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  1. Good one DJ360 The Kinks, part of the sounds of the sixties. Waterloo Sunset has become a classic. Strangely enough never made number 1 but fittingly used in the closing of the London Olympics Also like Death of a Clown and Plastic Man
  2. I have no desire to return permanently, I don't think I could stand the winters. I do have one wish though, that is to return one more time to seen family that I have re-established contact with after decades and see the places of my youth and the beautiful countryside that is the UK. Bugger this Covid, it is robbing me of what may well be my last visit before I get too old to do what I want to do.
  3. If I drink too much Bodega I can't remember anything either
  4. Back in the 70's the pubs in the area where I used to live were often named with a Robin Hood theme, Forest Folk, Home Brewery, a magnificent building, shamefully knocked down to build a Tesco Jolly Friar, Holes Ales, alas, now housing The Archer Home Ales, still going The Sherwood Forester, ??? still going, The Robin Hood, Mansfield Ales, another Tesco, at least they kept the building. The Oak Tree, Mansfield Ales, still going The Little John Mansfield Ales, Just reopened
  5. Pentrich Rising absobloodylutley fantastic RR thanks for posting. I had never heard of the rising so I looked it up on the webulator. Why oh why weren't we taught this local history at school it would have been so much more interesting. When we lived in NSW we often visited Kiama where George Weightman died. There is a monument to him in Kiama. and had I known I would have taken a look at it Photo from Monument Australia . org.au
  6. Yummo, I'll have some of that nonnaB, just needed some scallops. Is that Marie Rose sauce I spy on those prawns?
  7. Not too many people can tell the difference between the Oz and NZ flags, Hawaii will have to change its state flag too.
  8. Vegemite, disgusting stuff, only good for putting in the dust caps of the trailer bearings. The stuff is around 8.6% salt. High blood pressure alert We tried it with our kids, they took one lick and put it in the bin
  9. My "old" red British license said "All Groups". When I applied for my Australian license the guy in the office looked at it and said "You don't need to do a physical driving test but I will have to ask you some road rule questions". I said OK as I had read up on the rules. He then said "What side of the road do we drive on in Australia" I said "Left" and he said that's correct and issued me with a license.
  10. My dad went to Sicily in July 1943 in a tour group led by General Sir Bernard Montgomery In September 1943 he toured Italy, again led by Montgomery, the tour started around Salerno.
  11. I agree WW a beautifully styled car, there is a red and grey one for sale here at $16500 that would suit me.
  12. Do you remember Winifred Atwell and Black and White Rag, the Theme from Pot Black'
  13. First project I worked on after arriving in OZ was the steering and suspension of the P76 for replacement parts. Built by Leyland at Zetland, one of their two plants in Sydney. It was generally renowned as a lemon, early cars had major build quality problems and reliability issues. Surprisingly it won Wheels Car of the Year in 1973, when it ceased production in 1976 they had built 18,000 of them. Its main claim to fame was that you could put a 44 gallon drum in the boot. (photo from wiki) I learned to drive and passed my test in a HB Viva The LJ Torana in Australia,
  14. Yes Ben, my grandad was a Shippo's drinker and like you as young un I was often sent up to the local offy for a jug of Shippo's bitter. Tasted it once, never again.
  15. M&B Brew Eleven and Home Brewery 5 Star certainly but I cannot remember having any Shippo's beer that I could finish, ugh awful stuff. Luckily only one Shippo's pub in our village.
  16. Dedicated Follower of Fashion - The Kinks
  17. Good one Ben This is my favourite Hollies track, interestingly it names the members of the group at that time.
  18. Phil, I am not talking about the high end stuff that is made under the control of multi-nationals. They cannot afford to have their brands compromised. I am talking about most of the clothing, poorly sewn together, loose threads everywhere, buttons that fall off at the slightest provocation and not to mention sizing. A properly made Australian shirt is only in the single dollars more expensive. General hardware items nuts, bolts, screws etc that the head comes off or threads strip when tightened with a bit of force. Stuff supposedly made from "stainless steel" that rusts overnig
  19. Re my post above on the same trip I purchased a new 5 litre garden sprayer as I needed to spray the roses and the old one had given up after 10 years. Joy of joy, miracles of miracles I bought one that was not 'Made in China", it was made in France! My mission in life is now to only buy stuff that is made in China as an absolute last resort. I have decided to not feed the dragon that appears hell bent on eating us. Shops should have areas for products that are not Made in China.
  20. Banging on about a pet peeve of mine again, excessive packaging. Went to my favourite hardware emporium today to get some cut off wheels for my angle grinder. Saw a little round tin of twelve for a good price. Got home and found that the tin was fully enclosed in a fairly thick clear plastic, got the Stanley knife to remove that. I then found that the twelve wheels were wrapped in shrink plastic. Removed that and then found that each individual wheel had plastic around the rim. It too me longer to get the packaging of than cut through the rusted bolt I wanted to remove. FFS it's
  21. Good to hear of the UK's success in its Covid vaccination program. We are still bumbling along with our vaccine roll-out we have administered 4,642,703 doses against the government set target for this phase of 13,600,000. If we continue at this rate we wont all be vaccinated until May 2022. Please send us someone that knows how to run a vaccination program as no one in our Liberal (Conservative) led Federal Government appears to know how to do it. In an astonishing revelation the Aged Care Services Minister revealed yesterday that the government did not know exactly how many aged care wor