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Hillman Imp Land
« on: August 27, 2002, 03:44:58 pm »
Being quite new to the area, I have noticed a reference to "Hillman Imp Land".

Having originally come from "Escort Cosworth Land" where they were seen in abundance, and not having seen any Hillman Imps in BP, I was wondering where the phrase came from

Could any of the more learned members enlighten me :)
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2002, 11:41:45 pm »
Perhaps John will oblige with an explanation.  Or perhaps this could be the subject of a treasure hunt - find the Hillman Imp in BP. ;)

I am obviously out of date - I thought they made Sierra Cosworths not Escorts.   Where is Escort Cosworth Land :)

Cheers and good night from 4x4 land :)  to dream of Mark I Lotus Cortina Land with Graham Hill and Jim Clark at the wheel dicing round Snetterton 8)

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Re: Hillman Imp Land
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2002, 01:36:20 pm »
It is possible to buy an Escort Cosworth, but mainly people seemed to take a standard Escort and then add all sorts of bits of oddly shaped plastic to the outside  ;)

Then of course they would tweak the lump (I kid you not) so that it could do nought to lampost in 3.5 seconds ;D


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Re: Hillman Imp Land
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2002, 10:48:03 pm »
 At this moment it is hard to buy a brand new original Ford Escort Cosworth. This is because Ford have stopped making them as the insurance was incredible.
 

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Re: Hillman Imp Land
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2002, 02:12:03 pm »
What an unusual topic!  However, I can confirm that there has been a Hillman Imp in BP in the past, as my Mother had one for some years. :)
 

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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2002, 11:50:49 pm »
Just back from a wonderful nine days in Normandy. So de-stressing that I only scored 5 on the Victor Mildrew test and dodged a rant on WAGN’s ticket inspectors. I don’t return to Work ‘till Thursday, so my good mood should last a while yet.

Anyway, Hillman Imp land arrived in a discussion about “badly behaved” neighbours:

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When I moved in someone described this area as the “Hillman Imp side Brookmans Park.”  At the time I though it was an amusing remark, and I still do.

 

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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2002, 08:57:35 am »
Thank you John - I'm a bit slow as I missed the crucial remark!  However, I think its great and you should keep using it as it speaks volumes.
Glad you had a de-stressing holiday - I can recommend New Zealand as a good place for relaxing, especially if you like the out doors, though I know the fares are a bit off-putting if you still have family! :)
 

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Re: Hillman Imp Land
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2002, 07:19:47 pm »
There is still a Hillman Imp in daily use in Hillman Imp Land.
 

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Re: Hillman Imp Land
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2002, 08:00:29 pm »
For those not familiar with what a Hillman Imp looks like.
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Re: Hillman Imp Land
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2002, 08:31:53 pm »
Wheres the rust and the oil stains ???
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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2002, 10:01:58 pm »
I’ve been thinking about how to categorise Brookman’s Park to help new comers, and I think the European Union could help:

Germany = Brookman’s Avenue & Georgeswood Drive
Richer than the rest of us and as a result think they’re the only area that matters. Expect them to annex Mymes Drive any time soon.

France = Moffet’s Lane, Calder Avenue & The Grove
Arrogant, pretentious and spend all their time sucking up to their richer neighbour

Belgium = Pine Grove
Always overlooked by it’s richer neighbours and no-one take it seriously.

Luxemburg = Peplins Way & Bradmore Way
You forget its there, and if ever you happen to go there then there’s nothing to see anyway.

Greece = Oaklands, The Gardens, Westland Drive & Bluebridge Road
No-one with any money ever goes there.

Finland = Shrublands & Woodlands
Is it really part of the group? Too far east to be worth thinking about or visiting!

UK = Kentish Lane & Queen’s Wood
Think their better than everyone else, don’t want to be part of the group and feel that only an accident of geography puts them near us.
 

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Re: Hillman Imp Land
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2002, 01:32:28 am »
Very funny, :D
Only someone from imp land would seek to catagorise others >:(
I am deeply offended at being classed as a Frog  >:(
Just because you have been spending all your Euros in Normandy :'(
Only the lower orders seek to advance by inverted snobbery :o and arrogance >:(
I hope you are joking JF and would hope that in future tou have more respect for your betters and elders that live at the top of the (and over the) hill :P
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jet, the fat cat

PS I will have you know that unlike the French, we in Calder change our underwear every day, wether we need to or not :o :o :o
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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2002, 11:50:47 am »
John

You're a brave man!

Where do us poor minions who live in Bradmore Green fit in?

