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PhilipInCoventry
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1 of 51  Sun 1st Jan 2012 10:03pm  
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Wave In 1999, I was forced to retire from a working life in company finance (close work) as a result of failing eyesight. In 2001, I received surgery which went some way towards at least stopping my sight getting worse. At the same time I had upgraded my current 780 adult education cert so as to teach anyone music in schools & colleges. When I left Courtaulds, I told everyone that I would never have a computer at home, I now have three. I have in the last two years become a computer addict. My first job in the morning is to log-on & check emails, then read my online (free) papers. My first pc was to store pictures, but one thing led to another. A friend posted pics of my railway on her unused flicr site that I now share full access to. So we both post comments which is fun working out who is the nurse & who is me. Now, Wave you have to put up with me on here. How times have changed. As we reflect on the old & view the new year, what about you ? Wave
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morgana
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2 of 51  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 11:36am  
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Wave Aw how sweet Philip, I welcome your company here. I started out as a touch typist on an old Underwood typewriter working in an engineering office at Pistons Ltd, also working the switchboard that was just a black box with levers to flick up and down. Telephone was the old black Bakelite that would now be in the museum Lol Lol With keys hard to push down on the typewriter, now we have keyboards which are so simple or just talk and it types it for you on the computers, also phones more simple too. I then worked in a shoe shop, Ormonde Shoes, Jubilee Crescent, some might remember it as they had one in Earlsdon too, a Mr Hardy owned it, then helping my husband with a scrapyard lifting the engines etc, to weigh in. Now I am like a prisoner within my own home. Never did I think I would be having to rely upon others like I have to now. Smile
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K
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3 of 51  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 12:43pm  
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Funny isn't it, fate? I always swore that I would NEVER go into the motor industry! I spent 38 years in it. Some were happy, some weren't; but it never failed to spark interest. I never thought I would leave Coventry. Now here we are, 140 miles away, after almost 30 years away from the city! The one thing that has been constant throughout my life has been a passion for history in all its forms. Art, antiques, photography, music, travel, wildlife, engineering, all from part of my interest in the world and its history. I always need a new form of challenge, and still want to learn more. I can't imagine not learning new things, being fascinated by them, by technology, why things happen. I just want to be able to carry on acquiring, assimilating, and probing into new things in 2012. It's good to look back, but also to look forward. Long may it be so! Cheers
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PhilipInCoventry
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4 of 51  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 12:54pm  
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I love your art, Morgana. Wave I wish that I could draw but that is a pipe dream, so my model railway is my picture but in 3D. I have put some pictures of our railway on my hobby gallery file. I tell you something else that has not changed. At college one day, a student asked me what my favourite subject at school was. I told her, dinner hour. That has never changed. Your description of being a prisoner in your home Sad is not unusual. I listened to a radio news bulletin years ago where two of the news items were about a breakout from Parkhurst prison & Madonna's home in the USA with her security guards. The venues could have been swapped around and the news stories would have still fitted. That's why I believe that Rob's HCF site here is such a lifeline to people who are house-bound. Those of us who are mobile can become your eyes & ears, that's why I will continue my out & about stories. We, who are part of Coventry are history, now. What happened in Coventry yesterday or even this morning is history now. Best wishes to you Wave
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morgana
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5 of 51  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 1:29pm  
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Wave Thank you Philip that is so kind, I never feel my paintings are good enough, there is hope for you yet as my mother, she started in her 60s when my dad died but could never draw to save her life, yet she was more a superior painter than myself or sister who could draw but couldn't paint. We all have to have some kind of hobby and especially steam trains I love to look at, I shall be taking a look at them, at least your hobby gets you out and about to where you can see it for real and at the same time keeps you healthy with exercise to work off that dinner time, hehe, also you can meet the same kind of people with the same interest. I love looking at your photos of places you visit on your walks, thank you for sharing them with us all. Cheers As you have your trains I have my garden to go out to look upon which keeps me sane watching nature visit it and teaching my grandchildren about how to grow plants be it food or flowers when I'm up to it. Yes that is the price some when yearning for fame have to pay, something I've never sought to be famous neither rich, I've been more of a helper to others especially oap neighbours, I see being wealthy not knowing who your true friends are, it never makes anyone happy just not so much worry on paying bills and would hate for it to change my character like I've seen it with do with others I know, not that I would let it if by chance I ever became wealthy. Yes this site is a great asset for people like myself to be able to share. Thumbs up
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K
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6 of 51  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 1:51pm  
