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Old 14th Nov 2003, 16:09
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It is also the Prince of Wales birthday.

I wonder if any scallywag buys him a packet of fudge?
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 16:12
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One was towed into Loughbourgh once when ones water pump went tits up on the motorway, should one say ones vehicle's water pump, ones own water pump was fine.
Chesterfield 's that place with the twisted spire init? been there a few times fixin stuff.
Grim morning here, small hound was somewhat reluctant to go walkies, don't balme him, quite mild though.

PS, One also installed some infra red transmiters in Derby once, these predated Micro wave transmiters and were right bastards to line up.
Especialy on top af tall tower blocks in the pissing down rain.

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Old 14th Nov 2003, 16:37
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I am led to beleive the locals prefer the term 'Crooked Spire', rather than twisted.

As to what caused it.....

Legend tells of a powerful magician who persuaded a Bolsover blacksmith to shoe the Devil. The blacksmith, however drove a nail into the Devil's foot. Howling with rage, the Devil took flight towards Chesterfield. Skimming over the Church, he lashed out in agony, caught the spire and twisted it out of shape. Or did Lucifer sit on the Church and spitefully let his massive weight crush its elegant spire? Local people of course have their own explanation. Rumour had it that a virgin was getting married at the church,and the spire, never having seen a virgin bride before, leaned over to have a closer look. Should the event ever happen again, the spire will think it commonplace and straighten up. (I have my own doubts as if to that will ever happen there again).

There are, of course, more mundane explanations.

Historians tell us of the dark year 1349 and the outbreak of the Black Death in Chesterfield - around the time that the spire was being built. Did too many skilled craftsmen fall to the Plague? Did the survivors use too much green timber in the spire?

Architects note the lack of cross-bracing in the 8 sides of the structure, and remind us of the weight of those lead tiles which cover the wooden spire - all 32 tons of them!

Infact the spire isn't actually fastened to the church, it's held in by it's sheer weight. Like a giant egg in an egg cup. That darned heavy it'll never be shifted.



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Old 14th Nov 2003, 16:44
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Buggah, had one been aware of this one would not have parked Bessie ones Astra Estate so close to this free floating Spire, strange thing, one cannot recal a single detail about Chesterfield other than that Spire, it does look very strange.

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Old 14th Nov 2003, 16:44
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She's after some coach bolts. (thread ibid), they only had metric ones in Horsham t'other week. She obviously needs Imperial.
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 16:57
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Ah! coach bolts, one has mixed feelings about coach bolts, one has done some strange things in ones life, one recals being on top of a forty foot ladder in a howling gale with four chaps hanging on to the bottom of said ladder to prevent it and Draper blowing away, trying to get a coach bolt into a wall in order to secure a Catenary, blown down by said howling gale,this was a temporary measure classed as storm damage repair, as the cable had brung a entire bus station to a halt.
Interestingly that catenary stayed secured to that coach bolt until they pulled down the bus station about fifteen years later, damm good temporary job Draper made of that.



PS the health and safety nazis would have a hissy fit at Drapes daring nowadays.
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 17:02
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Shouldn't you use bus bolts on a bus station?
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 17:11
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Gainesy's post thoroughly confused me.


I have it on good authority even though certain ladies may not be posting, they're still keeping a beady eye on me. I'll have to watch my Ps and Qs from now on just in case.
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 17:23
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'twas a sad day indeed when they swapped AF for bloody metric Still got all my AF tools, ready for the day I finally have enough time to restore that old MG.

The term AF is derived from 'across flat' - the measurement across the top of the bolt.
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 17:25
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You have hit on one of Zeno's paradoxes, known as the Achilles. Imagine Achilles in a race with a tortoise. The tortoise has a head start. Although Achilles is faster than the tortoise, he will never be able to overtake it, because as he comes up to the point at which the tortoise started, the tortoise will have moved further ahead, and so ad infinitum.

My aunt once had a tortoise. I don't think it ever raced Achilles though. It just sat around eating lettuce.
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 17:46
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10:40 GMT and not much sign of the 'storm' yet in these parts - a bit draughty (my guess 15kts) but sunny.

I think it's just media hype- the GMTV totty were based around the north west UK and were trying to make a story out of nothing.

