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    John Haynes

    I was interviewed by him and another chap in the late 70s for a post as technical writer on the manuals team. A really pleasant fellow who had the hands on experience to enable him to determine ones usefulness. We spent an afternoon in the workshop chatting while I set about stripping a Norton Commando rolling chassis and giving a commentary on what I was doing and why. In the end re-location from Yorkshire was too problematic and I was unable to accept but he still sent me a very supportive letter and good wishes for the future. A very decent fellow !
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    RIP Albert Finney.

    Seemingly not. He disliked pretentiousness in all its many manifestations, turning down "iconic " roles frequently, including the offer of a knighthood. Rarely giving interviews to anyone he remarked to Terry Wogan that he was happy simply to remain "promising" until he stopped acting.
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    Darwin Awards

    Spotted on an American Shooting Forum. DARWIN AWARDS FOR 2018 Nominee No. 1: [ San Jose Mercury News]: An unidentified man, using a shotgun like a club to break a former girlfriend’s windshield, accidentally shot himself to death when the gun discharged, blowing a hole in his gut. Nominee No. 2: [ Kalamazoo Gazette]: James Burns, 34, (a mechanic) of Alamo MI, was killed in March as he was trying to repair what police describe as a "farm-type truck." Burns got a friend to drive the truck on a highway while Burns hungunderneath so that he could ascertain the source of a troubling noise. Burns' clothes caught on something, however, and the other man found Burns "wrapped in the drive shaft" Nominee No. 3:[ Hickory Daily Record]: Ken Charles Barger, 47, accidentally shot himself to death in December in Newton NC . Awakening to the sound of a ringing telephone beside his bed, he reached for the phone but grabbed instead a Smith & Wesson 38 Special, which discharged when he drew it to his ear. Nominee No. 4:[UPI, Toronto ]: Police said a lawyer demonstrating the safety of windows in a downtown Toronto skyscraper crashed through a pane with his shoulder and plunged 24 floors to his death. A police spokesman said Garry Hoy, 39, fell into the courtyard of the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower early Friday evening as he was explaining the strength of the buildings windows to visiting law students. Hoy previously has conducted demonstrations of window strength according to police reports. Peter Lawson, managing partner of the firm Holden Day Wilson, told the Toronto Sun newspaper that Hoy was "one of the best and brightest" members of the 200-man association. A person has to wonder what the dimmer members of this law firm are like. Nominee No. 5: [The News of the Weird]: Michael Anderson Godwin made News of the Weird posthumously. He had spent several years awaiting South Carolina 's electric chair on a murder conviction before having his sentence reduced to life in prison. While sitting on a metal toilet in his cell attempting to fix his small TV set, he bit into a wire and was electrocuted. Nominee No. 6: [The Indianapolis Star]: A cigarette lighter may have triggered a fatal explosion in Dunkirk IN. A Jay County man, using a cigarette lighter to check the barrel of a muzzleloader, was killed Monday night when the weapon discharged in his face, sheriff's investigators said. Gregory David Pryor, 19, died in his parents' rural Dunkirk home at about 11:30 PM. Investigators said Pryor was cleaning a 54-caliber muzzle-loader that had not been firing properly. He was using the lighter to look into the barrel when the gunpowder ignited. Nominee No. 7: [Reuters, Mississauga , Ontario ]: A man cleaning a bird feeder on the balcony of his condominium apartment in this Toronto suburb slipped and fell 23 stories to his death. "Stefan Macko, 55, was standing on a wheelchair when the accident occurred," said Inspector Darcy Honer of the Peel Regional Police. "It appears that the chair moved, and he went over the balcony," Honer said. Finally, THE WINNER!!!:[ Arkansas Democrat Gazette]: Two local men were injured when their pickup truck left the road and struck a tree near Cotton Patch on State Highway 38 early Monday. Woodruff County deputy Dovey Snyder reported the accident shortly after midnight Monday. Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc, and Billy Ray Wallis, 38, of Little Rock, were returning to Des Arc after a frog-catching trip. On an overcast Sunday night, Poole 's pickup truck headlights malfunctioned. The two men concluded that the headlight fuse on the older-model truck had burned out. As a replacement fuse was not available, Wallis noticed that the .22 caliber bullets from his pistol fit perfectly into the fuse box next to the steering-wheel column. Upon inserting the bullet the headlights again began to operate properly, and the two men proceeded on eastbound toward the White River Bridge. After traveling approximately 20 miles, and just before crossing the river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged and struck Poole in the testicles. The vehicle swerved sharply right, exited the pavement and struck a tree. Poole suffered only minor cuts and abrasions from the accident but will require extensive surgery to repair the damage to his testicles, which will never operate as intended. Wallis sustained a broken clavicle and was treated and released. "Thank God we weren't on that bridge when Thurston shot his balls off, or we might be dead," stated Wallis "I've been a trooper for 10 years in this part of the world, but this is a first for me. I can't believe that those two would admit how this accident happened," said Snyder. Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia ( Poole 's wife) asked how many frogs the boys had caught and did anyone get them from the truck? Though Poole and Wallis did not die as a result of their misadventure as normally required by Darwin Award Official Rules, it can be argued that Poole did in fact effectively remove himself from the gene pool!
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    Anyone a pipe smoker?

