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(Sc. Tug: dp. 420; 1. 137'0~; b. 26'0)

Speedwell, a screw harbor tug, was built by James Tetlow, Boston, Mass., and delivered to the Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard on 13 November 1865. She served there through the remainder of the 1860's and into the 1870's. She was still at the Portsmouth yard in 1876, but sometime between then and 1880, she was reassigned to Washington, D.C., where she served until 1884. She then moved to the Norfolk Navy Yard where she served until the end of her Navy career in 1890. Speedwell was struck from the Navy list on 19 December 1890 and her hulk was sold in March of 1891.

Jersey Through History: Historic Speedwell & Speedwell Ironworks

I n the early 19th century, entrepreneur Stephen Vail and several of his business associates purchased a property in Speedwell, NJ. Though the building had a number of hydraulic powered forges, it would soon become something historic. What became known as Speedwell Ironworks is responsible for some of the most important advances in not only the iron industry, but also in communications.

Its legacy makes it more than worthy of a place in our Jersey Through History series.

The property runs along a natural gorge of the Whippany River in Morris County a prime location for an ironworks business. Vail and company produced an array of agricultural and industrial machinery. By 1815, Vail became the sole owner of Speedwell Ironworks he also purchased an adjacent 40-acre lot known at the time as Speedwell Village. This village is now the site of Historic Speedwell in Morristown.

A few years after Vail took over the ironworks, he helped build the SS Savannah this was the first steam-powered vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Speedwell Ironworks manufactured the majority of the engine components and the running gear of the ship. Though it was an innovative production for all involved, the SS Savannah was considered a financial failure. This was mainly due to the lack of people willing to book passage. The ironworks, however, didn’t shy away from any task and even produced the first durable iron tire for trains.

Speedwell Ironworks and the Telegraph

In the late 1830s, Samuel F.B. Morse, came to Speedwell. Morse was a former professor and artist-inventor who was acquaintances with Alfred Vail, one of Stephen’s children. Alfred conducted much of the research for the invention of the telegraph in fact, most of the work was done within the Speedwell Ironworks facilities. The duo ultimately chose the Factory Building on the grounds of Speedwell Village as the test site.

On January 11, 1838, Morse and Alfred conducted the first successful demonstration of the telegraph. The two inventors transmitted a message through two miles of wire the message came from a county judge who wrote, “A patient waiter is no loser,” on a piece of paper.

Morse and Alfred Vail received federal funding from the US Congress in 1843. This allowed them to expand their telegraph system between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC. By spring of the following year, they successfully completed their next major test Morse, at the US Capital, sent Alfred, at a railroad station in Baltimore, a message he wrote “What Hath God Wrought,” which Alfred returned a minute later.

While Morse and Alfred were redefining the world of communication, Stephen Vail continued to run Speedwell Ironworks. Vail eventually retired to the Vail House at Speedwell Village in 1844. The ironworks changed hands several times and continued to run until 1873 in its final years, the demand for their products declined, causing the facilities to close. Any valuable equipment made its way to ironworks in both Brooklyn, New York and Coatbridge, Scotland. What was left of the desolate complex was destroyed in a fire in 1908.

Historic Speedwell in Modern Time

Today, Historic Speedwell is both a National Historic Landmark and part of the Morris County Park Commission. The property houses nine buildings, each modeled to authentically replicate life at Speedwell Ironworks during its run. In particular, the Vail House was renovated and returned to its mid-19th century state as one of the most notable buildings in Speedwell, it has retained much of the Vails’ old furniture and possessions.

Historic Speedwell is open throughout spring, summer and fall. Guests who visit the property can wander through a number of buildings. The L’Hommedieu House contains the Friends of Historic Speedwell Gift Shop and exhibit gallery there’s also the Granary, the 1849 Carriage House, and the Homestead Carriage House. In addition, the adjoined Factory Building and Wheelhouse offer tourists state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits these presentations show the invention of the telegraphs and recreate the sounds and feel of life at the facilities. The only interiors not open to the public are the Ford Cottage and Moses Estey House.

Historic Speedwell, located off of Speedwell Avenue and Cory Road, is a fascinating look into Morris County history. In particular, Speedwell Ironworks is an important piece of New Jersey’s historical legacy. As the birthplace of the telegraph and such grandiose machinery as the SS Savannah, it is a “uniquely American story.”

