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Pre-War Classics Of The Road – Part 32

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1929 Alfa Romeo Super Sport

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Introduced in 1929, the 1750cc Alfa Romeo, designed by Vittorio Jano, remained in production until 1934. This is the Super Sport version, with a supercharged, twin overhead-camshaft engine, capable of around 95mph. This model enjoyed considerable competition success, including victories in the Mille Miglia in 1929 and 1930 and in the Belgian 24 hours race; Nuvolari drove one to first place in the 1930 Tourist Trophy, too.

 

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Faced with a demand for a bigger Bentley, in 1926 W.O. Bentley brought out a new 61/2-litre model which, although eventually developed into the magnificent Speed Six of 1929, initially disappointed the Bentley clientele. Steam wagon builder Foden said that his 61/2-litre lacked the ‘bloody thump’ of his beloved 3-litre Bentley. So, in 1927, the 41/2-litre Bentley was born. In standard trim, it could exceed 90mph, and a 41/2-litre won the 1928 Le Mans.

 

 

 

 


1929 BMW Dixi

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BMW began as aircraft manufacturers during World War I, but by 1923 this Bavarian company had moved into motor-cycle production, with their famous opposed-cylinder design. Their first motor-car appeared in 1928 as a result of BMW acquiring the Dixi company and the rights to build the Dixi light car, which was itself a licence-built version of the Austin Seven. Over 25,000 BMW Dixis were built up to 1932, and the model took the team prize in the 1929 Alpine Rally.

 

1929 Chevrolet Sport Coupe

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Popularly known as the ‘Cast Iron Wonder’ or ‘Stove Bolt Six’, Chevrolet’s famous ohv, six-cylinder engine was given its first public showing on New Year’s Day, 1929. With a swept volume of 3.2 litres, the six-cylinder engine was to remain in production until 1953; output during the first year was 1,328,605, a record unsurpassed until 1941. Most of the new Chevys wore disc wheels. but this pretty 1929 Sport Coupe wears the non-standard wire type.

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This Weeks Favourite Female Singer – Katie Webster

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665_katie webster_01Katie Webster (January 11, 1936 – September 5, 1999), born Kathryn Jewel Thorne, was an American boogie-woogie pianist.

Career

Webster was initially best known as a session musician behind Louisiana musicians on the Excello and Goldband record labels, such as Lightnin’ Slim and Lonesome Sundown. She also played piano with Otis Redding in the 1960s, but after his death went into semi-retirement.

665_katie webster_02In the 1980s she was repeatedly booked for European tours and recorded albums for the German record label, Ornament Records. She cut You Know That’s Right with the band Hot Links, and the album that established her in the United States; The Swamp Boogie Queen with guest spots by Bonnie Raitt and Robert Cray. She performed at both the San Francisco Blues Festival and Long Beach Blues Festival.

Webster suffered a stroke in 1993 while touring Greece and returned to performing the following year. She died from heart failure in League City, Texas, in September 1999.

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Two-fisted mama 
Katie Webster
 
Deluxe Edition
1999
1999 
Swamp blues/Boogie Woogie
cover Title:
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I Know That’s Right
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Katie Webster - No Foolin´! - Front Title:
Artist:
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A little meat on the side 
Katie Webster
 
No Foolin’
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Swamp blues/Boogie Woogie
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The Bombardier Snowcoach

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An early example of a snow coach was the Snow Bus, built by Bombardier in Canada. It was equipped with front skis and rear tracks and typically could seat 12 passengers. Alternatively, the front skis could be removed and replaced with front wheels. There are documented uses of the Bombardier Snow Bus being used as a school bus, for mail delivery and as emergency vehicles, but they were also used for tours and transportation in snowbound areas.

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In the early 1960s Thiokol produced the 601 series snow cats which were often configured to carry ten passengers. While not a tour bus type snow coach, these found utility with the United States Air Force as well as private industry.

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The first of these were very popular in Norway and were used to transport tourists and skiers in the mountains in the years after WWII. Restriction on off road motorised vehicles put an end to it and to day only one known Bombardier is left and funnily enough it is on the national road museum – Ted

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1927 Was a Shitty Year For Donuts

Grand-daddy’s Sauce – Part 32

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All posts material: “Sauce” and “Gentleman’s Relish” by Ronnie Barker – Hodder & Stoughton in 1977

Trick Of The Eye

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Print out the postcard, hold it in front of you and
bring it closer and closer to your eyes and
the dusky pair will seem to be kissing.

