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Think – Today: What Is The Name Of The Donkey That Is Often Seen In The Nativity Of Jesus?

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donkeyYou know, the ‘Christmas’ manger scene. Birth of Jesus. A donkey is often shown as being present. This could be the SAME donkey that the Virgin Mary rode upon on her way to Bethlehem. What is the name of this famous donkey?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Basis For The Gallon” — there are conflicting theories as to how the Imperial (i.e., the British) gallon got to be what it was — and it was this gallon that came ahead of the U.S. gallon. The explanation that makes most sense is that a gallon is the volume of pure water, at 62°F, weighing 10 pounds (as measured with brass weights). It is easy to see how this could an easy definition to come up with and enforce. 


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Think – Today: What Was The Basis For The Gallon?

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gallon-of-waterIn the U.S. it is still (thankfully) the standard unit of measurement for gasoline (i.e., petrol), heating oil etc. How did we end up with the gallon? What was the basis for it as a unit for measuring the volume of liquids?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “What Is Under Your Feet, A Few Thousand Miles Down” — at all times, wherever you are, there will be be at least 7,900 miles of ‘earth’ BELOW you! That actually happens to be the diameter of the Earth, 7,917.5 miles to be exact. The interior of the Earth, as you must remember from somewhere, is layered — like an onion (albeit without too many layers). There is the topmost ‘crust’, the main crust per se, the mantle, the liquid outer core and then the extremely solid, inner core. It is worth looking up. Google it “earth’s interior”.


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Lucas ‘Engine Oil Stop Leak’ For The 1989 V-12 Jaguar XJS.

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Click to access the Lucas Oil product page for this ‘stop leak’. I bought the gallon from Amazon and had it shipped, ‘Free’, thanks to my Amazon Prime.


Of course my Jaguar XJS leaks, not much, but it does leak. Yes, I knew that when I bought it. But from what I hear it is pretty hard to find a V-12 XJS that does not leak. So it is a question of finding one that doesn’t leak excessively.

Paul Bousquet.

When I took it in for it ‘full’ shake-down at ‘B-Boys‘, in Barnstead, N.H., by master mechanic Paul Bousquet, he steamed cleaned the block and had a good look at the leak. Told me it wasn’t worth fixing it because there was at least 12 hours of labour to try and do it properly. And I trust Paul. So I have been putting a little bit of oil every few weeks or so. That said, I have probably put 100 miles on the XJS in the last 2 months. So it doesn’t get driven much.

Then, this last Saturday, we visited (as we are wont to do of late), Kati & Gordon Preston in Barnstead, with my son Matthew. The Prestons, by any measure, are AMAZING people. Gordon, a fellow Brit, is a very proficient and creative, British-qualified engineer. Plus he drives Land- and Range-Rovers. He told me about the Lucas ‘Stop Leak’ and how he uses it in his latest Range Rover. Plus it is Lucas. As soon as I got home I ordered a gallon. It just came. Haven’t put it in. BUT, wanted to share with you. Don’t think it will totally stop the leaks. But if it slows them down I will be very happy. Oh, a gallon from Amazon cost $31.29.


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