Want to continue your journey through New Jersey’s most historic sites? You can now visit Jersey Through History: The Complete Series.

Speedwell Methodist Church

(Front text)
This church, founded in 1885, was named Speedwell for a stagecoach stop and the first post office in the vicinity, now Millett. In 1884-85 Ogreta Brabham Dunbar and Savannah Barker Bates raised funds for a new congregation, in what was then Barnwell County. In 1885 Mary Dunbar Lafitte and her husband John H. Lafitte donated a five-acre tract here for the church.
(Reverse text)
The first church on this site, built about 1885, was replaced by the present church, begun in 1922 during the pastorate of Rev. W.R. Jones. It remained unfinished during the Depression but was dedicated in 1941 during the pastorate of Rev. J.A. Graham. Attendance declined in the 1960s, and regular services ended by 1970. Homecomings are still occasionally held here.

Erected 2010 by The Friends of Speedwell Methodist Church. (Marker Number 3-13.)

Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.

Location. 33° 5.03′ N, 81° 32.5′ W. Marker is in Millett, South Carolina, in Allendale County. Marker is on Speedwell Church Road (State Highway 3-369) near Little Hell Road, on the right when traveling west. Along with the Marker being added, a state road designation

sign (S 03-369) was added for the church driveway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Martin SC 29836, United States of America. Touch for directions.

Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tarlton Brown (1757 - 1845) (approx. 7.1 miles away) Boiling Springs Academy (approx. 7.3 miles away) Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church (approx. 7.4 miles away) Bethel United Methodist Church (approx. 8.2 miles away in Georgia) Brick (Bethel) Church (approx. 8.2 miles away in Georgia) Lower Three Runs Baptist Church (approx. 8.7 miles away) Concord Baptist Church (approx. 9.4 miles away) Burton's Ferry (approx. 10.3 miles away in Georgia).

Collecting Toy Soldiers

These plastic Expeditionary Force figures are described as 40mm but they are clearly bigger than that, we compared them against my 40mm Elastolin Vikings and they towered over them (should have taken a pic for comparison, sorry about that!).  They come factory painted in the neat flat style you see here, personally I would give them a wash of brown stain (which is what Elastolin used to do) to give them a bit more definition, but they're not my toys so that won't be happening.

Anthony has mounted them on circles of MDF which provides greater stability on the table and also give them more of an "Old school" look.  This is the full range here cavalry, infantry and archers for both Vikings and Saxon, that's the full extent of the range, shame they didn't extend to Normans but as Expeditionary Force have now moved upscale to 54/60mm figures this may be all we'll ever see from them in this size.

These were the first range issued by Expeditionary Force and were aimed at wargamers, the sculpting is excellent and while the plastic weapons look rather fragile they are in fact very robust.  Just wish we could find some other ranges (plastic or metal) that would compliment them, A Call to Arms Normans are a little too large, while the old Kellogs/Rubinstein "Warriors of the World" figures are about the right size but they are limited to just one Viking and one Norman.  Ho Hum.

Kathryn Darlington passed away in 1986. Her only son, Bill Darlington, had moved to the other end of the farm and, in 1980, established the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania.

Needing to be near the wolves, the mansion was left vacant for over 20 years. Bill’s youngest daughter, Dawn, was born on the farm and always wanted to live in the mansion. When Bill passed away in 1998, Dawn became determined to realize her dream. In March 2005, after seven years of saving, two years of planning, and one year of cleaning, she moved home and began the restoration, which was documented, with photos, here. In 2006, the property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The mansion was not changed except for the addition of bathrooms and the kitchen island. The windows and floor date to the 1880’s and were fully restored. The slate roof was replaced using 80-year-old Peachbottom slate salvaged by Amish roofers from a barn that was being demolished, and copper gutters were installed.

The electric and plumbing were completely replaced, and air conditioning, telephones, and Internet were added. Almost all of the furniture belonged to Dawn’s grandparents and was fully restored.

Outside, all of the stone was “repointed” (replacing the mortar) and inside all of the walls and ceiling received a new coat of plaster. It took four painters over three months to hand-paint the mansion and cottages. The privy and spring house were also restored.

