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Title: Early finish Friday
Post by: richard on April 24, 2015, 12:30:04 PM
A long week at work but nice early finish . Only one fly in the ointment ! 341 miles home and 6 hour run if no stops Inverbervie is a long and beautiful run home . By then will have done 1398 miles this week thank god not an electric car eh  ;)
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: marcus on April 24, 2015, 01:01:40 PM
That's quite a journey home!

You set me wondering if in my lifetime people will say about journeys: "I'm glad we don't still use IC engines" !
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Stuart Cyphus on April 24, 2015, 02:58:07 PM
You set me wondering if in my lifetime people will say about journeys: "I'm glad we don't still use IC engines" !

 What; Villiers 11E's & Styer-Puch AP700's?   ;D
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: marcus on April 24, 2015, 03:09:18 PM
Chortle! As you know, I meant Infernal Combustion engines !
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Big Al on April 24, 2015, 06:51:45 PM
That's quite a journey home!

You set me wondering if in my lifetime people will say about journeys: "I'm glad we don't still use IC engines" !

That will be the ones in rotten marriages. Gone fishing.
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: richard on April 24, 2015, 07:23:00 PM
Just in ! Whacked ! :)
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Big Al on April 24, 2015, 09:12:36 PM
So when is the Gordon to be your company car? I've got it Invergordon. Mind you Brootch McFail sounds like a good name from the Trossocks.

Were you youf whacked, or just boot whacked?
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: richard on April 24, 2015, 09:43:06 PM
Worried that talk of the Trossachs will set you all off on Tunnocks again  :)
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Big Al on April 25, 2015, 07:57:43 AM
Is that where the mine is? Like the treacle mines in Bristol. Since Fry's have gone, closed by Cadbury, who promised faithfully they would not, to clinch the deal, I guess the treacle mines no longer function. Like Snuff Mills, not a wrestler, but a place. Used to have to run there and back when the playing fields were flooded and no rugby. And just as you thought none of this has anything to do with microcars, Fry's employees numbered quite a few micronauts, not least Bond driving Jim Webber and Mk A to Story Rally. You can almost measure the micro activity in Bristol with the slow demise of Fry's from its busy days of my nipperhood. Yet the Bath Rally is a trebuchet shoot away from the old Fry buildings. Turkish Delight (congealed paraffin I always thought) or Fry's Chocolate Cream anyone. 
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: marcus on April 25, 2015, 08:32:17 AM
My great-great-great (not quite sure how many greats) Granny used to be pictured on the back of each £5 note. Elisabeth Fry, part of the Frys chocolate family. My Grandad was a yacht designer who was able to set up his own business thanks to an inheritance from Frys, and always referred to his early work as "Chocolate Boats" as chocolate had let him start.

Cadburys have gone seriously downhill since they got bought out by Kraft.

Tunnocks Teacakes are fine, but those canny Scots have surpassed themselves with Border Biscuits Dark Chocolate Gingers.
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Bob Purton on April 25, 2015, 08:34:50 AM
So how many micronauts worked at Fry's, was it more than "Five boys"? ;)
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Big Al on April 25, 2015, 09:53:03 AM
My great-great-great (not quite sure how many greats) Granny used to be pictured on the back of each £5 note. Elisabeth Fry, part of the Frys chocolate family. My Grandad was a yacht designer who was able to set up his own business thanks to an inheritance from Frys, and always referred to his early work as "Chocolate Boats" as chocolate had let him start.

Cadburys have gone seriously downhill since they got bought out by Kraft.

Tunnocks Teacakes are fine, but those canny Scots have surpassed themselves with Border Biscuits Dark Chocolate Gingers.

