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After potting up our new roses, it was too wet to do any serious gardening today.

I like to teach myself to play a few new tunes each month, it make up for those older ones I've forgotten how to play!

Neil Sedaka, recorded "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" as an up-tempo pop song in 1962.
in 1975 he re-recorded it as a more sophisticated slow romantic ballad.

The first bit will remind you of the original recording.

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For me, I caught up with tons of gardening programmes, The British Garden Revival - lovely to see Levens Hall and others. Then there are the The 100K built house, Stately Homes and Around the world in 80 gardens...
 

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Hi,

Thanks Sean. What a lovely hobby for you. :)(y)

Bron and I watch many 60's YouTube videos of these brilliant artists; we never tire of them.

http://songs-tube.net/111356-Neil Sedaka-Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.html

Here's what I get up to when my personal cloud Blackie prevents working outside; I was in the workshop just after 8 o'clock this morning and have just knocked off for a brew. I'm restoring two coach lamps; keeping busy beats keeping bored. :D Time I got cracking again before another day slips by.

Kind regards, Colin.

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Rusty vintage coach lamp one of two I bought for £3 the pair.

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2.5mm thick aluminium is nice metal to work with.

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Coming along nicely but a bit more physical than your hobby Sean?
 
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As I am getting older and see the effects of age on the mental capacity of others my age, I strive to keep my brain active. Now that it is dark at 5pm I have gone back to doing crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. I hope that by spending my leisure time taxing my brain that I will have several more useful years.
 
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As I am getting older and see the effects of age on the mental capacity of others my age, I strive to keep my brain active. Now that it is dark at 5pm I have gone back to doing crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. I hope that by spending my leisure time taxing my brain that I will have several more useful years.

I always tackle the Daily Mail "quick crossword." (I call it my senility test). To make it less easy. I make myself work using the letters contained in the first answer I put in. I don't first go through all the clues picking out answers I recognise.
 

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I always tackle the Daily Mail "quick crossword." (I call it my senility test). To make it less easy. I make myself work using the letters contained in the first answer I put in. I don't first go through all the clues picking out answers I recognise.

Doing crossword is actually one of the recommended means to keep dementia at bay! Keep up with the good work.
 
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Here's what I get up to when my personal cloud Blackie prevents working outside; I was in the workshop just after 8 o'clock this morning and have just knocked off for a brew. I'm restoring two coach lamps; keeping busy beats keeping bored. :D Time I got cracking again before another day slips by.



Coming along nicely but a bit more physical than your hobby Sean?
How about me walking around four miles, three times a week, hitting a little ball with a variety of sticks?
 

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Hi,

The nearest I've been to crosswords for years is when I've hit my hand with an hammer? :D

Golf for me YUKKKK but I know many people enjoy playing it; we overlook a big posh golf course the opposite side of the valley; one thing though I do enjoy regarding golf;


It was very funny a few years ago when our neighbour arrived home in his new Porsche; he couldn't get his golf bag into it. :) We shouldn't laugh.

Kind regards, Colin.
 
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Hi,

The nearest I've been to crosswords for years is when I've hit my hand with an hammer? :D

Golf for me YUKKKK but I know many people enjoy playing it; we overlook a big posh golf course the opposite side of the valley; one thing though I do enjoy regarding golf;


It was very funny a few years ago when our neighbour arrived home in his new Porsche; he couldn't get his golf bag into it. :) We shouldn't laugh.

Kind regards, Colin.
You are on a roll today @Colin! I was playing at crosswords yesterday before I went and rented a powered drainline auger. It is so true about golf clubs and a porsche. If it were not for the convertible top, my clubs would not fit in Beckys little red car.
 
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Hi,

The nearest I've been to crosswords for years is when I've hit my hand with an hammer? :D

Golf for me YUKKKK but I know many people enjoy playing it; we overlook a big posh golf course the opposite side of the valley; one thing though I do enjoy regarding golf;


It was very funny a few years ago when our neighbour arrived home in his new Porsche; he couldn't get his golf bag into it. :) We shouldn't laugh.

Kind regards, Colin.
This reminds me of a few years ago.

I bought Powakaddy tour golf bag on eBay, for less than half price. The vendor was a woman who'd bought it before she realised she couldn't get it in the boot of her Mercedes sports car..

I have a Honda CRV, plenty of room for a tour bag and my leccy golf trolley.
 

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Hi,

Thanks DirtMechanic; I've enjoyed today in spite of the dire weather; I've just come out of the workshop after a metal spinning session. Time to buy Becky a bigger car? :)

Nice one Sean. Bron and I have the Skoda Yeti so plenty of space for my lathes and other toys I buy. (y)

Kind regards, Colin.
 

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I like to do word searches and singing to the Carpenters and a bit of George Michael. know some Simply Red and Queen, Especially Bohemian rhapsody.
 
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I like to do word searches and singing to the Carpenters and a bit of George Michael. know some Simply Red and Queen, Especially Bohemian rhapsody.
I confess to having some vinyl albums by the Carpenters

"Now and Then,"
"A Song For You"
"Close To You"

But I have more by Carole King, of that era.

