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The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself, well lets hope not...

https://www.visitaland.com/en/articles/bomarsund/

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The Aland islands have featured once before on the French Car Forum in the "Post your Car related Stamps" thread here.

https://www.frenchcarforum.co.uk/forum/ ... 24#p433624
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The theme in 2013 for the issue of "Europa" stamps by countries in Europe was post vehicles to celebrate the 20th anniversary of PostEurop.

Not surprisingly the UK went for the Morris Minor as opposed to the Fiat Doblo, or Peugeot Bipper/Partner

Each Country's "entry" is available here

Well first on the list is the Aland Islands-new one on me so this is what WIki says about them. "The Åland Islands or Åland is an autonomous, demilitarised, monolingually Swedish-speaking region of Finland that consists of an archipelago lying at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea."

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If you want a trivia question investigated this is the thread to post it on.

From POTD today, an illustration of the info available on named bricks...and across the UK and beyond there are thousands, of different named bricks proudly stamped on the products when every area of the country had its own brickworks and many many of them. One of these is unidentified as yet, but the one marked Snowball, a firebrick produced over 100 years ago , still just about bears the makers name. Both bricks were found on Spittal beach Berwick upon Tweed. Subject to time tide salt sand and spray for all those years.
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As an illustration this is what information is held on one of the most comprehensive sites on UK Brick Names about the "Snowball"
Snowball Firebrick Works, Derwenthaugh, Gateshead. James Snowball, Fire-brick and glazed Sanitary Pipe Manufacturers, Stourbridge, near Pipewellgate. Gateshead.

After being a grocer for 12 years, James Snowball acquired a brick factory around 1853 & he is listed as being in partnership with Watson Walker in Slaters 1855 edition as Walker & Snowball (fire) at the New Stone Bridge Fire Brick Works, Gateshead. The 1856 OS map shows this works as the Stourbridge Firebrick & Sanitary Pipe Works & was situated in Stourbridge near Pipewellgate, Gateshead. The New Stone Bridge referred to in this entry was the original Redheugh stone bridge. The London Gazette dated 22nd October 1861 records that Watson Walker, a Spirit Merchant was declaring himself bankrupt & that he had been in partnership with James Snowball as Fire-brick & Sanitary Glazed Pipe Manufacturers at Stourbridge near Pipewellgate, Gateshead. James continues to operate this works on his own & he is listed in the 1861 census as a Fire Brick Manufacturer employing 15 men & living with his family at 25, High Street West, Gateshead. James continued to expand his business acquiring several collieries & in or around 1865 opened a new fire brick works at Derwent Haugh, Swalwell. The 1871 census lists James Snowball as a Coal Owner & Pipe Manufacturer. James passes away in 1879 and the business is then run by his son George Harrison Snowball (1846-1911). Kelly’s 1883 edition records that George Snowball of 10 Park Terrace was still running his business as James Snowball & Sons, Fire Brick Manufacturers, Swalwell. George was joined in the business by his brother James junior (1850 -1911). Both brothers died in 1911 and the Derwent Haugh Works, Swalwell closed in 1925. The census records show that George Harrison Snowball had nine sons and that son 2, George Harrison Snowball junior (b.1874) was a Brick Manufacturers Clerk in 1901 census, alas I have not found the 1911 census for him. However the 1901 census does record that he was now going by the name of Harrison Snowball. Then son 8, Malcolm (b.1886) is listed as a Works Manager at a Fire Brick Manufactory in the 1911 census. With finding at least two brothers were running their Grandfathers’ business Kelly’s 1914 Durham edition reads Snowball Brothers, Fire Brick Makers, Swalwell. Therefore it appears the works closed in 1925 with the Snowball family still in charge. Info by Martyn Fretwell.


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Spotted a Barn owl today as I drove past, on the verge by the roadside apparently stuggling to take off from the ground. Thought it might have been caught a glancing blow from a car and might have been injured. So at the next save place I turned around and went back to find that it did fly up and alighted on a post, so hopefully OK.

