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churchward

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  3. It may take quite a bit of organisation to get a group of people to agree a private boat share and go about agreeing the conditions and purchase of a boat. It is worth considering purchasing a share in an existing scheme. Have a look at these websites. https://www.boatshare.co.uk/narrow-boat-shares-for-sale.html https://www.bcbm.co.uk/ http://www.abcboatmanagement.com/shares.html https://www.thefitoutpontoon.co.uk/boat-buying-guide/share-boats/
  4. I went to my first British Grand Prix in 1967 taken by my father after a lot of pleading from me. I was awarded by the perfect day of watching my two heroes Jim Clark and Graham Hill start from the front row, sadly Hill retired but Clark won. I went home a happy chap.
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  12. There was no meeting of admirals before the battle of Trafalgar. The French fleet was spotted at 6am some distance away in a line sailing off the Cape The order was given to prepare for Battle but it was not until 11:45 that the famous signal was flown "England expects..." The British fleet came from the west and aimed to sail through the fleet at right angles "crossing the T" to split the enemy in two and prevent the French ships from bearing full broadside while firing theirs . Nelson's plan against convention was to engage across the enemy fleet in two columns one his and the other led by Collingwood (who fired the first British shot in reply to French guns from the Fougueux) to split the Franco-Spanish fleet in to 3 portions. The French Admiral gave the order to engage at 11:50. The winds were light and the British ships moved towards the French fleet at around 3knots. The Crews had a long time to contemplate what was about to happen, the tension must have been incredible. The Battle was finally over at around 17:30, Nelson dying about an hour earlier from the wounds received at about 13:15.
  13. A portion of our house was built in late 1920s and lime mortar still used. I have used a lime mortar mix to do some repointing on the house but a retaining wall in the garden I used a concrete lime mix for greater flexibility. I beleive but no expert that one is Hydraulic lime and the other Hydrated lime.
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  18. Yes another one gone sadly but we do have the music he and the band have left us and its pretty good. Man of the World is my favourite and when I listen to it it takes me back to a special time for me .
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  20. Dog does not have a long trail of origin although an old word for sure and seems little changed over time. In old English it was Docga but where that comes from is not truly known. It seems unlikely from northern European often a tell tale is looking at Frisian (closest relation to English) dog is Hun. In Welsh dog means ci (or Cwn for dogs) so Brythonic seems unlikely too, Scots Gaelic is Cu. It may just be an ancient word that has persisted unusually in its original meaning or close to. Some suggest without much evidence that it may be related to the Old English word Dox meaning dark/dusky (which is where we get the word Dusk from) which comes from Germanic duskaz (dark, smokey) then back to Proto-indo European There are other pre-history words around such as Humb(er) that is thought to mean river but has been lost to use and we now only know it as a name for a specific river in the NE England.
  21. Yes omnibus is Latin and bus an abbreviation but in the context of new use "Bus" is a British English origin word for a public transport vehicle. Taxi is a word of two origins Latin Taxa (Tax or charge) and Cabriolet (French) as you say as the original phrase was Taximeter Cab in Britain but was shortened to Taxi here and some other European countries but Cab in others around the world. I was saying perhaps not clearly that Tacsi in Welsh is an adopted word from English primarily regardless of its further etymology but it is also fair to say it (taxi) seems to have been in common use in UK the earliest.
  22. I certainly remember seeing the trains running in Weymouth along the harbour when I was a boy. It is unusual but there are other examples of a similar kind over the years in the UK and other European countries. "Street running" as they say in the USA is still done in there in several places both for freight and passenger services. The South Shore Interurban line runs Chicago-South Bend and has plenty of street tracks. In Ashland Virginia they run freight down the mainstreet.
  23. That is a very pejorative way of putting it. All languages are apt to use and adopt words form other languages. Try and count up how many Latin, French or Italian words or even words from any of the former colonies of Britain are used in English. Bungalow for instance is from a Hindi word. Shop for instance is from Germanic and old French. Bus and Lorry and Taxi are examples of genuine British English words but many new contemporary English words originate from the USA due in a large part by the influence of US films and TV plus the modern social media platforms. Often people make the mistake of thinking words in common use in their native tongue originated in that language and have always been that way but it often is not the case.
  24. Dover is from the Celtic/Bretonic language for water "Dwfr" and has become dwr in Welsh but it needs to be remembered that before the Romans came along most of Britain spoke a reasonably common language which Welsh is related to in part so it does not matter how far or near a Bretonic origin word is used from Wales.. As for Eglws and the French eglise they are related as both have a Latin root of ecclesia. Another example is Ffenestr (window) in Welsh La Fenetre in French and a latin root of fenestra(m).
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