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Old 17th Aug 2003, 03:14
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My father had his collar felt for speeding on a bicycle when he was a sprog,I think the crime was called Riding Furiously, he was fined five shilling, a enormous sum for a young lad in those days and got a right bollicking off the beak, that was his sole foray into the criminal life.
Riding a bike without lights or on the pavement or riding double would have earned you a day down the nick when we were sprogs, nobody seems to bother about that much now.

One fancied going to Bechuanaland for ones hols this year, but one cannot find it in ones new Atlas, ah well, Nyasaland again this year I suppose.
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Old 17th Aug 2003, 03:45
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At £2.50 for a salad sandwich I wont be eating there again.
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Old 17th Aug 2003, 03:48
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I don't blame you, I can remember when yer could buy a house for that.
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Old 17th Aug 2003, 04:50
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The Chrysler LeBaron convertible has a safety feature that locks the doors when the car goes over 15 miles per hour. It costs more than a salad sandwich but less than a house.
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The Chrysler LeBaron convertible has a safety feature that locks the doors when the car goes over 15 miles per hour.
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That must be an American safety regulation.

My American car has the same feature. The car is a VW Golf, assembled in Brazil, engine from Mexico, transmission from Argentina.....

Burns quite a bit of oil at less than 10,000 miles. VW says that one US quart per 1000 miles is "acceptable"!!!!!
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Old 17th Aug 2003, 17:24
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The expression "the whole nine yards" comes from WW2 when the US army Air Force as was then loaded their 0.5" guns with ammunition belts that were, wait for it, 27 feet (9 yards for those incapable of dividing by 3).

Enthusiastic gunners peering out of the side of their B-17's (remember what they are Whirl) whould regularly report that they had given some cheeky German chappie in a Messerschmidt or Focke-Wulf the "whole nine yards" when said German chappie tried to spoil their quiet journey over der Vaterland.

Whoo hoo, this post took this great thread onto it's 79th page
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Old 17th Aug 2003, 17:44
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The origin of saying especialy that one has caused many a debate on many a forum [email protected]
See here.


[The Ionian Mission, pp. 84-5, per Judith Franke ([email protected])]

the whole nine yards
If you look at a "typical square-rigger" (see the picture in the front pages of any of the O'Brian books you will see that there are three masts with three yards on each mast. So if you had all of the square sails a flying on board you would have the whole nine yards in operation. ie. everything.
[Bill Strauss ([email protected])]


And here for more.


http://answers.google.com/answers/ma...view&id=138922
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Old 18th Aug 2003, 06:13
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My American car has the same feature. The car is a VW Golf, assembled in Brazil, engine from Mexico, transmission from Argentina.....
I suspected, seacue, that you were going to say "luggage in New York" as the old aviation joke goes.

Well Drapes, I'm sorry to disillusion you, but "the whole nine yards" actually refers to Jewsons Builder's Merchants, as they have nine depots in the SE of England. Thus, when you've visited all their sites in search of that elusive item for your erection, you would have visited the whole nine yards...
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Old 18th Aug 2003, 06:25
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Wonder where that saying
"Well grondle me nurdles an nangle me twogers"
comes from.
Sounds like Wholi's neck of the woods.
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Old 18th Aug 2003, 16:18
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This weekend, I bounced on a bouncy castle....went to the cinema and had a 18 month year old baby rip out a chunk of my leg hairs - ouch
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Old 18th Aug 2003, 21:19
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Nopax was driving home on Friday night when 10 cars, all different makes, passed by on the motorway......

...and each one was silver
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Old 19th Aug 2003, 00:32
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In January 1902, Robert Falcon Scott landed on Ross Island during his Antarctic expedition in his ship “Discovery”. In February and March of that year, Scott and his men constructed the Discovery Hut on Hut Point (coincidence?) and they spent the winter there. No silver cars were seen during that period. Scott's hut was later used by Ernest Shackleton during his polar exploration. Shackleton's atlas did not contain a map of the London Underground. Hut Point is close to McMurdo Station, which is situated on the southern tip of Ross Island, 2,200 miles south of New Zealand. McMurdo Station now has an ATM. McMurdo Station has a winter population of 200 people.
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Old 19th Aug 2003, 01:55
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Had Scott made it to the pole before those dastardly cheating scandyhooligans, it was his intention to bury a map of the London Underground beneath the exact geographical pole.
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Old 19th Aug 2003, 02:13
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spork says:
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I suspected, seacue, that you were going to say "luggage in New York" as the old aviation joke goes.
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You mean like the cartoon.
http://users.erols.com/rcarpen/alacarte.JPG

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Old 19th Aug 2003, 04:04
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The 2010 Winter Olympics have been awarded to Vancouver. Most people in that city don't even want them as all it will do is leave the city and the province a huge debt. All the crap about it contributing to the economy is a load of crap too....just ask the people of Atlanta. Hell, even Montreal is still paying for the olympics held in what..1976 ?? Politicans love spending everyone else's money don't they.
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Old 19th Aug 2003, 04:41
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I know one of the Sussex Police Chopper pilots and a very nice bloke he is

I think he has a map of the London Underground, perhaps he wants to fly his chopper up the Victoria line?
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Old 19th Aug 2003, 04:47
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The Northumbria Police chopper uses Draper Towers as a waypoint, its a nice helicopter, sort of a yellow and black it is, I dunno if its gorra blue light on the top.
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Old 19th Aug 2003, 07:27
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Cool

A map of the Vancouver underground would be of no use to you since Vancouver has NO underground. However, it is widley known throughout the planet that it is the most beautiful city in which to live or visit. If you are doubting me then just go for a visit and you'll see for yourself. PPRuNe FOREVER !!!!!!
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Old 19th Aug 2003, 16:09
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I once parked in an underground car-park in Vancouver.

They day before (also in vancouver) I had a wonderful dinner watching seaplanes taking off & landing in pi$$ poor viz.
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Old 19th Aug 2003, 16:28
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Distinct autumnal feel in the air this morning, sunny and bright but a nip in the air, dead leaves commensing to blow about the place, conkers begging to be plucked in me park.
Ten years ago when Drapes was a young sprog , conker hunting expeditions would have been in the pipeline about now.
Nights are closing in fast as well.
I blame the feckin EU.


Drapes once flew from Vancouver the Island to Vancouver the City, was a right grubby ratty little airyplane, it had patches stuck over the rust,and bits missing, the flight was very bumpy so I recon that airyplanes suspension was gone as well.
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