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Thread: Coronavirus
20/03/2020 18:23:11
Posted by blowlamp on 20/03/2020 17:25:25:

Does anyone know anyone who's died of this thing yet?


My niece in London, in her mid 20s, is making a full recovery.


19/03/2020 19:44:01
Posted by Cornish Jack on 19/03/2020 18:49:55:

There's no shortage of self-centred, greedy people in the UK as demonstrated. Nothing partcularly new - it happened with the 'salt shortage' in the 60s (?) and the potato similar in the 70s (?). A nation encouraged to believe that " there is no such thing as society" is reacting exactly as one would expect.



My memory of the salt shortage was that it happened in the early 80s because the miners in Siberia had gone on strike. This followed the bread shortages because of strikes in big bakeries. I even tried making bread.


18/03/2020 12:14:04
Posted by Danny M2Z on 18/03/2020 02:30:37:

On a more serious note; I have informed the secretary of our Day Club that tomorrow's (19th) meeting shall be our last until further notice due to the vulnerable age of our members. We shall update their contact details and ascertain whether they have support from family/friends for basic necessities. Otherwise I feel that it is our duty to organise some help for the most vulnerable members.

* Danny M *

As the local secretary of a one make motorcycle club I am about to set up a private Facebook account (if such a thing exists) for our members to use etc until this crisis passes.

Two weeks ago I, to my shame, started this thread. I was in the process of rewriting my will. This I have done but I cannot get two persons to witness my signature.


Edited By JA on 18/03/2020 12:15:29

16/03/2020 09:12:32

The ten second test appears to be discredited.

May I suggest that you just take your temperature after getting up in the morning.


15/03/2020 18:34:28
Posted by Bill Chugg on 15/03/2020 17:54:33:

Am I the only one to give cornichons the thumbs down ? no


Edited By Bill Chugg on 15/03/2020 17:55:10



15/03/2020 15:16:53
Posted by Bill Chugg on 15/03/2020 14:38:58:


PS Now Waitrose website has crashed. Spoke to them,they cannot cope at present with the on line system so cannot pay for order. Cannot pay for online orders by card at the local branch .

Edited By Bill Chugg on 15/03/2020 14:42:20

Tomorrow’s papers will blame this on Russian hackers.


15/03/2020 13:42:46


I agree with you about cornichons.

Many thanks for the recipes. I may try number 2 later in the week.


15/03/2020 12:25:22

Are Lidl gherkins better than Waitrose?

I have just got back from my local Waitrose with the important shopping: 3 big jars of gherkins, 2 bottles of wine, 2 bottles of gin, coffee, some tonic water and some bread. The toilet paper had gone.


Edited By JA on 15/03/2020 12:29:40

11/03/2020 20:17:55

Italy has an elderly population. Its birth rate has been very low for years. During my visits to Italy, 25 to 10 years ago, you just did not see children.

South Korea has a young population.

Someone, on this thread, has pointed out that the Chinese smoke an awful lot of fags.


11/03/2020 12:42:00

I suppose it is a bit like a gold rush except that you have something useable at the end.

Now it is off to the supermarket to buy some more toilet rolls.


08/03/2020 12:35:13

Just got back from the supermarket. As expected there is no toilet paper, no worry. There appears to be a run on the alternative - tinned soups and tomatoes!

No doubt by Tuesday there will be so much toilet paper that it will be stacked in the car park.


06/03/2020 18:48:08
Posted by old mart on 06/03/2020 17:43:01:

Anyone qualifying for a pneumonia inoculation who hasn't had one yet should think seriously about getting one.

Now I am going to get morbid. I am 73 and do think about old age and death. I do not want to live to a great age with limited mental capacity etc. I want a good peaceful death. To that end I have, so far, refused the pneumonia inoculation.

You can call me stupid.

As for toilet paper, I will panic when the local supermarket has no tinned soup.


04/03/2020 12:16:40

In all this media speculation and near panic about Coronavirus there is a very sensible thing one can do - check your will is up to date or, if you have not made one, make one. Also let your executors know where the will is kept.

I am not trying to be morbid.


Thread: Hand Wash
04/03/2020 09:03:50

If you eat food with your fingers such as a sandwich or cake, make sure you wash it first.


Thread: D H Gipsy mk1
03/03/2020 16:20:55


Many thanks for the reply.

I occasionally look at models of Gipsy Mk.1 engine at show and think that it may be an interesting model to make. When I start a model I always think that it will be a quick build, it never is. Now on my fourth model I am beginning to understand castings:

  1. The aluminium used in alloy casts is always nasty to machine
  2. I have yet to experience chilled, hard, cast iron but I know that it is a topic of conversation
  3. The quality of the casting is always variable, usually poor
  4. One has to be careful when setting out the initial datums.

I did have a quick look at a sectioned Gipsy Mk.1 engine this morning. Major Halford was one of the great aero-engine designers and the only one that progressed from piston engines to jets.

I wish you good progress with the model.


02/03/2020 12:06:46


It is nice to see a build blog. I have not looked at it very closely but I have a few questions:

  1. How long has it taken you so far?
  2. Do you know the providence of the castings? You mentioned they were second hand, do you know where they came from?
  3. What were the aluminium castings like to machine?
  4. Were the castings good to drawing? That is, was there always excess material?

Many thanks


Thread: Spring's a-coming
01/03/2020 22:37:27
Posted by Geoff Theasby on 01/03/2020 04:06:14:

Bad choice of picture, JA, snowdrops can flower before Christmas, any year.

Snowdrops equal Winter. Swallows might equal Spring. Swifts do equal Summer.


29/02/2020 23:02:29



  1. It does not arrive on 1 March what ever the Met Office says.
  2. It does not arrive on the equinox what ever happens at Stonehenge.
  3. Usually it is one or two weeks in late April.

Until then my workshop is cold and only usable on warm days (above 10 degrees C) when the heating can cope.


Edited By JA on 29/02/2020 23:07:44

Edited By JA on 29/02/2020 23:10:44

Thread: Coal being phased out
24/02/2020 13:02:43

Forgive me but have I missed something here? I thought that the phasing out of coal and wet wood is an attempt to reduce the emissions of toxic and carcinogenic particles.

I am sure the Telegraph and Times had similar news items.


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Edited By JA on 24/02/2020 13:08:52

Thread: Four Jaw chuck
24/02/2020 11:51:19
Posted by Martin Kyte on 24/02/2020 11:32:30:

One of my most used 'tools' is a sprung (spring?) centre which makes setting up to a centre pop/centre hole very straight forward in the 4 Jaw. Easy to make too. I also have a dial guage that lives in a QC tool holder which also saves faffing around. Never bothered with a second chuck key.

regards Martin.

Matches my set-up except that the dial gauge still lives in its box. However its mounting has had its own QC tool holder for over ten years.


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