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pH last won the day on June 30 2021

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  1. At various times, I worked with guys who had done National Service (including one with a scar from one shoulder to the opposite hip from a sword slash). A common opinion was that the main skill they had learned from their time in the Forces was how to avoid work.
  2. I couldn’t be more specific than “conifer” 🙄. However, those who know tell me it’s a spruce of some kind.
  3. We had a live Christmas tree in a tub, about 5 feet tall. I think we had it in the house in the tub over two Christmases, then permanently planted it out in the back yard. This is it this afternoon: I think we’re going to have it cut down, as it’s overshadowing next door’s yard. There was a time when I would have done it myself, but not now.
  4. I thought I had written about this before, but I can’t find a post. A relative worked as a road engineer in the west of Scotland. On a job close to Prestwick airport, a JCB brought up and snapped a cable in a place where no cable was marked on their maps. They reckoned whoever owned it would be along to look into things. They were right! The USAF had a presence at Prestwick. A couple of jeeps arrived in a hurry. The cable was a connection to some kind of IFF function on the radar covering the western approach to the airfield. Apparently so important that it couldn’t be marked on ‘standard’ maps.
  5. General term is “rec room”. “Recreation” is usually shortened to “rec” - the city-owned indoor sports complex is the “rec centre”.
  6. While those absolute numbers are much higher, the Royal Canadian Navy expanded by a larger percentage through WW2. In September 1939, the RCN had 6 ocean-going ships and 3,500 members (regular and reserve). At the end of the war it had 434 ships, and 95,000 men and women enlisted.
  7. Going back to a subject from yesterday (apologies!), here’s an account of the sinking of the escort carrier HMS Dasher in the Clyde: https://www.scottishshipwrecks.com/hms-dasher/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Dasher_(D37)
  8. There were RN carriers, intermediate between fleet carriers and MAC ships, intended for convoy escort duty: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escort_carrier (One of these, HMS Dasher, sank with the second largest loss of life in the sinking of a Royal Navy ship in “home waters” in WW2.)
  9. Oh, it’s fun! Bristol FLF off the town centre 15 minutes after the pubs close - 70 seated, 8 standing and you and the driver are the only people on the bus that you are (reasonably) sure are sober. “It’s like this, son - my fare home is 10d, I have 6d and a bottle of wine - what do you want?”
  10. On a Sunday morning, trying to get out of the centre of Leeds to the M1, I realized that despite (as I thought) following the signs correctly I had gone round in a loop - twice! At that point, I saw a car starting off from what appeared to have been a friendly discussion with a policeman. So, despite the “Buses only” sign on the entry to street, I turned into it, stopped beside the officer and rolled down the window. Before I said anything, he commented “There’s a lot of people this morning think they’re buses!” He did give us appropriate directions out of town.
  11. That’s what impact wrenches are for!
  12. A couple of topics on here that may be of interest: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/forums/topic/144135-formation-of-the-west-coast-postal-scotland-1960s/ https://www.rmweb.co.uk/forums/topic/173989-location-of-tpo-with-nets-in-a-mail-train/
  13. Some more, again not CSX: https://www.railpictures.net/photo/676653/ https://www.railpictures.net/photo/854893/ https://www.railpictures.net/photo/829375/ https://www.railpictures.net/photo/479902/
  14. NS, not CSX: https://youtu.be/c5iC9qR1eFg?si=mgHxQN3o0wZPUtyr (But you would need another engine!)
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