Speedwell Methodist Church

[01/09/16] There has been an increased amount of interest in the history of our church so as a result I am looking to put a history page on the church website (www.speedwell-methodist-church.co.uk) and would really appreciate any stories or pictures from the history of Speedwell Methodist Church, it does not matter from what period of the church history the picture or story comes from. Please can you e-mail them to [email protected] where I can collate them, if you are unable to scan your pictures then please see me and I will do it for you. For the centenary anniversary of the church there was a booklet produced and I am particularly keen to get a copy of this so please check your cupboards and drawers.

[12/31/15] Through Jesus, God calls all people everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). As one year ends and another begins, we might ask whether we need a work of God in our hearts so that we too might turn back to God and to each other.

All the Angels Sing

Merry Christmas
11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.’ (Luke:2)

The Guardians of Ancora Christmas Single, ‘All the Angels sing.’ Written and performed by the legendary Doug Horley and UK chart-topper Mark Read. We've made.

Christmas in a Nutshell

Admit it, you've given some terrible gifts. There's someone who has never given a bad gift, though—GOD! For Christmas, however, He gave us something…

Rend Collective - Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Glory in the Highest)

It was great to see so many people at our carol service last night.

Campfire Christmas released November 18th 2014


“Pray for peace” say Church leaders following UK vote to take military.

methodist.org.uk “Pray for peace” say Church leaders following UK vote to take military action in Syria


Waiting. It is not attractive word. It seems boring. What if. you were waiting for something that would change your life? How would you get ready for it? W.

Church of England

‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled’ (Luke 18:31).

Why, Lord? Why should you submit to ‘everything that is written’? Why not break free of the prophecies and the expectations and demonstrate your divine freedom? Why, with such fatal determination, did you climb the long road up to Jerusalem, when everything was drawing you back down it? Your instinct for self-preservation, the repeated advice of your friends, the many who still needed your ministry. All must have been dragging at your feet, making every step heavier than the last. As the sun hammered on your head and your fears pounded within, what drove you on? What was the reason for that stubborn, dogged journey towards your own destruction?

‘The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost’ (Luke 19:10).

Is this it? Is this the answer? A search-and-rescue mission. A daring raid on enemy territory. But who could be worth such a sacrifice? Your friends, perhaps. Your happy band of disciples! An exceptionally brave and noble man might die for his most faithful friends, but they were going to abandon, betray and doubt you before the week was out. And you knew that. But it wasn’t just for them. To seek and save the lost. The shut out, left out, counted out, locked out, sinned out.

Surely you didn’t make that appalling journey for people like that? For people like me?

‘What do you want me to do for you?’ (Luke 18:41)

[11/02/15] How do I build your ‘house’ – your kingdom, Lord?

I think I’d find it easier
if you told me to build
a temple of bricks and mortar.
That’s tangible. I could measure my progress.
What is it you want me to build?
You say you don’t live in a temple made by human hands (Acts 17:24)
But you also say my body is your temple (1 Corinthians 6:19)
and that we together as Christian community are your temple (1 Corinthians 3:16).

So it seems it is my very life and my relationships
that build a dwelling place for your Spirit, Jesus.
Today may everything I say and do be a building block
creating space where you are pleased to dwell.
When I meet with others remind me to ask:
‘Would God be pleased to dwell with us in this conversation… this activity?’
And when I spend time and money on my own lifestyle
let me be just as generous with time and money to help
your kingdom to come on earth
just as it is in heaven.

Sheila Pritchard (WordLive 02/11/2015)

[11/01/15] This morning we welcome Mr Damon Ujvarosy to lead our service.

Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) - Chris Tomlin (with lyrics)

As with all my videos, this one is with lyrics for worship. I wanted to do a human video with this song, but it just wasn't working with the words. but I .

[10/24/15] Tomorrow morning we are welcoming Mrs Veronica Jackson to lead our worship. Come and join us at 10:30hrs and stop for a cup of tea, biscuit and a chat afterwards.

[10/11/15] This morning we welcome Mr Adam Biddlestone to Speedwell.

[09/12/15] Tomorrow morning we welcome our new minister to Speedwell, the Rev Jane Ashplant will be leading her first service and this will include Holy Communion. All are welcome at the Lord's table and all are welcome at Speedwell. Come and join us and help us to welcome Jane to Bristol.
There will be a bring and share lunch after the service so come for fellowship and a blessing.

