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Soulsister



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:33 pm    Post subject: Hobbies and interests Reply with quote

Just wondered what people do outside of work and posting on here and listening to the radio and suchlike. Any steam railway enthusiasts or fishermen/women or people who go freefall parachute jumping on the weekends or Civil War battle re-enactors? Any budding gourmet chefs or potholers or surfer dudes or vintage car restorers, or stamp collectors, or amateur historians or genealogists ... or do you just like reading, pottering about in the garden, listening to music and more gentler pursuits. Or is there a subject that fascinates you and you spend a lot of your time reading up on it on the internet and so on?

What's your hobby/interest/passion/pastime?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gardening,sewing, knitting,,am just getting to grips with using a knitting loom.
Making personalised greetings cards.

Oh, and now and then a little poetry writing.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spend quite a lot of time restoring classic cars and I enjoy going to the car shows in the season
There is a massive show at Tatton Park in Cheshire In June and August
Quite naturally I also love animals and help out the Cats Protection League locally
I also enjoy watching sport my main passion being Rugby League and if you think I've been quiet tonight that's because I've just returned from Knowsley Road St Helens after watching the last ever competitive match at that historic stadium
I also help out at an organic gardening project in a place called Glyn Ceriog near Oswestry and I am a member of the Campaign for Real Ale
and definitely a real ale buff
I also love the countryside and it goes without saying I'm a big music fan
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooooh yes.. I like steam trains! always have, although mainly American steam for me... bigger the better.
I've been across to see and ride on a few although not nearly enough.

As typical boys of the 50s and 60s, my brother and I had toy trains running all over our family hotel in the winter and to this day, never really lost interest in them.

Over the last 20 years, I've built up a heck of a collection of "O" scale locomotives and last year I built myself a wall sized glass cabinet to show some of them off. I also have three 3/4" to the foot models too... very impressive. Maybe next year if I have the time, I'd like to start a large layout as I enjoy model making and really want to get back to that..

I also love old American cars and again, we've had plenty of them over the years.
I'm keen to buy an old 50s Cadillac convertible and thought I'd found the one but I turned it down a few weeks back.
I presently drive a new model Mustang convertible which is nice but, I yearn for an older model again..

Apart from Trains and cars, I don't have many other real interests.. I like music from maybe the 40s to the 80s and thought I was pretty knowledgeable on the 60s and 70s until I started posting on here! Laughing

I don't smoke or drink and don't socialise much either! my business seems to take up most of my time which is probably good for me as it keeps me occupied 24/7.

( Like to hear about some of the Classic Cars you've had Ruddles? )
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:
and I am a member of the Campaign for Real Ale
and definitely a real ale buff

I am in the campaign too. I might stop short of 'buff' status, but do enjoy cask ales, especially the rarer dark ones like milds / stouts & old ales. I love aircraft but not throwing myself out of them! I've never seen the point of jumping out of a serviceable aircraft!! As my hobbies are mostly outdoor pursuits, I also have a keen interest in the weather. It does help me to decide whether to take a mac & brolly out with me!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Santa
Over the years I've owned quite a number of classic cars but mostly from the 60s onwards being the period when I was growing up and which I remember fondly
I have had a 60s Ford Capri a 1963 Vauxhall Victor and a 1966 Victor 101 Estate also a late 60s Hillman Minx and also a Hillman Imp
I have also restored several 70s cars including a Hillman Avenger a Triumph TR7 and a Mark 3 Ford Cortina
I currently have a Volvo 480 which was one of the first models built for the launch of the car back in 1986
I also have a Mark 2 Toyota MR2 which I kind of inherited and I am presently doing work to get it up to MOT standard
I suppose you could say I've been bitten by the bug and I don't expect the current project will be my last
Its really good fun visiting the various shows around the country and I've made a lot of very good friends who I can call on if I need any help obtaining spare parts and the like
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a samaritan which gives me pleasure,love cricket-watching and reading.
In fact i love reading full stop
walking along the beach in the rain
and snooker
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have a hobby. Crying or Very sad

That's because what was a hobby for me as a teenager became the means by which I earn a living - and that's the way it's been for over 35 years.

