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  1. saxonaxe

    Spaghetti ballistics

    It is said that Sir Robert Newton's observation of an Apple falling from a tree prompted his investigations into the force of gravity. The power of steam to lift the lid of a boiling kettle also set James Watt on his way to improving the inefficient steam engines already in existence. Yesterday...
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    An 'I don't believe it' moment....

    "Hello, I'm calling to update the telephone contact numbers on my profile information" " Yes sir, can you just answer these security questions please?" What is the name of your first pet?........What is..............." Thank you sir" " My mobile 'phone number is no longer applicable as there...
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    Just a simple seafarer but....

    " An orange weather warning has been issued for parts of the Republic of Ireland as ex-Hurricane Lorenzo makes its way west." West............from the Azores to Ireland...Strange last time I sailed past the Azores they were in about 28 Degrees 11 minutes something West, and South-West Ireland...
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    Off target by 300 years....

    I saw this on the BBC website today...... " Newly discovered documents have revealed the Pilgrim Fathers settled in Boston in Lincolnshire for several months before they escaped England. It was previously thought the group only assembled in the town shortly before attempting to leave for the...
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    Conversations with a salesman....

    I went into a carpet and curtains/blinds shop today....... " Can I help you sir?"...salesman, early 20's " Just looking for ideas really, carpets and Venetian blinds" " What size is the room Sir?" " It will be In old measurements, I'm not that familiar with Metric ".... Pitying little smirk...
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    On the subject of old things....

    No, not me....stoves...:p A long time ago I helped a Lady with some rigging work on a small wooden sailing cruiser that she was trying to make seaworthy. On clearing out the cockpit lockers she found this old stove, which she kindly gave to me. A Primus 96 as stamped. I know little about Primus...
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    Spiritual Grandson...

    So as not to intrude on Wayland's post about the excellent little copper spirit stove, I offer a look at what I think is a later relative of his stove. I would date it post copper pot, pre plastic era...:D Stainless steel 'saucepan' The stove is Chromed rather than stainless and has a...
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    Decisions...decisions.

    Still feeling slightly light headed with grateful gratitude to HM Government, having just been informed I am to receive £1.27p weekly pension increase, I am debating taking advantage of the impending change in the law relating to the purchase of knives. It is apparent that many companies whose...
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    Be strong...

    I've just heard on the news that Face Book has suffered a major disruption or 'Outrage' Thousands of members are not able to fully participate I understand, so I just thought I would offer this vital but reassuring information to those who are suffering. Mrs Watkin's cat has returned home...
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    A hot tip...

    Folk may find this video interesting. I found it very informative and a bit comforting actually, because I always filter then boil my water, which may account for why the 'ol boy hasn't croaked with some obscure water borne disease long ago..
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    Red sky at night...

    With day time temperatures like early Summer and it being over a week since I was last bedded down under the stars somewhere, I decided on an overnight on the Downland close to where I live. The trick this time was to hop on a train and travel along the coast a distance, then walk home...
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    Day Out Are we there yet???

    Just a quick trip and a few hours in the wood. The excuse was...check on Spring, not the water one, the season one...:biggrin: The bank beside the road up through the village looks set to provide it's usual welcome to the Spring. Crocus is the advance guard again this year. Snow Drops are in...
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    Trip Report reluctant to leave..

    Just back from 3 nights in the wood. I was tempted to stay another night, but I have a re-union to attend on Saturday morning and know that if I turned up smelling of wood smoke like Davy Crockett the abuse would have been unending...:biggrin: :biggrin: Photos from an earlier thread. 3 days...
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    Sky Fall...

    A turn off the access road into a local marina leads one onto the top level of a multi storey car park. On a rainy day the top level being roofless generally has a very large but shallow puddle in the central area. The local Seagull fraternity use this fresh rainwater as a drinking and bathing...
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    A small dose of terror...........

    A couple of months ago I became a Great Grandfather, and for the first time last weekend my Granddaughter asked if I would baby sit, just for 4 hours one Sunday evening. Ha! easy, no problem thinks I... Arriving at my Granddaughter's address I am given a list of instructions and shown where the...
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    The greening.

    Helping a friend on a Sussex Downland farm these past few weeks has really illustrated to me how the land has recovered (at least visually) from the weeks of hot,dry weather we had here in the South. I remember taking this photograph as I walked down the hill to the local town. Brown, dried up...
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    DIY...re-cycle

    A cheap little multi led torch from the local Super Market died, as they occasionally do.. One of this type...that have gazillions of soldered connections behind the Leds which are impossible to reach and repair Rather than bin it, I cut a disc of kitchen foil that slid down inside to cover...
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    lost in space??

    Lost in the mysteries of the Forum...anyone any idea why a post, including photographs should register as accepted and then not appear? And an item in 'Introductions' appear briefly saying it was being vetted (or similar wording) and then not reappear?.....just curious as a new but past member?? Ta.
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    Day Out Autumn Wood Fair.

    Every Autumn there is a Wood Fair which takes place within easy travelling distance of where I live, so this Saturday being a beautiful warm sunny day, I went along. Set in the grounds of a country estate the Fair is spread between open areas and woodland. Wood aplenty on sale, from the plain...
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    Hello,

    I was here using a different name, 1..2+ years ago? Can't remember, but I have occasionally looked at the Forum and watched with interest it's ups and downs, busy periods and Doldrums.. Recently I have seen a post by someone that I have been hoping to contact for a long time. So to kill two...