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  1. With the move towards hands free phone use being made illegal for drivers surely it is time that smoking at the wheel is banned. It is in Sweden. My Volvo does not have an ash tray, nor did my Saab before it. My dad used to smoke when driving. When driving at night he would use his lighter to light a cigarette so the big flame came up in front of his face. I used to worry about this. Also some drivers chuck the fag ends out of the window creating danger and litter. If a driver needs nicotine while on a journey, how about patches as an alternative?
  2. I like the Scandinavian detective stories on BBC4. Below the Surface series 2 is on now and it is good. A couple of things in the story line surprise me. When the hostage situation starts the story line says there is no passenger list and it also shows people in the car deck. One crew member asks them to leave. On ferries to Shetland, Orkney and the Isle of Man I am sure they lock the doors to the car decks. The ferry in the story line is going from Denmark to Sweden. These bits of detail are not spoiling my enjoyment. A good dark tale with plenty of cliff hangers!
  3. To see it you would have to walk past the mural holding a video camera. Next time I go to Packwood house I will try making a video of the effect there and see if it works. Plas Newydd is just a bit far away!
  4. Secrets of the National Trust presented by Alan Titchmarsh is usually quite good. Episode 3 featured Plas Newydd and he spent ages talking about the mural that Whistler painted and all the places included. Alan Titchmarsh missed out one very special feature of the mural: the fact that when you walk past it the boat in the centre turns and footsteps change direction. This could have been illustrated using camera movement. When we visited I spent a while enjoying that feature. There is a similar effect on a painting at Packwood House in Warwickshire. I asked a friend who is an artist how the effect is produced on a painting. She said that it is to do with the layering and application of the paint.
  5. Big thanks for all your interesting answers. Much appreciated.
  6. This is puzzling me and I bet one of you has the answer. On the motorway we have average speed cameras pointing at us as we drive towards them. They read our plates. What about motor bikes? They only have plates on the back. Are they missed by this system? The ordinary speed cameras catch vehicles as they pass and so will get the back number. Another question about cars. Talking to a friend last week he said that years ago drivers had to have a radio licence if they had a car radio. He said they cost about ten shillings. Dad got his car in 1966 and I do not remember that.
  7. Wonderful day! My old laptop was on its way out. Wi-fi stopped working, USBs stopped working, slow start up and showing its age. Windows 8.1. It had done me years of good service and I liked it when it was working well. Now I have a new one, Windows 10 and loving it! My Family Historian software loaded up, no problem then all the upgrades. All the data is in and I am back in business!
  8. Wonderful photos. Thanks Compo. Happy memories of holidays in Scotland with my parents.
  9. I watched Whistle Down The Wind yesterday. Never seen it before. A nice relaxing afternoon and good to see the youngsters doing so well in the film. Loved the accents!
  10. Shopping in one of the large supermarkets I looked for an ordinary writing pad. Nothing! Lots of envelopes of every shape and size but no ordinary writing pad! I normally use Facebook messenger, email and text but sometimes there is a need to write a letter. Not everyone has the technology to receive email and text and some prefer handwritten rather than typed as that can look like a round robin letter. It is sad as this suggests we are losing the capacity for the personal touch.
  11. For five years I worked for a line manager who was Jewish. I did not know he was Jewish until a colleague mentioned it after he had left. No problem. If someone is professional, polite and a nice person then that is what counts. My point of view is that their faith is their business not mine. We only need to know if there are associated customs to be respected.
  12. Try looking at the Newspaper Archives. You can normally use this service free in a library, or on Findmypast if they are having a free weekend. The Newspaper Archives can be a good source of information about ancestors and sometimes there are photos. For members of my family tree I have found BMD announcements, accounts of funerals and also details of fires at their premises and when they won prizes at local flower shows. If ancestors were in a local football team you may be in luck with a photo. Hope this helps you CB Hunt. Good luck with your research. Another thought, try contacting Nottinghamshire Family History Society. Very nice people and helpful. I have talked to them at family history fairs in Chesterfield and at the NEC.
  13. Saturday night, feet up in the recliner, glass of wine and The Killers on the pyramid stage. They were joined by Pet Shop Boys and Johnny Marr. Great music! Also Georgia with her electronic drums. Very entertaining. I love the music but I have never done camping. Much prefer the feet up and a glass of wine at home or live rock bands at the NEC.
  14. I agree with you Brew about the cash cows. Parking charges and parking fines also rip off the motorist. Sainsbury's in town has now put up cameras and limited parking to 2 hours with no return within an hour. I can see why they have done this. The pay and display car park opposite is now being built on: retirement flats with little or no parking! They fine you £70 if you overstay in the supermarket now or go back within an hour. So if you forget something from your shopping then the best bet is to go to Morrisons. I prefer them anyway!