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  1. The Dylan v Donovan argument was quite intense at the time yet I never heard a definitive answer of why one was considered better than the other.

    Dylan was more enigmatic in the choice of words, syntax, and his music quite raucous in his early days. Donovan somewhat  gentle, simplistic, more direct, and less ambiguous although nowhere near as prolific.


    There was a short time when Barry McGuire and Eve of Destruction was hailed as a future protest singer in the same deep and meaningful mould. That also had people who praised and some who sneered.

    By what criteria do we judge which league they are  in?

  2. I did my test on my mams bike in the school playground. I can't remember any training, just a teacher (I think his name was Keys, he of the two tin legs), shouting "do this",  "do that", OK you've passed.  As far as I know everyone passed. The green pennant made from felt and didn't last long.

    When my kids did it in the 70's it was a 'proper' job and were  given  triangular enamel badges plus a certificate when they passed.

  3. Even though my gardening is done vicariousy through such posts I'm quite exhausted by it all and feel quite deserving of sampling one of the two bottles of beer I have left... keep up the good work but try not to cripple yourself please - I still have one bottle left...     thumbsup

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  4. Many buy Sony not realising the screen is (depending on model) made by Samsung or LG. Basically you see the same picture as the LG/Samsing but pay a hefty premium for the Sony name.

    Pull a modern TV apart and it looks much like a laptop chassis strapped to a big screen which is basically what they are.

  5. This afternoon I've mostly been wandering the streets of a city I barely recognise. started from Victoria Centre (Emetts clock is silent now days), down to the square. Long Row, Parliament Street, High Street etc.

    Most striking feature? (apart from the new road layout and vast amount of student accommodation), the number of food outlets and women don't wear skirts anymore.

    It served to remind me I'm a dinosaur. The food eaten outdoors I don't recognise, the number of youngsters speaking a language I didn't recognise, using a card the ef^&*&^* machine in the car park refused to recognise and to top it all off the optician tells me I have cataracts... I need to lie down now.

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  6. I did very much the same Ww. The East Leake Buses were favourites, possibly Renowns?, the window behind the driver curved down and I could see everything he did. I think I've said before a mystery to me was how he knew the number of turns on the steering wheel he needed to get round corners. I thought he must be very clever to remember.

    Sometimes the seat was occupied so the curve on the seat  handrail became a pretend steering wheel and I knew from the engine sound just when he was going to change gear.





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  7. Saturday evening my youngest brother was taken ill and was carted off to the QM A&E by ambulance. Arrived at 9 and waited to be seen, it's policy now that the ambulance medic has to stay with patients until officially handed into the care of the hospital - it took over an hour. Then sat there until 9:30 Sunday morning, just over 12 hours to be seen. After various tests, CT scans etc. he was told they suspect a bleed on the brain and needed to go to the neurological dept; however the hospital cannot arrange it, only his GP can request an appointment because their system is not compatible and they can't access his medical records. A consultant also wants an eye pressure test but the ones done in an opticians is, quote, "neither use nor ornament"!

    He is not a happy bunny...