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adj. regular, customary and continuing, and not unusual or extraordinary, as in ordinary expense, ordinary handling, ordinary risks, or ordinary skill.

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ORDINARY, civil and eccl. law. An officer who has original jurisdiction in his own right and not by deputation.
     2. In England the ordinary is an officer who has immediate jurisdiction in ecclesiastical causes. Co. Litt. 344.
     3. In the United States, the ordinary possesses, in those states where such officer exists, powers vested in him by the constitution and acts of the legislature, In South Carolina, the ordinary is a judicial officer. 1 Rep. Const. Ct. 26; 2 Rep. Const. Ct. 384.

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'It may be a more unusual sport these days but if the Olympics were around 120 years ago, then penny-farthing racing would have been an Olympic sport.'
The penny-farthing overtook the boneshaker, which had a wooden frame and iron tyres, in the 1880s as the bike of the day.
Sadly, the solid tyres and total lack of suspension do not differ from the original penny-farthings first turned out by the Starley workforce in a factory opposite what is now Little Park Street police station.
"I was determined to restore the penny-farthing and not let the council stop me from fulfilling my ambition, if anything I was more determined after what happened."
BACK IN THE SADDLE: Brian McElvogue from Blaydon with his restored penny-farthing, the only one remaining after his rare collection was dumped PICTURE: MIKE URWIN www.icNewcastle.co.uk/buyaphoto ref: 01150364
Mr McElvogue was devastated as he lost dozens of rare penny-farthings and Sunbeams which he said were worth more than pounds 25,000.
The oldest bikes were penny-farthings from the 1880s and there were dozens of others dating back to Victorian times.
The penny-farthing was born in 1870, replacing the "boneshaker", so named because of the punishing effect it had on the rider's body.
Both bikes' pedals were attached directly to the front wheel but because the penny-farthing's wheel was so large, the ratio was increased allowing the bike to travel faster.
But despite its lasting appeal, the penny-farthing's reign as the bike to buy in Victorian times was rather brief.