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Everything posted by Diaconis

  1. Where's Doctor Potter when you need him? He'd know how to handle such types...
  2. I did indeed, good shout. I also spotted little Peter Glaze playing the dog in the Bowmans. I did a bit of googling and was surprised to read that he passed away aged just 58, he always looked older than his years. Used to love him in Crackerjack.
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    Don't worry Terry, I'm sure Azda didn't mean any offense. I mean to say anyone would be a bit anxious with the prospect of all those pensioners turning up at 9 am in the morning.
  4. It's an improvement on the postcards they used to send out Just kidding (hope it doesn't give them ideas)
  5. I agree there Blakey, superb... Just watched The Ladies Man...I'd forgotten what a cracker Liz Fraser was😛
  6. Here's a topical one
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    Books Section

    Trittly-how in the early mordy. A few interesting books being read by other members I see. I’ve had Platt’s English Civil Wars on my shelf gathering dust for quite a while now, biding it’s time waiting patiently to be read. It has now been dusted off and is outside with me enjoying the sunshine. I have the odd Medal but this has rekindled that interest. I do like how the text is interspersed with contemporary quotations and the thoughts of earlier collectors and scholars. Deep joy
  8. During this period of self-imposed confinement, and between bouts of gargling with Bragg's vinegar, I'm revisiting some of my favourite box sets. I'm currently watching that loveable pompous ass Tony Hancock (again). Hancock and James, and a supporting cast too numerous to mention, the pure quality of which I never tire. Many questions raised, for example, is 'Circa' pronounced, Surka or Kurka 😂😂😂. From now on, it's Kurka for me, if only for the raised eyelids. Time for another gargle.
  9. A man goes into a pub and he walks up to cigarette machine to buy fags. The cigarette machine says ‘Sod off’. He’s a bit upset. So he goes to the bar. There’s a bowl of nuts. They say ‘Ooooh, you look lovely!’ The man’s really puzzled. He looks over at the landlord who says ‘I’m sorry mate. I should have warned you - the cigarette machine’s out of order and the peanuts are complimentary.’ By the way, on a numismatic note, I do hate the new '007' 50pence pieces, but then again, I hate all change.
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    Books Section

    Great time to read a little. I just finished this one by A.J Nathanson and thoroughly enjoyed it. Only 50 odd pages (many with photographs) so a quick read. A fair bit of repetition from Graig's "The Mint" but some interesting additional background information on Simon. Interestingly, I noticed that the photographs were taken by Frank Purvey who wrote one of the best little intro books for the fledgling collector. I still have mine which I read as a boy and recommend it to anyone starting off.
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Not in Peck😳, how did he miss it? This is a real 'beating error' https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Halfpenny-1719-spray-of-leaves-higher-than-usual-not-in-Peck-1-2d-George-I/352998814988?hash=item52305e750c:g:eWQAAOSwTrVbZdiz And unless I'm mistaken, nose slightly longer than usual?
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    What you get when the good lady mistakes paint on your collar for lipstick?
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    Munich coin show

    😷 have a good one
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    if that was my definition of “superb” then I could toss my collection in the bin
  15. That reminds me Years ago a lady friend was looking for an old Cliff Richard tune, “Two lips and seven kisses”. I remember her ringing around several local record shops to no avail. Then she rang a shop in the next village, “Do you have Two lips and seven kisses?” she asked. It all went rather quiet the other end for several seconds, then all of a sudden a male voice came back, “No love but i’ve got two balls and seven inches” Rather surprised, she asked “ is that a record?” to which he replied “ no love, it’s just above average” and hung up.
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    Charles I Halfcrown S. 2764 (?)

    Oliver Hoover has written a very interesting paper on the history of numismatic data transmission. Here's an excerpt that may be of interest with regard to Paulus' example. "Highlighting the various od Uniface and two-sided casts were also produced by cooling molten sulfur in moulds taken from coins. This process was popularized by the French numismatic marketing genius, Théodore-Edme Mionnet (1770-1842), when he sold sulfur casts to the general public at the price of 3 francs per two-sided cast. This initial offering in 1800 included 1,473 possible Greek and Roman reproductions, but by 1806, Mionnet had some 20,000 different pieces available for sale. Thanks to Mionnet, the creation and exchange of sulfur casts became a popular pastime among collectors in the early nineteenth century. Experiments were even carried out in order to colorize the final product. Although Mionnet’s casts were black, thanks to the inclusion of lead in the sulfur casting compound, red, yellow, and green casts could also be produced. Unfortunately, while the technology and materials for casting sulfur coins were certainly available to Renaissance collectors, it is unclear whether they were actually made already at the rebirth of European numismatic interest. The De re metallica of Agricola (Georg Bäuerlein), first printed in 1556, includes descriptions and woodcuts illustrating the casting of sulfur rods and bricks by miners." It would be interesting to analyse a sample of the compound on Paulus' coin to see if it contains sulphur or perhaps chlorides from PVC damage?
  17. I have a lady friend who always starts her sentences with “Hey, are you listening?” Sometimes she even says it twice, bless her.
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    Childhood excitement!

    Not quite a casein point, but i’ll wager some of those tits lactose because of the cold.
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    Childhood excitement!

    Talking of painful memories. I remember exploring the Abbey ruins at Lilleshall in the early 70’s with my dear old friend Teasdale who, for no apparent reason, decided that it would be interesting to experience first hand the sensation of peeing on an electrified fence. Seeing him thrown backwards holding his crotch in agony put me off trying it myself. So funny. That reminds me that i had a C-scope metal detector back then, very simple tool, only 2 knobs and it worked a treat. We found a rotted metal (?) box buried at depth and under a stone with what looked like medieval seals in it. They were wrapped in a rotted grungy leathery material as I recall and I thought I’d found the crown jewels. I often wonder what happened to them. I took them to school once for a project and they were unfortunately ‘mislaid’, never to be seen again.
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    1682 Sixpence

    Baldwins sold a 1682 in 2016 Auction Lot Date Start Hammer Auction 99 853 (« | ») 04.05.2016 280 GBP 400 GBP THE COLLECTION OF A CLASSICIST, BRITISH COINS, Charles II, Silver Sixpence, 1682, laureate and draped bust right, rev crowned cruciform emblematic shields, interlinked C’ s in angles, garter star at centre (ESC 1521 R2; Bull 578; S 3382). Good very fine, unevenly toned.
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I think Blakeyboy has earned the cigar with Christine Rodgers. There are several pictures of her on imdb.
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    UK Election

    Imagine that, the end of TPGC’s and their meaningless population reports....every cloud (or rock)😉
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Some of his other offerings appear to exhibit artificial toning and, coincidentally, are unslabbed.
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    MS 63 ?

    Waring wearing a hat
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Gloria Best (?)