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  1. All I know is that it wasn't the OPEN UNIVERSITY!!!
  2. You know those nudey "educational" films on the internet that you sort of come across by accident? Well that accidentally happened to me and the wife came in (to the kitchen not the "educational" film). "Not much social distancing there." Says the wife. Kind of spoiled the film
  3. https://www.railwaygazette.com/projects-and-planning/dublin-automated-metro-operations-consultant-appointed/55865.article
  4. Thankfully no, but if that is what the virus can do to people.....Imagine having to go into lockdown with a member of your family behaving like that (complete with shirt and maraccas).
  5. Teacher to class. "Can anyone put the word "OSCILLATE" into a sentence?" Reply from student, "The ASAL ate all of the grass in the field".
  6. John Travolta was hospitalized for suspected COVID-19, but doctors now confirm that it was only Saturday Night Fever, and they assure everyone that he is Staying Alive
  7. Eh things ALWAYS sound bigger in metric....
  8. Imagine going on your honeymoon and having to abide by the two metre distance rule...
  9. These are a little more expensive than the forth coming Murphy Models 121 or indeed the IRM "A" class. WH Auctions has been appointed as lead facilitators and auctioneers on the Swifambo Rail Leasing Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) matter which initially offered for sale the 13 locomotives manufactured by Spanish company Vossloh España who has subsequently been bought by Stadler Rail. WH now offers the balance of 6 locomotives for sale on online auction. Click here to view & bid. The vehicles were purchased at EUR 3 million each and it is estimated to now be worth EUR 4.1 million (ZAR 64 million). Manufacturer: Vossloh / Stadler Year models : 2015 & 2014 Locations: 5 Sites in South Africa - Bloemfontein, Beaufort West, East London & Port Elizabeth Viewing: By appointment only. Call +2782 340 1001 Interested parties can source more information at www.whauctions.com or by calling Prelena at WH Auctioneers on +27115745700 https://online.whauctions.com/auction-011/auctionDetails/3445?&utm_source=RailwayGaz_Swifambo_Mar25&utm_medium=Mailers&utm_campaign=RailwayGaz_Swifambo_Mar25
  10. I remember when we moved from the Coombe to Drimnagh (the back of beyond at that time) the family belongings came by horse and cart.
  11. Anyone remember when CIE distributed parcels around Dublin by horse and cart? I remember the drivers used to sit up front in the open in all weathers. The carts had rubber tyres and usually had a nose bag of feed for the horse dangling underneath. Also the quays used to have horse troughs scattered along the length of the Liffey. I can remember seeing the horse feeding from the nosebag while the driver called at an address with the parcel. Also saw the horses use the horse troughs for a drink. Traffic was nowhere near as heavy on the quays then. There would not be room to pull up on the quays with a horse and cart to let the horse drink in these modern times. The horse used to have a small rain cover on his back and any I saw wore blinkers. One of the buildings on the quays not far from Guinness's used to have a big hand painted advertisement on the brick gable for "Petrie's horse covers." And yes there were frequent splatters of manure along the road. I was told that if a driver returned to the depot with a horse covered in lather or sweat he could be sacked. Things were taken at an easy pace at that time. There was a working blacksmith and forge just outside Temple street hospital. As far as I remember CIE replaced the horses with tractors then the Scammell tractor units with the one front wheel. The Bedfords came then. There was also the urinal along the quays when you went in but your feet were visible underneath the sides which were some inches above the ground on legs. It was like something you see in old time Paris. Anyway just a few thoughts. It would make a nice depot scene. The "A" class and the horse and cart. Ah yes times past...…
  12. Out with the wife shopping today. She held up a belt and said with a straight face, "This one is longer than yours.." Looks like she'll get good mileage out of this.
  13. I was getting dressed this morning and I heard the wife exclaim "Look at the length of that!". It turned out to be my belt she was referring to....
  14. Obviously aimed at ex government ministers on a pension...
  15. Three friends stranded on a deserted island find a magic lamp. Inside it is a genie who agrees to grant each friend one wish. “I want to go home,” says the first friend. The genie grants her wish. “I want to go home, too,” says the second friend. And the genie sends her back home. “I’m lonely,” says the third friend. “I sure wish my friends were back here.”
  16. This was lunch today. The tea didn't stay warm for very long.....
  17. Not enough pixels to capture the wife
  18. If you ever decide to have nudey nookie in front of the fire, ALWAYS make sure the spark guard is in place.
  19. Remember a while back I mentioned that plans for the "A" class and the "121" took a knock owing to the fact that the felt and tiles on the roof will need to be replaced this Summer? Well all is not lost. Talking to the Mrs it seems that if I forgo getting a Velux window installed while the felt and tiles are being replaced that would allow the purchase of an "A" and a "121". All is not lost and it seems every cloud does have a silver lining .
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