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  1. Bertha after Box(ste)car) Bertha .........whoever she was
  2. Another fan of Doom Bar here. Available on draft in many pubs in Leeds - it's a consistently nice pint. I'm happy to try most beers/ales but Doom Bar is the one I fall back on. I also like the Brew Dog punk beers & will buy when on offer in the supermarket. Wychwood Hobgoblin & Hobgoblin Gold are yet more favourites, as are Snecklifter & Waggle Dance
  3. My friend gave me his old Kindle recently (complete with all his books). I have to thank him as I probably wouldn't be reading "Rain Gods" by James Lee Burke otherwise. It's a superb book. The main protagonist, called Hackberry Holland, is the ageing sheriff in a small border Texan town who's investigating the murder of nine Thai prostitutes. It's grim but brilliantly written with a fantastic cast of characters (both good & bad). We're off to London on the train this weekend (going to see Harry Potter & the Cursed Child parts 1 & 2) & I'm looking forward to reading more of the book during the journey(s)
  4. Well I watched the final on Saturday & there's not really much to say apart from that I'll take some solace from having watched England absolutely muller the All Blacks the week before I dearly wish they could have played to the same level in the final but the better team really did win. Hard to say but congratulations & well done to South Africa deserving winners/champions I think Many commiserations to England, I think they're a fantastic team & have played some great games but, sad to say, it just wasn't to be See you in 4 years time
  5. I had a go at cleaning the main blade of the military knife last night/this morning. I used used the finest wet & dry paper I had along with some brasso metal polish. Not a bad result - certainly looks better than it did - but the pitting's quite deep so it'd take forever to remove it all. After getting it to this state I was cold (was in the garage) so gave it up & went in for a cuppa & to warm up. This morning I used the same grade wet & dry paper with some oil in the hope that this will get into the pitting & keep the rust at bay. The oil (diesel oil I think) was in a dropping bottle at work & we'll have to see if it has the desired effect. Next job is to sharpen it - it's reasonably sharp already & will cut quite thick string & paracord with a bit of effort. The edge is straight & undamaged so that's good & should make the job a bit simpler. I have a sharpening stone that came with a set of chisels so I'll probably try to use that. I've no real idea what I'm doing though so I'll be perusing YouTube for inspiration/advice
  6. Congrats Davey - looking very nice indeed - bet you'll be too excited to sleep for the next week or so. Look forward to hearing what you think of it
  7. Update from my post on page 11 (June 2015). In that post I still had an 2005 Alfa 156 diesel (great to drive - when it worked - but unreliable) & had just bought a 2001 Ford Focus. Well the Alfa finally sold for £450 I think instead of the £200 that WeBuyAnyCar offered me & the Focus went last year after 2 or 3 years uneventful & extremely reliable motoring. it went in part-ex against a 2007 Suzuki Swift Sport. This has proved to be reliable (bar a couple of problems with the egr valve but that was easily sorted) & great fun to drive. Despite it being a small 3 door hatchback it's been surprisingly practical & I've managed to find a pretty rare roof rack for it which has increased the practicality. The biggest thing I've manged to transport in it is a Welsh dresser. Fortunately this was in 2 pieces so the (slightly) smaller lower half went in the car with the back seats down & the front seats moved as far forward as I could get them & still be able to drive, whilst the other half went on the roof rack. It wasn't the most comfortable of drives home but fortunately I didn't have far to go & the dresser does look good. I've also managed to cram a desk, which was surplus to requirements at work, in there too. No car is perfect & the downsides to this one are that Suzuki have blessed it with gearing so low (to improve the acceleration presumably) so that it's doing nearly 4000rpm at the national speed limit, it's not exactly quiet at those speeds either & it's got the firmest suspension I've ever experienced on a standard/unmodified car. A long distance cruiser it isn't but I do like it a lot though In the June 2015 post I also mentioned that the Reliant SS1 was in need of brake repairs. I completed this ages ago & the car is mobile once more & still fun to drive - no plans to sell it anytime soon
  8. I took some more photos of the pen knives I mentioned a couple of posts above. I found the yellow one at home - I think it belongs to my youngest step daughter as she likes sailing & has sailed/crewed on yachts in the past. On this knife (marked Mac Italy) the spike & shackle key lock but the serrated blade doesn't - none of the blades/tools lock on the other two. All the knives are a similar size when closed but the blades on the 2 modern knives are a fair bit bigger at 3" (close to the UK legal max) than the vintage one which is closer to 2 3/4" in length. I'm going to have a go at cleaning up the blade on the vintage knife today/this week.
