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What Other Interests or Collections Do You Have?


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I only wear mine on official runs but I think I should wear it more often...

I wouldn't wear it because it is aesthetically displeasing :) . But why are you safe when you are not on official runs?

Kept that one quiet Mark....let see some pictures please...how far back? Valve era? Bakelite? Are they working?

"Vintage" to me means anything up into the 80's just like watches. So sorry, no bakelite or valves but they work. I think a pic from Mike set me off, I hankered after something wood and chrome and tacky from the 60's bought a Sanyo and that's how it started. Then got into Grundig yachtboy range, right now I am listening to a "Realistic" DX-440 a re-badge Sangean, with more buttons than you can shake a stick at. :D

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I only wear mine on official runs but I think I should wear it more often...

I wouldn't wear it because it is aesthetically displeasing :) . But why are you safe when you are not on official runs?

That's what I mean...it makes no sense...I should either not wear one or wear it all the time. :blink:

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My interests are music (attend concerts, play piano, listen via hifi at home), mostly classical and jazz;

things with wheels and engines (motorcycles and cars mostly), another Le Mans attender;

Football (soccer for americans) as an Arsenal season ticket holder;

Arts in general;

and (gentle) hill walking when I can find the time.

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Watches - which I'm beginning to lose interest in :(!!

Theatre - I'm a member of a few local amateur theatre companies. I don't (& never want to) act but I enjoy crewing for the various societies. In fact I've been taken on a casual staff (working as stage/fly floor crew) at a local council run theatre. It's great fun & I've met some good friends (including my partner Gillian) through it.

Cars - I run a Micra as the daily runabout & it's a belting little car - much better than most people would think, fun to drive & very reliable.

I also own a Reliant Scimitar SS1 (1600cc) which I bought a month or two ago - it's a fun drive but it's already thrown its dummy out of the pram when the clutch cable broke on my way home last friday :taz: It looks to be in good condition but the sills will need replacing before its next MOT & there's rot in at least one of the B posts - for those who don't know the body panels are all plastic/glassfibre which are then mounted on a steel chassis. On early cars (of which mine is one) these can rust quite badly :(! It's possible to replace the sills with the bodywork in place but I'm not sure how easy it is & if there's rot in the sills then there will probably be rot elsewhere too ........ I'm going to have to consider my options carefully :cry2:

Bikes - both the human & internal combustion engine powered ones (though I only have the former variety). I used to cycle to work but now I've moved recently & now live 10 miles away along fast moving dual cariageway!

I also like going to the cinema & keeping up to date with the latest releases.

All pretty average really :blink: :D

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I used to work as a gardener and that's stuck with me - I love horticulture, houseplants, bits of bamboo that sit in water, roses, grasses - you name it, I'll have a go at growing it.

I'm also a big animal/pet fan - we grew up with loads of animals in and around the house, though now I've only got fish and a snake as we both work full time. I do like to encourage the birds into the garden, though, and we've got some very nice, playful foxes and cubs living at the bottom of the garden.

I love cars, but with no garage at hand and an expensive watch habit to maintain, the two minis went a few years ago, along with the Herald that I loved. However, next year me and the missus are looking at getting a Landy (just for the fun of it) and a Stag ('cos I've always wanted one!) and to hell with the parking!

I love travelling - looking to go to Oz for six months soon with the 710, but before that me and a mate are planning a trip to Berlin before it gets too popular.

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Apart from watches I don't really collect much else. I like motorbikes and I have a Honda Hornet 600 which I probably love a little too much. I've been riding waaaay too fast of late though and i'm going to have to sort that out somehow.

I like my mountain bike and do around 60 or so miles a week and I really enjoy wild camping and hiking and I can often be found in the Yorkshire, Derbyshire or more often the Lakes either with a couple of mates or taking kids from my shool on a D of E expedition.

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Just the usual, hard drugs, porn and loose women :ph34r:

Oh can't forget watches and beer of course :D

Me too , although I prefer my women to be a little tighter :ph34r: ( look, someone was going to say it and it might as well be me)

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Just the usual, hard drugs, porn and loose women :ph34r:

Oh can't forget watches and beer of course :D

Me too , although I prefer my women to be a little tighter :ph34r: ( look, someone was going to say it and it might as well be me)

Me too, although I prefer my women to be a lot tighter...and younger.

