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  1. John,

    As you know I followed you epistles on Sandy's progress and your coming to terms and subsequent care.  It helped ... we have a 16/52 'last chance' grandson and our son's 26 year old partner is still in remission.   We live in hope that that remains so but your detailed diary has given us plenty to think about should this change so, thank you.

    Having missed a week or so on ER I quickly scanned to see how things went and was pleased to see you state the positive response given to you by the organist.

    Cheers, Peter

    PS I presume you lecture at Birmingham/Aston Uni? and your comments re student attitudes on ''work' ring a bell with some of my former students at Walsall. PBB

     

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    2. PeterBB

      PeterBB

      Thanks.  Sounds like the one that had the 'jump in lift' that kept going - can'g remember what it was called.  Went there from Gloucester Royal for a special meeting on DNA 40 plus years ago from an up and coming guy from Leicester - very good evening ... now a Sir and responsible for DNA use in policing etc. - name escapes me at present ... neither of the latter is a good sign.

    3. Coombe Barton

      Coombe Barton

      Sir Alec Jeffreys - Sandy and I met him at our graduation ceremony in 1991- actually in the multi-storey car park - he was receiving an honorary doctorate when we received our BAs. Sandy was also involved in the investigation about a murder and it was the first time that the police suspect couldn't have done it because of the DNA evidence with proof by Alec Jeffreys.

      His work also helped prolong Sandy's life as she changed treatments due to a genetic mutation identified by his technique.

       

    4. PeterBB

      PeterBB

      Thanks.  Sounds like the one that had the 'jump in lift' that kept going - can'g remember what it was called.  Went there from Gloucester Royal for a special meeting on DNA 40 plus years ago from an up and coming guy from Leicester - very good evening ... now a Sir and responsible for DNA use in policing etc. - name escapes me at present ... neither of the latter is a good sign.

       

      Thank you, Sir Alec Jeffreys it was and pleased that his efforts also helped Sandy.  Strange how some people stand out ... the evening was also the first time that I had been to Birmingham, little knowing that many years later I would end up based there in my final job when working for the Red Cross. 

  2. John,

     

    Have been without RMweb for a while because of computer problems.  Andy P let me know that Sandy had passed away.  Your loving caring and tenderness in all you did for Sandy and the way you kept us informed of a very strong courageous lady gave us a real insight just how brave Sandy was and how steadfast you were during that time including caring for Kerry who must also be missing Sandy.  My thoughts and prayers as also from other RMwebbers are with you.

     

    Peter BB

    1. Coombe Barton

      Coombe Barton

      Thank you, Peter.

  3. I was talking about the one at Crabtree adjacent to the Plym
  4. This came up on Facebook For anyone living in the area, there's a Public Meeting on the future of Ashburton station on 25th Sept, 7.30pm, at Ashburton Town Hall. The public meeting is has been arranged by the Ashburton Neighbourhood Plan committee and is primarily Ashburton-focussed. The meeting is an open meeting however and it will be an opportunity for anyone living in Ashburton or the surrounding area who is interested in the historic buildings and the potential rail-link to hear about the development work by the promoters of this page that has been quietly going on behind the scenes over the last few years. Local support will be particularly welcome!
  5. I do remember when it was proposed, a figure of £9bn was quoted. That was (and still is) a lot.
  6. Independent had five year delay https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/hs2-delay-high-speed-rail-years-boris-johnson-a9089991.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1fbZDaK1iF4qdH_0KdHM3rZgN9_URIFDo2GnRtVRTZine4elSrtqpd8DQ#Echobox=1567510723
  7. I lived above Laira from 1955-1963 (aged 4-13) and I remember Dad taking me for a walk on Sunday mornings and we stopped to look over the railway. Castles and Kings on London trains The occupation train (horse and two wagons with two people) on the 4' 6" gauge Lee Moor Tramway crossing the main lines by the pub that was below the embankment. Walking along the Lee Moor Tramway at Crabtree Not being allowed to cross the Tramway bridge over the Plym because it was too dangerous. In 1957, being taken on my first train ride from Marsh Mills to Yelverton and seeing the end of the Princetown branch being scrapped. Trains pulling into and out of Ocean siding. And Millbay and the 1361 class shunters Walking the line from Devonport Kings Road to Stonehouse after closure The centenary celebrations for the Royal Albert Bridge Cattewater with tar wagons from the bitumen plant. Working out how locos turned using the triangle, and then having major shorts when I tried it on the model at home. That's about it - I have books and pics, as I'm sure many people have.
  8. If anyone wants Wally Watson's work, then PM me with an email address and I'll send it. Back in the sixties Wally and I volunteered on the Buckfastleigh line before it started. Chopping down trees was our speciality.
  9. See this post from last issue's thread
  10. Mal will be missed. But he will always be spoken of with affection and respect.

    John 

    1. The Stationmaster

      The Stationmaster

      Sorry to hear of Mal's passing but glad that it was so peaceful for him at the end

  11. Add 1.35 litres of deionised water to your 250ml and you'll get 12% flux.
  12. Telegraph - Ministers 'keen to kill off' HS2 as costs spiral. Know most of it's behind a paywall but the gist and mention of the TV prog is there. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/02/10/ministers-keen-kill-hs2-costs-spiral/?fbclid=IwAR07A6bWZLgFuJ_quxLg2fe1hFB69ww7S4LhPcBCTRffo1Z6Qsu-gaKC_vA#
  13. Thanks. But life, with what it's throwing at us at the moment, is just too short. I'll stick with the Iain Rice stuff from 30 years ago.
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