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Everything posted by blakeyboy

  1. 3 1/2 years too early....! It's weird- Trump makes Reagan look competent, and Biden makes Reagan look young! Who'd have thought......?
  2. Hi Alan Email the picture to yourself, choosing what size you want, and use that. That's all I do. Always works. Blake
  3. I'll have what he's drinking, please....!!!! Excellent!!
  4. Oh- I forgot to mention that when Eric and his family watched the Mr.Preview sketch at Christmas, at home ( I meant, above, to say it was in front of an audience, and there was really only time for one take- it was recorded, not live) he turned to his family and said "We can't top that"....he just knew it was the peak of his career. Previn had such a tiny amount of time to rehearse with M+W, they were pencilled in for a five-day rehearsal, which didn't happen because Preving mother was ill in the US, but was his wonderful wit that sparked his lucrative career in the UK music scene. He had his own beer glass in his local pub with "Mr.Preview" engraved on it.....
  5. Oh yeah- in the Mr. Preview sketch, they do a lot of chat with Previn in front of the curtains. Eric was really really worried- Previns plane was late, so there was no time for a rehearsal, they had never met him, and it was live in front of an audience. During the banter, when Previn says he needs to go get his baton, and it's in Chicago, _watch Eric_. He's jubilant and punches the air, because he realises that Previn understands comedy, and that's when he decides it's safe to ad-lib later in the Greig sketch, and grab him by the lapels, since he felt, to his immense relief, that Previn can be trusted. I always enjoy the orchestra laughing behind them, who cannot believe what they are seeing.....
  6. Well, interestingly, I played a lot of American friends the Mr. Preview sketch, and they all enjoyed it. However, when I played them the Cleopatra sketch with Glenda Jackson, that were all absolutely bowled over. You watch it again- its full of ad-libs, it's very fast paced and more like US comedy. Jackson, herself, has a masterful comic touch throughout. Incidentally, when Eric throws the grapes on the floor, treads them, then picks up a glass of red wine, he necks it in one, and coughs and stares at the glass, because it had been ribena in each rehearsal, and the production staff switched it for a strong red wine as a joke....
  7. blakeyboy

    Unusual 1945 Penny

    If you look at the picture, the whole piece has moved outwards- the teeth and rim have moved, so there is surely a crack underneath the metal blob.... Is it reverse die or obverse die that sits in the collar while the opposite side comes down and strikes, or does the ring/collar also move?
  8. blakeyboy

    Unusual 1945 Penny

    What does that mean? How did the word appear? Is it from that America they've got now?
  9. blakeyboy

    Unusual 1945 Penny

    Hmm..do you have the rim mis-alignment like on my one?
  10. blakeyboy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Well put. However, the Chinese won't be listening to our views. https://www.predecimal.com/forum/topic/14695-ebays-worst-ai-coin-descriptions/ It's not going to get better....
  11. But, of course, being England, only 'if wet'.
  12. blakeyboy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I told the seller I have a bagful, and I've offered to sell them for £20 each.....
  13. Yes, we've all seen the hilarious AI stuff, making out some ruined Sanyo music centre from the 70's is the best thing since sliced bread regarding aesthetics and sound reproduction, but what about coins???? Please post them here!!
  14. blakeyboy

    Edward the Confessor mint and moneyer?

    He also was one of the Doormen at the 'Ye Pyg and Whystel', since it used to get a bit rough at chucking out time, after five flagons of mead.....
  15. blakeyboy


    I suspected that was the case, because the coin was very rare, or in unusually good condition, but I can't believe that something invented last week, that doesn't exist, is such a lure for people. How or why 'mining' happens is a mystery too. When it all collapses into a Malthusian nightmare, and people are jumping off tall buildings like they did 100 years ago, then I'll understand a little more.
  16. From a pre-ww2 stamp album page header. No wonder we lost everything! Children would have read this.
  17. blakeyboy


    Explain this to me please this, bitcoin people : if, for example, you made £1K from buying and selling a bit coin, who has lost £1k?
  18. blakeyboy

    Florin diameters

    ..but then you lose the understanding of the etymology and derivation of a word which I think is a shame. Mr.Webster can take the blame for this- immigrants couldn't learn English quickly so they simplified it. At least in the US or the UK we don't have to explain to foreigners why we think windows are feminine.....
  19. I'm working in a better area of Paris right now and everyone is fantastic, but only because, I firmly believe, because of how I treat them in the first place, and keep standards up from then on. If I did the bigmouthed opinionated GB News idiot type of thing, my trip would not be pleasant.....
  20. I wasn't doing any more than pointing out that right now, more than ever, this confusion exists, and is rarely clarified in televised arguments etc....
  21. Zionism versus Judaism.....
  22. Yes i know it's old hat and worthless, but I don't have a reasonable camera, and I've just inherited a GF2, with a 14mm lens and a 14-42 lens. I'm hoping, because I think I can turn everything off, that I can do par focal down-the-eypeice shots with a telescope- my crappy auto camera takes pictures of the telescope....:-) I would like to try taking pictures of coins with the GF2, but the only macro lenses I can see seem very expensive- is there a simple screw- in lens available to fit on one of the two lenses I have?
  23. Thank you for this- I'm just off to work in Paris, so I'll read more closely when I'm not eating, drinking, or visiting cheese shops....
  24. I thought 'Sandstone Bluff' was a card game......or maybe Donald Fagan's second album.....
  25. Ah right- I've always held a plano-convex lens over the front of a cheap camera to take pics of coins etc.... ....I have seen some things like that but I don't know the lens/thread terminology very well. Is the extension tone as it sounds? It fits over the lens rather than on the front?