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Thread: New Haven movement; Questions from a beginner
28/09/2020 17:56:29

I've got an Ogee style New Haven clock, weight driven, similar to the picture, when I bought it the seller packed it very well putting stiff padding either side of the bottom glass plate to protect it which had a farm scene in black and gold, sadly the courier still managed to turn the glass into a jigsaw puzzle, I've printed a similar reverse image to go onto a new piece of glass when I restore the clock.

The American clock companies flooded the European market in the late 1900's with mass produced clocks at prices that European manufacturers couldn't compete with, HAC was a German company, Hamburg American Clocks who used American production methods to try and compete,

Martin P

Thread: Machinery hire?
27/09/2020 11:23:24

Sadly I think any recompence from insurers and councils will fall under the heading of "Act of God"

Martin P

Thread: New Haven movement; Questions from a beginner
26/09/2020 11:16:04

I have a wall clock, a recent purchase, which I know is American but without removing the mechanism I'm unable to say who made it, when I hung it on the wall it also had a minor wobble but once I got the "beat" sorted it settled down and the wobble has gone.

Martin P

Thread: Covid causing mental health issues.
22/09/2020 19:49:58
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 22/09/2020 19:36:37:

I think the best answer is to say be grateful and count your blessings, and don't be sceptical of the toll 2020 is having on many people.


I'm not being sceptical of others but everybody is using the words for everything, a chap on tv tonight said he can now go swimming which is helping his mental issues which didnt seem relevant to me, I had a long time on the dole years with a child living in a village with no car.

Lock this one off I'm not making my clear and I'm in for a drumming.

Martin P

22/09/2020 19:13:19

Why would that be any different under normal conditions and any way its married life, my wife and I have our moments but I wouldnt put it under a mental issue heading.

Martin P

22/09/2020 18:52:13


I'm asking the following out of my curiosity and for no other reason but when ever I turn on the news and covid is mentioned its has mental health attached, what I dont understand is why its an issue, my wife and I are not gregarious people we enjoy each others company, are both retired and can and do spend time at home alone,even when life was normal, we have friends and family and use all of the available equipment to stay connected so why dont we have mental issues.

Martin P

Thread: Aircraft General Discussion
20/09/2020 22:31:12

I was at my Brothers with my sister and our wives and husband in Olney Bucks when the BBMF passed over his house at 12:45 approx on their way home.

Martin P

Thread: Reminiscences
19/09/2020 21:42:07


Reading the above makes me think I'm one of the youngest, I was born in 1954 and was brought up in Selhurst, South East London, when I went to Junior school it was only a 10 minute walk but when the smog came down you only knew when you found a zebra crossing when you bumped into the belisha beacon pole, I remember trolley buses, yellow in colour but cant remember where. Before WWII my Grandfather was a Chaffeur for a family in Kent, they Holidayed in Scotland and it was a three day trip for my Grandfather to drive them there in their Rolls Royce, he thought I was winding him up when I said I drove to Stirling and back in a day and did several hours work on a Robot welding system, I have a note book of his full of notes on how the car worked, he had done a course with RR Cars, during the war he worked for Thorney Croft machining turret rings for tanks, after the war he went to Daimler car hire and drove for them. Many years later we were walking around Long Melford steam rally looking at the cars when he took his diary out looked at a Daimler and said I drove that one for Daimler. Grandad later on bought his own London Cab and learnt the Knowledge.

From about the age of nine I used to get the train from Selhurst Park and travel on my own to South Kensington underground station and visit the museums on the understanding I was home no later than 18:00, god help me, imagine children being allowed to do that today.

As kids my brother, sister and I were brought up on Offal and we still enjoy it today, I used to go to the Faggots shop to fetch Faggots and peas pudding for my Dads tea and with Mum we used to visit a Grocer who still sold sugar and salt in paper bags and loose tea, like others have said frozen windows in the morning and usually frozen shut as well. In 1967 we moved to Bury St Edmunds because Dad had a new job working for Vintens as a draftsman, whilst we were packing up to move Dad tried to get a Mobylette Moped and a push bike with an engine in the back wheel on to the van but mum told him to leave them as he no longer used them, try and buy the engine in the wheel push bike today and you would need a big load to buy one, from that point on our uncles and aunts refered to us as country bumkins, the rest of my parents family all stayed within very short distances of the home town of Sutton ot Wimbledon.

