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Post by BillHowcroft » 05 Sep 2017, 21:38

Serendipitously today turns out to be the 90th anniversary of the first well logging by the Schlumberger brothers in Pechelbronn Alsace. I mentioned my holiday visit on the intranet and a nice Frenchman posted back a photo of the copper bath full of debris and electrical instruments. http://www.slb.com/about/history/1920s.aspx http://www.slb.com/about/history/1920s.aspx

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:biggrin2: (Bill, in case you're wondering what I find funny in your reply the reason for the smiley is that I use it to signal that I have read a post but don't necessarily have a valid response.)
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Post by Bruff » 23 Oct 2017, 11:28

Porto, for the 20th wedding anniversary. Never been to Portugal before. Enjoyed the place very much. It rises steeply from the banks of the Douro River - very steeply! Derelict house blocks/tenements, pastel-coloured sit next to swish done up ones, all nested in a maze of alleys. Very atmospheric. There is for those who are interested, a H Potter connection: JK Rowling lived in Porto for 2 years as an English teacher. One particular bookshop influenced some of the Hogwarts descriptions – it’s an architectural gem, the shop. And the students in Porto wear a formal black with a black cape thrown over the shoulder. I would recommend the place. It was also cheap given £/Euro parity (more or less).

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Post by Tripps » 23 Oct 2017, 12:06

Are those little custard tarts as good as all the visiting celebrity chefs say? Did you hear any Fado - I think it's a bit of an acquired taste despite Rick Stein pretending to like it. :smile:
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Post by Bruff » 23 Oct 2017, 12:46

Tripps – I can say with certainty that the custard tarts are indeed as good as they say they are, and look. Delicious! They also have a good sausage called the alheira – smoked with paprika it’s almost paste-like and made from pheasant, chicken, quail, rabbit and the like. No pork as it was made by the Jews who during their persecution were identifiable by not taking sausages to the smokehouses. The Porto dish is francesinha, a sandwich of bread, steak, sausage and cheese all in a tomato and beer sauce with an egg (fried) on top. That’s right, it’s as daunting as it sounds! We had some elvers in one place, as we’d never had them, as well as goose barnacles (percebes), which Rick Stein had I think when he popped to Lisbon. They’re good.

Heard no fado, though there were flyers up for places that had fado evenings. But apparently, Porto has no fado tradition. It’s a Lisbon thing and so any evenings would lack authenticity (at least that’s what my guidebook said).

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Post by Stanley » 24 Oct 2017, 04:17

I can't help wondering what the equivalents are in Barlick Richard. Comparatively we are well down in the development stakes...... Perhaps too busy keeping warm!
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Post by Bruff » 24 Oct 2017, 08:53

Stew an’ ‘ard in Barlick I would have thought, Stanley. And mighty fine it is too. I do like a good stew, in this sense.

Back when I was living in London, I was a member of Harlequins Rugby Club. They contrived to get relegated from the top league during this time and in the lower league played Otley. On the supporter forum, folk were planning the trip to Otley and asking about routes there and where to stay and eat. I suggested that a good route might be M40/M6/M65 and over the top to the A59 at Gisburn. Because, as I noted, the Rising Sun at Blacko did stew and hard for lunch and this was a rare delicacy to be experienced. Some were rather taken by this, and I do wonder whether some time back a load of Londoners pitched up on a Saturday lunch wanting stew and hard on the recommendation of an exiled local.

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Post by chinatyke » 24 Oct 2017, 14:44

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Stew an’ ‘ard in Barlick I would have thought, Stanley. And mighty fine it is too. I do like a good stew, in this sense.

Because, as I noted, the Rising Sun at Blacko did stew and hard for lunch and this was a rare delicacy to be experienced.
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I didn't know that and my friend lives in the end house on the same block, about 4 doors away, so we usually visit The Rising Sun whenever I stay with him. It would be just like him to treat us to lunch and take us for stew and hard as a joke. We're both married to Chinese ladies so I wonder what our wives would make of that local delicacy?

Incidentally, I remember taking the MD of one of our suppliers to a pub lunch in Bury and ordering steak and cow heel pie. He wasn't amused and thought I was taking the mickey. Best pie I ever had! Next time we went out together he insisted he was choosing the lunch venue!