And Kraft have been bought by Heinz. But yes. Kraft have changed many of the products, after saying the would not. Lost sales as most of the stuff taste disgusting. The marketing is really crap, with all sorts of daft mixing of brands. White chocolate in big blocks has gone. The only thing I know that mates bought, laterly. You have to have Milky Bar and high prices, in boys sizes. No, good old Aldi have found an answer, cheap too. American Pillocks.
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: richard on April 25, 2015, 10:13:17 AM
Never found out what the family dispute was but way back in the 1910's my late wife's grandpa was " top foreman " of some sorts fell out with his family , for some reason got on his bicycle and rode north settling in Wallasey Wirral - a ride of several hundred miles . They do have some sorts of Frys memorabilia ( as much as might fit in a saddle bag  ;D )
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Barry on April 25, 2015, 10:30:39 AM
Border Biscuits Dark Chocolate Gingers - First Class.
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Bob Purton on April 25, 2015, 12:16:19 PM
I totally agree with Al. Craft have totally destroyed the Cadbury brand, The dairy milk now tastes like sugar, no wonder the Americans call them candy bars!
We also now buy our choc from Aldi.
Guess what I saw in my local news agents the other day?  Hershey bars! Recycled axle grease! The proprietor is wondering why its not selling well! ;D
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Mark Green on April 25, 2015, 12:32:17 PM
Border Biscuits Dark Chocolate Gingers? Will have to try these!  As for Hersey I keep looking for a wick to light, way to much wax.
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: marcus on April 25, 2015, 12:47:46 PM
Just back from a bike ride to Greenwich, partly work, partly shopping, partly exercise and partly to see HMS Deaf Ender, one of the new Daring Class Destroyers with a huge steeply angled pyramid housing all the electronics. Oh alright then, HMS Defender.

I went through Surrey Docks, and there in the boat yard was a "Chocolate Boat", a Vertue, one of grandad's most successful designs and still being built. Lots of lovely varnished teak, will post a photo later if I can remember how to do it (my comp is not compatible with the photo posting on this forum!).

US chocolate often contains a fair amount of carob beans rather than cocoa beans. Cheap Carob can taste "muddy" Cheap carob, sugar and vegetable fat are all cheaper than cocoa and milk. The Caribbean is named after all the carob trees on its islands.

When I used to visit Texas for work I used to take loads of good chocolate: Green and Blacks, Lindt etc., and my US friends and colleagues used to devour it. I also took good beer over which they loved, but now at last there some good micro breweries over there.
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: DaveMiller on April 25, 2015, 12:53:53 PM
The Caribbean is named after all the carob trees on its islands.

Not quite:  the Caribbean is named after the Carib people who lived there. (I remember that, because it means it makes sense to pronounce it "ca-RIBB-ean", as the Americans do.   And that annoys me ...)

The carob grows mainly in the Mediterranean areas.
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: marcus on April 25, 2015, 03:26:07 PM
Oh, I was wrongly informed!

Here's a photo of the Vertue yacht:


(http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss260/Captain_Bubble/Boats/P1080618_zpsrqgshb6m.jpg)

She has her own website:

http://www.sumaraofweymouth.co.uk/sumara.html

During WW2 grandad worked for de Havilland and his wood forming skills were put to use on Mosquito, Hornet/Sea Hornet and Vampire.
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Bob Purton on April 25, 2015, 05:34:02 PM
Thats a lovely boat Marcus, you must be proud.
It made me smile about the Americans putting carobs in the chocolate, in the parable of the prodigal son, when destitute he desires the carob pods that he is feeding to the pigs!
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Chris Thomas on April 25, 2015, 05:54:54 PM
Dear Bob

Can we have less of the god squad stuff. This a secular motoring off topic lounge, for those who idolise small vehicles, and meet in their name, and talk about Icons of the motoring world.

Many thanks

Chris T
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Big Al on April 25, 2015, 06:21:37 PM
If you had asked me I would have said Folkboat, but then that might be pure Scandinavian in design. A beautiful thing to own. I am not sure I remember the Virtue class. Must look it up.

