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    ^ Apologies, believe me i have lived in places where there is no cheese, wine or custard apples available and done so for well over a year at a time.

    I convinced myself that the wait was worth it but bollocks to that, that's what people say when they have no choice

    I think you need monthly runs to BKK and see if you can get some of the vittles that Headworx gets from Siamsburys, see if some kind soul would send a parcel of 3Kgs Cheddar via van up to Korat.
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    ^

    Look at him Mendy he is just running up the score on ya!

    Best get to work!!


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    ^ he already redded me for ruining his evening Ya Dong and Aro Cheddar chaser

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    Quote Originally Posted by strigils View Post
    ^ he already redded me for ruining his evening Ya Dong and Aro Cheddar chaser

    A worthy red...

    Your platter looked damn good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    A worthy red.
    i would have too if i was him

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    You platter looked damn good.
    Thanks, was good, is good, must...........resist..................third...... ....................visit

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    Great pics everyone! Loving the ancient buildings and monuments. I never made it to Stonehenge, but I did go and see Chatsworth Estate that I believe is in Wiltshire actually. What beautiful gardens around there! I guess I have been near where you live strigils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarilynMonroe View Post
    I did go and see Chatsworth Estate that I believe is in Wiltshire actually. What beautiful gardens around there! I guess I have been near where you live strigils.
    Isn't that in Derbyshire? That's about 150-160 miles away from Wiltshire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strigils View Post
    well this has got all ageist, actually the whole area has loads of ancient monuments, you'll probably heard of:

    Stonehenge c3000 years old and about 18 miles away

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    no my pic but chose it for two reasons, firstly you can see how big the stones are and secondly there's traffic, you used to be able to drive right past it but they have now diverted the road

    But Stonehenge is a youngster, Avebury (not my pics again) is much older and about 14 miles away, I'm told camping in the stone circle on magic mushrooms is a freaky experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strigils View Post
    Righto, unwraped

    Main course;

    Top -Ragstone Goats cheese - goaty and firmer
    Middle - Valencay Goats cheese - Troy's recommendation and very good, not too goaty
    Bottom - Baronet Brie
    Top right - Colston Bassett Shropshire Blue
    Bottom right - Westcombe Cheddar

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    and a side salad

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    all unpasteurised

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post

    The Roman Baths were built in AD 60...
    What have the Romans ever done for us?

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    ^ put us off washing obviously. I mean its all very well preaching cleanliness when you are dipping your jewels in 50c water in Bath, but then to expect the rest of the natives to crack the ice on their roll tops is a bit rich.

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    Great thread this, Nammers. However, I now can't decide whether it's the architecture or the cheese that makes it so bloody good.


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    ^ Stand by caller, the lockdown is ending and i am going to give the counties an airing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strigils View Post
    Thanks, was good, is good, must...........resist..................third...... ....................visit
    Go for it

    And to quote Sylvester Stallone:

    Yum

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    ^ Trouble is Helge, Troy has already alluded to having to cut down on cheese and if i carry on like this i may end up looking like the "Glutton" scene of SEVEN, i need to work the ratio of cheese to architecture out. One thing tho, KW is going to get a proper Aveburying.

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    I look forward to it with more than a degree of envy! These photo threads are what makes TD such a good read.

    Let me do my bit, this is a rather incongruous photo of the old and the new taken from Deansgate/Peter Street in Manchester. The Great Northern Warehouse was the goods warehouse of the Great Northern Railway, so it was built around 1850. Looming over it is Beetham Tower, a 47 story skyscraper built in 2006 and the 2nd largest in the city.

    St Peter's Field, the location of The Peterloo Massacre in 1819, would have been a couple of hundred yards to the left of the shot.

    The Peterloo massacre: what was it and what did it mean? | Peterloo massacre | The Guardian

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Let me do my bit
    More than welcome Hal.