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Post by Stanley » 25 Oct 2017, 02:42

Richard, I doubt if you could find stew and hard in Barlick these days. See Jim Pollard in the LTP for oatcake bakeries using a bake-stone....
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Post by PanBiker » 27 Oct 2017, 19:23

Bremetenacum - Ribchester Roman Museum. We took the grandchildren down this afternoon. Ruby is studying the Romans at the moment at school. 30 years or more since we went last with our kids when they were small. The museum has been completely redeveloped since then and is well presented with time line presentations including an interactive 3D scale representation of the fort and adjacent Roman village that you can wander round. Outside you can visit the ruins of the grain storage buildings and the Roman Bath House down near the river. A good afternoon out, kids enjoyed it and hopefully learnt a little more.
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Post by Stanley » 28 Oct 2017, 03:03

Ribchester was a favourite retirement place for old soldiers who started farms there. There could be a genetic legacy in the area..... Interesting place.
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Post by Tizer » 28 Oct 2017, 09:51

When I was a child we used to go to Ribchester and play on a bit of pebble beach where a brook comes in opposite a small island. It was just upstream from where the museum is now.

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Post by Moh » 02 May 2018, 12:34

Yesterday we had a ride out to Airton near Malham to look at the Town End Farm Shop & Cafe as seen on Tom Kerridge's Top of the Shop (tonight at 8pm).We had lunch there which was very nice, but rather big portions. They have a very nice and varied menu plus a specials board. There are some nice things in the shop area, a little expensive, we bought the new season's asparagus and some Yorkshire chorizo. Well worth a visit.
One thing I noticed was the absence of swallows in the villages and the lanes, they are usually flying about around the dales. Probably they have lost a lot of their nesting places due to barns being developed.
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Post by PanBiker » 02 May 2018, 12:38

Hello Moh, nice to see your post. Glad you enjoyed your trip out. :smile:
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Post by Wendyf » 02 May 2018, 14:15

We have no swallows around here yet this year Moh.

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Post by Stanley » 03 May 2018, 03:30

Morning Moh.... Yes, the swallows are very late this year. Interesting that you noted the same thing in the Dales.
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Post by Bruff » 03 May 2018, 11:37

Went to London weekend gone, and saw Hamlet at The Globe. The new artistic director cast herself as Hamlet, along with a female Horatio. It chucked it down and thankfully we were under cover – folk standing got drenched. But that’s The Globe, you know what you’re in for. Stayed a couple of nights near Petticoat Lane. That area has changed. It’s flipping expensive London these days. I lived there a while and it always was more expensive than anywhere else, but it seems to have accelerated since we left.

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Post by Stanley » 04 May 2018, 02:50

I thought that 60 years ago Richard and have no doubt I'd be shocked if I went there today. To be honest, I hated the place.....
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Post by Bruff » 04 May 2018, 08:45

Depending where you went Stanley you might surprise yourself. Ignoring the obvious obscene wealth and wealth disparity there is a very real radical edge to the city and it is a Labour town (last night notwithstanding). As you turn onto Bethnal Green Road from Brick Lane there is in front of you, covering a gable end, a huge quote: ‘if we all spit, we’ll drown the b******s. RIP Bob Crow’. Further up the road there’s another gable end with a swarm of bees beautifully drawn and words ‘when we go we’re taking you lot with us’. Such stuff is everywhere.

In Hoylake we have ‘Tories Out’ on a gable end which the owner, who didn't paint it, refuses to have scrubbed off…..

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Post by Stanley » 05 May 2018, 04:18

You're probably right Richard. My points of contact in London were the dockers and bureaucracy..... Perhaps not the best ways to make an assessment!
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Post by PanBiker » 29 May 2018, 09:06

Yesterday, Malham Safari, this years theme "Around the World in 80 Days". It was rammed when we approached the village, so much so that a second field had to be opened up for parking, the one on the right entering the village was marked as full so we parked on the hilly field on the right. I noticed that this field has had a lot of drainage put in and it looks like a modern field barn on the other side of the hill may be being converted into toilets. I was wondering if this was going to become a camping field? Gold mine if that is the case.

Anyway, we found all the animals after our trail around the back lanes of the village and we counted and made our estimate of how many balloon markers were spread around the village. Lots of games and a band on the village green, we got back from our trail just in time to buy our ducks for the race at 3pm. £1 each or 4 for £3 so we went for the latter, 389 - 392. We made our way down near the finish to wait in anticipation but I'm afraid all ours were no shows. We had a Billy Bob's (Yorkshire Dales) Ice Cream while we were waiting for the flotilla. After the race Ruby had a good paddle in the beck as the event was powering down for the day. We put our safari entry into one of the boxes provided but are not holding our breath. Smashing day as usual and lots more events and stuff to do that we didn't quite get round to, very warm in the sunshine, a belting day as usual.
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Post by Stanley » 30 May 2018, 03:36

Lovely.... And there was me having a lazy day!
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