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MrE

Member since Apr 2012 • Last active Jul 2020
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10 years coal mining, 25 years teaching, 10 years Head of Faculty, now retired...

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  • in COVID-19
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    About 30 years apart. Even favourite pipes don't last that long, although I have kept one or two.

  • in COVID-19
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    This (perfect lockdown body) had me looking through hard drives and backup discs for a holiday photo - several hours into the search MrsE pointed out that that particular holiday predates digital cameras...
    Anyway. Dip pen, from the small Tripleprint photo we did find.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Even MrsE likes the Monsal trail - especially the tunnels. The coffee van at Miller's Dale used to be good as well.

  • in COVID-19
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    Excellent.
    All the required elements, with the possible exception of biscuits.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I've used 'wood' filament - PLA with a bamboo fibre filler - it sands fairly well (with care), can generate something like grain by playing with nozzle temperatures (mine darkens at the upper end of the temp range) and accepts a spirit stain readily.

    For all that, it isn't wood - with time, effort and finishing materials I still end up with things that look like wood coloured plastic, so you'll probably need more opinions than mine.

    The main reason I've tried it is related to aeromodelling - in principle it's less dense than say white PLA, in practice it's still too dense to make anything structural for model aircraft.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I suspect I was getting a good deal at the time (£80 in 2008) - now paying £94 for two 1950s mopeds, no commuting but I'm covered if I want to tour Europe on my Trojan MiniMotor...

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I've been using Peter James Insurance for the same reason (renewal increases by no more than inflation).
    I fell out with Footman James when they hiked my premium by 75%, the reason being the new owners (Aon at that time) had a 'minimum premium' policy. Things might be different now Towergate own them?

  • in COVID-19
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    HB and 4B pencil on 160gsm printer 'card'. I'm still aspiring to @crossedthread 's level of control, using fewer individual marks rather than my default large number of small marks.

  • in COVID-19
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    You probably won't want to hear this, but 10 years on it's still something that regularly crosses my mind...

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    It might be worth cross posting in the Home DIY or Craftspeople threads?

    https://www.lfgss.com/conversations/1782­72/
    https://www.lfgss.com/conversations/1786­67/

    I turned a ball cap for a newel post many years ago - spherical turned out to be challenging on a traditional lathe. If ever I needed another I'd look to buy one...

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