Category Archives: notes from the shed

Chasing The Bang

Roughly the following was published June 2019, in Blaze, the magazine of the Lighter Club of Great Britain: It’s about a year since I started trying to really understand and appreciate the magic of the lighting machine, starting with forking … Continue reading

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KILLING MACHINE SECRETS

from http://www.horrabridgetimes.net/ What can you say about a stick and a piece of string? Quite a lot, as the local branch of the Devonshire Association discovered last week, after arranging a talk on The Medieval Longbow by Plymouth-based craftsman Chris … Continue reading

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From the Horrabridge Times

 A page from http://www.horrabridgetimes.net/ NOTES FROM A SHUT SHED Bit short on staffing this week, so The Shed @ Horrabridge needs to dig into the leftovers file … WHY HOME FIRES MUST BE REGULATED – ER, BECAUSE A few weeks … Continue reading

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THE LIGHTER THAT WOULDN’T IS LIT

Real Shed project of the year in The Shed has been reviving old petrol lighters. This produced a diary of frustration with a 1920 Thorens Single Claw – reported at https://hack4hire.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/seeking-the-soul-of-the-clawed-lovely/ There is now a PS to this article. A … Continue reading

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ORDER FOUND IN DARTMOOR STONES

The Bronze Age farmers and miners who left relics of their civilisation all over Dartmoor were linking themselves to the cosmos, so they could read the time of year very precisely, when they heaved their standing stones into position over … Continue reading

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FROM THE HORRABRIDGE TIMES

WAR BOOK REVIEWED The Fighters, by C.J. Chivers, is an American best-seller of the year, now being promoted in this country, for the interest of our own veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and those who care about what they do … Continue reading

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SEEKING THE SOUL OF THE CLAWED LOVELY

Has a cigarette lighter got a soul? Here in The Shed, where old men meet to swap small screwdrivers and smoke, we are contemplating that question, after having our hearts bruised by the Thorens Single Claw. The Shed is a … Continue reading

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Sex in Elmore Leonard, from soft focus to freaky deaky …

The sex and romance in Elmore Leonard books is usually pretty boring to be honest. It is there because there has to be a romance, like there has to be a fight. He is not the king of crime writing … Continue reading

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From dandelion wars to Memphis Slim …

The gardening season opened this year with a lot of gush about appreciating the dandelion for what is – a fine flower, much loved by bees. Here in The Shed, we tried love and tolerance for about a week. But … Continue reading

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On Elmore Leonard misfires and Hollywood before Weinstein fell …

Elmore Leonard was famously often exasperated with Hollywood, both in real life and in the commentary he gives to his characters. He got some of it off his chest in Get Shorty, of course, and that led to the film … Continue reading

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