Compo

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  1. Beekay: The clock that was to be replaced (original clock) was a backwards movement clock and was always kept on GMT. That one is now repaired and the new broken one will replace it in the shed when the card is stuck back where it belongs. The second new clock will go into the garage and be run on normal time but of course, backwards. The original one, now about twenty two years old, will find a new home in the polytunnel during Spring, Summr and Autumn but will move to the potting shed during winter. Living in an old railway station means that one has to keep time - unlike new railways that call half an hour late, on-time!
  2. £90 Brew? How much have you paid in to win that money? I reckon I have won the equivalent of about a thousand quid by not doing the lottery
  3. KatyJay: I bought two Wasgij puzzles from a charity shop the other day. They were marked up at £3 each but the woman said they had been on the shelf for so long that she would happilyy take £5 for both. I don't normally pay more than £1 for a 1000piece puzzle but I bought these with my sister in mind. I bought a 1000 piece railway puzzle yesterday for £1 and I will do it over the Xmas period - after I have done the 2nd Wasgij one.
  4. Carni: I keep some of my jigsaws to do again; some have pieces missing (Usually thos I buy from charity shops) - those are binned after use and when my sister visits, she raids my puzzle stash for herself. In return, I get some of hers. I know what you mean about parting with them - I too have favourites that I will not part with.
  5. It's that time of yeaer once again folks! Here's my latest offerring. A Wasgij Destiny series puzzle. For those who aren't familiar with the Wasgij idea -- you are given a picture and have to work out what the actual image might be. In this case it is an airport from the 1920s/30s and you have to guess what the scene might look like 70yrs on. Some are reverse pictures - you see what a person standing in the final puzzle image is seeing and have to reverse it to see what the people in the image on the box are seeing. Anyway here's the airport one:
  6. I bought a clock from Hawkins Bazaar two weeks ago. I noticed that it had stopped on Friday. Close examination revealed that the card face had not been properly fixed to the backing and it was touching the hour hand, causing it to jam. I informed Hawkins and asked for directions of what to do now. Just had an email from them: Hawkins are sending me a replacement and have told me to bin the faulty clock. I shall fix the faulty clock and keept it.... Two clocks for the price of one......RESULT!
  7. Went out and about at Geise, Caithness at dusk yesterday. It was cold and uninviting but managed a few photos: Old barn: Branching out at Geise: Waterfall: Cold and slippery:
  8. I used to love the night we put up the garlands for Xmas. As with many others, they went in the same place each year. My mother continued putting the same ones up until her death in 2008. She still had some of the 1950s paper garlands, oft repaired but still serviceable! Alas, when she died, my brother went in and binned most of her stuff, including garlands and her 1920s/30s scrapbook.
  9. With apologies to RR for the quote. Here' you go Mercurydancer: One day I'll fly away.....
  10. Incident off Duncansby Head, Caithness, on 6th December 1959: Last Friday saw a reunion of a group of Wick trawlermen who, 60 years ago, were laid up in harbour due to a big storm. They had all "signed-on" as unable to work due to the weather and were in receipt of the relevant tie-up benefits. On that afternoon a call came out from a stricken Aberdeen trawler in trouble off the Stacks of Duncansby in 100mph winds. In failing light, the trawlermen volunteered to go ut with the coastguard in order to try and rescue the other sailors. Sadly, all 12 crew of the stricken vessel were lost in the raging seas and in addition, a coastguard officer also died. When the trawlermen returned to shore they were informed that their tie-up benefits had been stopped because rescue work was a secondary occupation and thus disqualified them from recieving any benfeits. You couldn't make it up could you! The local MP successfully fought to have the rule changed some time later.
  11. What were you doing with a J size big bra, Malcolm?!
  12. Perhaps not, Phil, but at least he gives them a mention in passing. The current crop of Tory Old Etonians see us as canon fodder - just as they did in the Great War.
  13. Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the nation, There was misery, poverty and great deprivation Some stockings were empty, some fridges were bare, The heating turned off, little money to spare. Boris Johnson was cosy, a quaffing champagne, Cognac and Port so he’s feeling no pain, Stuffing his chops on goose flesh and gammon, Caviar, Stilton and the finest smoked salmon. The homeless are shivering in cardboard containers Ex-Servicemen, youngsters, both Leave and Remainers The nurses and doctors all still searching for beds With a shortage of staff, of money and meds. The Mogg’s singing carols with moguls and bankers, Hedge funders, financiers and various wankers Admiring his baubles and pulling his crackers, Rejoicing that he's got us all by the knackers. Your Gran’s in the corridor, still on the trolley While the Chancellor’s counting the last of his lolly And Grandad’s in pieces, stemming his tears Though they’ve paid their dues these past sixty years. But hey, Gove’s on the sherry and is quite off his tits While his missus is battered and doing the splits And Drunken Smith is a singing along with the Pogues With the rest of the mob and a few Russian rogues. And the kids who are dreaming of gifts in the morning Won’t get them- their benefits were stopped without warning While those who dosh is in off-shore accounts Will be rubbing their hands as the total mounts. And the Waspi woman alone in her kitchen Has long given up on Dancer and Blitzen She was robbed of her pension, they don’t give a shite That she’s freezing and hungry on Christmas Eve night. And now, here’s the end of my last festive story Don't forget to vote- unless you're a Tory. [Unknown]
  14. There's no Bryden Street in my 1960 Burrows map of Nottingham, but there is a Dryden street.
  15. The patch idea originated in Universities. Poorly paid professors sewed patches onto their tweed jackets as they wore out, in order to make them last longer. During the early 20th century manufacturers began to make the jackets with ready sewn patches. [Source: a number of different history sites]
  16. "Your name vill also go on ze lizt - vot iss it?" "Don't tell him, Pike!" Philip Madoc and M̶r̶ ̶S̶w̶i̶n̶d̶l̶e̶y̶ Arthur Lowe, in Dad's Army.
  17. Whatever happened to the saying "Fred Karno's Army"? The last time I recall hearing it was when in the RAF. I was on a mobile radar unit and we would prepare for a trip to a given location when suddenly and very frequently we would be re-directed elsewhere. Someone once said "It's like bloody Fred Karno's army is this!"
  18. Turned out to be an Ilkeston based case, if I recall correctly.
  19. Watched the 'War of the Worlds' drama series over the past few weeks. I was looking forard to the climax but it never happened; most surreal, it was.
  20. No internal picures CT. There is a potentially useful contact in there though. I shall pass it on. Thanks for finding this.
  21. It's MOT faliure day once again tomorrow....We have to put our cars through a ministry test to see if they are fit for the roads; so why is there no test to see if the roads are fit for cars to use?!
  22. Fingers crossed for you all.......
  23. Does anyone have any photos of the Arnold drill hall from any period up to the 1970s? A lady who was born there in 1959 is seekiing pictures, especially any from the inside. Any help appreciated.
  24. Well gerronwi'it and ay a gud'n my friend. Happy birthday Beekay.