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  1. £1000 for Christmas, nice . Call her bluff, tell your insurance.
  2. Got 9 this weekend , only 7 recovered . They are really hitting the sweet chestnuts . 2272
  3. Having an ADR is no guarantee of obtaining employment in that sector. As you need further training on the equipment to safely connect you vehicle to storage tanks, and deliver what ever you are carrying. Eg ; A 'petrol passport' relevant to the company you are working for. That's what the military have recently been training for. As for passing you HGV Test, under no circumstances use 'intermediate' companies from the newspapers. As they are just middle men , sitting in an office , creaming money off gullible people. Go to a reputable training company , that has good reviews . Ask for an assessment drive, and a good company will assess your level of current ability , and the instructor will discuss with you how many hours of training he/she thinks you will need. Cat 'C' intensive courses average 16 hours . Then test. Cat C+e depending on how well you can reverse a 'bendy' , probably average another 10-14 hours. Always get 1 to 1 training , never two trainees in a cab at once . Only my humble opinion, and advice.
  4. 18 years of age, is the minimum.
  5. I too received mine today. We need to remember though that the majority of parents want their children , to leave school , go to college , then on to university , to gain an academic qualification. Not , to become a 'Tradesperson ' as 'Trade was made a dirty word stemming back to the Thatcher days, or a Truck driver? So , with young brits pursuing that academic route , we had to import the required skills from Europe. The fact they also accepted poor rates was an absolute bonus. But the ,crazy thing was ,the British public decided they didn't like all these foreigners being here . So we decided to stand alone. So how many 18 year olds are now going to give up college, a gap year , and then Uni for 3 years to gain a qualification ,or their Parents sanction such , to drive a truck ? So where are this pool of future HGV Drivers going to come from ? And could other non academic roles, find they are short, because people have moved on to drive HGV's? As a country , do we not have to learn from this, that we all have a part to play in making the system work , and all those parts however 'lowly' they may have been regarded in the past , are valued?
  6. Yep, since 1984 , And so I didn't spell it right just like Govenment. , and you don't know her , respect is earned (not horizontally). Probably soon.
  7. I am an HGV /PCV Instructor, at a very well established training school here in the North West. Today and most of this week , our 3 Artic's are not booked out on training courses. No body interested ! I have All my licences, and a current ADR , which allows me to transport fuel , chemicals , and even explosives. I cant get a job on the petrol tankers , no matter how many times I apply. There is actually a waiting list at Stanlow. These advertised 'massive wages' are for massive hours. How much do I earn as an Experienced registered Instructor ? £11.75 per hour . The whole industry has been undervalued by society for decades, and despite all the rhetoric , I cant see anything changing soon. All the parasitic ,scumbag agencies need shutting down , as they have lived off the backs of drivers far too long. Lots of companies install camera's in the cabs, as well as 'tele metrics' that record how hard you accelerate , brake , corner etc, and then when you get back to base , some ;bimbo; with a degree and a only a car licence , drags you over the coals , over the way you have driven. As a driver you are regarded as little more than 'pond life' . I know some ex HGV drivers , that actually gave up to work 'picking' at Amazon , because they know what time they start , and get to go home, but more than that they actually get treated like human beings and appreciated. HGV Licence is worth what , when you have no petrol, bread , milk for your family? The government is now sending letters to HGV drivers who no longer work in the industry. Their NOT GETTING THE CAUSES OF THIS SITUATION ARE THEY?
  8. One today from the tree tops .( And two pigeons) . 2215. courtesy of the remarkable £20 single barrel Baikal.
  9. As stated above , the BSA Ultra and AAS200 , Are light to carry and 'stalwarts' of tried and tested PCP's . I have another suggestion . The BSA Scorpion se , which is an Ultra , with a slightly longer barrel, and air cylinder without adding too much weight. A very much overlooked, and underrated rifle.
  10. They dont run away from a .22 CCI. Subsonic 👍
  11. 4 of the six shot today , 2 not recovered in thick brambles . They were dead I could see them all snagged up . 2250 Mate got these at the other end of the woods . Mate got these at the other end of the woods . 2253
  12. 1 today raiding the bird fat ball feeder in the garden. 1972
  13. As above . Identical incident , including the air rifles.
  14. A few Saturdays ago, I was on my way home from a pest control , job , and spotted a van , with a scumbag dumping stuff out of the back , onto a gateway of new industrial estate. The van was nose in and the doors were open , so no No plate visible. I phoned Cheshire plod immediately . The person who answered was more bothered about who I was, and where I had been , than what I was reporting. Sure enough , the van finished his dumping , and drove off before I got to speak to a police person , so I just hung up.
  15. A good job, done well. If your reliable , and effective you often get more work . I started , with one farm barn where motorhomes were stored , and getting covered in droppings . Now I do 3, and getting Rat work off it as well. Well done .
  16. Moments and memories to cherish. As my Dad used to say when we used to go fishing together. "Time well wasted". Well done.👍
  17. E;ey40g were fantastic . 38g less so. Ive gone to CCI 40g Subs , not as accurate as the Eley 40's , but miles better than the Eley 38g's.
  18. I have had my 2006 CRV for many years, its the brick shaped one with the pop open rear window , and the spare wheel on the back.(great gun rest). Nearly All maintenance for my 2.2cdti is on you tube, Its never got stuck in the mud , also it has a cam chain driven engine. On a run I get 48 - 50 mpg at 60mph. If it were to break , I would search out another one , without a second thought. (See CRV , playing in the mud ,on u tube).
  19. I took a Walther 'Terrus' as a payment for a bad debt . It was new and boxed . I is extremely well made , and extremely unbelievably consistent. (check reviews) I couldn't advise buying a BSA Break barrel , though they were fair in their day , that day is long past.
  20. Just two today Courtesy of the .22 Daystate Huntsman Regal FAC and Hades. Only one in the photo the other fell stone dead in deep brambles , The Hedes really hit them hard ! 1844
  21. Just one today , courtesy of Baikal and 23g of 7.5 . 1814 .
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