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Lionel Richtea

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  1. Sirs, Why or why do you let this drivel continue? I write to applaud the statement made by Badgersdad in this regard. What a fine man he clearly is. I only wish we had his sort in my old regiment (Queen's Own Interior Decorators) when we put up our brave defence of Singapore and the planned the Dieppe Raid in February and August '42. Might have made all the difference. Shameful bigotry, that's what I am complaining about. Would I let me daughter marry a Volvo driving, hearse racing, Jethro Tull-liking, X-Box Watching, exclamation mark using cyclist?? Of course I ruddy wouldn't!!!! However, to quote Voltaire: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Alright, Voltaire never actually said or wrote it; indeed the chap died in his bed with his boots off. Nevertheless, the principle is a sound one. If Badgersdad wants to die manning the barricades to defend the right of people to use Selfie-sticks, then that is just fine by me (and the good lady wife). And another thing. You are so right: This discussion simply trivialises watch chaps like us and our doings. For watches are vital now in the war on terror. Take your ISIS Johnny. He needs to know where Mecca is a few times a day. Give him a dodgy watch and you confuse the blighter. Whilst he's busy asking people the right time get either yourself or your good lady wife to pop him one in the back. Problem sorted! One up for us and the Frogs. So none of this silliness. We need an 'ebauche to basics' policy to restore our proud British values. Like tolerance for example. Yours, Major Strappington-Smyth (Rtrd.) (Mrs).
  2. RWP - completely agree. It has long been a mystery to me why the Highway Code even permits them to cycle two abreast? Here are my two: (1). BMW drivers. Why can they not use this thing called the 'indicator'? Everybody else does. Do they just want to be different?? Is the switch kept under the back seat?!? Oh yes, and they save their best neglect of this rather important light whilst they are circumventing roundabouts. Come the revolution.....no more Nazi staff car drivers!! (2). People who, of the face of it, are conscientious. They are out walking their dog and the dogs want to do a dump. They clear up the dump (well done!) and put it in a plastic bag. So far.... so good. They then tie up the plastic bag and hang it from the nearest tree or fence. What a lovely sight it makes, especially a collection of them. If only Wordsworth were with us still, how well he could capture the scene in verse. In my view the punishment should fit the crime. Anybody found doing this should be hanged from the nearest tree of fence. If you are looking for volunteers, you know where I am. Oooooh, ....feel so much better now.....
  3. Interesting..... who (in the media) do you think would epitomize this?
  4. True William, true. I have probably described as disproportionate number of people who work at GCHQ Cheltenham. Poor Miss Moneypenny is now Ms Bitcoin. All illusions shattered. But at least she's British. Well, the wheelchair is anyway.
  5. Gotcha James. Let's go with your idea. Just spitballing: The new James Bond is, well, Jane Bond. A black lesbian in a wheelchair with a Brummie accent. Not true to the books but what the hell! Now this is sad but I looked at Honour Blackman as Pussy and all I could see was the Rolex Pepsi. Looks like I'm ruled out for James (sorry Jane) Bond. Time to oil the wheelchair I think.
  6. I mentioned my late Mark II above. Prior to sale I took it to a posh watch shop simply to enquire about servicing. A smart and trig young woman behind the counter then asked me the make and age of the chronograph watch. I informed her of the facts and she turned to her book. All I can remember next is a blur in which she mouthed the price. Next thing I can recall is that two young women were bending over me, both wearing what looked like green overalls covered in badges and pens. The blonde one held some smelling salts under my nose whilst the one with the piercing asked "who's the Prime Minister then?" "Clement Attlee" I called out. They looked at each other and both said "N.F.N." I was then helped outside by both the ladies, one of whom waved two fingers in front of my face. What I done to offend her, I still have no idea. Anyway, let what happened to me be a warning to you William
  7. "The only good mole is a dead mole." Oh no. Sorry, for 'mole' read 'Indians.' Must get back to my Western on the Family Channel.
  8. Oh stop it, stop William! I sold my SMP Mark II 2 years ago and (sob) you are bringing it all back. You AND your flash.
  9. On the subject of replacing capacitors, this old thread may be of interest. http://www.thewatchforum.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=29426&hl=&fromsearch=1
  10. I agree Jeremy. I too find that lubrication is a big issue.
  11. Hi apm101. Great shot. Is yours fitted with 515 quartz or with the ETA 2824?
  12. Now let me guess. The number one English country is Essex? Yeah??
  13. I'm going to be boring here too... Got to be the Fortis. Both watches will have the same ETA movement so that's not an issue. For me it would the Fortis because of my experience with that brand of watch. They are built to last, all of them. Fantastic kit for the money. Fortis means strength. A perfect choice of name for a great tool watch.
  14. I am not cynical enough to believe that EP connived at the whole thing. I imagine that the Dreadnought was simply a natural progression from other watches that he was making at the time. What you can say is that it is a watch (like, say, Damasco watches), where every detail has been thought through with love and care. I like to think that financial recompense was an afterthought. In short, I am sure that EP is as bemused as everybody else with the way it has taking off. I love the fact that there is even a map of the world showing where the owners are! Robert75: Thanks for your point about Christopher Ward watches. I had no idea of that sort of thing going on. It sounds like a really good idea. As to Mr Taylor's classic watch, my money is on the RLT30. The picture does not do it justice. This is an absolutely STUNNING watch. Next in line, the RLT32. Great looker with a great movement.