:whistle:

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Just the usual, hard drugs, porn and loose women :ph34r:

Oh can't forget watches and beer of course :D

Me too , although I prefer my women to be a little tighter :ph34r: ( look, someone was going to say it and it might as well be me)

Me too, although I prefer my women to be a lot tighter...and younger.

:whistle:

I'm steering well clear of this one, likes em young and tight and lives near Tampa.............there's gotta be a punch line there somewhere, I'm just having trouble remembering it :whistle: :lol:

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Petrol head also,love my time i spend in my TVR Chimaera (go for it Potz you wont regret it),also my old shape mini restoration,enjoy cooking,play footie badly,still lift weights and swim ,bit of running and stuff,love being outside really,enjoy relaxing and generally haviing a stress free life as possible :)

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I've been doing a fair bit of Mountain biking on the weekends and over the holidays of late. It's nice to just head up to the Lakes or down to Wales and hit the trails for a bit. I've been to Llandegla and Whinlatter over the last couple of weeks and put my bike through it's paces. I just tend to cling on with my eyes closed but it works for me.

I ride my bike around here a lot and I thought it would be easier to have a set of road tyres to switch between since the off road tyres generate a lot of drag. I stopped by a local bike shop and picked up a set of semi slicks. They're great on the road but changing the tyres took about half an hour which is no good when I want to swap back to the off roaders for the weekend so I looked on a bike forum (they have forums for everything now and i'm suddenly lighter in the wallet but with a nice set of wheels winging their way to me. That should make it easier to change over though.

After a bit of thought I came to the conclusion that it's silly to have a spare set of wheels hanging about the place not doing anything so I scoured eBay and picked up a nice shiny new frame to attach them to... and a headset, bars and stem :blink:

I'm not sure what i've got myself into but it seems to be turning into a bit of a project and it's seriously made a mess of my watch fund. For gods sake, i'm looking into a set of carbon fibre forks

This combined with talking to the local diving lot the other day (this is all your fault Jason) is going to do me in. They meet on a wednesday. I may have to reschedule pub night somehow too.

It could be worse. There's an old police BMW R80 in a shop around the corner that's just begging to be restored. hmmm.

I'm a naturally lazy person. I'm not sure where this enthusiasm has come from. What will happen when the entusiasm dies?

You guys got any projects you started but never finished? I'm pretty sure I will have soon.

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Yep Rob - bikes are like watches...there is ALWAYS something else to buy and the kit is pretty expensive too - just bought a set of Mavic Crossmax SL wheels for my mountain bike last week when I should have bought a new saddle really :huh:

Let me know when you're in Mid-Wales next - you know it's the mecca for off roading around here...

Stu

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I'll let you know when i'm around Stu. I'm itching to go back to Llandegla at the moment. I enjoyed that place most of all.

I actually went there the first time the week before breaking up for Christmas. I took a group of kids from my school and a couple of policemen under the guise of a community links thing. It's a tough job 

All I need to do now is get my fitness level up. I ride with a few people who are way faster than I am. I just sort of take my time and get there in the end. I often over take them on the way down though. I carry a bit more momentum.

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HiFi, paintings and Japanese movies. :cry2: I have a 25k sound system and now I want another one for my bedroom (possibly cheaper  ), I have a few paintings ranging from 75$ to 2,000$ and over 200 DVDs with Japanese movies and animation. Of Course I have a CD collection and a lot of non-Japanese movies too. Anyway I decided not to spend anymore money is this economic situation not sure how long I will resist the temptation. :fear:

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Motorbikes take up a lot of my cash though not too much time at present. have 2 fully functional and a C90 in bits. Saw some sort of long distance charity ride once where they used cut down C90's and decided to buy one and chop it :rolleyes: Maybe 5 years later, it's still in bits. I will chop it though, have some scaffolding for the forks

Scooter, I have a '63 Vespa Sprint, thought it was a GL until I took the whole thing back to bits. It's still in bits and taking up a lot of my money.