    I found the upload debacle a nightmare but i'll persevere. Ideally this would be SE Asia based but that will have to wait a bit. The kids and littluns are starting to mill around so i may use that as an excuse to dust off some places I'd long forgotten about and hopefully some here will forgive the UK bias and enjoy the pics.

    Perhaps a Mathos retread although i couldn't hope to hold a candle to him and his good lady's thread - miss them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strigils View Post

    Perhaps a Mathos retread although i couldn't hope to hold a candle to him and his good lady's thread - miss them.
    Yeah, he had some crackers.

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    To feature in a future episode, not Trowbridge as stated in the Independent article from 2011 below but BAO, the original and for me the one and only home to the National Gut Barging Championships.

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    The legend that is Mad Maurice on the right.

    The gut-barging year reached a thrilling climax at its world championships in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, last weekend when Mad Maurice, "the Belgian from Melksham" retained the title he has held for the past four years.

    The ancient sport of gut barging, in which two contestants try to barge each other off a 12ft by 8ft mat using only their stomachs, is described by its aficionados as a cross between Sumo wrestling and the Peruvian territorial game of Dungwatt. It has its own complex rules, scoring system and code of etiquette, the worst violation of which is to be accused of gutlessness.

    "Most blokes just don't have the stomach for a fight," explained Mad Maurice, after he had expelled his last challenger from the mat with a "full Johnny Turk". The move, a speciality of Maurice, is a single, explosive barge which removes the opponent from the mat.

    One of his "gongoozlers" - the ra-ra-skirted, pom-pommed supporters who act as bargers' cheerleaders - said in admiration: "He's the only man I know who can make his belly-button sneer."

    Despite the importance of the occasion, however, Maurice's victory was overshadowed by the announcement of new overtures to heal the rift between gut barging and Sumo wrestling. Stung by recent allegations of match-fixing, drugs and tax evasion in the Sumo world, the President of the World Gut Barging Association, Colonel Walter Polhill, is offering "the hand of friendship to our larger Japanese cousins".

    More specifically, he has offered "to embrace them [the great Sumo wrestlers] warmly into the bosom of the gut barging family". The offer continues: "We cannot offer fish and boiled rice, but we can keep them in fighting condition on our diet of British beef, bulls' semen and deep-fried Mars bars. And if, by happenstance, they choose to change their allegiances from Sumo to gut barging, we shall be glad to receive them."

    Asked for an opinion on the likelihood of his facing a challenge on his home ground from the yokozunas of Sumo, Mad Maurice clasped his 56in paunch pensively, then replied: "Those Sumo geezers have done themselves like kippers. Can't see much future for them now, can you?"

    Sadly its not happened recently but i did get to see two of the championships, i'll have to fill in with some other stuff

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    Excellent stuff, Strigils. One of my sons now lives in Bath and it is a great place to visit. It looks even better without the tourists swarming about. When I win the lottery Bath is one of three places on my shortlist to live. Interesting town with things to do and convenient for travel about the country. Next time I visit I'll tell my son to add the cheese shop to the itinerary. I thought I had tried many cheeses, still I see so many there that I have yet to taste. Not sure about the 'semi hard Somerset goat', maybe Mendip has more information for us?

    Memories too of Stonhenge. I first visited about '72 or '73 and at that time you could walk freely amongst the stones. I don't remember anyone having a camera on that trip. It wasn't the same when I took my children years later and paid a wad of cash to walk a long way to see them from a safe distance.

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    ^ I won't knock it until I've tried it... but I would have thought a 'semi hard Somerset goat' would be a bit of a disappointment. Enough to get you interested but it wouldn't really do the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Memories too of Stonhenge. I first visited about '72 or '73 and at that time you could walk freely amongst the stones.
    Yes i remember being able to walk freely about too, particularly when the police weren't being so authoritarian whilst the Stonehenge Summer Solstice Free Festival was on. Ahhh memories, like when the police were searching every vehicle leaving and a mates older brother decided to scoff his haul rather than throw it out the window, it consisted of 10 white lightenings, 1/2 Oz of Afghan Black and 1/8th Oz of Opium and a small bag of whizz. His nick name was Nost after Nostradamus as he was always foretelling shit would happen. Well he didn't see that coming and he didn't emerge from his bedroom for 5 days, just ate and drank what his mum left for him.

