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Thread: What did you do Today 2018
12/06/2018 13:59:48
Posted by David Standing 1 on 12/06/2018 12:50:16:
Posted by Ady1 on 12/06/2018 09:08:36:

We really should have just hung on to the Harriers

They could probbly get 100 Harriers onto each carrier for the same money and they are combat proven

It's all part of being British, lol

An obsolete aircraft that first went into service 49 years ago!

Yes one might agree, but what are the current capabilities of the supposed enemy that currently exists. Plus one might ask - if it is so out of date, why has America bought some as well as India amd other countries. They obviously consider that the harrier still has a role to play. One might suggest that some aircraft capability is better than none. After all it was an out of date aircraft that disabled the Bismark ( as an historic example of course)

12/06/2018 08:00:05
Posted by not done it yet on 11/06/2018 17:27:10:


Or perhaps the Atlantic Conveyor was not designed for operations in the lower half of the ocean!

No we use submarines for that smiley

11/06/2018 14:31:25
Posted by DrDave on 11/06/2018 11:19:57:
Posted by Sam Longley 1 on 10/06/2018 19:33:33

One would assume that it is quite a while since our warships had sails instead of engines

Some years ago, whilst working in Germany, I I had to travel to Toulon to catch a ride on the Charles de Gaulles aircraft carrier. Talking to a (German) colleague, I said that I had to leave to get the flight because we were due to sail the following day. He gave me a strange look, then said “Sail? But she is nuclear powered!” We forget where some of our language originates from.

Yes but it would not have gone down well if the destination was Brest and you had said " i am going to nuke Brest tomorrow"

(Especially as i am currently sitting just the other side of the Rade du Brest in my yacht in Camaret)

10/06/2018 19:33:33
Posted by Bob Mc on 10/06/2018 14:47:39:

Thanks Ady...

yes that could explain it....funnily enough I worked on type 45's myself...but not with engines.


One would assume that it is quite a while since our warships had sails instead of engines . You must be knocking on a bit

27/05/2018 15:12:28

My machining is now on hold until september as i am off sailing. I had just got my traction engin to the point where i could put an air test to it and absolutely nothing happened. The piston did not even shoot to one end. I wish in a way i had not tried as i only had half an hour before i had to shut shop & leave so now i have left wondering what on earth i have done wrong until september

2 things happened which may be of interest to nature lovers. Between Dieppe and le Havre a bird about third the size of a sparrow flew on to the boat in fog and explored the boat. It went inside the cabin &looked all round then came out, hopped on to my arm and up to my shoulder where it sat for a few seconds. It stayed for 15 mins

Then between Le Havre and Cherbourg in very rolly seas the boat was rolling 35 degrees each way. A squall of 25 kts came & out of nowhere a pigeon suddenly landed on my knee. Gave me the fright of my life as i was dozing. I stroked its head , picked it up and placed it on the opposite seat. It had a job to stay put so i put it in the corner by the bulkhead. It drank a lot of water &i expexted it to leave. That was 14-00 hours. When i docked in Cherbourg at 00-05 it was still there even though i had to step over it to rig fenders & lines & sail the boat. There was a lihtening storm for 90 mins. I hate those a 15 metre high mast is not what one wants in an open ocean with lightening belting the sea all around one.

In the night it rained heavy so i moved it under cover but as soon as it stopped it flew on to the pushpit. This morning the winds are light and it has gone

Sad to think that this young bird when it finally gets back to the uk the owner will ring its neck for being so slow but that is what so called "pigeon fanciers" are renowned for

Still i am off to guernsey tuesday then Brest & hopefully into Biscay for a short stay. Then back to pick up a friend to cruise the Dutch canals late august until early sept then i can sort out why my piston does not go back and foreward


Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 27/05/2018 15:17:31

Thread: Drinking and Driving.
03/05/2018 18:45:22
Posted by Zebethyal on 03/05/2018 09:55:52:

A former work colleague of mine had a radical idea for the prison system to deter re-offence, and that was to outsource the prison system to Turkey/Thailand!

First offence - a suitable fine (slap on the wrist) along with community service (make them give back to the community).

Any subsequent offences - you go to Bang Kwang in Thailand or Diyarbakir in Turkey, for extending periods of time starting with a 1 month period.

His view was that prison in this country is more like a hotel that is paid for by the tax payer - where is the incentive to improve and not re-offend, many of the prisoners would prefer to be inside that out, which is why they re-offend within weeks of leaving!

