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    Ye Gods Kleenex

    It was bliss when you got a piece of tissue paper which fruit sometimes came wrapped in. Blackpowder
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    Muntjac died after getting caught in fence.

    I have come across one or two roe carcasses and skeletons which appear to have broken their necks jumping fences. Blackpowder
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    Tip 'guidance'

    £20 a hundred or part of hundred seems to be the done thing. Three of us took a walked up day last season for a 75 head bag , we were all happy to give a £30 tip for an exceptional day. Working occasionally as an assistant ghillie on Tweed I appreciate the tips given at the end of day, so do not grudge the keepers gratuity on a god day out. Blackpowder
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    Mrs. webber R I P

    Never enough words for these circumstances , deepest sympathy. Blackpowder
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    Any thing to do/see in Durham

    Never been but I would suggest Durham Cathedral. Blackpowder
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    Modern life.

    Using the word dose instead of does, despite millions spent on education. Blackpowder
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    Leather Boots

    Have a look at Haix , great boots at affordable price. Blackpowder
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    Modern life.

    Radio sports commentators and print journalists who try to make out that professional soccer is about sport. Blackpowder
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    This years flu jab

    had it for years and never any problem. Blackpowder
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    Heard a radio interview recently when a politician said that an increase in fuel duty was long overdue. HM revenue loosing billions it seems although I thought they would be doing allright with increased Vat as fuel prices continue to soar. All parties seem to treat drivers as a convenient milk cow, while some of our roads resemble those in an impoverished third world country. Blackpowder
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    CORBYN's Leaders Speech

    Re-nationalise the railways. If I re-call correctly the nationalised railway was a joke from their sandwiches to their time table. Blackpowder
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    Convector hearth

    Much of rural plumbers work in the late 1950's was the modernisation of farm cottages. Meaning provision of a stored hot water supply, and indoor sanitation. Cooking ranges were still being specified than with a copper back boiler , cant remember the measurements now but they were not large perhaps around 6 inch by six inch on the ends by 15 to 18 inches long. Still being manufactured by Mc Donald engineering among others. Blackpowder
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    Convector hearth

    Must have installed dozens of copper back boilers in the late 50's in farm cottage improvements. Copper pipe was not exposed to direct fire but was only a fire brick away. In soft water areas those copper boilers lasted for ever more. Blackpowder
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    Nor me if the supermarkets want my money they must have someone to take it in person rather than a machine. Blackpowder
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    Convector hearth

    Old back boilers were copper, pipes to them were copper but full of circulating water. Never ever would melt in a coal fire. Blackpowder