Friday, June 27, 2014

Scenes of a Filling Station Nature and was James May Correct on Mexican Food?


This month I present a vignette of a typical NW May spring weekend in the German state of Hesse.

In other words I just found a load of photographs on my camera and am wondering what to do with them.

Mrs N has discovered a source of floor tiles

Here is the place at Schoneck (o with an umlaut please) - job lot purchased for a knock down price from  a certain Herr Eineaufspaltungbildvonhundertwasser

56 pallets of tiles weighing 20kg each required 7 journeys. Dynamic range of car suspension at it's performace envelope has been confirmed.

Meanwhile a hole has appeared in a wall...

...whilst we take a break admiring the sacks of cat litter at Hornbach (o without an umlaut please)
Later we tank up

A helmeted motorcyclist stands in line to rob the filling station - flowers for sale

A clever combined water air machine

Seasonal CO2 producing goods for sale

Icon at top left means "you are about to be decapitated"?

Green diesel fuel is €4 cheaper than orange petrol - not the case in UK
 Later in the weekend we are permitted a day of rest.  We cycle down to the river.

I wonder if there is a Chipolata Street in Neasden?

A typical family cruising Frankfurter Str.

A load of balls

Ah yes, lunch by the Rhine - Biebrich

Refried sick with melted cheese (to paraphrase TopGear)

A brace of Adventure motorcyclists makes it to the Rhine

I have an awkard moment on the cycle ride home when the cerveza Modelo kicks in and I lose control

Mainhatan/Frankfurt skyline - I have departed chaos house renovation on a jet plane

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Thundersprint 2014 Flash Flood Report

The annual Frank Melling pageant of veteran moto GP racers took place in Derbyshire this year.
Blogger friend Rich of going fast getting nowhere fame did the decent thing and rode to Darley Moor from somewhere far west of Cardiff in monsoon conditions to buy me breakfast.
Frank Melling heralds the event as the big and very very wet one.
The video is coming.

Breakfast full English - thanks Rich!

Further to the full English, Rich undergoes noise control

Large and little posing

View of the Darley Moor race cicuit - it's on and old RAF airfield whose 3 runways forming a triangle now make a race circuit.

By chance I flew over Darley Moor last week on approach to Manchester airport  - the circuit is visbile juat in front of the IAE V2500 engine
At 09:11 precisely blue sky appeared. At 09:12 it started raining again.
The cavalcade - careful observation necessary to pick out the Nikos World orange led spotlamp and dayglo helmet behind number 268  - thank you someone for taking this picture.
Later in the day the main event of a timed "hill climb" takes place - here is a combination doing its stuff.  Photographer unknown again but if I'm breaching your copyright please let me know!

VIDEO coming...................

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Anyone for Métisse?

Watchers of Henry Cole's World's Greatest Motorcycle journey in South Africa would have seen some incompetent mechanics overfilling the oil in tube oil system and surmising that the overflow was caused by a cracked frame.  The sceptre of negative publicity is I guess one of the reasons that KTM did not not provide Ewan and Charley with machines for their venture Long Way Round. (Another explanation is Austrians just behaving like Austrians).

I digress.  I really want to show some pictures taken during my recent visit to the his attempt to the Métisse factory.  The heritage of this company is a little convoluted but  essentially the story was started by the Rickman Brothers (read about their motorcycles here ------> LINK).

A rather incongruous setting in Oxfordshire for a factory but I guess it's in the South Midlands, near the grubby West Midlands where they used to make things out of metal pre Mrs Thatcher

The show room is work in progress

Traditionally Rickman was a frame builder but now Metisse have developed an engine and gearbox building on the mistakes made by Triumph

The quality of this new 997 Cafe Racer model* is quite outstanding - the frame is nickel plated as the factory standard

Royal patronage

A gear box output shaft of quality (more anon.)

A desert racer in assembly - Triumph engine

Rickman is mentioned on some machines

Steve McQueen Métisse Desert Racer, which are replicas of a motorcycle raced by actor Steve McQueen in 1966 and 1967. McQueen's bike, which used a Métisse frame, was built by the actor and his friend, stuntman Bud Ekins.

Nickel plated frame spoilt only by electrics and tie wraps!

Frame production for Henry Cole's new venture

Frame in jig

The back shed collection!

Desert Racer logo signed by Steve.
* I want one!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Thanks to Michael Portillo

Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo, ex conservative MP and cabinet minister (aka  "portaloo") turns out to be a thoroughly decent fellow and he has made his name through a documentary series of great British railway journeys aided by Bradshaws Guide.

Mrs N has reviewed these and wherever we tour in Britain a portaloo spot is never far away.

Portaloo Spot 1: Royal Flush - Queen Vic's Loo

Windsor and Eton station has a large concours and here is the Royal waiting room - I had lived in Windsor and never knew about this place.

It's now a bar

Mrs N leads the charge past Albanian cleaning ladies to the unspoilt regions of the building

Where one washes Royal hands

Where one performs

One is amused by the looks of it

Royal flush

Give one light

Give one traction

Interlude:  Nikos Cave Raves

I spent most of my childhood 1/4 mile from Chislehurst caves, located on the south ("sarf") east edge of London ("the smoke").  These caves were originally a flint and chalk mine and are entirely man made - during the war 15,000 people sheltered here to avoid bombs.

The owners have smartened up the entrance up a bit since my last visit 40 years ago.

War time entrance fee 6d (6 old pence) for sanitation 

A guided tour costs £6 now and parafin lamps are supplied

22 miles of tunnels dating back to the Druids

In the 1960s, the caves were used as a music venue. David Bowie, Status Quo, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd all performed here and Led Zeppelin launched their record label. Saturday night saw many a rave. I was oblivious to this and prefered to fiddle with my moped.

A Travelodge Formula 1 will be opening in the summer

Portaloo Spot 2: London Necropolis Railway station at Brookwood.
Mrs N relates a fascinating story of British class driven railway burials - I am sceptical but we drove into Brookwood Cemetery and found this Orthodox church of St Edwards and asked for directions. 

 Here is the fascinating story - please read it here!----------> London Necropolis Company

Platform 1 - the end of the line for many deceased at Brookwood cemetery

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