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Print out the card and hold it close to your eyes and
move it slowly away and the dentist will seem to pull out
the patient’s tooth.
(Move the card close again and he will seem to put it back in)


You could of course be a lazy sod and just move your
face towards and away from the screen – Ted ;-)

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The lure Of The Mad Men – Part 11

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I must admit that it’s hardly the top guns among the mad men, neither among the image people nor the text people who have made the ad above. On the other hand they have zeroed down on two of the surest subjects when it comes to catching peoples interest. SEX and WW II. And combined these two are always a winner.

Who wouldn’t want to read Mussolini and Hitler’s love  letters to Claretta Petacci and Eva Braun. Although the teaser text from Benito’s letter there is disappointingly tame. I’ve seen his speeches on TV and they are definitely full of piss and vinegar so one should be able to expect more from his love letters. Anyhow, I bet the Police Gazette’s sales hit the roof for that next issue.

By the way, the way the two of them look at each other on the ad one would think the love letters they wrote were to each other, and who knows, maybe that was the sensation of the century – Ted

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Aunt Mabel – Part 2

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671_agatheRemember aunt Mabel, the lady young Johnny had to dance with to keep her away from the bar. Well, Johnny had to go to bed sooner or later you know. He was only twelve, besides he got sick from Mabel’s perfume. So daddy had to keep Mabel company and you know how that ended? Right.

Needless to say, dad had to sleep on the coach in the living room after the guests had gone. For weeks.

Aunt Mabel was politely told that it didn’t matter if it lasted a while before she came to visit again and she replied by emptying her stomach on the coffee table.

The dancing post:
Dancing With Aunt Mable

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Aunt Mabel’s dog, Garson


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Flip Your Wig With The Beatles

The Sunday Comic – An Abrupt Ending

This Week’s Girliemag Article – The Bare Mare

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img_01The Bare Mare
TOPPER present a companion for … Well …Horsing around

It doesn’t really matter what kind of natural setting anyone shows us. we’ve long since lost our love of the great outdoors, along with a confirmed case of hay fever, strong and rampant allergies to new mown hay, tumbleweed and primitive plumbing.

Read the whole article and see
the naughty pictures HERE

Warning: Nudity do occur in this article. If you are under age or live in a country where watching images of nude women for some reason  is against the law  I take no responsibility if you click the link above – Ted ;-)


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Just like I’ve always known …

Sometimes It Just Better To …

Great Britain

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From the 33rd edition of “XXth Century Health And Pleasure Resorts Of Europe” published in 1933

bok_front_small_thumb[1]_thumbGOVERNMENT - The most typical feature of the British constitution is the extent to which the legal structure which is its basis has been overgrown by constitutional understandings which have not the force of law. It is in virtue of legal rules, of statutes (acts of parliament) and of the common law (national custom enforceable in courts of justice), -

(a) That supreme authority over the affairs of the Empire is vested in the King-in-parliament;

(b) "That the monarchy is hereditary;

(c) That there are entitled to sit in the House of Lords all who hold hereditary peerages of England or of the United Kingdom together with sixteen Scottish and twenty-eight Irish peers elected to represent their fellows, twenty-six of the bishops of the Church of England, and the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary, distinguished lawyers granted for life the dignity of lords of Parliament in order to make it possible for them to assist the House in it!’ judicial business;

(d) That the House of Commons consists of 615 members elected for a period not exceeding five years by all adult citizens voting for the most part in geographical constituencies, the great majority of which return a single member, the candidate who has secured a larger number of votes than any of his rivals, but not necessarily the support of a majority of the electors, being elected;

(e) That legislation requires the assent of King, Lords and Commons, the King being entitled to veto any bill and it only being possible to dispense with the assent of the Lords when a bill has been passed by the Commons and rejected by the Lords three times within the life of one Parliament, there being an interval of not less than twelve months between each two of these times, or when a bill approved once by the Commons and rejected by the Lords has been certified by the Speaker of the House of Commons to be exclusively a finance bill;

