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Re: What's the most interesting thing you've done today?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:25 am
by Janet M
Ah the joys of living on a small island - this clip is CCTV footage on the Shetland ferry. I've not seen it quite so bad on our ferry but I have been flung off a seat and had to lay on the floor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-satJ7DU9OE

Re: What's the most interesting thing you've done today?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:33 pm
by NormanD
Bought a charity shop book today for £2.50. "Bow Bell Memories" by Louis Bamberger. The frontpiece credits him as author of "Memories Of Sixty Years In The Timber And Pianoforte Trades".

There's no date, but it looks to be early-C20th, certainly pre-WW1.

A random extract:

One very hot day I was going by train from Cologne to Berlin. I was travelling second class. In the compartment were two elderly persons, whom I took to be man and wife. I spoke German fairly well and we soon got into conversation. Every now and then the man would say, "What a fearful heat it is". Each of then gradually divested themselves of all superfluous clothing, until he had only his trousers on and his wife was in an embarrassing condition of deshabille. They kept on lowering pints of beer, to keep themselves cool they said!

More examples of Pooterish banalties to follow.

Re: What's the most interesting thing you've done today?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:22 pm
by kas
I received my new watch in the mail. Interesting, no? But it isn't any old watch, but an Indian HMT vintage number that I bought at a very good price through a local variety of the EBay system. (HMT = Hindustan Machine Tools, now how macho is that?)

I got slightly obsessed about HMT watches last summer when we we about to travel to Mumbai. Some of their catalogue are very nice, retro looking and very affordable, and I set about to bring one or two home. Never did achieve that due to a number of circumstances, so now I feel very satisfied. Next, another HMT... Drool...

And I stress that I am NOT a watch collector.

Re: What's the most interesting thing you've done today?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:35 pm
by gary booth
Thanks for this Kas. I drooled for too long since looking at their watches online and bought a Janata white faced watch today. (eBay from India) I agree with you they're retro looking, and affordable and there's a lot of them - oh dear. I wimped out and selected one that is new ( or says it is) rather than some that I preferred but were used. I hope yours keeps good time and I hope mine looks as good as the picture.

Re: What's the most interesting thing you've done today?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:42 pm
by NormanD
gary booth wrote: I hope yours keeps good time and I hope mine looks as good as the picture.
Of course it'll keep good time, and will be precisely accurate at least twice a day.

I have an old Rotary watch - Deb's dad's leaving present, which I inherited. Recently, someone was shocked to see me winding it.

PS Remember the talking telephone clock? Wasn't it sponsored by Accurist?

Re: What's the most interesting thing you've done today?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:12 pm
by Hugh Weldon
I remember when it was TIM (846) and sponsored by nobody.

I always wondered why the old Radio Caroline timechecks were introduced as 'full of a watchtime' till I worked out it was in fact 'Bulova watch time'.

Re: What's the most interesting thing you've done today?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:24 am
by uiwangmike
Hugh Weldon wrote:I always wondered why the old Radio Caroline timechecks were introduced as 'full of a watchtime' till I worked out it was in fact 'Bulova watch time'.

On 50s Radio Luxembourg, it was "The time by my H. Samuel Everight watch is . . . "

Re: What's the most interesting thing you've done today?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:40 am
by kas
NormanD wrote:Of course it'll keep good time, and will be precisely accurate at least twice a day.


I assure you, Norman, that it has kept time perfectly accurately. When I took it out of the box it was on time, and has been since, all the time too...

The white face HMT Janata is nice too, especially the one with art deco numbers. I haven't (yet) ventured into the world of international EBay shopping - and i know full well that it would be most unhealthy for me to indulge in it. But tell me how it went, Gary. I would be partial to a white face Jhalak myself.

Re: What's the most interesting thing you've done today?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:14 pm
by NormanD
I was just, er, winding Gary up.

Re: What's the most interesting thing you've done today?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:50 pm
by gary booth
Ignore Norman, Kas, he can't even afford his own watch. Yes, mine is the one with the Art Deco numbers.

Re: What's the most interesting thing you've done today?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:50 pm
by DavidM
Last year, for instance, an Ig Nobel was won by a group of neuroscientists who had put a dead salmon in a brain scanner and showed it some pictures. They demonstrated something that looked a lot like electrical activity in the fish’s brain—a gentle reminder to their fellow researchers to beware of false positives in the fashionable and tricky field of brain-imaging.


This is from an article about science prizes from The Economist (23/3/13).

It made me laugh.

Re: What's the most interesting thing you've done today?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:53 am
by kas
Yesterday: assisting our youngest (he's nine) in demolishing a broken toy lion to salvage the electric motor and the little loudspeaker. The lion used to roar, move its feet and beam a red light through its eyes (in practise most of its head used to go red). The motor was, according to our son, "very important".

Electronics for boys and dads... I remember how we used to do the same with a host of electric toys, old small radios and whatever we laid our hands on. Somehow I lost that that hobby as I grew older though, and I became a fully developed bookworm.