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AC/HL 23rd Apr 2019 3:59 pm

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Fourty two posts discussing the TV programme The Repair Shop moved here: https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...d.php?t=135165

m0cemdave 13th Jul 2019 1:44 pm

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from:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-48954974

Quote:

The R34 airship made the first ever return flight across the Atlantic in 1919, with its crew hailed as heroes.

On its return to the UK, the airship was unexpectedly redirected to Pulham in Norfolk, landing on 13 July.
....

"It was in the news, it was on the radio - people all around the world would have heard of Pulham."

End quote

emeritus 13th Jul 2019 11:43 pm

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No doubt heard on a radio like the one in the first post of this thread! Possibly they meant to say "It was seen in the cinema", given that Pathé filmed the return.

Andrew2 18th Nov 2019 2:18 pm

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Oh dear, the first episode of War of the Worlds featured yet another gramophone with the pickup playing the wrong side of the record.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod...es-1-episode-1

About 28:35 in.

PaulR 18th Nov 2019 4:02 pm

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Yes I noticed that. A repro gramophone as well I think

Mike-repairman 18th Nov 2019 5:08 pm

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As it's grinding away the tracks I wonder if it it's a little louder.
Makes me scream when I see it but wife it getting used to it now LOL.

paulsherwin 18th Nov 2019 6:25 pm

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I saw that too. I can't believe nobody on the production team knew how a gramophone should be used, but I suspect it wasn't actually playing anything (the sound would have been added in post production).

Mike-repairman 18th Nov 2019 6:31 pm

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You're probably right Paul, but I doubt any of those in production were born when gramophones were in use. When I was a lad that's all there was; showing my age.

Junk Box Nick 18th Nov 2019 7:23 pm

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Quote:

Originally Posted by paulsherwin (Post 1192712)
I can't believe nobody on the production team knew how a gramophone should be used

The media is largely a young person's industry.

PaulR 18th Nov 2019 7:41 pm

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Nevertheless it seems sort of intuitive that the needle should follow the direction of the record, not bite into it. As Paul says you would think that there would be someone on the technical team who would understand that.

merlinmaxwell 18th Nov 2019 8:58 pm

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Common sense isn't taught anymore*, it's all paperwork to prove you have attended a training course.

*You only get that by living and playing!

PaulR 18th Nov 2019 9:05 pm

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I think that most people on here can see how something works just by examining it. It is difficult to understand those who cannot to this but there are clearly many!

Junk Box Nick 18th Nov 2019 9:53 pm

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Most of my working life has been in an environment where the majority of my colleagues are non-technical and, sadly, I can vouch for PaulR's second sentence.

The most depressing/annoying aspect of it the pride some folk take in their ignorance. This is frequently to demonstrate some sort of superiority of status - code for "I don't need to know such things".

merlinmaxwell 18th Nov 2019 11:05 pm

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I don't think I am going too off topic with this tale/observation.

I used to frequent a (fairly rough) bikers pub on a Saturday afternoons reading my latest Wireless World just picked up from town. Comments like "oh, that's a bit sad" got the repost of "well you have a video, tv, (portable) 'phone etc. if it wasn't for people like me..." soon put them right.

paulsherwin 19th Nov 2019 10:52 am

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Back on topic now please.

PaulR 19th Nov 2019 11:32 am

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I find it odd that so much care is clearly taken with period detail in these productions. Edwardian Woking looked just as I imagine it would have done but there is such a blind spot over technology.

I have just bought some DVDs of the early Foyle's War series. So much of the detail is correct, even to having cars that were first registered before the war when very similar cars were built after the war, but there were several clearly post war radios shown and even a plastic battery wall clock. Maybe I am just sad and should just enjoy the programme as my wife says!

Richard_FM 19th Nov 2019 1:54 pm

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In one of the post war Foyles Dad dad spotted a Routemaster bus over a decade before it would have been in service. Especially as there are several of the earlier Regents in preservation which have been used in productions.

He also called out a bus in Call The Midwife which would have been out of service for a few years by the time it was set.

ms660 19th Nov 2019 1:58 pm

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Quote:

Originally Posted by PaulR (Post 1192851)
I find it odd that so much care is clearly taken with period detail in these productions. Edwardian Woking looked just as I imagine it would have done

Yes, not bad for a Cheshire village.

Lawrence.

The Philpott 19th Nov 2019 9:40 pm

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....In BBC 'World on Fire', does anyone know why they chose to depict a Junkers 52 Trimotor dropping an SOE agent behind enemy lines...? It seems peculiar in a production where so much attention to detail was taken. (Did the UK have any Ju52/3m stashed away from before the war?)

For ease of framing and continuity the Ju87 Stukas were shown as glide bombers rather than dive bombers, but that aside the CGI action was done really well.

Dave

Richard_FM 19th Nov 2019 11:44 pm

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It's a shame they didn't use a Westland Lysander, especially as at least one has been preserved with the SOE delivery features.


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