History lesson

I am currently doing a training course in rural Oxfordshire.

I have to leave home by 6am each day, in order to arrive there in time for the 8:30 start.

Then, of course, it’s another 2-hour journey home.

4 hours a day, driving!  In truth, it would be quite an enjoyable drive (I go cross-country) if it wasn’t for the A34.

It’s a pig of a road at rush hour. Always has been.

And the course? It’s pretty heavy. We’re doing legislation at the moment – not the most exciting of subjects… unless you’re a lawyer or something.

And, that log in the picture above? It sits in the corner of our training room. That is actually part of a water pipe from circa 1600 – although wooden water pipes date back as far as the Romans.

It’s quite possible that is where the term “Trunk Main” comes from, within the industry.

There ya go: you’ve learnt something from reading this drivel 🙂


  1. Alan

    I guess the advantage would be if they had a leak they could tie a knot in it.🚿

  2. Masher

    That one, I get 🙂

  3. Brennig

    I know the A34 in Oxfordshire far too well. It is indeed a pig of a road. But notwithstanding this, I have learnt something in today’s post, even though I thought it was a didgeridoo and not a water pipe.

    • Alan

      More like a didgeripoo.😳

      • Masher

        Nope, they never carried waste, only clean(ish).

  4. Robert G4PYR

    You could imagine it’s a telephone and make a trunk call!

    See you’re not the only one who can write drivel!!

    • Masher

      I believe that in the early days, telephone trunk routes used to follow the trunk water mains, which is where they derived their name. So, not drivel, Robert: more history 🙂

      • Robert G4PYR

        Interesting, time to investigate..

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