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7 minutes ago, mark powell said:

72, and still working self employed fitting and repairing garage doors.  Keeps me fit.

My dad retired at 75, took it a bit easier before as self employed builder, i suspect he still does a bit. Hard to tell as we stopped speaking to each other about 9 years ago, just say hes a character but when your the fall guy for alot of his schemes its not so funny. (Took 30k of money out of a joint business, stole 2 cars of mine, took money for a window that he never paid for! The reason i was homeless at 15, the list is endless) fun and sole at a party though!

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18 hours ago, Badwolf said:

Sorry I must disagree with these two points. As for late night travelling, when you gotta go you gotta go. Can't sit around waiting for emergency services that may or not turn up (a friend of mine waited 90 minutes for an ambulance last month - not the fault of the service, just pure pressure of work). No good calling out someone to fix a problem when the relations are screaming for help (sorry can't come, flat battery, call a plumber, electrician, ambulance etc would go down like the proverbial), and I can't call a taxi out and go with a bunch of spares, tools, pipes, kitchen sink and god knows what else and then maybe have to come back home for something else. No all this stuff is ok in theory but in the real world, I prefer my pie on a plate, not in the sky, sorry. A EV with a flat battery is nothing more than scrap and they will have to change dramatically before I consider them, but I think that you may just have guessed that by now. I am far from impressed, Grotty Thunderburg can keep them!

Dang I wish you lived next to me! I wouldn't have to worry about anything!

Seriously though, there are people and situations that can't be solved by new technology yet. However I am convinced that the majority can and that is a lack of understanding on many individuals parts (which is odd because Siri/Alexa can tell you anything nowadays) as well as on governments that are too heavily dependent on lobbies....

An acquaintance works for BASF and e is pretty sure we will have oil for a good 40-60 years, probably longer... so I doubt many of us will have to live through when the dino juice dries up.

But our kids and grand kids will...

 

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2 hours ago, DVD3500 said:

An acquaintance works for BASF and e is pretty sure we will have oil for a good 40-60 years, probably longer... so I doubt many of us will have to live through when the dino juice dries up.

But our kids and grand kids will...

As long as there's time to gradually adjust, and to improve new inventions and find a viable replacement so that the changeover comes at a natural pace wth infrastructure and attitudes to match.

At present we don't have one but we're all being pushed towards it as fast as, and with no alternative it's not surprising there's skepticism. We had a woman on local radio recently and her attitude was that everyone should live within walking distance of work, shops and hospitals so shouldn't need a car, and anyone who does should be penalised accordingly. Really?

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3 hours ago, Colin Lindsay said:

We had a woman on local radio recently and her attitude was that everyone should live within walking distance of work, shops and hospitals so shouldn't need a car, and anyone who does should be penalised accordingly. Really?

There was a time when much of that existed, pre Beeching?, people did live nearer their workplace. But for example, we have had 4 hospitals closed, nearest A&E? now, 17 miles, passing 2 "minor injuries units" (daytime only). Our local surgeries are being amalgamated to a Health Centre. Which very few can access without a car. Village shops, banks, and post offices are closing weekly. Those who still have "manual" job`s need to access the factory, or other work site. Buses don`t run before 6am, Nor after 6pm. so that`s the shift worker stuffed then?. I just love those people who think it can be turned off like a tap.

Pete

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 We had a woman on local radio recently and her attitude was that everyone should live within walking distance of work, shops and hospitals so shouldn't need a car, and anyone who does should be penalised accordingly. Really?

Before I retired, we lived in Darlington and I worked in Aycliffe and my wife worked in Gateshead.  If we had moved to Durham, half way between the two, we could have reduced the walking distance to only 30 miles each day for both of us !

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13 hours ago, Badwolf said:

...and the shopping gets transported home it it's own special electric shopping trolly...ohh..yes!!!

Have you seen them, really cool to see them trundling past. Milton Keynes rings a bell.

crying out for a few miscreants to grab one and ride it, or stick it in a van and take it somewhere else to see if I should like a homing pigeon. 

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13 hours ago, PeteH said:

There was a time when much of that existed, pre Beeching?, people did live nearer their workplace.

