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City of Adelaide Clipper gains children’s activity book

Strangely, if you ever listened to the ramblings of one poor individual from Sunderland, it seems the fortunes of the hull of the City of Adelaide clipper which went to live in Australia a few years have been good, and so far at least, it has not spontaneously combusted, or disintegrated under the fierce Australian sun, nor has the rescue project foundered.

It’s actually rather nice to see it amble along slowly, step by step.

Far better than many I watched arrive with great fanfare and promises/demands of many millions – over-ambitious and doomed to failure if the promises fall short. Over the past decade or so it’s become clear that projects which limp along with a steady cash-drip and avoid sensational claims are much more likely to be around for years.

This looks like one of those ‘small steps’.

SEAFARING adventures are swept off the page in a new children’s activity book about the clipper ship City of Adelaide.
The ship’s restoration project director, Peter Christopher, and Meredith Reardon — a descendant of its captain — have teamed up to create Clipper Ship City of Adelaide Facts and Figures.

More than a quarter of a million Australians can trace their ancestry through passengers and crew who sailed on the City of Adelaide, which made 23 return voyages from English ports between 1864 and 1887.

Mr Christopher said the 40-page book had been specifically written for children — a deliberate move as most of the material available about the historic ship was geared towards adults.

Via New City of Adelaide clipper ship children’s book opens maritime history to new audience

He and Ms Reardon, a teacher, first had the idea for the book two years ago but it wasn’t until they received a grant from an anonymous donor that they were able to publish it.

Clipper Ship City of Adelaide Facts and Figures is now on sale for $10 at the ship at Dock One.

It will soon also be available in selected newsagents and book stores.

City of Adelaide

City of Adelaide lying at Irvine on 07 February 2012 © wfmillar


16/03/2018 Posted by | Civilian, Maritime, Transport | , | 1 Comment

The illegals – DK51 MBA

This one was a bit odd.

I’d actually walked past it, and along the road for some distance before I decided to go back for a closer look.

At first, I thought it was a foreign registration plate, due to the (illegal) spacing and the (illegal) font (especially the ‘1’), and the unusual pressed metal plate, something not seen very often nowadays as most are perspex.

Maybe the owner of this 2016 Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech R-Line (phew – these names are getting longer) is a secret, or part-time, lion tamer.

Volkswagen Golf TDI [DK51 MBA]

Volkswagen Golf TDI [DK51 MBA]

16/03/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Hulking great BMW tyres

One of those numbers I’ve passed for ages yet never ‘collected’.

If I’d been awake, I’d have this number on more cars as they’ve changed over the years.

I just noticed it has moved to this Dec 2017 BMW X5 3.0 30d M Sport Steptronic xDrive (no wonder they’ve stopped putting full model names on the rear), from another mini-monster-truck style BMW (but I forget the model already).

BMW X5 3.0 30d M Sport Steptronic xDrive [50 AS]

BMW X5 3.0 30d M Sport Steptronic xDrive [50 AS]

Just look at the tyres, which I read American owners regularly discuss  as regards finding alternative to the $500 per corner cost when replacing them.

And many seem to complain of lives as short as 5,000 miles on their “wife’s car which is only used for the school run”.

Make of that what you will. I did note some techie-types noted the thing has a lot of camber to aid road-holding, and that can wear out tyres under certain adverse conditions.

Looking at the quoted size options (not forgetting to look at the associated huge wheel sizes):

285/35R21 (front) 325/30R21 (rear)
285/40R20 (front) 325/35R20 (rear)

I had a quick look at table for the Lamborghini Countach, and found this from the start to end of its life:

1974 Lamborghini Countach Tyre Sizes
LP40(front) 205/70R14 (rear) 215/70R14

1978 brought a new LP400 S model, the engine was slightly downgraded from the LP400 model at 355 PS (350 hp; 261 kW), while the most radical changes were in the exterior, where the tyres were replaced by 345/35R15 Pirelli P7 tyres The widest tyres available on a production car at the time, and reportedly also the first to be manufactured for a particular car, rather than just standard production.

1989 Lamborghini Countach Tyre Sizes
25th Anniversario(front) 225/50R15 (rear) 345/35R15
5000 quattrovalvole(front) 225/50R15 (rear) 345/35R15

Just an observation.

Who wore it best?

Original wide Countach rubber 🙂

1989 Countach

1989 Countach

Whole car could probably sneak under an X5 (you know what I mean).

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Today is World Sleep Day

Good luck with this one!

16 March 2016 is World Sleep Day, but it’s not always on the same date as it takes place on the… Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox.

Worrying about getting that right should be enough to keep anyone that CAN’T sleep awake.

While I’m not going to be worrying about it, I will probably be awake for most of that, and most other nights.

I reckon I must have done all my sleeping as a baby. From stories, it seems that while all the other babies in the hospital were screaming, crying, and other spending their own (and apparently everyone else’s) night doing anything but sleeping, I was curled up fast asleep. Unless it was feeding time, at which point somebody had to make sure dinner was to hand when my eyes snapped open, or I’d be the loudest baby in the ward and wakening anybody that had managed to fall asleep by then!

Later, sending me to bed was pretty pointless, and compared to other kids, I was always up late.

By the time I was out of school and at university, same story, and I’d be studying into “The wee small hours”.

Now I’m ‘old’ and supposedly my sleep requirements should be reducing.

Well THAT’S not really going to be happening, I already see too many dawns arrive during summer.

Contrary to popular mythology, those classed as insomniacs don’t stay awake 24/7 – they just don’t sleep much, and don’t seem to suffer for it. Well, those of us who do it naturally don’t – but those who are truly sleep-deprived do, and probably have another problem that needs diagnosis.

I think the people who REALLY suffer are those who try to adhere to the “8 hours of sleep MUST BE HAD!” routine, as they try to force themselves to get those 8 hours by any means necessary, including doping and drugging themselves.

I’ve never even though of going down that road.

As far as I’m concerned, your body will tell you when to sleep, and if you want a guide, look out the window and see if it’s dark – if so, probably a good time to go lie down, don’t fret or worry about getting those damned ‘8 hours’ and just catch what your brain/body take.

Humans were sleeping long before clocks and hours were invented, and I suspect got along just fine.

Get advice here, but don’t get hooked on some detail, just go to bed if you are sleepy:

World Sleep Day

On a more light-hearted note, it’s a pity imgur galleries don’t work in WordPress blogs, so although this is pretty accurate, especially the last graphic, you’ll have to click on the link below to see it at all.

How to sleep “properly”

I say it’s accurate, but only if you start off your night following the steps in the opening graphics, trying those methods just seems to generate anxiety, and that starts off a self-fulfilling loop, as you begin to worry about not falling asleep. So, as I noted, I just don’t bother, and leave it to nature to knock me out when I’m ready, not when I ‘should’.

There’s another gallery I’d like to have stuck in here, but same problem, so this is one of the sleep ‘experts’ as seen there.

So, you’ll have to click this link for the full set.

I Can Sleep Purrretty Much Anywhere

Sleeping Door Cat

Sleeping Door Cat


16/03/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment


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