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Thursday, 29 November 2018

Beginning to Feel a Bit Festive

Settle's Christmas kicks off with a bang on Saturday - lights switch on in the Market Place, Father Christmas and fireworks from the top of Castlebergh.

Our old home at The Folly does Christmas well these days, especially now that the north downstairs is an exceedingly posh cafe.   They are using this lovely seasonal picture of the old place:

Off tomorrow to see the surgeon who fixed my neck, for an x-ray and three monthly check up in Preston.

Monday, 26 November 2018

CSi's New Website is a Must-See

The new elements of the water tower were designed and built by Commercial Systems International Limited of Hull.   They are an amazing company which prides itself on its ability to cope with engineering and architectural challenges.   Their facilities in Hull mean they can construct very large things for reassembly wherever needed.

I have only just discovered that they have had a splendid new website, since September - and we feature on it as a case study along with some mightily impressive other buildings and structures. 

Here is our bit:

It is well worth a look-see at the other case studies too:

They put our little job into context!

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Monday, 12 November 2018

Sixties Power at Settle

This wonderful picture dates from the early 1960s and shows one of the powerful Black 5 locomotives of the time about to depart northbound from Settle station.

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The Black 5 has a full head of steam in anticipation of a tough climb up to Blea Moor and beyond, evidenced by the excess steam blowing from the safety valves.   Black 5s were the standard workhorses for stopping trains over the S&C and can still be seen hauling special charter trains to this day.

This particular locomotive was scrapped in 1967.

And a picture of Settle station in 1964.   No footbridge but the water tower looks on:

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Colonoscopy Time

Colonoscopy is one of those things one knows about and which, hopefully, happens to other people.   One of life's medical indignities and if ever needed  buggerations.   I use the word in its most well meant sense.

As colonoscopies go, this morning's was a delight.   This was the final one (I think) to be certain that cancer had not returned and, in full 4K HD I was able to take a trip up where the sun don't shine and see for myself that it had not.   Clean as a whistle, as it were.   Not only that the procedure was done by my friend and saviour Mr Khan - the surgeon who operated on me three years ago.   Bless him, he remembered me and my late sigmoid colon.  A lovely man and a delight to meet him and to thank him again.

Just about everybody who attends the Endoscopy Unit (they look at both ends) is worried about it for all sorts of reasons.   In Airedale's case the tone is set even before you get to the door. 

Finally, not for those of gentle upbringing or a delicate disposition, this is Billy Connolly on the preparation for a colonoscopy: 

Friday, 2 November 2018

Planning Permission Refused

Our application to extend the annex at the rear of the tower has been refused:

To be fair this is not unexpected as both the planning officer and the Conservation / Heritage person had both said they thought the extension was, in two words, 'too big'.

Clearly, we do not want to waste more money on designing something smaller which might still be regarded as too big so we went back to the planner to get some guidance.   The key words are 'in its present form'.   Frustrating though this is, we hope to satisfy the concerns and to achieve what maybe an even better result.

Architect Stuart Green is going to draw up some options that address 'scale, size, location and massing' and then we shall meet with the two planning people to discuss it further.   He is not renowned for letting such things defeat him.   Here are his pods on top of Bradford's Listers Mill:

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Another Furniture Find

Deep within the furniture pile was a set of bedroom furniture in stunningly good condition but slightly out of fashion in that it was brown.   Its quality though is outstanding so we have decided to keep it for the new extension (planning decision day today incidentally).   Two wardrobes (his and hers*) and a dressing table.

Turns out they were made by the London firm of Harris Lebus (1840-1969).   They bear a 1960 British Standard kitemark - remember those?

Here is the smaller wardrobe:

Those shelves bear neat little labels, pyjamas, underwear, shirts etc.

Turns out that Harris Lebus have a fascinating history.   During WW2 their London factory, said to be the biggest furniture factory in the world, was used to make the wooden Horsa D Day gliders and the Mosquito fighter bomber aircraft.   I believe the Mosquito was the fastest thing in the sky for a time because of its light-weigh but incredibly strong wooden construction.   More useful at the time than luxury furniture for sure.

Not just that, they invented and produced Utility furniture, nowadays appreciated and sought after.

* Why are his wardrobes bigger than hers?   That flies in the face of 3/4 of a century's experience of volume of clothes accumulated by the sexes.