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Built to last

Our house has many old style British round-pin sockets installed in the skirting boards. We don't use these sockets but bit-by-bit we are making use of the locations to fit more modern square-pin sockets. I recently removed a 5 amp socket, pictured below, in the downstairs hallway and was amazed with the sturdy build of the back box.

Fermented porridge

I placed some excess porridge (oats) I had cooked in a tightly sealing Tupper container, and placed it on top of the 'fridge. It was intended to be eaten later that day. Unfortunately, it was somehow knocked down the back of the 'fridge and jammed in the cooling fins.

Johnny Weissmuller

A short while ago I was researching some statistics on past Olympic Games and came across some information about the swimmer Johnny Weissmuller. The name was immediately familiar to me but from a quite different context. During my childhood, showings of his Tarzan films were regulars on Saturday morning television and even now I can picture him in his various adventures alongside co-stars including Maureen O'Sullivan, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield ("Boy") and "Cheeta" (which confusingly was a chimpanzee).

My kingdom for a transponder

We recently purchased a very low mileage secondhand Peugeot Partner Combi. The vehicle is in very good condition and had a full service history. I believe the car, when new, came with one remote control key and one manual key. The remote key had two buttons on it, one to unlock the car and the other to lock it. Through years of use the buttons on the remote key had broken but the previous owner hadn't replaced the key and instead had just taped over the missing buttons.

Don't do this at home

Replacing the water pump on a VW T25 Transporter is a pretty tough job not because it is technically challenging but due to the very restricted access to the major components, pipes and bolts. One of the Allen bolts holding the smaller coolant pipe flange to the pump, for example, could only be given a 1/8th turn before having to take the key out, re-position and turn again. This procedure had to be followed both when taking the bolt out and screwing it back in again.

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