He appreciated that there would also need to be some level of oversight, such that you are not sending someone off to Big Tiger (Bang Kwang) for stealing an ice cream, or some other such misdomeaner.

Edited By Zebethyal on 03/05/2018 10:00:57

I have thought the idea of subbing out the prison service to overseas a good idea. It would be cheaper. the prisoners could not threaten prison officers families in the same way that they can in the UK. In reality if prisoners gave the officers a load of lip they would get sharp short treatment.The prison officers would not be frightened of recriminations outside the prisons. It would be possibly to afford more officers. Sentences could be shorter but more rigorous.

The snowflakes in society would complain about visiting but we could offer to send the family to the country in a dedicated hotel for a week at a time so they could visit for a week at a time. In most cases they would probably be sight seeing & treat it as a holiday so would not complain too much. The saving in prison costs would cover it.

It would solve the problem of building prisons at home.

03/05/2018 07:35:16
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 02/05/2018 16:43:36:

Is sentencing for preventing reoffending, deterrence, punishment or restorative justice?

It's one of the biggest conundrums any society faces.


You are referring to sentencing, not necessarily sending to prison, but taking it to the full step of internment & knowing that a the large part of the prison community is of a particular religious sector (have to be careful here not to break forum rules) It is a fact that a large proportion of those leaving prison are leaving "radicalised".

Now I am not suggesting that a drunkard (& one can include any sector of the community & for any crime not just alcohol related) might be radicalised in a religious way but with the prison system breaking down to the extent that this can be allowed to happen, I can make a fair bet that the atmosphere is such that of those that are not radicalised in a religious way may well be radicalised in a criminal way.

In other words i would not be surprised that instead of coming out having learned a lesson they are coming out with the attitude that they intend to be more " criminal" than when they went in.

So when one reads in the media about the number of those released who go on to commit crimes, I am not sure that prison is actually working as a "deterrent". It is only any good for keeping really dangerous types away from the public for good, rather than being a means of preventing re-offending.


Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 03/05/2018 07:39:29

Thread: Plastic Ban
29/04/2018 07:05:34
Posted by Phil Whitley on 27/04/2018 20:59:51:

Mick Charity, How am I part of the problem?, it is very unlikely that my fence will end up in the sea, it has been up more than 15 years and still seems perfect, and the only point in recycling plastic is to use it for another purpose. If you are going to make a ridiculous statement like "you are part of the problem" please try to form and post logical argument as to why this is so!

Sorry but I tend to agree with Mick Charity on this one.

If wood is not recycled it will break down in time & go back into the earth. It is part of nature's cycle ( Not the paint I accept). It is a natural product that can be produced in large quantities. Your plastic needs significant energy to produce (as an aside, does it also use oil in the production process? I am not sure!!) & will, contrary to what you infer, be a real pain to dispose of & in spite of your comment will probably end up in landfill anyway. In most cases one may be deluding one's self about recycling such products & I tend to wonder how much is, truthfully, being recycled.


Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 29/04/2018 07:07:59

Thread: Where can I get this hole aligning tool
26/04/2018 14:47:23

I was talking to a yacht rigger today & he was fixing an aluminium plate to a mast. The plate had about 12 holes pre drilled for pop rivets. He placed the plate in position then drilled a hole in the mast. He then used this tool which he inserted through the 2 holes. He tightened the knurled nut on the end & the plate pulled up a bit & the holes aligned perfectly. He then rotated the plate to a slightly better position & drilled another hole & inserted another similar tool. He then drilled all the other holes. Removed the 2 aligners & pop riveted the plate after applying some wax to the holes ( forget the name)

In the picture the left hand side shows 2 pins of half diameter ( they have rotated out of position) which expand when the screw on the right is rotated.

He has several of differing diameter & finds them handy when hanging of a bosuns chair up a mast fixing things like radar domes as he can drill one hole then hold the plate in place whilst drilling other holes.

As a model hobbyist I would find a couple handy from time to time & would like to have a source ( He wants some more)

So does anyone know the name of them & where to get them please


Hole aligner


better hole aligner

Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 26/04/2018 14:58:02

Thread: English dialect
23/04/2018 11:39:14

Can anyone from the Scottish borders tell me exactly what a " Puffy Dunta" is please ? It is one of 2 things - but which one? I have asked at talks about the borders but no one seems to know. But as a child it was in common use & the locals referred to them often.