Still... we'll see later I suppose - yet more tiles to come off my roof.

(btw, anyone seen my 'Scary' thread in Questions? Fair bit of technical jargon us non pilots might not understand, but turning out to be a corking thread).
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 18:05
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Page 10 hmmm...

Having worshipped at the feet (figuratively) of the famous, or perhaps infamous Mr. Draper, methink some quick analysis might be in order:

167 pages (on my set-up) for 3320 posts (+ this one)
Thread started on 5 Jun and current date is...

carry the three and subtract the square root of the annualised growthrate for an average of 19.882716049382716049382716049383 posts per day, given a reading rate of fobotcso of 10 pages per day it will take another 16 days to catch up by which time an additional 318.12345679012345679012345679012 posts will have been added. It will take a further 2 days to catch up which means he'll or indeed she'll be up to date by (coincidentally) New Years Day 2004. Of course of we factor in a reduction of efficiency for time and brain cells lost in celebration...

I hate November
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 18:05
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A question for TC - what, pray, is "caughing"?

To the other TC your 'scary' thread is indeed a smashing one.

No storm here either - it's a cracking day, if a little breezy.
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 18:24
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Tch, do try and keep up. HM's shopping days out. Page 182 refers.

Clear & sunny here but the wind is starting to get up; bout 25 gusting 30. What my Mum used to call a "Good drying day".

I'm not so keen on November either, May, now that's a nice month don't you think?
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 18:34
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Oh yes..sorry Gainsey ...was distracted

And I had a funny feeling Miss Desk was spying, and I know I know, just 'cause I didn't go to a fancy southern school...I was sent down 'pit at 12.

I've just seen the Princess Di Air Ambulance land near here..had a cracking view of the guy leaning out the door trying to avoid the wires as he put it down by the railway line. Someone must be hurt though

I wish I went to work in an Agusta A109 each day
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 19:32
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Well I like November because it's my birthday and I get lots of presents.

Then the following month it's Christmas and I get more presents.

I don't like February because winter seems to have dragged on sooo long by then and I can't wait for spring to arrive.
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 20:25
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One is becoming more and more concerned. Last night – the family bedded down in the uncertain knowledge that we would be digging the old Landie out of a 10m-snow drift. The Horizon Programme predicting more rapidly cycling Ice Ages had us all us all thinking – what we could do to replace the salinity in the Gulf Stream. Token gestures were made with the salt cellar and we hope the 0.025kg of fresh sea salt one flushed away will end up in the big sink between Iceland and Greenland.

Then today one learns that a supa pooter X3D Fritz has whooped Garry Kasparov’s arse at chess. ****. Mr (mindthesizeofaplanet) Kasparov sits in front of a computer monitor wearing 3-D glasses that make the on-screen image of the board appear to float in front of him. He announces his moves on a voice-recognition system and a human operator makes sure his silicon opponent records them correctly. He gets stuffed – duff move with his rook and wallop. What is happening…… yesterday hyperinflation in omnibus transactional costs…….other threads are worrying about meteorite impacts …….. Silicon life forms………Onan is in Blightie…….Mr Choo sells out to Clarkes …….

PMA required...
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Old 14th Nov 2003, 21:00
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I would not worry to much UK730,the trailer for next weeks Horizon stated that some chap has uncovered a hidden code in the Bible that reveals that the world will end in 2006.
Seriously, Horizon used to be a fine prog, now it is reduced to sensationalism, and seriously dumbed down commentary, pop video camera work and sound track, rather like Hollywood Computer Graphics have replaced plots, one suspects they are trying to attract more of a audience from them southeners.

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Old 14th Nov 2003, 21:13
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Southerns and septics Mr D. Over here it's called Nova although a joint BBC/PBS production. Anyway, what's wrong with Holywood effects, better than bog roll and paper hankies that the Dr. Who and Blakes Seven sets were compost of!

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Old 14th Nov 2003, 21:24
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One has never worried about the projections of the like of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Guru Hargobind, Nostrodamus and wildmen from the Bible– bunch of doom merchants. Whenever they forecasted a date and it elapsed with complete equanimity – they always come up with something like “spiritual growth averts disaster”

I am comforted in the very sensible thesis that these programmes are for suffern bugga’s consumption – cos they need a little extra excitement in their lives.
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