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Mike
2017-04-16 10:13:39 UTC
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Now you have all had chance to hear about David's huge bill for tractor
repairs, I thought you might like to hear about a similar sting my parents
suffered.

'Twould have been about 1961 when we went on a camping holiday in the Gower
Peninsular; we were to stay in a field with minimal facilities (all we
could afford) in Llangennith. Having to carry a tent, food, catering
equipment, two adults and four children, my Dad decided to hire a trailor
to allow us a little room in the car. Unbeknownst to us at the time, the
trailor had a very strong and sensitive inertia controlled brake. All the
journey from Yeovil to South Wales, the brake would give the car a little
tug whenever we hit a bump or otherwise jerked the towing hook. Well, we
managed to get to a steep hill just a few miles from our destination when
there was a loud crack and a sound like the wheels trying to mangle heavy
branches. The crown and pinion gearing had had enough and teeth were ground
into eachother rather than sweetly meshing; so there we were, in a Ford
Prefect, halfway up a steep hill, motionless! The garage fees including a
tow, taking us on to the campsite with our goodies on a trailor and fitting
a new transmission amounted to £52, this coincidentally was the exact
amount my parents had put aside for our holiday...

I later related this sorry tale on Ken Bruce's show on radio 2; we still
have the petang-petang biscuit barrel that I won as a prize.
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Penny
2017-04-17 10:14:29 UTC
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I later related this sorry tale on Ken Bruce's show on radio 2; we still
have the petang-petang biscuit barrel that I won as a prize.
Shouldn't there be an olé in that biscuit barrel?

We had a trailer for camping to carry the big canvas tents, food store and
cooking equipment etc. My father had molished a dexion pitched-roof frame
for it and mother made a canvas tilt and an extension to the fly sheet on
the big tent so the trailer became the camp kitchen tucked into this porch.

The only major problem with it over the years occurred on the way home
(fortunately) from a trip to Scotland when one of the tyres on the trailer
burst on the M1 and had completely destroyed itself (and the wheel rim) by
the time we pulled over. We abandoned it by the side of the road and father
returned to collect it a few days later.
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J. P. Gilliver (John)
2017-04-17 11:13:33 UTC
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Post by Mike
I later related this sorry tale on Ken Bruce's show on radio 2; we still
have the petang-petang biscuit barrel that I won as a prize.
Shouldn't there be an olé in that biscuit barrel?
I was thinking that too ...
Post by Penny
We had a trailer for camping to carry the big canvas tents, food store and
cooking equipment etc. My father had molished a dexion pitched-roof frame
First time I've seen "molished" for a very long time. Submitted for
carding ...
Post by Penny
for it and mother made a canvas tilt and an extension to the fly sheet on
the big tent so the trailer became the camp kitchen tucked into this porch.
Very ingenious. My friend had (still has, I think) a commercially-made
trailer tent with some of the same sort of idea - it folds down into a
little trailer, but when unfolded forms the middle of a tent.
Post by Penny
The only major problem with it over the years occurred on the way home
(fortunately) from a trip to Scotland when one of the tyres on the trailer
burst on the M1 and had completely destroyed itself (and the wheel rim) by
the time we pulled over. We abandoned it by the side of the road and father
returned to collect it a few days later.
(I take it this was a few years ago, when you could return and still
find it intact.)
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Penny
2017-04-17 17:52:04 UTC
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On Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:13:33 +0100, "J. P. Gilliver (John)"
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Post by Penny
We had a trailer for camping to carry the big canvas tents, food store and
cooking equipment etc. My father had molished a dexion pitched-roof frame
First time I've seen "molished" for a very long time. Submitted for
carding ...
Carding? Isn't that something one does with wool?
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
Post by Penny
for it and mother made a canvas tilt and an extension to the fly sheet on
the big tent so the trailer became the camp kitchen tucked into this porch.
Very ingenious. My friend had (still has, I think) a commercially-made
trailer tent with some of the same sort of idea - it folds down into a
little trailer, but when unfolded forms the middle of a tent.
Trailer tents are still quite popular but this was nothing like one - pic
here goo.gl/I6JVpI including me aged about 6.

