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  1. It's what you see when you're a bit later than usual coming home after a night on the lash... Well, that's when I used to see it.
  2. The Yorkshire tea plantations have all been grubbed up and turned into grouse moors. Oh, and Tetleys have gone back to making beer... :-)
  3. Well that was certainly true until recently but V******e have upped their game and I can now get 4G in places I could barely get 1G before. Rumour has it that one of the V******e bigwigs had bought himself a holiday home in Blakeney...
  4. I can also vouch for the joy of reading Malcolm Pryce's Aberystwyth series – wonderful parody noir. There's a whole series of them to distract you from railway modelling... If you want Welsh historians with a jaundiced view you could try Nennius, a few centuries earlier than Giraldus Cambrensis (or Gerry from Barry to his friends).
  5. Having lived there for a few years in the dim-and-distant I can vouch for its relative lack of Welshness.
  6. Truly one of the sans culottes... Late to the party again. Tant pis.
  7. It has been said that Ivanka harbours political ambitions...
  8. Presumably the backs of the coupling rods are plain so you just need to swap them over L>R. No?
  9. Retail Therapy so often ends with Buyers' Remorse. Hasn't happened yet with these two, the motive power of the Cwmtowy Mineral Railway...
  10. Looking around Westminster I'd say we did keep many of the convicts...
  11. Indeed bare wood – and likely black happened metalwork – was the order of the day for ALL railway wagons in those days. Don't forget to allow for weathering...
  12. I ploughed through most of the Samuel Report back in the 1980s when Kew was my home-from-home. It was interesting reading at a time when a major strike in the coal industry was looming...
  13. But unlike the wedding industry, there is at least an endless supply of customers for undertaking services. And no competition from the Register Office.
  14. The wagon builders would typically offer hire purchase (often called 'deferred terms') and simple hire options in addition to cash purchase. Some firms like the Bristol & South Wales Wagon Co were purely finance houses who would subconttact any building work to others. A repair contract was an optional extra as some big fleet operators had their own repair facilities. Those finance houses, along with the finance side of the wagon builders that survived the '30s, usually moved into other areas of finance becoming in effect part of the banking industry. That is why the records of the Lincoln
  15. That reminds me of another one for the Reading List: "1000 years of Annoying the French" by Stephen Clarke (Bantam 2010)...
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