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    The do you remember thread for oldies

    Do you remember this little beauty, I had one when I was courting and money was very tight, from memory it did about 250 miles per gallon and saved energy and money, it made the hills so easy and could get up to about 30mph and no road tax. Just for the record that is not me in the picture

    The Trojan Minimotor was designed in 1946 by Vincenti Piatti and by 1948 was being manufactured, under licence, by the Trojan company of Croydon (the same company which made the well known Trojan vans used by Brooke Bond).
    It must be remembered that in the years immediately following the war, Europe was desperate for transport. Nevertheless, it must have been quite a feat to have sold over 100,000 units by 1951.
    The beauty of the Minimotor lies in its simplicity. The small two-stroke cylinder is hung beneath the petrol tank with one end of the crankshaft driving the magneto and the other end having a drive roller to bear on the rear tyre. There is no clutch but instead a handlebar lever operating a cable mechanism to raise or lower the engine onto the tyre. A small carburettor regulates the petrol flow, by handlebar control. Apart from the lifting mechanism that's all there is to it.
    With easy, open access to the engine this really was a motor which could be decarbonised during your lunch break.
    This is one of the early Mk I models; it lacks a decompressor and the handlebar lever pulls the engine down onto the tyre. This makes control of my early model, interesting.......... One is used to a 'clutch' lever engaging the drive when released, but on this early unit it works the other way round, squeezing the control engages drive, releasing it frees the drive, and this takes a certain mental agility, at least on the maiden ride!

    Any comments?? Have you memories to share??

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    30 MPH!! I'm amazed, is that down hill??
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    No, on the level with a slight tail wind

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    They played havoc with the tyres though
    Cheers MIKE.

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    Cheers MIKE.

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    A musical nostalgia trip, how many recall Willis Connover presenting Music USA on Voice of America?

    When I was in the Middle East with the RAF in trhe mid 1950s I used to listen most evenings on short wave.
    Cheers MIKE.

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    I never heard that station Mike but I do remember 'AFN' American Forces Network They broadcast some great Jazz

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    I like listening to old radio programmes on the internet. This is probably of more interest to UK listeners (sorry), but I remember listening as a child to the Clitheroe Kid, and who can forget Hancocks half hour, and of course The Navy Lark. Does anyone remember "Have a go?"with Wilfred Pickles, I have memories of going to one of his shows. They don't seem to make comedy like they used to, or is my age catching up with me.


    Margaret

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    Margaret, You want BBC Radio 7, Goon show today (Thursday) at 0800, 1200 or 1900. available for 7 days on iplayer. Tomorrow same times Kenneth Williams - Stop Messing about; Monday, Dad's Army (Radio adaptation); Tuesday TIFH; Wednesday H-h-h-h-hancocks H-h-h-h-half H-h-h-h-hour. Plus repeats of ISIRTA. When they finish a series of one show they run another, Navy Lark, Clitheroe Kid, Much Binding, Beyond out Ken, round the Horne and others.

    Each episode is available on BBC iplayer for 7 days.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio7/programmes/schedules
    Cheers MIKE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.H.C. View Post
    I never heard that station Mike but I do remember 'AFN' American Forces Network They broadcast some great Jazz
    True, VOA was aimed at Eastern Europe mainly, but they had a floating station in the Med by one of the Greek Islands, I think that's what we picked up in Egypt and Cyprus.
    Cheers MIKE.

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    Thanks for that Mike, that is what I use. I love all the old programmes.


    Margaret

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    Subject: Remember the corner shop?

    Grandad was reminiscing about the good old days....................




    "When I were a young fella,in dream time, my mother would send me down  t'corner store wi' a shilling, and I'd come back wi' five pounds o' potatoes, two loaves o' bread, three pints o' milk, a pound o' cheese, a packet o' tea, an' 'alf a dozen eggs, and a packet tobacco.Yer can't do that now.
    Too many damm security cameras."  

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    The house I'm now living in was a corner shop "when I were a lad"
    Cheers MIKE.

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    I remember the grocers shop we went to, Mr Westrop the owner would give us sweets from a big jar. The butcher and baker would deliver, on a bike I suspect. The shop I loved most was an old fashioned book shop, it was a cavern of old books.

    I remember when I worked and lived in a remote village, the grocer came round in an old bus.


    Margaret

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    I remember having a milk box and having ice cold milk delivered in glass bottles! The milk tasted much better in glass bottles. I also loved cinnamon raisin bread which was delivered too. Hmmmmm

    I remember making raids on our neighbors gardens and fruit trees. Only way my friends and I would eat vegetables. Each one of us would have responsibility to bring either salt or a knife or mayonaise to slather on whatever vegetables we could get! What fun!!
    I wish You Peace
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