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p.risboy

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isambard_Kingdom_Brunel

Incredible what this guy packed into a short life.....i love his old Tamar Bridge that runs alongside the newer one....in fact crossing the Tamar Bridge is one of the perks of my job...the view is picture postcard and i never tire of it.
Seeing that pic of the Tamar bridge, reminded me of Firth of Forth rail bridge which has always captured my imagination.
On several trips from Northants to Fyyvie, Aberdeenshire(the wifes G.father lived there), the bridge was always shrouded in mist evereytime I saw it.

The second from last time was no different, so I got off the A90 and headed down to North Queensferry.
It was awesome, the granite base receivd the biggest hug from me, (no trees about). After half an hour the mist lifted and th sun came out, beautiful.
The missus still ribs me about the 'bridge hugging', but it was worth it.

Sorry Ben, hijacked the thread again.redf) :)

Steve.:)
 
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Leefer: You must be a train driver.
Is it HST's (FGW) or Freight (Class 66's)?
Or maybe train staff?
IKB would be near the top of my list, and yes the Tamar Bridge (1859) is
a great structure.
I went over it four times in 2005 when I was in UK for a holiday.

Am coming back to UK next year and will be in Devon and Cornwall for part of the time as one of my brothers lives in Truro.

I see you are from Swindon, there is a lady who comes from Swindon who lives not far from me.
 
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HAMILTON HUME for our English friends an early Aus explorer the Hume Hy is named after him .Last year Jude & I went though his house outside Yass NSW
He was a great bushman and was born here in Aus.


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Re: Researching: Hunt, Collins,Harrold...

I am researching Hunt (my fathers side)
Collins (mothers maiden name)
Harrold (grandmothers maiden name)
Hunt from Bournemouth Hants Dads dob 20th March 1915 or 1916

Collins from Ringwood Hants Mums dob 29th October 1916

Harrold from Melksham Wiltshire Grandmothers dob 17th January 1879

My grandmother (d 1980 in her 102nd year) was 13th of 14 children.

I believe her mother died of childbirth with the 14th child. Her father died at 42 of TB I think.

Shortly after the authorities put all the youngest children in orphanges, my grandmother going to a very good one in Bristol.

Subsequently she went into service when she was about 15 or 16.
She ran away from the first job in London which she did not like, and ended up working for a family at Christchurch in Hampshire where I believe she met my grandfather Alfred George Collins from Ringwood.

The had three girls: Nora, Doreen and my mother Elizabeth (Betty).
My mother is the only survivour aged 92 this week!

My grandfather (Alfred) had three bothers: Harry, Fred and Thomas and two sisters Nell and Ettie.

Iam trying to find more details of the above 5.

Alfred George Collins died in 1947 shortly after he retired.

I would be interested in any detail I can get on these three family names.

I will be in UK in July 2010, so hope to be able to do a bit of research whilst Iam there.
 
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Hi! Leefer:
No the lady will not be your ex wife Iam sure!

My older son had his own trucking business in NZ. then he went to Perth Western Australia where he drove trcks for a while, but he is now in the office of the trucking company as an account manager.

Iam a bus driver working for two differant organisations, that keeps me busy Mon to Fri.

Fishing at the beach on the weekends in the summer!!
 
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Vlad the Impaler, he was not the monster fiction has made him, we judge him by todays standards but he did what was right at the time and we have a lot to thank him for.
 

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Not as funny as me unloading the bleeders Gibbo..........the guy unloading me was a right nightmare,,,,insisted on checking everyone seperatly on account of missing trees last year....he nearly ended up as the fairy on top of one.
 

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Not as funny as me unloading the bleeders Gibbo..........the guy unloading me was a right nightmare,,,,insisted on checking everyone seperatly on account of missing trees last year....he nearly ended up as the fairy on top of one.
ouch!! he would have been singing that xmas carol "oh xmas tree oh xmas tree"
 

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