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  1. Rob

    Steam Rally 2

    This guy worked really hard to get his tractor in great condition. As soon as it's started that's that, soot everywhere. These lamps had just been filled with oil, cleaned and remounted. Look closely in the driver's ear; now you can see that the grungy stuff gets everywhere...
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    Stithians Steam Rally

    Hi Chris, the annual steam fair has moved from the Chiverton site due to access/suitability problems. So now the venue is much better, the on-site roads are tarmacced, facilities are better, win-win.
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    Stithians Steam Rally

    An annual thrash about 10 miles from our house. A great opportunity to run steam traction engines around the lanes of Cornwall and generally smell the air and listen to the whistles. The area for firing up and raking out. Fairly empty by 1030. Richard Trevithick built this in 1701...
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    Warning

    I saw this sign beside the road, but initially misread it. I thought it said QUACKERS not Quakers. My 'Larsonesque' mind had images of ducks crossing from the adjacent farm to the mill stream, not Quakers walking to their meeting house.
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    In America, do you have sausages?

    Sorry Sandi, the only rabbits I know are sold in those very discreet lingerie stores you told me about. Roof rabbit = Pussy cat. Yummy, tastes just like chicken. http://www.merkki.com/goodbuddy.htm
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    attempted PayPal theft

    I recently had an incursion on my Paypal account. They were efficient and reimbursed me immediately. Changing passwords etc resolved the issue.
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    Joke of the day...

    Woof! :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
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    Contact lenses

    Easy! http://www.contactlensesusa.com/
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    Contact lenses

    Try disposable or monthly 'Toric' lenses. They counter the astigmatism and work a treat. I buy mine monthly at $30 per month, which includes all the cleaning solutions (non-peroxide based). http://www.coopervision.com/us/patient_clenses_detail.asp?catid=8&id=1
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    Joke of the day...

    Her. "I want a divorce." Him "Anything to make you happy."
  11. Rob

    Any US military experts here?

    Try matching this to your image, a Chapparel tracked missile system. Orrrrrrr this little baby. http://tinyurl.com/33on55
  12. Rob

    Your worst April Fool's joke....

    Play the video if it will work in your region. Enjoy the beautifully modulated tones of Mr Cholmondley-Warner (Pron. Chumley-Warner) as he describes the epic spaghetti harvest in the warming autumn sunshine. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/1/newsid_2819000/2819261.stm
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    Return to Banksy

    Recently somebody asked about Banksy, a young artist whose work is worth a fortune. His art is usually called graffiti, but in his case is way beyond what you may expect of the can spraying fraternity. When the Telegraph page loads, scroll down to left centre, you will see an image of two...
  14. Rob

    The Boat Race 2008

    Correction. You lost, we won. :smile: I remain Sir yours etc etc. A Phrend. For our relatives across the pond. http://www.theboatrace.org/
  15. Rob

    Pano Problem - Banding

    Sandi, for the city click on the image, it opens in a new window complete with title in the header tab. :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
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    What a great game

    The Land of Four Races. The Scots who keep the Sabbath and anything else they can lay their hands on. The Welsh who pray on their knees and on their neighbours. The Irish who don't know what they want but are willing to fight and die for it. The English, who consider themselves a race of...
  17. Rob

    What a great game

    Update from Culloden....... Nasty English 1 - Blue Tams 0 What a rubbish game. Can we have our ball back please? :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
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    Anyone familiar with a Street Artist named Banksy?

    This link may help people understand what he does. Try the 'outdoor' page. :smile: As Jonathan says, it's more art than vandalism, some of his more famous work has been erased by jetwashing, oooops. http://www.banksy.co.uk/shop/index.html
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    Anyone familiar with a Street Artist named Banksy?

    Banksy is renowned, however some are unhappy with his work. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23418918-details/Is+this+Banksy+at+work/article.do
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    Plane Photography?

    Have a look at this site, they really know about aeroplane images. http://www.airliners.net/ This image by Jeff Well is an absolute beauty. On the home page go to the right hand side, click on Most Popular of all time. http://tinyurl.com/2wck32 This is as shot...
  21. Rob

    Settlement reached UPDATE!

    Not yet, but let her near you with those angle clamps and you could get that Soprano's job with an Baptist choir. Good one Sandi! :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
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    Party Political Speech

    If you are fed up with the recent Hillbama saga, try this for a refreshing new outlook on how to conduct a political event. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=PI42LSbwc8E ('Take That' are euphemistically called a popular beat combo) :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
  23. Rob

    Any Bikers? Show your Ride.

    She had to go when my balance died about 5 years ago, but S bends at night became too exciting :eek:. We covered 50K miles in 3 years, the best had to be the Pyrenees, wonderful mountains. Honda Gold Wing 1500, flat six, smooth as the proverbial. (At a meet, so no protective kit on)
  24. Rob

    One egg, on face... British style

    Instant 'Big Brother' type of fame for just doing nothing. Oddly enough that was a point raised at lunchtime yesterday on Radio 4. A Big Brother contestant knew nothing about Lolita, not the end of the world; however eyebrows were raised when it transpired that he had also never heard of...
  25. Rob

    Will the plane take off?

    Plus, think about what happens when one of the rotor drive belts slip and those blades get out of sync. Can you spell CLASH! I hope they use a good V belt dressing. If you ever hear the drive belts squealing; you fixin' to die. During the early 80s two Chinooks were lost on the North Sea...
  26. Rob

    Will the plane take off?

    a whole lot of gray matter expended here on something this meaningless. "you are now free to move about the forums" Dave it isn't meaningless, far from it. It has dusted off years of knowledge and experience for many of us. Including our basic physics. :biggrin::biggrin: In fact I was just...
  27. Rob

    Will The Plane Fly? Place Your Bets

    Philippe, anything that can wander around a farmyard can be made to taste just like chicken. :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
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    Will The Plane Fly? Place Your Bets

    I was one of the 9+ members who initially said no, and then after re-examining the information, changed to a YES You didn't re-examine, you were dragged kicking and squealing into the big boys gang. I reckon you secretly "Still believe." :smile: Cowardice in the face of adversity is no...
  29. Rob

    Has anybody seen Rick?

