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Post by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet » Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:33 am

Lou has mentioned in another post in here about why the lads never painted the hut after doing all that preparation and almost getting caught stealing the paint.

Anyway, the lads taking 2 months to do up Thornely Manor is just way out! There is no way 8 lads could have done up the manor with 22 bedrooms, plumbing, new electrics etc in 2 months!

It's always bothered me that. I mean they had no real reason in the storyline to not make it longer and make sense.
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Post by Hedley Irwin » Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:05 pm

I've never quite worked out the timescale of the whole series. It begins, presumably, in wintertime or early spring. Think how dark it is when the Lads get to Wolverhampton (and how drunk Den manages to get by closing time), and how dark it is when Den phones Ally at the airport, and when Moxey disappears into the night, even though the Lads have seemingly only just knocked off work (I know there's a stack of overtime so they might have been working late, but still). There are several mentions of how cold it is, not necessarily a great indicator of the season, granted; but all the indications are that it's early in the year.

But at the airport when going out to Spain, Nev points out that the tourist season is well finished, suggesting it's September/October time.

So was there a long gap between finishing work at the manor and the Lads all going up to Newcastle? In which case, why did Brenda complain that they'd seen so little of each other? Or was the delay in getting out to Spain ridiculously long, in which case why didn't the non-Geordies not go back home?
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Post by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet » Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:31 pm

I know we've mentioned this before in a post, but I'd be buggered if I can find it like!

Anyway, got a fictional date to kick things off again....
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Post by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet » Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:34 pm

I also have a fictional date for Spain and it's listed on the Forum, but I won't spoil the fun....
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Post by Lou » Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:56 pm

I wonder why Barry typed the letter, a bit formal I thought.
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Post by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet » Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:02 pm

Well the date is Wednesday May 15th.
So let's say the lads (D&N) got the letter Friday, they headed down on the Tuesday after dinner of course.
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Post by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet » Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:29 pm

Plus remember the lads spent an afternoon demolishing the place....
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Post by Lou » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:32 pm

Don't forget they spent a day poncing round Asda
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Post by Hedley Irwin » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:57 pm

So Barry was complaining about the heater being broken in his van in late May/early June? What a wuss
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Post by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet » Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:11 pm

Aye and in The Barley Mow Den said it was "really chilly out there now..." What in June Den?
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Post by Tracy » Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:37 pm

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet wrote:Lou has mentioned in another post in here about why the lads never painted the hut after doing all that preparation and almost getting caught stealing the paint.

Anyway, the lads taking 2 months to do up Thornely Manor is just way out! There is no way 8 lads could have done up the manor with 22 bedrooms, plumbing, new electrics etc in 2 months!

It's always bothered me that. I mean they had no real reason in the storyline to not make it longer and make sense.
Yes, the timescale thing was a load of bloody nonsense. Even getting in Harry, he would have needed a whole team of his own for all that plumbing work. And a whole team of groundsmen would have been needed to care for all the landscaping. One just has to write it all off as poetic lisence to sit back and enjoy the show. Works for me anyway. :)
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Post by Kenny Ames » Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:15 pm

The date year on the letter was 1985 ( I looked it up ) which ties in with the program, doesn't Dennis say at one point, " it's a piddling 6 week job then I'm clear" I've been on much smaller jobs when it's took longer than 6 weeks to strip a place apart before putting it back together.

With so few men, that place would be a minimum 18-24 months, but it's television they can do what they like
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Post by Hallwood » Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:15 pm

It probably can get chilly in June out in the countryside at night.

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Post by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet » Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:58 pm

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Re: Thornely Manor Timescale

Post by Lou » Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:22 pm

My back garden overlooks open fields and it's bloody freezing once the sun sets.
When I hang my washing out it looks like the opening scene from the Falklands
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