Sunday, 18 February 2018

Passport Portraits of Yesteryear no. 33

Continuing the series of passport portraits in my collection.
Peruse and wonder.
Paul Godart is 34 yrs. old and is the works manager for the shipyard of Germe et Jouy, a company in Boulogne building trawlers, patrol boats and dredgers. He lives at the factory.

This is his photograph on his safe-conduct issued to him on 22nd June 1918 by the controller of the armies in the north of France to allow him to travel in and around Boulogne within limits of about five miles.

The means of transport allowed him?

A bicycle.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Margaret Thatcher in Grantham

 The museum in Grantham is excellent – well laid out, uncluttered, interesting and legible.

This is the portrait of Baroness Thatcher painted by Lorna May Wadsworth. 

Lady Thatcher said to the artist, "It's very fierce." 

Wadsworth responded with, "Sometimes, Lady Thatcher, we women have to be fierce to get our own way."

"Very true," Thatcher said.

As a student Margaret Thatcher graduated in chemistry and applied for a job with the giant chemical company, ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries). The appointment board's assessment in rejecting her application was, 
"...this woman is headstrong, obstinate and dangerously self-opinionated..."

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Train vandalism in miniature

Some railway modellers are imaginative in their search for realism in miniature. This train, seen recently at the Canterbury Model Railway Exhibition, had suffered graffiti spraying down its side.

Elsewhere on the same layout, this car was being impounded. Perhaps the driver should have used one of the hire bikes you can see in the racks.

This representation of a diesel motive power depot was throbbing with realism as all the locomotives were generating the correct engine noises. The miniaturisation of electronics has been welcomed amongst the modelling community, allowing lighting and sound effects hitherto unrealisable.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Another bargain from M&S Food.

Coming back down the A1 we popped into the services at Baldock to possibly grab a sandwich at the Marks & Spencer food store.

And I was sorely tempted by this bargain offer: 

'3 for £8 or £2.60 each'

Read it carefully and work out the maths for yourself. You could save yourself some money!

Monday, 22 January 2018

Progress on the Great North Road-A14 junction.

I do not know if there has been any progress since last I travelled up the Great North Road, or A1 as it has been called since the 1930s.

The junction linking the A14 Cambridge road to the A1 is being re-planned on a grand scale.

There is a lot of infrastructure dotted about the landscape.

I hope it all joins up when they have finished.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Sunset in Lincoln

I had never been to Lincoln until a few days ago.
Unfortunately my work did not permit me the time to explore as I would have liked.

I did, however, see the sun setting on the cathedral as viewed from the bottom of this steep hill.

And the name of the street is: Steep Hill.

How imaginative!