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146 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. 20 – Tayport. I do miss watching the steam train going from Newport to Tayport from the Grassy Beach. It used to come back tender first as there wasn’t a turntable at Tayport. Taport to Newport closed in 1966.
    19 – The Canadian PM’s.
    18 – I am sure there was a chocolate one.
    13 – is the Tomb of the Unknown soldier in Westminster Abbey November 1920.
    6 – An episode of Dr Findlay’s Casebook

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    1. I didn’t know there was a railway there, Marcia.

      I must try to find the path of the line. There are often good walks along old railways,

      Chocolate toffee sounds good to me.



    2. That was a mistake. You got me hooked! Thought it would be just a wee reminder clip, not the whole episode. Started watching and that was that. Now I’m being nagged to get my elbow into gear as it’s sundowner time at Kalinka’s. I’ll watch the rest when we get back. Just like the old days. Cliff-hanger ending so you’ll look forward to the next episode. Thanks, Marcia. You’ve enabled me to bore the elbows off the Sassenach folk in the pub if they can remember Dr Finlay and who the characters were.

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  2. Pic 7 – David McCallum aka Ilya Kuryakin from The Man from Uncle TV series. Pic 9 – The Hollies from back in the 60s – great band. Pic 10 – The Great Exhibition, 1851, brainchild of Prince Albert and held under the wonderful glass structure designed by Joseph Paxton. Pic 13 – Inauguration of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, Westminster Abbey? Pic 15 – Marie Lawrie, aka Lulu (nuff said). Pic 17 – Sophia Loren. Pic 19 – the Trudeaus – Pierre (l) & Justin (r).

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    1. David McCallum as Ilya Kuryakin was the bane of French teachers’ lives as teenage girls swooned every time anyone said “Il y a” , as one does rather often in French.
      Hugh Dallas was jokingly known as the Man from Bonkle – now there’s a title to inspire a TV series…..
      Game at Girvan hockey festival watched by Bill Simpson (?) a who was “called on” to attend to an injured player. Wags joked that he might have tried to oblige if it had been a womens’ match. Was the series title the same as the title of A J Cronin’s book ?
      Loved Keystone Kops when I was c 6 years old.

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      1. Ah… I knew nothing of Mr Dallas or indeed, Bonkle.

        It seems that Cronin’s book “Country Doctor,” introduced Dr Finlay. I guess the tv producers must have come up with the Casebook title.

        Il y a lots of occasions when your can use “il y a” in French. If he helped teenage girls to remember the words he did some good.


        1. David McCallum was born in Partick. Lulu was born in Dennistoun.

          Bonkle (pronounced ‘Bunkle’, by the residents, is a district in Wishaw.

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        2. Famous or notorious according to loyalties, referee from Bonkle in Lanarkshire, village off A71 . SFA changed reporting to avoid aggrieved fans turning up to harass referees.
          Apologies for presumption about my obsessions being shared.

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  3. Gosh, what a lot of interesting pictures this week.

    Pic 10: Queen Victoria opening the Great Exhibition. Chrystal Palace, 1851.

    Pic 11: the VW production line, Wolfsburg.

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  4. Pic 6: every time I pass through Callendar, I always think: this is where they filmed the fictional Tannochbrae.

    And A.J. Cronin wrote the book.

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        1. Ah yes, I remember someone telling me that when I bought the box set for my mum.

          I found it a really depressing show.

          I always think of Auchtermuchty as Jimmy Shand Town.


          1. Muchty was always used as a barometer of public opinion by John Junor, editor of the Sunday Express “what wd good folk of Auctermuchty think ?” . Assumption being of course that they shared Junor’s reactionary opinions. Shd have sued him for slander – or perhaps not.

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      1. Would that be the typical Scottish pictorial Callendar, where the month-to-view pages give the days and dates, as well as often showing picturesque views of Callander, ‘the gate of the Highlands’ as it’s often called?

