Sep 21 2017

Water Clock By Thomas Cromer, Chester

A water clock or clepsydra was one apparatus by means of which time was measured. This method was in force from a very remote early period and necessitated a perfectly uniform flow of water. An ornamental form of clock consisted of a base containing a cistern into which water flowed and surmounted by a column marked off vertically at regular distances with the hours of the day. At the side of the column was an opening in the top of the cistern, though which a figure secured to a float and holding a rod, pointed to the hours one by one as it was lifted by the rising water. Another form has a circular dial and was not dissimilar in outward appearance to what are known as ” Grandfather Clocks “

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Sep 18 2017

Additional Fish by Alec Trivass



a catalogue of ichthyes and many other creatures!

can you categorize and itemize all of their features?


which of us would have known you knew so much of things piscean?

as drawn on ancient pottery, both greek and mycenaean.



can you pigeonhole and classify, or register and scoop

all the myriad members of this paraphyletic group,

and otherwise enumerate, systematize and so list

all the creatures of the deep, or only those which you have fished.



should you not also mention sponges, molluscs, even corals

ere putting down your pen to rest contented on your laurels?

cite the beauty of the mermaid, as she’s singing on the rocks,

a siren to seduce you, as sly and cunning as a fox.



there are shoals of fishy beings to log, and schools of ocean life

that wait for you to tabulate, in their teaming numbers, rife.

your encyclopedic knowledge would add much to the story.

register, record, index, file, then archive inventory.



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Sep 16 2017

T.M.Bennett Jnr. and P.Ellis Brass & Bell Foundry, Chester Including Clock Parts

Chester Courant 11th December 1792


Brass and Bell foundry, where they  manufacture  in a superior manner, all kinds of brass work for cotton machines of all description, complete suits  of clock-work approved brass movements, clock-bells cast from the best London patterns, steel pinions ,wrougt work and clock weights for eight day clocks and thirty hour ditto, large brass cog wheels ,steps, bushes etc.for mills and engines; electric conductors with wind dials. Braziers  may be supplied with all  their copper castings.

Bells of all dimensions not exceeding 400 pounds weight, also house and dinner bells of all sizes. All orders left at P.Ellis’s Ironmongers , Eastgate Street, Chester or at the Foundry at Boughton will meet due attention.

The full value for all old metals , at either of the above places


Sep 12 2017

Of John and Liverpool Docks



the hulk of a crane
the spider’s web tracery of girders against a pre-dawn sky.
the swell of the waves
their gentle lapping against the pier.
the forlornness of a seagull’s cry.
the mournful sounds of a ferryboat; the hooting of a tug,
come floating- ghostlike-with the sea mist,
which now is vanishing as the sun’s first rays finally show
and bring warm colours. grey is dismissed.


the silence is going.
the world once again comes to life as movement stirs the peace.
soon, ticking like clocks with vibrant energy,
sleep is brushed from tired eyes
and work begins again down at liverpool’s docks.


john sits in his car,
the dulcet throb of his twin exhausts permeates the aura of placidity
that still survives the onset of morning.
thru’ the dockyard gates he roars,
anxious not to be late,
to be in time for the mocking chime
of his office clock; the clock
that watches and stipulates
the duration he must stay… in his office…
….the coffin that he hates.


Sep 08 2017


Chester Courant 11th October 1791.

No.19, Near the Feathers Inn, Bridge Street, Bridge Street Row, CHESTER

Watches, which are made under his own inspection, having from eighteen years study, made himself by working under some of the first masters in the kingdom, perfectly acquainted with the principles of repeating horizontal seconds and plain watches, which he sells in gold, enamelled, engraved and plain gold cases, tortoise, fish skin, silver and double gilt cases, on very low terms.

He makes spring and silent pull clocks, chime, silent, quarter and plain clocks, in mahogany and oak cases. Likewise repairs all sorts of watches and clocks in the best and cheapest manner.  Also takes the liberty of recommending to the ladies and gentlemen not to buy watches or clocks, from persons who have not been brought up in the business, they, not having it in their power,  to tell whether they use their customers, well or ill, not being acquainted with the principles or quality of the movements .

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Aug 31 2017

Gowning Over



you snide,

you tried

to hide

your wide




you sighed


when i’d


your wide




thought i’d


your wide





so tried

to hide

your wide





the tide


your pride.

you cried.

love died.



you didn’t make MY rocking world go round!







From: john

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Aug 29 2017

Disley Church Clock, Cheshire

Extracts from the autobiography of James Rolston, Journeyman Engraver of Disley in Cheshire

The manuscripts from which these extracts are taken, were discovered ,with other records, in a deed box half buried in Disley churchyard. It is dated 1863 when Ralston was 79. He died in 1875 at the age of 91.

In the year of our Lord 1830, when the Rev. and learned William Greswell was minister, he kindly offered, as I had said so much  and was anxious on the subject, to lend me all the aid in his power for the purpose of raising funds sufficient to put up a clock in the steeple of Disley Church.

