Poole Local Customs

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    Info Board
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  • The Modern Face Of Groyne Protection!
    The Modern Face Of Groyne Protection!
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    The Way It Used To Be!
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    HMS Poole

    by grayfo Written Jul 24, 2013

    (J 147) - Bangor-class Minesweeper

    HMS Poole was a Bangor Class Minesweeper that was built in Glasgow and launched in 1941; the ship was a turbine-engine variant with a top speed of 16 knots (18.6 miles/h) and carried a compliment of 60. In 1943 along with three other Minesweepers the ship captured the Italian submarine Bronzo, which was then commissioned into the Royal navy before being transferred to the free French. HMS Poole was sold in 1948 and scrapped at Pembroke Dock

    �� John Ward-McQuaid
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    Upgrading The Groyne Protection!

    by johngayton Written Jun 18, 2010

    The South Coast's beaches are under constant threat of erosion which is neither good for the tourist industry nor for the coastal defences that the beaches naturally provide. The age-old solution has been to construct wooden or metal groynes, effectively sand traps, at regular intervals along ther beachfront. These old-fashioned groynes however create very artificial barriers and are both unsightly and can creat dangerous undertows in their immediate vicinities.

    Here in Poole the modern groynes are now being constructed of coarse boulders using the local Portland stone which fit more naturally into the environment and in the longer term are intended to weather and provide natural habitats for foreshore flora and fauna.

    Website has some interesting links:

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    Not Sure If This Is A Ronnie Barker One?

    by johngayton Updated Jun 1, 2010

    One of the classic1970's UK sit-coms was "Open All Hours". The inimatable Ronnie Barker played the crafty, but amusingly grumpy shopkeeper Arkwright and David Jason his haphazardly helpful assistant, Granville.

    In one particular episode Arkwright was opening up the shop and whitewash writing the day's special on the window. I can't remember exactly what it was but it must have been something simple like "Tomateos - 50p a Pound"

    When Granville pointed out his spelling mistake old Arkwright replied words to the effect of "I didn't go to Harvard business school - but watch and learn."

    Surely enough the first person passing the shop popped to point out the spelling mistake - HA! And walked out with a pound of tomatoes, a loaf of bread, a pack of butter, four ounces of ham and a pint of milk.

    "See what I mean?"

    Well maybe Specsavers here in Poole is trying the same thing? Free "Hearing Tests" for those with bad eyesight??? Next it'll be Braille for the deaf?

    Maybe Get Your Eyes Tested?

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