Well, Tom. I no longer indulge in the habit.
I was merely taking the matter into a time span of 4000 years- give or
take a decade or three.
In case you want to explore measurement even further, the Book of
Hiram by Knight and Lomas will give instructions on how to do it all
using the Planet Venus and a few pieces of cord and a few sticks.
Handy if they take my Jo Blocks away and Guessing Stick away
....?Not attributable to Masonic Grand Masters like Kings, Princes and
lesser mortals but King Solomon or if we can't get our heads round that-
King James who gave us the Bible as we know it but a Counterblast against
Smoking which will come into force on the 1st July- a period of over
It would take more than breadcumbs to stop me getting lost in that
Merely crumbs of information, Tom, which one can cast upon the waters-
and come back soggy.
My other contribution refered to the work of Professor Thom, Tom. So
After all, I wisely assumed that membership of this august body was
concerned with engines- which do not go. One must make a start
somewhere towards a revolution and inch forward!
Two men lie in the gutter, one sees the detritus, the other the stars...
Actually, the engines on the whole go, yet their raison d'être is to
One must make a start somewhere towards a revolution and inch forward!
Normally with stationary engines, one inches forward preparatory to
making a revolution. :-)
As you will observe, I was doing the Stars thing with Professor Thom,
Tom in mentioning Venus. I was careful in adding Planets to avoid
confusing our more lowly bred nautical types who might have been out
of their depth and ducked the issue and lowered the tone.
I suddenly found a sideways reference to 'Knights Templar' as a
No connection but seeing that you mentioned raison d'etres, another
Aigues Morte? Perhaps a knowledge of Lazy Hens rather than ducks is
required or even white horses rather than a Carthorse July?
Oddly, there is more than one stationary engine connection which we
could drink to.
I automatically assumed that you were a 'right side up' Brit rather
than a Kiwi in replying. I sincerely apologise for this. I was leg
pulling as I am actually a Francophile- a Mon Sewer.
Ok- I am man of Cathar-lic tastes.
The idiocy runs in the family-like the noses. I am Slack Bladder,
cousin or something, to Rowan Sebastian Atkinson- aka Blackadder.
As me ole mate says
He aha te mea nui te ao?
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
Of course, Rabbi Burns didn't speak English!
In fact, he went into a Masonic Lodge and signed in as R.Byrne and
came out as R.Burns. The mind simply boggles at what THEY did to him
during the meeting!
I can only suppose that this is where he seduced Selkirk Grace after
and wrote a Mans a Man for a' that.
That's screwed my chances with the Great Chieftain of the Puddin'Race-
Initially, I must remind other readers that we have not quite gone off
The topic was 'measurement' and, as Oliver Goldsmith remarked, 'He
could gauge' refering to the Village school master. In case, one
missed it, Robert Burn's occupation was as a customs officer and
consequently, he had to be able to gauge or measure contents for
So Tom, mon capitan, we can go back to our Goonery and references to
nautical barrels. At this juncture, we can move South to the Bard of
Avon and, oops--
Measure for Measure?
Surprisingly, dear Tom, this a moot point.
I was nattering with an old associate about hobbies. He was a
professional motor vehicle restorer who noted the unfinished projects
which people had- lying about.
We are on topic? I think so. Let him that is without sin cast the
first stone- and all that jazz. We each have to be judged.
I was going to list- and thought better of it. Suffice to be able to
walk down the street- and write a cheque for anything that I want.
Only a few days ago, I bought yet another car. A Minicooper- BMW one.
The Chilli pack with most of the bells and whistles and added a set of
Zenon lights- Anno Domini thing- and noted that the cost in sterling
of the lights was =A37 cheaper than the first minis in 1959 and that the
pack was the same price as my original 997cc Min Cooper.
So on the price of cars, I never did get the Volvo estate for
=A37500( new) but I bought a little villa in Spain. Give or take the odd
Brazillian Cruceros, the value is =A3300,000.
Keep well and as Kipling said about heads- When all about are losing
A few minutes ago, the news broke on BBC TV= Look North which covers
to the Scottish Borders. My place- where an ill educated boy of 14
sold in a war time market stall what he could grow in war time
Britain.Today, the news was that another ill educated market trader
who had fought and gone to prison in his fight to simply earn a decent
crust had won.He was a Metric Martyr. It was a victory but Pyhrric
because the fight had killed him.
We have people of the Press here. You see, I do my homework, Tom!
Now the same 14 year old schoolboy brings the news of the bitter
Recall my words, they came from from Kipling and from the bit this
'Nor lose the Common Touch'
Good Day to you all!