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  1. The model railway / Bake Off connection fizzled out early, unfortunately.

    I was looking forward to lots of train cakes.

    1. Huw Griffiths

      Huw Griffiths

      I suspect you might not be alone.

    2. truffy


      I don’t like cake. I’m more of a cheese scones and crumpets man. But I can’t see much that you with them train-wise. 

  2. Come on, Emma!


    1. Hroth


      Doesn't matter if she wins or loses, the Radders done good!


    2. Harlequin


      Amazing! Well done Emma!

      What a wonderful story.

    3. Hando


      Her grit, determination and resilience was astounding! She should be very proud, especially considering she won her first grand slam at the tender age of 18!

  3. Yesterday I bought a lovely book by Adrian Vaughan...


    ...in Trago Mills of all places.


    (Don't ask!)

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    2. St Enodoc

      St Enodoc

      That's all as may be but you haven't told us which book.

    3. Harlequin


      "Railways through the Vale of the White Horse" (2015)


    4. The Stationmaster

      The Stationmaster

      You should be greatly satisfied that you now have a book containing a photo of my great grandfather in the Uffington PerWay gang..

  4. I'm going to watch Countdown today with some trepidation...


    1. Hroth


      This is where the competitors are told they are the "weakest link"?  (4 vowels and 7 consonants...)  :crazy:


    2. Metr0Land


      I've recorded it.  Will watch from behind the sofa later.

  5. Get a grip, TV presenters!


    Wembley has two syllables, not three! It's "Wem - blee" not "Wem- ber- lee"!


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    2. sigtech


      And last time I looked, there was no R in Wembley...

    3. Huw Griffiths

      Huw Griffiths

      Meanwhile, I don't know how some people repeatedly manage to morph "nuclear" (as in power etc) into "noo-kee-lar"' or something equally ridiculous.

    4. leopardml2341


      New cue ler is the one that irks me.


      And don't get me started on (s)Pacific (sic)

  6. There's a parcel coming and I don't know what it is!

    Might be something exciting...

    (Or it might not.)


    1. truffy


      If it’s my KRM GT3 could you be a love and forward it to me?

      Hugs etc. 

    2. Harlequin


      Aw, it was just a book being sent by Hermes rather than the post for some reason.


    3. Hroth


      I was going to say, did you actually have anything on order....

  7. The fastest train is Bovril.

  8. Nearly 40,000...


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    2. truffy


      But how many are unique, and how many are the banned returning under a new nom de l'adhérent?

    3. Harlequin


      It doesn't matter. It's an arbitrary number like so many others in life.


      And the winner is: @Greg Mac Oz (Welcome aboard Greg!)


      <Imagine balloons falling from the ceiling and a fusilade of party poppers...>


    4. Tim V

      Tim V

      I thought you were on about the Traffic song:


      "Forty thousand headmen couldn't make me change my mind
      If I had to take the choice between the deafman and the blind
      I know just where my feet should go and that's enough for me
      I turned around and knocked them down and walked across the sea"


      but I suppose I'm showing my age ...

  9. Only need 400 more to reach a big milestone!...

  10. The collected works of Charles Dickens can be a tough read...


    but they are excellent for weighing down track while the glue dries...

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    2. Mikkel


      Must try that. Haven't had much luck with Wikipedia.

    3. cctransuk


      I bought them for my Kindle for pence - but no used for weighting tracks.


      I've been working my way through them now for the best part of a year - nothing tough about them; a delight to read. Dickens' writing is the perfect time machine - a panoramic window to the past, with quite a few railway references from the

      'Railway Mania' years.


      When you've finished track laying, read the books!


      John Isherwood.

    4. Hroth


      Our Mutual Friend is particularly appropriate as the postscript describes Dickens experience of the Staplehurst derailment.

  11. I was hoping to remain isolated until well into the New Year...


    But I've run out of Quality Street! 


    It's a logistical disaster!


  12. “He’s got an orrrnge for you.” :smile_mini:

    Pike mimics Capt Mainwaring. great stuff!

    1. Hroth


      I'll have a chocolate one, please?


  13. xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx


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    2. Captain Kernow

      Captain Kernow

      But when will the walrus complete the work you've paid for?


