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NewcastleFalcon wrote:This little article came up as I was googling to find out aa bit about lithium metal anode batteries.....with no connection at all!

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/12/0 ... mail_rail/

The title is
Going underground: The Royal Mail's great London train squeeze
Uber cars, Amazon drones? Pah! Driverless deliveries from a different age
Interesting enough for a browse with a skinny latte made with soya milk!

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I've put up a couple of photos to do with Mail Rail up on 'Pictures Of The Day' :)
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A lovely coffee-table browse if you have an interest in pedal cars made by Austin in Bargeod South Wales

http://www.austinmemories.com/styled-25/index.html

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I'll shove this in the library and then explain how I got to it.

Its an interesting story of the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally when very much at the expense of the British Teams who filled the first 4 places "past the post" were disqualified on a technicality and the race awarded to a Citroen!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/date ... 506863.stm

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and the link......PE Jukebox:Election Selection, Andy Williams, his french wife Claudine Longet, the movie "Un Homme et Une Femme" and the song from it by Claudine, with the backdrop of the le Mans 24Hrs and the Monte Carlos Rallly, and incidentally a movie with a lot of old cars in it!



Everyone will know the tune....

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Well its been a little while since a deposit has been made in the PE Library so I have something to put in.

It falls into the category of "crikey I would never pay that much for that", but if it was lying around while I was having a coffee or a pint, I would definitely flick through it and look at the pictures.

So the PE as ever is there to satisfy those needs....I give you

"Some Turtles Have Nice Shells" by Roger D. Beck

Inspiration comes from here

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I recently read this.. cheered me up no end..

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That's a very amusing read Mike.

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I'm pleased you have resurrected this thread Neil :)

I've been reading this recently, amongst other books...

A bit niche but a very good, high-quality and well-written book with lots of technical detail and pictures.

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Got it very cheaply from an outfit called Postscript Books who seem to specialise in end of print and overstocks of books that did not sell as well as expected... The book above was reduced from £30 to a tenner...

There's some real bargains to be had... I'm now on their mailing list.

http://www.psbooks.co.uk/?sourcecode=E0090A

Well worth a look...

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Good site that Jim. I buy a few from "World Of Books" but mostly second hand - almost everything is £2.59 :)
There's a pair of Wharfdales in my dining room - not mine unfortunately but youngest daughter's.

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Steve, with your interest in fine music and reproduction thereof, I think you'd really enjoy the book... It's very enlightening, especially how the company started...

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I have just bought (from e-bay) a brilliant book called "Masquerade: The Amazing Camouflage Deceptions of World War II" by Seymour Reit. I used to have a copy, but I lost it some years ago. Now I am re-visiting the brilliant ways camouflage was used to change the apparent to something different. For example, the section I am currently reading explains the dummy bomb craters (two versions, one for overcast days so had muted 'shadows', while the second version was for clear sunny days with pin-sharp 'shadows'), and when unsuspecting Allied pilots came into land they were very concerned, and had to be reassured by the ground controllers; "Don't worry about those, old boy - they're only to fool the Jerries".

Then, a page or so later, "K" fields are explained (realistic dummy airfields designed to divert Luftwaffe attacks from real airfields). Sometimes the crews servicing these "K" fields forgot why these existed, and a famous communication goes on, with the sounds of exploding bombs and machine gun fire in the background;

Agitated Flt Sgt: "Sir! We're being attacked!"
Pilot Officer: "Splendid, Sergeant. Good Show"
Flt Sgt; "They're smashing the place to bits!"
Pilot Officer: "Yes, excellent. Carry on"
Flt Sgt: "But, sir - we need fighter cover! They're wrecking my best decoys!".

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That sounds like an excellent book James :)

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It is;

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Masquerade-Th ... SwtGlZBJmg

During the Battle of Britain there were 500 dummy decoy targets (airfields and industrial sites) scattered throughout England. During this time there were around 430 enemy raids against real airfields, and about 440 raids against dummy fields ("Q" fields, which were night time sites, with lighting to mimic an airfield, and "K" fields, which were 24 hour decoys), thereby causing the Luftwaffe to waste thousands of tonnes of bombs on empty fields, and taking some of the strain off the RAF.

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Hell Razor5543 wrote: During the Battle of Britain there were 500 dummy decoy targets (airfields and industrial sites) scattered throughout England. During this time there were around 430 enemy raids against real airfields, and about 440 raids against dummy fields ("Q" fields, which were night time sites, with lighting to mimic an airfield, and "K" fields, which were 24 hour decoys), thereby causing the Luftwaffe to waste thousands of tonnes of bombs on empty fields, and taking some of the strain off the RAF.


Whoever thought up that scheme was a genius :D

Mind you, deception in all areas was critical to winning the war... A very successful one was a massively well-planned deception to lead the Germans to believe the D-Day invasion would be along the Pas de Calais and not Normandy...

It worked too. It even used dummy radio traffic and a dummy invasion force. Much deception was fed to the German high command via double-agents - another great success of the war...

And, it goes without saying that al lot of this was only possible due to Ultra intelligence courtesy of Bletchley Park in the form of decrypted German communications...

In the Afria campaign and in other areas too, use was made of dummy tanks to deceive the enemy...

It is a fascinating subject :)

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The D-Day deceptions were Chapter 3 in the book. Even General Patten got in on the act (mind you, he was in disgrace for slapping a couple of invalided soldiers in a hospital, accusing them of cowardice when they were suffering from shell shock (that is not detailed in the book, but I am aware of it from other sources)), as he was then in 'command' of First United States Army Group (FUSAG), actually operation 'Quicksilver'. The deceptions worked well over expectations; the planners hoped for 10 - 14 days grace after the initial invasion, what they got was 7 weeks.

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Fields Of Deception - Colin Dobinson, Methuen, English Heritage, covers the decoy sites in much detail.

"Fields of Deception presents the first detailed study of Britain's bombing decoys, both at war - through their design, pattering, and operations - and at peace, through their fragmentary survival as enigmatic features in today's landscape. .....published in support of English Heritage's initatives to document and preserve Britain's wartime remains."

It also has an extensive gazetteer of sites :)