Here is a list of all the postings Neil Wyatt has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: stamford show vandals|
Let's not get political.
I'll just say that the best way to identify a civilised society is that it doesn't sink to the level of those that seek to undermine it.
I felt pretty uncomfortable seeing photos of crowds with signs saying 'Hang Asia Bibi' I am equally uncomfortable if those suggesting similar levels of punishment for the layout wreckers are serious.
Great hurt has been done to those whose work has been destroyed, and many of us feel like this is an attack on outr hobby by young people who don't understand or even mock us for 'playing trains'. But that doesn't give us licence to lash out.
Here's a suggestion, I know it might be hard for the club, but perhaps one good use for some of the donations would be to establish a model railway club at the school. Not for the perpetrators, but for their peers.
This is very sad. I saw a group of 'young adults' doing community service at an allotments. They had cleared a whole box-back transit load of rubbish and their banter appeared to suggest they were actually pleased with what they'd done. Probably because the supervisor was treating them like they were doing a useful job.
I imagine this is the sort of thing that has been hit by the problems with probation services.
|Thread: Cutting a worm?|
An involute form will be strongest, and acme worm will demand very weak teeth on the worm wheel to allow clearance.
|Thread: stamford show vandals|
This is a particularly offensive act because we can all empathise with the horror and despair of the people whose work has been destroyed.
It's easy to forget worse crimes happen, because this is so close to our own interests.
We know nothing about the perpetrators and why they did it, or what else they have or have not done. The punishment should be sufficient to show others that such behaviour won't be tolerated by our society, but ultimately this was 'damage to property' and as such it carries a maximum sentence of ten years. If first offenders and/or young teenagers the sentence is likely to be less as it will be proportionate to acts like physical assault, theft or sexual assault.
As Mike says the real aim needs to be making sure this doesn't turn into the start of a criminal career for the idiots who did it. They might have lists of ASBOs as long as your arm, or more likely they may be idiots who started with a prank and it got out of control. They may not all be equally culpable, and they may have mental health issues. It's easy to be angry; if someone destroyed my models I would be angry but I'd be far angrier if some assaulted a loved one.
Mostly, I hope the club are able to give victim statements, and given support beyond just a pile of cash.
I suspect this act is not unrelated to the decline in services for young people that also appears to be influencing violent crime in this age group. The real question isn't 'what do we do with the offenders?' but 'what does this tell us about our society?'
|Thread: Grizzly Beers|
Cheers folks, it went surprisingly well!
Edited By Neil Wyatt on 19/05/2019 22:06:46
If anyone wants to see the editor of MEW as you've never seen him before (or at least since 1995...) come to Nottingham Rowing Club (the legendary Boathouse) for 4pm to see the Grizzly Beers in concert
Five new bands of random musicians between 3 and 8-ish, £5 on the door, all welcome.
|Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019|
You are Bob Clampett and I Claim My Five UK Pounds
|Thread: Adept and Super Adept Register|
I feel a great deal of guilt - all my Super Adept needs is mounting on a base with its motor and countershaft and setting up.
Ideally I also need to finesse the tumbler reverse.
|Thread: 1938 Aveling DX Road Roller|
Rule of thumb for glow engines, which also apply to many others:
If it runs for a brief time and slows to a stop then mixture too rich. Exhaust smells of fuel.
If it runs fast or speeds up then dies, then mixture too lean. Often takes several attempts to start.
youtube is full of faked perpetual motion machines.
The world is full of the gullible who want to believe in flat earths, faked moon landings and anything that breaks the 'dogma' of science.
|Thread: Blurred picture|
Sadly some pics are beyond correction and retouching, but if you need them for an article to make sense and it's not possible to have them retaken you just have to do your best.
As club news uses pictures form newsletters they are often low-res to start with.
|Thread: Alan Turin?|
Oh dear... I just opened this thread because I thought the title was misspelled.
Alan Turin was his Italian cousin.
|Thread: Nickel Plating Brass|
Must get around to silver soldering then replating the various banjo parts I shared a year or several ago...
|Thread: Drilling cast iron - where did I go wrong?|
I don't think anyone has mentioned the tip of using a square of emery cloth, abrasive down, between drill and pilot hole.
It wears a matching taper on the hole before the drill cuts through, at which point it can now get a good start.
|Thread: Natural gas for TIG welding|
Should do, sifbronze is just bordinary spelter as I understand it and curly used to use it for everything with a petrol blowtorch (ow!)
|Thread: ME Vertical Boiler|
|Thread: aching ribs - posture|
I have stools of different heights in my workshop. Unfortunately they are usually being used for storage... but I have a cleanup scheduled for Saturday
|Thread: Long time reader, newly joined|
Welcome to the forum, DC
|Thread: Antique Steam Engine from Doorknob|
That really is unusual - more photos!
|Thread: Door knob collar|
Plenty of look-alike brass doorknobs out there...
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