Ray's neighbour in Redditch had a folding caravan - that *was* ingenious!
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Post by Penny
The only major problem with it over the years occurred on the way home
(fortunately) from a trip to Scotland when one of the tyres on the trailer
burst on the M1 and had completely destroyed itself (and the wheel rim) by
the time we pulled over. We abandoned it by the side of the road and father
returned to collect it a few days later.
(I take it this was a few years ago, when you could return and still
find it intact.)
1960s I think. Could have been the A1 and 1950s I suppose.
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J. P. Gilliver (John)
2017-04-17 18:20:57 UTC
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On Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:13:33 +0100, "J. P. Gilliver (John)"
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Post by Penny
We had a trailer for camping to carry the big canvas tents, food store and
cooking equipment etc. My father had molished a dexion pitched-roof frame
First time I've seen "molished" for a very long time. Submitted for
carding ...
Carding? Isn't that something one does with wool?
Yes (-:. I'm not sure if they still call it that (or for that matter
ever did). The OED, in its monitoring of word usage, used to - still do,
to a small extent - keep examples submitted on 6" by 4" slips of paper,
showing enough context to make it clear what the intended meaning is,
and giving source reference (usually publication, date, and page). I'm
not sure if they take usenet as a source yet; I await the response from
the oracle.
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for it and mother made a canvas tilt and an extension to the fly sheet on
the big tent so the trailer became the camp kitchen tucked into this porch.
Very ingenious. My friend had (still has, I think) a commercially-made
trailer tent with some of the same sort of idea - it folds down into a
little trailer, but when unfolded forms the middle of a tent.
Trailer tents are still quite popular but this was nothing like one - pic
here goo.gl/I6JVpI including me aged about 6.
Ah, I see - didn't actually extend the tent, but provided a
heat-resistant etc. cooking area. Cute little girl ... (-:
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Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
(I take it this was a few years ago, when you could return and still
find it intact.)
1960s I think. Could have been the A1 and 1950s I suppose.
Gentler times.
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Penny
2017-04-17 18:39:25 UTC
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Post by Penny
pic
here goo.gl/I6JVpI including me aged about 6.
Ah, I see - didn't actually extend the tent, but provided a
Well the extra flysheet effectively extended the tent and provided a
kitchen out of the rain.
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BrritSki
2017-04-17 19:31:51 UTC
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Trailer tents are still quite popular but this was nothing like one -
pic here goo.gl/I6JVpI
That link doesn't appear to work, even when cut'n'pasted....
BrritSki
2017-04-17 19:33:23 UTC
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Post by Penny
Trailer tents are still quite popular but this was nothing like one -
pic here goo.gl/I6JVpI
That link doesn't appear to work, even when cut'n'pasted....
Ooops, and now it does :/

Nice pic :)
Btms
2017-04-17 19:41:44 UTC
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Trailer tents are still quite popular but this was nothing like one -
pic here goo.gl/I6JVpI
That link doesn't appear to work, even when cut'n'pasted....
Ooops, and now it does :/
Nice pic :)
No it doesn't.
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BrritSki
2017-04-17 20:02:08 UTC
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Post by Penny
Trailer tents are still quite popular but this was nothing like one -
pic here goo.gl/I6JVpI
That link doesn't appear to work, even when cut'n'pasted....
Ooops, and now it does :/
Nice pic :)
No it doesn't.
<https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8ihUsedr_kzd3BOZlo3TWZRN3M/view>
Btms
2017-04-17 20:07:14 UTC
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Trailer tents are still quite popular but this was nothing like one -
pic here goo.gl/I6JVpI
That link doesn't appear to work, even when cut'n'pasted....
Ooops, and now it does :/
Nice pic :)
No it doesn't.
<https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8ihUsedr_kzd3BOZlo3TWZRN3M/view>
Yay! So it does. Echoes of someone's National Service.
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Penny
2017-04-17 21:00:33 UTC
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Post by Penny
Trailer tents are still quite popular but this was nothing like one -
pic here goo.gl/I6JVpI
That link doesn't appear to work, even when cut'n'pasted....
Ooops, and now it does :/
Nice pic :)
No it doesn't.
<https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8ihUsedr_kzd3BOZlo3TWZRN3M/view>
Yay! So it does. Echoes of someone's National Service.
Father was a great patron of the Army Surplus Stores but I think the big
ridge tents were ex-scout rather than army, they were bright green. He
didn't do National Service but was in Dad's Army during the war I think.
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Mike
2017-04-18 08:02:16 UTC
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Father was a great patron of the Army Surplus Stores but I think the big
ridge tents were ex-scout rather than army, they were bright green. He
didn't do National Service but was in Dad's Army during the war I think.
Our tent was supplied by Headquarters & General in Lunnon.
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Sam Plusnet
2017-04-18 21:06:10 UTC
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Father was a great patron of the Army Surplus Stores but I think the big
ridge tents were ex-scout rather than army, they were bright green. He
didn't do National Service but was in Dad's Army during the war I think.
Army Surplus Stores were always a musty delight in my childhood, & all
towns seemed to have one.

<nostalgic sigh>
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Fenny
2017-04-18 21:19:42 UTC
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Father was a great patron of the Army Surplus Stores but I think the big
ridge tents were ex-scout rather than army, they were bright green. He
didn't do National Service but was in Dad's Army during the war I think.
Army Surplus Stores were always a musty delight in my childhood, & all
towns seemed to have one.
<nostalgic sigh>
There were at least 3 in Sheffield. One of them was where we were
bought (non Army surplus) trainers and corduroy trousers. I unearthed
a set of photos in Pa's desk yesterday which include several of Bro &
me wearing such cords and trainers whilst visiting Compton Winyates
with Granny and Grandpa in 1972.
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2017-04-17 21:20:24 UTC
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Nice pic :)
Looking at it again, having spent the last week with all my grandchildren,
I think I must be 4 or 5 in that one. I wish I could find my list of where
we went on holiday when...

I reckon that is somewhere in Shropshire, we had fresh shot pigeons and
rabbits and dammed a stream to make a pool :)
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Fenny
2017-04-17 11:39:35 UTC
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I later related this sorry tale on Ken Bruce's show on radio 2; we still
have the petang-petang biscuit barrel that I won as a prize.
Shouldn't there be an olé in that biscuit barrel?
That'd be f'tang f'tang olé biscuit barrel.

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