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  1. blakeyboy

    More Pennies

    That makes my Mother-in-Law a Type 2 then....
  2. blakeyboy

    More Pennies

    it rather looks like the type of 'E' used is used for ONE and PENNY.....
  3. blakeyboy

    Ebay listings explained!!!!

    After exhaustive research, I have decided it's time for me to pass on my knowledge of how to make sense of Ebay listings. (Apologies if this has already been done.) "Some luster" (sic) Polished flat. "Collectable condition" Flat "Unsorted" Sorted "Unsearched" All valuable coins spotted and removed "Mint error" Hit with hammer "Rare" Common "Very rare" Very common "Great patina" Dug up "Proof" Worn "Wonderful natural toning" Terrible artificial toning
  4. blakeyboy

    Ebay listings explained!!!!

    Damn I wish I'd thought of that one - very good!
  5. I am writing this at 20 past 7 in the evening, in the first week of June, and in my lounge it's 12˚C 12. Bloody freezing. Got a scarf on. Indoors. In June.
  6. blakeyboy

    Coin prices continue to rise

    I can't afford one since putting all my money into phlogiston.
  7. What slow cold start after a cold shock- clematis almost non- existent, caesalpinia gilliesii may be about to shoot, but may be dead, and in the greenhouse the turmeric is stubbornly refusing to throw up shoots. Only one overwintering echium survived this year, but a whole crop of seedlings popped up in the compost when I re-potted the Confederate Rose, which I hope chooses this year to start flowering, but things better warm up for that to happen...... I had to type 'echium' so many times until i managed to stop this site from typing 'schism'.... .....having schisms popping up in the garden would really be surreal.....:-)
  8. Finally did that castle- superb gardens, especially if you are into trees...
  9. No big leaves yet- far too early. Only put out the tropical stuff this week.
  10. My clematis have been hammered, too. But, there are upsides - anyone else with the happiest-looking roses for years? It's like they enjoyed the freeze...
  11. When I was a child, in Kidderminster, big marbles or ball bearings were called 'bolchies' I cannot find a reference to this online anywhere. Does this ring any bell with anyone? Strangely, the only thing I've found is that a 'bolche' is a large boiled sweet, if you are Danish....
  12. blakeyboy

    The rarest coin you own?

    That's a tricky one - where do you draw the line as regards varieties? I have some pennies that are not listed as 'varieties' yet, but more may exist, but for the moment, there are but one example. Are these 'desirable' rare coins? Not yet, they're not. I found a 1862 'B' halfpenny in a tin of crap coins a few years ago. That was rare and fun!
  13. blakeyboy

    Ebay listings explained!!!!

  14. I haven't had my garden take such a winter hammering for years. There was a 4 day period in mid-December where it stayed below zero by day, but by night was -5, -6 and -8.... 1 dahlia left, 1 tiny canna shoot left, in very well sheltered large covered tubs, that have been there for 20 years. I have a cordyline australis that is now mush. I have just put out my tropical stuff, the latest in the year I have done that for 15 years.
  15. blakeyboy

    More Pennies

    Agree absolutely. My F67 is NEF, an accidental find in a cheap tin of stuff. My F77 is NVF, and my F78 is NEF, both cheap, not noticed, on Ebay. I've yet to see any advances on those three on Ebay, and I've been looking for 10 years....
  16. Roadworks, M40 merging onto M42, South East of Birmingham. Speed limit 50mph. Speed limit for the workmen, 11 mph. Not 10, or 15, but 11. All the way along. Why the strange figure? Is it to stop drivers mistaking it as their speed limit, where a number divisible by 10 is the norm?
  17. blakeyboy

    Can anyone explain this?

    ....anyway he said it was his fault as he's been run over before......
  18. blakeyboy

    Can anyone explain this?

    It is rather apt when discussing the Birmingham area to remember one of Jasper Carrot's better routines....
  19. blakeyboy

    Can anyone explain this?

    I will never forget the sad face of the old man as he slid across my bonnet.....
  20. blakeyboy

    Royal Mint quality control (or the lack of)

    Four words that I put together 30 years ago and has been my main mantra: Hope doesn't change reality. What does anyone expect from the RM? What?
  21. ...in your long black limousine.....ever looked into the lyrics? BBC missed it...
  22. Yes, very sad, and of course it took dear Kenny Everett too. I had a 38 year old studio engineer in the workshop this week who had never heard of Kenny Everett.....how quickly people are forgotten.