Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Find The Fault No 6

Not a lot I can say really. Lovely morning here. Just wondering what to have for breakfast. Boiled egg'd be nice. Or a kipper. If I had one. Actually there might be one at the back of the fridge....

14 comments:

office pest said...

A-ha, no screw slot - would make an untidy nail.

Diplomat said...

You don't fool us that easily - we all know that unicorn corns are not made of brass. However they should have a slot at the blunt end for navigation purposes. Breakfast - couple of porkers and a litlle scrambled bantam egg di the job at Diplo HQ this morning.

Peter Ashley said...

Well done Office Pest. Looking at your portrait I seem to remember we met in 1956. But I still haven't decided what to have for breakfast. Maybe there's still some kedgeree on the sideboard spirit warmer.

Diplomat said...

blimey ! you see, while I was being clever and writing up my answer the office pest snuck in under the wire. Strange this business - there are people all around the globe burrowing, mole-like into the same, infinitesimally small, obscure part of the intrawb at exactly the same time - well, i say "time" - do I mean time or is there some other dimension I've missd. Does the office pest operate in the same time zone, maybe he has his blog clock set deliberately askew to fool us. God Knows ... or does He ?.......

office pest said...

This Office Pest is operating, as you put it Diplomat, in Northamptonshire so I share the same time zone as our esteemed host; and sometimes the same weather, though Clack Hill, Rockingham Hill and the Welland Valley do tend to skew things one way or t'other from time to time I've noticed, as do the hills of Daventry and Rugby.

Local weather and the landscape; as a cat, one of my abiding interests. Along with kippers.

Affer said...

I am astonished that you think so little of the intellect of the card's designer. As any good Northerner will tell you, this is a Clacksworth's 'Ilkley' Drive-in Nail, and as such, wouldn't need a namby-pamby 'screw-slot', would it? Clacksworth invented the Ilkley nail for clenching weatherboarding to barns in the high country, where resistance to hurricane-force winds is required. He gave it a small raised dome, known as a 'Bart Head' - a local dialect form of Batter Head - allowing the full force of the hammer to be used to drive in the nail without spreading the countersinking, leaving a right nice proper job. You may have heard this celebrated in the local song: 'An Ilkley Moor Bart Head'. So the fault here is the lack of that dome.

Peter Ashley said...

Oh Affer, we learn so much from you. And yes, I can't still get over how this intraweb thing all works. Particularly when you get a cat commentating. Office Pest, you sound (purr?) like you're in my environs. I thought I was almost the only one left who still called it Clack Hill. Watch it if you come under the hedge onto the Ashley Towers desmesne though , I've just put a Mark One Diplo Rat Trap down.

Philip Wilkinson said...

Golly all you people are quick off the mark. Here I am lunging for the 'post a comment' button, thinking that at last I've got one right, and there you all are already. What I would have said is that this is a patent 'vacu-fix' screw. As you apply the matching vacu-fix driver to the head, its gently curving blade locks limpet-like (yes, it's always limpet-like) on to the screw as the intervening air is sucked out. An effortless turn does the rest. And no slipping slot-heads or scrabbling around for the right Phillips. Simple, see.

Circe said...

Well, as I exist extra-angleterre-itorially, in a very different time zone, I will likely always be late to these parties. However, would like to point out that, while I don't know Clacksworth or the Ilkley, both answers were apparent to me rather quickly; both the driver-less head, and the resemblance to deck nails, which rather than a new or recent design, are apparently instead making a "comeback"!

http://www.mazelumber.com/catalog/blank5.jpg

I assume you've breakfasted by now, but would love to send along a future option from LaTartineGourmande, another blog favorite of mine. If pressed, I would describe it as a healthy, relatively hot-blooded (in attitude, rather than spice)Mediterranean cousine of the Quiche; great warm, cold, keeps well, I'd imagine, munchable anytime of day.

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/articles/2009/03/25/spanish_tortilla_with_spinach/

The cultural needle is about to swing widely in the other direction for me, as I'm off soon to the Lone Star State... "See Y'all!"

Peter Ashley said...

Blimey, you want to be careful there Circe. We have friends who live in Huntsville, and every now and then all the lights dim and the TV goes wonky. They all look at each other by the faded light and silently shake their heads.

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