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    I for one have always thought Kingwilly was a fantastic poster, name, and person. A top bloke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Could a mod please amend the thread title?
    A kind Mod in the house!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    I for one have always thought Kingwilly was a fantastic poster, name, and person. A top bloke.
    Undoubtedly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    A kind Mod in the house
    Looks like his Northern part of the tour is off now he's bummed a motor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reg Dingle View Post
    Looks like his Northern part of the tour is off
    probably just as well, its turned into a pilgrimage so it'll be a dire religious affair.

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    ^ He's worried about his budget and thank God his mate is lending him is RAV4 from his deathbed, lets hope he doesn't have to fork out for a full body wax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    lets hope he doesn't have to fork out for a full body wax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    probably just as well, its turned into a pilgrimage so it'll be a dire religious affair.


    I know plenty of boozers that have previously been churches

    The rest of them are mosques now.

    The only pilgrimage Mendip will be doing is cider and cheese tasting down south.

    Warm beer and pies oop north.

    What a calamity!

    Btw don't pack those Jesus Creepers Mendip!
    Peeps here dont believe in feeding the 5000 with 2 pla rin and quenching their thirst with 5 bottles of Ya Dong
    Shalom

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    Well, as it happens, in between catching snakes I was doing a bit of packing today.

    I reckon that a nice pair of sandals will be just the job during Reg's southern heatwave. It'd probably be to cold up north to get them out. The geological hammer will of course be used to find a few nice ammonites down at Lyme Regis, but I guess it could also double up as protection if I ever do venture north of the Watford Gap.



    And I found an old picture of my recently secured wheels. The daughter was obviously trying to write 'My Dad is a block head' but made the classic mistake of not planning out the word spacing first. Serves her right, the little shitehawk.

    Chitty... would a car like this even be safe parked on the street up your way? I wouldn't want to wake up the first morning to find it abandoned and on bricks in some northern rural car park, and with squelchy seats to boot.



    To be honest, I'm not one to complain but the controls on the Rav4 are very similar but exactly opposite to those in my Vigo... so the first couple of weeks I'll constantly be switching on the windscreen wipers instead of the indicators, and vice versa. I'll just be getting the hang of it and it'll be time to come home, and so it'll start all over again. But at least you don't have to bother indicating in Thailand, I guess. There's no point in standing out.

    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    probably just as well, its turned into a pilgrimage so it'll be a dire religious affair.
    Yes Mike, I'm much happier now that it's a pilgrimage as I was getting a little sick of constantly typing the 'O' word. Thanks moderator!

    In addition to the West Bay and London trips, I also have planned a couple of nights down Portsmouth way to take in the HMS Victory (and get my selfie standing in front of it, to go with my selfie at the Battle of Trafalgar site, and of course there will be a selfie in front of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square). The plan on HMS Victory trip is to also take in Stonehenge and the famous Roman fort down at Fareham, the name of which escapes me just now. Also a hovercraft ride across to the Isle of Wight (that someone suggested)... all this is waiting on a mate with a son the same age as my daughter to confirm dates so I can make some bookings. Everyone is so non-committal it doesn't help the planning (hint hint Mr Dingle).

    There will be day trips around Bristol of course... the balloons, SS Great Britain, a walk across the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the daughter may get treated to an afternoon at Ashton Gate to see some top flight football. I reckon a day at Taunton Cricket Ground would be good for her as well... do they have wifi at cricket grounds these days?

    It's all go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    pposite to those in my Vigo... so the first couple of weeks I'll constantly be switching on the windscreen wipers instead of the indicators
    I am the same with the car in Thailand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    also take in Stonehenge
    Its never impressed me, you used to be able to drive right past it and then i'd have advised you to drive past and on to Avebury. More stones and larger as a site, some huge and earth embankments which taken together make Stonehenge look a bit pitiful. Avebury has Silbury Hill too which is pretty impressive as largest artificial prehistoric mound in Europe and built 5000 years ago.

    If you are down in Dorset you have to try mackerel fishing and as i mentioned pop along to Chesil Beach for the Abbotsbury Swannery - a busy day but you can tick off quite a bit.

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    Hi Mendip, if you go to Stonehenge you could also visit Salisbury Cathedral.

    Very old, and with much history.

    Salisbury Cathedral - Wikipedia

    When they repaired foundation they use divers, it is underwater.

    Very interesting.

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    Mike and Ravers, good suggestions. Thanks.

    Did you know that the foundations of Salisbury Cathedral are only 4 feet deep?

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    Russian 'tourists' love the 123 metre spire as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Did you know that the foundations of Salisbury Cathedral are only 4 feet deep?
    Pop along to Winchester Cathedral, given the direction of travel on here of late the green in front is a great place we used to sit around and have a joint or two on a sunny afternoon. The Castle has Arthurs round table (replica but Mini won't know )and the Wykeham Arms round the corner is a great little pub, Rob the owner(former) used to have a heated glass cabinet with Robs Bangers inside - really good sausages as beer snacks. The place had old school desks which included all the kids graffiti from the college.

    https://www.wykehamarmswinchester.co.uk/gallery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    The daughter was obviously trying to write 'My Dad is a block head' but made the classic mistake of not planning out the word spacing first
    It's perfectly spaced out and in context, albeit in American.