Cheers,

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Re: Hillman Imp Land
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2002, 09:34:58 pm »
to reply to mooniemad's comment about the escort cosworth...the reason why you can't buy a new one is not because of the insurance...it's because they don't make them any more. The Focus replaced the Escort a few years ago, and that included the escort cozzie...but Ford are to release the sporty Focus RS soon...with the Focus Cosworth to follow hopefully within the next year.

(enjoy school, by the way),  aqueous  :P

ps. i am also offended to be classed as French...but funny comparasons nonetheless
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« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2002, 12:03:17 am »
I am deeply offended at being compared to the French.  I personally think that Moffats Lane, Calder Avenue and The Grove are more like the Swiss.  We have the houses and the money and we don't have to put on a show for anyone.  Only thing missing is the chocolate.  (Personally I think Thorntons chocolate is best)

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Re: Hillman Imp Land
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2002, 11:28:40 am »
Oh dear, I think this means I live in Turkey :(
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« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2002, 02:35:28 pm »
I am sure you meant to be funny JF, but sadly I don't think it is. If you have time to make silly comparasons, well good for you. ;)

What offends me more is that you seem to judge people by money? How do you know that someone from the "German "Catagory doesn't have a huge mortgage, and saves every penny whereas someone who perhaps comes under  "Greece" has paid off their mortgage and has excess money sitting in the bank and perhaps chooses to send their children to private school or take 5 holidays a year?!!

I know it's meant to be a joke, and perhaps I am taking it too seriously, but I don't like judging people, for race, colour, religion or where they live!  Sorry, can't see the funny side of that........

Why does there have to a divide in BP, why can't it be simply that some people want to live near the primary school, or others want to live near the secondary school or the shops?? With admissions to local schools being so difficult, perhaps that is a very big reason people live where they do!
 

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Re: Hillman Imp Land
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2002, 03:08:30 pm »
It seems to be a reccurring theme in this forum that on the one hand everyone laments the fact that there is a perceived divide in BP, but on the other hand everyone clearly seems able to see it.

Again being a newby, it is not as obvious to me where it is, and as these types of divides are purely created by the people in any community, so wouldn't it be easier just to say its not important, and treat the whole of BP as one community... or am I missing the point (not sarcasm, genuine question)? ???

I know I started this thread with the question about Hillman Imp Land, but I really had no intention other than to find out about an interesting phrase, and it appears to have circle back round to a topic that seems  to annoy\insense\amuse everyone to varying degrees

I apologise if the original question was of questionable taste.
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« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2002, 03:58:16 pm »
My apologies if anyone took offence as none was intended. It wasn’t supposed to be taken seriously and it wasn’t supposed to be a reflection on anyone living in BP.  Well, maybe there are a handful of people around here who fit in to a couple of the categories – but they’re not on this thread.
 

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« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2002, 07:36:16 pm »
 Soz John, but I have to agree with what everyone has said. The idea you put forward was pretty stupid. I live on The Gardens and to be honest you have no idea what wealth the people who live round there have. If you really want to find out more about the people why don't you do a census to see how it ends up? You may also want to check out some of the European Union nations instead of being so stereotypical.
 

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Re: Hillman Imp Land
« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2002, 07:50:57 pm »
I'm afraid I found it pretty funny, but I do agree there's nothing for Bradmore Green.

I suppose Bradmore Green could be any of a number of Eastern European or USSR bloc countries.  Aspiring to be part of the European Union, but presently not posessing the wealth or influence to get there.  However it is the center of the 'continent'

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« Reply #21 on: September 05, 2002, 10:12:32 pm »
I too thought it funny.    Being in Europe it is no more than an extension of the joke, There was an Englishman, a Scotsman, an Irishman and a Welshman......       In all its variations that we have laughed at for many years in what ever form,  Scots are tighfisted, the Irish are thick or drunk or both, the Welsh wear wellington boots and the English go morris dancing.  Endless harmless trivial mirth since whenever....

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« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2002, 01:22:11 am »
Well, I couldn't believe my eyes tonight.  On approaching the gardens I let a small car out in front of me and geuss what it was, A HILLMAN IMP.  I haven't seen one of those for years and it didn't look in bad nick. (mind you it was 8 o'clock and just getting dark)  I feel really old now.  That car has been around for more years than I've been married and  I can remember them the first time round ! ! ! !

Off now for a cup of cocoa

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« Reply #23 on: September 18, 2002, 12:27:20 am »
 :-*Oh well! I  been catagorised as GREECE where people with money would not go. What a shame they will not see the Hillman Imp then... :-* :-*
 

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