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1  Railways / Railways / Re: Memories of your Railway experiances on: August 17, 2018, 04:42:12 PM
Do you remember the names of places where they used to shout All Change.
The one I remember was Newton Abbott.
Until a few years ago I could get a train in Haverfordwest to Penzance
Another to Portsmouth and Chop they all went.
We can still go to Birmingham and  Manchester if you can afford the fare,
its different everyday but nobody knows why.
The local service is rubbish.
I knew the Fireman on the last steam train from Pembroke to Carmarthem.
Well Gerald he said we gave them something to remember. We blew the whistle
all the way non stop.
Wave the flag and blow the whistle.
2  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: KIDDERMINSTER on: August 17, 2018, 04:03:21 PM
The home of Carpets and Sugar Beet. Before the EU we use to produce a lot of our own sugar in the UK.
Get on the Steam Train or journey on to the Safari Park. Have a rest at Bewdley then on tp rock, not so far now
and you will be in Wales.
A great run for a camping holiday, stop a night at each location and look round the towns and villages.
I always knew I would live in Wales from the age of 12 when Mr Martin the woodwork teacher at Loxton Street
got me to make a 3D model of Wales
It was confirmed when I had to do 4 weeks forestry management in the Elan Valley.
Great days and great memories. Everyday I still see something different. Had a Raven on the windowsill
this week and it poked its head through the open window to have a look at us.
3  Railways / Railways / Re: Memories of your Railway experiances on: August 16, 2018, 05:56:40 PM
The push and pull was so that the train could go both ways without having
to detach engine and go to the turn table. It could also give more power if needed.
The banker would be used only on steep climbs like the Lickey Incline.
Ed I do not know the answer to your question but they could change crew at Bristol.
I can tell you that the tanker trains pull 1000 tons.
I had an Uncle that was a driver on the London to Scotland Express trains and
they changed crew near Grimsby.
We had less pests and diseases in the garden when we had steam trains, we are
now short of Sulphur.
The Steam train specials that used to come to Fishguard would be at 60 mph half a
mile outside Fishguard and would stay at that speed all the way to Birmingham.
If you were in the field the driver would always give you a whistle.....Gerald.
4  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: British seaside towns gridlocked! on: August 16, 2018, 11:54:10 AM
Hello Everyone
We all seem to have Gridlock problems and down here in S.W.Wales
we have quite a few events were they close roads for a day.
They claim that these events draw in big crowds that spend a lot of money.
What about the shops that are closed because the roads are closed.
Events on the beaches are great, speed trials at Pendine are great but
you have to park quite a distance away.
I do like the overnight car rallies that pass our house, when the boys were
young we would be out with our cheese sandwiches and flask of bovril.
Happy Driving
5  All Sports / All Sports / Re: ASTON VILLA on: August 14, 2018, 08:16:33 PM
I fully agree, he must have quite a number of loose screws.
6  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: Grocery delivery boys, remember them? on: August 14, 2018, 03:04:53 PM
Remember Wrensons well, the shop near us had narrow double doors. Helpful pleasant staff
and the bike always parked outside the doors. Also so remember the hand turned Bacon slicer.
We have seen it all but all all seemed better than today.
I hate going in a shop and the women at the till is wearing a hood and grunts at you.
Good manners cost nothing is what I was taught. If our parents,God Bless Them All, came back and
looked round today they would think they were on the wrong planet.
Where did all the racism start, Soho Road, Handsworth with slogans on shop windows.
remove it but it was back next day.
Hurry up Brexit lets take back the rule of our own country.
Pershore college had a coqch load of Germans go for a day, The students were lined up to welcome them.
When the Germans were off the coach, a song broke out from the British Students. 2 World Wars and 1 World Cup.
The Lecturers did not know what to say or do.
Have a better Sex Life, Keep digging....Gerald.
7  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: August 14, 2018, 02:47:37 PM
Good Afternoon from a pleasant not over warm middle of Pembrokeshire.
Sorry Ed Seaweed is not a fertilizer.
Seaweed is wonderful to put on our garden soil and some years ago growers would cart it from the beach
to spread on fields.
Now what does Seaweed do. It helps to release nutrients in the soil and bring the Ph up to 6.5
It will not take it above 6.5 and will hold it at that for at least a year.
Put Sea weed into your compost heap and on the lawn.
Talking of lawns remember that grass needs nutrients that are only found in grass thats why sometimes
after the normal cut you give it another cut a few days later but leave  what you cut on the lawn.
After the stress of the hot weather give everything a feed of Phostrogen. That product contains a large
number nutrients.
Stay healthy get gardening.....Gerald.
8  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: DANGEROUS CHEMICALS on: August 13, 2018, 02:31:29 PM
Digging some really good Cara potatoes. Maincrop but we dig early when smaller.
Good looking with red eyes and really good flavour.
We do the same with Rocket, better flavour when half size.
Got some good looking onions, some going to seed so just bend tops over.
9  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: DANGEROUS CHEMICALS on: August 12, 2018, 11:22:24 AM
Hello Boys
Sprayed on corn and potatoes to kill green growth before harvest. I am told that dry tops and stalks mean a quicker harvest.
Lots of anti fungicides can cause depression. Some now banned in Spain.
More to follow
10  All Sports / All Sports / Re: ASTON VILLA on: August 11, 2018, 05:07:22 PM
Hello Ed
I agree but 3 points in the bag. It seems new Goalie made a cock up.
Take care
11  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: MONKEY DUST on: August 11, 2018, 12:19:29 PM
Hello Ed
Its a new drug on the streets and it sends people beserk.
12  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / DANGEROUS CHEMICALS on: August 11, 2018, 12:16:58 PM
How many of you have eaten dangerous chemicals like Glyphosate.
All of you have had that one.
13  General Discussion / General Posts / MONKEY DUST on: August 10, 2018, 07:20:06 PM
What is Monkey Dust. I have just read it is a very dangerous drug.
What do you know.
14  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Will high street shops survive? on: August 10, 2018, 04:48:56 PM
Hello Twm
Lots to think about with this post. Many problems to solve.
Do we accept that all things sold cheaply on line are genuine.
Do we support slave labour in sweat shops.
Should supermarkets be restricted to British food only.
Back later when I have given the subject more thought.
Good subject
PS Got 3 G Children with us for a few days.
15  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: There are mice in the wall, I'll get a cat! on: August 09, 2018, 02:34:28 PM
Hello Ed
What about a box of Bats. Lovely creatures. We also have some very tame Foxes.
Have had them follow me like a dog, give them a couple of dog biscuits and you can stroke them.
Badgers are violent keep well away,
Pheasants make good pets and easy to tame o eat out of your hand. Jackdaws are brilliant talkers,
better than parrots.
Do you want me to carry on looking for a bird for you.
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