Cycling, I started after 40 and it's the best hobby I ever took up, I took to it immediately without having ever giving it any consideration in the previous 40 years. I enjoy the solitude and it's a chav free activity, you meet the nicest most interesting people and I certainly enjoy a figure I last had in my 20's. Have 2 Hybrids and a recently arrived proper Dawes tourer.....I have plans. Takes up a lot of my time and takimg more.

Scooter, I have a '63 Vespa Sprint, thought it was a GL until I took the whole thing back to bits. It's still in bits and taking up a lot of my money.

Those are my favourite pastimes, after that come watches, astronomy (strap my scope onto the motorbike and head to the dales when I can) and vintage radios in no particular order of preference. With the above and reading every night you can understand why I never watch TV.

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Saw some sort of long distance charity ride once where they used cut down C90's and decided to buy one and chop it :rolleyes: Maybe 5 years later, it's still in bits. I will chop it though, have some scaffolding for the forks :)

If it was in RiDE you saw it then it was me that did the pics for that feature :)

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I have an interest in bikes too having built mine a few years ago using a Dave Hinde frame with Marzocchi forks - it's probably as old as an old thing now (only 24 gears!) but it works well & I enjoy (or used to!) riding it. I used it mainly to cycle into work but I now live 10 miles away along very busy roads so haven't used it in ages :( One of my vague plans for 2009 is to find a safe cycle route into work, possibly along the canal towpath??

I'm also a bit of a petrolhead & love old/retro cars. I've got a Scimitar SS1 in the garage (see here: http://www.thewatchforum.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=33356) that I'm slowly doing up. At the moment I'm in the process of reconditioning the front suspension & brakes & it's taking me bloody ages :( :taz:! I'm fitting new shock absorbers, bushes, balljoints, vented discs, calipers, braided hoses etc etc etc & I hate to think how much I'm spending on it!! Everything I'm trying to undo is seized solid & I'm having to hacksaw though many of the suspension mounting bolts :(!! After the suspension/brakes are sorted then it'll be time for the chassis to be repaired (new sills both sides + some other smaller jobs) & then I'll put it through the MOT just to see what else needs doing. My longer term plan is to fit a 2 litre twin cam engine (Ford Zetec) on bike carbs which should make it go a bit better than it does now. I already have the engine in the garage but I'd like to get the running gear/chassis sorted before fitting it.

My other main interest is working backstage at a local theatre, my partner also shares this interest (I met her through the theatre) & I think it's nice that we have this common interest. It's hard work, & sometimes gets in the way of other things we'd rather be doing, but it's good fun & we've met some good friends through it. Also I'm now on the books as a casual member of staff at the theatre so it occasionally boosts the watch/car fund :)

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Majority of my time is spent walking my stupid dog but in the summer fishing can take over my life for a few months.

Also collect rare vinyl, mostly soul.

Have an ever growing collection of boxing videos/dvd's, books and trivia from the 50's onwards which I like to watch or read in the small hours. Sad I know. :tongue2:

Alasdair

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I have been playing with HiFi seriously for the last couple of years and have discovered that Nirvana dosn't exist you just have to get a sound that your happy enough with and then start listening to the music and enjoying that instead of trying to get the ultimate sound, i was lucky enough to sit and listen to a 100k MBL system last week but even at that money it didn't blow me away , i can get just a nice sound out of old Valve amps and Electrostats. I have also done the tropical marine fish thing 20 years ago,but know just have a few goldfish in a tank, my other main hobby apart from watches is old Stationary engines from the early part of the 20th century, i'm the vice president of our local anoraks club and spend many a weekend in a field somewhere sitting happily in a pile of engine bits fixing them again and making them go, they range from about 40kgs and 1/3 hp up to 2.3 tons and 10hp and you have to set fire to them to make them go which makes it more interesting

Oh and i did have five vintage tractors but only have one left to play with now, must be because i was brought up on a farm.

Happy times

To give you an idea of size of my pride and joy, the flywheels in the picture are 4ft diameter

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