The inventors of the speed ramp!

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What a Plonker!

What a Plonker!

 

One of the smaller problems we solved was for the BBC. John Sullivan the writer had an idea for a visual joke in the Christmas special but there was a problem with the location in Bristol.

John’s joke was that Rodney’s new job found by Del was chief mourner and he was very angry. When Del and Trigger started shouting at him Rodney forgot what he was doing and led the funeral cars the wrong way up a one-way street…

THE PROBLEM

The BBC film crew knew there was no-one way signage at the location, how to put two 3 metre steel posts with large No Entry signs on the pavement for just a couple of hours for the filming.

GREAT IDEA

Film the scene on ‘bin’ day.

We made two large and very heavy steel bases with a spigot that the 3 metre traffic posts sat on and then because it was ‘bin day’ with piles of black bags waiting to be collected from the pavement put some of black rubbish bags at the base of our posts covering the steel bases…

Only Fools and Horses

Slow Down!

Slow Down!

Back in March 1935 drivers noticed new 30 MPH speed limit traffic signs appearing: it did not go well. A few days later a young lad was fishing in the village pond in Swanwick, Hants and ‘caught’ eight of these new signs. It seems that drivers have always resented being told they must slow down… Continue Reading

The King of Sausage Rolls

The King of Sausage Rolls

A few days ago a visitor told me he had been driving past our site for years and this was the first time he managed to pop in. I know we have for over 40 years and I told him the date we moved is still listed on Google. I explained, Google the day Elvis… Continue Reading

The Dozy Policeman

The Dozy Policeman

In the early 70’s some people were very curious about what a rubber speed bump looked like. They wanted to slow down the traffic on their site roads and car parks but would rubber really work? The popular option was concrete or asphalt speed bumps, I lost count of the times I tried to explain… Continue Reading