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Ronaldo47

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  3. Never mind ants, some 20 years ago when we moored overnight at a towpath heavily-overgrown with very long grass and saplings, we acquired a field mouse stowaway that, judging by the loose polystyrene granules that suddenly appeared, had started to make itself comfy in the wall insulation before I managed to dispatch it.
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  6. The first three editions were not spiral.bound. Think of tall, narrow paperbacks. The second editions consisted of revised versions of the first at twice the price (up from 75p to £1.50: this was during the high inflation, fuel shortage, 1970's, with maps at 2 inches to the mile for the four regional.volumes. There was also the Midlands volume with smaller-scale maps , intended for the walker as well as the boater, and a CAMRA-sponsored Real Ale guide to the waterways, showing pubs selling real ale, with the smaller scale maps. I picked that volume up in a remainder book shop for 10p. The third edition was rubbish, same page size, less than half the thickness, with maps at two miles to the inch, too small a scale to provide an indication as to which side the towpath was on, and poor print registration (blue canal, black locks & text, locks often not actually printed on the canal ). I was so horrified with the copy of the third edition I had bought that I promptly scoured the local book shops for the copies of the old edition volimes I needed to complete my set.
  7. Clamp the stack of pages neatly together at the spine with a small portion extending beyond the clamp, and apply several thin layers of traditional smelly Evostick to the spine, allowing one layer to dry before applying the next. Unless you have a vice big enough, you can make a clamp from two pieces of wood. Drill through holes in the ends to take long bolts or studding that can be tightened using a spanner, unless you have some wing nuts. Finish off by covering the spine with a strip of adhesive tape or duct tape. One of my hobbies is bookbinding, and that is how I restore paperback books whose spine glue has failed. . Evostick, being rubber-based, stays flexible once set. I have books mended this way in the 1970's which are still good. Slightly roughening the edge of the stack to provide a good key for the glue is not essential, but advantageous.
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  9. After I signed an on-line petition, I kept getting emails urging me to sign others. I ended up blocking the sender's address.
  10. I had something similar happen to me on my first canal holiday in 1976, when a strong burst of wind blew my brand new Nicholson (second edition) off the roof and into the canal. I can recommend drying with an iron, one page at a time, with kitchen roll between the sheets. You won't get the ripples out.
  11. Here's the link. Pasting it into the google search box results in a "document not found" message, so google still doesn't like it.. Pasting in the address bar of your browser should work. It works for me. Or just click the link below https://archive.org/details/radiumotherradio00levyrich/mode/1up?view=theater N.b. I was prompted to look for the book after reading a review of it, including an interview with its author, in a facsimilie edition of a bound volume of "The Model Engineer" for the second half of 1904. From memory, he was 18 at the time, had also written a book on colour photography, and was about to go off to university. I did wonder if he survived the First Wold War, and if his house, if still standing, still bore traces of radioactivity?
  12. It's on an old XP laptop I can't now use on the internet I'll dig it out tomorrow.
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  20. UK = the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It does not include the Channel Islands.
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  23. Ronaldo47

    Pets to Vets

    When I was a child, the Gamages department store in London used to have a large Gauge 0 Lionel train layout in its toy department. There was a zoo train that included a giraffe truck where the giraffe automatically ducked its head when passing under a bridge.
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