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About SteveO

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  • Birthday 13/08/1953

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    South East Kent
  • Interests
    The Broads, boating, fishing, travel, walking, swimming, music, reading.

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  1. SteveO

    The Reed And Rhond Anchor

    Sorry I missed it! Diary clash with our local history group, which meets on the second Tuesday of every month.
  2. SteveO

    Nbn Quiz Night

    Just to let you know that we have been co-opted onto a team which is entering quizzes both tomorrow (9th) and the following Friday (16th) , so will not be available for quizzing here. Cheers Steve and NikO
  3. SteveO

    Mobile Wifi Dongle

    Tried to order one today. Out of stock for home delivery or collect.
  4. SteveO

    Stern Only

    We were at Ranworth yesterday and at one point were the only boat on the main staithe. Plenty of room side on for people who can't normally moor there due to protruding stern gear or outboard motors. Not a bad day weather-wise either.
  5. I remember the SOS board well. Always had a moral debate with myself to the effect that, if there was a notice on there for me, would I pretend I hadn't seen it?
  6. Wonderful film. Interesting to see how much has changed over the years and what has stayed the same. Lovely to see Hunsett Mill and Cottage in their former glory.
  7. SteveO

    Nbn Quiz Night

    Not to mention having to watch brain-rotting children's TV.
  8. SteveO

    Nbn Quiz Night

    I am afraid that child-minding, Lego, steam engines and Meccano have taken their toll this week and I have only just got around to updating folks on the outcome of last Friday's quiz. Mike ended the day in 3rd place and Polly was 2nd. We had a tense 3-way tie for the winning position between Nigel, Tigerhawk and NikO , which NikO won. Unfortunately she will be busy next Friday as we have visitors, so Nigel kindly agreed to be QM. And that, as they say, was that. Steve
  9. SteveO

    Cleaning Up The Lego

    All seized valves freed off. New level plug fitted. New O rings for whistle and safety valve and boiler filled with water and then pressurized. No leaks, so we part-emptied the boiler, filled the burner with meths and fired her up. She exceeded expectations by running something like a well-oiled watch. A bit more vibration from the crank than I remember, but that was 50 years ago and I might have been wearing the rose-tinted spectacles of memory. Now all we need to do is clean her up. 56190919332__8D039732-D5CB-4E5F-AEB6-2AB58E7D57F6.MOV
  10. SteveO

    Wroxham Angling

    I think there is a lot more by the way of good quality competition now than there was. We have a good tackle shop at Horning in Bass online and another at Ludham Bridge, both of which sell the same sort of products, often at better prices and with friendly service to boot.
  11. SteveO

    Cleaning Up The Lego

    I will pressure test the boiler with compressed air before I commit to adding fire and water. Judging by the way that the steam valve, piston and whistle valve are seized up, steaming could be some way away.
  12. SteveO

    Cleaning Up The Lego

    I found my old Mamod steam engine in the garage the other day when I was tidying up. The plan is to fire it up next week when our grandson is staying with us for half term. It looks basically intact although the whistle and steam valve are seized up solid and the water level plug (which I improvised when I was 12 after losing the original) has corroded away to nothing, The thread into which the plug screws looks ok so I have ordered a replacement - oh and the piston seems to have seized in the cylinder. Other than that the whole thing is covered with cobwebs, the brasswork is badly tarnished and the chromed strap that holds the boiler into its cradle is rusty. I have sprayed the seized valves and piston with plus gas and soaked these plus the safety valve with light oil and will repeat this treatment tomorrow. I must have been 14 years old or so when this was last fired up, so it has been laying there unused for more than 50 years. I will let you know how we get on.
  13. SteveO

    Nbn Quiz Night

    Sorry you can't be there Bern. We'll all miss you.
  14. SteveO

    Cleaning Up The Lego

    I was fortunate enough to have one of the first plastic Lego sets in the UK, sent over as a Christmas present by relatives in Europe. There were no design-specific components, such as we have today, just bricks, base plates and windows, with a few trees and some very European looking road signs. The roofs of buildings were either flat, or constructed by ever decreasing layers of rectangular bricks, giving them a stepped appearance. The set served me well from around the age of 4, then was passed down to my brother and eventually his children. The early bricks were made from an acetate-type plastic, which warped if you got them too hot, but I don't believe that the modern ones suffer in the same way. I also had Meccano, which I used to play with until my fingers bled from tightening the nuts. I would mechanise my models with a clockwork motor, an old wind-up gramophone mechanism or a Mamod steam engine depending on what they were and eventually acquired a phenomenal six-speed electric motor, which made all the others redundant. I believe that both these toys in their original form are an essential part of growing up and encourage construction skills, problem-solving, innovation and imagination in a way that modern toys do not. Even Lego seems to have gone down this route, with the introduction of kits of highly specific components, where the builder is supposed to merely follow a set of instructions rather than imagine, invent and build a model of their own.
  15. SteveO

    Nbn Quiz Night

    Life must go on and, as I won last Friday, I will be QM on Friday 19th October, Topics will be: Food & drink Little people Norfolk n' good Half time break A river runs through it Advertising slogans General mayhem We will start at around 8.30pm. All are welcome. Hope you can join us. You can join us by following the link : http://www.nbnquiz.co.uk/chat/?logout=true Enter your user name but do not enter a password. Cheers Steve 
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