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Forum: Pentax K-3 09-11-2018, 02:49 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
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MGBs were the definition of slow. Very good handling and a very sexy exhaust sound. Sort of like a 4-wheel version of a Harley - the bike you buy if you like a lot of noise but are too chicken to go fast. I really wanted an MGB until I discovered the Lotus Elan. The MGB GT V8 was more interesting. There were some really fast minis around. I used to lust after a Janspeed 1293 Janspeed

I still hear the occasional MGB and the sound is still good.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-11-2018, 02:05 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
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You've got to be careful when you retire. You might find that you're so busy that you don't have time to get a lot of things done. You could get so busy that you get behind on this thread. Like me. :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-11-2018, 01:58 AM  
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The story I heard was that the melody came to him as he was drowsily waking up. His girlfriend was cooking breakfast so the original lyrics were something like "Scrambled eggs, I just love those scrambled eggs ..." I don't know whether or not bacon was involved. His then girlfriend had red hair. Nuff said.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-09-2018, 03:06 AM  
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He was seconded to the Malayan (as it was then) army in a senior planning/executive role for the last few years of "The Emergency" - 1958 to 1961. They defeated the CTs. Gongs all round.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-08-2018, 01:40 AM  
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I am reminded of a passage in something I read many years ago. I think that it might be a legal joke. Could it be something from "Rumpole"?

Some time during the 1960s or 1970s, an English lawyer, he might even have been a QC, was invited to attend a trial in an African country that had recently gained its independence from Britain. He might have been an observer or, perhaps, a participant. It was a long time ago and I can't remember all the details.His host, an African lawyer, explained that they held the English system of justice in great reverence and wanted to make sure that they were keeping up the standards after independence. Sounds good. The English lawyer and his host retired to the bar for a beer and a chat. The African lawyer asked for the English lawyer's opinion.
"What did you think, old man? Are we keeping up the standards?"
"Oh yes. Absolutely. I just wondered about that topless girl with a big grin who ran around the court every now and then."
"She's the amused titter."
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-28-2018, 01:34 AM  
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I remember this song. Ha!:lol: I attended an investiture at Buckingham Palace in 1961, I think. My father was getting a gong and my mother and I were guests. We were all seated in the room and the military band was in the minstrels' gallery playing soothing music. Then the Beefeaters (Yeomen Warders - Wikipedia) marched in to take up their ceremonial guard posts. And the band played High Ho, High Ho, it's off to work we go. An amused titter ran around the room.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-28-2018, 12:54 AM  
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Congrats to your friend. That must have been a thrill.

Memsahib 1.0's late father was at one time Provost Marshall for Scotland an Northern Ireland. It was a Lt Col appointment with an office in the castle. We got tickets :lol: There were bagpipers from all over the world and many of them had put some of their ethnic influence on the tunes they played and the way they played the instrument. That's where I came to love bagpipe music.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-28-2018, 12:39 AM  
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Oh yeah! That's a good play.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-28-2018, 12:31 AM  
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But. I learned from the movies that thare's no such thing as as a French language. They all speak English with a French accent. N'est-ce pas?
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-28-2018, 12:13 AM  
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Ah, yes, I can see (and hear) that. The caricature French accent from countless British films and TV shows is actually based on reality. Weird.

There's a delicious scene in the 1970 film "There's a Girl in My Soup" when Peter Sellers' character, the rotten seducer, is carrying Goldie Hawn's very drunk 19 year old character up to his French Riviera hotel room for, one presumes, a bit of hanky panky. A French hotel employee with romance in his soul, believing that they are newlyweds, gives them his best wishes with "I hope you have happiness all your life". Of course, being French, he drops all the "aitches".
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-27-2018, 03:26 AM  
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Cockney?
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-27-2018, 03:18 AM  
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Sounds like Mrs. Racer 2.0 is a keeper. One of those found me and it's a good thing.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-27-2018, 03:08 AM  
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When I used to catch the train at Darlington Station in the mid 1960s, you could still see the lines of the old Stockton and Darlington Railway - Wikipedia. There was an old George Stephenson engine on display at the station.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-27-2018, 02:43 AM  
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What's considered good coffee varies from country to county and region to region within countries. Have you ever tried Turkish coffee? I don't like it, but millions of Turks do.

My grandfather loved his Camp Coffee Camp Coffee - Wikipedia that I think he must have become used to in the WWI trenches in Flanders or at Gallipoli. He made a very milky version for me in a huge cup known as a "coffee cup". I think that I was 9 or 10 years old. I wasn't convinced.

I remember the coffee on a Dutch ferry going from England to Holland when I was 12 or 13 going home for the school holidays. They used individual cup filters. Too strong for me at that age.

