|Alan Waddington 2||24/05/2020 00:36:24|
|501 forum posts|
Say that to myself every time i chuck another lump of metal in the bin..........
|Andrew Johnston||24/05/2020 11:16:24|
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I'm building two 4" Burrell single crank compound engines. Wow, designing from scratch is certainly a labour of love. I sure wouldn't want to do it without the aid of 3D CAD.
My engines are based on fullsize, they're never going to be exact replicas. There are some major differences which I can't correct without starting a new design from scratch, such as the brake being on the wrong side. Now that is interesting; I thought I'd better just check that statement. The SCC in the Burrell museum has the brake on the left. But in pictures of another engine supplied by a member of the TT forum the brake is on the right, as it is on my drawings. So it looks like anything goes!
Naturally there are some compromises (and even socket head cap screws) internally but externally I'm trying to stick to at least the spirit of the design, staying mostly with imperial fasteners, many of which I'm making myself.
|Bill Phinn||24/05/2020 13:05:27|
|316 forum posts|
Surprised to hear you say that that when your English is unusually competent. [Unusually again, perhaps, I make a study of these things.]
On the other hand, foreign languages were famously a closed book to Philip Larkin too, and yet what can we say about his use of English, except that it was masterly?
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One must ask... Is a "Sneering Detractor" akin to a " Vermicious Knid" ?
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|2500 forum posts|
You’re going to surprise me one day Dave by being wrong. Today is not the day - again!
|Harry Wilkes||24/05/2020 16:11:05|
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I posted a comment to a YouTube video and up pops this person said English was his third language then began to correct my grammar. I simply replied that English was not my first language 'black country' was
|Bob Stevenson||24/05/2020 16:17:51|
|394 forum posts|
Vic & Dave........Of course we should comment on poor or dangerous practices...indeed, there is a duty of knowledge to prevent injury, and also to help people who are trying their best etc...
But, there is a right and a wrong way of making comments. PLEASE read my last paragraph again! Most people here are, as I said, very helpful and friendly but the sneering detractors are not here to help......There have been sites on the web that have folded due to the attitudes of a few who were not confronted or put in thier place, it's just pure bully boy tactics and these people thrive on bullying.
|Howard Lewis||24/05/2020 16:55:11|
|3258 forum posts|
Bullies will give up after they either get a good thumping, or find that they are ignored, and get no feedback.
Often, a bitten tongue is more effective that giving a metaphorical black eye.
If they are really bad enough, the Moderators can always ban them! (And some must sail close to that wind )
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Ah, finally the voice of reason.
|2500 forum posts|
I very rarely comment on YouTube videos even if I see something amiss. I should do really I suppose but it’s not worth arguing over. Same on social media. The thing I will pull folks up on is rudeness.
|Mike Joseph||24/05/2020 18:29:23|
|24 forum posts|
Safe working practice also includes the electrics: a number of times I have been tempted to write to the ME to point out some dodgy wiring in the background of a photo but the trouble is that I usually get my MEs secondhand from a friend some months after publication...
Incidentally, some time ago I had a motor go flash-bang on me. This was written up at the time in MEW. Anyone with an older machine (like mine) might find it worthwhile having a Portable Appliance Test on the motor. The internal leads ('tails' on my old Hoover motor were rubber and had perished - a potential fire.
|Mike Joseph||24/05/2020 18:30:52|
|24 forum posts|
That should have read: ( ' tails ' )
Smiley was auto!
|Andy Carruthers||24/05/2020 18:44:04|
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Thanks for posting this thread Bob
I read this forum with interest, always something to pique my interest. I certainly don’t get everything right even with excellent advise given here - mostly I don’t have enough experience or foundation in the basics. But I do try and sometimes surprise myself, I’d rather try and fail than not try at all, at least I get into the workshop when opportunity permits and make some swarf
There are many whose posts I prefer, and a few I skip over, life is too short to get caught up on trivia
|Andrew Johnston||25/05/2020 10:56:14|
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Thank you for the compliment. It's the result of hard work. When I create a post I read through at least twice to ensure that the flow is logical. I often check facts or recalculate numbers before posting. I also aim to catch most spelling mistakes. Before hitting the post button I usually ask myself a number of questions:
Have I done what I'm describing, or if an opinion is it based on experience?
Is the post technically accurate?
Have I read the complete thread? Not always needed but it helps avoid putting one's foot in it.
Am I adding anything to the thread? No point in just repeating what others have already said.
If I'm challenging a previous poster, or pointing out an error, is it fair and am I confident that I'm correct?
I don't claim to get it right all the time. And I'm well aware that I don't know everything. There are some categories of thread that I rarely post in as I either have no interest, no knowledge or they're sterile subjects that repeat time and again. It's not unknown for me to delete my typing upon reflection and not post at all.
I passed English language and literature at O-level, albeit with mediocre grades. But I failed O-level French with the lowest grade possible.
|Ketan Swali||25/05/2020 11:20:16|
|1262 forum posts|
Now the only thing we need to work on Andrew is 'the delivery', or perhaps a bit of diplomacy without sticking the challenges back up and I wasn't referring to me.
Meant as a joke. Sorry I couldn't resist
Ketan at ARC.
Edited By Ketan Swali on 25/05/2020 11:22:04
|Peter G. Shaw||25/05/2020 11:56:29|
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Well Andrew, just to give you a boost:
I am the (not so) proud holder of:
Latin - started off poor, and got worse so dropped after 2 years
French - started off very good, but deteriorated until I gained an resounding failure at 'O' level
English - never very good, couldn't be bothered about the past participle or whatever so another resounding failure
English Literature - Shakespeare held no interest, neither did Thomas Hardy so this time it was an even worse resounding failure.
I suppose I should finish with :"There's always someone worse than you!"
Peter G. Shaw
Edited By Peter G. Shaw on 25/05/2020 11:59:51
|5746 forum posts|
Larkin, wonderful. But am I alone in remembering only one line from any famous poem, whatever it's about?
Thereafter the cream of British literacy is a blur, except for rude limericks, which I recall perfectly.
|Bill Phinn||26/05/2020 00:41:23|
|316 forum posts|
I think being prepared to do that kind of hard work before posting a comment is in itself a kind of compliment to the audience you're writing for.
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 25/05/2020 13:42:31:
| But am I alone in remembering only one line from any famous poem, whatever it's about?
You've done it now, Dave. You've actually started to talk about poetry, the mere mention of which can "disperse a crowd more quickly than a fire-hose" (Arnold Bennett). Only you, me and a bunch of tumbleweed want to haunt this thread from now on.
You're not alone; fragments of poetry are all I carry round with me too these days.
But that's fine. I met an American once who had spent his retirement memorizing the whole of Homer's Iliad in Greek. I think the effort may have been too much for him as he died not long after he'd got the final book off by heart.
To be frank, sitting in an audience one evening politely listening to him recite long passages of Homer in his metronome way nearly finished me off before him.
I suppose that makes me one of the crowd that can be dispersed by poetry as quickly as by a fire-hose - sometimes, at least.
|Mark Rand||26/05/2020 02:41:37|
|887 forum posts|
To be fair, Alfred, Lord Tennyson's missive concerning the Light brigade during the battle of Balaclava was more than a bit of doggerel, it was the only acceptable way for him to report the monumental clusterf*ck that had occurred.
In the meantime, in English Literature (grade 5 O level 1974), I read the part of Caliban, a savage and deformed Slave. when we studied the Tempest.
Edited By Mark Rand on 26/05/2020 02:46:48
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