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BETTER BEFORE BREXIT FOR A GLASS AND A HALF?

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BETTER BEFORE BREXIT FOR A GLASS AND A HALF?

Its a funny old World you know.  Back in 2010, Cadbury was forced to removed the famous phrase "glass and a half" from its Dairy Milk bars as a well loved and recognised phrase that had been in use since 1930! The phrase was originally used to explain the amount of milk in every half-pound chocolate bar. It has had to be amended to now read: "The equivalent of 426ml of fresh liquid milk in every 227g of milk chocolate".  Trading Standards said it had no objections to the old phrase, and that Cadbury could continue using it. But the...

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1970's THE DECADE FOR AN UNUSUAL TURNTABLE PLATTER

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1970's THE DECADE FOR  AN UNUSUAL TURNTABLE PLATTER

The 1970's were the start of the fledgeling hifi industry, with big guns such as SME and Quad dominating the press with cerebral adverts. Idly flicking through a few copies from that period, I was struck by the number of turntables with strange platter shapes, firstly from 1974 there was this jokey innovation from Thorens: - Joking aside, lets start at the lower end of the market, who here remembers the Amstrad TP12 one of SIrAlans first forays into hifi again from  1976:- I remember a contemporary review of this and it came out as quite a good performer even...

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CANNIBALISATION - A COMMUNICATIONS REPAIR TECHNIQUE

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CANNIBALISATION - A COMMUNICATIONS REPAIR TECHNIQUE

The following picture from 1922 made me smile, it shows a young chap earnestly listening to his (newly built?) crystal set.   Unfortunately, his finances didn't stretch to buying  a set of 2000 Ohm headphones so he ingeniously re-purposed the earpiece from his parent's pulpit phone.  As you can see, mother is NOT impressed!  Super stuff......

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DO YOU LIKE X RATED THINGS? WHAT ABOUT Y & Z RATINGS?

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DO YOU LIKE X RATED THINGS?  WHAT ABOUT Y  & Z  RATINGS?

Calm down Aunty Ethel!    I'm not talking about "X Rated!"  rather we will discuss "X  Rated!"  as well as Y and Z rated.  Still not clear, then read on........ In the olden days, the  X  rating certificate,  was issued between 1951 and 1982 by the  British Board of Film Censors as a result of the Wheare Report on film censorship. From 1951 to 1970, it meant "Extremely graphic,  where only those aged 16 and over can be admitted," and from 1970 to 1982 it was redefined as meaning "Suitable for those aged 18 and over". The X certificate was replaced in November...

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AVO ARCHCLIFFE WAS A COLOURFUL WORKPLACE

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AVO ARCHCLIFFE WAS A COLOURFUL WORKPLACE

AVOmeter is a British trademark for a line of multimeters and electrical measuring instruments; the brand is now owned by the Megger Group Ltd.  The first Avometer was made by the Automatic Coil Winder and Electrical Equipment Co. in 1923, and measured direct voltage, direct current and resistance. Possibly the best known multimeter of the range was the Model 8, which was produced in various versions from May 1951 until 2008; the last version was the Mark 7. The multimeter is often called simply an AVO, because the company logo carries the first letters of 'amps', 'volts' and 'ohms'. The design concept...

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