    Rick forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really angry. She told him, 'Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in less than 6 seconds ... ...AND IT HAD BETTER BE THERE!!' The next morning, Rick got up early and left for work. When his...
  30. Rob

    Will The Plane Fly? Place Your Bets

    Paid, with a smile. :biggrin::biggrin: Sandi, cough up, you were wrong once! :smile::smile::smile:
  31. Rob

    Will the plane take off?

    But aren't we supposed to say "Oh..... I get it. How stupid of me." after the riddle is explained? The fact that so many people, including those on this forum, are simply unable to understand how this treadmill deal works is what I find so very disappointing Never mind Bob, you'll get over...
  32. Rob

    Will the plane take off?

    :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin: So, the Mythbusters fooled you lot. That must have been some display of the Black Arts! :biggrin::biggrin: OK, so under their conditions it flew. Despite understanding the physics my UOL degree in common dog hangs in with a much maligned "Notttachance!"...
  33. Rob

    Anna's Hummer song.

    This link to a BBC story was sent to me by a friend who is a Zoologist. The scientists who studied the bird are based at Berkeley. The link contains video, I'm unsure if it's compatible with US systems. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7216230.stm
  34. Rob

    So you think your weather stinks?

    Not trying to rub it in, but I reckon our seasons have gone 'left' by about 6-8 weeks since the 60s; we seem to be having Spring earlier and earlier each year. We have been enjoying clear skies, 11*C, daffodils, crocii and Iris 'reticularta'. The birds are pairing off, bluebell shoots are now 3"...
  35. Rob

    You know its really cold when ...

    During the late winter as lake ice thins it is possible to go through the ice, especially when skiing with a full bergen and weapons. Consequently it's advisable that the lads have experienced the mind numbing sensation, know what to do and don't panic. Our Volvo tracked vehicles occasionally...
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    You know its really cold when ...

    During our 3 month deployment to Norway in 1979 I was tasked to take my aircraft to the ice break exercise site and wait to take any heart attack victims to hospital in Narvik (about 200m inside the Arctic circle), when one of the instructors came over and informed me it was 'my turn'. Having...
  37. Rob

    Will the plane take off?

    BUT!!!!!!!!!!! Have you lot seen the Pilot?
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    Will the plane take off?

    Thanks for a VERY informed answer Bob, :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin: To the casual observer I reckon both would come to a shuddering, slithering halt. As with the original 'will it fly' question there are heaps of intangibles left out and not even known about. :smile: I hope you can accept that my...
  39. Rob

    Show us your Desktop!

    My hero and mentor. :biggrin::biggrin:
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    Will the plane take off?

    Remember the Physics specialist I had by the larynx? Well before he was rushed to A&E I asked a couple of questions. :eek: (He has an offshore skippers certificate so has done a little bit of Nav). 1) A yacht is sailing (ie. under sail) towards the Golden Gate bridge from the seaward side at...
  41. Rob

    Will the plane take off?

    Now I understand. That's twice I've said that in two days. :biggrin::biggrin:
  42. Rob

    Will The Plane Fly? Place Your Bets

    I hadn't seen this thread, apologies for not appearing earlier. Thanks for pointing it out Philippe.:wink: Sandi is killing herself laughing at the soon to announced $20 dent in my Paypal account. :biggrin::biggrin: Haze has offered to let me drive the 5 hours to Heathrow to purchase some...
  43. Rob

    Will the plane take off?

    Philippe my arrangement with Sandi ($20) is to pay into the Cafe slush fund. A habit of mind kindly rekindled by TO's tenacity! :biggrin: I was under the impression that all who are incorrect will donate to the Cafe. Ho hum..........:smile::smile:
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    Will the plane take off?

    Spyder, with the best will in the World I have sat here quietly being mildy assailed for my tenacious grip on what I perceive to be reality The whole episode is meant to be fun and it has made me review my forgotten physics, theory of flight and even, at huge risk to my sanity, return to read...
  45. Rob

    Will the plane take off?

    While we wait with bated and in some cases baited breath, may I include these images and text which I received this morning in my inbox.:eek::eek: For anybody who is not familiar with a jet engine, a jet fan blade should be perfectly smooth. You might want to think twice the next time you...
  46. Rob

    Will the plane take off?

    Vernon, sorry my friend, but your board won't go anywhere....................wrong wax!!!:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin: For those of you who drive those weird things (777), have a look at his lucky planeload of people. Happened today at lunchtime. Hopefully it was power failure rather...
  47. Rob

    Will the plane take off?

    Vernon, I have promised $20 in a wager with Sandi, dating back to last week, in contemplation of an early demise I've also paid $50 into our Royal Society for the Prevention of cruelty to Animals; purely as a precaution as you lot may be cruel to this animal. :wink: Bad news. My neighbour...
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    Will the plane take off?

    Here's Vernon's image of a microlight, which is what I think Mythbusters are going to use in their replication of the original task. Please look at the aircraft, and imagine it trundling left to right over the grass at 10 mph. No controls are moved in the microlight, the throttle remains set...
  49. Rob

    I reall enjoy the Cafe

    Well done Tom, good news. Remember that first intake of fresh when you exit the hospital doors, it's wonderful. Good luck. :wink:
  50. Rob

    Will the plane take off?

    Bob Walters please clear a space in your inbox. :smile: The system says it's full. :smile:
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