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by chinatyke
21 Apr 2013, 02:46
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Even the cross pieces are different sizes which suggests they are designed for a specific purpose. Could it be something to do with opening beer barrels? Or a wheel brace? Or for small manhole covers? Hedging my bets now! :dontgetit:
by chinatyke
19 Apr 2013, 08:06
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Side tippers?

Note the bulldozer in the background. I'm told these are sometimes required to give the road trains a push to get them under way.
by chinatyke
19 Apr 2013, 03:16
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Think China and Railways.... http://oneguyfrombarlick.co.uk/gallery/image.php?album_id=14&image_id=2210 Hi Gloria, The clue is in the question - Stanley has already told you! :wink: I think Stanley posted this one with me in mind. It is a cap badge from China Trains. There should be a date on the b...
by chinatyke
18 Apr 2013, 15:52
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Please Sir! Please Sir! I know.


But I'm not telling!

:grin:
by chinatyke
04 Apr 2013, 02:43
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Mould or pattern for casting something?
by chinatyke
02 Apr 2013, 04:12
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING
Replies: 1458
Views: 99222

Re: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING

Chinatyke, I agree with your response to Hartley about the need for producing more food but I don't support your post on climate change and CO2. The web links you use to support your comments are to pages written by Monte Heib who is well-known as a coal industry man who promotes use of fossil fuel...
by chinatyke
01 Apr 2013, 03:10
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: DECIMAL TIME: DUCT
Replies: 14
Views: 2640

Re: DECIMAL TIME: DUCT

Pluggy wrote:It might be April 1st in China but it isn't here yet.

:grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: It is now!
by chinatyke
31 Mar 2013, 16:29
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: DECIMAL TIME: DUCT
Replies: 14
Views: 2640

DECIMAL TIME: DUCT

Official announcement and Press release from The World Horological Commission Metrication of Time The World Horological Commission will introduce the new Universal standard measurement of time at the end of this year. This will be known as Decimal Universal Co-ordinated Time and by the acronym DUCT...
by chinatyke
31 Mar 2013, 08:36
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING
Replies: 1458
Views: 99222

Re: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING

Some thing for the ignorant scientists to read,it may still many tongues. Do you really want to go back to the old days when the lifespan was around 40 years? :grin: I'm happy with the benefits technology has brought. Genetic modification speeds up what occurs naturally. I agree there are risks, bu...
by chinatyke
31 Mar 2013, 08:21
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING
Replies: 1458
Views: 99222

Re: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING

Comforting news for the Maldivians.... I'm not trying to say that Global warming isn't occurring, just that it is out of our control and taxation won't remove one ounce of CO₂. Where I live, we are sat on thousands of feet thickness of limestone, which was produced in the oceans, and it very effici...
by chinatyke
31 Mar 2013, 02:10
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING
Replies: 1458
Views: 99222

Re: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING

Subject: The other side of the coin? Whatever your views on climate change it seems that mainstream media does not go out of it’s way to show us the other side of the coin- could it be that it doesn’t make for ‘shock horror’ headlines? In the interest of balance, below is an extract from a fairly lo...
by chinatyke
26 Mar 2013, 06:26
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Not there but close enough. It's a fungus that grows at the bottom of some walls on Wellhouse Street. I first drew attention to it a few years ago and it's remarkably persistent. Despite being cleared away a couple of times it has survived. Now I'll have to think again...... My neighbours would be ...
by chinatyke
25 Mar 2013, 06:00
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Roofing felt in the rain water guttering ('cos I can't spell troffin/troughing) with some slime growing on it?
by chinatyke
25 Mar 2013, 02:36
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Moss and lichen growing on a wall, typically under the eaves?
by chinatyke
09 Mar 2013, 02:55
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS
Replies: 2835
Views: 184462

Re: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

Interesting word, I've never thought about it before. We often just take words for granted without knowing their origin. Apparently 'among/amongst ' has the same derivation, from on gemang = in the group of (Collins English Dictionary). Perhaps the word 'gang' comes from the same origin but that ori...
by chinatyke
08 Mar 2013, 03:08
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Gloria wrote:Some sort of picker?
That's it! Thanks Gloria. The spiked end is for picking your nose and clearing the wax from your ears, and the other end is for removing nostril and lug hair. :grin:

Sorry. Only fun!
by chinatyke
07 Mar 2013, 09:25
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Try again: the spiked end was used to push a wick fuse into the hole on a musket, the nipper end trimmed it to length, then some damned fool lit it? :surprised:

Imaginative if nothing else!
by chinatyke
07 Mar 2013, 06:37
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Thread nipper/cloth trimmer thingamajig?
by chinatyke
02 Mar 2013, 14:11
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

You are an engineer, so is it some sort of thickness gauge, a reference thickness piece? Sorry, don't know what the technical term would be, but they come in sets of different thickness.

Calibration piece or test piece? Would that be the correct term?
by chinatyke
23 Feb 2013, 10:57
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

The corner is cut off the label. You bought a seconds from their factory shop in Hyde? Or is it just frayed? Actually, thinking about it, the label states established 1850, over one hundred years. So you must have bought it around 1950, as it would presumably state established 110 years in 1960. You...
by chinatyke
22 Feb 2013, 07:46
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5315
Views: 368538

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Last night I paid £13 to download the latest OSX (I think it is called Mountain Lion 10.8.4) for my Apple Mac, very cheap compared with Microsoft operating system upgrades. However, whilst trying to install it, I was advised that it could not be done and I should change to GUID instead of MBR. No pr...
by chinatyke
22 Feb 2013, 07:27
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Doesn't the label say it all? :confused:
by chinatyke
20 Feb 2013, 14:57
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

by chinatyke
18 Feb 2013, 12:15
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS
Replies: 2835
Views: 184462

Re: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS Author: Stanley » 18 Feb 2013, 14:35 Went for a furtle on the web but couldn't find anything that helped. It would be nice to know how they did it. Try this one.... Furtle? That's got to be a local word hasn't it? I have heard it long ago, as in "he was furtling around" = furtiv...
by chinatyke
18 Feb 2013, 12:06
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 12539
Views: 475828

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

A well worn tin opener?

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