Point of that was I pulled into a side road which just so happened to lead down to this....


The key trivia thing about this is that like a lot of things, there are people who take a lot of time and trouble to compile content on virtually every subject there is. No surprise that there is this. A web resource of information on signal boxes, even ancient long forgotten ones like this, now in the garden of a private house and invisible from the main road.

https://signalbox.org/photo-gallery/nor ... augh-head/
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That looks very accomodating for a weekend in the northern wilderness!! :-D
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Have you had a letter from the guv about avian 'flu?
We all have and most of Newcastle.

Could the owl have been sickening? If it is likely, or if you see any dead birds they are to be reported.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu
https://gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird- ... est-update
https://www.nfuonline.com/updates-and-i ... test-news/

I am sure I read this morning that it extended to Northumbria.
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myglaren wrote:
09 Mar 2022, 20:35
Have you had a letter from the guv about avian 'flu?
We all have and most of Newcastle.

Could the owl have been sickening? If it is likely, or if you see any dead birds they are to be reported.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu
https://gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird- ... est-update
https://www.nfuonline.com/updates-and-i ... test-news/

I am sure I read this morning that it extended to Northumbria.
No letters Steve but there are signs up on the road for a 3km captive bird monitoring zone pretty much bang on where the owl was. Maybe just as well it flew off of its own accord! I do think it was probably a near miss road casualty rather than a sick bird.

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There have been signs here for at least four months, spotted one while walking through the woods just off the A1M near to the Washington/Birtley services.

It is in Northumberland, Wooller & Holy Island are mentioned.
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Citro Jim pointed out the claim to fame (worldwide in specialist circles) of the seemingly insignificant Kilham Sidings on the Alnwick to Cornhill Railway.
NewcastleFalcon wrote:
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And it's the home of a fiendish puzzle...Amazing what you find when you dig into things!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inglenook_Sidings

Never knew about Kilham Sidings claim to fame Jim. Wonder what's left of them now? I might have to have a mooch. The Sidings are further north 5 miles 46 chains precisely from the Northern end of the line at the Scottish Border where it joined with the Kelso Branch.

http://www.wymann.info/ShuntingPuzzles/ ... enook.html
AKC Alnwick and Cornhill Line
0.00 Coldstream Junction with KLO (12.44)
3.45 MINDRUM
5.46 Kilham siding
7.76 KIRKNEWTON
10.72 AKELD
13.42 WOOLER
17.07 ILDERTON
20.01 WOOPERTON
22.17 HEDGELEY
24.15 GLANTON
25.71 WHITTINGHAM
28.64 EDLINGHAM
35.47 Alnwick Junction with ACK (2.71
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Today passed through Kilham and there really is no trace of the former sidings but to view in action the shunting puzzle for which the former sidings are most famous, over to youtube famous Sam's Trains for a demonstration.



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A scorecard as requested: :-D


NatWest Trophy, 1986
Somerset v Lancashire
County Ground, Taunton
9 July 1986 (60-overs match)

Result: Lancashire won by 3 runs

Toss: Somerset
Umpires: DGL Evans and R Julian
Man of the Match: GD Mendis

Lancashire innings
GD Mendis c Roebuck b Marks 72
G Fowler b Richards 17
J Abrahams c Harden b Dredge 52
*CH Lloyd run out 36
NH Fairbrother b Garner 7
SJ O'Shaughnessy c Gard b Garner 1
+C Maynard c Hardy b Taylor 5
M Watkinson c Harden b Taylor 12
PJW Allott c Richards b Taylor 4
DJ Makinson not out 8
I Folley b Dredge 1
Extras (b 1, lb 4, nb 1) 6
Total (all out, 60 overs) 221

FoW: 1-40, 2-137, 3-163, 4-173, 5-175,
6-180, 7-205, 8-208, 9-213, 10-221.