In fact, I've never done a "real job" in my life!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:
Over the years I've owned quite a number of classic cars but mostly from the 60s onwards being the period when I was growing up and which I remember fondly
I have had a 60s Ford Capri a 1963 Vauxhall Victor and a 1966 Victor 101 Estate also a late 60s Hillman Minx and also a Hillman Imp
I have also restored several 70s cars including a Hillman Avenger a Triumph TR7 and a Mark 3 Ford Cortina
I currently have a Volvo 480 which was one of the first models built for the launch of the car back in 1986
I also have a Mark 2 Toyota MR2 which I kind of inherited and I am presently doing work to get it up to MOT standard
I suppose you could say I've been bitten by the bug and I don't expect the current project will be my last
Its really good fun visiting the various shows around the country and I've made a lot of very good friends who I can call on if I need any help obtaining spare parts and the like


Yes the 60s period is special to me too. Possibly like yourself, I could name just about any car from the tail light whereas today they all seem the same!
I also miss the various smells of the 50s and 60s cars too.. nothing had the aroma of a Triumph Herald or a Vauxhall.. completely different to a Ford. Stangely, I can still remember the smell of my brother's Jowett Javelin.
I always liked the first Capri.. my boss's son had one in Turquoise and white with wide steel wheels. ( did they call them 5 1/2 "J"s?? )
The 101 Victor was a nice car too, particularly the estate. As I liked American cars, I thought the 101 range was getting to look a little American in style! Laughing
Although I was primarily into Fords, I did own a Vauxhall Cresta for a while.. maybe a 65 PB and was very impressed with the way it drove, the column gears were so smooth.
I had plenty of Zephyrs, all Marks but I did like those old Mk4s!, column gears, bench seats... bonnet like an aircraft carrier.. I'd still like to have one now.
I crazed my mum to buy her old 62 Consul convertible and eventually got it for £40 but it needed work. A few years later, it was surpassed by my '71 Mustang convertible. I loved it and owned it for 23 years!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As you say Santa the 60s was a fantastic era for cars
Yesterday I found a 1964 Vauxhall Victor with only 5000 miles on the clock and apparently it's genuine
It's been run regularly and must rank as one of the lowest mileage cars in Britain ever
The bad news is I'm waiting for a price
It's near Derby and I'm not exactly holding my breath but I'd really love to get my hands on it
Quite apart from the enjoyment I would get it's got to be a good long term investment
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope you get it, sounds great! what a find.. if the bodywork and interior match the mileage I'd guess at about £3k? I don't know... but I suppose it depends on who owns it and who else is interested.
My brother came home with an immaculate Austin Maxi a few years back with just 14 thousand miles on it.. a red one with a tan interior. I was half tempted myself!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Soulsister, I like nothing better than goin' down me allotment!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More details please Gutsy!! I've always fancied an allotment. I've grown a bit of veg and fruit in pots in my back garden but gave up as they are decimated by grey squirrels! I've got a wood at the back of mine and my garden is like a squirrel assault course. They do tactical manoevres and training out there and my fruit and veg became kind of the squirrel NAAFI. Little !@£$%^&s!

I threw in the towel (or should that be trowel Laughing ) last year when I looked out and saw a squirrel sitting there by one of me tomato plants with a big red juicy tomato in it's mitts biting into it like someone eating an apple.

