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Freeborn John

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  1. Some interesting photos, the 9th one down shows the Clare& Ridgeway offices. www.scars.org.uk/gallery/norton.html
  2. Put it this way, if WBC had organised the recent referendum in the Falklands the first thing the islanders would have heard about it would have been the Argie flag being hoisted over the town hall when it was all over...
  3. Back in the 80's the British army developed a brand new camouflage material for dry and dusty places called 4 colour Desert DPM, it was very good indeed, state of the art. Then, because we weren't going to fight in a desert environment ever again, they made just a few thousand uniforms from it and put them into storage. In 1991 they needed desert uniforms fast for GW1 and went looking for them. No sign, they'd been sold off abroad since they'd never be needed. To Iraq. So we didn't sell 'em arms. Just our sleeves...
  4. There speaks a man who's obviously never done the 'dying fly'...
  5. Likewise, when I first saw those pictures I thought they'd spent some serious money doing the place up, it turns out I've just never seen it in daylight!
  6. I believe the whole room has a serious preservation order on it, that's the only thing that has saved it from being turned into yet another night club. It would be nice if the place was restored, it still looks pretty splendid in its run down state.
  7. His father must have been one of those belt and braces types...
  8. Due to a couple of TV series with 'Salvage' in the title and profit as the story line, stuff like the stone cat often disappears during building work...
  9. If I was the Indian government I'd be rather miffed at Cameron for staging a media fest at the exact same place where the Indian army killed off 500 civilians in 1984. It just seems...indiscreet.
  10. I remember hearing many years ago about a coach load of football fans who came off the motorway looking for beer and some trouble, but when they piled into a pub on Winwick road the locals gave them a good pasting... I wonder if that was the Longford?
  11. Many years ago I nearly bought one of those houses on Towers Court, but the surveyor had heard that the whole thing was built on an old water course that hadn't been filled in properly and he had a hole dug in the back yard, next day it was half full of water... Needless to say, I didn't buy it. Don't suppose you remember a small lake in the area do you?
  12. Worralls shooting and fishing shop, a whiskery old gent if memory serves...
  13. And they certainly weren't in control of the Carlton once that downstairs door was locked. Snooks were well and truly cocked at the licensing laws...allegedly.
  14. It's a pity they don't pack the house out like that when the future of the country is being discussed...
  15. Freeborn John

    HS2

    Yes, I stand corrected, nearly all the European lines, including the high speed ones, do use the same gauge as the UK. It turns out I was quoting 'structural gauge', the space required between platforms, under bridges and beneath cables and overhead gantries etc. Since the European high speed trains and carriages are wider and taller they'd hit everything in sight if the new lines weren't built to suit their profile, this wouldn't hamper freight traffic using standard stock, though standard sized passenger carriages would presumably leave one heck of a gap to the platforms...
  16. Freeborn John

    HS2

    I'm not sure if the actual track gauge has been settled yet, there was a possibility that a wider track would be adopted so they could use existing European high speed trains and carriages. That would certainly mess things up for freight use.
  17. Quite. We wouldn't want to see a repeat of the incident involving a Grade II listed pub, a JCB and an unfortunate breakdown in communication on a Sunday morning when nobody was about would we?
  18. I was once told that councils have a financial stock take at this time of year with an eye on next years funding from central government. And that while they prudently keep a little cash for unexpected costs during the year, come this time they often deem it wise to get it spent before the government spot it and adjust the councils funding downwards for the coming financial year. I thought this was doubtful at the time, but more years than not I've noticed these lightweight projects popping up in the new year. They tarmacked every bus stop in the town red one year. Another time it was cycle
  19. The same bin emptied each week? Because I have a theory that the good (and certainly the not so good) people of this town are simply going to chuck their waste into whichever bin, black, blue or whatever, that is going to be emptied that week. I hope the recycling plant is tooled up to spin the council a profit out of used nappies...
  20. Well here's a daft idea, why don't we have special people who go to these traffic tangles when they occur and stand in the road, directing vehicles this way and that by the use of hand signals in order to get things moving again? They could have uniforms and cars and radios and stuff. And those nice yellow jackets. I don't know why it's not been thought of before...
  21. The whole towns traffic system has been on the brink of a nervous breakdown all week, two hours to get off Alban retail park yesterday afternoon for example, and Lovely Lane was bumper to bumper from Winwick Rd to Crossfields roundabout an hour ago, in neither case was there an accident in sight... The powers that be should be out there taking the opportunity to study these bottlenecks, as traffic increases in future it's going to be like this all the time. In not too many years the 20mph eejit will be having the last laugh!
  22. The way it's going we'd all be better off with an open fire and a pig for waste disposal like the old days, though I dare say some jobsworth from the council would soon have something to say about either...
  23. As I understand it, the cheaply produced 'fracked' gas will simply be pumped into the Europe wide gas grid and auctioned off to the highest bidder along with the 'ordinary' gas we use now. At exactly the same price, since gas is gas when it comes to supplying it for domestic use. A nice little earner for everyone apart from the consumer methinks...
  24. Jonesie was banging away in Parliament the other day about making sure the UK hit the target for giving 0.7 of our entire Gross National Income away in overseas aid next year. The girl's throwing the big money away, I doubt her head's full of bins these days!
  25. Well at least someone has preserved what is left of the old place, if only to make a profit. It can't have been easy, or cheap, and, let's face it, nobody else was going to do it. No complaints from me then, apart from the fact I can't afford to live there.
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