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Sounds like I ought to put some of my steam railway shots on the gallery! One that I found interesting was the steam railway on Jersey! You wouldn't expect to find a steam railway on such a small island, but there was one, and there's an interesting museum for it - including some of the machinery to maintain it. I don't know if Philip's seen that one? We have two steam railways in Norfolk, too, plus the very good museum at Bressingham. I had a ride on the footplate of the King Haakon IV Norwegian steam loco there - quite an experience, pity the line's only half a mile - it feels really powerful, but they can't get any speed up. Indeed, there are a number of steam museums in Norfolk, but most are about steam engines associated with fenland drainage and farming. I have photos taken in October 2010 at the huge WWII re-enactment weekend in Pickering, Yorkshire, based on the North Yorks Moors steam railway. I shall see what I have and can post! Thumbs up
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morgana
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7 of 51  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 2:19pm  
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I shall look forward to seeing them Keith and I'm sure Philip will too, you'll all have to take a trip up to York, they have the Flying Scotsman there and other steam trains, all sorts too to do with the trains. Smile
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K
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8 of 51  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 2:38pm  
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Two galleries uploaded and populated! I found a few steam ones, also a couple of famous cars! And the other gallery is of the Jersey Glass Church, St Matthew's, Millbrook. A truly stunning creation of Lalique glass, and unique; there is no other church anywhere like this one! Enjoy! Thumbs up
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PhilipInCoventry
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9 of 51  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 3:16pm  
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Even Alderney had a small railway, Keith. I was a member of two railway societies & enjoyed many trips to see all kinds of venues. The bonus for me with my models is that both my son & now my grandson have very good dexterity. Sean had a bril' school report regards that & his soldering skills outshone them all. I will enjoy, thank you. Wave
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K
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10 of 51  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 3:27pm  
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The Alderney railway was military in origin; it has been resurrected though, and now carries tourists for all of its 870 metres length!! Big grin Its history is here for your interest: LINK The Jersey railway ran along the front from St Helier to St Aubyn, and in the late 1920s and early 30s was a commuter line using railcars; the museum railway in my photos is at the Pallot Steam Museum, however, and the original railway is now just a walking path with some of the station buildings left intact. When I can find them, I'll add some more photos from the Pallot museum. There was also a railway on Guernsey, but that has all gone now. For both of you, I've added some more. Frost and flowers; and an additional red sky in the morning - enjoy
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PhilipInCoventry
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11 of 51  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 3:52pm  
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Wave There was one single event that sparked me off into model railways as an adult. The three of us were on holiday, staying with My mum & dad at their home in Bodmin, 1972. My mum asked me if I would help her local vicar out by playing for a wedding at his parish church in Newlyn East. I called to see the church for a practise & was greeted by the Rev. Peter Denny. I knew him as I had read one of his books. He was famous for his model railways. Fiddle-yards in particular. Anyway, a few days after the wedding, we as a family were all invited to his home for a Friday tea. We left his home gone midnight after a fabulous full shift at his Buckingham Great Central em (fine scale) like oo model railway. The year after my mum & dad died, 1977, Peter & his wife Silv' invited us to have a weeks holiday with them. One of the best holidays of my life. Wave
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K
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12 of 51  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 4:38pm  
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Well, I've added some photos of the Pickering (N York Moors Railway) do as well for you. Quite atmospheric! Especially when we got off at "Le Vitham" onto a platform with shouting "German guards" armed to the teeth, and they "arrested" a hen party, and took them away for "questioning". Great fun - but gave you a really scary feeling, disturbingly realistic! I think you'll enjoy the pics! Thumbs up
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Midland Red
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13 of 51  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 5:30pm  
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In my gallery, I have posted a link to my Heritage Railway photos Enjoy Thumbs up
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PhilipInCoventry
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14 of 51  Mon 2nd Jan 2012 8:41pm  
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I have so enjoyed this. Thumbs up
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K
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15 of 51  Tue 3rd Jan 2012 12:09pm  
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I don't know if you had a look at the glass church, Philip. It was quite surprising that it survived the war and occupation virtually undamaged (I think one panel has a crack in it), especially as it's a rather unprepossessing building outside. It's quite close to a German shore battery, so if we had tried to retake the Channel Islands - as Hitler expected us to do - it would have undoubtedly been destroyed.
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