Archive for June 16, 2019

Sunday 16th June 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on June 16, 2019 by bishshat


Richard posted this today.

Father’s day today and I’m wearing a watch passed down to me by my father, it was given to him at the age of 12 which makes this piece around 55 years old!

He actually gave it to me about 10 years ago, but back then I didn’t have a real appreciation for it and it sat hidden in a draw for years, last year I found it amongst some things, cleaned up the crystal and case, put it on a new strap and here we have it! It will always have a special place in my watch box, hopefully one day will pass it down to one of my boys. I don’t know much about it apart from the obvious branding on the dial, but it’s a lovely small hand wound piece and keeps time perfectly 555

In 1938 , Swiss watchmaker Peter Haas founded the JAGUAR brand. As the owner of the long-established watch factory SindacoIn the Ticinese Moralto, he broke with the vain tradition of naming his products with his own surname. He launched the first watches under the brand name Jaguar and thus created one of the first trend brands in the watch market. His stated goal: Each collection of the new brand should reflect the power, elegance and racy grace of this cat, which is considered a symbol of wild beauty in the savannah. Like her animal namesake, the brand has been able to withstand the tempestuous changes of times and civilizations by constantly adapting to their environment. That’s why the JAGUAR brand can still confidently look to the future and today – in homage to its founding fathers – celebrate its heritage, its know-how and its unmistakable style.


The JAGUAR timepieces represent the passion for the highest precision as well as the love for the smallest detail. They are manufactured in the ultra-modern Swiss location and assembled according to the purest Swiss watchmaking tradition. The old-fashioned know-how, the tireless search for ever new, more modern technology and the special creativity of the house, which is put at the service of an innovative design, have helped JAGUAR to meet the high standards of “Swiss Made” classification become. In this way, JAGUAR can also satisfy its extremely demanding male customers, who are only used to the best Swiss quality. The brand offers watches that measure the passage of time as reliably and precisely as possible.


In 1989, the Festina Group bought the brand and introduced it resolutely in various world markets. Following the successful relaunch of Jaguar, it was decided to reposition the brand and give the company more momentum. The energy of the Festina Group was impressive and the brand mastered the challenge. For the last 6 years, JAGUAR has returned to the sources of inspiration of its founders while addressing a younger audience. The brand has also earned an excellent international reputation.



Today, JAGUAR is a Swiss Made brand that is affordable to a wide audience. It combines an optimal price-performance ratio with guaranteed impeccable quality. The JAGUAR watches are available in stainless steel, stainless steel, gold or pure gold (18 carat) finishes and are fitted with Swiss automatic or quartz movements. The craftsmanship of JAGUAR watchmakers today produces timepieces that, like the JAGUAR itself, convince by natural elegance and discretion.



Harbury is a village and civil parish in the Stratford-on-Avon district of Warwickshire, England. It is about 3 miles west-southwest of Southam and about 5 miles southeast of Royal Leamington Spa. The parish includes the hamlet of Deppers Bridge. The 2011 Census recorded the parish’s population as 2,420.

A middle Bronze Age burial (carbon dated 1530-1320 BCE) has been found near a Neolithic pit to the north-west of the village. Bronze age pits and hearths, carbon dated to c. 1000 BCE, were found in 1972 near Sharmer Farm in the north of the parish.

Although Harbury is close to the Fosse Way, a major Roman Road, only a few artefacts from this period are listed.

The toponym “Harbury” is from Old English, said to be derived from Edgar, an early tribal leader. The Domesday Book of 1086 records the manor as Edburberie where it is listed amongst lands granted to Henry de Ferrers[4] by William the Conqueror. The land employed five ploughs and was valued at £4.

At the time of the Hundred Rolls in 1279 two windmills were recorded in the parish. The present brick-built tower mill in Mill Lane is late 18th-century.
It is disused and has no sails.

The earliest known bridge over the Itchen at Deppers Bridge was built by the Lords of the Manor of Ladbroke. It is known to have existed by 1397, when it was out of repair and their lordships were ordered to have it renewed.

In 1611 the legacy of Thomas Wagstaff, late Lord of the Manor, established a school in the parish. An inscribed panel on the building records that his will was contested until settled by a Decree in Chancery in 1637. The former schoolhouse is an early 17th-century building of limestone, with mullioned and transomed windows, a schoolroom and Tudor fireplaces.

The cover of a silver chalice from the parish church is inscribed Harberbery 1576. Christopher Saxton’s 1576 map of Warwickshire and Leicestershire marks the village as Harburbury. An open field system prevailed in the parish until an Enclosure Act passed by Parliament in 1779 was implemented, enclosing 120 yard lands (3,600 acres (1,457 ha)) of common land.

The earliest known record of a post office in the village is from September 1847, when a type of postmark called an undated circle was issued.


The Church of England parish church of All Saints has a 13th-century chancel with lancet windows. The southwest tower is later 13th-century, also with lancet windows. The south and north aisles and arcades were added in about 1300. The font and the embattled top of the tower are Georgian additions. In 1873 the church was restored and the south aisle widened and new Gothic Revival windows inserted in the east and north walls of the chancel.
The stained glass in several of the windows is from the 1890s.

In 1811 Thomas II Mears of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry recast the tower’s bells as a ring of five. This may be when the top of the tower was rebuilt in brick.
In 1959 John Taylor & Co of Loughborough recast the bells as a ring of six, and in 1981 Taylor & Co cast a new treble and second bell, increasing the ring to eight.


Once again an Old Git assaulted me from his bedroom window telling me to get off PRIVATE land FFS! The whole of this country is PRIVATE land. I blame the Statute of Merton 1235. Over the course of a few hundred years, much of Britain’s land has been privatized — that is to say taken out of some form of collective ownership and management and handed over to individuals. Currently, in our “property-owning democracy”, nearly half the country is owned by 40,000 land millionaires, or 0.06 per cent of the population, while most of the rest of us spend half our working lives paying off the debt on a patch of land barely large enough to accommodate a dwelling and a washing line.