    The highlight of the festival aside form the sun rise over Stonehenge, easily available gear was Hawkwind played almost every year and Lemmy would sometimes turn up, although they were largely so smashed it wasn't what you call command performance but then again i don't think anyone gave a shit.

    I went last in 84 when i ripped my jeans right around my arse whilst hacking a tree down to burn and you didn't go with a change of clothes for 4 days so i was walking around with my arse hanging out - no one cared, people were shagging under blankets as you walked past. 85 was when the police got really heavy handed and the Battle of Bean Field took place, most decamped to Westbury White Horse and i went to that.

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    The Stonehenge Free Festival was a British free festival from 1974 to 1984 held at the prehistoric monument Stonehenge in England during the month of June, and culminating with the summer solstice on or near 21 June. It emerged as the major free festival in the calendar after the violent suppression of the Windsor Free Festival in August 1974, with Wally Hope providing the impetus for its founding, and was itself violently suppressed in 1985 in the Battle of the Beanfield, with no free festival held at Stonehenge since although people have been allowed to gather at the stones again for the solstice since 1999.


    By the 1980s, the festival had grown to be a major event, attracting up to 30,000 people in 1984.[1] The festival attendees were viewed as hippies by the wider British public[citation needed]. This, along with the open drug use and sale, contributed to the increase in restrictions on access to Stonehenge, and fences were erected around the stones in 1977. The same year, police resurrected a moribund law against driving over grassland in order to levy fines against festival goers in motorised transport. By 1984 police-festival relations were relaxed with only a nominal police presence required.

    The stage hosted many bands including Hawkwind, Gong, Doctor and the Medics, Flux of Pink Indians, Buster Blood Vessel, Omega Tribe, Crass, The Damned, Killing Joke, The Selecter, Dexys Midnight Runners, Thompson Twins, Bronz, The Raincoats, The 101ers with Joe Strummer, Jeremy Spencer & the Children of God, Brent Black Music Co-op, Killerhertz, Mournblade, Amazulu, Wishbone Ash, Man, Benjamin Zephaniah, Inner City Unit, Here and Now, Cardiacs, The Enid, Roy Harper, Jimmy Page, Ted Chippington, Zorch and Ozric Tentacles, Vince pie and the crumbs, which all played for free.


    The 1981 list of bands included Red Ice, Selecter, Theatre of Hate, Sugar Minott, Doll by Doll, Thompson Twins, Night Doctor, Merger, Androids of Mu, Deaf Aids, Killerhertz, The Raincoats, Thandoy, Foxes and Rats, ICU Lightning Raiders, Psycho Hampster, Misty in Roots, Andy Allens Future, Inner Visions, Red Beat, Man to Man Triumphant, Stolen Pets, Seeds of Creation, sorcerer, Coxone Sound System, Black Widow, Here and Now, Hawkwind, Steel and Skin, The Lines, Waiting for Arnold, Play Dead, Cauldron, Lighting by Shoe, Flux of Pink Indians, The Mob, Treatment, Popular History of Signs, The Wystic Mankers, Elsie Steer and Cosmic Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strigils View Post
    it consisted of 10 white lightenings, 1/2 Oz of Afghan Black and 1/8th Oz of Opium and a small bag of whizz.
    Hmm
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    Changing Baht to Bath. Obvious

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    What was funny was that after 20 mins he started shouting to pull over, we did, he burst out the car and chucked. He spent 5 mins fishing around and recovered most of the black - no sign of the rest. He was a quite a gear head but after that episode he was quiet for quite a long time and didn't take part in mushy season at all. The acid was strong as well so what 10 were like is anybodys guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strigils View Post
    chucked.
    Helps me a little bit in digesting your ....anecdote

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