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cornixt
1358709.  Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:13 pm Reply with quote

Did they change back to square nuts then? All my Meccano from the 80s and 90s came with square nuts. So glad I kept my sets, they have come in so useful over the years for random household tasks.

 
crissdee
1358713.  Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:54 pm Reply with quote

Firstly, AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!! at the use of Meccano as repair kit!!!! Even if you are not interested in building stuff with it, it is worth money to collectors.

Secondly, they never went back to square nuts to my knowledge. and a quick scan through my book on the history of the company gives no further info. You must have had either new (old) stock, or secondhand stuff.

 
bobwilson
1358716.  Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:14 pm Reply with quote

TIL that I don't have lockable wheelnuts - when asked this question by mechanic booking car into service I have to admit that he might as well have asked if I'd got a gerrananamonic in my pegaraimaon - but now I know the answer to the former question (the latter question is, as yet, unresolved).

My life feels immeasurably enhanced.

 
bobwilson
1358717.  Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:20 pm Reply with quote

crissdee wrote:
Firstly, AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!! at the use of Meccano as repair kit!!!! Even if you are not interested in building stuff with it, it is worth money to collectors.



The epitome of the flaw in capitalist / commercialist society logic

for the question of whether an item which can be utilised for constructive purpose might be better employed as an objet d'art to even arise presupposes - well, a whole raft of stuff tbh

One could definitely get a philosophy degree out of that

 
Alfred E Neuman
1358720.  Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:47 am Reply with quote

bobwilson wrote:
One could definitely get a philosophy degree out of that

Yes, but would that degree be an item that which can be utilised for constructive purpose or would it merely be an objet d’art?

 
crissdee
1358791.  Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:11 am Reply with quote

Not today, but recently. There is a grave in our local churchyard, of an Army veteran. Not unusual you might say. This man however, was not a veteran of the Second World War, or even the First World War. This man served our country during the Indian Mutiny, and before that, in Crimea! He went to war carrying a muzzle-loading, single shot musket, and quite possibly a sword.

I find that quite interesting myself.

 
CB27
1358807.  Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:54 pm Reply with quote

Just came off a chat with family, it was a big extended one because of the new year, so there were people I didn't know, including some in-laws of one of my uncles who came round.

I knew his MIL had a claim to fame in that she's the granddaughter of EM Lilien, but she was telling us about how she came to live in Israel, and it was an interesting story.

Her family moved from Germany to the UK prior to WWII because they believed that it was going to get worse in Germany (though they wouldn't have known how bad). She ended up studying to become a nurse, but after being hired as a personal nurse she decided to move to Israel. So she sadly asked the Churchills to let her leave and she came to Israel and...

Hang on (that was my reaction), do you mean as in Winston Churchill?

Apparently it was well known in the family that she was a personal nurse to Winston Churchill, has a couple of letters from him and photos, but it's not a big deal because her claim to fame is being the granddaughter of Lilien.

They found it funny I thought it's definitely a big deal.

 
tetsabb
1358810.  Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:11 pm Reply with quote

There is a vineyard less than a mile from our house. Aa I walked past it, I caught sight of an artificial bird of prey swooping and hovering above it. It is tethered to what looks like a very long fishing rod which moves and sways in the breeze. What is really cool is the way that the ends of the wings flutter like the real thing.
Hopefully effective at keeping small birds away from the grapes.
I tried to get a picture, but it was too small.

 
Alfred E Neuman
1358811.  Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:33 pm Reply with quote

On the subject of eagles, I saw what I believe is a crowned eagle in the garden at lunch time. So I did a little reading up on them and they’re quite interesting raptors. Their primary diet (although probably not the ones in this area) is monkeys, which they can kill by crushing their skulls with their talons, and although they’re not huge, they’re one of the most powerful eagles based on the size of their prey. One is recorded to have attacked a seven year old boy and was eventually bludgeoned to death with a hoe. They’re one of the very few eagles capable of taking human prey.

And the spotted eagle owls have an owlet in the nest, I haven’t seen their offspring in a couple of years so it was good to see one this year.

 
crissdee
1358812.  Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:46 pm Reply with quote

@tets, I have seen things like that in private gardens, at a distance, they can be quite effective.

 
cornixt
1358815.  Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:00 pm Reply with quote

crissdee wrote:
Firstly, AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!! at the use of Meccano as repair kit!!!! Even if you are not interested in building stuff with it, it is worth money to collectors.

Secondly, they never went back to square nuts to my knowledge. and a quick scan through my book on the history of the company gives no further info. You must have had either new (old) stock, or secondhand stuff.


Collectors schmollectors.

For what it is worth, one set is the number 3 from "1989 to 1991 sets 1 - 4":
https://www.meccanoindex.co.uk/Mmanuals/Post-1981/1982-98.php?id=1600458722
I got the number 2 set new as a gift and made a trip to Hamley's to buy the 2+ set that gave me the parts and manual for #3.

The other is the #5 set from "1991 to 1996 Main Sets". You can even see the square nut wrench on the covers of that range.

Maybe your history book only covers it up until it was bought out by another company.

 
crissdee
1358818.  Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:05 pm Reply with quote

Interesting, I shall delve a little deeper into the matter.......

 
RLDavies
1358835.  Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:28 am Reply with quote

I doubt it will be of any practical use to anybody around here, including me, but I just learned about a strange little medical condition in which patches of the frontal bone (forehead) become thickened on the inside.

It mainly affects post-menopausal women, and causes no symptoms or problems at all. It just turns up incidentally on X-rays.

http://www.learningradiology.com/notes/neuronotes/hyperostosisifrontalis.htm

 
tetsabb
1358838.  Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:17 am Reply with quote

Is it the result of a lifetime of smacking their heads against walls, crying, "Men"?
😉

 
AlmondFacialBar
1358839.  Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:34 am Reply with quote

tetsabb wrote:
Is it the result of a lifetime of smacking their heads against walls, crying, "Men"?
😉


In grossly oversimplified terms - yes.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 

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