I like Karen's "Johnny Angel." It's on "Now and Then."

I've the original by Shelley Fabares on a 45 rpm record, in one of my jukeboxes.

But I like playing it myself.

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That's great @Sean Regan
Did you know that Neil Sedarka's Oh Carol was named after Carol King?

Yes i've got nearly all of Carpenter's albums, not Ticket to Ride. Heard it on, i think it was YouTube.

Used to have a greatest hits of Neil Sedarka.
 
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That's great @Sean Regan
Did you know that Neil Sedaka's Oh Carol was named after Carole King?

Yes i've got nearly all of Carpenter's albums, not Ticket to Ride. Heard it on, i think it was YouTube.

Used to have a greatest hits of Neil Sedaka.


Yes I knew about "Oh Carol," Sedaka's said in a documentary that she was his highschool girlfriend.

He was better musically educated than many of his contemporary pop song writers, he won a scholarship to Juliard, though wasn't there for very long.
 
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Hi,

Thanks DirtMechanic; I've enjoyed today in spite of the dire weather; I've just come out of the workshop after a metal spinning session. Time to buy Becky a bigger car? :)

Nice one Sean. Bron and I have the Skoda Yeti so plenty of space for my lathes and other toys I buy. (y)

Kind regards, Colin.
LOL Funny you should mention it @Colin , because every spring I offer that new car if we sell the old one. Now, we have a yellow tag antique that runs perfectly, because the answer is always NO!
 
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On the subject of cars, my last three cars I bought new. a Honda Civic LSI, in 1995, we called it "Gloria" ours was red like this and the first three letters of the registration were GLO

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Then the first model of Honda CRVs in 1998. We called that "Bruce" as it was in spruce green.

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and then another. This last one I bought in 2005. this is "Rhonda the Honda."

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it's now only done 54,000 miles and everything on it works. It's the longest I've ever kept a car by far, either second-hand or new. It has a couple of "door dings" from Waitrose's carpark, but other than that it's in perfect condition. As we don't go very far in it, it only does around 24 mls to the gallon, but I don't mind, I'd be mad to change for change's sake.


I bought the first CRV when I took early retirement. I took my wife to a Honda showroom as I intended to buy one of these. a Honda Prelude. But my wife said she'd had difficulty getting in another "head banger" as she calls all low-roofed cars.

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But she said "I could get in one of those better" indicating the CRV behind it in the showroom. It ws the first time either of us had seen one. I had a test drive and was sold on it. But we had to wait four months for it as they were then only made in Japan. For the first year we had it, if you saw another coming towards you on a road "everybody waved" as they were that rare at the time.


I've had some favourite cars. All bought second-hand.

A pre-war Austin Seven Ruby convertible, exactly like this, I bought when I was seventeen, in the late fifties. I drove hundreds of miles in it.Though the furthest it went was from South London to Brighton a few times with a girlfriend. All it cost me was a new set of tyres...well retreads. and 5p for a dynamo bearing.

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Then an Austin A35 four-door like this, in my twenties. This often did the run between Manchester and London with our two young kids and a cot on the roof rack, to stay with friends or family occasionally. It had really small doors

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Then in my late twenties a Vauxhall Victor like this. Bench seats and three-speed column change. The ride was much like our youngest son's VW "splitty" campervan. Like "a magic carpet."

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Then in the early seventies, a nearly new one of these.

A "Life on Mars" Ford Cortina Mklll 2ltr GKL. Metalic bronze and black vinyl roof. Ours was an "L" reg. The kids liked that best.

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A few years later an Alfa Romeo Guilieta 2lt. Like this.

All aluminium engine, canted at 30 degrees to reduce the height. two twin-choke down draught webber carburettors. The gearbox was strapped to the de Dion back axle, for better weight distribution. It could see off Ford XR3s. despite being 300lb heavier.
Unfortunatey, it just "rusted to death."


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I then had a succession of boring cars, apart from my sister's Renault 5 GTS, I bought when she moved to France.
 
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Hi,

Thanks Sean for adding the interesting pictures. (y)

I've been riding motorcycles and driving cars for the last 50 years so too many to mention; Bron and I love our current Skoda Yeti SE L 2.0L diesel and are mad at Skoda for stopping making the Yeti otherwise we'd have definitely bought another new one in April next year when ours reaches three years old.

24mpg; has your Honda got an hole in its tank? Below is a picture of a car I owned many years ago; an identical one to the picture and in showroom condition Reg EEB 88 this suffered a similar thirst for fuel.

Kind regards, Colin.



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Austin Healey 100/4 exactly the same as I owned; it looked stunning in red and the sound of the exhaust used to make the hair at the back of my head stand up. Few cars will even beat it now for street appeal. Cost me £150 at the time; now I've seen these in top condition at up tp £80,000.

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My first BMW R75/5 in 1971. Followed in 1972 by a brand new one same modlel same colour; brilliant bikes.

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Extremely rare; me on what is now a hugely expensive Brough Superior. Carefree days of long ago.
 

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