Compo

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  1. Referring to Jonab's comments on servants puts me in mind of my time in Ethiopia. When we first arrived we were offered a servant. This seemed a bit on the imperial superior attitude side and so I refused. I was then taken aside and had it explained to me that all ex-pats are expected to provide employment for at least one local person, without which the local people would have serious problems due to the lack of employment in the country that was, at that time, at war with itself. I took the servant and paid her to work full-time but asked her to only come in part-time. That seems to have been a good compromise and all were satisfied with the arrangement.
  2. Just collected six FREE railway sleepers from across the road - there may be more in the offing after New Year, too....whic is nice
  3. Merry christmas to one and all and in the words of the late Dave Allen: "May your God go with you."
  4. 'er indoors bought me a sonic cleaner for my birthday so that I could clean bits and bobs with ease. When she asked what I would like for Xmas I said "A can of cleaning fluid to go with the cleaner you bought me for my birthday." So she looked it up and came back to me with "I can't get you that....it only costs a few pounds; it would be much of a present." I argued that it is what I want and I'd rather have that than an expensive gift that I neither need nor want. No good though, there's a bag of presents by the tree and there's only me in the house - unless she's inviting loads of guests around for Xmas morning gift giving!
  5. PP: Re website picture..........Handy for the pub!
  6. The latest jigsaw is a 1000 piece Wasgij destiny "Mutlins". On the box is Mutlins 1960 and the puzzle is circa 2000s
  7. Didn't they have the same engine as an 1800cc Marina but with twin carbs?
  8. Good point, LL. I rarely call anyone and no-one calls me.
  9. So, there I was waiting for the sun to go down in the corner of the mountain called Morven (Today is the day that the sun sets right in the bottom left corner of the mountain). Bright sunshine all day and just minutes before sunset - a bloody great cloud appeared in the spot where the sun was due to set. Worse still, it disappeared just moments after sunset! GRRRRR!
  10. That's torn it! Went out this morning and shook hands on a deal to buy a red K6 telephone kiosk! They weigh 750Kg so I now have to organise someone to deliver it.
  11. Wow! That's one ugly plane.
  12. The ubiquitous Christmas present - socks! Anyone have high hopes for a great present this year?
  13. Been out and about again. This time East Sutherland and Easter Ross. White christmas for some by the look of it! Ben Wyvis. Snow on the roads. Low cloud near Brora, East Sutherland. Morning mist (Scotch mist) at Struie.
  14. 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!
  15. £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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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:
  19. 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!
  20. 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:
  21. 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.
  22. With apologies to RR for the quote. Here' you go Mercurydancer: One day I'll fly away.....
  23. 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.
  24. What were you doing with a J size big bra, Malcolm?!
  25. 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.