09:58
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Arriving in Lecce (in 1984) I recall the FIAT 500s overtaking us on both sides (and the footpaths) as we halted at a red traffic light - though the halt didn't last for the red to change to green as 'impatience' spread through the five lanes of traffic and 'creep' gave way to full blown ignoring of the red light.

Incidentally, we couldn't find our hotel, however we spotted a Carabinieri vehicle, who insisted on leading us (with blue lights and horns blaring) through the traffic to the hotel.
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Old 13th Jul 2016, 17:30
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There I was this afternoon, minding my own business, pruning and dead-heading in the back borders. Just to set the scene, the borders are in raised beds, about 30' long. Bottom one is knee-high, middle one is 5', top one is 7' high. I'd just had at one of the clumps of penstemons in the middle border when a movement to my right caught my eye. Turned my head, expecting to see one of the blackbirds rootling around for worms. A foot from my face was a large snake, which turned and slithered off into the miniature roses.

I have probably expressed my loathing of serpents before. Eight otherwise happy years in Oz were blighted by a variety of them, who all seemed to want to be my new best friends......

I can just imagine the postcard this blighter is going to send to his cousins in WA:

"Dear Bruce, Bruce, Bruce and Sheila,

You know that dopey woman you told me about? The one that you played all the jokes on - curling up in her car, baling her up in her lounge room, hissing at her from the zucchini patch, and dangling from the ceiling in her student digs? Well, I reckon I did even better today. Only got an actual foot from her actual face, didn't I? And she ain't no lady, using language like that. Her husband thought it was funny though, and refused to come and look for me, something about 'refusing to pander to her phobias'. Laugh, I could have cried!

Tomorrow I'm going to lie in wait in the greenhouse. That ought to raise a shriek!

Yours,

Sidney"
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Old 13th Jul 2016, 19:42
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Close encounters with nature. The other day while I waited in the car while Mrs hf "just popped" into a shop when less that 18" from me a starling perched on my offside wing mirror. It looked straight at me through the open window and chirped, or whatever starlings do. He/she sat there for a few minutes obviously expecting some food which I was unable to provide. After deciding that none was forthcoming it gave a somewhat peeved chirp and flew off to find richer pickings.
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Old 13th Jul 2016, 20:31
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Despite them always having driven on the right, many vintage French cars have the steering wheel on the right side.

Two of my RHD cars were brought over from the UK and re-registered, the LHD third was sourced locally and I have no problems switching between them. It helps that one of each is an automatic.

Romans are thought to have driven on the left. Rutted tracks at ancient Roman quarry near Swindon were deeper on the left side, where the waggons would have been leaving loaded, than on the right, where they would be arriving empty.
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Old 13th Jul 2016, 21:32
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waggons would have been leaving loaded, than on the right, where they would be arriving empty
Ya mean: they invented in-transit refuelling too?

And they ask: What did the Romans ever do for us?!

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Old 13th Jul 2016, 21:40
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With May as PM and Hammond as Chancellor, does that mean Jezza (that's Clarkson not Corbyn) gets the Transport job?
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Old 14th Jul 2016, 02:32
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That's hysterical, RbG!!! Well, not for you at the time of course but that little story did make me laugh. By the way, I happen to know Bruce, Bruce, Bruce and Sheila and they sssend their regardsss.
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