(f) That, subject to a considerable number of statutory exceptions, all executive power belongs to the King who may only be sued with his permission but who must have recourse to the Courts before he can deprive any of his subjects of life, liberty or property;

(g) That there exists an elaborate system of courts, or rather two systems, one for England another for Scotland. the English system including the unpaid justices of the peace who dispose of an immense amount of petty business, the local county courts for civil business, the local assizes at which judges of the High Court dispose of most of the important criminal cases, the High Court of Justice which has its headquarters in the Strand and is the nucleus of the English judicial system, and the House of Lords sitting for judicial business, the supreme court of appeal for English and Scottish cases but not for Dominion appeals which are heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council;

(h) That the city, borough and county councils to which recent statutes have transferred most of the functions formerly performed by ad hoc bodies, such as sanitary and highways boards and guardians of the poor, enjoy so large a measure of autonomy within the limits of their statutory powers. – Such are the dry bones of the Constitution.

Those who would understand the living reality must learn something of the tissue of constitutional conventions which have ‘been woven round them. It is in virtue of constitutional conventions, or customs which are not rules of law enforceable in courts of justice –

(a) That the royal veto has fallen into disuse, its only function at the present time being to enable the Government of the United Kingdom to prevent the passage of legislation of which it disapproves in colonies which do not enjoy Dominion status; (b) That the executive power still formally invested in the King is in fact exercised by him on the advice of a Cabinet consisting of Ministers who have the support of a majority of the House of Commons.

The conventions of the constitution came into existence through the gradual accumulation of precedents and are always liable to undergo unexpected modifications. Thus the doctrine of the collective responsibility of the cabinet, the doctrine that the cabinet must always present a united front to public opinion and that individual members of it must not disclose their disagreement with the views of their colleagues, was suspended for a time in exceptional circumstances early in 1932, though it had then been looked on for a century as one of the most fundamental of the conventions of the constitution.

On the other hand the conventions of the constitution are sometimes transformed into legal rules by the enactment of legislation. Thus the relations between the two Houses of Parliament which were for long entirely governed by the conventions of the constitution are now regulated, in part, by the Parliament Act of 19II, and the principle that the Imperial Parliament does not legislate for the self-governing dominions without their consent has recently been given legal form in the Statute of Westminster.

Legal rules and constitutional conventions are of course supplemented by rules of parliamentary practice, examples of which are the rule that only Ministers of the Crown may request the House of Commons to approve the expenditure of public money and the practice of reading every bill three times in each House with a discussion of its details" in committee" intervening between the second and third readings.

HEAD OF STATE: King George V.
Area: 241,768 km2 (including Northern Ireland).
Population: Over 45 million (including Northern Ireland).
Capital: London (population of Greater London about 8 million).
Languages: English, Gaelic, Welsh.
Currency: Pounds (£), Shillings (s. or /-) and Pence (d.). £1. = 20/-, 1/- = 12 d. Half-crowns (2/6), Florins (2/-) and coins of 1/-, 6d., 3d., 1d., ½ d., and one farthing ( ¼ d.) are in circulation. The Guinea (21/-) is still in use on bills, but no notes or coins are issued for the amount.
Weights and Measures: An old and complicated system is still in use, the Decimal System not yet having been adopted. It is useful to remember that the English pound (16 ozs.) weighs about one tenth less than the pound (or ½ kg.) on the Continent; that letters are weighed in ounces (postage abroad 2 ozs. 2 ½ d.) : that materials are sold by the yard (about nine tenths of a metre); that altitude is calculated in feet (three feet to the yard); temperature is given in Fahrenheit (zero Centigrade = 320 Fahrenheit); 1000 C (boiling point) = 2120 Fahrenheit.)