Martin P

Edited By martin perman on 19/09/2020 21:44:30

Edited By martin perman on 19/09/2020 21:49:29

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
18/09/2020 17:39:04
Posted by Nick Clarke 3 on 18/09/2020 17:22:04:
Posted by martin perman on 18/09/2020 16:16:33:

OK it costs, but do you now mean you have a medical note excusing you from gardening and decorating?

Can't help seeing that as a result! smiley

Take care,



Its the understanding that you have to watch somebody do something that you were capable of and as we all know, nobody does it better than you.

Martin P

18/09/2020 16:16:33


Gald to hear that only your pride has been hurt, the only problem with being banned to ground level is it costs to get somebody in to do what you used to do, I've had Neuropathy in both my feet for the last seven years and its been getting progressively worse and I've found I can no longer use ladders as I cant feel the rungs and its affecting my balance, so hedge cutting, wall paper hanging etc has to be paid for.

Martin P

Thread: Aircraft General Discussion
16/09/2020 18:52:02

Two Spitfires passed over Bedford this lunchtime at around 2000 feet heading north east, I believe that they were BBMF because the engines were quite low rpm and flying in close formation with the left of the pair with his nose in front.

Martin P

Thread: Unusual Project
12/09/2020 14:22:05
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 12/09/2020 13:29:37:
Posted by ChrisB on 11/09/2020 17:18:31:
Posted by mgnbuk on 11/09/2020 16:55:22:

And who says the wings are too small...

Fit a big enough engine & wings are not so important ?

A classic example? F104 starfighter...more like a manned missile than an aircraft! One of my favourites when the Italians used to come over for the airshow.

Edited By ChrisB on 11/09/2020 17:18:52

"So you want a Starfighter? Buy an acre of land in Germany and wait."

The Canadians had a good aerobatic team that displayed most years at RAF Mildenhall airshows with Starfighters, the later genaration of F 104's had a sting in their tale if you had flown early MK's, the early planes you ejected out of the bottom if you had to but the later ones came out of the cockpit, it wasnt unknown for a pilot to flip a later version forgetting he would do himself a mischief if at low level.

Martin P

Thread: New Covid Rules
11/09/2020 14:11:44


I am retired but have a part time job and I'm classed as a "Health Care worker", I work for a Chemist and deliver medication to patients twenty hours a fortnight and I come into contact with on average 100 + people, some are in personal lockdown and a few have had/got it, I follow all of the requirements with the exception of a mask unless I'm entering a building that requires it, but most of the time I'm outside so its not required.

Recently our Borough Council requested that all "Health Care workers" be tested as the number of cases were rising, so I made an appointment and that evening I was tested, two days later I had the results, negative, my point is if we obey the rules and restrictions within reason you can still get out and about.

Martin P

Thread: Covid-19 fantasies crushed ?
09/09/2020 09:11:18


Have PM'd you

Martin P

09/09/2020 08:35:32


1. is necessary if people wont behave

2. I'm not surprised about as the scientists are trying to do 5 to 10 years research in months.

3. Ms Dorres is a local MP to me but restrictions dont allow me to comment.

Martin P

Thread: New Moderators
03/09/2020 17:11:50

can I aks a question please, if somebody posts something and its removed by a moderator does the postee get sent the reason why it was/will be removed or is he deemed guilty without a trial.

Martin P

Thread: Logging in to MyBT
02/09/2020 22:21:16

Grizzly Bear,

To get a four digit code you must have requested it via requesting an action from them i.e. changing your password, you put the four digit code into a displayed box on the screen so that BT know you are who you say you are as they sent you the code, this then allows you to change your password etc.

I received those two emails and deleted them as I didnt believe them to be from BT as the format of the form was different, ive had no issues because I ignored them.

Martin P

Thread: varifocals
01/09/2020 17:17:06
Posted by Howard Lewis on 01/09/2020 14:43:10:

Cost? £69 at Specsavers, in new frames (No more expensive than reglazing an existing frame ).


Wish I could buy at Specsavers, if I take my eye tests to them they say we will have to get these specially made as you fall outside of our standard range.

Martin P

Thread: Electronics for the Cognoscenti
01/09/2020 14:15:22


On a similar basis is there a good book for idiots who know enough to be dangerous smiley

Martin P

Thread: varifocals
01/09/2020 08:37:49


I've worn varifocals for many years and I can only assume I'm an odd ball as I either ignore the problems others have listed or have never noticed them, before varifocals I had bifocals and they drove me around the bend if I didnt move my head and looked down the ground used to rush up and meet me.

Martin P

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