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  1. The really sad thing is I think the reel to reel is still in the loft.... on the probably misguided grounds many years ago, that it might be worth something. I first remember it in the 60’s when it belonged to my uncle. Hey ho....another of my bright ideas that probably won’t get anywhere. It’s next to all the full bottles of the Queens Silver Jubilee ales... another bright idea although there are some rare ones up there..... fond memories of getting bladdered at the time, not so much the next morning 😱
  2. 🤣 got them on an old 8” reel to reel somewhere.... think cassette player/recorders had only just come out! fizz
  3. I’ll have a better look tomorrow for the bits and pieces....in the ‘90’s I took a call from someone fairly local who’d just got back from holidaying over there... he’d actually got into conversation with the local postmistress who asked after my dad! Apparently they were keen on each other while he was over there..... I could’ve been Canadian! ....Fantastic! Chances of that? She sent some press cuttings over and there was a picture of him standing in front of a bomber of some sort.... after he died in 2005 and we moved mum out of the family home, my brother found an undeveloped roll of film...developed it to find pictures of dad’s time over there.... 2nd chances of that? I know he stuck a Hurricane into the snowdrift at the end of the runway too...... cheers fizz
  4. Somewhere or other I’ve got a similar photo to this from my dad’s training and signed by the squadron/flight.... I know he did his training over in Assiniboia Canada and was then assigned to 18Squadron in the med. Now I’ve got a bit of time on my hands I’ll have a dig around, I know his logbooks are around too... found his final one from March 1954 a few weeks before I was born. There’s a history of 18 Squadron in the same bag.. cheers fizz
  5. That’s excellent news....sounds like a lot of fun! cheers fizz
  6. I now use the Peltor EEP100’s with cens mini tips..... well impressed having used them over the season when loading...way better than my moulded cens and the big Howard Leight earmuffs! This thread on the SD is worth reading.... a lot of knowledge in there and the linked threads... https://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.uk/threads/deceased-ear-muffs.183093/#post-1702222 cheers fizz
  7. I bought a Nectar memory foam mattress back in September, the main things being it got a better customer service rating than other equivalents, they would take the old mattress away (being the tatty old one out of the spare bedroom)..... but, most of all, it had a year’s try it or return it warranty and they would collect. (Some others would charge you for that or expect you to make your own arrangements). I was wary on keeping it clean over that period so I bought a Tencel mattress protector from them at the same time.....since bought a spare at half the price online from elsewhere. Pros.... - they got as many good reviews and customer service ratings, better in many cases......although the proof of that will come if it gets sent back. - comfortable to sleep on, reasonably firm in that I don’t sink into it and it’s reasonably easy to turn over. - It’s pretty warm... I’m still using the summer weight duvet and just a T shirt. I never have my central heating much above 15c anyway. - 2 free memory foam pillows (not used) - they delivered when they said they would, the mattress pick up was a separate company and he turned up on time a couple of days later. Cons..... - it’s heavy to turn, which I normally do monthly now. - It stunk for more than a week, despite leaving the window open during the day and nothing on the mattress. - But the main concern is how hot it’s going to get over the next few months.... it holds the heat now so might be unbearable as it gets warmer..... this really would be my only reason for returning it and the 1year ‘trial’ period sealed the deal anyway. cheers fizz
  8. As an alternative....... https://hextonmanorestate.com/simulated-game-shooting-hertfordshire/ cheers fizz
  9. These.....dogs danglies with a pair of cens mini tips from puretone retail (free postage) https://www.earshotcommunications.co.uk/shop/product/3m-peltor-electronic-earplug-eep-100-eu/ http://www.puretoneretail.net/mino_industrial.html#reload Ive been using them for both loading and shooting..... very impressed and way better (and cheaper in the long run) than my moulded cens. Thread on SD......well worth a read....convinced me to go for them and I’m pleased I did, still on the first pair of the mino tips and they show no sign of degrading as yet. https://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.uk/threads/electronic-earmuffs-fit.176014/#post-1634886 Cheers fizz
