Various 'friends' had wound me up with lurid tales involving latex gloves and blood tests (I have a phobia about needles, I've not had an injection since I was 15..... all of 6 years ago now). As it turned out my fears in both of those directions were unfounded however there was something that I hadn't expected. It seems that an ECG was required, which means attaching electrodes to various parts of the body and capturing whatever your heart is doing on a computer. A hairy chest means that the electrodes won't stick, so I had to undergo the ordeal of the doctor shaving off several patches of my chest hair in order to attach the electrodes. Let's just say that emptying out the fullest of ashpans or the most befouled of smoke boxes is as a walk in the park compared to having your chest hairs shaved off with a blunt razor!
After what had seemed like an eternity, but which was I am assured only 20 minutes of poking, prodding, shaving & coughing, I beat a hasty retreat over to the mess coach for a nice cup of tea and to help out with the refurbishment programme that has been taking place over the last few months. In truth, the mess coach lived up to its name when we had started, but was now starting to look almost homely. Here are a selection of recent pictures, mostly provided by Tina Sutton of things that have been done.
The corridor of the mess coach had been in a dreadful state, water ingress via the window surrounds had caused much of the inside paneling to rot away. Sealant applied to the outside of the windows and replacing the panels followed by an application of chocolate & cream paint transformed it into as new condition.
|Chocolate & cream corridor|
|Freshly painted changing room|
|Repainted sink unit, new lower cupboards|
|George routing various electrical cables underneath where the new cupboards will go|
|Tina cleans the new cupboards whilst George replaces the clock|
The Facilities Manager wishes to thank the many people who have helped out with the mess coach refurbishment project over the last few months. She would also like it to be known that there are still just a few more tasks left outstanding & will shortly be sending out an email requesting assistance with them. The railway's doctor and her blunt razor blade await anybody who fails to turn up!