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Old Chesterfield / Re: Trebor Sweets Factory
« on: June 05, 2022, 09:09:04 PM »
When I was an engineering apprentice in the late '70s, and on day-release at Chesterfield College, or "The Tech" as it was in those days, Trebor Works was only a few hundred yards away, across the railway lines. (The A61 bypass now follows the line of the old railway cutting).

When the wind was in the right direction the sickly sweet smell from the works was overpowering. But worse, you could always tell when it was "mint day", and they were boiling up the syrup for Trebor Mints, by the sugar smell being replaced by the stink of peppermint oil, so strong that even on hot summer days we kept the classroom windows shut just to keep it out. Even then the smell could make your eyes water and make you feel sick.

By a strange coincidence, some years later, I ended up working for a company that made ingredient measuring equipment for the food industry.

One of my occasional jobs was servicing the mint-oil dosing pumps at Trebor.  Yuck :P

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: The first snow of the year
« on: November 27, 2021, 09:38:11 PM »
Got up at 5am to go to work, looked out of the bedroom window. Just a bit of light drizzle.

Half an hour later, when left the house it was a full-on blizzard, the snow already an inch deep.

I pass three building sites on my way to work, all of them had security fences blown over, debris all over the road.

One of the people I was supposed to have been working with was two hours late getting in because part of a tree had come down, blocking his drive.

Rain, snow and low temperatures you can live with, but that wind is a killer.

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Speedimit reduction on Matlock Road
« on: September 25, 2021, 11:12:04 PM »
According to the local rag (Derbyshire Times) the residents of Matlock Road Walton - the (short) stretch of road between The Blue Stoops pub and Acorn Ridge - have won their two year battle to reduce the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph.

The reason for the request was, according to the residents, due to the difficulty they had getting out of their drives...

Have you seen the houses on that stretch of road?

There is some serious money living along there.

They were always going to get what they want. The only real surprise is that it took them so long to bully DCC into submission.

General Discussion / Re: Yet another coin collection
« on: April 09, 2021, 08:54:58 PM »
Early decimal coins were mostly struck from Copper/ Nickel / Silver alloys and are nowadays worth considerably more as scrap metal than as currency, or as collectors items.
(More recent small-change coins are electro-plated steel, and have no scrap value.)

People with access to large quantities of small change will sometimes separate the early coinage from the later stuff with a magnet and weigh it in.

This should give you some idea of how good an investment definitive-pattern coins actually are.

And before anybody starts on about "Defacing the royal currency"...yes, you are allowed to destroy, deface, recycle, or do anything you want with a coin, provided you own it, or have the owners permission.

General Discussion / Re: Covid - 19
« on: February 20, 2021, 08:52:56 PM »
Just for the record, I passed the next level of my Ham license last month.  8)  (y)
73 DE 2E0IFY

Yep i'm the 2E0 with the IFY call sign LOL  O0 C:-) >:

Congratulations mate. I've done that exam myself and know how tough it is.

Well done.

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Sniffles & Sneezes
« on: January 30, 2021, 05:31:29 AM »
There was a doctor on the radio a while ago saying that because so many people were washing and sanitizing their hands, covering faces and keeping apart, it was greatly reducing the number of cases of common cold and normal seasonal flu.

It's not just Covid that transmits by droplet or contact infection.

Maybe the one good thing to come from all of this?

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Blue bin (non) collections
« on: January 14, 2021, 05:52:22 PM »

Ours was a day late as well, should have been wednesday, but came today(thursday) .....

So that's why we didn't get ours emptied today.
They were too busy doing yours.


Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Watch out !! for sneaky speed camera bikes !!
« on: September 03, 2020, 09:59:32 PM »

Gone are the days of a policeman sat in front of a briefcase on a small folding table sat on the pavement waiting for you to drive over the yellow "cable" across the road, that's how they got me in 1986, £28 fine and three points

I remember those.
Around that time I was working as a "drivers mate" on HGV's.