    3. bgman


      Luv you too ! :lol:

    4. Tim Hall

      Tim Hall

      I think your chromosomes are broken.....

  14. R.I.P. Geoffrey Palmer OBE, lugubrious British character actor.


    "Bit of a cock-up on the catering front."


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    2. Tim Hall

      Tim Hall

      Throughout my childhood as the hapless ex soldier in Reggie Perrin, superb.

    3. truffy


      Bigger loss than many :(

    4. Metr0Land


      I always remember him as the father in Butterflies trying to keep the family together around the dining table and his wife's dreadful cooking.

  15. By their posts on RMWeb shall ye know them

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    2. truffy


      Cheesemakers to the rescue!



    3. Hroth


      What a curious nose!


    4. Huw Griffiths

      Huw Griffiths

      Can we be sure somebody hasn't heard of that annual foodfight on Cooper's Hill?

  16. Non sequitur

    1. ian


      I don't follow you.

  17. Have you noticed that the targeted advertising from Amazon, eBay , etc. is deeply flawed?


    They don't understand the difference between being interested in the GWR (like me for instance) and general interest in railways. So I keep getting offers for books about the Southern or the LMS, or heaven forbid, BR! (Urgh! :wink_mini:


    It's like sending an Arsenal supporter offers for Man City merchandise!


    I think this is a major failing for modern deep-profiled marketing and it should be sorted out!

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    2. mike morley

      mike morley

      I once worked for one of the biggest motorcycle dealerships in Europe.  I wasnt particularly surprised when I was told our service receptionist had been one of Back Street Heroes 'Readers Wives'.  The skirts she wore were so short it was difficult to find a safe place to look when she bent over the photocopier.

    3. Hroth


      Perhaps that should have been Friendly/supportive?


    4. DK123GWR


      Due to the number of adverts for Riley & Son that I have seen, I assume that the algorithms are also unable to distinguish between a desire to repair my 4mm:1ft locomotives and a desire to repair my 12inch:1ft locomotives.

  18. Ceci n'est pas une Minories


    1. Hroth



    2. truffy


      Zut alors!

    3. Compound2632


      Seironim enu sap tse'n icec

  19. “You gotta get in to get out”


    Hooray for 6Music!


    1. beast66606


      Not if you're in the cage

    2. richbrummitt


      Is that an infinite monkey cage by chance?

  20. Mr Pooter said this of his two friends, "Doesn't it seem odd that Gowing's always coming and Cummings' always going?"

    1. railroadbill


      Seems less odd now  sadly. 

    2. Andrew Dobie

      Andrew Dobie

      That was my A-Level text - I loved it!

  21. Just when I think I'm winn-ing.

    When I've brok-en down the door!


    Arty-farty as hell , but great stuff for a sunny Sunday afternoon!


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    2. beast66606


      The ghosts of my life
      Blew wilder than the wind

    3. truffy


      One of the great distinctive voices. And he can sing, which is quite a rarity.

    4. LNWR18901910


      I'm still attempting to lose some weight. I can't go round working on an empty stomach looking like a bungled entry for a stuff-a-cushion competition, can I?

  22. That strange wine-y smell in the fridge was...




    What a waste! :sad_mini2:

    1. Hroth


      Not the defunct mouse complaining that he couldn't get into the shrink-wrapped cheese?



  23. I hope you are watching Channel5 at the moment, not reading this... :wink_mini:

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    2. Captain Kernow
    3. truffy


      Slow telly? It’s either cricket or watching paint dry. But neither could be described as “stunning”.

    4. Hroth


      Must admit I saw the listing and thought "maybe" then forgot to have a look.  Did they go all Potter over the Gelnfinnan Viaduct?


      Cricket is only "stunning" if you get hit by an errant six....


  24. Where’s Monty? D’yanknow I don’t like this other bloke.

    1. truffy


      Burns? Python? Montgomery?

    2. LNWR18901910


      He could've been a dog with glasses voiced by Griff Rhys Jones.

  25. Battleships confide in me and tell me where you are

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    2. jonny777


      Oi !

      If you are not careful you will be strapped to a chair and played Topographic Oceans in its entirety. 

    3. Harlequin


      "Silly human, Silly human race."


      Says it all, really.

    4. steve22


      "Look out, look out!  You're too Close to the Edge".

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