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          1. Apologies, John, you are correct with the spelling. My mistake.
            I was misled by the Falkirk spelling.
            God, you’ve got to be careful on this site. 😉

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  5. Confirmed: Tomb of Unknown Warrior (1920) and Opening of Great Exhibition (1851). Gave the game away again with that one by leaving a bit of the caption with the pic. Useless @#$!* phone camera, or could it be my ageing eyesight? The full caption reads: Queen Victoria opens the Great
    Exhibition. The world and Victorian Britain were dazzled by the vast exhibition that was opened by the Queen on May Day. Organised under the active patronage of the Prince Consort, it was housed in Paxton’s palace of iron and glass, covering 26 acres and erected in Hyde Park where it was visited by six million people.

    The Unknown Warrior shot is captioned: “To the thousands of bereaved parents and widows who filed past the coffin, the Unknown Warrior lying among the nation’s most illustrious dead, took on the identity of a son or husband. Unidentified by name or rank, his remains were taken from a grave in France and buried in Westminster Abbey on Armistice Day, 1920. King George V acted as one of the pallbearers. The picture shows the coffin during the ceremonial lying-in-state in the Abbey. “

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    1. I thought you had selected the Unknown Soldier one as it is the 100th anniversary this year. The commemorations planned for this November may have to be scaled back.

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      1. You’re right, Marcia. I was looking for centenary pics in my ‘1oo Years in Pictures’ book and that was the only entry for 1920. Must have been a pretty dull year news-wise as every other year has several shots. Maybe Peerless Ed and Mr Google can put us right on that.

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            1. They sought their answers in musty old tomes, Tris, in musty old libraries under the beady eyes of musty old librarians, or they went without.

              It was a dark and unenlightened age, when even phones were not mobile, and fax machines were no more than a glint in the eye of Mr. Filo Fax.

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                1. Yes indeed, Tris, rem acu tetigisti! Life was indeed awfully nasty, brutish and short back then, because people were unpleasantly stunted compared to young people nowadays, and they all wore Brut, except for the ones who wore Old Spice in honour of those golden olden times of yore and yesteryear, even before taking the Brylcreem (a primitive form of hair gel) into account. Why, you even had to put your finger in a hole to dial people’s telephone numbers, and there was no choice of ringtones! Speaking to people in Foreign Parts – if you were unBritish enough to want to do such a thing, or needed to for business – would set you back an arm and several legs, with no guarantee that you would be able to hear each other. As for roaming, fuhgeddaboutit. People today don’t know they’re alive, really, I always say.

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    1. Well done, Ed. Auckland it is. And exactly the same image. Is there anything Mr Google hasn’t got filed away, if you have the peerless skills to winkle it out? My (1950) caption reads: “1853 New towns ‘down under’. Britain was developing important settlements in the Southern Continent. New Zealand had been annexed in 1840 to forestall the French, believed to be on the point of taking possession.

      “The capital was fixed at Auckland, shown above as it was 13 years later, including the famous windmill which is still extant in a city of 250,000 people.”

      I sent it to a Kiwi mate at the same time as to Tris and he did not recognise it and knew nothing about the windmill. Admittedly, he’s from a small rural town/village at the northern tip of South Island and nearer Wellington, at the bottom of North Island and now the capital. Didn’t ask him when or why that changed but I’m sure Mr Google will tell us if anyone’s interested.

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  6. No. 19 – Les Trudeau père et fils, as Andimac said. Justin is cute as well as tall.

    No. 6. Dr. Finlay’s Casebook … my appalling mother once got me hired as a child extra for episode of that, in which Kippen was standing in for Tannochbrae. I never saw any money for it, of course, because ma took it all. However, I did meet Andrew Cruikshank a couple of times, who struck me as being a nice old fellow. He seemed ancient to me then, but was probably about the same age I am now.

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      1. I tried, Kanga. If you click ‘file’ on the toolbar there’s an email link option. I tried that and sent it to myself. the attachment opened and played just like your MNR post. But when I saved it to my hard drive – with a new file name or the original alphanumeric jumble – no go. The file opens but the content’s disappeared. Just 00:00:00 for play time. Same happens with ‘save page as’ option. Maybe that’s the idea. If it’s scrubbed from the internet, all email fws will automatically vanish as well.