  9. Yes I've seen that on a couple of similar knives that I've semi-seriously looked at. Considering the UK laws about locking blades (if you can call the spike a blade?) I'm reluctant to get a knife with anything that locks. Neither of the above knives have this feature & I don't consider it a massive problem. I can't see me splicing any rope in the near (or far) future & if I have the knife on me I'm much more likely to end up using it as an awl or punch. All the blades/tools on the vintage one take some effort to open, feel solid when open & take an equal amount of effort in closing. I really can't see any of the blades closing accidentally unless the user does something stupid with it. The whole thing has a rather rough made from girders feel to it. A refined & well finished knife it most certainly isn't! The Marbles is quite a nicely finished knife (certainly when compared to the vintage one) & has blades/tools that are easier to open/close, in fact it's one of the easiest to open/close folding knives I've ever owned or used. However once again I'd say that unless the user does something stupid with it I can't see the blades closing accidentally & causing injury. Of the two I much prefer the feel - in respect of robustness, heft, age, history etc - of the vintage one. I'll try to get a photo of them both without the watch getting in the way
  10. I've just been looking back through this thread & see that I posted on page 6 (in 2009 I think). In that post I mentioned that I was restoring/modifying a 1985 Reliant Scimitar SS1. This has now been on the road for some time & is fitted with an 1800 Zetec (not the 2 litre as I mentioned in my post), it's been reliable & fun to drive though I don't use it very often - though I did drive it to work yesterday. Any excuse to post some pictures
  11. I've always had a bit of a thing for knives/multi-tools & the like & have recently bought these two knives. I'm quite interested in paracord rope work/knots & thought these may come in handy due to the marlin spike which is used for splicing rope & loosening knots. To be honest I'm kidding myself really but neither were expensive & both are quite cool things especially the vintage one It's not a great photo of them I'm afraid but the silver one is a modern Marbles yachting/rigging knife whilst the black one is a vintage British/Belgian army clasp/jack/pen knife. This came in mucky condition (lots of old storage grease & a small amount of rust) but is otherwise in good condition & dates from 1951 - when I get chance I'm intending to clean it some more but considering it's nearly 70 years old I don't think it's doing too badly. I'd buy another one but the website I found it on now won't post these due to new legislation Not sure how the likes of Heinnie Haynes (where I got the Marbles knife from & who sell all sorts of bladed items) get round this! Anyway if it's lasted this long it'll probably last a fair bit longer & I probably don't actually "need" a second one! The can opener is marked: A.B.L.1951 which if entered into Google gives the following info (from BladeForums.com): ABL= Armée belge-Belgisch leger which just means Belgian army, written in French first and Dutch second. 1950 (or 1951 in my case) was the year they were issued. Sometimes you see these on the web as British army knives, but they aren't.
  12. I finally managed to prise the TC-9 off my wrist & have been wearing this 'un for the last few days I'll be changing it to something smaller/dressier tonight though as I'm off to a dinner dance (dickie bow & dinner suit don't you know) Have a good weekend all
  13. As per usual I've been wearing my TC9 diver today - have a good weekend all
  14. I'm not culling - unless you count the Helgray that I'm selling, & getting derisory offers for, on Ebay - I'm just not buying
  15. I agree but there are too many hills on my route to work & I'm nowhere near fit enough to manage with only 1 gear. I worked on the bike on Saturday & I now have 7 working gears to play around with Never got round to trying it with the shorter stem though Sounds very similar to the Scott - nothing wrong with 26" wheels anyway
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