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A Quick Bath

Posted April 04, 2012 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Here in the States, they would have naturally based it on a Nash.

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04/04/2012 9:55 AM

So that's where it went!

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04/04/2012 9:57 AM

I see you are having a break from your Segmented Flow Analysis
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04/04/2012 9:58 AM

No chance!

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04/04/2012 10:12 AM

Look! It even has shiny parts!

I needed this.

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04/04/2012 10:35 AM

And unlike your run-of-the-mill sofa or armchair car, this one is both bullet-froof and pimp-sleek

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04/04/2012 10:36 AM

It's Pimpadelic!

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04/04/2012 5:26 PM

No, old chap, don't go there. That is not British - not even british.

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04/05/2012 1:14 AM

Of course he's not. You're not suggesting I ..

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04/04/2012 10:54 AM

I think I know him!

I knew that Bath should have come out in one piece!

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04/04/2012 11:22 AM

999MPB: Is that his his license or his mileage?

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04/04/2012 11:25 AM

MPB is miles per bath. After 999 the old one has to be broken up...
Not sure how, maybe someone should start a thread asking for ideas?
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04/04/2012 11:43 AM

Hey - that's an idea! It's a cast-iron certainty that there will be some responses!

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04/04/2012 5:34 PM

Something just happened to my computer. I did not post this picture! Someone has taken control of my PC. I expect to find some white cat fur around here some where.

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04/04/2012 2:31 PM

It's Surrey, but I can't pin down the year for sure.

MPB

KJUN 1972 ->

MPB

DMAR 1966 ->

MPB

FEB 1948 ->

MPB

OCT 1959 ->
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04/05/2012 3:29 AM

The car on the right is a Vauxhall Victor, so here's a £1GBP bet for 1959.

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04/05/2012 3:37 AM

Ah, well observed. That was also my conclusion, but based solely on the styles of dress and general street scenery.

Sorry Sir/Madam, we cannot accept your wager until at least 2 people place the same money on 2004.

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04/05/2012 3:50 AM

The letter-based registration plate style "ABC123A" was launched in 1961, so this motorbath had to have been registered prior to that date, otherwise the registration plate's final character would have been a letter denoting year of registration.

It cannot be 1972, as pan-European traffic signs were widespread by that year; the "Keep Left" sign on the bollard is indicative of an earlier time. Plus - how many elderly Austins were extant in 1972?

It cannot realistically be 1948, as the Ford Popular Estate, the Morris and the Vauxhall are much younger than that, plus - vehicle paint colours had come a long way since that year, principally as a result of American style influences during the 1950s and a more market-driven approach to vehicle preferences; "You can have any colour you like so long as it's black" was receding.

1966? Nope. Doesn't feel right. No VW Beetle in shot.

How many smart-arse points for that, please?

It might be possible to trace the registration plate to see what happened to the vehicle. Chances are, it didn't get installed in a bathroom in Etherville....

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04/05/2012 3:58 AM

Would that be GA or OT ?

This is really going to piss people over on that thread about manners and assorted **** !

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04/05/2012 4:03 AM

I'mmagonnagive'm for free today, but I can only give one per post - the system won't let me stackem higher

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04/05/2012 4:07 AM

pmsl !

It allows you to OT yourself. If I give you one, you can give me one back (though if I'm lucky that might happen automatically). Let's see....

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04/05/2012 4:08 AM

Dammit, I had to do it all myself !

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04/05/2012 4:15 AM

So, let me get this straight: What you're saying is that there should be an automatic rewarding system of GAs, whereby if you give someone a GA, you get one back, or you have one in credit, and award it for yourself whenever it fits your fancy ?

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04/05/2012 4:24 AM

We could do it that way if you like, but negation is more fun. The spooky thing is, the OT I gave you a few posts back has not hidden the post, and neither did it have a cascade effect so that all replies in answer would go OT. Disappointing, as it had to all be done by hand .

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04/05/2012 4:34 AM

By hand ? - Dissapointing ? !

- That hand my friend, seen me through thick and thin !

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04/05/2012 5:45 AM

They do tend to wither with age .

You 'my friended' me

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04/05/2012 6:02 AM

Now waitaminute there...

Maybe we could apply this cascading effect to GAs instead of OTs...

Imagine the possible outcome

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04/05/2012 7:31 AM

I prefer wave motion (so long as I'm on the crest). It's only fair - you didn't click my tears at 33.....

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04/13/2012 11:01 AM

Indeed I did, but you forgot to:

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How else do you think I never have "off-topics" to reduce from to zero, and only then get to open shop for some GAs ? Huh ?

The easier way (I think) to getting GAs is to never have "off-topics" in the first place.

Not that I have an enormous experience with having GAs

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04/13/2012 12:32 PM

I forgot to forget, and now I'm distracted by those beautiful pictures supplied by JohnDG......

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Typical!

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Of course . Did I mention this little beauty......

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04/16/2012 6:57 AM

Forgot to forget again eh ? - I reply to your off topic with no consequence whatsoever.

A miracle ? No. Just De-Click the darn thing. I have plenty of GAs in my sack but no one ever listens.

What else is new

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04/04/2012 2:49 PM

Why is he and his rig so colourful whilst everything around him looks so drab? This pic looks like a composite.

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04/04/2012 3:31 PM

Well you posted it .

Click thru to the video - it's a classic. Couldn't ID the location, but those Uni scalves should be a giveaway. If they're from Bristol they should be .

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04/04/2012 8:54 PM

Dinner at Mac's?

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Shmoke and a Pamcake

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There are several factors.

  1. The quality of emulsions used in colour imaging around that time is not so clever as that used today.
  2. The quality of photographic lenses has improved since the picture was taken.
  3. The world is now used to digital imaging, which gives a sharper rendition of colours and subjects.
  4. It is in a major conurbation, somewhere in Britain, that has or had trolleybuses. That limits things to somewhere like the London suburbs, Birmingham, Manchester or Liverpool, with London being a strong contender, especially, as pointed out above, the Surrey registration plate on the contraption would suggest that it is not far from its original place of registration. No-one in their right mind would travel huge distances in the thing, after all!
  5. Coal was still a major heating solution to many homes at that time, and the fading of colour with distance is indicative of city air pollution - "Smog". Given the clothing that the bather is using, it was taken on a cool day, and coal heating would be in use on such a day.
  6. The colours of the vehicles are subdued because of a thin coating of smog fall-out on them.
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04/04/2012 11:04 PM

OMG They finally did it!!!!

The cast iron bathtub has finally been removed and given a new life!

All hail the mobile bathtub. Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray!

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04/05/2012 7:43 AM

The 3 wheeler is a cheap form of transport(taxi)for 3 passengers easily in many asian countries due to the small size of engine.Even some organisations are using modified form of these for transporting small volume materials. Bakery products are distributed(sold) in morning and evening using it.

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The one in the picture seems to be delivering bath-water....

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04/13/2012 9:55 AM

Unfortunately, three-wheelers like this are none too stable through the bends.

I was searching through some old archive material recently, and found these prints showing the fate of the chassis:

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