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Sunday, 20 December 2015 00:00

Of  a Charlie striptease

20th December 2015

Welcome once again to this, the last entry in Weekend Rails before Christmas. I see even last year I was muttering about the Humbug of Christmas so I had better be all light-hearted and looking forward to the festive fracas.  So imagine yourself stood outside the door of the Geoffrey Briddon building, a holly-wreath welded to the middle, whereupon it opens to reveal a cherubic father and son, smiling sweetly and wishing you all a Merry Christmas.   

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 13 December 2015 00:00

Of gas and guests

13th December 2015

If you notice, I try to start off each week's piece with something sightly philosophical, a perceptive observation or maybe an insightful commentary on something topical. And guess what? I can't think of anything that fits into any of those categories this week. Ah well.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 29 November 2015 00:00

Of rain, wind and heaters

29th November 2015

There really ought to be a fanfare at the beginning of this week's blog. Not because there is some magic number (actually it's the 282nd edition) nor interval to celebrate, but rather, the cladding contractors have done their job and departed.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 16 August 2015 01:00

Of principles and wasps

16th August 2015

Apologies if you had trouble finding last week's blog. Poor old Bill Hyde has had his work cut-out trying to ascertain what has been wrong, and whether it was 'my' fault or some corruption that had crept into the database, but for a while the entry from what is now two weeks ago disappeared again, and last week's entry could not be found under either 'Latest Post' or 'Blog' but could be found by going through 'Categories' (down the left). I guess from the number of people on the site many of you must have popped back in later to see if things had been restored. And they were - eventually.  

Published in 2015 Jul -Sep
Sunday, 19 July 2015 01:00

Of visitors and crane beams

19th July 2015


It is appreciated, but certainly not obligatory, that the occasional visitor comes bearing gifts. What with Roger W arriving with fire extinguishers and such a  couple of weeks ago, this time our favourite ex RR service engineer, Neil W popped in during the week and presented me with a box full of R-R genuine oil filters and a few old lift pumps that seemingly had been cluttering up his loft. I was quite happy to show him around the progress – or lack of it – on the building at Darley Dale.

Published in 2015 Jul -Sep
Sunday, 12 July 2015 01:00

Of one pipe in and one pipe out.

12th July 2015

Normally, this blog recounts what has happened during the week, but this week it might give me more to say if I tell you what hasn't!

Published in 2015 Jul -Sep
Sunday, 14 June 2015 01:00

Of weather and needle bearings

14Jun15


It has always been a British tradition not just to talk about “the weather” (“Britain has no climate, only Weather. Discuss” was an exam question that my old geography master used to trot out about once a week)  but to mock the efforts of those whose job it is to forecast it. Meteorology  (which surely ought to be the study of meteors, not weather) in the UK probably reached its nadir when Mr Fish declared that there would be no hurricane, but over the last few years I have come to the conclusion that they doing it pretty well.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 07 June 2015 01:00

Of a bridge over troubled waters

7th June 2015


As regular readers will know, the weekly title for this blog – other than it always begins with “Of ..” is often a complete blank right up until I finish the closing paragraph.  This week however, the title became obvious by Friday night, and I will leave you to decide which of us resembles Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.   

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 17 May 2015 01:00

Of purlinations

17th May 2015

Some months ago I talked about an old photograph I had acquired at a table-top sale at the school nearby, which showed a Hudswell,Clarke 3ft gauge 0-4-0ST on the contract that laid a water main through Chatsworth, and resolved once and (I hope) for all the identity of the loco, for the authority on such waterworks lines, the late Harold Bowtell, had concluded it was something else.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 26 April 2015 01:00

Of purlins and guano

26th April 2015

Golly, Sunday again already. It hardly seems a week since I was sat here writing this. The grandson was returned to his mother's on Tuesday, restoring tranquility to the Briddon Country Pile for another couple of weeks, and you'd think from that all manner of things could progress once again, and you'd be right, and then again wrong.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
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