"TOURIST" ENGLAND

Though Great Britain may not present the same variety of travel as the Continent, a great deal of pleasure can be obtained by a sojourn in the British Isles. The English countryside, with its green lanes, winding rivers and old-world country villages off the beaten track, is a delight to motorists, and the beautiful old Cathedrals, picturesque castles and ruins are unsurpassed anywhere. Oxford and Cambridge are unique. At the various seaside resorts every type of Britsher is represented, and sports and games of every description show the life of the country. The frequent express trains and innumerable luxurious motor-coaches running in every direction greatly facilitate travel and sight-seeing, "Hotels de luxe " are of the very best, whilst more moderate hotels have greatly increased in comfort, especially in tourist resorts, and the country hotel retains much of its "old Inn" charm. The foreign visitor should avoid the old-fashioned boarding house, where he may be given a bed varying in comfort according to the age of the mattress (these are regularly renewed on the Continent) and is asked to pay for the so-called English breakfast which he probably does not want and of which he gets the aroma before coming down whether he wants it or not. Also Worcester Sauce, cayenne pepper, piccallilies and "unadulterated" mustard, however much appreciated by the Britisher, do not make cold mutton and boiled cabbage palatable to the average foreign visitor.

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Will You look At That!

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Alfred Kinsey’s Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female released in 1953

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Singing group the Barry Sisters express their shock (and fascination) of the publication.

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In context:
The Kinsey Reports are two books on human sexual behaviour: Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male (1948) and Kinsey Reports; Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female (1953), written by Alfred Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy and others and published by Saunders. Kinsey was a zoologist at Indiana University and the founder of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction (more widely known as the Kinsey Institute).

Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female was based on personal interviews with approximately 6,000 women. Kinsey analysed data for the frequency with which women participate in various types of sexual activity and looked at how factors such as age, social-economic status and religious adherence influence sexual behaviour. Comparisons are made of female and male sexual activities. Kinsey’s evidence suggested that women were less sexually active than men in all aspects of sexual life but that they were still more sexual than they were considered at that time. By the time the book on female sexuality was published, it appeared that Kinsey felt that women and men are more alike in the biology of their sexuality than he had previously thought, and that both men’s and women’s sexuality seemed shaped, not merely repressed, by social and cultural forces.

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Barkham Burroughs’ Beauty Tips Anno 1889

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677_beautyA lot of things have changed since the 19th century. When Barkham Burroughs wrote his Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information in 1889, he devoted a full chapter to the "secrets of beauty," and for good reason. To quote Burroughs, "If women are to govern, control, manage, influence and retain the adoration of husbands, fathers, brothers, lovers or even cousins, they must look their prettiest at all times." Here are 11 of his tips for doing just that.

1. BATHE OFTEN(ISH)…

At least once a week, but if possible, a lady should "take a plunge or sponge bath three times a week."

2. … IN A HOUSEHOLD CLEANING SOLUTION.

What’s better than soap? Ammonia. "Any lady who has once learned its value will never be without it." Just a capful or so in the bath works as well as soap and cleans the pores "as well as a bleach will do."

3. WASH YOUR EYES…

Nothing is as attractive as a sparkling eye. The best way to achieve this is by "dashing soapsuds into them." If that’s not your style, perfume dropped into the eyes is a reasonable alternative. For the same bright-eyed look without the burn, "half a dozen drops of whisky and the same quantity of Eau de Cologne, eaten on a lump of sugar, is quite as effective."

4. … BUT DON’T WASH YOUR HAIR.

Water is "injurious" to the hair. Instead, wipe "the dust of the previous day" away on a towel. You can also brush your hair during any long, idle breaks in the day. 30 minutes is a good hair-brushing session.

5. AND NEVER, EVER WASH YOUR FACE.

Simply rub the skin with "an ointment of glycerine" and "dry with a chamois-skin or cotton flannel." One "beautiful lady" is admired who had "not washed her face for three years, yet it is always clean, rosy, sweet and kissable."

6. AND TRY NOT TO WASH YOUR HANDS, EITHER.

A well kept hand is soft, pale, and really, really dirty. Red hands can be relieved "by soaking the feet in hot water as often as possible," but don’t dare touch water with your hands. As with the face, a regimen of ointment and cotton flannel should be used, and gloves worn for bathing. (Burroughs notes here that "dozens of women" with gorgeous hands "do not put them in water once a month.")

7. HANG OUT NAKED BY THE WINDOW EVERY DAY.

This is also called vapour-bathing, which is a different kind of vapour than the aforementioned ammonia soak, and one more likely to bring the attention of unwanted suitors. To take a proper vapour bath, "the lady denudes herself, takes a seat near the window, and takes in the warm rays of the sun." If you’re a lady of the restless sort, dancing is advised. A good vapour bath is at least an hour long.