    You can still get the main ingredient of Sobranie,,,Latikia,,at several places. I had it as the main flavour of the mix I smoked. https://www.mysmokingshop.co.uk/index2.php?mod=mancats&man=326&sec=1656
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    New Jimny Launch

    If you watch a half dozen New Jimny reviews on Youtube you will find that pretty much all of them mention the obvious need of the model for diesel and auto variants, Half a dozen inaccurate views then,,,the auto variant is right there in the new line up. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/2019-suzuki-jimny-uk-pricing-revealed
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    Anyone a pipe smoker?

    Years ago I used to make the trip from Harrogate to Bradford to visit a tobacconist near to the old John Street Market. The woman who owned the shop offered a bespoke mixture service to all, at no extra cost She would ask about the regular brands you smoked then devise a mixture which was similar but pleasantly different. Next time you visited she would adjust the mixture again to give your palate a change and would continue to do this each time you called in. These changes seemed to be circular and after six months or so it was roughly back where we started. It was a delightful service.
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    Barbour Gamefair wax jacket xl

    All done. Thanks again.
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    Barbour Gamefair wax jacket xl

    Yes please. If you could PM me a paypal address I'll sort payment straight away. Thanks !!
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    I need assistance

    You'll find all the information you need on the application form,,,its next to the box which explains how to say please when requesting assistance !
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    New Jimny Launch

    Short road test here; http://www.bigjimny.com/index.php/forum/6-jimny-chat/64145-new-jimny-my-video If you want a bigger car,,buy a Vitata. The Jimny is what it is and that's why its lasted so long in its existing format. We wouldn't want it any other way.
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    Bad handling of guns on television

    That's a name I haven't heard for a while,,,I was a member of that forum when the whole episode erupted and it still makes me laugh. Same with jeff.morpeth at about the same time when he called out a gunsmith called "Sid" ? and offered to pay for a hotel room for him in the north somewhere whilst their differences where settled round the back of a bike shed somewhere. Men were men in those days !
  12. I fully agree with all of the above ,,,that its vital to offer a service ALL YEAR ROUND once the personal relationship with the farmers is established. One or two sensible and responsible individuals who will turn out as often as possible cannot help but be offered more shooting as neighbours see what you are doing and word gets about. This is why I would applaud individual efforts rather than a pigeon shooting club/syndicate which would appear to be a far more impersonal business with the potential for poor behaviour.
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    Yorkshire Wood Pigeon Club

    Whilst in theory a club seems a good idea,,in practice offering farmers money for exclusive access by a group feels to be contrary to the spirit of sport of the highest quality which pigeon shooting offers. Earn your shooting by knocking on doors and putting the time in asking, as you say,,there are plenty of farms and pigeons to be had.
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    The bantam running backwards brings back memories of the 125 we tuned with a "George Todd" squish head, crankcase packing, ports filed to where we thought looked good and finally,,opening the slots on the points plate to allow for a goodly amount of ignition advance. As mentioned above,,,,,you know the outcome !!
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    Stock oil

    I've used this on several stocks and find it works well. https://periodguns.typepad.com/period_guns/grandfathers-secret-stock-refinishing-oil.html