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Author Topic: Antimacassars - the travelling public demands answers  (Read 656 times)
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« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2018, 09:32:39 am »

At the end of their service life, antimacassars are sold cheaply to a small hotel in Torquay.

Do they sell them on to collectors ?
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« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2018, 09:36:46 am »

At the end of their service life, antimacassars are sold cheaply to a small hotel in Torquay.

Soiled antimacassars and Warty Towels!

...those unfamiliar with travelling...

...or armchairs.

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« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2018, 12:51:37 pm »

Be careful what you say - "antimacassar" can now be understood to identify a serious hate crime. Perhaps a safer alternative is anti-ylang-ylang.
This would depend on whether "antimacassar" is interpreted to refer to the entire clan or only to Dougal MacAssar, the infamous Butcher of the High Chairs, who won his famous victory at Grey Seeback in 1786 by throwing oil under the hooves of the advancing cavalry.
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« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2018, 06:20:24 pm »

Dougal and his young nephew Srin Mhr MacAssar, are ancestors of mine.
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« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2018, 12:43:12 pm »

Were they famous haggis hunters ? or am I confusing them with another family of a similar name ?

Is haggis hunting still allowed ? Hunting of wild mammals with dogs has been banned, but are haggis mammals ? I think that they might be rodents, distantly related to coypu, guinea pigs, and the giant edible rats found overseas.
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« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2018, 01:35:22 pm »

Is haggis hunting still allowed ? Hunting of wild mammals with dogs has been banned, but are haggis mammals ? I think that they might be rodents, distantly related to coypu, guinea pigs, and the giant edible rats found overseas.

Rodents are mammals!
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« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2018, 02:38:37 pm »

Tsk! Only a Sassenach would mistake a haggis for a rodent! The haggis is, of course, not an animal at all and it is certainly not hunted that's merely a coincidence of vocabulary. It is quarried in much the same way and usually the very same site as Aberdeen granite.
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« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2018, 05:22:51 pm »

Aye laddie thars aboot reight,''tis why you've to put the wee beasties inna pot tee cook em aboot the end of November or they'll no be ready for The feasting fur Burns night !.
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« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2018, 07:06:35 pm »

So that's what happened to the bagpipe spider that so frightened Tim Brooke-Taylor....
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« Reply #24 on: July 06, 2018, 07:26:05 pm »

And now for something completely different.

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« Reply #25 on: July 06, 2018, 07:37:58 pm »

Because it's Friday !
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T8XeDvKqI4E.
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« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2018, 10:25:15 pm »

Moderators please - this thread has drifted badly off-topic, from important railway equipment, via a sheep offal based regional food to vintage TV comedy.

Back on topic, I had a moment of inspiration while enjoying my antimacassar on a standard class only train this evening. The conundrum - why does GWR remove them (inconsistently it has to be said) when first class seats are downgraded on standard only services? As the main purpose seems to be protecting seat fabric, surely us standard class folk are as likely to wear hair product as first class passengers. The antimacassars are marked First Class on the outer side, so why not mark them standard class on the reverse, and turn them around when the trains run on standard only services.

Bi-mode antimacassars - just what the modern hi-tech railway needs! I feel a Dragons' Den pitch coming on!
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« Reply #27 on: July 06, 2018, 11:05:38 pm »

I'll give you 50p for 85% of the business.
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« Reply #28 on: July 07, 2018, 06:17:36 am »

The conundrum - why does GWR remove them (inconsistently it has to be said) when first class seats are downgraded on standard only services?

First (or is that first) class question. The trains in our area are First and it's OK to travel on them on a standard ticket provided that you are not in first. The antimacassars on the seats help you identify what is first within First as opposed to what is First but not first.
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« Reply #29 on: July 08, 2018, 12:03:26 am »

The conundrum - why does GWR remove them (inconsistently it has to be said) when first class seats are downgraded on standard only services?

First (or is that first) class question. The trains in our area are First and it's OK to travel on them on a standard ticket provided that you are not in first. The antimacassars on the seats help you identify what is first within First as opposed to what is First but not first.

It's all a matter of impressions and expectations, isn't it? Does your first First first standard and your first First standard standard reliably tell you about the First standard first standard and the First standard standard standard? And would the presence of absence of antimacassars help you to adjust your expectations of these standards first? (No, not expectorations, please, this is first class).
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