[08/16/15] This morning our 10:30 service is being led by the Rev Anthony Hick and will include Holy Communion. All are invited to the table.

[08/08/15] Tomorrow morning at 10:30hrs we have bit of a family affair as we have the dynamic duo of Julia and Terry Gilborson leading our worship. Come and join us

[08/01/15] Tomorrow we will be welcoming Miss Lara Nash and there may be a certain Frankie with her. Come and join us at 10:30am.

[07/25/15] In our 10:30 am service tomorrow we will be welcoming Richard & Milena Young and their family. We will be learning more about their roles in Wycliffe Bible Translators in both the Czech Republic and Nigeria.
Why not come along and join us and stay for a bring and share lunch.

[07/19/15] This mornings service will be led by Mr Mike Philpotts and our worship leader is Mr Robin Anthony

[06/14/15] This mornings 10:30 service is a family affair as the Rev Barry Bishop and Mrs Ann Bishop lead our service. Today is Barry's last service at Speedwell before he moves on. Come and join us to hear the word of God and to say good bye to Barry and Ann.

[05/31/15] This morning our 10:30 service will be led by the Rev Debra Chidakwo and Angela Weaver will be our worship leader.

At The Cross - Chris Tomlin (Passion 2014) Worship Song with Lyrics

If you have the time, just sit and listen to the words.

Passion, featuring Chris Tomlin - At The Cross, Album: Passion: Take it all, Year: 2014 To purchase this song in Itunes, https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pa.

[04/25/15] Tomorrow morning is Holy Communion and our service is being led by the Rev Anthony Hick and Robin Anthony is our worship leader.

Speedwell Herb

Speedwell is considered to be diuretic, expectorant, stomachic, tonic. Speedwell was once a highly regarded in England as a healthy, relaxing, herbal tea and tonic. As with most astringent, bitter herbs, an infusion of speedwell can be used as a wash for troubled skin. Recent studies have shown Speedwell tea may be an effective preventative treatment for ulcers. It is most often used been used for coughs and congestion.

In modern herbal medicine, speedwell tea, brewed from the dried flowering plant, sometimes serves as a cough remedy or as a lotion for irritated or infected skin. The somewhat bitter and astringent taste and smell of speedwell led to its use as a tea substitute in 19th-century France, where it was called the d’Europe, or "Europe tea." The French still use this term as a name for speedwell.

Emperor Charles, the Fifth of Spain, is said to have derived much relief to his gout from the use of this herb. It contains tannin and a particular bitter principle.

Experimental anti-ulcer activity of Veronica officinalis L. extracts "In indomethacin-induced ulcers in albino rats, the anti-ulcerogenic effects of some extracts prepared from Veronica officinalis L. were investigated. The extracts had a significant anti-ulcerogenic activity. In ulcer healing experiments performed in rats by administering reserpine, the extracts were found to enhance the regeneration of the gastric mucosa. These results seem to confirm the popular observations according to which the decoction from Veronica officinalis L. possessed useful properties in the treatment of gastric ulcers." -Scarlat M, Sandor V, Tamas M, Cuparencu B. Abstract

"Although speedwell has a reputation, especially in Europe, as a healer of all illnesses, it is used primarily as an expectorant for respiratory problems. It has also been used for stomach ailments, migraine headache, and as a gargle for mouth and throat soars, The fresh juice taken in large quantities is helpful for gout, and it can also be used externally to relieve chronic skin problems."

From https://consider-the-lilies.org/Speedwell.htm which doesn't seem to exist now.

Speedwell extract shows promise for Herpes infections

Speedwell Habitat and Description

The Speedwells of my area are tiny yard weeds and also found in ditches in early spring. It may cover large areas of ground, but is inconspicuous due to its small stature. However, if you look close, you will see a delicate beauty with either blue flowers, or white flowers striped with blue.

Speedwell flowers are small and crowded on spike-like racemes from axils of leaves, often from alternate axils. The calyx is 4-parted, the corolla in formed of 4 lobes, the lower lobe is commonly the narrowest. The stem is from 3 to 10 in. long, hairy, often prostrate, and rooting at joints.

