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Following on from this.

Manure... An interesting fact Manure : In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common.
It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas of course. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen.
Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!
Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening
After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the instruction ' Stow high in transit ' on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.
Thus evolved the term ' S.H.I.T ' , (Stow High In Transit) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.
You probably did not know the true history of this word.
Neither did I.
I had always thought it was a golf term....!
 
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Following on from this.

Manure... An interesting fact Manure : In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common.
It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas of course. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen.
Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!
Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening
After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the instruction ' Stow high in transit ' on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.
Thus evolved the term ' S.H.I.T ' , (Stow High In Transit) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.
You probably did not know the true history of this word.
Neither did I.
I had always thought it was a golf term....!
Great story but the S.H.I.T. bit of course is quite untrue, at least as a source for the everyday word. The word goes back to Old English and is similar in other Germanic languages.

A bit like the supposed P.O.S.H (Port Out, Starboard Home, as reputedly stamped on ocean liner tickets). No actual evidence for that either, apparently.

I suppose sailors always had plenty of time to weave these yarns.

However, I am certain that guano (ie birdshit) was indeed a hugely valuable resource in the nineteenth century and its international trade made many millionaires.

Funny what you pick up along the way.
 
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As 2020 closes out, the U.K. has a deal with the EU, we have the hope of a COVID Vaccine, let’s hope 2021 brings us some cheer, California crew wishing you all a happy Christmas like no other and hoping for a better 2021.

Have a great Christmas like no other we have experienced!
 
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Dreaming of a post Covid life and getting back to normal. Travel, theatre, cinema, dining out and live music. Here’s a happy memory of my good friend Nick Dutton at the First Thursday Music Club in Thame. Maybe get him to play at a Club Meeting in the future?

 
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Dreaming of a post Covid life and getting back to normal. Travel, theatre, cinema, dining out and live music. Here’s a happy memory of my good friend Nick Dutton at the First Thursday Music Club in Thame. Maybe get him to play at a Club Meeting in the future?

Nick’s on Lead Guitar.
 
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Reminded me of Maunds Hatch (community centre) disco, on a Wednesday evening, when I was in my early teens (early 70’s). The whole disco would do the same dance to certain songs and we must have all looked very similar to this. Happy carefree times. Thanks for evoking a distant memory GG. In those days I could even get my leg that high! :)

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Not Cali but you get the idea.


Husband: My wife is missing. She went shopping yesterday and has not come home!
Officer: Age?
Husband: I'm not sure. Somewhere between 50 and 60. We don't do birthdays.
Officer: Height?
Husband: I'm not sure. A little over five-feet tall.
OFFICER : Weight?
Husband: Don't know. Not slim, not really fat.
OFFICER : Color of eyes?
Husband: Sort of brown I think.
OFFICER : Color of hair?
Husband: Changes a couple times a year. Maybe dark brown now. I can't remember.
OFFICER : What was she wearing?
Husband: Could have been pants, or maybe a skirt or shorts. I don't know exactly.
OFFICER : What kind of car did she go in?
Husband: She went in my motorhome
OFFICER : What kind of motorhome was it?
Husband : A HYMER B544 registered july 2005
Fiat 2.8 jtd manual left hand drive
With 180 watt solar panels
Hab air con , refillable gas bottles , eletric step , led lights , rear camera, fridge freezer, Avtec pull out TV , electric windows , blown heating , superb shower
At this point the husband started choking up.
OFFICER: Take it easy sir.
We'll find your motorhome
 

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