musings while allatsea

Musings of a curious individual

Month: October 2016

Cool sighting of the day

The advent of cameras that are not tied down to film is a godsend for someone like me who tends to photograph anything. Unfortunately I do not always carry my camera around with me, but tend to rely on my cellphone that has a pretty respectable camera built into it for times when I need to take a quick pic.

Today was such a day. Wobbling my way out of the gate at work I nearly fell over, because lo and behold, right in front of my eye was this oldie from an era long gone.

Naturally because I wanted pics every car and truck in town decided to pass by, leaving me on the other side of the road. Fortunately the driver climbed out and so I was able to wobble over and get more pics. 

This old beauty is a Bristol FS6G, and if I read it right is means “FS: Flat-floor, Short length, Gardner 6LW or 6LX engine”. I am not a bus boffin though, so may be reading it wrong. The vehicle was wearing the Carters Coach Services Livery and was en route for somewhere (Sea Front perhaps?) 

According to the driver the vehicle was built in 1960 (so it is the oldest of the pair of us).

The platform at the rear is not open sided but does have a folding door fitted to it, although whether this was standard or not I cannot say, but I did get a peak inside the bus and it was great.

What I did find strange was that the seats were upholstered in fabric and not leather like they were in South Africa when I was riding on buses as a child, it could be the weather may have made it a bit warmer to use fabric than leather. However, that is pure conjecture on my part.

And then it was time for me to wobble off home. A last pic and away i went, although as you can see I was kind of out of focus, but then I was never a fan of standing in the middle of the street trying to take pics.

Strangely enough this is not my first encounter with a Bristol bus, I spotted this 1961 built beauty in Bristol in 2015

Now that was a great way to end my day, and this month too. Unless something else happens before next week.
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The Spell Chequer

I have to admit that I am not the author of this, however, it is still worthy of a good chuckle and a reminder of predictive text. 

The Spell Chequer

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea.
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea
Eye strike a quay and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh,
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

(Sauce Unknown)

A bit of googling found my answer and the sauce is no longer unknown.

The poem is called “Candidate for a Pullet Surprise” by Mark Eckman and Jerrold H. Zar  and it is slightly different to the version I have:

I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it’s weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when eye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o’er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checker’s
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we’re lacks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know fault’s with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped word’s fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaw’s are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too pleas.

(Sauce is now known to be Mark Eckman and Jerrold H. Zar)

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More small ships

Following my recent posts about Modelling the Union-Castle Line (2), I have added a few more additions to the collection. My major supplier so far has been Convoy Models and I have had excellent service from them them. As my collection has expanded I have more or less abandoned this page because I am concentrating more on my Union-Castle Line collection which now stands at 19 in total (the image below does not include my new additions). The new additions are better viewed on my miniships page

Union-Castle Line fleet

My newest acquisitions are the RMS Mauretania (aka the 2nd Mauretania) and one of the Ellerman Lines “City” boats.

The Mauretania does connect to my past as my father sailed “up north” on her in September 1941 when she was a troopship. The model is available as a troopship or as a regular passenger liner. or she can be painted in her cruising livery of various shades of green.   I am amazed at how detailed these resin cast models can be, especially the “Len Jordan” 1/1200 range. 

unfinished model

unfinished model (funnels unmounted)

I have been slowly working on her, and have gotten quite far already.

I still need to fix that wobbly sheer line, unfortunately when I was taping it I did not quite follow the curve of the sheer so really need to drop it slightly and correct it. Funnels have their first coat and have to be completed and I have to give the decks a second coat and touch up some of the superstructure.

My “City” boat is one of four sisters (Port Elizabeth, City of Exeter, City of York, City of Durban) that were operated by Ellerman lines and they were regular callers in South Africa. 

Unfinished model (funnel is separate)

Unfinished model (funnel is separate)

I am working on her at the same time as the Mauretania

I have painted her funnel in white and will do the divisions on it tomorrow and that will add some colour to her. I think I will call her City of Durban.  

Progress: 15/10/2014.