Speedwell Leaves are opposite, usually oblong, obtuse, saw-edged, narrowed at base.

Ivy Leaf Speedwell has three-lobed leaves with fine hairs. The fruit is a compressed heart-shaped capsule, containing numerous flat seeds.

How to Grow Speedwells

Speedwells are common yard weeds that can become invasive, and are often grown as ground cover. They thrive in poor damp soil. Most speedwells are annuals and grow easily from seeds of the previous year&rsquos flowers.

History and Folklore of Speedwell

The name speedwell comes from an old meaning of the word speed, "thrive." The scientific term Veronica goes back some 500 years and is apparently connected with the name of the legendary Veronica, who is said to have wiped the face of Jesus as He went to Calvary. It is possible that the genus Veronica was named after her because the flowers supposedly resemble the markings left on the cloth with which she wiped Jesus&rsquo face.

The Germans also name this plant Ehren-preis, or Prize of Honour which fact favours the supposition of its being the true "Forget-me-not," or souveigne vous de moy, as legendary on knightly collars of yore to commemorate a famous joust fought in 1465 between the most accomplished champions of England and France.

The Mayflower and the Speedwell

The Mayflower, known as the small vessel that led the Pilgrim's to America, was built around 1584. She was a small 100-110 foot galleon weighing 200 tons and could carry a maximum of 102 people. She was intended as a cargo ship, not a passenger ship. Under the command of Capt. Christopher Jones since 1609 and 30 crew, she took the Pilgrims to Plymouth and weathered a terrible storm in the North Atlantic, before reaching Plymouth in November. A while later, on May 5th 1621, the Mayflower returned to England, after being anchored for 6 months. On March 5th 1622, Capt. Jones died and a little while later in 1623, the 35-year-old famous ship and galleon Mayflower was probably sold for scrap lumber. She was rigged as a galleon or carrack, with 3 masts and square sails with a latten on the mizzenmast. A replica has been built of her, however. The Mayflower did participate in the fight against the Spanish Armada in 1588 as part of the squadron of London.

The Speedwell is more well documented, but under a different name for much of her records. She was built in 1577 under the name Swiftsure. She was the property of Queen Elizabeth I of England. She was built due to nearing war with Spain. She was only 9 years old when the Armada occurred. She fought in the western squadron of 105 ships and also served as the vice flagship of the Earl of Essex's 1596 Azores expedition. After peace was signed with Spain, she was rebuilt and renamed the Speedwell and weighed in at 60 tons. She was very old (43) when the Pilgrim's merchants leased her to them. The ship, with the Mayflower set sail in July of 1620, but took on water and had to stop for repairs. On August 17th, they set sail once again. The Speedwell took on water and grew very leaky and had to stay behind. It is likely that the crew sabotaged their ship to get out of their contract with the merchants. Beyond this, its fate is unknown.

Speedwell – pretty blue flowers

Description: The Latin name of this pretty little blue flowered plant comes from a story of a woman, later canonized as St. Veronica who is said to have wiped the blood from the face of Jesus on his journey to Calvery. “Ever afterwards,” writes Julia W. Henshaw in Mountain Wildflowers of North America, “her kerchief bore the vera iconica, ‘the true likeness,’ of his sacred features.” “Vera iconica” is actually a mixture of Greek and Latin terms.

There are many varieties, also known as Gypsy weed and birdseye speedwell – see the song below.

  • Speedwell is plentiful now in spring
  • annual, sprawling plant is commonly found all over NZ grows in gardens, arable land, waste open land, rough pasture and dry river beds
  • small 1 cm wide solitary flowers, where the three upper petals are bright blue and the lower petal whitish or pale blue
  • the dainty little flowers open on sunny days on thin stalks
  • flowers all year round
  • the seedpod is heart shaped (just visible in the photo above)
  • leaves – pale to medium green grow in opposite pairs and are oval, short stalked, coarsely toothed or scolloped & hairy
  • stems are round, flexible & can grow 70 cm long, roots can form at the nodes – the part of the stem out of which the leaves grow
  • the stems lie on the ground with the tips curving upwards they can also grow over other plants.