Keep the hobbies coming folks - it's fascinating to read what people get up to in their spare time. Anyone got any 'fascinations' - like a period in history, or a famous person or a geographical location etc? I've got a few, but it'll have to wait till another time as I'm a bit busy at the mo.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I donít really have any hobbies- just things that I like doing- shopping, canoeing, swimming, walking, teaching yoga, photography, painting, writing, gardening, software design, playing my piano and guitars- generally just having fun in whatever shape that happens to be that day. I used to like cooking too but Iíve gone off that since not being allowed red meat or anything with sugar in it. No work to get in the way you see.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never really had one since leaving school apart from cd's and records until a few years ago and now when the weather is clear I love nothing better than tto take photographs.
I used to love taking pictures of people just doing stuff but you get a funny look these days so I've moved onto natural stuff, trouble is I just can't get myself out of bed early enough to get the best time of the day Sad
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hiya Soulsister, (by the way is that you in your picture?). In the 2nd year of allotmenting if there is such a word. Unfortunately my current life with all it's ups (few) and downs (lots) means I haven't done as much as I should but my little patch of earth is my escape and there is nothing quite like a bit of digging to release the tension, and nothing quite like that freshly pulled carrot! Don't underestimate the work involved but if you do get a chance to get one go for it. (I have no squirrels just mice. slugs, whitefly, pigeons, moles....)
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that me in the picture Gutsy? I wish! Rolling Eyes

I know what you mean about the ups and the downs of life - it's a bit of a rollercoaster for all of us I think.

I love gardening ... but where I live it's not suitable for veggie growing unfortunately because of those !@£$ing squirrels! One day, when the kids are older I'll find meself a little cottage with the perfect cottage garden.

Hobbies I don't really have as such - more interests. I get a bee in my bonnet about something and go at it hammer and tongs for a while, but then I usually move on to something else. I like doing up old furniture from junk shops and my house is kitted out with my projects. I like cooking and reading, I suppose my main passion is history - I'll focus on a particular era/event and read everything I can get my hands on for a while, visit places etc. etc. then another time/event will capture my imagination and I'll move on to that.

I could go on Mastermind answering questions about the early Fleetwood Mac, love my music generally although even that tends to be historic - discovering people I missed first time around, or rediscovering music from the past that I didn't miss, but have kind of forgotten about. Most modern stuff leaves me absolutely cold.

I've also got a bit of a thing about islands - the remoter the better. Recently I have become obsessed with St Kilda and my ambition is to visit one day.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soulsister wrote:
I could go on Mastermind answering questions about the early Fleetwood Mac, love my music generally although even that tends to be historic - discovering people I missed first time around, or rediscovering music from the past that I didn't miss, but have kind of forgotten about. Most modern stuff leaves me absolutely cold.


Yes.. when Fleetwood Mac were a proper band Razz "Shake Your Money Maker" would be on my top 40 list without a doubt! If it's on the radio ( fat chance) I won't turn off until it's finished.. just love it.
I'm on the same bus as you Soulie, I've decided that "my music" from the past is best and I'm quite comfortable about it... like an old pair of shoes.
Modern stuff is mainly naff, predictable, and bland. Plus I've heard it all before - only better! Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Low level aviation photography, writing for a local aviation magazine, walking and hiking, travelling, reading - don't have a lot of time for anything else after that lot!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
Yes.. when Fleetwood Mac were a proper band Razz "Shake Your Money Maker" would be on my top 40 list without a doubt! If it's on the radio ( fat chance) I won't turn off until it's finished.. just love it.


It was played on Planet Rock along with several other Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac numbers recently.

SantaFefan wrote:

Modern stuff is mainly naff, predictable, and bland. Plus I've heard it all before - only better! Cool


I might agree with you were it not for the fact that my 26-year-old son has introduced me to so much new stuff by new bands that's really good. When I jump into his car I rarely hear the same piece of music twice playing from his iPod. Needless to say, it's the kind of stuff you'll never hear on Radio 2!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No doubt there's no end of good music being turned out by countless bands today and admittedly, every now and then, something will be played on Radio 2 which I like the sound of, but.. will I or anybody else, remember it in 2 years time? or 22 years time? I doubt it.

I do feel that I've reached a comfortable place in my life when I'm really not that bothered by new music, even potentially "missing out" on new music.