Hershey bar. What a disappointment. I recall buying a round of these in Mannheim from an American/German stand. Most went in the bin. Utterly revolting. American food might be cheap, but most of it is inedible. About as welcome as their Corporate Nazi politics. Betjeman, Slough, need I say more, save Slough is more sophisticated. It quite put us off buying microcar parts for a spell.
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Barry on April 25, 2015, 06:55:58 PM
Dear Bob

Can we have less of the god squad stuff. This a secular motoring off topic lounge, for those who idolise small vehicles, and meet in their name, and talk about Icons of the motoring world.

Many thanks

Chris T
For God sake..............
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Bob Purton on April 25, 2015, 07:20:43 PM
Dear Bob

Can we have less of the god squad stuff. This a secular motoring off topic lounge, for those who idolise small vehicles, and meet in their name, and talk about Icons of the motoring world.

Many thanks

Chris T

It wasnt a theological comment Chris, just an observation that the stuff they put in Amercian choc bars is fed to the pigs in the middle east. Try and be a little less phobic..
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Stuart Cyphus on April 25, 2015, 11:35:54 PM
Dear Bob

Can we have less of the god squad stuff. This a secular motoring off topic lounge, for those who idolise small vehicles, and meet in their name, and talk about Icons of the motoring world.

Many thanks

Chris T

 !!!  In that case, we'd better not resurrect this old topic then....   ;)

http://www.rumcars.org/forum/index.php?topic=1357.0
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Bob Purton on April 26, 2015, 08:31:11 AM
Oh yeh, I had forgotten about that thread. I cannot tell a lie, it was Nick Davenport that started it! ;D
BTW I havnt seen or heard anything from Nick in a long while, does anyone know if he is ok?
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: Big Al on April 26, 2015, 08:51:34 AM
Cadbury's Messiah Bar, returning by popular demand. Standard and Pig size. To be released after the Five Flavours of the Apocalypse Gummi Riders, alleged to be Lime, Lemon, Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackcurrent. Only natural ingredients, but sadly no Lime, Lemon, Strawberry, Raspberry or Blackcurrants. Also appearing for emetic fans, Barf Bar.
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: marcus on April 26, 2015, 12:15:15 PM
I actually have had Carob bars and when they don't pretend to be chocolate they are quite nice, but the ones I had were high quality.
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: marcus on April 26, 2015, 01:33:43 PM
Here's a very famous boat designed by my grandad, Blue Leopard. I remember seeing him working on the drawings and hull models in the early 1960s. There is a formula (Admiralty Rating) to determine the top speed of a mono-hull boat depending on waterline length, sail area or motor power. Blue Leopard was the first boat in the world to exceed the theoretical top speed, and it did it under sail and under power. During WW2 he also designed high speed coastal patrol and rescue boats. His drawings and models are in the National Maritime Museum archives.
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: DaveMiller on April 26, 2015, 01:52:55 PM
Marcus, you say "here's", but I can't see any link or pic.

If you mean the Blue Leopard for sale in the link below, then that's one serious boat!

m.edmiston.com/luxury-yachts-for-sale/bl I includedue-leopard-1067/ (http://m.edmiston.com/luxury-yachts-for-sale/bl I includedue-leopard-1067/)
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: marcus on April 26, 2015, 02:14:24 PM
Oops, forgot to paste the link, yup that's the one! Here's the lin I meant to post:

http://www.superyachts.com/sail-yacht-2385/blue-leopard.htm

Suffering from the worst Hay fever ever, brain malfunctioning!

Yup, she's a beauty!
Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: plas man on April 26, 2015, 03:20:54 PM
had the car out this morning , mildew/mould stuff on the upholstery ,  chap out the back was valeting their family car , he came over and asked if he could dip his cloth as the kids had spilt sticky on the seats - but declined when he spotted the bottle of bleach !

Title: Re: Early finish Friday
Post by: marcus on April 26, 2015, 03:27:53 PM
I think vinegar is also good for clearing up mildew