My other interesting acquisition I made some time ago, she is the Marco Polo. I was fortunate enough to visit her many years ago and she is still in service today, albeit under different ownership to when I saw her. 

She is a resin cast model in 1/1250 scale.

I have also been keeping an eye open for old battleships from the Atlas Editions series and found HMS Warspite to add to my collection.

HMS Warspite

HMS Warspite

I already have HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Hood in the series. although if they are all the same scale then against the other two ships Warspite is very small. 

HMS Prince of Wales. 1/1250 scale (Atlas Editions)

HMS Prince of Wales. 1/1250 scale (Atlas Editions)

HMS Hood. 1/1250 scale. (Atlas Editions)

HMS Hood. 1/1250 scale. (Atlas Editions)

Finally, I bought this on a whim.

R.N.L.B. Garside

R.N.L.B. Garside

The RNLB Garside is the St Davids station all weather lifeboat, and she was donated to the RNLI by Thomas Harold Garside and his sister Dorothy from Yorkshire.

I should be finished with the Maurie and City of Durban soon, and will update this page accordingly.

Till then.. 

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Hullo Teddy

This morning, while on my shopping round, I paused at the local farmers market and there was a stall that had a display of vintage Teddy Bears, 

These were not the modern fluffy organically grown, politically correct, CFC free, internet ready,  bio-degradable bears, but the coarse furred, padded pawed bears from my past. 

Like most children growing up I had a Teddy, (and by some weird co-incidence his name too was Teddy). I do not recall what he looked like originally, but by the time he ended up in a suitcase on the wardrobe he was almost bald, his eyes were loose and his limbs were no longer as tight as they had been originally. I have no way of knowing where or when he was bought, and I do not remember what eventually happened to him. It is probable that mum gave him away as she did during one of her cleaning sprees where anything is game.

The bears at this stall were the of the same style; they were play worn, and looked and felt so different but yet so familiar, but it was a texture that I recognised from my “days of youth”.

The price tags were steep, ranging from £40 upwards, and the oldest bear there was supposedly from 1908. I was tempted, but common sense was on my side this morning.

Two weeks after this nostalgic encounter I bumped into the stall again and this time came away loaded with pics and a name for future reference. The stall is run by Marjorie’s Bears  and the images were taken with permission.

However I could not help but think about the Teddy that I had, and the Teddy that was the unsung playmate and that silently kept vigil, ensuring that monsters under the bed remain under the bed and do not sally forth into the bedroom when children are asleep. Their presence alone is what what keeps children safe from monsters under the bed.  They are however powerless against monsters that lurk elsewhere, looking to lure children into the seedier side of the underworld.  


I still have a teddy bear amongst my collection of plushes, I bought him in 2013 in Salisbury and he is really a generic sort of Ted, with no real personality. If it wasn’t for the monsters under the bed I would probably have disposed of him awhile ago.

His aviator friend is a new addition, although he does appear to be missing his biplane. I do have other plushies, and I am particularly proud of this mob.

The LGM from Toy Story I bought in Hong Kong in 2010, and almost everybody knows the Minions. The pink dog is Courage the Cowardly Dog and the odd fellow next to him is a Zombie from “Plants vs Zombies”. Given this mob I really need more teddy bears!  I also used to have a large doll collection, although that has been seriously cut down, more about them may be found on the Tumbling Twinns webpage

I do have a Paddington Bear that I bought in 2008 when I was in London.

It was quite a thrill to see the Paddington Bear statue on the station with the same name in June.

Paddington Station

Paddington Station

And I seem to recall a whole host of assorted dogs, cats, dragons and city stomping monsters, but that is a different story altogether.

When we grow up we forget our old teddy bears and toys, but a part of us really would like them back; to remind us of the days when the biggest thing we had to worry about were the monsters under the bed and whether we could eat as much peanut butter as we could without getting ill. Never mind peanut allergies, those weren’t invented when I was young.

So all hail the Teddy Bear, protector and companion of children, and friend to adults who really miss the simpler days of growing up

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