ROYSTON VASEY

This mysterious object stands in a corner of Master Li’s living room. When I ask him about it he is very evasive but once muttered that it is made out of a crashed Delorean. I suspect it is some time travel device especially as he talks about Francis Webb of the London & North Western Railway as if  he knows him personally.

NB :— The aeroplane propeller on his living room wall is a replica laminated up and hand carved by Master  Li. He is after a Bentley Rotary aircraft engine to use it on in static running rig.

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I think I was born out of time.

CLOGGY:—

Following Master Li’s link I eventually came across this which I know he will appreciate as The Brill Group has played a large part in our friendship down the years.

"The old post mill at Brill stands on the ‘Common’, a promontory commanding the most magnificent view of the Vale of Aylesbury.  When taken together with a look around the charming village of Brill, these are added incentives to visit this particular windmill."

 From HERE

COSPLAY
Talia Shepard looks surprisingly cheerful in spite of an essential part of her Slave Girl Leia costume being stolen. Perhaps she is so cheerful because she has just been awarded  First Prize at The Royston Vasey ComicCon.
 Master Li, Chief Judge, said it was an extremely original interpretation. The missing bra was later discovered in the possession of the Reverend Hinchliffe Bountiful, vicar of the Parish Church and chairman of the Convention Committee. The police said they were happy to leave the matter to be dealt with by Mrs Belinda Bountiful the Reverend’s wife. 
From HERE

COSPLAY

Talia Shepard looks surprisingly cheerful in spite of an essential part of her Slave Girl Leia costume being stolen. Perhaps she is so cheerful because she has just been awarded  First Prize at The Royston Vasey ComicCon.

Master Li, Chief Judge, said it was an extremely original interpretation. The missing bra was later discovered in the possession of the Reverend Hinchliffe Bountiful, vicar of the Parish Church and chairman of the Convention Committee. The police said they were happy to leave the matter to be dealt with by Mrs Belinda Bountiful the Reverend’s wife. 

From HERE

Chinese city sealed off after bubonic plague death

Master Li Warned You.

"A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people have been placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said.

The 30,000 residents of Yumen, in the north-western province of Gansu, are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of the city are telling motorists to find alternative routes, China Central Television (CCTV) said.

A 38-year-old man died last Wednesday, the report said, after he had been in contact with a dead marmot, a small furry animal related to the squirrel. No further plague cases have been reported.”

NOTE:—KEEP AWAY FROM SMALL FURRY ANIMALS

From HERE

ABBEY PUMPING STATION

There was only one place on the planet you could see 4 beam pumping engines running together.The place was Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester, the time was 28th/29th of June and Master Li and I were there to see and hear them. Not as a result of long term planning, but Happenstance or Serendipity. We had planned to go to the traction Engine Rally at North Anston in South Yorkshire. There was heavy rain on Saturday and we knew it would be bad underfoot on Sunday and Master Li’s van is very skittish on wet grass. I looked in an events calender for an inside location and found that Abbey would be steaming so off we went down a surprisingly event free M1 to Leicester.

Abbey Pumping Station was steaming indeed. Their four engines are all in working order but their boiler will only steam one engine. At a pinch it will steam two but runs out of puff in 20 minutes.

To mark 50 years since the Pumping Station closed they had hired in a high power steam generator so they could run all four together. It is unlikely to ever happen again as it cost £10,000 for the weekends hire !!

So a unique event and happy chance for me & Li.

Top pics the four engines running

Bottom Pic the high power steam generator