Sunday, 24 March 2013

AGRIVAP

"Sous Marin" update.

I found out that it is a company called 'Mistral' which manufacture the HO scale version of the CC65000 or Submarine.

But, in the course of my browsing I came across this version of the locomotive in a most peculiar livery.
 

It turns out that there is a kind of National Park in France which runs restored locomotives but repaints them in the green livery of an organisation called AGRIVAP which seems to be the name of the park. My French wasn't up to working out where the park is or what  it's all about.

Here's the link.

http://www.agrivap.fr/train/index_037.htm

And here's another of their restored trains.



And an HO scale model of same.

This one is manufactured by a company called 'Brassline' and costs £1,400!!!!!


I could only find a picture of the actual model in a different livery - presumably made from brass.



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Last night's dinner:

We attended my niece's wedding in Billericay so the food was free!!!!!!!

Analysis of last 7 night's costs per meal per head:

Sunday £4.50
Monday  £2.25
Tuesday  £0.97
Wednesday  £0.50
Thursday  £7.00
Friday  £10.00
Saturday £0.00


Daily average per head per meal: £2.33

This compares favourably with the previous 3 weeks' averages of £5.48; £4.11 and £3.69.


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Currently listening to:

Nothing; but fleetingly heard David Bowie's "Where are we now?" as I passed through the hotel reception area this morning.

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West Canvey Marshes:

Yesterday morning found time to drive out to West Canvey Marshes - very atmospheric.

Oil refinery in distance
Apparently, Canvey's Chapman Lighthouse features briefly in Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'.

I told my wife of this amazing fact.

"What's amazing about that?" was her response.

I suppose the answer is that Canvey Island affects me deeply for absolutely no rational reason. Joseph Conrad's novels and indeed his life awaken in me the same emotions.

That there is an actual connection between Joseph Conrad and Canvey Island is for me 'amazing'.

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