  10. Whether I’m out stalking or in company, I usually carry a rifle or slung semi-auto on the front of my shoulder, barrel up. With the rifle I’ve usually got Binos or the thermal to manoeuvre in front so a forearm is usually wrapped around the rifle controlling it at all times.....For me it’s easier to do this to control the gun if the weight of the moderator is pulling the barrel downwards... certainly easier than trying to hang on to or grab the sling as the rifle or shotgun swivels backwards..... not a pleasant place to be if you’re stalking behind someone who’s not barrel aware. Getting the gun into the shoulder is simpler with less movement as it’s already on the front of the body. Cheers fizz
  11. The Swedish army kegs have just arrived......they look pretty robust, well made...and drops of water bead on the surface so obviously have a dwr finish. These 170/65’s are decently short on the inside ...just right for my short-**** 29.5” inside leg and I wouldn’t want to measure much more 35/36” around than my finely chiselled 6 pack belly 🤣...the top ends up just on my rib cage, snug in the crotch but plenty of room in the knees so they don’t get tighter when sitting....and I’ve still got my jeans on underneath. No pockets (but then my last pair didn’t either), Twin full length ‘proper’ heavy duty zips with a padded flap behind...time will tell whether the wind will penetrate that. I can get them inside and over the Grub’s boots ok. The only real downside is the ‘scratchy’ cotton poplin type of nylon material but for the price they’re a bit of a billy bargain. I guess that the larger sizes s’be available at some point or in stock somewhere else? Cheers fizz
  12. Having set up a search on eBay for “extreme cold weather” yesterday following my post above.... Carinthia popped up today and looks as though it might be an option.. https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xcarinthia+.TRS0&_nkw=carinthia+&_sacat=0 Fizz
  13. I spend quite a lot of time sat up high seats year round.....just about got the clothing side sussed now. Feet.... bought a pair of Grubs Eskline 8.5’s and these have been excellent, bit chunky to drive in and I wouldn’t want to walk all day in them. The Snowline has a grippier sole for more grip. Think I paid around the £70 mark. https://www.grubsbootsonline.co.uk/ Legs... Autumn is just a pair of long johns under shooting trousers. Winter is a pair of padded trousers..... I bought a pair of pertex pile lined trousers several years ago and they finally had it early this year. The cold snap this week had me looking for Deerhunter Rusky but last night I ordered a pair of these.... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Swedish-army-surplus-thermal-extreme-cold-weather-trousers/182056589653?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D9c8ad23cc3304d49b4b9cd960fb459f9%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D182056589653%26itm%3D182056589653%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2481888&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Aa9f0a361-e676-11e9-b7ad-74dbd1807750|parentrq%3A959f16a716d0a9e3aeaf74a5ffff65fa|iid%3A1 When it gets ‘kin cold, I’ve got a pair of Snugpak bib n brace insulated. Up top, my outer jacket is an old faithful Rivers West smock which unless it’s really hot, gets worn all year round, under layers increase as it gets colder to.... 2 merino long sleeved under shirts, 2 microfleeces....these combat undershirts are good if you find find one big enough https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_sop=10&_nkw=combat+undershirt+thermal+fleece&ul_ref=https%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F0%2Fe11021.m3197.l1150%2F7%3Feuid%3D76fb60be2e664a6dac7f54d64e35dc66%26bu%3D43179839469%26ut%3DRU%26loc%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.ebay.co.uk%252Fulk%252Fsch%253F_sop%253D10%2526_nkw%253Dcombat%252Bundershirt%252Bthermal%252Bfleece%26sojTags%3Dbu%3Dbu%2Cut%3Dut%26srcrot%3De11021.m3197.l1150%26rvr_id%3D0%26rvr_ts%3D95b00abd16d0aaa731446f43fff4a85b&ul_noapp=true followed by a down or insulated gilet/jacket. Thats 6 layers....I’ve had 7 on before and still able to move... it’s a big jacket! And it’s got a big hood....head-wise it’s just a cheapie Jack Pike insulated cap with the lights in the peak. Neck/face is one of those stretchy tubes graduating to a fleece one...hands is generally a pair of macwets going to an insulated glove for my left hand for the spotter. phew! You’d think I’d sweat like a bucket as soon as I moved or walked out to the seat but it’s been pretty good.... the Grub boots made a lot of difference to hours spent up a seat. cheers fizz I forgot the merino socks....so far only one pair
  14. This Simoniz Anti-Glare Glass cleaner is absolutely brilliant on grimy upvc...... took 15years worth of hard green grime off my north facing window frames just like that! Spray it on, wipe it off with a dishcloth (you’ll need plenty of those! 🤣) Being a cynical old ***, its not often I’m struck speechless! 😂 https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=simoniz+anti-glare+glass+cleaner&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-gb&client=safari it’s the clear blue stuff I’m talking about.... first lot were on offer in Wilkos, second lot on Amazon. fizz 😎
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