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  1. I put new cams in my bike to give better mid range power, and went for a run in the glorious sunshine to make sure everything was fine. Ended up going a route that took me past where "it all began".

    Andra (Andrew) Cochran's at Roundyhill. One shed, surprisingly still standing.


    There used to be another two to the left. Always something ratty and interesting to be had, Rudges, Norton's, etc. I once bought a Triumph Grand Prix for £30, and rode it home 17 miles when I was 14. There was a huge pot belly stove in the remaining shed, which was always on in the winter, and the place was lit with paraffin lamps. This was in the 1970's ! The last time I was there would have been over 35 years ago when I went to see " Andra's" brother after he died.

  2. While I get to stay working on the estate, the other lads who work on our building sites were busy demolishing an old garage, ready for a rebuild. They bought back a truck load of the old roofing timbers....joists, roofing batten and old chipboard flooring. Rather than just chuck it in the skip, where it would take up valuable space (...and I mean valuable, the price of skips today!) and as it was freezing cold, we made it into a bit of a bonfire. Kept me warm for most of the morning....:yes:

  3. Well, one small ball and how I got it out. It's not as bad as it sounds.....honest.

    Once I got the bezel off, all that was left was the remains of a spring and no ball bearing for that wonderfull "click" when you rotate your bezel. Being pointed in the right direction from Jsud2002 and a link to one of Roys hacks as I like to call them, I proceeded to find a Bic pen and my clippers and followed Roys instructions which can be found here.

    Roys ball seems bigger than mine, so once I get a mitt full of spring bars tomorrow, I will be able to tell, but you get the idea of the job in hand.

    There seems to be a mixed view on using these balls as they are not stainless steel, but Tungsten and over time may wear away the bezel. I dont use my bezel as it should be used, so in my case I dont mind using the Tungsten. If you prefer your balls of steel, they are about £3 for ten of the  1mm little blighters. Enjoy the pics.






  4. casio for the run - and for the first time in ages i miss-pressed the buttons so instead of starting a stopwatch i did bugger all to a down timer. good run anyway - i have a start slow and slow down after a mile strategy which seems to be working.

    anyway down 11 pounds in weight since mid September; the huge drop in beer and cider consumption may have as much to do with it as the resumed training. finding it a bit too cold for the rowing machine in the mornings (garage).  some free weights indoors but god that is boring...

    on call from home today after another busy week - almost up to date with the paperwork. if i get a call out i hope it comes soon - Friday afternoon specials are a royal friggin' pain and i don't get overtime - i have a lot of time for the NHS. most of the folks there are diamond, but there are a few skiving brain deads who wait until the very last minute to call something in so they can sit and drink coffee as "the machine is broken".   quote of the week - "well its started making this really bad mechanical noise and was running really rough a few days ago, but it didnt break down completely until this morning" ... rant over. 

    luxor for the weekend unless back to the casio for work - it had been the seiko for the last few days.

    and it turns out its 8 in total not 7 - i put them all in the box at the same time and counted - yes for a while there there was no watch at all on my slightly slimmer, anger vented wrist.

    BFN      Jimmy and Leonard this week - am i getting old ?

    Hagwe :rltrlt:


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    Well I think I just started a blog......many thanks Roy.

    I am playing with my new Parnis to celebrate :tongue:

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