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  1. ok so its been a while ... 

    not much going on horologicaly (sp?) speaking ... same 7 fairly cheapies for a while now . might sell a couple in the new year with a view to one or perhaps 2 slightly 'better' watches. or i might not.

    winter is coming - no i still haven't watched any of it - i read the first three books that was enough for me.

    same house , same job. same 710. same two cats but both now with kidney issues, they have made it to 18 and had a good run so far, so we shall see.

    we made loads of plans - they changed. not in a bad way , more of a not quite yet way. that said i am aware life is short so we shall see what i can get up to in 18.

    big holiday next year - although so far only the deposit has been paid - mind you i wised up and have gone for the drinks package this time , i mean come on, who was i kidding?

    is it just me or is there even less worth watching on TV than usual these days ???

    brexit wriggles on - le royaume unis nul points ! really , letting the great unwashed vote , i mean what do they know :laugh:

    710 beckons , tea up - ttfn 



  2. 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.

  3. 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:

  4. 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.






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