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Harpur Hill

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  1. Harpur Hill

    Oil light warning

    Many years ago, when I was young I had a 105E Anglia, over a few days the oil warning light started to flicker & then came on full time. Received wisdom from my friends that knew about these things was that it was merely the sender. I bought & fitted a new sender & all was well for about a week, then one morning on my way to work the oil light came on and shortly after the engine began making the most awful screeching noises. I had to be towed home! On taking the thing to bits I found the big end bearings hammered flat & the actual bearing metal melted in places. The crankshaft didn't seem too bad so new bearings were fitted, the engine reassembled and all was well. Some weeks later the oil light came on again whilst on holiday and a long way from home, this time I went direct to a garage where they told me the oil pump had expired. Just sayin' like, be careful! HH
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    Bank robbers

    I'd been with Midland Bank (HSBC) since 1968 until they closed my local branch earlier this year. I transferred to the only other local option, Nat West, they closed 3 months later! I now have to travel 10 miles to the next town where HSBC & Nat West are on opposite corners. Had I known I could have saved my self the not inconsiderable hassle of changing. HH
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    Wine Cellar - Baseplate cold store

    In the days of yore when ale was sold direct from the barrel behind the bar it was cooled by draping a wet towel over the barrel. If the ale was not ready to drink the barmaid would say "Sorry the towel's on". That expression is still used when you can't get a pint, thought usually now due to the bar closing.
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    Kids on phones.

    I was always told that kids, children, had nothing to do with kids, goats. Origin Middle English (in kid (sense 2 of the noun)): from Old Norse kith, of Germanic origin; related to German Kitze. From Oxford Living Dictionaries.
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    Domestic water quality

    A soft water area, Mum routinely used Brillo but may have used another brand depending on what what her "shopper" brought, all that remained was a tangled rusty mass. Twas very fine wire as found in Brillo, other pads always seemed to be of coarser material. They were confused, bless 'em, I once found Dad's teeth in the tea pot!
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    Domestic water quality

    When my aged parents were in mental & physical decline they kept complaining that the tea didn't taste "right." Eventually, I thought I'd better investigate. I found two rusty, disintegrating Brillo pads in the bottom of the kettle! Dad lived to 86 & Mum to 97
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    Domestic water quality

    COSHH data sheet http://www.farnell.com/datasheets/416313.pdf
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    Data Protection - You couldn't make it up!

    Three Light Ales, please.
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    Data Protection - You couldn't make it up!

    Indeed, but it's an abbreviation actually; an acronym must be pronounceable. Pedant mode off.
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    Imaginary Boat Trip - Play along please!

    I'm sure you'll get there - would you bring a couple of bottles of rum back for me. Pretty please.
  11. Harpur Hill

    Firefox - Help Needed

    Thanks to your post I too now have some helpful icons returned. There must be many, many like me with failing eyesight so why must we have grey characters on a grey background, it's so difficult to read. HH
  12. Harpur Hill

    Old sayings.

    Thanks for the apostrophe! I've always lived very close to the Yorkshire/Derbyshire border.
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    Old sayings.

    Peoples Republic of Yorkshire.
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    Old sayings.

  15. Harpur Hill

    Old sayings.

    Plain as a pikestaff. Stands out like a bulldogs b**ls.

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