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If someone’s standing there for a couple of minutes trying to get a few dollars off, that’s two minutes they could have spent browsing elsewhere. I view this kind of picker as inefficient and greedy.04/02/2019 at 1:49 am in reply to: does anyone out there has a subscription to newspaper.com? #59565
“Wrung-necked Chicken-bird”? “ill-fortuned Joe Btfspld”? Was the reporter Don van Vliet’s brother, Wilbur?
That china dog that ornaments the bedroom of my furnished lodgings. It is a white dog. Its eyes blue. Its nose is a delicate red, with spots. Its head is painfully erect, its expression is amiability carried to verge of imbecility. I do not admire it myself. Considered as a work of art, I may say it irritates me. Thoughtless friends jeer at it, and even my landlady herself has no admiration for it, and excuses its presence by the circumstance that her aunt gave it to her.
But in 200 years’ time it is more than probable that that dog will be dug up from somewhere or other, minus its legs, and with its tail broken, and will be sold for old china, and put in a glass cabinet. And people will pass it round, and admire it. They will be struck by the wonderful depth of the colour on the nose, and speculate as to how beautiful the bit of the tail that is lost no doubt was.
We, in this age, do not see the beauty of that dog. We are too familiar with it. It is like the sunset and the stars: we are not awed by their loveliness because they are common to our eyes. So it is with that china dog. In 2288 people will gush over it. The making of such dogs will have become a lost art. Our descendants will wonder how we did it, and say how clever we were. We shall be referred to lovingly as “those grand old artists that flourished in the nineteenth century, and produced those china dogs.”
from Three Men In A Boat published 1889. JKJ’s describing the Staffordshire pottery dogs that were desirable antiques back in the ’70s (the 1970s). You can get them cheap now, if you want to make a long-term investment cough.
Them’s egg cups. They’re used for soft-boiled eggs.
Collected a load of different ones for a display last Easter, together with decorative eggs to put in them. Eggs sold, cups didn’t- no-one uses them any more.
Found out yesterday that there’s at least one word that should be capitalised- PYREX. So long as it is PYREX and not pyrex…03/19/2019 at 5:04 am in reply to: Picking Up Hitchhikers by the Side of the Road for Fun & Profit #58925
Yes, I regularly drive past a mint-green and white two-door Plymouth (I keep on meaning to stop and find out what model). It’s been in someone’s driveway for at least five years, with another car at the back of it covered in a tarp. The owner’s recently put it up on axle stands and removed the back wheels. The houses in the area were built in the 1960s, when British cars were about 5 feet wide, so an American car stuck in a 6-foot driveway looks like a beached whale.
Someone in the area did manage to hoard five cars; three in the 20 foot wide front garden and two on the road. As far as I remember it was two Range Rovers and three Reliant Scimitars. He died after hitting a lamp post in a Scimitar. Neighbours said six German shepherd dogs were found (in good health) in his house.03/18/2019 at 1:43 pm in reply to: Picking Up Hitchhikers by the Side of the Road for Fun & Profit #58888
Lot of work to strip a car, and then you have to have plenty of shelf space and an inventory system. Also model-specific parts are easier to locate if they’re left in situ.
This junkyard, Vic Berry’s, managed to cover Leicester in asbestos when it caught fire.
Signature may be ‘Moyes’. The fiddler looks to me more like Zero Mostel than Topol.
If you like rabbit holes, try searching “Whitcombe and Tombs “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”” 🙂
It appears that the bulbs are flickering at 120 Hertz (i.e. 120 times a second, or twice the US mains frequency), which flickering usually can’t be discerned by people. Presumably all the bulbs flicker at the same rate and time, so a shutter speed of 1/240 of a second or faster will sometimes produce a dark photo.
The overpainting’s “clobbering” (explanatory page). For example, Mason ironstone was often clobbered in Indian red and blue. I suppose it’s a way of adding colour using unskilled labour.
Poirist (å la mode de Louis-Philippe I).
I was sitting in the kitchen of a friend’s house when I heard someone say “Erhh!” quite loudly. Assuming it was my friend (who was elderly and disabled) I rushed into the living room. My friend looked at me and said “Where is she?”, meaning her daughter. She’d heard “Hello”, and assumed it was her.
Stupid ghost. Can’t even speak clearly.
Just checked a kilim (or kelim) I bought yesterday- doesn’t have the threads crossing from area to area, and the pile is rougher (more like hessian). The design isn’t aligned with the long side which kind of makes me think it’s not a prayer mat. Might be an American rug of some type.02/24/2019 at 2:11 am in reply to: Is a Union Made In the USA Burberry Trench Coat Worth more? #57531
Just “checked” (cough) the label on mine- “made in England, 100% cotton”. Don’t know about the quality issue, but Burberry became very popular with chavs some years ago…
Retailers who stock Burberry products say there is a growing negative association with the brand as the national obsession with chav culture …”Daily Telegraph, 2004″
I was never a chav, guv, I picked up my bomber jacket for 40 nicker in a seedy charity shop sarf of the river down near Twickenham. Combined with a (borrowed) miniature Schnauzer it “attracts attention” better than any spray Lynx can come up with.
So, to answer your question, for the US market I don’t know. For the UK market the brand apparently has turned the corner and shaken off its negative associations, but I don’t know whether it has regained its cachet as clothing for the upper middle classes. I can imagine that in Scotland a “Union made in US” tag would be more acceptable than a “Made In England” tag!