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Old 19th Jul 2016, 11:10
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Originally Posted by handsfree View Post
I did manage to get a trip on the Hayfield Branch before it closed
and had a look around the signal box after the closure. Obviously
before the scrotes set fire to it.

I have spent many a happy time in Hayfield after walking over
Kinder and Bleaklow as a callow youth. Had my first legal pint
of beer there after coming down from a white-out on Kinder.

Edit: I've just watched the Youtube clip you posted. A very sad end for
a line that should never have been closed.
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 12:28
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I think all kids have a bit of arson in them, until they realise the damage it does. As kids our only venture in that respect was, around the 3,4 of November to 'raid' neighbouring bonfires, especially if they were bigger than ours, and set them off!
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 12:39
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30.8 C in the office - I'm in favour of closing !
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 13:03
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Just arrived home and found a card on the carpet to say I'd had a parcel delivered. The location read 'in a place dark'. It was in the meter cupboard next to the front door!
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 13:22
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31.4 C and rising - I told her I wanted airconditioning !
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 13:38
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For all you guys with an interest in photos of the past in and around Newcastle, the following link may be of interest:


I stumbled across this looking for a photo of my old primary school (All Saints Gosforth) and spent ages looking through all the stuff herein. I noticed that there a hell of a lot of pub photos. I'm not sure if that says more about the photographers or of the area itself. Probably a bit of both !!

Incidentally, last I heard my old primary was a car park
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 14:37
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 15:00
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Scorchio. 31.0C outside in the shade.
I suppose sleep will be hard to come by tonight, especially if the
promised heavy thunderstorms arrive.

Like an idiot I thought I'd go and see the mate whose boat is in
dry dock having it's bottom blacked. He wasn't there but his boat
was, of course, and he's done a very nice job of it.
Walking along towpaths in 30+ is not for the wimpish. No shade.
Not on that stretch anyway.
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 16:30
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More sanding floorboards today. Went to the Spar shop a few doors along to buy 2ltr bottle of water. 10 minutes later Spar shop was ablaze and fire engines arriving. Honest guv, it wasn't me.
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 17:05
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Out working in the yard at Fin Towers South, running mower, strimmer, picking up fallen sticks, pine cones and such. Dog lying in the shade had to come inside. Too hot for her today. THI 41C.

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Old 19th Jul 2016, 19:29
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30.3 (windows and doors open / All 3 fans full tilt) so on the way down.

A few cold lagers in one of our locals (old stone walls / small windows / one of the few days they don't have a fire smouldering !) was rather pleasant - back to some squid and prawns pan fried with chiorizo, chili and garlic, mixed with rice (or perhaps some pasta bow things) and a sploosh of lime butter poured over - on the patio, more cold beer and the day has improved.
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 19:54
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Even here in (normally) darkest Jockistan it's seriously hot and sticky.

'Only' +26C outside today, but a bit more indoors due to the house's architect in 1807 failing to provide for such weather. More windows on the South side than on the North side. Smartarse overcharging greenie cnut!

The normally well stoked fireplace in the living room doesn't have a reverse button, dammit.

The architect should be dug up and broiled, damn his eyes.
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Old 19th Jul 2016, 20:56
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That is one of the nicest 'knocky up meals' I have ever tasted, even if I say so myself (went for the Waitrose basmati and wild rice as the accompaniment + some chopped red peppers contributing to nearly 5 a day).

Cooler on the patio (gentle breeze) than indoors - heading towards happiness.

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Old 20th Jul 2016, 00:30
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The body is an amazing machine; it acclimatizes amazingly to the environment! Even though I lived most of my life in the northern hemisphere, I find that now 30C is not uncomfortable and when it gets down to 20 I'm looking for my coat. Having said that, I notice that females tend to complain of the heat above 25C and cold at anything less than 25C! Hat, coat etc .......
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Old 20th Jul 2016, 06:10
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Morning to you all.
Mr Sun is still with us, the storms having passed us by to the
west and north. TAF has a PROB 30 of thunderstorms for this
afternoon but looking at the weather radar I don't think we are
in much danger.

As predicted the night was hot and sticky making sleep near
impossible and when the temperatures finally came down to
comfortable levels for some kip, the cramps in the legs started.
Sometimes you just can't win.

I shall wait until the neighbourhood are out of their scratchers
before giving the lawns a coup de grace ere the heat gets
switched on again.
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Old 20th Jul 2016, 06:25
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Morning folks.

Porridge for breakfast, during which there was the sound of pitter-patter on the conservatory roof. It's stopped now so one will carry on getting ready for another concrete pour up on me canal project - cool-box, ice blocks, chilled drinks, sun-cream... that sort of thing.
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Old 20th Jul 2016, 06:41
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Came home from the shops tonight on the buses. All our urban buses have bike racks over the front bumper (cap. 2 ). The trolley pulled out of the terminus for the route with a bike in the rack. "Someone lose a bike, I asked the driver?" "Yup, no idea how?"
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Old 20th Jul 2016, 07:28
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A blessed cooling breeze down here on the south coast. Looking at the lightning map, folk between north Wales and Glasgow are getting a real soaking.
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Old 20th Jul 2016, 08:41
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Morning peeps, ghastly last night even had two fans going full blast and it were still +ten on the sweatyness scale.
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Old 20th Jul 2016, 10:45
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One of my beehives took a direct lightning strike this morning. It exploded. I guess the fuel/air mixture in a full hive is just right to form the equivalent of a FAE bomb. 20kg of honey has a huge calorific value and the large stock of pollen grains must augmented the deflagration with a dust explosion.

Some of the honey must have splattered the adjacent hive with a napalm-like substance because it too caught fire and was totally destroyed. The adjacent hive on the other side got clobbered with flying debris from the exploded hive and all the supers got knocked off the brood box. That colony was then partly wiped out by the torrential rain so I've lost that one too. The surviving colonies then set about robbing the stores from the third hive and war has broken out. A bee war is a terrible thing. Imagine twenty thousand kamikazes on a suicide mission to attack twenty thousand other kamikazes. Pandemonium.

Normally I can manipulate some of those hives with no protection at all. I'm perfectly happy to work with the bees while wearing a teeshirt. Right now all the colonies are in such a foul mood that I have had to put on the full suit and gloves for the first time in years.

The struck hive was one of one three which had a metal clad roof. I've learned my lesson and put all-wood rooves on the other two. I'll give the metal roofs away at some point in the future. They last a lot longer than the simple wooden ones, but the lightning risk is just too great (I now realise).

One of the many things I love about beekeeping is that I never stop learning. A painful lesson today though.

I have a dozen ten foot sections of Texas tower left over from an anemometer campaign when planning a wind turbine. I think I'll use a few of them to set up a lightning protection system around the hives. Earthed with braided copper buried two or three feet deep they should be more attractive to lightning than wooden hives. Lightning likes spikey things. That's why coniferous trees are hit more often than deciduous ones. I've got some strips of anti-pigeon spikes. I'll braze some of them onto the tops of the towers to lure the amps.
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