1906 Talbot

The car was first owned by Derek’s father Len Prebble in 1917.
He lived in Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand.

In 1918 it was used to take people into the Christchurch Square to celebrate the end of World War One. A passenger rang a bell to warn the horses and riders to get out of the way.

In 1919 Dereks father Len Prebble and Irene (nee Just) bought a farm beyond Mt Somers, 80 miles away from Christchurch in the foothills of the Southern Alps. The car carried all their worldly possessions including a dog and a bike on a deck on the back.

Leaving Puriri Street Christchurch for the Farm at Mt Somers. The trip took over six hours, the only bridge was over the Rakaia River and all other rivers and streams had to be forded. At that time of settling on the farm there was only a boundary fence and two-roomed hut.

The Clement Talbot was the only transport until 1928 when Dereks father purchased a 1914 Hupmobile. The Talbot was then dismantled – the rear end used for a horse drawn cart. The front was used to drive a saw-bench until 1950 when the farm was sold.

Dereks Father – Len Prebble with children Derek and Aurelie
Mount Somers Approximately 1933

The back half of the Car used for the Cart until it collapsed.

Fortunately Derek gathered up the parts that were left and kept them in storage until he moved from the Farm at Coldstream to Ashburton in 1996.

Information from Stephen Lally – VCC Historian in the UK:
“The records that I have start in August 1905 but are not complete until about 1907. Your Talbot, if its a CT2K, is a French model assembled in Kensington. The numbers you have given me seem to correspond with this but it means I don’t have all the production details. This is, no doubt, why I was a bit vague last time. There are 3 other 9/11s in my Veteran car Club members list of 1996, one in Australia. Only one gives a chassis number – 3085. The engine numbers are 2046 on Ch 3085 and 2078 and 2273. So all in the same area as yours. It is believed that these numbers are also in sequence with Clements made in France. In this list is a Clement 9/11 with engine number 2214, so in sequence. These cars seem to have been made from 1904-06.”

Next are two photos from Stephen, which are of cars similar to ours but are 8/10s so slightly smaller:

Restoration took place over a 10 year period at Derek’s sister and brother in law (Sue & Ken Rule) workshop in Ashburton, New Zealand

Derek with various grandchildren
(from left Oliver Markwell, Heath Haydock and Harrison Prebble) 2005

The workings of the 2cl engine

The Talbot was on display at the AGM of the New Zealand National Vintage Car Club Ashburton Hotel 17-19 August 2007

RIP Lee Scratch Perry




Sad to hear of the passing of the legend Lee Scratch Perry! I think it was the late 80s when a brother of a friend introduced me to ON U sound record label, first having my tiny mind blown by African Head Charge, but then getting vinyl of Lee Scratch Perry and Dub Syndicate – Time Bomb x De Devil Dead and totally thrashing that album, and then exploring backwards through his vast back catalog… What a life and what a legacy he leaves, so much brilliant music that remained active and relevant until the end of his days.. rest in peace!




Great obit here




Detritus 606



FLAMENCO from Andreas Trobollowitsch on Vimeo.



▶ do you use an rss reader? (if not why not? for osx i use the free NewNewsWire)
This thread on lines forum collected up lots of great music/electronics/sound blogs…
You can download an opml file to bulk import into your rss reader….



▶ One thing I noticed when driving in Japan was whenever I parked in a supermarket or a parking building, almost all the other cars had reversed into their carpark, such that it was quite rare to see anyone drive forwards into a park. I didn’t really think about why but the Wait but Why mailbag got exactly this question!

“When parking, if both options are available, do you pull into the spot or back in?

Pulling in forward is Present You living their best life and treating Future You like their assistant. Backing in is Present You acting like Future You’s assistant. Pulling forward out of a spot you previously backed into is a highly luxurious experience, but as a procrastinator type whose jam it is to fuck over Future Me, a rare one for me.”

I like this idea, of “present me” working to make the life of “future me” a little easier… Related essential skill: reversing into a park using only your side mirrors (& reversing camera) – a skill my Dad taught me, with the wisdom of age. It is a perceptual skill that will pay off in later life when twisting your entire body & neck around (as some people do) to attempt to view out the rear directly, may not be possible…



▶ Why do we dislike hearing a recording of our own voice?



▶ It amuses me that when using sites like Twitter I often see the manifestation of the old ‘leopards don’t change their spots’ saying. Specifically, whenever I read a twitter thread about anything political – especially local/nz politics, inevitably some troll pops up with a lame/racist/inappropriate comment…
As an adult, my response is not to be antagonized by them, instead, I silently thank them for making themselves known as being toxic and simply block them. Gone forever. But re the leopard and its spots, when one of the same blocked trolls comments on another thread days/weeks/years later I don’t see their comment. Twitter instead displays a message ‘this tweet is unavailable’ so the toxic bizo remains hidden, unless I click a button to view it. And very, very occasionally I do view their message, just to see… And every time, every single time I do, I read the comment and think ‘what a complete fckwit! blocked, goodbye forever’
Self-identifying as a racist troll is an odd expression of major mental health issues, and while I have sympathy I do not want to have exposure.
Also see: urban dictionary – “harsh my vibe”



▶ These email stats are amazing: Nearly 85% of emails sent are spam but I wonder what percentage of Twitter users are bots and/or toxic? It’s likely impossible to calculate but eg this article states: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots: “Researchers culled through more than 200 million tweets discussing the virus since January and found that about 45% were sent by accounts that behave more like computerized robots than humans.”



Funny how their foley sounds like they are wearing jandels/flip flops!





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▶ Joy Orbison – Better



▶ Moritz Von Oswald Trio – Chapter 7
love insect music



▶ Moritz Von Oswald Trio – Chapter 10





Birthday Present part 2



I’ve always loved pan/steel drums but after seeing film composer Cliff Martinez with some bass pans in this video I have always wanted a set… But the cost (plus the freight!!) to get an authentic set to NZ made it impossible… A few weeks ago someone local was selling a tenor pan so I messaged & asked if they knew of a bass set in NZ, and she did – she was about to sell a set she brought out from UK when they emigrated!! These have so much subby bass, just incredible!! Each drum has 4 notes beaten into it…

It felt like a miracle that this happened, but I guess it is a combination of perseverance and that saying ‘If you don’t ask, the answer is always no”