Bowling O M R W
Garner 12 3 23 2
Taylor 12 1 47 3
Richards 12 0 40 1
Dredge 12 1 46 2
Marks 12 0 60 1

Somerset innings
NA Felton c Maynard b Watkinson 14
*PM Roebuck lbw b Allott 0
JJE Hardy c O'Shaughnessy b Folley 53
IVA Richards c & b Folley 50
RJ Harden c Lloyd b Makinson 17
BC Rose not out 43
VJ Marks c & b Watkinson 8
+T Gard c Maynard b O'Shaughnessy 3
CH Dredge c sub b Watkinson 8
J Garner b Makinson 8
NS Taylor not out 1
Extras (lb 4, w 4, nb 5) 13
Total (9 wickets, 60 overs) 218

FoW: 1-1, 2-30, 3-109, 4-139, 5-139, 6-158, 7-166, 8-179, 9-197.

Bowling O M R W
Allott 12 1 40 1
Watkinson 12 0 44 3
Makinson 12 2 49 2
O'Shaughnessy 12 2 47 1
Folley 12 1 34 2
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mickthemaverick wrote:
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A scorecard as requested: :-D
Excellent Mick! They would get their money's worth, 3 legendary West Indian Cricketers on the pitch Joel Garner and Viv Richards and Clive Lloyd. I'll put a pic of Viv richards up on the Somerset County spotlight thread. My dad was a habitual converser with boundary fielders he may even have collared Viv!. Vic Marks was always quite chatty.

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They also went to the Sunday League Match on 6th July 1986 with Somerset playing Hampshire.

The comment on one of Dad's photos was Hampshire won easily. IVA Richards got a duck which would have disappointed the crowd but there was another West Indian great on the pitch that day for Hampshire Malcolm Marshall.

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And to tidy this up here's the scorecard for the John Player League game, despite Malcolm Marshall playing it would seem to have been James and Tremlett that did for Somerset!! :-D :

John Player Special League, 1986
Somerset v Hampshire
County Ground, Taunton
6 July 1986

Result: Hampshire won by 8 wickets

Toss: Hampshire
Umpires: JH Harris and DO Oslear

Somerset innings
NA Felton b James 0
*PM Roebuck lbw b Tremlett 25
RJ Harden c Marshall b James 3
IVA Richards b James 0
BC Rose c Terry b Connor 21
JJE Hardy lbw b Tremlett 0
VJ Marks c Parks b James 0
+T Gard c Parks b Marshall 19
CH Dredge b Tremlett 17
J Garner not out 2
NS Taylor b Tremlett 2
Extras (b 4, lb 6, w 3, nb 1) 14
Total (all out, 34 overs) 103

FoW: 1-0, 2-28, 3-31, 4-33, 5-37, 6-40, 7-69, 8-97, 9-99, 10-103.

Bowling O M R W
James 8 0 24 4
Connor 6 0 13 1
Tremlett 7 0 18 4
Marshall 7 1 20 1
Cowley 6 0 18 0

Hampshire innings
VP Terry c Gard b Garner 5
DR Turner not out 40
*MCJ Nicholas c Felton b Garner 1
RA Smith not out 46
Extras (lb 5, w 5, nb 2) 12
Total (2 wickets, 28.1 overs) 104

DNB: CL Smith, MD Marshall, KD James, TM Tremlett, +RJ Parks,
NG Cowley, CA Connor.

FoW: 1-6, 2-12.

Bowling O M R W
Garner 8 2 21 2
Taylor 6 0 34 0
Dredge 4 0 13 0
Marks 4 0 12 0
Richards 6.1 0 19 0
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Todays County in the Spotlight Staffordshire and its links with Geoff Hurst had me wondering was the World Cuo Final Ball really orange?

Unbelievably there is a website dedicated to World Cup Balls...

Fill your boots!

https://www.worldcupballs.info/world-cu ... 0strongest.

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