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They don’t make ’em like that any more – and it’s probably just as well…

Yesterday I was looking at the window display of a shop specialising in vintage cameras and equipment, and was surprised to see this book among all of the camera-related items, which included vintage movie, cine and still cameras, as well … Continue reading

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It breaks my heart but…

I promised to clear our loft, which is so full that it’s difficult to move up there. In the first load of stuff for disposal are these vintage tyres, British made, some of which may date from the 1930s. Some … Continue reading

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When and where was this hairstyle ever acceptable?

Just bought a camera manual from the late 1970s/early 1980s, and this photo from the manual illustrates, for me, the difference between style and fashion.  Style is enduring, fashion ephemeral.  This guy almost certainly changed his hairstyle, and, hopefully, shaved … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different.

My interest in fine things mechanical isn’t limited to bicycles.  During the 1980s and 1990s, I collected, used and competed with firearms of various types until it was considered politically expedient to effectively ban the ownership of pistols and rifles … Continue reading

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The Joys of a Bespoke Bicycle (3)

So, we’d agreed on my broad requirements, and now it was time to discuss the project in detail, starting with the basic frame design.  The primary issues here were twofold: the type of steel to use, and whether it should … Continue reading

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The Joys of a Bespoke Bicycle (2)

Having decided to proceed with the project in Autumn 2014, we then needed to establish what form the bike would take.  I already had a brief list of essential requirements, which follows. 1.  The bike should be comfortable, with steady … Continue reading

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The Joys of a Bespoke Bicycle (1)

In 2013, a friend who lives in Wales asked me to pick up a vintage frame he had bought from an eBay vendor here in Weymouth. I was very surprised to find that the vendor was a frame builder, Darron … Continue reading

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