Another one (& i know this) is a "Finnon" also used a lot years ago.

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
22/04/2018 19:20:58

Yesterday I spent 2 hours sitting in a bosuns chair 15 metres up the top of the mast of my boat fitting the wind vane. As i was doing it a large bumble bee flew by.

No it did not stop for a chat & it is not the start of a joke- sorry!!!

I know that the forum has a few bee keepers & i have noticed this year a surprising number of large bees . They are not the sort of wild bees that one usually sees but large black ones.

Does this mean that the bee population is making a come back? or are they really just wild bees looking for somewhere to nest & then die later in the season. I have had to chase at least 5 out of my shed in the last 10 days alone & several of my friends have commented on how many there are.

Thread: Plastic Ban
19/04/2018 20:42:47
Posted by Samsaranda on 19/04/2018 20:13:51:

A way forward is obviously to drastically reduce the amount of plastic wrapping that supermarkets use, cheese doesn’t have to pre wrapped in plastic nor does bacon. I remember as a youngster cheese was cut from the whole cheese in the grocers on the counter using a cheese wire, bacon was cut from pieces of the side loaded on the bacon slicer and cold meat cut from the whole gammon, then your purchases were wrapped in grease proof paper and placed in a paper bag.

Perhaps if one had been prepared to walk down the high street to shop instead of just charging into the supermarket grab what one wanted & get out, then one would have had the shops that supplied the items in the way that you suggest.

It is easy to decry the loss of such things, but there is a reason behind it & really it is us the consumer that is to blame. The supermarkets have only reacted to demand. If there had been no demand there would have been no supply.

19/04/2018 20:33:06
Posted by Georgineer on 19/04/2018 20:27:04:
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 19/04/2018 12:22:38:

According to BBC News:

Announcing a consultation on a possible ban ministers said 8.5bn plastic straws were thrown away in the UK every year.

Assuming the population is about 70 million, that's three straws per day for every man,woman and child. And somebody must be using six per day, because I haven't used a straw in years.


Just seen a newsreel article about plastic & waste clogging the rivers in Indonesia- & we are worrying about a few p..xy straws !!!!!

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
18/04/2018 20:22:21

Would I be correct in saying that water companies do not allow their use in new installations anymore?

Thread: English dialect
18/04/2018 07:38:20

My mother was born & raised in Berwick on Tweed but moved to Essex when she married. As a result her accent changed. However, whenever we went back to Berwick, after a few days it was really noticeable how her old accent & phrases, which she never used in Essex, came back as she spoke to the locals.

18/04/2018 07:32:28

The first time I sailed round UK I stopped at Peterhead. I wanted to find a supermarket which is a long walk from the marina.

The first 3 groups I asked for directions were Polish !!! & could not tell me.

Then I came to a bearded chap & asked the way & he replied in a broad accent & I said " at last English" meaning English speaking

I thought he was going to slaughter me. He went into a tirade about being Scottish & wanted nothing to do with the sassenachs & would not give me directions until I explained & apologised profusely.

I never got round to explaining that I was from clan Graham on my mother's side in case they were still at war

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
15/04/2018 09:19:10

I have used a fountain pen for years but I chucked the Parker ones as they all leaked badly. Modern ones are not as good as the older Parkers. I have had my current Sheaffer (which cost me circa £ 70-80-00 & is excellent) for about 6 years & sits by my armchair.

It is odd that when I was working, a couple of juniors commented that it added to an air of authority. I think it was possibly because fountain pens in the modern office is something of a rareity

10/04/2018 08:29:36
Posted by Danny M2Z on 10/04/2018 01:30:24:

Fishing talk, I love it.

yummy trout_1.jpg

Pornography for the more mature gentleman

Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 10/04/2018 08:32:12

09/04/2018 17:56:29


Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 09/04/2018 17:58:01

09/04/2018 17:50:57

My uncle was a baliff for most of his life & lived around Galashiels. He always said he could tickle trout, but i never saw it. He did take me fishing on the Till a few times though & he just seemed to always catch fish when others could not. But, like my grandfather, he would only fish at certain times. Sometimes he would go to the river, then just walk away. My grandfather was born a 100 yards from the Beamont & fished it all his life (his grave overlooks the valley) but he was the same. Sometimes he had no interest, then suddenly you could not keep him away from it.

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