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Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Katherine, 1 Nov 2016.

  1. Reynard

    Reynard Veteran

    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Hah! I took up fencing at school to get out of swimming. Stabbing people with a sword (legitimately) is eminently preferable to doing an impression of a drowned rat.
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  2. I was about to wish that we'd had that option, but it occurs to me that the last thing you would want in my school is legitimate excuses to hold a sharp object and poke people with it.

    You should have seen what they did with compasses...
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  3. Reynard

    Reynard Veteran

    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Ah. yeah. I saw that in the 70s thread... :wacko:

    For me, fencing had an unexpected advantage - I happened to be pretty good at it (I was shortlisted for the GB U17 squad) and as a consequence, it kept the bullies at bay. Well, mostly...
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  4. In my case it was the 80s and 90s, but it was pretty much the same: to be fair that town was generally a bit behind so they probably hadn't heard of it before.

    Well done you on getting shortlisted, btw.
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  5. Reynard

    Reynard Veteran

    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Was 80s and early 90s for me as well... Mine was an all-girls public school, and teenage girls can be, well, something cruel...

    Thanks. :okay: I didn't take the fencing any further alas, as I was told in no uncertain terms to concentrate on my A Levels. (Which were quite frankly going down the pan, as I was not in a good head space back then.)
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  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Ello, didin't die on the Dirt Factory. Slow speed tumble on the plastic pump track outside - chainring bite on the ankle. Stuck to the MTB route rather than the pure jump lines as there was a queue - so got in 2-3 runs whilst the jump lines did 1. Five trail bikes, but most were jump bikes. Loved it.
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  7. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Ducks swim and they don't have gills.
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  8. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    You should have tried the woodwork room.
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  9. LeetleGreyCells

    LeetleGreyCells Cycliste en formation

    I've been out at the allotment this afternoon. Digging away in a t-shirt (and trousers before anyone comments :wacko: ) as it was rather warm in the sunshine - I loved every second! Beds all prepped now, some rubbish to shift once I find where my tarpaulins have gone for the back of the car. More seeds to sow tomorrow. Thoroughly enjoying myself.
  10. There you go again with your factual information ruining my one-liners.

    I did. A tthe time I thought the chisels and planes were blunt because no-one knew how to sharpen them. Now I wonder...
  11. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    We were taught how to sharpen them.

    Metalwork had the forge, which when used required stoking!
  12. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Who'd do something like that?
  13. Believe it or not, I had to go onto YouTube to learn, and that was when I did my carpentry apprenticeship: most tutors and employers assume you won't really use a chisel or a plane much so there's no point teaching you how to sharpen a chisel quickly and effectively. There are machines for sharpening chisels, for goodness sake...

    In school it was different. Most kids there I wouldn't have given a sponge hammer, let alone a sharp chisel.
  14. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    The leg vice lived upto it's name more than once.

    As for the hand vice, well...
  15. postman

    postman Legendary Member

    Meanwood ,Leeds

    Thanks for the advice.
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