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  1. Let's guess: The teams get supplied with flat-pack MDF baseboards, with names that most Brits have no chance of pronouncing correctly? At the end of each heat, two of the teams meet their Waterloo? Seriously though, I wish Channel 5 (or one of their Freeview spin-offs) would stick the original series on as "box sets", over bank holidays - and then tell us when they intend to commission some new series. OK - they might not be exactly what some of us might call "museum standard", "fine scale", or whatever - but that isn't what series like this are about.
  2. That's exactly how they got their "name" - diameter in mm - followed by thickness, this time in tenths of mm. This system's been in use for decades. I remember seeing this in a Duracell data book - complete with dimensioned elevation drawings of all the battery types they produced at the time - early in 1984. Huw.
  3. A polling card with my name on it just dropped through the door.


    It was accompanied by a load of kindling - sorry "electoral literature" - from a number of candidates.


    All I can say is that this little lot couldn't have arrived on a more appropriate morning ... .

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    2. Huw Griffiths

      Huw Griffiths

      Yes - although we sometimes get offered some superb candidates, we're also asked to vote for a number of people who seem to be eminently unsuited to the positions they're standing for.


      I struggled to keep a straight face when I saw what one candidate had to say for themselves - something along the lines of: "I formerly held this position ... You can't buy experience." Unfortunately, they failed to mention if they'd done anything worthwhile during their time in the position they're standing for - and their previous time as a councillor.


      Really? I don't know anything about this person except that, based on what they say in their own electoral literature, they don't appear to currently hold this position - leading to an obvious assumption that they were likely to have been voted out - hardly encouraging!


      Is it really too surprising that I compared some election candidates to "April fool" jokes?


      Ultimately, I'd like to vote for people who are capable of independent thought - people who take more notice of their constituents than of an official party line. Surely, I'm not expecting too much?

    3. Mallard60022


      Round my way (Notts) people stand as Independents as the Tories are still hated by many. Locally I don't care what they, are other than UKIP or whatever that crap is, if they are a damn good worker for their people.

    4. Huw Griffiths

      Huw Griffiths

      This strikes me as fair comment - especially for local stuff.


      Probably just as well I'm not a member of any political party - although my views are well within the established mainstream, I prefer to think for myself.


      I've certainly never been one for blindly following a party line.

  4. Well, the BR Modernisation Plan was post war, wasn't it? (Yes - I know - anything post-1950 was described as "modern image" at one point - but quite a few people here probably hadn't even been born then!) Fair comment. In theory, they could have called it something like "Diesel & Electric Motive Power Illustrated" - or even "Modernisation Plan Compatible Locomotives, Railcars and Multiple Units" - but I think "MLI" or "MLI Plus" probably rolls off the tongue slightly easier. Could be interesting -
  5. There's just one problem here - due to the seemingly endless lockdown cycles, some people are getting even less human contact than usual. We'd love to get out more - we'd love to be allowed to, but ... . Please note, despite my continuing intense frustration with the lockdowns - and my suspicion that further lockdowns in future can't yet be ruled out - I still think they're preferable to what could potentially happen if they weren't imposed. A number of people (including me) have lost friends and relatives to the Corona menace - and I don't think we'v
  6. Absolutely. Apparently something to do with a concept called "human contact". Some of us used to enjoy this, before all the lockdown cycles started. Some of us also enjoyed being able to buy things using proper banknotes and coins - we found them easier to keep track of than plastic. A number of years back, banknotes and coins were sometimes referred to using descriptions like "L.s.d". No - I'm not hallucinating. Huw.
  7. That's interesting. Obviously, I might be reading this incorrectly - but it sounds like they've got a tunnel known for flooding - so they're planning on lowering it (which is unlikely to improve the flooding) and running track powered electric trains through it! Even if the trains are powered by batteries through this tunnel, a move like this sounds rather strange, unless they're also improving the drainage. Huw.
  8. That's a relief. All I knew was that I applied - and was interviewed - a number of times. On one occasion, an interview at Bush House was immediately followed by me being invited to visit Broadcasting House a for a hearing test that afternoon (two hours later) - which allowed plenty of time for the short stroll between the two. A short while later the standard rejection letter followed. A few weeks after this rejection letter, I was phoned up out of the blue - and recalled for a further interview, this time in an office block close to Broadcasting House. By now, I knew
  9. Don't worry - I knew it was a joke (the clarification isn't needed). I also wasn't suggesting for one second that the site could come under threat - far from it. In the past, similar jokes have attracted responses along the lines of "too much information" - with nobody taking things seriously. Also, I'm not aware of an icon on this site for "too much information". Some people might have noticed that I recently signed up for RMweb Gold - and needed to ask questions (in the RMweb Gold "members lounge") about how to access some of the stuff.
  10. This probably explains why I never got accepted for training as a sound engineer: I never studied at Oxbridge - more like a (then) Polytechnic. Also, I never went to a fee-paying school - my parents could never have afforded that. Probably a bit of a cheek, really - imagining that they might actually consider hiring someone off a housing estate in a "new town". (Terribly bad form, old boy - just not cricket.) Of course, I don't have any shortage of ties at home - it's just that none of them come from posh schools or colleges, that's all.
  11. "Lesson #1 - make sure you're holding the correct end of the soldering iron." Who can forget this timeless image from the August 2018 BRM? Don't worry - I'm sure he does know how to use a soldering iron. Huw.
  12. Lesson #1 - make sure you hold the correct end of the soldering iron ... .
  13. Probably for the best. After all, how many toddlers have learnt how to build etched brass kits?
  14. Unfortunately a generalisation that's found its way into a number of adverts over the years - sometimes exploiting it - sometimes appearing to debunk it. I can also remember a talk on Radio 3 in the 90s - in which Andrew Sachs explained how a lot of German humour works. Apparently, it tends to be nice and dry. Also, the "punchline" never actually gets mentioned. It tends to be an "elephant in the room" - of which everyone present is only too aware - and there are also plenty of unsubtle hints. For some reason, this brand of humour doesn't always "travel" ver
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