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Wires Over the Border, Short Movie, 1974 IMDB

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dsl SX

2017-10-17 02:11


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Mind-numbingly boring 17 minute film about electrifying the West Coast main line taken from
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British Transport Films Volume 3: Running a Railway (2-DVD set); can be seen here or here, but not really worth watching unless you're a real railway nerd - do something more interesting like mowing the lawn or defrosting the freezer instead.

- big yellow dozer
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- Bedford CA, blue VW minibus, other stuff - all in Wigan (I think)
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Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls apparently "keep you all aglow"
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..... so does taking a visitor tour of a nuclear power station.

johnfromstaffs EN

2017-10-17 09:05


There has been a long and erudite discussion concerning the relationship between the maker of Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls and the coachbuilder Santus of Wigan, mainly based upon the rarity of the surname Santus and the propinquity of the two firms. Owners of a complete run of “Classic Bus” will be able to look it up. As and when I am able to lift piles of books again I may do so, but, IIRC, the link is tenuous.


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dsl SX

2017-10-17 22:02


johnfromstaffs wrote .... propinquity ......

Great word. Moments like that always make me think of the Ivor Cutler sketch (obscure Glasgow surrealist poet, a bit like Spike Milligan sometimes) about a kid who tells his mum that he's so proud of her because she uses the biggest words of anyone in their street.

Anyway some Santus bus info from my latest Oxfam bargain find
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johnfromstaffs EN

2017-10-17 22:49


The narrative in my referenced link describes Santus coachwork as being made “from poorly seasoned rot”. No wonder they ceased trading. Some of the mainstream builders had maintained stocks of quality well seasoned timber despite WW2, others resorted to the use of kiln dried or even almost green timber, to the detriment of their products.

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