8. GO HEAVY-METAL ON THE EYES.

Nothing says "handsome lady" like a lined lid. The proper solution is "two drachms of nitric oxid of mercury mixed with one of leaf lard." Lacking these components, a woman may just as easily produce a nice effect with "a hairpin steeped in lampblack."

9. SAY GOODBYE TO THAT FRINGE.

In your great-grandmother’s day, lashes had a tendency to become "unruly." They were therefore "slightly trimmed every other day" with sharp, tiny scissors, because who wants eyelashes, anyway.

10. SUCTION!

Nice lips are essential to a woman’s prettiness. As early as possible, a girl should begin thinking about the shape of her lips and how it might be improved. Thin lips "are easily modified by suction," which "draws the blood to the surfaces" and over time provides a "permanent inflation." Thick lips "may be reduced by compression." There are no instructions for this procedure.

11. AND TRY NOT TO BE SINGLE.

The author’s female acquaintance, after disclosing to her favourite suitor that she had gone those three long years without using soap, found herself back on the market. A note from the gentleman read, "I can not reconcile my heart and my manhood to a woman who can get along without washing her face."

So remember, ladies: Whatever methods are used, "it would be just as well to keep the knowledge of it from the gentlemen." Because being married is better than ammonia-water for the complexion.


If you feel like reading more of Burroughs’ views on beauty and other fascinating subjects you can read the whole book on Project Gutenberg. Here you’ll find hints on anything from penmanship to judging people’s character by studying their fingernails.


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The James “Samson” Handyvan

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In 1929 the James Cycle Company launched the James Handy van. This was a 5 cwt van based around the James motorcycle using its 247cc engine.  The vehicle was continually updated and in 1933 the James “Samson” Handy van was introduced powered by an air-cooled, v-twin  1,096cc engine. The Samson had an aluminium body and a new welded steel frame chassis. The rear section of the body gave a loading area of 12 cwt and it also featured dual petrol tanks with one acting as a reserve tank whilst the other was in use.  The Samson Handyvan came in two body types; the enclosed Van body and the open Truck type body. The company ceased production in 1939.
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This Week’s Softdrink – Dr.Brown’s

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Dr. Brown’s is a brand of soft drink made by J&R Bottling. It is a popular brand in the New York City region and in South Florida, but it can also be found in Jewish delicatessens and upscale supermarkets around the United States.

493_dr_brown_03Dr. Brown’s dates back to 1869 when their famous Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda was commonly sold in New York delicatessens. This soda was originally developed by a doctor who treated immigrant children in NY. The seltzer that helped these children contained celery seeds and sugar. Dr. Brown’s has been sold as a bottled soda since 1886.

In the early 1930s, before Coca-Cola received kosher certification, many Jewish people drank Cel-Ray soda as well as the other flavored soda that had been created by Dr. Brown. In the last 25 years, the cans were redesigned by Herb Lubalin. Each of the six Dr. Brown’s flavors is packaged with a New York vignette taken from old prints, to emphasize the brand’s origins in old-time New York.

Logo_Redesign_Birdhouse_Skateboards_FIn 2013 J&R Bottling transferred the bottling rights to LA Bottleworks Inc. The bottling of the product will continue to be produced at the same facility.

Dr. Brown’s soda is typically sold in 12-ounce cans and in one-liter and plastic bottles as well as two-liters in Black Cherry, Cream, and Root Beer flavors. Dr. Brown’s soda is also available in a 6 pack of 12 ounce glass bottles.

