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#261 Wolford6

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 12:12 PM

My Mam's Metro had a strange existence. She "knew the roads" within about ten miles either side of our village. If she was on her own, once she got to Abergavenny or Newport, she parked it and caught a bus.


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#262 Larry the Leit

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 12:17 PM

Are you kidding?
You could pick up a metro for next to nowt.
Spares were free, just ask you mate down the pub to "borrow" a bit from BL.
The "A" series engine could run on an oily rag, lift the lid, change the points and plugs that was it. If necessary you could do a complete engine inc gearbox change in 3 hours.
cheapest motoring I've ever had.

 

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Futtocks, I get that about the Fiesta.  The Metro was a dog.


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#263 Futtocks

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 12:38 PM

The Metro was launched with a level of publicity few other cars have had in this country. They sold a load right from the start. I never was a fan, but I wouldn't say no to a 6R4!


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#264 Larry the Leit

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 01:44 PM

The Metro was launched with a level of publicity few other cars have had in this country. They sold a load right from the start. I never was a fan, but I wouldn't say no to a 6R4!

 

I agree, but the 6R4 had about in common as Idi Amin and my mate Dave from next door.  I'd bet big that there are more of the Metro's predecessor on the road today than the Metro.


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#265 Wolford6

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 03:02 PM

True, but BL lost money on every Mini that it made.


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#266 Ullman

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 01:00 PM

Don't know what food source these swans had discovered but it  must have been good. They were really getting bounced about by the swell on the Humber.

 

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#267 Red Willow

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 02:50 PM

Anyone else experiencing "overwintering" ladybirds?

I seem to be finding them all over the house, especially around the windows.



#268 Ullman

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 10:21 AM

Anyone else experiencing "overwintering" ladybirds?

I seem to be finding them all over the house, especially around the windows.

Not something I'd ever noticed till we moved house about three years ago but where we are now we get loads of them spending the winter indoors.


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Posted 30 December 2014 - 05:14 PM

There was a sparrowhawk sat on the new fence at our house Christmas Day morning.


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#270 my missus

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Posted 31 December 2014 - 11:21 AM

Not something I'd ever noticed till we moved house about three years ago but where we are now we get loads of them spending the winter indoors.

yes we have had a couple appear thing is they are the wrong kind they are the of the bad ladybird type.


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Posted 31 December 2014 - 12:36 PM

was really happy to see a pair of Song Thrushes in the garden the other morning,it's been a long while
we've got a pair of Dunnocks in the conifers at the bottom and there's a Robin that has taken a shine to the food we put out,the friendly Blackbird has brought a pal with him,and the Starlings are here half a dozen at a time,2 or 3 Jackdaws have been on the garage roof along with the Collared Doves that are nesting nearby,there's a 3rd Wood Pigeon that's arrived which turns up occasionally with the other 2,I thought they might have seen him off.
The friendly Blackbird came down onto the fence whilst I was putting some fruit out and actually caught my ear with his wing,he sat on 1 edge of the feed tray as I had my hand on the other side a matter of inches away

there's something very relaxing about seeing a good crowd of them in the garden at the same time smile.gif

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#272 my missus

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Posted 31 December 2014 - 12:42 PM

we have a blackbird that spends all its time removing the berries from a bush in our back garden at this time of year, it eats so many it can hardly fly.

we have nuts and seeds in the front garden that have been totally ignored all winter, must be plenty other food out there.


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#273 longboard

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Posted 31 December 2014 - 12:50 PM

yes we have had a couple appear thing is they are the wrong kind they are the of the bad ladybird type.

 

Harlequin ladybirds?



#274 deluded pom?

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Posted 31 December 2014 - 12:52 PM

Harlequin ladybirds?

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Posted 31 December 2014 - 12:54 PM

we have a blackbird that spends all its time removing the berries from a bush in our back garden at this time of year, it eats so many it can hardly fly.

we have nuts and seeds in the front garden that have been totally ignored all winter, must be plenty other food out there.

 

There have been a lot of berries on the trees and bushes this year and mild weather tends to mean that feeders etc are not visited as much. During the recent cold snap the number of birds using my feeders went up markedly, as the birds have to eat plenty to keep their body temperature up.



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Posted 31 December 2014 - 12:54 PM

Don't make this cross code. The jailer will be along to move or lock it.

 

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Posted 31 December 2014 - 01:17 PM

Harlequin ladybirds?

yellow spots?


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Posted 31 December 2014 - 03:21 PM

yellow spots?

 

Not since the sun ray lamp treatment.  ;)



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Posted 31 December 2014 - 03:22 PM

yellow spots?

 

A bit of help with identification.

 

http://www.harlequin...ack_new_v.5.pdf



#280 deluded pom?

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Posted 31 December 2014 - 05:02 PM

A bit of help with identification.

 

http://www.harlequin...ack_new_v.5.pdf

I thought the yellow with black spots was a Colorado beetle?


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