I was the first generation of our family that didn't. My Grandparents, and parents all lived within walking distance of the linen factory. My Grandfather never had a car, my father only bought his first in 1973. We travelled to the local town by a taxi shuttle, two ancient black cabs that worked opposite each other so that there was always one waiting to leave and one waiting to return. You sat there on ancient leather seats until it was full then moved off. Now most of the linen factory is gone and the remaining buildings are fashion shops with droves of Chelsea Tractors parked outside.

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On 11/05/2021 at 08:28, Mathew said:

Arr wondered how long till that came into play. Grandad had the vc2000, if i remember you could turn over like a cassette but cost a fortune, i had a betamax not due to the better quality but as someone flogged me one for 50 quid, i also worked for grunwicks so got boxes of tapes really cheap. The vhs won cos they were cheaper and the tapes were longer. Can you see where this is going! Cheap car, longer distance on  charge.

Parents bought a V2000 video player - by far the best system - could turn the tape over and fast forwarding the tape you still had a good picture and not jaggy lines. They weren't interesting in films just recording off the tv.

I bought a older version to mess with in my youth - sort of got it working - but was full of separate circuit boards and weighed a ton!

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1 hour ago, Anglefire said:

Parents bought a V2000 video player - by far the best system - could turn the tape over and fast forwarding the tape you still had a good picture and not jaggy lines. They weren't interesting in films just recording off the tv.

I bought a older version to mess with in my youth - sort of got it working - but was full of separate circuit boards and weighed a ton!

Remember the top loader machine's 

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24 minutes ago, Mathew said:

Remember the top loader machine's 

Yes. My Akai only went to the great VCR yard in the (local tip) less than 5 years ago. Bought in the 80`s, repaired several times until sadly the parts where NLA. I think the remote is still in a drawer somewhere?. Just spent many days converting the tapes of the Grandkids to Digital. On, IMV, a sadly inferior sony machine.

Pete

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11 hours ago, Badwolf said:

I loved my Akai equipment. Cassette machine died ten years ago when the rubber pinch wheel set like stone, crushed the tape and bent the captain. I still have my 1/4 inch open reel sitting in the corner, just for show these days but it does still work?

I still have the 4000DS tape deck that I bought in the early 70's. It was the most affordable deck that  could over dub.

In reality it was quite useless as a recording device as each time you over dubbed you increased the background noise

Great noise generator.  But worked well as a normal tape recorder.

I liked to play the Shadows on my 3 three string Spansh guitar (before sea sick Steve). To me it was great but nobody else liked it.

 

Roger

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42 minutes ago, Badwolf said:

We should get together with my 11 string acoustic (always break one of the the top E strings), Gibson Humming Bird copy, guitar. Colin L would have a fit.

I had a ten string, was quite good until you went looking for the lower Es. I've currently got a 9-string... :) and that strange Turkish thingie is 7...

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There are a few ways to do this. There are specialists who can do this for you from Max Spielmann onwards, they are fairly expensive though. Search on line. You could try to borrow a cine projector and video camera. Not the best way but cheap and you can experiment with the way to get best results. I'm sure that you can find a tele-cine transfer machine but probably not worth it for a few reels. Just a couple of thoughts to start you off.

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I bought a separate hifi system in about 1989 - QED240CD amp, Marantaz CD player and AF8 Speakers - still works to this day - including the batteries in the remote. 

Best CD I have for quality is Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms - properly produced with the sound not being overdriven - unlike nearly all modern CD's.

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7 hours ago, Jeffds1360 said:

Good ideas! So you film the film!

But how do I get the sound ( :) )

Sound effects cd or what might be good for future viewers is to overdub a commentary of your own memories. Once you have digitised the film you can add sound using one of the many film authoring software packages, also edit the film to cut out poor quality bits. Just a few ideas. You will not manage 4k quality off super 8 but you could add Dolby 7.1 surround sound!!

Mark - Ahh, Brothers in Arms. Brilliant CD, but my favourite DS track has to be Telegraph Road from their Love Over Gold album, especially the instrumental section at the end....break out the air drum kit.

 

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1 hour ago, Badwolf said:

Mark - Ahh, Brothers in Arms. Brilliant CD, but my favourite DS track has to be Telegraph Road from their Love Over Gold album, especially the instrumental section at the end....break out the air drum kit.

 

To talked me into playing it, it is running as I type!

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