Text from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Help Needed
I need your help visitors, both in suggesting sodas and soft drinks from around the world and in giving your opinion on the ones presented if you know the product. And you can start with giving your opinion on the ones posted already or reading what other visitors have written  – Ted

List of Soft drinks and sodas posted already
Visitors soft drinks and sodas suggestions and comments

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Side Car Or Side Canoe

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A practical side car if you live close by water and the driver seem ever so happy with the combination. His lady friend a little less happy and if we take it for granted that she is equipped with hips and legs her seating arrangement looks to leave a lot to be desired. Another thing that strikes me is that the couple does not look dressed for canoeing so maybe the combination is a permanent one and if so, one feel inclined to feel sorry for the lady – Ted


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Excuse Me If I …

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… am a little doubtful. But apart from being the absolutely must unsexy contraption I have ever seen, the thing seem to miss vital parts to be able to satisfy men or women. If that was the choice I had in ways of a bedfellow I think I’d rather join a a convent and leave lovemaking to others – Ted

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Round Britain By Railway Posters – Morecambe & Horsham

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Heysham (Listeni/ˈhʃəm/ hee-shəm) is a large coastal village near Lancaster in the county of Lancashire, England. Overlooking Morecambe Bay, it is a ferry port with services to the Isle of Man and Ireland. Heysham is the site of twonuclear 679_morham_08power stations which are landmarks visible from hills in the surrounding area. Heysham has been identified as one potential location for the next generation of nuclear power stations.

Of historical interest are the stone graves in the ruins of the ancient St. Patrick’s Chapel, close to St. Peter’s Church. They are thought to date from the 11th century, and are hewn from solid rock. Local legend has it that St. Patrick landed here after crossing from Ireland and established the chapel. However it has been established that the chapel was built around 300 years after Patrick’s death. These stone graves appear on the cover of the Black Sabbath CD, ‘The Best of Black Sabbath‘.

679_morham_07The grounds of St. Peter’s Church contain many Saxon and Viking remains, and the church itself contains a Viking hogback stone. The purpose of these strange stone sculptures is the subject of much debate; they are found mainly in the north of England, and also in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and a few areas of southern England with Viking links. Heysham also contains one of only three sites in Britain and Ireland that contain a pre-Roman labyrinth, the others being located at Tintagel, Cornwall and Hollywood, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

679_morham_06Lancaster Museum holds artefacts from the area such as stone axe and hammer heads (some weighing up to 4 kilograms (9 lb)) dating back to the New Stone Age. Many of these artefacts and their original location suggest that this was an ancient burial ground, or barrow; the area is still known locally as "The Barrows". The Barrows are the only sea-cliffs in Lancashire and contain, in a relatively small area, woodland, open grassland, sandy beaches, and deep rock pools.

Morecambe; The first use of the name ‘Morecambe’ in modern times was by Whittaker in his ‘History of Manchester’, published in 1771, when he refers to the æstury of Moricambe. It next appears 4 years later in ‘Antiquities of Furness’ where the bay is described as ‘the Bay of Morecambe’.

679_morham_05That name is derived from the Roman name shown on maps prepared for them by Claudius Ptolemœus (Ptolomy) from his original Greek maps. At this distance in time it is impossible to say if the name was originally derived from an earlier language (e.g. Celtic language) or from Greek. The Latin version describes the fourth inlet north from Wales on the west coast of England as Moriancabris Æsturis. Translated this gives a more accurate description than the present name of Morecambe Bay as the Latin refers to multiple estuaries on a curved sea, not a bay, as then the word sinus or gulf would have been used.

679_morham_04The name next crops up as early as March, 1862 (before the town took the name officially) on a steam locomotive built for the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway. Strangely this was one of four locomotives in the class and the others were each named after existing towns; No. 162 Saltburn, 163 Morecambe, 164 Belfastand 165 Keswick which could indicate the name was already in use for the area unofficially.

It was not until 1889 that the necessary legislation was passed to officially name the area as Morecambe, comprising the hamlets of Poulton, Bare and Torrisholme (at ownship for the purposes of the Census of 1841 but shown as separate townships in the previous Census of 1831). In 1894 the Urban District Council was formed, thus freeing Morecambe completely from its governance by the Borough of Lancaster until 1974 when Lancaster again took charge.

679_morham_03Prior to the creation of Morecambe, Poulton acquired two affectations, ‘le Sands’ and briefly also ‘on Sands’ shown on at least one map. The reason for these additions stem from the dearth of names of townships in earlier times with the same name recurring over again. In the days before free movement of people this was not so important but as travel became easier through first the turnpikes and later the railways, it became necessary to differentiate between the various towns with the same name, hence the additions

On 3 August 1928 the name changed again when the Corporation of Morecambe amalgamated with Heysham Urban District Council to form the borough of Morecambe and Heysham.


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