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  1. and this was my second favourite car. It was a Triumph Herald 13/60 estate which a very good friend of mine converted to Mk1 Vitesse spec. Sadly he passed and I bought it from his widow. The "Green Bean" is how it was known in our local Triumph Sports Six Club branch.
  2. I do not wish to "hog" this thread, but here is a picture of my wife, Lynda's, Mk3 Spitfire which I rebuilt from a wreck. She loved that car!
  3. Strange as it may seem, I would truly love to have this back.
  4. Hi. Is this wireless or via ethernet cable? I had a similar situation and found the wireless card in one machine was acting as a bottleneck. When I upgraded it, the speed leapt up. Chris
  5. Sorry, that was polycythaemia. I think my brain is going soft. Chris
  6. Many years ago I managed a medical chest ward. We cared for many patients with COPD. I remember those in the most advanced stages had thrombocytopaenia - too many red blood cells - and had to be bled on a regular basis. What amazed me then - and now - was the number that within an hour of having been bled were sat on the verandah of the ward smoking. Nothing so ***** as folk, as my grandmother used to say. Take care and don't smoke. Chris
  7. This is quite a thought provoking topic indeed. In recent years we have stuck to the Northern Broads, but I do have very happy memories of mooring at Beccles on our honeymoon in 1972! On the North, there are so many, but Ranworth is a very favourite place and we love Gayes Staithe for the peace and the fishing, Hoveton Viaduct for the fishing, Womack Water for the peace and the fishing (is there a theme here?), oh, and Thurne Dyke for the peace and the fishing. Chris
  8. Sorry, for Pyms read Plyms. We didn't have to ply him with posh booze. What else don't I miss? Being put in charge of a ward of thirty patients, on my own, all night as a first year student nurse. Nearly breaking my back to have them all up and dressed for when the day staff came on at 7am. Oh, and not being able to start before 6am. Crazy days. No-one would believe it now. Chris
  9. Planting celery plants for 10 bob a1000 as a school holiday job. Buy a fag and a match for thruppence from the school tuck shop. Ice on the inside of the windows. Outside loo in Winter. Outside loo in summer. Tin bath in front of the fire and ranking lower than the dog. T-square across my backside in tech drawing. Ruler across my knuckles in just about every other class, except history when it was a board rubber against the head. Oh, and Georgie Baker, Gym master, twisting my nipples for forgetting pyms. Chris
  10. A very thought-provoking topic. There have been so many advances, for which we should surely be grateful. What I don't miss is playing on bomb sites and picking up shrapnel from German ordnance. We are the best of friends now of course. What I do miss is cycling. I would think nothing of slinging my fishing basket across my back, tying my rods to the cross bars and cycling 20 miles for a day's fishing. Now I would not dare venture out on a bike, even if my tired old bones would allow it, because of the maniacal traffic. Come to think of it, I miss playing marbles down the road edge. Its a funny old world. Chris
  11. Duh, barmpot that I am. In 2017 we had Classic Gem. Swan Rapture was 2019. I think a marble must have dropped out. Chris
  12. Hi John, when we came up from New Zealand in 2017 for 3 weeks on Swan Rapture, the quickest and cheapest transport from Heathrow to Stalham was via taxi all the way. Funny old world eh! We are back in 2021 for another 3 weeks on Swan Rapture and we too can't wait. Cheers Chris
  13. Kia ora. Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New year from sunny NZ. We love reading the reports of your trips around the Broads and get very envious. Still we can now say we will be back next year. It sounds much closer than 2021. Chris and Lyn
  14. A very, very merry Christmas to one and all from New Zealand on a very warm and sunny Christmas morning. Have fun and stay safe. Chris and Lyn
  15. And a very merry Christmas from us down here in the City of Sails (well, close by anyway) enjoying the sunshine. Looking forward to our return in 2021 and perhaps meeting up with one or two of you. Chris & Lynda
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