        Anyway, that’s my techie skills exhausted, even if it was a diverting half hour of trying to see if I could show off and match Ed’s IT prowess.

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        1. Further thought… if you’re keeping an eye on the source site and it does disappear, post here. I’ll check if the email attachment sent to myself has also gone. Or we can short-circuit that if you do the same self email and see what happens.

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        2. It probly depends on which browser you’re using, John, what extensions you’ve got on it, and also on your device. I’m using Vivaldi (which I recommend, by the way) on my HP Intel-based desktop PC running Linux Mint Cinnamon (which I also recommend as the easiest to transition to from Windows). One of the reasons I’m using a PC rather than a laptop is because I buy most of my IT stuff cheap and secondhand, and I need a full-sized keyboard because my fat and no longer so agile fingers can’t be doing with anything smaller.

          Just as a for example, I’m currently using an ergonomic keyboard which usually costs a forearm and a leg to about half way up the shin, but someone was flogging a bunch of them off cheap on ebay, probably because they were German.

          If your machine runs Windows, it can certainly run Linux. And best of all – it’s all free. I hate Windows / Microsoft. Spying, price-gouging barstards.

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        3. John…..and anyone else interested…..I get good results downloading YouTube videos in the USA, on a Windows PC using Chrome or Firefox Browser, using the “Freemake” “YouTube Video Downloader”. I tried posting the link, but the message didn’t post. So you can Google it, and download the software from the Freemake website. My experience is that it does great downloading YouTube and other videos as MP4 files.

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      2. Saved, Kanga. I didn’t realise until I watched it in full screen that there is some kind of white glowing object coming in from the top left and landing in the middle of the blaze, immediately followed by the massive explosion.

        It’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that the clip was doctored, though. It looks more like a colour negative to me than an infrared.

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        1. Didn’t realise that either, Ed. Thought Kanga was sharing dramatic visuals. Kanga, I’ve now sent your link here to mates in Beirut and asked for feedback. I’ll post when that arrives. If nothing else, we’re expanding MNR readership. Hisham and Sulaiman were very supportive of our ‘Dubai Says Aye’ indy group in 2014 before I went to Scotland for a a couple of weeks to help with canvassing in the run-up to the vote.

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            1. Well if we in the indy movement have learned one thing over the last decade it surely must be “Don’t believe anything from the MSM” check it from multiple sources preferably eyewitnesses. Is that true or did you hear it on the BBC? Comes to mind.


              Notice in this story that CNN try and debunk Trump’s initial comments by referring to three anonymous defence officials . In which service were they and what was their rank and did they have the experience and knoweldge to make such an assertion?
              CNN-BBC two cheeks of the same rather large group of related MSM.

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          1. Seems like it was a tactical nuke

            Its getting late here so I am going to zzzzz but you might try ‘Israeli News Live’ youtube channel. Its an American in the US that is the compere but he has intel from middle east sources. Zzz time.

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    1. Yeah, they were very good.

      I just looked at this clip, clearly mimed (TOTP?) which is musically good , but it made me smile when one of them stopped “playing” to push his glasses up!


    2. Ah but this is better ! From back in the day when we had ‘beat groups’.

      I’m pretty sure I bought this when it came out (c.1965) with its green and white Parlophone sleeve. In fact if I have a rummage in a certain box lurking in a dusty corner of my loft I might still have it, mind you I might struggle to find a way to play it!!

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  7. Q: what is the link between Pic 6 and Pic 12?

    A: the 1961 Anthony Mann film El Cid.

    Andrew Cruikshank plays Count Gormaz, and Sophia Loren plays his daughter, Jimena.

    Scots actors turn up in the oddest places.

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    1. I do like it when Scots actors get killed on screen.

      Andrew Cruikshank, killed in an epic sword-fight by Charlton Heston in El Cid.

      Sean Connery messily stabbed to death in his own apartment in the Untouchables.

      And my personal favourite, Billy Connolly hacked to death in battle with the Last Samurai — just five minutes into the film!

