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  1. A great post and an enjoyable read. I owned three of the original Olympus Trip cameras over the years and found them all to be excellent. I even found an original Olympus Trip User Manual in a charity shop and later obtained a couple of the original soft zip up camera cases.also from various charity shops. I bought a flash attachment from a guy on Ebay who assured me it was an Olympus Trip flash unit complete with its plastic cover. Not sure if it was a genuine Olympus item but it worked fine so I was happy. Oddly enough I also obtained my Olympus Trip as a replacement for a Zenith SLR although mine was the equally troublesome and more basic Zenith E model. Your post has brought back some very happy memories for which I thank you. Kindest regards, Chris (Service Engineer)
  2. Hi Kev, You've confirmed my suspicions. I suspect the movement was taken out to 'make the job easier'. The funniest part of the whole experience was when I took it back to F.Hinds (jewellers and watch bodgers) and showed one of their assistants and a manager the out of synch hands. The manager initially couldn't see the problem. There I was in a shop full of people explaining to this guy how to tell the time. "When the little hand is on the hour, the big hand . . . . " Eventually he caught on and made an executive decision, to send the watch to their main workshop in Uxbridge. Two weeks later we were contacted and given three different reasons why the watch wasn't working. Rust, a faulty module and maybe faulty battery connections. Regardless of which one I chose to go with their suggestion was a new movement for £140 plus labour. I declined their generous offer and brought the watch awsy after getting my initial £10 battery warranty charge refunded. The watch is now going to be checked by someone who has carried out excellent work for me in the past. Thank you for taking the time to add your suspicions. Chris.
  3. Success, the Forums proven No 1 watch expert has very kindly agreed to look at my daughters watch for me. I'll post the findings as and when. In the meantime thank you all for the suggestions and interest that's been shown. Chris.
  4. Simon 2, Yes it's running but unreliably. It stops and starts intermittently since the battery was replaced. The store that my daughter wanted to replace the failing battery (to get their 10 year battery warranty) informed me initially there was rust present causing the problems that occured immediately after they'd worked on it but later changed that diagnosis to a faulty module. £140 for a replacement module. Prior to the stores attention the hour and minute hands synchronised perfectly. Five years ago when it was bought I think it only cost about £200 but it has sentimental value as it was a graduation present. What sort of cost do you think would likely be involved in getting it checked out and the hands reset ? Chris
  5. Hi Andy, Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to send me this information. I have read and reread it several times but I don't see that there is any way to set the normal hour and minute hands independantly to each other. Setting the hour hand to say 3 o'clock dead on should bring the minute hand to be pointing directly up at the 12 o'clock position where it should always be pointing at exact one hour intervals. 1 o'clock, 2 o'cloct etc. The minute hand on her watch points to the six when the hour hand points to the hour marker. The hour hand says it's 'something o'clock' but the minute hand says it's 'half past'. It's as if the minute hand has been moved 180 degrees out of synch. Unfortunately I can't post a picture which would show the problem she has much better than I'm describing it. Chris. Hi Spiny, Yes that's very similar only her hands are even worse. I'm guessing the technician in the shop took the movement out to replace the battery and held it in his hand while he hammered the new battery in !
  6. Hi Simon, I recently put, at her request, my daughters Seiko Chronograph 100M 7T62 0LD0 watch into a well known high street jewellers for a battery to be fitted. Long story short, the money was refunded and the watch returned with numerous faults it didn't previously have. One of the most puzzling is that the hour hand and the minute hand no longer synchronise. When the hour hand points directly at an hour marker the minute hand is pointing at the six o'clock marker. When the minute hand is pointing at the twelve o'clock marker the hour hand points halfwsy between two of the hour markers ! Can you advise if the minute hand is somehow independantly adjustable using button press combinations or, as I suspect, have one of the hands been physically moved by the movement being removed and carelessly handled during the battery change. The shop claimed initially the faults were due to rust which then got changed to a "faulty module". Any help or advice would be hugely appreciated. Thank you, Chris.
  7. Good for you taking the first one back. So many people don't like to 'make a fuss'. A new watch always takes a bit of getting used to but it looks pretty good to me so all I can say is wear it in good health.
  8. Bob J, Some truly beautiful plants. Some I recognise from my visits to various tropical and near tropical countries in my previous service engineering days. You did well to produce such a superb display. Have you ever grown a Pomegranate plant from a single seed/ pip ? Dead easy to grow but I have only once ever seen a flower on one in the UK. Thanks for sharing your pictures and good luck with your new garden.
