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  1. Poor?? Ya don't know the meening pf poor. my poor old Dad used to work 30 hours a day dahn pit, then fetch us from skool, it were a ten mile hike all up 'ill, he'd carry all ten of uz on is back, then we'd ave dinner, old stale slice of bred, wi lard on it. 'ome wux a big old cardbord box wi a bit of raggy owd tarp ower it. Mam would go out nicking clothes and pegs off cloves lines on Mundays so as wi cud have cloves from cherch jumbul sales.. Damn it's hard spelling incorrectly.....LOL

  2. Our cook stove is propane, and heating is a woodstove.


    On your story of Mario, when I migrated to Australia in 1979, I worked at a tin mine, biggest one in the southern hemisphere, I lived in a very small town a few miles south of the mine. This was "Bush" miles from any large towns!!

    I was in one of the pubs one evening, and this old feller at side of me said "are you a pommie" I said yes, he then said "You've come all the way from England to here" he was dumbstruck, and kept repeating it.

    A mate of mine put me in the picture, the elderly feller and his Brother worked a local farm, and he'd been no further than 15 miles out of town all his life, so just couldn't grasp the "jet set" lifestyle.

    Although I still live in a very rural area, my friends have worked and lived in different areas of the states, some have roots that go back to the first local settlers 200 years back, yes, the only people who lived around here back then were nomadic Native Americans. This area was settled around 1820 onwards.

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  3. Normal over here is a 200 Amp service, we are charged one flat rate per Kwhr.

    Our biggest load on the house is the well water pump start current.

    After that, my 5HP 240 volt air compressor would be the next largest load.

    I don't know the loading, but electric stoves draw a heavy load, as do water heaters and clothes driers, our clothes drier costs us nothing, Mother natures wind.

    I've other high loads in the workshop, table saw, radial arm saw and a few other large wood working tools. The arc welder would be a high load.

    3Kw wouldn't cut it with us, 200Amp service equates to 24Kw.

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  4. Many, many years ago I worked with an electrician who came from the contracting side, I was an apprentice at Clifton Colliery back then.

    We were talking about cans of petfood looking better than what the butchers sell, he'd worked at Petfoods Melton Mowbray re wiring the factory for a large contractor. They had to wear clean overalls every day, he said the place was far cleaner than any human food processing plants he'd ever worked on.

    He told us the quality of the meat and fish were far higher than what we eat, question was asked, why??  Well he said, give a few people food poisoning and it's soon forgotten, kill someones little moggie or doggy with bad feed and you tend to lose millions and the media won't let it go.

    He said he was working above a mincing machine and dropped a spanner, he wasn't the most popular bloke on the block, they scrapped a whole run of product.

    I hear these days petfood processors aren't so fussy.

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  5. Been sizing and splitting firewood, all "green", now it can season ready for winter.

    Yesterday proved keeping spares is wise, well pump gave up on me, got me trusty clamp on voltmeter/ammeter, found a dead hornet across the pressure switch contacts...Makes a change to see them get stung, this time with 240 volts. No that wasn't the problem, it was the start capacitor that had died on me, tested with a capacitance meter, and showed nothing.

    Replaced it with the new spare one, and back in business.

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  6. We picked up a couple of 275 gallon crated "totes" yesterday, they look new, no stains or any residue in them, but to be on the safe side I'll pressure wash the insides and give them a good rinse out. One will be for drip feed irrigation for the row of grape vines, and the other for drip feed irrigating the veggie garden.

    Experimenting with native grape vines, cutting them off to around four feet and tying them to the closest trees. I'll train them, keep minimum growth each spring, like cultivated ones, and see how much each yields each year.

    There's one native vine near the chicken house that's over 5" in diam, must be years old. The native stock is what Concord vines were raised from. These are philoxera resistant and mould resistant, two killers of grape vines.

  7. I find things let me down at the wrong moment, ie, oven igniter went out just when I was ready to do dinner, washing machine when the wife filled it with water and clothes. I now keep three sets of ratchet pawls for that one, might just order a spare igniter for the oven...LOL

  8. Usually one of two things fail in fridges, thermostat or starter capacitor, more modern units also have a small electronic board, but at ten years old, I'd go for the cap, ten minutes to change out, most of that is removing and replacing covers. The cap will knock you back around 10 to 15 quid or less. It's not a difficult job and you don't need a serviceman, usually a plug in, or one with two leads.

    I keep spares for my well pump, been caught out before, and not much fun when you don't have water.

    My freezer is over 20 years old, plenty of life in it and need to order a new starter cap for it, just in case, at over 20 yrs of continuous service, the cap has to be running on hope by now.

  9. Plucked??? Like a chicken....LOL   I'd hate to pluck mine now, would be mighty painful.

    I grew my first beard when I was around 30 years of age, it was out of necessity, anybody who has worked around salt atmospheres, and I don't mean a day at the beach, I mean mining dust made of salt and potash will know the suffering we went through down Boulby.

    On days I'd shave first thing in the morning and regret it the rest of the day, amazing how much skin is taken off with the average wet shave.

    The rash used to get real bad after a couple of hours in the hot dusty conditions underground. A good majority of underground workers at Boulby sported beards.

  10. China has now got a major problem with that highly successful piece of legislation, they have an aging population and young married couples aren't having kids like their parents did.

    They have now turned to two children families, and more with state permission. Problem is, it's too late, and the population is in dangerous "freefall" with way more dying than reproducing.

    Japan's population is dropping too, as are many western nations.

    Have you noticed the price of beef lately??

    The world cannot produce enough, China's grown an appetite for beef,  around where I live land is being leased out to cattle farmers, every field seems to have cows in it destined for market, luckily all free range.

    I wouldn't blame over crowding in cities all on the Industrial Revolution, it was going that way pre the revolution, London was a sick place in the 1600's, Nottingham too was over crowded due to the Enclosure Act.

  11. Good book to read "Climategate" written by an expert on weather, and he gives the true facts on the "thousands" of experts the media claim the earths temperature is rising and the lies put around by Al "Bore" who has been proven to have made millions out of his lies, not to mention he flies everywhere in a private jet, rides around in very large gas guzzling cars, has a few large mansions that consume more energy in one moth than the average person uses in several years... Talk about hypocrisy..

    The book is an exceptional piece of investigative journalism.

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