The favorite trick the drivers had was to run the unit over the cable and then slam on the trailer air-brake, locking the rear wheels.
This would drag the cable, the recorder unit and it's little picknick table into the road, wrecking the lot.

The drivers always had the excuse that a pedestrian/cyclist/cat etc. had run into the road in front of them and so they had to brake hard.
In those happy days before dashcams and CCTV nobody could prove any different.

General Discussion / Re: Covid - 19
« on: March 21, 2020, 07:31:58 PM »
Trust me, the worst hasn't even started yet.

Just wait until the Jehovah's Witnesses realise everyone is stuck at home... ::)

Rants / Re: Things that really annoy me
« on: March 05, 2020, 09:23:37 PM »
Wait until the infrastructure is actually finished.

That's when they start knocking on your door and filling your letter box with junk mail, trying to get you to buy a subscription.


General Discussion / Re: 2020
« on: January 04, 2020, 09:14:49 PM »
I'd like to think I could see what the coming year had in store.

But I don't have 20/20 vision.

Sorry, I'll get me coat...

Old Chesterfield / Re: J J Clayton
« on: October 06, 2019, 09:30:32 PM »
The bowling green is still there, and still in use. The Terminus Bowling Club is actually the oldest surviving bowling club in the world.

As for the other thing, are you perhaps thinking  of the "Chilly Willy" Ice Pop factory?
That was in the top end of Brampton, so just a short walk from the end of Somersall Lane.

The Chilly Willy name survives via their American owners Walgreens, and they still make ice pops, but every trace of the old Brampton factory is now long gone.

General Discussion / Re: Lanes for texting pedestrians
« on: August 26, 2019, 08:13:47 PM »
Just think how much fun you could have with, say, a broom handle, or a length of washing line.

It would be worth the trouble you'd get into, just to film it for Youtube... :-)

General Discussion / Re: The new £50 "Mona Lisa"
« on: July 16, 2019, 11:02:37 PM »
The reason you never see £50 notes in general circulation is because most places won't accept them.

When banknotes were all printed on paper it was no more difficult to forge a fifty than a tenner, but if you got stiffed with one it was five times the loss. So shops simply put a sign up saying "No £50 notes" and left it at that.

Now that the new polymer notes are supposed to be so difficult to forge, we will probably see them making a comeback.

At least until the back-street mints figure out how to do a convincing copy.


General Discussion / Re: 'Watts' happened to electric light bulbs?
« on: April 17, 2019, 10:21:48 PM »
At one time Chesterfield used to be involved a significant amount of this country's lamp manufacturing.

(They are called Lamps, by the way, not bulbs.)

We had our own standard bayonet fitting, called B22. Everyone used it, and British factories produced all that we needed. We didn't really know, or care, what the rest of the world did.

But things changed, like they do, and suddenly we were a small part of a global market, dominated by Far Eastern manufacturers.

They don't care how confused you are, they just want to give diverse markets the choice.

And then, of course, the EU banned "normal" incandescent bulbs lamps.

So the CFL and LED makers ramped up to meet the sudden increase in demand. Of course the old wattage ratings don't apply to new technology. They were based on how much current the lamp draws from your house supply (how fast they make your meter spin).

LED lamps produce a ridiculous amount of light for very few watts, so the makers wanted to let you know this. The Lumens rating is supposed to be a standard measure of how much light a lamp produces, regardless of how much power it uses to do it.
It's not, of course, it's a con. There are so many ways of measuring Lumens that it makes the whole thing a farce. The good makers stick to the NPL certified standards, everyone else just makes the numbers up as they wish.

If you want advice, then buy the most expensive lamps in the shop, or at least one from a well known name. I know this goes dead against what most people in this country do, but seriously there is a big difference between quality manufacture and cheap Chinese-made supermarket own brand.

Don't know what kind of range Wilco's stock, but if it was my money I was spending, I'd be looking for something a bit better than their stuff.

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