  9. My passion is computers and making model Mk1 Mini cars. None of the huge later BMW models that are called mini but are bigger than a Fiesta. I have six working laptop computers, one dead one and two tablets (can they be classed as computers ?) Plus a home built desktop unit. Models: I've constructed 14 different Mini and Mini Cooper model cars. Revell, Tamiya and Fujimi. My hope is to one day locate an old Airfix model Mini from years ago. If anyone has one in their loft, built or in kit form I'd be interested. . . I really must learn how to post pictures.
  10. No contest, the only girl in the world for me was Hayley Mills. Two months older than me but, as we were both only twelve years old at the time, who was counting ? I must have been to see "Whistle Down The Wind" a dozen times at least. The manager of the cinema gave me the films poster as a souvenir which was my bedroom wallpaper for quite a long while.
  11. No, my very first job was in the CO-OP. I hated it. I lasted about a month. Then for a week or so I worked in a foundry but quit as it was too dirty ! Then a buddy suggested the medical equipment company, MSE based in Crawley.
  12. I suspect my forum name Service Engineer rather gives the game away. I joined the company which made all kinds of hospital, medical and scientific equipment way back in the 60's. I started off in the fettling dept cleaning up welds on machine chassis. Got the sack after a week for 'lack of enthusiasm'. While working out my notice I applied for a transfer to the factory assembly dept. I got the job and spent the next five years building all the scientific equipment they produced. My next move was to the inspection dept where I'd check then set up and calibrate the types of machines I'd previously been assembling. These were mainly centrifuges running from humble 6, 000 RPM machines used in blood banks up to 75,000 RPM machines used in research labs and teaching hospitals. Five years doing that then a transfer to the field service dept. A company vehicle at last, a 1300 Marina van but it was a start. 37 years later and after visiting most of the world I finally retired at 66 years old. My final company vehicle was a BMW saloon 2.0L 3 series. A long way from the Marina van ! I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed my life as an assembly worker, a test inspector and finally as a senior field service engineer specialist. I saw the company go through many different owners and name changes but the customer base stayed pretty much the same. I still miss getting up and going off to work with a new set of challenges almost every day. I miss that BMW too
  13. Favourite car ? Difficult to choose. Would it be the BMW 300cc Isetta 3 wheeler bubble car or the Heinkel bubble car. Both fun to drive. Maybe it was the Triumph Herald 948cc coupe ? Maybe the Triumph Vitesse Mk1 1600cc straight 6. No, to be totally honest it has to be the first Morris Mini 850cc I owned. Terrific road holding even with worn out tyres. I had the engine out so often I fitted a fibre-glass front to it. I 'tuned' it using the advice in the Clive Trickey articles in "Cars and Car Conversions" magazine. For an 850 it was stupidly fast but sadly got rear ended making it an even shorter wheel-base vehicle than ever. Definitely my favourite car. My favourite company car (service engineer vehicle) would be the BMW saloon 2.0 litre 3 series I drove for my last year with the company before I eventually retired aged 66 after 47 years with the same company.
  14. It seems I'm in a very small minority here but although I admit he was talented. No doubt about that, singer, dancer, musician, he could do them all. But so, I imagine, can lots of other people. Personally I couldn't stand the man. I never understood what people found entertaining about the condescending way he spoke to people looking away into the camera occasionally and rolling his eyes and raising his eyebrows. His strutting and silly gestures combined with that tacky "Nice to see you" phrase along with his own over inflated sense of self importance turned me right off watching him. I used to see him on Sunday Night at the London Palladium as a child and I didn't find him funny then. I caught sight of him on tv reasonably recently when he was a judge (I think) on some talent show and, to me anyway, he was just as unfunny as he had been all those years previously. But to those millions who adored the man all is not lost. . . . A 'Brucie' clone has appeared in the shape of Len Goodman. The above is my opinion and my opinion only. It is not intended to be a starting point for an argument or a slanging match. Hopefully we're all adult enough here not to stoop to that level. You all apparently loved him - I didn't.
  15. Hi, Well your BSA C11 pictures brought back some happy memories. I had a C11 as my third motor cycle. I started off with a two speed 98cc Sun, then onto a 125cc BSA D1 Bantam before progressing onto the BSA C11. I must have done thousands of miles on that machine. Its only fault was a stripped thread on the body of the carb which required frequent replacing of plumbers sealing tape. Until I started using the tape to hold the carb together I used to pull away slipping the clutch like crazy and relying on tick-over. The C11 eventually was replaced with a Triumph 'Twenty One' 350cc when I passed my test on the second attempt. I foolishly removed the 'bath-tub' in an attempt to make it look a bit less dated. A pre-unit construction Triumph 500cc followed by an awful BSA A7 (500cc I think) before I discovered the joys of driving early model minis but that's another story. Thank you for posting your C11 pictures they made my day.
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