The Village Chronicle

The Village Chronicle

An uplifting experience

NOT A lot of people know that Anne and Peter Rothery probably now have the most hi-tech carport in Cyprus, complete with an en suite telecommunications centre.
While supervising a concrete pour during construction, Doros dropped (or rather plopped) his mobile phone. He urgently asked Peter to phone its number in order to locate it, but unfortunately liquid concrete is not a good conductor of radio waves, and all Peter got was CYTA asking him to leave a message. When asked what message he wanted to leave, Doros' answer was apparently unprintable!
At least the village now possesses a genuine Time Capsule!
In addition to their new garage, gouged out of the hillside just below Castle Rugg, the Rotherys have also installed an electric hoist to take heavy stuff up to their house. This is of course of great

interest to those of us proto-geriatrics further up the hill who have been muttering for some time about Stannah stairlifts!
The picture above shows the trolley at the top of the slope, sporting four large plastic buckets. These are for the shopping in plastic bags, and also fire logs. The buckets are easily removed to leave a platform 70cm square, for boxes, crates, gas cylinders and suitcases.
Peter says the total weight of the trolley and payload will not exceed 150 kilos, and the winch has a maximum safe working load of 500 kilos. Both trolley and winch housing are made of stainless steel and plastic. The winch operates from the domestic 240 volt supply.
Apparently, comment has been made about the amount of steel used in the foundation work. Yet this was no more than the Planning Authority's requirements to meet the earthquake hazard for this area - Richter Scale force 9!!

  • Anne and Peter would like to thank all those who live on a higher plane for their forbearance to the road blockages caused during their building work.

Bottom end of the ramp (30ft long at 47 degrees), alongside the new carport. The ramp is made of 4mm galvanised sheet fastened to 5cm galvanised angle, and  the whole is rawbolted to the concrete, using neoprene washers to allow for adjustment if necessary. So now you know!

English as she is not spoke (3)
MORE hilarious fractured English signs from abroad - enjoy!
HONG KONG (supermarket): For your convenience we recommend courageous, efficient self-service.
Our nylons cost more than common, but you find they are best in the long run.
MOSCOW: If this is your first visit to Russia you are welcome to it.
MOSCOW (notice near a cemetery): You are welcome to visit the graveyard where famous composers, writers and artists are buried daily except Thursdays.
MOSCOW (Newspaper in English): There will be an exhibition in Moscow next month of arts by 200 Soviet Republic painters and sculptors. These were all executed during the last three years.
BELGRADE (notice in lift): To move the cabin push button for wished floor. If the cabin should enter more persons each one should press a button for wished floor. Driving is then going alphabetically in national order.
ZURICH: Because of impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in bedrooms, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this. Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.
ZAGREB: The flattening of underware with pleasure is the job of chambermaid.
VIENNA: In case of fire, do your utmost to alarm the hotel porter.
BUCHAREST: The lift is being fixed for the next day. In that