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Updated 1940 BST Wednesday 31st March 2021 - 0740 Thursday 1st April in New Zealand :-)

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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Thursday 1st April 2021 and our Spaghetti Tree is in flower again ...

spaghetti tree June, Robin, and Spaghetti Tree Robin and June pose proudly beside the Spaghetti Tree in their back garden which continues to flower every year. The tree is now over 45 years old, having been raised from a small seed collected by June and Robin during a holiday in northern Italy in 1976. The trip was funded by NATO, we hired a Fiat 500, and Samantha, just two years old, kept shouting "Spaghetti!". We stayed in Abbano Terme near the military base inside Monte Venda - no longer secret - Google it ;-)

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".

Click on June to enlarge the photo. 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 early robot boats, built for Snoopy to cross the Atlantic, from UK to USA. Yes, that was Robin who saved that antelope :-) white strip spaghetti tree Man Rescues Antelope Snoopy's Cat Snoopy's Windmill Boat 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 :-)

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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.

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