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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    Just found my hornby 3 rail set in a cardboard box in the garage, along with a Mamod steam engine and another steam engine.

    HORNBY OO GAUGE DUBLO 3 RAIL LOCOMOTIVE | eBay

    Amazingly enough, after 55 years of disuse, the engine still runs.

    A touch of oil here & there & it'll be just like new.

    The track, however, has seen better days.

    Found an ancient exercise book, the back of which informed me that, amongst other things, there are 144 sq in in a sq foot.

    And 4 roods make up an acre.

    Well I never knew that, or if I ever did, I forgot about it.

    In other news: raining.
    I used to like all that weights and measures stuff on the back of exercise books. It seemed to go out of fashion with the switch to metric

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    It's been a nice day today. A comfortable 20-21 degrees and sunny, not that I set foot outside after arriving at the office until it was home time.

    HWMBO informed me that the heating came on at home, so it must have been a bit chilly there today.

    Day off Friday, working Monday. Could probably get away with charging for Friday if it wasn't for a programme board meeting I won't be attending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickFitz View Post
    I used to like all that weights and measures stuff on the back of exercise books. It seemed to go out of fashion with the switch to metric
    Goddamn EUSSR.

    Back to Whitworth threads we go after 31st October.

    This is inneresting:

    Imperial Measures of Length

    Never heard of the link as a measure of distance.

    And there's two types of chain.

    Confused? You will be.

    So if an acre is a furlong x 1 chain, then a rood is a furlong x 1 rod, pole, or perch.

    Curious.

    Tea this evening was M&S breaded haddock which was nice enough.

    Something in one or other of the veg had unpleasant hard gritty bits in which rather put me off.

    Followed by the last of the stewed blackberries and custard, which was extremely pippy for some reason.

    After which 1.05 pints of Good Glengettie Tea was drunk.

    The evening's entertainment began with that nice Larry Olivier telling us all about Dresden and the fall of Berlin.

    "The World at War" Nemesis: Germany - February-May 1945 (TV Episode 1974) - IMDb

    Didn't look like a bundle of laughs it must be said.

    Now watching the Abandoned Engineering thing which today includes concrete ships used as a breakwater in Canada, the joys of the Spanish Civil War, and now artificial caves built of ferroconcrete in Germany.

    At 20:00 we have "World War Weird".

    Which is about a Russian "tank" with wheels from 1915, the Jap soldier who fought WWII until 1975, the acoustic mirrors in the south east, and the final lunacy, the nuclear powered igloo.

    None of which compares with the surreal lunacy of the chicken warmed nuke that started the season off.

    The Pacific War in Color commences at 21:00, with the pus filled Bad Skin programme on Quest Red at 22:00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    Goddamn EUSSR.

    Back to Whitworth threads we go after 31st October.

    This is inneresting:

    Imperial Measures of Length

    Never heard of the link as a measure of distance.

    And there's two types of chain.

    Confused? You will be.

    So if an acre is a furlong x 1 chain, then a rood is a furlong x 1 rod, pole, or perch.

    Curious.
    When we were still in Liverpool (so when I was very young, probably eight or so) one of our teachers took us out one day to measure the length of a road by the school with an actual chain - a proper measuring one, presumably intended for use by surveyors. I have no idea why a primary school recently built on an estate in Liverpool had such an item of kit, but it made a nice change from being in the classroom

    This is the length of road in question: Google Maps

    And if you went to the top and left round the corner, you'd find the house on Macket's Lane where George Harrison lived with his parents when the Beatles were getting started; the parents had moved just a few years before our measuring activities, when George bought them a nice bungalow out near Warrington. My family lived a bit further along Macket's Lane, on the other side.

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    The Pacific War in Color is covering the invasion of the Philippines and the invasion of Peleliu which was described by E. B. Sledge in the book that eventually made up part of "War in the Pacific" some years ago.

    With the Old Breed - Wikipedia

    Battle of Peleliu - Wikipedia

    Now we're on to a tuliphole called Iwo Jima.

    There's no sign of Duke Wayne.


    Feck me, the Bad Skin thing is pretty gross.

    Ok, it just got grosser.

    Stone me, the Japs made a habit of this:

    A Japanese lieutenant with twenty-six 2nd Infantry soldiers and eight 45th Guard Force sailors held out in the caves in Peleliu until April 22, 1947, and surrendered after a Japanese admiral convinced them the war was over.
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    Chicken bhuna for tea, with the usual rice and naan. Very nice, it was

    I might watch the television tonight, rather than reading. It'll make a change, and I've finished The Chrysalids and Showstopper

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    Mezes at a new lebanese place for dinner tonight

    stuffed

    not. entirely. sober.

    a good time had by all

    's a hard life....................

    now watching the septics testing nukes 60 miles from las vegas
    people getting up early to watch.

    feck me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    a Mamod steam engine

    I’ve got one of those. Keep meaning to get some meths and see if it still goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WTFH View Post
    I’ve got one of those. Keep meaning to get some meths and see if it still goes.
    I don't have the steam roller one that my mate had, it's the static one that you can bolt bits of Meccano on to power stuff.

    In fact, one like this:

    VINTAGE,MAMOD STATIONARY STEAM ENGINE | eBay

    I also found a Meccano Emebo Electric motor which sounds a lot less rough now it's had a little oil in the bearings.
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    Another episode of SWAT watched

    And another early night for me

    Goodnight all

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