Author Topic: what I have learned today.  (Read 237530 times)

T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2475 on: May 08, 2018, 08:17:56 am »
How many letters?
I dare eat all that may become a man.

But hold the oysters.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2476 on: May 20, 2018, 09:06:10 pm »
That there used to be a golf course in Nant Ffrancon.


Torslanda

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2477 on: May 20, 2018, 09:49:19 pm »
That there is a place in Wales called Nant Ffrancon . . .
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2478 on: May 20, 2018, 10:08:05 pm »
That Brian Blessed is 81.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6323128/brian-blessed-farmers-c-word-badger-cull/

"who was dressed as a Tudor king"  ;D
Never tell me the odds.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2479 on: May 21, 2018, 09:06:50 pm »
That there used to be a golf course in Nant Ffrancon.

Given that I could not fathom how you'd get a golf course in that valley - mainly since with my geologist's hat on I was thinking about the top end near Ogwen Cottage, I had to look it up.

http://golfsmissinglinks.co.uk/index.php/wales-64/1066-nantffrancon-golf-club-llanberis-gwynedd

So, Efrogwr, you are absolutely right and the next time I'm passing through Bethesda, I'll be looking out for just where it might have been, whilst trying to recall which Bethesda pub it was in around 1973 (when I was an undergrad on field trips to the Snowdonia volcanics) that still gave you your change in £sd instead of that new-fangled decimal stuff.

Tim Hall

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2480 on: May 21, 2018, 11:20:34 pm »
That there used to be a golf course in Nant Ffrancon.

Given that I could not fathom how you'd get a golf course in that valley - mainly since with my geologist's hat on I was thinking about the top end near Ogwen Cottage, I had to look it up.

http://golfsmissinglinks.co.uk/index.php/wales-64/1066-nantffrancon-golf-club-llanberis-gwynedd

So, Efrogwr, you are absolutely right and the next time I'm passing through Bethesda, I'll be looking out for just where it might have been, whilst trying to recall which Bethesda pub it was in around 1973 (when I was an undergrad on field trips to the Snowdonia volcanics) that still gave you your change in £sd instead of that new-fangled decimal stuff.
The Douglas Arms.  It was still doing it last time I was there, although I think they've given up now.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2481 on: May 22, 2018, 07:32:09 am »
That there used to be a golf course in Nant Ffrancon.

Given that I could not fathom how you'd get a golf course in that valley - mainly since with my geologist's hat on I was thinking about the top end near Ogwen Cottage, I had to look it up.

http://golfsmissinglinks.co.uk/index.php/wales-64/1066-nantffrancon-golf-club-llanberis-gwynedd

So, Efrogwr, you are absolutely right and the next time I'm passing through Bethesda, I'll be looking out for just where it might have been, whilst trying to recall which Bethesda pub it was in around 1973 (when I was an undergrad on field trips to the Snowdonia volcanics) that still gave you your change in £sd instead of that new-fangled decimal stuff.
The Douglas Arms.  It was still doing it last time I was there, although I think they've given up now.

Ah!  Thank you Tim. I had a minor worry that with the passage of anno domini my memory is not what I thought it was and that I was simply remembering an urban myth - but you've restored my faith in my recollections. Somebody else knows about it! 

I do recall that it was a bit of a shock, buying a pint with new money and getting the change in old.  Dunno how he managed to keep stocks of the old coins though.

I feel a day trip to Snowdonia coming on.......

T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2482 on: May 22, 2018, 11:06:54 am »
The missus is on a great campaign of book reorganisation, and apart from clouds of dust that sets yrs. trly. sneezing, has just turned up a slim volume that the Inlaw Paw received as a freebie for joining the Folio Soc about 25 years ago.

It's called Novocento, and turns out to be a French translation of the monologue by Alessandro Baricco on which the film The Legend of 1900 was based.

I never knew we had it.
I dare eat all that may become a man.

But hold the oysters.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2483 on: May 22, 2018, 10:05:01 pm »
That there used to be a golf course in Nant Ffrancon.

Given that I could not fathom how you'd get a golf course in that valley - mainly since with my geologist's hat on I was thinking about the top end near Ogwen Cottage, I had to look it up.

http://golfsmissinglinks.co.uk/index.php/wales-64/1066-nantffrancon-golf-club-llanberis-gwynedd

So, Efrogwr, you are absolutely right and the next time I'm passing through Bethesda, I'll be looking out for just where it might have been, whilst trying to recall which Bethesda pub it was in around 1973 (when I was an undergrad on field trips to the Snowdonia volcanics) that still gave you your change in £sd instead of that new-fangled decimal stuff.
The Douglas Arms.  It was still doing it last time I was there, although I think they've given up now.

Ah!  Thank you Tim. I had a minor worry that with the passage of anno domini my memory is not what I thought it was and that I was simply remembering an urban myth - but you've restored my faith in my recollections. Somebody else knows about it! 

I do recall that it was a bit of a shock, buying a pint with new money and getting the change in old.  Dunno how he managed to keep stocks of the old coins though.

I feel a day trip to Snowdonia coming on.......


