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  1. Just read an interesting article in the January issue of Railway Modeller.It concerns the naming of one of Great Western Railways Hitachi bi-mode Intercity Express trains after Cornish born Colonel Rick Rescora,who lost his life in the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy.Rick was head of security for a financial company based in the South Tower.The naming ceremony took place in April last year.On 7th November 2019 he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal,presented to his widow Susan by the US President at the the Whitehouse.

    2 OO/HO models were commissioned by Hornby,one being presented to Susan and her family,the other was presented to the US President.

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  2. 14th January 1945,Wellington bomber,MF116 of the 26OTU, flying out of RAF Wing nr Aylesbury,crashed in fields in Burbage,Hinckley,Leicestershire with the loss of all 6 crew members.

    Pilot-Flying Officer Nicholas Chobaniuk aged 25 of the RCAF.

    Navigator-Sgt Leslie Good aged 20 of the RAF.

    Air Bomber-Sgt John Gunn aged 22 of the RAF.

    Wireless Op/Air Gunner-Sgt John McMurdo aged 33 of the RCAF.

    Air Gunner-Sgt Charles Parker aged 19 of the RAFVR.

    Air Gunner-Sgt John Thompson aged 23 of the RAF.


    Small service at the site of the crash today in Burbage.


    RIP fellas.



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  3. Cosford is a great show Adam,sometime in April I think.Then there is Coventry in the summer sometime.There is also the Miltom Keynes show.Don't know about transport facilities to get to these shows,public transport a bit downsized for weekend travel in our area unless travelling by car.

  4. Cat flaps can be a problem.In our old house we had one fitted,but it wasn't in for long.We had 2 cats at that time,and if it wasn't the prey(alive/dead) that had been brought in,it was the un-invited feline friends that were a problem.Went down one morning and there was four strange cats sitting on the kitchen table.

    Also bed space is at a premium at the moment,I usually wake up balancing on 5 inches at the edge of the bed ,while the mistress and SWMBO hog the remainder of the bed,both snoring contently.

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  5. Oh,it doesn't have to be winter in our household!Our mistress has developed a mild arthiritic condition whereas she cannot now get onto the bed,she is ok for the sofa,but the size of the mattress is too much.So,usually about 0300 hrs,she gets off the bed,goes downstairs for something to eat and a toilet tray episode.Then she will come back upstairs and create until she is lifted back onto the bed.Bless her!

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  6. When I worked in the NHS,we had,from a local parish,a vicar admitted who had a very serious drink problem.It had been tolerated for some time,even his philandering with congregational members of the opposite sex,until the day day came when he had to provide a service for the funeral of one of his parisheners. He had over imbibed of the wine,had started to perform the service,then slid into the open grave onto the top of the coffin.He received about a months treatment at our local institute,and was then passed onto a drinks dependency unit.

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  7. On straight pieces of railway track,overhead wires for a pantograph,the overhead wires zig zag above the track to spread the wear on the pantograph equally and increase its durability.The contact between the pantograph and wire is maintained and lubricated by graphite contact carbons.



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  8. I watched this with an open mind (shock,horror,I even enjoyed the Tom Cruise version!!!) and thought the adapted story line was quite good in the first episode.Then last nights episode,IMHO was utter garbage.I do wish these drama making companies would stop flitting about with time scales in the story lines,its very confusing(or is that just me?) without any indication on the screen as to when it actually is supposed to be.Last night it kept flitting from the (then) present,to the past,to the future.Very disappointing.

    As to these companies doing remakes of some of the classics,is this similar to model companies churning out endless kits of Spitfires,Me-109's,Fw-190's etc????

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  9. The Burbage Spitfire,of 74 Sqdn, was lost 27th June 1941 nr Adinkerke,Belgium.The pilot was Sqdn Leader John Colin Mungo Park DFC + Bar,12 confirmed victories to his credit.

    Believed to have been shot down by pilots Major Rolf Pingel and Major Walter Balthasar flying Bf-109's of 1/JG26 and JG2.

    I believe there was a total of 13 Spitfires raised in the county of Leicestershire.



  10. My grump of the day.My 'smart' phone indicates that I'm in Kegworth,nr Loughborough,when I am actually in Burbage,nr Hinckley,a distance of approx. 25 miles.Its a good job I'm now retired from truck driving otherwise the phone would be imploding on itself.

    As to the matter of other dimensions etc,isn't the answer 42?

    I'll get my coat...………….



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  11. We have a friend,now retired,who ran an appliance repair shop,who told us to steer well clear of these cordless appliances.Very expensive to repair,if you could repair them.Some you had to send off to the manufacturer,OK if under warrenty though.

    The hose had been glued into the nose,not very well apparently,and it had come apart.The new hose doing well!



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  12. Back in June we bought a new 'Hetty' hoover,the same as a 'Henry' but in pink(don't ask,wifeys choice!),but unfortunately recently the 'nose and hose' separated.Yesterday after lunch I rang the company in Chard,Somerset to report the breakage.The chap I spoke to assured me that there wasn't a problem and that the replacement part would be with us sometime this week.At 0800 hrs this morning the postie was ringing the doorbell with the replacement hose,what a fantastic service,well done Numatic International.



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  13. 9 hours ago, Tzulscha said:

    Ya know what I really hate?  :rant:


    When somebody drives their car through the front door.

    We had an elderly lady do just that the other day.

    Mistook the go faster pedal for the stop pedal evidently.

    Took out the door, two sidelights and a couple of showcases.

    Most of the stuff in the cases survived intact amazingly. Just lots of broken glass.

    No one was hurt fortunately, but it's gonna take a while to put things back together again.

    Dealing with the insurance people will be one of the biggest hassles no doubt.


    (side note, I say "boot", "bonnet" and "mudguards" just to annoy people over here...  :wicked:)



    Put happy laughing face for last comment/side note,had a brain fade.

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