    I think it translates to social misfit in English

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Everyone is so non-committal it doesn't help the planning (hint hint Mr Dingle)
    The Scottish cunto boss at work refused my Month off in December, so I tried to get some holiday in July or August but all the holidays have been fukkin allocated.

    I still get a couple of days off a week.
    Where's that planner you put on here?
    I'll have a look how they tally up with my days off.
    The time is flying past this year.

    I'll fix those fukkers at work. I haven't had covid or anxiety and depression yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reg Dingle View Post
    I'll fix those fukkers at work. I haven't had covid or anxiety and depression yet
    It's only 5 days off now for Covid, I got 3 bouts of it last year and had 30 days off over the Summer.

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    Did you know that the foundations of Salisbury Cathedral are only 4 feet deep?
    ..... the cathedral also houses englands oldest working clock.

    The Salisbury Cathedral clock is a large iron-framed tower clock without a dial, in Salisbury Cathedral, England. Thought to date from about 1386, it is a well-preserved example of the earliest type of mechanical clock, called verge and foliot clocks, and is said to be the oldest working clock in the world,[1] although similar claims are made for other clocks. Previously in a bell-tower which was demolished in 1790, the clock was restored to working condition in 1956 and is on display in the North nave aisle of the cathedral, close to the West front.


    The clock was re-discovered in 1928, set aside in the cathedral tower. At that time it had a pendulum, which appeared to have been installed at a later date, replacing a verge and foliot. The clock was restored in 1956, and a reproduction verge and foliot were installed. There were no drawings or documents available, and it is possible that the original foliot and verge escapement did not look exactly like the one now installed in the clock.

    The striking train of the clock is believed to be original.

    Like many of these more practical devices, its main purpose was to strike a bell at precise times. It probably did not have a dial. The wheels and gears are mounted in a four-post wrought iron frame. The framework is held together with metal wedged tenons, rather than with nuts and bolts (which had not been invented).

    As found, the escapement was a pendulum which must have been a replacement, as it is too early for clocks of this age, which would have had verge and foliot. The power was supplied by two large stone weights. As the weights descend, ropes unwind from the wooden barrels. One barrel drives the going train which is regulated by the escapement; the other drives the striking train, the speed of which is regulated by the fly (air brake).

    Before the weights reach the floor, they have to be wound back up again, a task that explains the presence of two large wheels shaped like steering wheels at either end of the clock.

    The clock is now a "single strike" clock that strikes only on the hour. It makes one strike per hour of the day (e.g. one strike at noon). The left half of the clock (as in the photograph above), is the striking train; the right half is the going train. When it was built, it may have simply struck bells for the masses, of which there were up to four.

    At the end of the 17th century, the Salisbury clock, like many others, was modified from verge and foliot to pendulum and anchor operation. This usually made clocks much more accurate, even though trials in the early 1990s by Michael Maltin showed that the clock was running to within two minutes a day if the rope on the barrel was kept in a single layer. As soon as there are two layers, more torque is applied to the barrel by the weight and the clock goes faster. As a single layer of winding is enough to keep the clock going for 12 hours, it could have been kept exact to within two minutes per day if it had been wound twice per day.

    In 1790, the old bell tower 'on the ditch of the close of the canons of the said church' mentioned in the deed of 1386 which had housed the clock was demolished, so the clock was moved to the Cathedral's central tower. In 1884, a new clock was installed and the old one was left to the side.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Reg Dingle View Post
    but all the holidays have been fukkin allocated.
    Sick, its a right and if you don't take it they'll take it off you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    It's only 5 days off now for Covid, I got 3 bouts of it last year and had 30 days off over the Summer
    That'll be enough for Mendip, his pocket won't stand Dill dodging rounds any longer than 4-5 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    That'll be enough for Mendip, his pocket won't stand Dill dodging rounds any longer than 4-5 days.
    It'll be more fierce than russian roulette with a loaded gun!

    As soon as its empty glass time there will be a race for the toilets and a battle of wills as to who can hold out the longest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    The daughter was obviously trying to write 'My Dad is a block head' but made the classic mistake of not planning out the word spacing first. Serves her right, the little shitehawk.
    I think she wrote "My Dad is a dork" but mixed up her d and b

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    Here you go Dill, get onit like a canal barges bonnet...

    Covid infections in the UK jump by 32% in a week, latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows
    Weekly coronavirus figures show 2.3m infections were recorded in the week to 24 June up from 1.7m the week before
    This is the highest estimate for total infections since late April but the impact on hospitals remains limited
    Across the UK, one in 30 people in England and Wales, one in 25 in Northern Ireland and one in 18 in Scotland have the virus
    Two sub-variants of Omicron - called BA.4 and BA.5 - are driving new infections in the UK and elsewhere
    People can catch the newer variants even if they have had coronavirus recently
    But vaccines are still offering strong protection against severe illness and the new variants are not thought to be any more dangerous

    5 days sick leaveq

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    As soon as its empty glass time there will be a race for the toilets
    You know all the tricks eh?

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