I was at Ogwen Cottage on Sunday; Arwel Johnston ( son of Frank of tea shack fame) thinks that the golf course was near the Bethesda end of the valley. The clubhouse was at Tai Newyddion.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2484 on: May 27, 2018, 08:27:30 pm »
The blue coloured paint used by Record on their vices and planes is BS381C 110 Roundel Blue the same colour as the outer blue circle on WWII RAF roundels.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2485 on: May 28, 2018, 01:55:20 pm »
I was at Ogwen Cottage on Sunday; Arwel Johnston ( son of Frank of tea shack fame) thinks that the golf course was near the Bethesda end of the valley. The clubhouse was at Tai Newyddion.


Ah!  The Tea Shop!  Much missed.  I recall, as a young slip of a lad, getting from the top of Tryfan to the Tea Shop in 45 minutes, because it was going to close for the day and my climbing partner and I wanted a tea.  My legs have never recovered.  Indeed, it may be that descent is responsible for the rather chunky thighs I've always had for my rugby front row and rowing careers.  And why I'm slow on a bike...….

T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2486 on: May 28, 2018, 03:32:35 pm »
Strops don't just work on chisels & so forth, they work on supposedly disposable scalpel blades too.
I dare eat all that may become a man.

But hold the oysters.

ElyDave

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2487 on: May 29, 2018, 07:36:13 am »
Wilf Lunn is still with us

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2488 on: May 29, 2018, 01:57:18 pm »
That kaolin poutices now require a prescription.  ::-)
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

Torslanda

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2489 on: May 29, 2018, 06:02:49 pm »
Thanks to yesterday's 'Shed & Buried' marathon/binge, I discovered that Chater-Lea made motorcycle combinations for the AA. I'm sure the programme stated that Sturmey-Archer made the gearboxes but I'd consumed some 'refreshment' and TBH I'm not certain.

The story went they completed the order and promptly went bust.
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

Mr Larrington

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2490 on: May 29, 2018, 06:12:54 pm »
Sturmey-Archer certainly did make motorcycle gearboxen back in Olden Times.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2491 on: June 03, 2018, 09:54:25 am »
That kaolin poutices now require a prescription.  ::-)
You need a prescription for 5% sodium chloride eye drops (hypertonic, used for Fuch's dystrophy).
Never tell me the odds.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2492 on: June 03, 2018, 09:58:57 am »
That kaolin poutices now require a prescription.  ::-)
You need a prescription for 5% sodium chloride eye drops (hypertonic, used for Fuch's dystrophy).
But OTOH, a couple of days ago Mrs Cudzo sent Cudzo Jnr to get her some ibuprofen, she'd bruised a muscle or something. "They won't let me buy that," he says, "you have to be over 18." I had a feeling that might be correct, but also felt that it was no disaster if I had to go out and get it later and it was good to send him out anyway. But they did sell it him, so there aren't age limits on that.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2493 on: June 03, 2018, 12:52:13 pm »
Today has been declared the first annual World Bicycle Day by the United Nations.
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ian

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2494 on: June 03, 2018, 05:05:00 pm »
Walgreens just sold me a 1000 ibuprofen tablets. I’m think I’m covered for the next few headaches.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2495 on: June 03, 2018, 05:42:14 pm »
That kaolin poutices now require a prescription.  ::-)
You need a prescription for 5% sodium chloride eye drops (hypertonic, used for Fuch's dystrophy).

At least that uses purified water (even if it’s unnecessary for eyes). Kaolin is China clay paste AFAIK.
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Wombat

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2496 on: June 03, 2018, 06:03:01 pm »
The blue coloured paint used by Record on their vices and planes is BS381C 110 Roundel Blue the same colour as the outer blue circle on WWII RAF roundels.

Pcolbeck, Thank you! 

I have a nice recent Record vice that I'd like to keep decent, but I've been given an old gigantic one, which I'd like to refurbish and repaint, when I've got my workshop built.  It currently has an insufficiently flat floor (Why does latex self levelling screed "go off" so quickly?), and 3 and a half walls, so we're getting there.
Wombat

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2497 on: June 03, 2018, 06:30:37 pm »
Kaolin is China clay paste AFAIK.

It is indeed.  Kaolini(ite) is a clay mineral, resulting from the decomposition of the feldspars in the granite intrusions in Cornwall. There are quite a few other clay minerals (e.g. Bentonite, Montmorillonite, Illite, etc....) all with slightly different chemistries and properties.  Think of clays as layer cakes, with two silicate layers separated by some ions bonded to the silicates.  Bentonite is a derivative of volcanic ash and was named after the Fort Benton area of Wyoming and is widely used as a drilling mud in the oil and ground engineering industries.  They all have differing abilities to 'suck' in (adsorb) other ions into the ionic layer, and that's what gives Kaolinite its medical (or pottery) uses.  Useful things, clays.

ElyDave

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2498 on: June 03, 2018, 06:59:05 pm »
bentonite is also used as a fining agent in beer and wine manufacturing
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Mr Larrington

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2499 on: June 03, 2018, 07:04:46 pm »
Bentonite is also used in toothpaste, so it's clearly dangerous stuff :demon:
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