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Keith Rogers 219/07/2019 12:20:17
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Hi Andrew,

I can only echo all that has been said.

It just proves what a nice friendly group the majority are here on the forum, it's a shame it has to be spoilt by the views of one individual.

I do hope you will reconsider, the forum will be all the worse without your input.

If not, maybe I'll see you at Forncett some time.

Best regards,


Andrew Johnston19/07/2019 14:46:08
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Good grief, I'm stunned by the responses. I thought i may get a few "that's a shame" and a couple of "thank gawd for that" replies, but not the flood that has happened. What can I say, other than thank you, very much appreciated. It's really good to know that people find my posts helpful.

Truth be told I'd be really sad to leave the forum permanently. Over the next few weeks I have a fair bit of paid for work to do and I have some family care commitments. So I plan to step back for a few weeks, and then I'll be back, like it or lump it.

It would be iniquitous to pick up on only one of the responses, but I'm going to do it anyway. A special thanks to MartinM for reminding me of the project we did together way back in 1975 at SETC (Student Engineers Training Centre) at RAE Farnborough. I've still got copies of my original reports and sure enough the report I produced with Martin was in my handwriting. It is correct that we failed to achieve a working 100MHz amplifier, although I think the logic for the counter itself worked. Of the three projects i did at SETC only the mechanical one worked; may be that should have told me something. smile

Once again, thank you for the supportive replies.


Bill Starling19/07/2019 16:30:37
97 forum posts

Dear Andrew,

I only look at this forum now and again, and then selectively, but I always reckon to read your posts. I greatly appreciate your engineering skills, attention to detail and preparedness to take the trouble to write your posts.

I'm very sorry about the incident that caused the problem, which I didn't see. I'm afraid I agree with Neil about the general lowering of standards of behavior - including amongst politicians! The best way to deal with such things must be to ignore them. Reacting may only encourage them.

Like Keith Rogers 2, I hope to see you at Forncett again. (Unashamed plug for Model Engineers' Day there. See:

All the best,


Adrian 219/07/2019 17:15:19
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That's great Andrew. Very pleased to hear you will be back.


bricky19/07/2019 17:17:06
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Andrew, this forum thrives on the knowledge of contributors like yourself and I am glad that it will only be temporary.

Alan Jackson19/07/2019 18:02:12
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Great News Andrew


OuBallie19/07/2019 18:24:01
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Spend the time away 'recuperating' and come back full of Vim.

You have assisted many, me included and glad to hear you aren't abandoning the family.

Do what I do and just ignore the idiots.

Geoff - Not easy sometimes.

Howard Lewis19/07/2019 18:46:45
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We await your return with anticipation.

Hope that all your activities whilst "on leave" go well, and to plan.


Bob Lamb19/07/2019 19:40:18
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I did not see the posts concerned and have no idea what it was all about. What I do know is that I have always enjoyed your posts and I am in awe of the quality of your work. They gave me a standard to aim for - pretty hopelessly in my case - but I always found them fascinating or helpful or often both.

It is good to hear that you will not be leaving as it would have been a great loss to us all.

Look forward to reading more when you have the time.


Dennis WA19/07/2019 20:02:51
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I am really pleased that you are going to take a short break and then rejoin us!

All the best


Douglas Johnston19/07/2019 20:26:04
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From one Johnston to another, I am very glad to hear that you intend to return. I think we all need a sabbatical now and again.

All the best, Doug

Ron Laden20/07/2019 08:43:40
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Enjoy your break Andrew, good to know you will be back though, the forum needs people like yourself and we will all be the better for it.



HasBean20/07/2019 09:43:22
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So pleased that are going to rejoin after a break.



robjon4420/07/2019 09:47:49
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Hi Andrew, Bob here, let me add my encouragement to that already expressed, as for the views that caused offence well duckies all the fine work done rebuilding full size vehicles & machinery in the world does not get done on machines that would fit in my cutlery drawer now does it? To give an example, a long while ago I had the opportunity to purchase a Meddings geared head floor standing drilling machine from my employer at the time, as it was a knock down drag out price I snatched his hand off, therefore should I have restricted its use to drilling very small holes for fear of offending someone suffering from "machine envy"? I think not & don't get me started on using full size floating reamer holders, tapping heads, 2 jaw chucks, horses for courses chaps.

My advice would be now that you have seen the tidal wave of support you have received on this thread to straighten up & fly right as you've stated. For myself I thoroughly enjoyed our discussions of every subject under the sun & now my workshop & knee problems are resolved hope to get back on a roll.

Bob H

Andrew Johnston18/08/2019 11:29:17
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After my interregnum I have decided to return to the forum.

As before I intend to mostly steer clear of electronics and signal processing threads, as those are my areas of professional interest. Apart from my CNC mill all my machine tools are ex-industrial and I make no apology for that. Mind you I don't know of any material or cutter than is self-aware and can distinguish between industrial and hobby equipment. So the basic cutting process is exactly the same irrespective of the machine heritage. If anybody disagrees with that then too bad. smile

Not so much TTFN as ITMA.


SillyOldDuffer18/08/2019 11:35:22
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Posted by Andrew Johnston on 18/08/2019 11:29:17:

After my interregnum I have decided to return to the forum.



Hooray! Welcome back...


Andrew Tinsley18/08/2019 11:45:02
1213 forum posts

Hello Andrew,

It is good to see you back!


Howard Lewis18/08/2019 11:55:49
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Welcome back, Andrew!

The Forum will be the richer for your input.


not done it yet18/08/2019 12:32:17
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I totally agree with the first three replies.

mechman4818/08/2019 12:37:18
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Glad to see you're back... 'Nils illigitemi' & all that


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