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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A Musical Wagon from Yorkshire

Followers of this Blog will know that our coal wagon Albert was made in Wakefield, Yorkshire by Chas Roberts and Co.  As evidence, you can play a slightly off key version of Ilkley Moor Bah't 'at on her buffers.

Here's proof (sound on):
Ilkley Moor Ba'ht 'at. Solo coal truck.

Video courtesy of Albert Wright's son Bill.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Oh Look Philip - There's Mark

Nothing happens on the Settle-Carlisle railway without the bush telegraph being activated.   Today at 1630 the Royal Train went through Settle - en route northwards, in the direction of the Commonwealth Games presumably - buffers whitened and Royal headcode aglow.
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I'm sure they will all have been looking out for the water tower.

"Do you think the Queen knows all about me?"
"Sure to dear but it's time for tea"

Monday, 21 July 2014

Meet the Reeses

Two most welcome and delightful visitors were Anja and Martyn Rees from Adelaide, South Australia
They had seen us on TV in Australia and have been following this Blog.   They wrote in the visitors book "This building is why we came to Settle and it has been well worth it".

They were en route to Hawes and their journey coincided with yesterday's Waverley steam train going north over the Ribblehead Viaduct.   I do hope they saw it.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

On in the US of A

 Ages ago we were filmed by a TV crew from Dallas, Texas for a TV show called 'You Live in What?'  Herinafter YLIW?
click to enlarge, but it's quite big enough already I reckon

It was to have been shown on Homes and Gardens TV Channel in the US.   Hereinafter HGTV.

Yesterday, we heard from the film producers AMS Pictures (hereinafter AMS) that YLIW would be shown on Great American Country TV channel.   Hereinafter GACTV.

Got it?

GACTV is part of HGTV I believe.  See
 if you can stand the pace.

Not only that we now have a PROVISIONAL transmission date of 19th September.   Looking at the blurb for earlier programmes with definite dates it seems likely that there will be repeats in the days after first transmission.   See
for the link to the first programme in the series.   Maybe our American viewers * can watch it and let us know if we should run for cover on 19th September.

*  Looking at this Blog's audience statistics I see we had more page-views in the USA last week than from the UK.   Curious that.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Friday, 11 July 2014

Gladys and Albert's Bottom

Andy Hyles has got into photography in a big way.   He spent a morning crawling all over Gladys and all under Albert.   Here are a couple of his piccies:
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This one shows the  extent and excellence of Ged Pinder's joinery blending the new timber with the old in the cramped and awkward confines of the coal truck's underparts.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Gendarmes in Yorkshire

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One of the delightful sights of the magical Tour de France de Yorkshire was that of French Gendarmes on motorcycles working with British officers.
It was really good to see this working together. The Job is essentially the same the world over. In my police career I worked for short but intense spells in France and Belgium to very good effect.

 My favourite foreign police anecdote was on entry to Tunisia for a holiday. On the plane you had to fill in an entry form which called for 'profession'. Throwing caution to the wind I put 'Police Officer'. At the desk was a fierce looking cop with a gun and dozens of bullets on a belt across his chest in case one was not enough. He glowered at the incoming passengers ahead of me.  On reading my form his face lit up.    Through garlic breath he said, "Welcome colleague".