Saturday 26 October 2013

The Relics of St Anthony of Padua

I've repeatedly referred in this blog to my desire to have on my layout a passenger train pulled by the Nord Express 232S.

One reason being that the layout is based in the north of Paris and serves regions and directions to the  north - from the suburbs to the nations of Northern Europe.

In particular I would like an HO scale model of this locomotive.

But the only model available is long since out of production and the manufacturer, JEP, is defunct. In any case the JEP was made to operate on 3-rails and it's way beyond my capabilities to convert a 3-rail loco to a 2-rail loco.

Perhaps you can see the central third rail

With the upper body removed.
Therefore, several weeks ago I purchased a kit which allows you to build a loco from matchsticks.

The rationale being that I would become an adept with the medium of the matchstick and then build a Nord Express 232S from 5,000 of the  little beggars.

No wonder I put the idea on the back-burner - fortunately, I possess quite a large back-burner.

But last night whilst trawling the internet, I came across the upper body of the JEP 232S for sale on eBay. So, I bought it for £15.

When it arrives, it too will go on the back-burner. But I think there is a greater chance of my being able to convert another version of the 232 locomotive (perhaps one that I acquire 2nd hand) by replacing its upper body (in some way) with the JEP 232S body part, than building an entire loco form matchsticks!

Currently listening to:

Last night's dinner:

Take-away vegetable pakora from the Shenaz Restaurant, Glasgow

Plus their Chicken Curry
Currently reading:

Back to Kim; for next week's philosophy class we are to revise the first 4 chapters on Mind/Brain Identity theory - which I'm becoming ever more sympathetic towards.


The relics of St Anthony of Padua are on a tour of the UK at the moment. This afternoon I cycled to a very crowded Mass at the Church of John Duns Scotus in the Gorbals, Glasgow where the relics (his finger) were on display.

The Church

Perhaps you can see the finger inside the little glass pagoda. At the end we all traipsed up to kiss it.

Before that we sang one of my favourite hymns.

Yahweh, I know you are near,
standing always at my side.
You guard me from the foe,
and you lead me in ways everlasting.

Lord, you have searched my heart,
and you know when I sit and when I stand.
Your hand is upon me protecting me from death,
keeping me from harm.

Where can I run from Your love?
If I climb to the heavens You are there;
If I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond the sea,
still I'd find You there.

You know my heart and its ways,
you who formed me before I was born
in the secret of darkness before I saw the sun
in my mother's womb.

Marvellous to me are Your works;
how profound are Your thoughts, my Lord.
Even if I could count them, they number as the stars,
You would still be there.

Author - Dan Schutte

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