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General Discussion / Re: Guy Fawkes Night
« on: November 07, 2013, 03:25 AM »
    "We come a Cob-coaling for Bonfire time,
    Your coal and your money we hope to enjoy."
    "If you give us nowt, we'll steal nowt and bid you good night."

I recall this little chant. "Christmas is coming , the pigs are getting fat, please put a penny in the old mans hat,
if you haven't got a penny a hap'ney will do if you haven't got a hap'ney then god bless you."

General Discussion / Re: Remembrance Day
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:35 PM »

Found this on you tube and rather like it, what do you think?

Memory Lane / Re: nostalgia
« on: April 02, 2013, 11:06 AM »
Do you recall Wilson and his old black costume or the wolf of kabul with his cricket bat or maybe Tom berry and the fifth formers with billy bunter or it's goals that count, if you do you read the same comic books I did and you must be OLD.

Talking about Ashton / Re: Journey Video's
« on: March 30, 2013, 11:13 AM »
I have to agree with you about the technology, if only I had access to it then the result would have been better by far though I'm still a lousy photographer and narrator.

Talking about Ashton / Re: Journey Video's
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:40 PM »
There may be of interest to some here,

Technical Matters / Re: 8mm conversion to digital.
« on: January 19, 2013, 06:43 AM »
Hi Mike and Bill, many thanks for your help. Oddly enough no sooner had you replied than Arcsoft sent me a step by step solution. Only trouble is there drop down menus seem to be different to mine and can't find the various files I'm supposed to enter.

 I have extracted the tool they sent but can't find the Arcsoft installation file I'm to insert it in. Guess I'll get there eventually.

                Regards everyone, love your photos Bill keep it up.

Technical Matters / 8mm conversion to digital.
« on: January 18, 2013, 03:24 AM »
Hi folks
            I purchased a video grabber from Arcsoft at Aldi hoping to convert my 8mm cassettes to DVDs. I'm very basic with computers and soon ran into trouble. The following correspondence I had with Arcsoft explains.

  Me.  When in capture mode the program stops recording and says cannot record for copyright issues, this is nonsense as there is nothing either in the video or background noise that could be construed as copyright.
How can I circumvent this problem to conserve family videos?

Support answer:  Thank you for contacting Arcsoft Support. It's Woody to help.
                           We are sorry if there's any inconvenience caused. Having double checked the cause, I have attached a hot "fix" for you.
Please put the tool under your running folder and run the tool. Please re-run your program and you will find a "Fix" button on your user interface. Please click the button and the problem will be solved.
I hope this information helps. Please let us know if we can help in any other way.

The problem is I have no idea what the hell they're talking about,(stupid ignorant fool that I am) I replied stating this and asking for a step by step explanation to follow, I have had no reply.

Anyone got any ideas please. Thanks for listening.

General Discussion / Re: The world that ceased to exist.
« on: October 24, 2012, 02:26 AM »
Hi Bill Thanks for the film it set me thinking, it appears that Mr Cameron would have you going back to those times.

Another thought occurs that only the strong could have survived those living conditions having built up a strong immune system, today it seems that a great deal of empathise is placed on hygiene so weakening the immune system.

I stand ready to accept condemnation for these comments.

General Discussion / The world that ceased to exist.
« on: October 23, 2012, 11:42 AM »
I recently found the web page of the British film Institute, (BFI) and have been looking at films from the Edwardian period 1900 - 1912 which includes many sport films but the street scenes and factories spewing their workers out were what grabbed me. What I found to be sad was the fact that all those people, even the children,
were no longer with us. I couldn't help but think, why were they there at that moment? what was going through there mind at that time? what were their lives like? and the realisation that WW1 was to disrupt there lives and change was coming to england. What would they think of today's world was better or worse?

Memory Lane / Re: Local Words
« on: October 18, 2012, 03:11 AM »

 Do any members recall a rather revoling little rhyme from my childhood.

It begins: "Scatter matter custard green snot pie all washed down with a dead dogs eye..."

Memory Lane / Re: Local Words
« on: October 13, 2012, 02:04 AM »
Thank you Meg it certainly fills the bill. I had the thought that perhaps it related to the troops of WW1 digging  their foxholes which could be constantly changing with the ebb and flow of the frontline and had leached into common language as many returned soldiers went around the country looking for work.

Memory Lane / Re: Local Words
« on: October 12, 2012, 02:42 AM »
Can anyone enlighten me on the origin of the term "Digs" used to describe temporary lodgings?

Memory Lane / Re: nostalgia
« on: August 08, 2012, 02:12 AM »
Hi Mercian....I looked up your old scout song on a search, and came up with the following.  (Hope it works).....

Hi Joyce yes that worked fine and I never realised how many variations there were to the song, great stuff round a campfire. Thanks.

Memory Lane / Re: nostalgia
« on: August 07, 2012, 11:52 AM »
Hi folks,
            Do any on here recall old scout songs one I've been trying to recall is "better Far is wode" all about tattooing oneself like the Picts did, also "the quartermasters store" I can remember the chorus but not the verses.
"my eyes are dim I cannot see I have not brought my specs with me, I have not brought my specs with me"
I do remember a verse that went "there were rats rats big as blooming cats in the store in the store..."

Talk about memories at the corners of my mind.


Oh Dear! Jack. Scotland may become the 51 state before Britain, what do you reckon?

         The US remains the biggest single source of FDI projects and employment in Scotland.

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