  15. Thank Richy, I know exactly what you have experienced. A watch arrives and you think "not for me!" For myself readability is the key factor. It's not that I am Mr. Magoo or anything. It's just that a watch should be read at a glance. You only fully appreciate this - sadly - after unwrapping the box.
  16. Hi Luckywatch, As a chicken-man myself I can really appreciate your splendid acquisitions. Well done with pre-loved! Let's just hope that Putin is not a repressed homosexual (like the original).
  17. Hi Jeff. Just intrigued by a few points that you raise. What do you mean by "commitment to a watch"? Also, why would you buy and sell a watch without even wearing it? Not having a poke at all. Just curious as to what inspires your acquisitiveness.
  18. Why apologise Always "watching" The points you raised are excellent, need making and inspired informed debate. Without such discussion, forums would be as dull as ditchwater. And no, I will not apologies to anybody who thinks ditchwater is good value, better than sex, and has always been undervalued.
  19. Hope that I'm not breaking house rules here, but have you seen it..... and the price! If the chap from Natchez manages to sell it for that amount - and he will - just think of his profit!
  20. Oh the Green Eyed Monster! I just love that German military issue chronograph. Truly a grail watch.
  21. Hey, Rather torn between this and the vintage military. Both look absolutely fantastic value for money!
  22. I totally agree Tony. I have had an MTG-930 for the last ten years. It is without question my most functional and useful watch. A classic which should be collected. This is the watch version of, well, Cliff (as opposed to Clarice Cliff you understand).
  23. I completely endorse what Always "watching" has said. Everything EVERYTHING 'craps out' (to use an American expression) after a period of time. That includes the beautiful 1930's top of the market gold watch that my wife inherited (yes, nobody can fix it!) to the Seiko digital that my father bought in Jersey in the 1980s. My brother tried to replace the Seiko with another that he found on ebay. When it arrived, it had exactly the same problem as the one that had malfunctioned. They clearly had a shelf life. Still, forty years is not bad! I think that the important thing is that both the 1930s manual wind watch and the 1980s digital watch were loved by their owners for what they were. It is the love and makes it collectable. Instance: My brother-in-law collects that bl**dy awful Clarice Cliff pottery. Sadly the stuff is really difficult to break. However, he and quite a few other sad folk love the stuff, and that's all that matters in terms of their being collected. If these same sad folk have more money that sense, all the better. You will probably notice that there are a huge number of G-Shock collectors out there, almost as many as collect Swatches. My only regret is that a did not hold on to the 'press for the time' LED digital that I was given for Christmas in 1977. Yes, and thinking about that, what did happen to my LED Sinclair calculator. I bet they are both collectors items now. Just before I shut up, I would like to relate the following. At my children's school they have a little museum. The precious items are kept behind glass. I peered in to see and Sinclair ZX80, a Sinclair Spectrum, a Commodore and an Amstrad CPC 464. Two reactions: (1). God I felt old! (2) Wish I had kept it (and collected it??) That's the great thing about soggy biscuits, they never let you,.....damn, all over my trousers that splash went!
  24. Interesting what GB states about the marketing of watches. That is, that they were orginally marketed at women (the 'wristlet') and, with the advent of the First War, the emphasis changed to the most manliest of men. That reminds me of another product. I hope Wikipedia will forgive me if I just filch a bit. All's fair, in love, war and snack time: "Marlboro (US /ˈmÉ‘rb(É™)roÊŠ/,[2] UK /ˈmÉ‘Ëlb(É™)rÉ™/ or UK /ˈmÉ”Ëlb(É™)rÉ™/[3]) is the largest selling brand of cigarettes in the world. It is made by Philip Morris USA (a branch of Altria) within the US, and by Philip Morris International (now separate from Altria) outside the US. It is famous for its billboard advertisements, magazine ads of the Marlboro Man, and its long associated history in the sponsorship of motorsport. Richmond, Virginia is the location of the largest Marlboro cigarette manufacturing plant. Philip Morris launched the Marlboro brand in 1924 as a woman's cigarette, based on the slogan "Mild As May". In the 1920s, advertising for the cigarette was primarily based around how ladylike the cigarette was. To this end, the filter had a printed red band around it to hide lipstick stains, calling it "Beauty Tips to Keep the Paper from Your Lips".[1] After scientists published a major study linking smoking to lung cancer in the 1950s, Philip Morris repositioned Marlboro as a men's cigarette in order to fit a market niche of men who were concerned about lung cancer. At the time, filtered cigarettes were considered safer than unfiltered cigarettes, but had been until that time only marketed to women. Men at the time indicated that while they would consider switching to a filtered cigarette, they were concerned about being seen smoking a cigarette marketed to women." ....and that was when it switched from bitch to butch. Just can't beat a drag and a dunk (though, not at the same time).
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