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    Comedic “Things you like” (i.e things that please you in a lighthearted way)

    The Reverend Wilbert Awdry. Surely one of my greatest influencers when I was 3, 4, 5 years of age and still having a lasting effect on me nearly sixty years later.
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    Comedic “Things you like” (i.e things that please you in a lighthearted way)

    Very much like sitting at a table during a wedding reception and you don’t know anyone else on that table. Then the utter relief on discovering that you and the person next to you have much in common and suddenly the rest of the event is a pleasurable experience.
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    The Architecture The Railways Built - Series 3 on UKTV's Yesterday channel

    I caught episode 1 yesterday evening and thoroughly enjoyed it. It started particularly bemusingly with an advert for erectile disfunction which I hoped had nothing to do with the subject matter of the programme which was full of the most magnificent if aged erections, one of which has been...
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    How would you divide up England by region?

    Inspired by the TfL travel zones I hereby propose a zonal system for the new English regions. This is centred on Fenny Drayton which the Ordnance Survey has defined as the geographical centre of England (specifically Lindsey Hall Farm). Like TfL, I propose 9 zones. Zones 1, 2 and 3 are pretty...
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    Comedic "things you would ban" (i.e. minor things that annoy you in a lighthearted way)

    Hair. More specifically that which sprouts where I don’t want it such as ears and nostrils now that my head hair is getting thinner on top. Oh the joy of being a sexagenarian!
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    Clan Line 15-9-21

    Stretching her legs at Richborough this afternoon en route from Margate to Newport
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    Names that associate with jobs

    Mrs 32475 had surgery a few years ago. Her surgeon to whom we are indebted was Miss Sharp.
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    What do you call the meal between 1200 and 1400, and where do you come from?

    Growing up in Sussex: At school; Lunch at lunchtime in the dining hall served up by dinner ladies. On school outings, we always had packed lunches. (Has anyone ever heard of a packed dinner?) At home it was lunch at lunchtime sat at the kitchen table except when there were more than the four of...
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    Comedic "things you would ban" (i.e. minor things that annoy you in a lighthearted way)

    Signs that say ‘Road Closed Ahead’ without telling you how far ahead and whether or not you can proceed on a diversionary route without having to turn around and find an alternative.
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    Lumo - new Open Access operator on the East Coast Main Line

    I looked up and discovered Lumo is Esperanto for light so maybe that’s what the marketing people were thinking about. Just imagining other suggestions at the marketing meetings rather like a scene from W1A: Flymo? No that’s been used already, Sumo? No, sounds too slow and cumbersome. Meanwhile...
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    Comedic “Things you like” (i.e things that please you in a lighthearted way)

    The satisfaction of seeing an item of railwayana sell for rather more than a similar one you bought only a few years ago and yours is in better condition anyway. That’s called investment justification.
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    Comedic "things you would ban" (i.e. minor things that annoy you in a lighthearted way)

    Absolutely and I couldn’t agree more. It’s so important to see more food than porcelain when the plate is presented to you unless rationing is reintroduced. Refer to my post No. 1126 item 5
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    Update on my APT article

    Well done Simon, I’ll make sure I get a copy. Where are your other articles published? I’m particularly interested in Pillboxes and intrigued about the Rockall article and your uncle’s capture of it. Was he the chap who spent a few weeks living on it in the 1980’s or was involved in one of the...
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    Trivia: Level crossings that are unlikely to ever be removed

    St Dunstans in Canterbury adjacent to Canterbury West station. 1630615027 Richborough Road level crossing just outside Sandwich. If a bridge was built to replace it, it would hit the underside of the road viaduct which carries the A256 over the railway and the River Stour!
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    Will 'Live' Railwayana auction ever restart?

    Real live auctions are very much missed and pressing a computer mouse button to bid at home is nothing like holding your bidder’s card aloft in a packed hall surrounded by like minded individuals. Furthermore, missing elements are seeing, touching and salivating over sales items including those...
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    TV advert reminiscences

    I’ve only been to a Harvester once and I was asked if I’d been to one before just like in the advert. The poor waitress had to dress up like a member of the cast of Oklahoma. After that I made a point of not going to a Harvester again. The one I did go to closed a few tears after that.
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    Is ska uncool or just unpopular?

    Yesterday, Bank holiday Sunday afternoon walking near Broadstairs seafront, a car went past slowly playing Tom Hark by the Piranhas at high volume. That got some people dancing. That was cool!
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    longest time closed for a station which has re-opened

    I can’t compete with that time span but the new Thanet Parkway station which is currently being built is more or less on the site of Ebbsfleet and Cliffsend Halt which closed in 1933.
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    Comedic “Things you like” (i.e things that please you in a lighthearted way)

    Ahhh sheer poetry! Add to that dew on spider webs, the scurry of a squirrel up a tree trunk, bonfire smoke and the distant mocking caw of a crow. I like regular to mean frequent or keeping regular as in plenty of roughage in your diet. Therefore if anyone asks me if I want a regular coffee or...
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    Comedic “Things you like” (i.e things that please you in a lighthearted way)

    Answering at least two questions correctly on Ken Bruce’s ‘Pop Master’ quiz.

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