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  1. Keogh was born in Harlow. That makes him English, but qualifies for Ireland on ancestry. Always a mistake in Keogh threads.
  2. 30 minutes played, winning 1-0, goal from Gorgeous George.
  3. Phoenix

    watches....to dream on for

    Exactly my philosophy. I'll let you know when/if it happens (the auction, not the poke in the eye)
  4. Phoenix

    watches....to dream on for

    Yes, I've already spotted a specialist in Bath, the name escapes me, but I sent some pictures by email and I got a response basically saying the same, namely, sell 'as is'" but it's probably only worth a few hundred"! Phew!
  5. Phoenix

    watches....to dream on for

    Moderately poor news on the flute, Steve. The repairer wasn't prepared to spoil the flute if he got things wrong. To top it all, we think it is a hybrid of 2 flutes, of the same vintage. Bottom line is, is it worth spending seveal hundred pounds to restore it, not knowing what it's likely to fetch afterward? I've no real interest in keeping it. The probability is I'll send it to auction 'as is' then whatever I get is all profit.
  6. Okay, lazy linker, but this was a topic of some concern recently, was it not. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45158878
  7. Phoenix

    Derbyshire Cricket 2018

    Boring stuff, this 4 day cricket. Hope everyone's tickers are ok. I was listening in the car on Radio Derby, in Northamptonshire of all places! Not at the match unfortunately. Heart was pounding like bass drum. Were we not the favourites to finish last this year?
  8. Phoenix

    watches....to dream on for

    I'll prune them down a bit so's not to annoy the uninitiated. Also, useful info here on Rudall. Carte was a forebear of Savoyard Richard D'Oyly Carte. http://www.mcgee-flutes.com/Rudall.html
  9. Phoenix

    Commonly known phrases..

    Tenterhooks are hooks in a device called a tenter. Tenters were originally large wooden frames which were used as far back as the 14th century in the process of making woollen cloth. After a piece of cloth was woven, it still contained oil and dirt from the fleece. A craftsman called a fuller (also called a tucker or walker) cleaned the woollen cloth in a fulling mill, and then had to dry it carefully or the woollen fabric would shrink. To prevent this shrinkage, the fuller would place the wet cloth on a tenter, and leave it to dry outdoors. The lengths of wet cloth were stretched on the tenter (from Latin tendere, meaning 'to stretch') using tenterhooks (hooked nails driven through the wood) all around the perimeter of the frame to which the cloth's edges (selvedges) were fixed, so that as it dried the cloth would retain its shape and size.[1] In some manufacturing areas, entire tenter-fields, larger open spaces full of tenters, were once common. By the mid-18th century, the phrase "on tenterhooks" came to mean being in a state of tension, uneasiness, anxiety, or suspense, i.e. figuratively stretched like the cloth on the tenter.
  10. Phoenix

    watches....to dream on for

    Are you still into flutes, Steve? Helping my Auntie declutter after my uncle's death, came across a battered old case with an ancient flute in it. I remember it from young childhood 70 years ago(!) and it has been untouched since then. Did some research on it to find that it's a Rudall & Rose. The address on the flute dates its manufacture to between 1827 & 1837. Further research shows that these can sell for £2,000 or more. I've been in touch with a guy who specialises in restoring/ renovating old woodwind instruments and I'm meeting him on Thursday. I realise that this is nothing to do with watches but I'm not starting a new thread for flutes! If you're interested, I'll post a couple of pics.
  11. Phoenix

    Commonly known phrases..

    Well, I wouldn't have started from there. My grannie had some odd expressions, one of which was 'as much use as a toad wi' side-pockets'. I like the subtleties of expressions like Nobbert middlin' Middlin' Fair ter middlin'. I still have difficulties explaining to my wife the difference beween alright, alright and alright, given different inflections. Mind you, she's from Leicester.
  12. Phoenix

    Would football be better if .......

    Royal Mail Barclays Bank
  13. Back of Barwell football ground. Grim area. 1st time I walked past there was a tramp sitting in it. Possibly the house occupant.
  14. Phoenix

    Farts, where do you stand?

    Funny for who?
  15. Phoenix

    Boring Sports

    I can't think what you mean!

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