I'm more than happy to revel in my music tastes and as Soulie mentioned, look to enjoy past music from favorite artists which I may not have heard as yet.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
No doubt there's no end of good music being turned out by countless bands today and admittedly, every now and then, something will be played on Radio 2 which I like the sound of, but.. will I or anybody else, remember it in 2 years time? or 22 years - time? I doubt it.


Bear in mind, however, that radio stations in general are no longer a barometer of what's actually being created and published out there. Lots of music makers are doing their own thing and distributing their own product independently - on disc, online via their own websites, itunes music store and so on. And it's because of this that there's so much more diversity in music than there was when it was controlled by a few big conglomerates in the 60s and 70s etc.

I'm not sure that it matters whether a given piece of music will be memorable in two or three years; the music landscape is much different now.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I can see where you're coming from.. but in a way, that's my point, young people don't care about today's music in the same way as my generation did.. it's not important to them.
It's throw away music, a noise in the background. They have so much more going on than we did.

I was saying earlier today that when I was young, we would cart a few LPs round to friends houses and sit around playing them.. quite a sociable affair wasn't it? I don't think it would happen in that way today.

The charts and rare appearances by our favourite bands were relished weren't they.. the Pirate Stations were loved with a passion, Top of the Pops was not to be missed and I hate to admit it, it was enjoyable to watch!

In fact, I kinda liked the recognisable record labels too.. they were familiar.. friendly almost. Today, I couldn't name more a couple!
Plus of course, in my opinion, the music was sooo much better! Laughing

I'm developing more and more an opinion that more is not necessarily better.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
Yes, I can see where you're coming from.. but in a way, that's my point, young people don't care about today's music in the same way as my generation did.. it's not important to them.
It's throw away music, a noise in the background. They have so much more going on than we did.


That's very true in the case of many. I have to admit there's no substitute for handing over hard-earned cash for the latest Beatles or Stones single and rushing home with that latest bit of circular plastic!

SantaFefan wrote:
I'm developing more and more an opinion that more is not necessarily better.


I definitely agree with that. Look at all the TV and radio stations available on the Sky platform - 1,000 at the last count and almost all of them crap!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Occasionally, very occasionally my 17 year old son will be playing something and I'll think 'this ain't bad' and have discovered a few 'new' things that way.

But to be honest it's the other way round. My kids are always asking me to borrow CDs, or just go out and buy retro stuff themselves. Son likes all the old rock bands, 15 year old daughter is currently going through a Beatles phase - she can't get enough of 'em and that's not down to me either - I don't even know how she got into them, where she first heard them, but that's all I hear coming out of her room these days.

The musical times I have lived through, there was just so much great music around, it would have been impossible to have heard it all, let alone explored it all. As my screen name would suggest - my first love was Motown, Soul, Funk, Reggae .. then on to Blues and blues based rock, and so on. Now I'm going back and discovering stuff I missed out on first time round, and even getting into classical music.

I'd love nothing better than a great new musical talent to come along who really excites me, but to be honest, almost everything I hear has been done before, and usually better, at least to my ears.

Sorry if I sound like an old fart, but I'm quite happy in me own way - as Jethro Tull would say:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsCyC1dZiN8
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Santa I feel the same way about Television
I vividly remember coming up with every far fetched excuse under the sun not to have to go out on a Thursday night so I could watch TOTP and The Man From Uncle (and even better The Girl From Uncle!)
Surprised no lady has used that as a screen name here
Now I have access to hundreds of channels and I usually can't find anything I want to watch which perhaps explains why I spend so much time here boring you all to death
Life seems so instant now whereas when I was young having something to look forward to was what kept people going
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Ruddles - I sit there with the remote flicking through and there's nothing. I always end up on the history channel or yesterday. Just watched a great programme about the breaking of the enigma code in world war 2 - Bletchley Park and the Colossus and all that.

Actually I'm starting to get worried now Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soulsister wrote:
Just watched a great programme about the breaking of the enigma code in world war 2 - Bletchley Park and the Colossus and all that.


Just down the road from me! Fabulous place.
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