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Fun Stuff / Interesting fact #4
« Last post by Alsatian on January 14, 2019, 02:50:03 PM »
Following on from Intersting facts #2 and #3

Houses with straw roofs, there was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing.

As the winter wore on they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside.

A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.

Hence: a thresh hold.
Fun Stuff / Interesting fact #3
« Last post by Alsatian on January 14, 2019, 02:49:26 PM »
Following on from Intersting facts #2

Houses with straw roofs, there was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.

This posed a real problem in the bedroom, where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed.

Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.

That's how canopy beds came into existence. 
Fun Stuff / Interesting fact #2
« Last post by Alsatian on January 14, 2019, 02:48:44 PM »
Houses that had thatched roofs, thick straw piled high, with no wood underneath.

It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof.

When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.

Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."
Fun Stuff / Interesting fact #1
« Last post by Alsatian on January 14, 2019, 02:47:54 PM »
There is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London , which used to have gallows adjacent to it.

Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial of course) to be hung.

The horse-drawn dray, carting the prisoner, was accompanied by an armed guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like ''ONE LAST DRINK''.

If he said YES, it was referred to as ONE FOR THE ROAD. 

If he declined, that prisoner was ON THE WAGON.

So there you go.
« Last post by Alsatian on January 14, 2019, 10:25:05 AM »
Alsatian thanks for the tip. I also have bits missing internally so should qualify for a discount  ;)

General Discussion / Re: National Trust
« Last post by bransoj on January 14, 2019, 09:05:00 AM »
We had English Heritage for a while after signing up going into Scarborough Castle and the few times we used it there did seem to be a feeling it was just places that the National Trust didnt want!! They even advertise a place called Hob Hursts House on Beeley Moor as one of their locations....when you get there its a mound of earth with a little fence round it!! We cancelled it a while ago but now actually get it as part of our Barclays account so its handy when we do stumble across somewhere half decent....places like Scarborough Castle and we found one near Luton called Wrest Park i think that was handy for a break driving back from Dover with the little one and the dog whilst coming home from France in the summer.
Chesterfield Discussion / Re: FAO Fly.Driving in Chesterfield
« Last post by bransoj on January 14, 2019, 09:02:17 AM »
I took my test in March 1993....remember it well as i was due to take it on a Tuesday evening but the weather got bad including some snow and someone on a test before my group of 3 or 4 had a crash returning with the front bumper in the boot of the car so they cancelled ours and said we could come back the following morning as there were no tests scheduled. Only problem was they would be at 9:15am so there was still pretty heavy traffic knocking about. Also to top things off for me I was the 4th of 4 to leave the test centre so whilst the other three went left and along Sheffield Rd away from town i was asked to turn right across the heavy traffic and then taken down the quieter roads towards the college as all the kids were going in and made to do my emergency stop!! After that I was back along Sheffield Rd to Whitt Moor roundabout where i turned left and got a minor for leaving my indicator on too long as it hadnt self cancelled and i hadnt spotted it!! Seem to remember doing a reverse around the corner on a bit at Dunston where it was downhill then uphill as well.

I got a fair few minors but examiner was happy to pass me saying which i remember him saying they were all little things that would come with experience. I was the only one of the four to pass that morning as well.
Techie Or Suggestions / Gmail
« Last post by Old Cruser on January 14, 2019, 08:02:33 AM »
This is one big headache for me.
It's past my capabilities of sorting it out.
I am struggling with my gmail loading in.
For a couple of weeks now it has been difficult to access and once in I have noticed a small notice comes up on the left side of emails saying
There seems to be a problem connecting to gmail?

Below is what it is saying

Something's not right.
We're having trouble connecting to Google. We'll keep trying...

I have uninstalled Google and reinstalled it as well as other things - including a system restore
Any ideas ?

ps this is happening on both of my laptops but I can access ok on my phone -
General Discussion / Re: National Trust
« Last post by Fly on January 13, 2019, 06:37:49 PM »
My mother bought me and Our_Lass a membership the other year. We made sure we visited as many local(ish) places as possible during the year to make sure we got our(or mums) moneys worth.
I must admit that a small percentage of staff here and there didn't seem as happy with their work as most of the others.

I wonder if the fact that many of the staff are volunteers makes the difference?
Chesterfield Discussion / Re: FAO Fly.Driving in Chesterfield
« Last post by Alsatian on January 13, 2019, 02:51:54 PM »

Yes the test centre was on Saltergate and it was something to do with workers rights or something {thankfully never needed their services}
I too took my test there {1969} and like you my examiner was Mr. King, also I can remember 90% of that test even though it was all those years ago, almost every minute is still engraved on my brain, as I was so intent on passing, also I could not afford {financially} to fail.
 {£1 for pre-test lesson, £3 test =£4.... a lot of cash then}

My test was 45 minutes long from start to finish, I drove a brand new Austin 1100 {Kennings school of motoring}
I originally had a couple of lessons with Cowley's {19/- per lesson} but had to meet them in town, but for another shilling Kennings called for you at home, and as I paid 4d bus fare to town and the same back it was a no brainer.

Similarly I too remember most of my test route.

At the time I worked for Kennings so I also learnt in an Austin 1100, which was quite a change from my Dad's Austin Westminster A105 (2,632 cc that'd pass owt but a petrol pump!) that I learnt in for the first 5 months of my 6 month provisional licence. Also, working for Kennings, I got staff discount of 1/- (5p) so my lessons cost me 19/- (95p).
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