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    2. Well I never! Dr Cameron was Sophia Loren’s pa? What on earth did Janet have to say to that?!? (I’m runnin’ oot o’ dogs’ dangles an’ the ither squiggly yins.) Not that the Arden House crew ever spoke anything but with awfy polished accents.

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      1. I vaguely remember there was a fad for “Dr Findlay” jokes at one time.
        They weren’t at all funny, the humour lay in the BBC pronunciation mock jock accent.
        Anybody remember any?

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        1. I don’t remember Dr Findlay on tv at all.

          I watched a few of the episodes on dvd, with my mum in the last couple of years, both the BBC one and the STV one.

          Of the two I preferred the BBC one although it was badly done by today’s standards.

          But Janet, Dr Cameron and Dr Findlay were better cast, I though.

          Anyone help with the jokes?


  8. No. 12 looks very much like a bus! Quelle surprise!
    (where’s that ‘heavy sarcasm’ emoji when you need it?)
    It’s photographed in Jersey, on the ‘war Tunnels’ tour, which I visited many years ago when holidaying in Jersey. Very interesting too. Probably more worthy of comment than the bus.
    Nevertheless its a 1951 Leyland Tiger PS1, converted to an open-topper for touring purposes.
    This is the same vehicle, different owner, different location….

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      1. There are tell-tale clues which gave it away. 🙂
        Maybe not obvious to the lay person but you can’t pull the wool over the eyes of an ‘anorak’. 😀

        ‘to pull the wool over the eyes’… that’s an interesting phrase, what is it’s origin?


          1. Don’t know. But not convinced by the lawyer /judge wig connection. Were these wigs ever made of wool? Horsehair from tail and mane surely?
            I’m speculating here and entirely open to correction but I’d somehow formed the notion in my head ( I know not from where) that it related to the ( English) custom of wrapping a corpse in wool. For a period in history ( somewhere about 16th -17th century) it was actually a legal requirement for a “proper” burial that the body was , at least to an extent shrouded in wool ( failing which the coffin should be wool lined). Of course it’s suggested that the motivation for this was entirely down to the influence of parliamentarians both spiritual and temporal who had interests in the protection and encouragement of the English woollen trade. The person who pulled the wool over your eyes not only signalled your end, but for his trouble, pocketed the coins that covered your eyes.

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            1. The splendid Dr Ebenezer Cobham Brewer’s ‘Dictionary of Phrase and
              Fable’ is always my first resort for this kind of answer. In this instance, he’s unusually prosaic, just confirming what we know already without adding derivation: to delude or deceive, from the idea of obscuring one’s vision. That would imply pulling down a woollen cap or hood.

              Next call was Michael Quinion’s equally splendid World Wide Words, no longer appearing as a weekly newsletter, sadly, but still online as a wonderful compendium of etymology. Quinion draws the parallels with
              ‘hoodwink’ and comments:

              The original sense of “hoodwink” was to prevent somebody seeing
              by covering their head with a hood or blindfolding them. Our main
              sense now is a figurative one derived from it, to deceive or trick
              (as we might also say, to pull the wool over someone’s eyes), which
              appeared in the early seventeenth century.

              There’s no problem with the first part, but “wink” here isn’t in
              the sense we use now of closing and opening one eye quickly as a
              signal of some sort. When it first appeared, in Old English in the
              form “wincian”, it meant to close both eyes for some reason, or to
              blink, or close the eyes in sleep (hence “forty winks”). A hoodwink
              forcibly lost somebody the power of sight as though they had closed
              their eyes. And “hoodwink” was long ago an alternative name for
              blind man’s buff.

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            2. Jake, I like that about wool covered cadavers and the the last person to pull the wool over the eyes pockets the coins, convincing.
              I had read/stored from somewhere that the judicial wig or peruke was made from wool but no they are horse hair. Makes sense horse hair doesn’t felt, therefore will keep the look not turn to dreads.
              Being horse hair could this be the origin of the phrase, straight from the horse’s mouth?

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              1. Yes, that makes sense, I suppose.