Song of the Gypsyweed
Speedwell to travellers!
And speedwell is me.
My roots keep me from travelling, As you can see.
Yet all those who travel With their feet on the ground
Have noticed I’ve spread
The whole world round.
I’m too small to spy
From a car or a plane.
Yet, see me or not,
I’m here just the same.
So go on your travels.
And though they may say,
“God speed,”
Don’t pass by the gifts Of the wise Gypsyweed.
from http://nettlejuice.blogspot.co.nz

Speedwell plant – growth habit

Nutritional qualities

  • this plant has “remarkable medicinal powers out of proportion to its size”1
  • used by gypsies as a blood purifier
  • removes excess mucus, soothe internal tissues, treat coughs, asthma, pleurisy
  • a tea made of speedwell is used to clear sinus congestion, help eyesight and ease sore eyes. I had a swollen top eyelid and sore eye – bathing it with speedwell healed it quickly


Speedwell Performance Conversions began in early 1957 with the regular lunch meetings of three car enthusiasts in the Madeleine Coffee Shop in North London. George Hulbert, Len Adams and I used to chat about all things motorsport over the dish of the day, and though I was the only one who actually competed in races and rallies, George – who ran a Morgan – was a very talented engineer, and provided a lot of help with my Austin A35’s engine modifications. Len, who read all the enthusiast’s magazines, ran the local BMC dealership’s workshops, and this is where most of the normal work was done on my vehicle, generally by a huge West Indian mechanic named Reg Venner. Reg could lift an A type engine out all on his own, and after all these years I still consider him to have been my most thorough and reliable mechanic. We entered competitions under the name “Team Speedwell” which was not only the local telephone exchange – in the days before numbers took over – but also the trade name of the decal printing business where I worked. The logo – which Tom Colby uses today – was my design for the printing works long before I took it along for the tuning business.

At the famous Goodwood circuit, I managed to win a hotly contested production car race at the beginning of the season, and as the TV commentator had a few minutes of “dead time” between two events, he chose to sit me up on the pit counter in jeans and checkered shirt (no one really bothered with overalls in those early and amateurish days) and interviewed me on the amazing speed and roadholding of this small and unorthodox “racer”. He mentioned the word “Speedwell” quite a few times, and when business (printing) opened the next day, I had several telephone calls asking how people could get their Austins to go as quickly as mine. One shouldn’t miss out on life’s opportunities when they do appear, so over lunch we decided to go into the tuning business – renting a two car lock up garage under my little Mews apartment, taking Reg on as chief – and only – mechanic, and turning my little kitchen into the office. The three of us worked part-time for the first few weeks, but the rush of business was such that we soon all went full-time. Not long afterwards, Graham Hill – who at the time was Colin Chapman’s engine manager at Lotus – came to see if we had any vacancies. He was determined to become a full-time race car driver, and as long as Chapman held him in such regard as an engines man, there was no way he would employ Graham to drive, so he became our first workshop foreman, and his assistant, Keith Duckworth, took over as Lotus engines boss, later to join Mike Costin in the renowned Cosworth Engineering Company. Three years later Graham bought me out to become Speedwell’s chairman – but that is another story…By that time we had become Britain’s top performance tuners, winning both the British Rally Championship and the British Saloon Car Championship as well as producing the Speedwell GT – that very attractive coupe bodied version of the Austin-Healey Sprite – which is still raced all over the world and with as much success as in those early days. The last time I competed with one of my cars a couple of years ago, I thought they performed faster, and held the road better, with the improvements in tires and lighter weight of modern carbon fibre bodywork, but the brakes didn’t seem nearly as good. I guess that the forty years has made me use them more than I used to, and while they were probably always a bit on the weak side, I guess that didn’t bother us when we were in our twenties!

While sadly I am the only one of the original quartet still around to tell the tale, it is good to see that the Speedwell name lives on in the capable hands of that modern-day enthusiast Tom Colby, and I suspect that the atmosphere of his shop and ours of the fifties would have been pretty much interchangeable.


  1. Roscoe

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  2. Darwishi

    How often does a person have to choose between a tit in his hands and a crane hovering over his head. But in reality, he chooses between fears. He is afraid to leave everything as it is, if it does not suit him. And he is afraid that he will not achieve what he hopes for, but will lose the tit.

  3. Shiro

    I like this phrase :)

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