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Updated 1030 Saturday 31st March 2018

The piece below was first on the GPSS homepage during 1st April '98. It has had minor updates over the years :

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Sunday 1st April 2018 and our Spaghetti Tree is in flower again ...

spaghetti tree planting tagliatelle Robin poses proudly beside the Spaghetti Tree in his back garden which continues to flower every year. The tree is now over 40 years old, having been raised from a small seed collected by June and Robin during a holiday in northern Italy in 1974. The trip was funded by NATO, we hired a Fiat 500, and Samantha, just a few months old, shouted "Spaghetti!". We stayed in Abbano Terme near Monte Venda ;-)

These Spaghetti trees, very rare outside Italy, cannot be grown from cuttings or the fruit - many have tried planting spaghetti, but with disappointing results. We've also tried tagliatelle, but that also did not grow. This particular variety is "Spaghetti Monstera Grande" - known to some seasoned gardeners as "Big Whopper".

You can see the original BBC TV broadcast about the 1957 bumper italian spaghetti harvest if you click here or the first youtube video below. After that are videos of Robin's latest robot boats, built for Snoopy to cross the Atlantic, from UK to USA. That was Robin who saved that antelope. white strip spaghetti tree Snoopy's Cat Snoopy's Windmill Boat Man Rescues Antelope white strip

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Here are a few of my favourite quotes and cartoons.

PC in Car

"If you hate back seat drivers, you'll really hate this..." - Alistair Stewart, Carlton
(introduction to one of three Television broadcasts in London Motor Show week)

Happy Xmas !

"I'd rather know where the next eating place is .."

DF Hunter

- from an original design concept of Robin's friend Ted :-)


Any ideas for this one ?

I have a brain !

"It's like having a little friend in the car with you" - Steve, a friend of the family.

Not Safe !

".. The system should be designed so that it does not unduly distract the driver, nor give rise to potentially dangerous driving behaviour by the driver or other road users.."
- extract from "Code of Practise" for In-Vehicle Information Systems.