” Our canvass for subscriptions was so  successful(though we were sometimes treated like a pair of  burglars “) that estimates of the cost were solicited  from  Hargreaves of High Lane and Bruce of Strines. The former would make a clock every way suitable and guarantee it for two years , that should chime the quarters and strike the hours, for seventy five pounds and as seventy-two had then been subscribed, he offered to make up the deficiency and collect the said seventy two pounds as payment in full. Bruce, though anxious to have the order, would not make the slightest sacrifice to obtain it. He would  neither sacrifice nor guarantee, nor accept it,  unless two responsible householders were bound to see him paid. ” I do not think that man, though his dealings were extensive, ever lost a shilling during the course of his life, either by being swindled or making a  bad debt to that amount ” but at a general meeting of the subscribers, Bruce, who seems to have had friends present, won the order by twenty four votes to one.The writer of the manuscript remained neutral.

The clock was built into a medieval priest’s chamber in the tower of the church and was replaced only a few years ago by a new one (approximately 1980)

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Aug 21 2017

Cheshire Church Clock, Eaton Hall(Aldford)-Residence of the Duke of Westminster

From the anti-chapel a turret staircase leads to the clock-tower. Externally, the tower, thrown across to the chapel parapet with its bridge, forms a most prominent feature. In it are hung a peal of twenty eight bells, the largest weighing fifty hundredweight .They are of remarkably fine tone and were cast by the Chevalier Severin Van Aerschodt of Louvain, whose family have been bell-founders for centuries. The clock and carillon machinery, are in the chamber below. The clock, which was manufactured by Messrs Gillet and Co. of Croydon, has four faces, each nine feet eight inches in diameter and composed of vitreous mosaic. The clock has all the improvements for which the Croydon firm is celebrated. The carillon plays thirty-one tunes. The musical barrels are made of hard wood ten inches in diameter, and are each studded with several thousand brass  pins, about one-sixteenth of an inch square. They are each arranged for seven tunes and can be changed in a a few seconds


Aug 11 2017

A Night On The Briney by Alec Trivass



the scene – lit up as lightning flashed,

was terrible. loud thunder’s boom

rolled out and crashed – as water lashed

and smashed and dashed itself to spume,

driven by wind; the breath of death

in the gloom of doom.



the gale drove mountains of water,

rank upon rank, across the sea,

which, heaving up at every quarter

boiled and toiled with constancy,

and tossed the ship; sought and caught her,

intent on slaughter.



then the sharp shark’s teeth of rocks


loomed up – the cause of our disaster.

with awful knocks and grinding shocks

they blocked and rocked and smashed her

keel, and stove her in, and gale blew

force ten and faster.



’twas then a wave, like greedy hand,

grasped at me – and down i slipped

into the foaming sea, which planned

to take me to her stormy crypt:

a grave for disdainers of the sea ,

their barque’s bottom ripped.



heed it well, you erstwhile salty matelots. hearken not to those who would lead you astray.

ignore their siren call. stuff up your ears with wax, and live to till the good dark earth.





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Aug 09 2017

Live Your Life by Alec Trivass

life is like a man walking. he has to get from ‘here’ to ‘there’.

perhaps, along his journey, he finds that his feet are sore and bleeding.

the road is long

he decides that he can walk no more. here he will stay.

and so he stays, perhaps content, perhaps frustrated.

he finds that ‘there’ comes to him shortly, and the gap is filled.



life is like a man walking. he has to get from ‘here’ to ‘there’.

perhaps, along his journey, he finds that his feet are sore and bleeding.

the road is long.

he decides that he can walk no more. he casts around and spies moss growing on some rocks.

he harvests the soft cool moss and stuffs his shoes with it.

relieved, he continues on his journey.

he meets each problem with a work-around, overcoming every impediment to progress,

and so reaches ‘there’, content but weary.



life is like a man walking. he has to get from ‘here’ to ‘there’.

perhaps, along his journey, he finds his feet skip lightly

altho’ the road is long.

he has decided to take a gentle path thru’ sunny fields that cushion his footfall.

he takes time to smell the flowers, and delights in every passing fancy.

he enjoys his journey, he laughs frequently.

he arrives ‘there’ with a smile on his face.




our origins are similar, our destinations are the same. for many of us the way we journey is of our own making.

however we choose to complete our journey, we should bear in mind that for many of our kind, theirs have been decided for them by poverty, want, and the indifference of others.

compassion is cathartic (and so is not altogether altruistic).

to help fellow travellers any way that we can will lighten the soul, and give precedence to id over ego.

fill the gap.

we’re all cosmic dust that, for a short period, has been made aware.

we have the privilege of experience that will never come again.

a once-in-eternity event. there is no reciprocation. make of it what you will.

we exist only in the memory of others; make those memories sweet.