                Straight from the horse’s mouth means ‘directly from source’, doesn’t it?

                But, why would that relate to a judge or lawyer?


              2. As I understood it ( open to correction as always) it’s to do with gambling, particularly on the horses. The idea was that to get one up on the bookies (as if) you needed inside information on a horse’s form. For most sad punters this information came after a long line of tales, stories and rumours ( often some of it deliberately misleading to influence the odds). Good information came directly from the stables ( although they might talk up or talk down a horses chances for their own purposes) , better information came straight from the jockey…but the best information came directly from the horses mouth.

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            3. Ahh John, Jake, that reminds me, hoodwinked was a form of midievel mugging. The robbed person’s hood (usually woolen felt) was pulled down over the eyes and the purse strings cut.

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            4. Interesting and every bit as possible. I had no idea that you had to be buried in wool. It sounds like massive expense for poor people and what a waste of a precious commodity to keep a corpse warm! Probably the living were cold, while the body went to the grave warm.

              I’ve no doubt that there was corruption involved in it.

              The rich getting richer.


              1. My search started with something called a “book”, and from there I went to here* ( more or less) and rummaged about using their search function:

                1677 and 1678 are the relevant years.
                Below are just some extracts from the House of Commons concerning burial in wool.

                Martis, 26 die Februarii, 1677.
                Burying in Woolen.
                Sir George Downing presents a Bill to enforce the Burying in Woolen only, pursuant to the Order of the House: Which was read the First time.
                Resolved, &c. That the Bill be read a Second time.

                Sabbati, 9 die Martii, 1677.
                Burying in Woolen.
                Sir George Downing reports from the Committee to whom the Bill for Burying in Woolen was committed, several Amendments agreed by the Committee to be made to the Bill: Which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered the same in at the Clerk’s Table: Where the same were once read.
                And the First Amendment being read a Second time;
                And the same being to repeal the former Act; and the Committee having no Leave or Order from the House so to do;
                A Motion being made, That the Bill may be re-committed, and that the Committee may have Power to consider of repealing the former Law;
                Ordered, That the Bill be re-committed to the former Committee: And the Committee are to consider of the former Act; and whether it be fit to repeal the same; and to bring in a Clause for that Purpose, as they shall see Cause: And they are to meet this Afternoon in the Place formerly appointed: And Sir Rich. Temple, Sir John Ernle, and Sir Court. Poole, are added to the said Committee.

                Lunæ, 13 die Maii, 1678.
                Lords Amendments to Bill for burying in Woolen.
                Ordered, That the Committee appointed to draw up Reasons, to be offered at a Conference to be had with the Lords, upon not agreeing to the Amendments, sent down from the Lords, to the Bill for burying in Woolen, be revived; and do sit this Afternoon in the Place formerly appointed.

                Which Amendments being read Twice, and Agreed to, the Bill is ordered to be engrossed, with the said Amendments.
                The Commons being ready in the Painted Chamber for the Conference, the House appointed the same Lords which managed the last Conference to report this.
                The House being adjourned during Pleasure, the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed.

