11 June 2013
You never know if you will find a tractor you’ve never seen before. Those were the words of a man who always attends the Carrington Rally and was spotted one rainy bleak bank holiday in the late afternoon walking up and down the serried ranks of tractors with his wife.
14 May 2013.
Among all the bodies in the picture you can just about make out an International B-275 tractor. This of course is our competition tractor (which is now officially open for entries this issue) and the students, from Riseholme College, near Lincoln, will be taking part in its restoration over the coming months. I’m looking forward see what they make of working on this ‘ancient archaeology’ when compared to the ‘technological behemoths’ on which they will be learning the skills of their trade. If nothing else it will give them some idea of how engineering has advanced in some quarters in a relatively short space of time.
9 April 2013.
It’s always good to hear from you and get feedback on items and stories that appear in these pages, so I was pleased when Bob Clark, a director for the Auchindrain Trust, sent us an update on an article about a varied selection of old farm implements that appeared in the March issue (‘Implements need brand new home’, page 102).
12 February 2013.
I might have said something similar before, but my computer is sometimes a collector and repository for trivial or strange facts plucked from the vast amount of fuzzy data floating round in a virtual ether to be randomly dumped to my inbox. The latest nugget to arrive proudly proclaims: “Britain could save half a million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year if everybody switched to environmentally-friendly toilet paper, an expert on green issues has said” – well that’s one way to wipe the problem out. Did I hear someone say, if all the c**p we hear about various things in our life every day was cut out, it would stop the problem at source and save a few trees along the way?
8 January 2013.
In this job you often hear words like ‘oral history’ and ‘living tradition’ bandied about and it’s all too easy to take for granted what they mean. That was brought home to me recently after I followed up a phone call from a Mr Forshaw who kindly explained the use of the mystery machine that appeared on page 79 of our January issue (see Tractor Talk page 77 this time).
13 November 2012.
Don’t know about you but I’ve got one of those minds that seems perfectly capable of remembering obscure facts but totally unable to retain not much more than three things when venturing out on a shopping trip or similar. I know I’m not completely alone in this as my fellow editor on Heritage Commercials also suffers with this and often chips in with random ‘did you knows’ – so that makes two of us at least.
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