Working at the car wash (oh oh, yeah yeah)

They have managed to find another job to do that’s more interesting than putting up a building!

Welcome to the really-quite-rusty-and-not-particularly-shiny new Salisbury Road Car Wash!!!

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Previously the truck had to stand on the ground, so couldn’t get the bottom of his socks properly rinsed off. Problem solved!

They do seem to be having a bit of a problem with the mud. They did make another stunning attempt to solve the problem. Last week they laid tarmac over the middle of the site where all the delivery trucks go. If the delivery trucks didn’t have to get their feet muddy, then the mud wouldn’t spread, right? After all, there aren’t any other vehicles that might need to cross the tarmac, thereby spreading the mud.

That worked beautifully while it was lovely and dry and they didn’t need to worry about the mud anyway.

Then it rained.

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The bit between the red lines is roughly where their very nice black tarmac is.

Buried under the mud. Already.

Well that worked. Good job guys.

P.S. On a different topic, someone eventually noticed how bad the University sign over the folly looked. They’ve fixed it! Yay!

What’s this strange thing?

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It looks vaguely familiar.
I think I’ve seen one of these before somewhere.
I’ve pretty darned certain I read about them in a book once at school.
Short word.
Might start with ‘H’.
It’s on the tip of my tongue…

If I stand in the middle of it, and you others all hold down the fencing in case it gets breezy again, I’m sure the word will come to me.

I’m remembering a sort of ‘O’ sound…

Nah, let’s get some tea instead.

OMG not more

Guess what folks?

They’re building another fence!

Fortunately this one is really well protected by another fence each side of it, so it can’t get scuffed by any passing trucks / kangaroos / Australians / fush.

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Look at that picture again.

If you count the blue hoarding behind the metal fence, there are now 7 fences (complete, partial or being built) between Zepler and the building site. Am I the only one that thinks they can probably stop now, and actually put the fecking building up?

Talk about milking a project for all it’s worth.

P.S. It reminds me of the Isle of Lewis, at the northern-most tip of the Outer Hebrides off the north-west coast of Scotland. When I visited in the early 90s, the EU thought it would be a cracking idea to encourage the locals to divide up the land into areas so they could make better use of it. The Scots, being a wily bunch, had a better idea. The locals worked out that if you could build fencing fast and cheap enough, you could live off the EU subsidy for erecting fencing. End result: acres of land divided up into the minimum size required by EU rules. At which point the land was totally useless, but the locals had more beer/whisky money.

What happens if you drill too far?

This is a serious drill.
(Ed — it’s an auger, surely?)

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Now that’s going to make a pretty deep hole, by anyone’s standards.

So what happens if you drill too far? What comes out?
Your options are

  1. Water
  2. Oil
  3. Molten rock
  4. Australians

Your answers on a postcard, please. As in all good competitions, everyone entering stands a chance of winning a £10 Amazon gift voucher*.

To prove it does actually go as deep as you think, here’s it just before it gets to the bottom.

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Not a lot of drill-bit left.

It’s quite a cool machine. First it drills the hole, then the concrete factory on the far end of that hose starts up:

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The hose is connected to the top of the drill-bit (Ed – “auger”, I keep telling you!) which is hollow. As the bit is screwed back out the ground, the concrete is pumped out the bottom end of the bit, filling the hole with concrete.

To polish it off, there are 2 sets of rotating brushes in front of the cab that scrub all the mud off the bit as it comes out. Nice clean drill bit! (Ed — “auger”, FFS!)

*An extremely small chance, much less than 1 in the-number-of-people-who-enter. But a chance, nonetheless.

P.S. Now you can’t un-see that photo either. Don’t blame me, blame Twitter. If it’s going to be stuck in my head forever, it’s going to be stuck in yours too.

Hang on tight peeps!

It must be a whole lot more windy out there today than it appears.

To most people, it is a warm sunny morning with a gentle breeze.

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But our wise builders clearly know better.
It is in fact so windy that anything not bolted to the ground is going to be blown away totally!

Fortunately for us the savvy folks are holding stuff down, so poor innocent by-standers are not struck by flying fencing

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or even flying 1 tonne water tanks.

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If it wasn’t for the valiant heroes desperately hanging on to this stuff, just think of the mayhem that could ensue!

VC’s Awards all round I think, for collegiality and self-less devotion to everyone’s safety in these hazardous conditions.