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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen


Mikkel

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Here's a short video to round off 2023.

 

I won’t forget this year anytime soon, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster. Our first grandchild was born, my brother got married, our daughter turned 30, mum turned 90, and then in September dad died.

 

This christmas I want mostly to do simple and uncomplicated things while pondering it all. So here’s a little project that began in our attic.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

 


 

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Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you Mikkel, and to all fellow Farthing followers!

A lovely little project there. Seeing BRIO brings back very happy childhood memories. Many many hours playing on the living room carpet, building all sorts of lines.

I wonder if I would even be doing model railways right now had I not grown up with all that.

 

You've certainly had a very eventful year, and here's to whatever next year brings you! 🙂

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A lovely clip, and exquisite music.

 

As a musical alternative, you might also want to consider Cat Stevens, 10000 Maniacs, or even Dolly Parton…

 

A Merry & Peaceful Christmas to all

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Mikkel,

Yes, an eventful year.  Grandchildren, hopefully all of the fun and none of the troubles you had with your own children as they grew up.  The Biro will be great as they come round to visit.  I have two in secondary school, and all my children are over 30, and my eldest is just turning 40!

 

Condolences on the death of your dad, such an important relationship.

 

Excellent video, but, oh, how tidy your workbench is.  Mine is a mess within 30 seconds of beginning work.  

 

Have a happy Christmas and a good New Year.  (Sorry, I do not know the Danish and if I used Google translate it would probably say something rude.)

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Thank you all for the greetings, congratulations and condolences. I never know quite how personal to be on the internet, but on the other hand we are not robots.

 

The Brio set is our son's and I got it out for his son to play with. He's still a bit too young, so I can have fun with it in the meantime 😄

 

I took the opportunity to do some servicing on the locos. After 15+ years in storage one had a weak electrical joint and another needed a bit of work on the gears. Now all fixed. The mechanism is very simple but they work well enough.

 

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Brilliant!   Peace at this Christmas time to you and your family too.  You know, it’s a funny old thing communicating with others on the Internet because I never got the impression of you as being that old - certainly not old enough to have Grandchildren anyway!  Always thought you were much younger somehow - maybe that’s simply because of the playful nature of Farthing.  Having said that though, it’s a fair bet that most of us modelers are probably all a bit young at heart anyway - nature of the hobby and all that.  Who knows, eh?  

Condolences on the loss of your Dad, that’s a hard knock - it surprisingly took a lot out of me when I lost mine and it was the hobby that helped me through the grieving.  Have a great time and God Bless you all.  

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I love it.

 

Have the simple and uncomplicated Christmas that you desire and best wishes for a great 2024.

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Thanks Mikkel - much entertained (and informed) by that and Farthing too, throughout the year.

 

 

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Thank you all.  Mike, I am 1969 vintage so just a post-steam upstart! I hope to live as long as my dad. He was very poorly at the end though, so it was time for him to go.

 

Simon mentioned the music in the video - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. I understand there is scholarly debate about where the comma goes, so I left it out like many before me. But surely it must be after Merry, not before?

 

 

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Merry Christmas Mikkel and thank you for everything this year. What a lovely shunting puzzle.

 

Wow, as you say what a year. My congratulations and condolences to you Sir.

 

Wishing you and your and very happy festive period. Here's to you and looking forward to 2024.

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Lovely top see the video pinned in RMWeb's RH column. Nothing like a bit of Brio to get one down to the fundamentals of railway modelling.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Thanks Matt and Stephen.

 

I hope you noticed that the engine was green. There is also a red one, I wonder if Shrewsbury could be done in Brio 🙂

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Merry Christmas Mikkel,

As others have said condolences on your Dad - remember the happy times, and take the time to make the happy memories (for you and them) with your own kids and grandchildren.  Loved the Brio project, I remember that from my childhood days, not sure where it went, but my two very large boxes of Lego survive in store!

 

I think we all tend to be reflective at this time of year, no bad thing in someways, but there a fine line that needs care not to cross, generally its family and friends that help you go up to it, but not past it.  I suppose its a call to all of us, that we have 'virtual' friends and acquaintances on rmWeb - and a shout to those you communicate with on the various threads is always available during times of need - Indeed, I am sure many of us would be happy to while away a few minutes on back and forth PMs if it helps.

 

But (easier said than done) New Year, brings a fresh start and a chance to both look and move forward.  Have a nice Christmas with your family, and I am sure I speak for all when I say we look forward to future adventures in Farthing - I have said it before and will no doubt say it again, but your little layouts bring so much inspiration and reinforce the detail aspect of modelling and what can be achieved without acres of space.

 

Happy New Year :)

Rich

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44 minutes ago, railroadbill said:

Glædelig jul og godt nytår

what he said (and I hope it's not rude 😄)

 

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I was intrigued by the origin of the Danish word 'jul', until I realised that it's equivalent to 'yule'. 

 

I note that it's the same throughout Scandinavia, even making it into that often different language Finnish as 'joulu'. 

 

Passing the winter solstice must always be a cause of great joy in the far North - it's pretty good news here, too 😁

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Peace; what better could one want at Christmas. 

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What is he up to now, I thought, and not disappointed, gently swinging away to the music. Quite a lot happened in your year, too. Have a happy time with all the family, and hope for a good new year.

Best wishes, Bob. 

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Thank you to all for the greetings and kind thoughts, they are very heartwarming. As Rich says, it seems to be the time of year for reflection.

 

Yes we call it jul here, though we don't do chocolate yule logs (sadly) 🙂. IIRC yule can be traced back to pre-Christian winter solstice celebrations. No wonder there's a need for celebration and light at this time of year up here in the North.

 

Rich also mentioned Lego. I see that there are now Brio/Lego connectors available so that you can build something like this (not ours!):

 

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The Brio project wasn't entirely unrelated to modelling by the way. The gold spray in the video was an opportunity to try out a can that I've bought to test the Plastikote "Metallic" range - with polished domes and coppercaps in mind.

 

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I was fairly impressed, this is just 2-3 quick passes with the "Gold" can, without primer in a cold loft directly on smooth foamboard:

 

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As nobody mentioned it, I just have to tell you that the suggested musicians all released versions of Cat Steven’s’ “Peace Train”, which seemed appropriate…

 

Merry Christmas, and a Peaceful, Prosperous, Happy & Healthy New Year to all.

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2 hours ago, Mikkel said:

Rich also mentioned Lego. I see that there are now Brio/Lego connectors available so that you can build something like this (not ours!):

 

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Ingenuious .. must not get into something else .. must not get into something else .. must not .....

 

rich

 

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10 hours ago, MikeOxon said:

what he said (and I hope it's not rude 😄)

 

Mike

Happy Christmas and a good New Year.

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On 23/12/2023 at 20:00, Simond said:

As nobody mentioned it, I just have to tell you that the suggested musicians all released versions of Cat Steven’s’ “Peace Train”, which seemed appropriate…

 

Merry Christmas, and a Peaceful, Prosperous, Happy & Healthy New Year to all.

 

Brilliant! I didn't catch onto your first hint. Now at the in-laws, via Copenhagen Central.

 

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Presents yesterday included a gift card which will be used for a Mapping Pen, with lining in mind.

 

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