Willow wilson

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  1. She was a glamorous parody, playing out the Clive James satire shows. Quite appropriate I thought and singing not overly "bad" in that context. 'She never lets words or melody get in her way' (Clive James)
  2. Margarita Pracatan has passed away at 89. https://youtu.be/ptj0kEI-0UA
  3. There was a garage/petrol station corner of Haslemere rd Nuthall rd, the owner was a mr Martin. Garage is now a Halfords. There was a car bodywork repair/respray garage on the old bit of Alfreton rd down the east side of Bobbers Mill bridge. They were Simpson & Slaters.
  4. I had some experiences with a 1946 RMA Riley, Ian. Bodywork let it down, as did the rear springs which needed resetting, and poor brakes. The good stuff; engine, based on a 1929 Kestrel 9 (hemi, twin cam, short push-rod) was quite an advanced engine and produced until 1955. Good gearbox, final transmission by shaft-in-torque tube, had no troubles with the oily bits. "Performance" given as 0-60, 25 seconds. Interesting engine in your Rover, (don't laugh it's a side valve) quite efficient it seems, looking at the data, and adaptable throughout their range in the event. It's a new one on me. Happy motoring.
  5. Re horse powers of ic engines. In 1910 the government asked the RAC to calculate the hp of vehicle engines and they came up with a formula which included cylinder bore and number of cylinders. Each vehicle model was taxed on that formula. As engines developed in power the vehicles were classed having 2 different hp ratings, for example 15/40, the smaller being the RAC notional hp and the larger being actual hp. This system lasted until 1947 in the UK. A Prony brake was used on sample engines to get an actual figure. From my People's College mech eng course days, 1hp is 33,000 ft lbs of work per minute.
  6. Re maths teaching, earlier post; The only use for higher mathematics is to be able to teach somebody else higher mathematics. (Bertrand Russell).
  7. Just to complete the puzzle, HAIR DYE.
  8. Beautiful painting BK. The illustrations are excellent and I like the gold sprays and the rose motifs, very attractive.
  9. 31st Player's Own was my scout troup in my youth based in Ascot Road in the basement of the warehouse which later became the first of a cash n carry depot opposite Speedo. Skip Saunders and skip Dunc were in charge. I was in sparrow patrol. The other senior patrols were named after birds of prey. Annual camps were Dunoon (overnight train and ferry) and Barmouth. Also Ratcliffe on soar. Accommodation was ex army ridge tents and bell tents, complete with leaks when it rained. Evenings singing round a campfire, (remember singing The vicar of Bray? Call and response verses improvised by senior patrol leader) Sleeping on straw paliases. Latrines as mentioned above post. A word of advice, don't dig latrines at the bottom of a slope, the rain runoff goes there. As mentioned above, transport to Walesby was improvised; 3 Players box Vans, (no windows) 1 van for the kit bags and tents, 2 for the scouts, roller shutters half open for air. At Walesby we built a rickety sheer legs and line over a stream, ate stuff cooked on an open fire and slept like logs. We visited the 50th jamboree at Sutton Coldfield in 57, scouts from all over the world. We had a special parade in town one year so we were packed into a hired corpo rear entrance double decker, the drums going under the stairs. The bass drum being the largest went on last, and unattended, it came off first. On Bobbers Mill bridge, rolling down the hill towards the railway line. Furious ringing of the bell was ignored by the driver (bus full of kids!) But we got it back. I enjoyed my scouting experience.
  10. Further, the P2 2-8-2 class had a known problem with the leading trucks but were modified during the war. That possibly was where you picked up that information. Doesn't explain the A4 swaying though.
  11. During one of my education visits (decades ago) to various industries I visited Derby rail works, where they were setting up rolling stock bogies. They showed there had to be a compromise between freedom of movement and friction in the bogie mounting to prevent 'hunting' of the bogie within the rails. Maybe something like this needed doing on the old loco, Fogrider. Meanwhile, nothing to do with bogies; Fascinating factoid. One day as a kid I was biking near a railway with my Dad, I could hear an approaching 'clank-clank' noise. Dad, 'You know what that is, lad'. Me: 'no'. Dad; 'it's a Greasley knock'. Me: 'oh?'. Dad; 'it's when there's play in the rods'.
  12. Yes BK, took my eldest for a ride on it (Valley rd) 40ish years ago. One time when we took a ride it stopped half way round and we had to get off because it had set fire to the long grass within the enclosure.
  13. I've just seen a vid of the Newton building falcon with a new chick. (I tried posting this in the peregrine thread but the technology defeated me)