I had holidays in Italy and drank proper espresso. It didn't click somehow.

I became used to "instant" when I was at uni because I didn't know any better. Then I discovered American coffee.

The first time that I worked in the USA (1972), I thought that the coffee was really good. We had a private filter coffee machine using packaged, ground beans. It was our office private coffee until some time in 1973 when we were visited by a representative of the company that supplied the vending machines. "Youse don't want to be making private coffee." from a tough looking guy. The whisper ran around that he worked for THEM. I was particularly sensitive because our apartment complex manager hadn't been seen for a while and his slightly blood-stained car was left in the driveway of the complex. Having two sets of books may be an Italian tradition, but it's not a good idea when your bosses hang around at the pool with hairy chests, gold chains, and young girlfriends.

When I moved to Melbourne, I discovered coffee as it was meant to be. Espresso. The flavour is special. It's the base of cappucino and flat white. When Starbucks came to Melbourne with a huge advertising campaign and shops everywhere, they failed. I think that two outlets survived to cater to American tourists - one at the airport and one in the city.We already had the cafe lifestyle they were trying to sell. Ours was natural - not a formula learned by rote. And we had real coffee. You vary the style of the coffee depending on the time of the day and your mood. Ristretto and latte macchiato are both legitimate coffees.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-25-2018, 01:43 AM  
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There's some great wisdom in those rules. I've absorbed many of them over the years. #30 - I was converted to CO2 canisters many years ago, but there's a limit to the number you can carry. If I ever get fit enough again to go for a long ride, I'll need to attach a frame pump. I need one of those Campagnolo heads.

I've been pretty good with #8. I had yellow Scapin branded bar tape to match the yellow on the Scapin frame, the top of the Woundup fork, and the yellow saddle. When I couldn't get the yellow tape, I was able to source black, Scapin branded bar tape to match the black parts of the frame. I mostly used Michelin Pro4 with a yellow stripe.

I've inadvertently broken a few. I wear short socks. I have taken shots of my bike with the cranks at 90 and 180 degrees. I have been using a saddle bag. I used to use a bidon cage gear carrier, but I needed the second bidon for long rides. Melbourne is low humidity and it can be hot. I have used over-sized bidons for long rides, but they were Campagnolo bidons, so I think I get a pass. I have upgraded to Campagnolo Super Record Water Bottle & Cage Set | ProBikeKit Australia, so I'm ticking a few more boxes.

I have just bought a medium-cage Record rear derailleur that can handle bigger cogs than my current Record short-cage model. It's a concession to old age. The new rear derailleur, like everything from Campagnolo, is a thing of beauty. Lovely, glossy carbon fibre mixed with titanium. Yum. wiggle.com.au | Campagnolo Record 10 Speed Rear Derailleur | Derailleurs Rear - Road I think that's in the rules :lol:

#90. have never been able to climb hills on the big ring. The closest I've come is riding around most of the Kew section of the Yarra Blvd (Melbourne) in the big ring. I'm better at riding downhill. Johan Museeuw was brilliant.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-25-2018, 12:38 AM  
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Reminds me of a song by Elizabeth Cook.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-25-2018, 12:10 AM  
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I was going to try to explain what I meant, but I think I'd get into a huge amount of trouble. I'll leave it to Paul Hogan in his 1980ish TV show. That's Melbourne, BTW.
















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Forum: Pentax K-3 08-24-2018, 11:52 PM  
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I think that cat's a bit confused. Red = port = left. Green = starboard = right.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-24-2018, 11:49 PM  
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No doubt about that :lol: She could leave me for dead on the bike too. One of the nicest people I've ever met. I never heard her say anything bad about anybody.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-24-2018, 11:01 PM  
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It is. It's about 150km to the border and 240km to Kandahar. Pakistan Army Staff College is in Quetta. In the good old days, 1955-56 for us, they used to have a few participants from British Commonwealth countries on the course for new majors and my father was one of them.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-24-2018, 03:48 AM  
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What about FOFILs?

(Fat Old Farts In Lycra)
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-24-2018, 03:46 AM  
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Posted By RichardS
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Hmmm. I thinks she's got the same helmet as me.

Lots of people don't understand that cycling is the only activity where it's normal for men and women to ride together and sights like that are normal. It can keep you motivated. Sometimes your friends retire from cycling and get into martial arts.

Claire Baxter | Muay Thai | Awakening Fighters
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-24-2018, 03:19 AM  
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Right in the middle, bottom of that map is Quetta. I used to live there.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-24-2018, 03:12 AM  
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It's all explained here. Check out Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Road Trip 2. Skip to 12:40.














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Forum: Pentax K-3 08-24-2018, 03:01 AM  
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Yep. That was a top album.
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