                Report of the Conference on the Bill for burying in Woollen.
                The Lord Chancellor reported the Conference, to this Effect:
                “That this Conference was managed by Sir George Downing, who told their Lordships, That the Commons do adhere to their Amendment made in the Bill for burying in Woollen, for not paying to His Majesty the Fourth Part of the Penalty given by that Act.
                “As to their Lordships First Reason, That the King was Debitor Pænæ; the Commons grant it to be the Common Law; but when created by a Statute, the Penalties are altered.
                “To their Lordships Second Reason, That the House of Commons had agreed with the Lords in One Amendment; the Commons say, the Cases are not equal; for, in the Amendment agreed to by the Commons, the Loss is upon the Officers, who are of Substance, and able to bear; but the Penalty wherein they agree not, concerns every poor Body; and therefore hope their Lordships will much more agree with them therein, than in that for the Rich. If the King have a Share, it may occasion many to be brought up to London, and be very vexatious, and bring the Justices to be Accomptants, which would make them decline the Execution, from the Trouble of it.
                “To their Lordships Third Reason, That the King having a Part of the Penalty, will facilitate the Execution; the Commons differ in Opinion with their Lordships; for they conceive the Benefit to Informers will rather quicken the Execution, and the Smallness of the Reward will make the Business sink in their Hands.
                “The Commons say, That Wool is the Aureum Vellus of England; London Bridge, and England stands upon it: That Wool is now at a very low Rate, and the Laws against transporting will not raise it, which hath occasioned this Bill, to spend our Wool this Way; and thereby hinder the chargeable Expence of Foreign Manufactures.
                “They concluded, That there was a perpetual Statute already in Force, for the Penalty of Five Pounds in this Case, whereof the Informer was to have Half, and the King none: To give the King now Half the Informer’s Share, would certainly weaken the Execution; and this being an Act to enforce the better Execution of the Law by a larger Penalty, they hoped their Lordships would concur in the distributing it as in the former Act.”
                This House agrees with the House [ (fn. 4) of Commons] in the Matter of this Conference.

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                1. Brewer refers to the ‘Burial in Wool’ Acts of 1666 and 1678 – ‘intended for the encouragement of English woollen manufacturers’ – but notes that these were repealed in 1814. ‘… largely fallen into abeyance… long ignored by those able and willing to pay the fine for non-observance.’

                  Brewer also points out the link between the horse’s mouth expressions: straight from, and looking a gift horse in. The condition of the horse’s front teeth is the only certain way of telling its age. Examining the teeth of a horse received as a gift is therefore rude: do not check the age of the horse, just be grateful for the gift. Similarly, claims would be made about the age of a horse for sale. The teeth would verify or refute these claims, so the only way to have certain information was dental inspection and ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’ reliability.

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                2. Pretty good research there, Jake.

                  What long-winded text they used.

                  “Wool is the ear of England; London bridge and England stands upon it”… dear heavens.

                  I wonder what Scotland did at that time.


  9. The Boss has just said ‘That looks like you about to enter the bus’ hint or what?? Conan – Thought there was a song ‘Long-legged woman dressed in black’ or is my memory playing tricks again?

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  10. Covid19 a Live Training & Simulation Exercise under the WHO and “SIGNED OFF” by 196 Countries.
    Unfortunately this is a long video, I did not get very far into it but got the gist as the headline suggests. But hey I’m not into conspiracy theories.

    A lot of dead people for a Training exercise!

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  11. Nobody has commented on Pic 3 yet.

    I don’t want to be too specific (I haven’t done much research), but there may be a link to the Titanic.

    Maybe some peerless one can do the honours? Or someone less peerless?


  12. There are very few, mainly sites talking apparently knowledgeably about whether gravity is a force or a particle that I bow to. That said, I am frankly astonished at the range of knowledge that exists here on what is still a fairly small web site. I’d have thunk that, if the rules changed, you guys could win University Challenge!

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    1. Gravity is misnamed. Confused with the real force, it is just an incoherent version of magnetism. I’ll give Munguinites a simpler easier to understand example. Take a 5Watt light bulb, it gives out little if any light and appears to have no power. Change it to give out one frequency and all in one direction, it will burn a hole through your hand. Thats really the major difference between a 5W bulb and a 5W laser.

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  13. Pic 4 hasn’t received any comment yet, either.

    In the tractor business, the acronym “PTO” is used, standing for Power Take-Off.

    Splined shafts are prefered nowadays, rather than drive belts.

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    1. You are correct Don, about PTOs but the first tractor PTO didn’t appear till 1918, International Harvester Co. The model T was in production from 1908 till 1926 (7?) and most agricultural equipment was land powered, the equipment was moved and the wheels powered the cutters, binders etc. Others were stationary items, like threshers, neep hashers, saw benchs, etc. These were powered by belts connected to steam engines or horse powered gin (quer, quern) gangs. The need for belt drive would have continued after Ford stopped the model T.
      I had a PTO to crowned belt adaptor for the back of the tractor, it was handy to have for driving one or two pieces of old kit.

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