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My blog nick-name is SIR HUGH. I'm not from the aristocracy - my middle name is Hugh which relates to the list of 282 hills in Scotland compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. I climbed my last one (Sgurr Mor) on 28th June 2009


Monday, 4 March 2019

Tractor update

Monday 4th March 2019

In my post on 22nd February - Derby Arms/Meathop - (Click for link) I omitted to show the machinery being operated by the tractor - two commenters were curious enough to know more so I've been back and here is the result.


  1. A bit OTT to run such a small circular saw. Well done getting the post concluded. Thanks.

  2. Alan R - it looks very dangerous to me. No guards on the belt or the saw blade.

  3. When those were made guards were only at Buckingham Palace. Nowadays this set up would be frowned upon in a commercial setting. One good point though, the belt looks in fine fettle.

  4. Ah, it's the open-heart surgery option then
    Well recorded - I wonder if it is being used regularly, or simply waiting for . . . Robespierre perhaps.

  5. gimmer - not sure about that but I think A and E should be put on alert.

  6. Wouldn't it be rustier if it still awaited Robespierre? In any case he already lacks a head though there's no reason why a Gilet Jaune with a sense of history couldn't start at Max's other end.

  7. RR - I have a similar contraption in my garage. Thinks "what previously unthought of uses could I put it to?"

    Please advise on correct format for writing "thinks" like that, or perhaps you will just say it shouldn't be used like that at all.

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  9. Sir Hugh: I wouldn't normally recommend parentheses but this case might be the exception. Parentheses, like dashes, have roughly the same grammatical weight as commas and to me these two sentences call out for closer integration; the full stop is too divisive.

    Thus: I have a similar contraption in my garage (Thinks, what previously unthought-of uses..?).

    Three other points. Trim unnecessary words. Thinks, like said, takes a comma. Get rid of quotes wherever you can. Read The Guardian on-line with this latter suggestion in mind. Note too how often capital letters are dispensed with: eg, prime minister but Downing Street when referring to the prime ministerial function.