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  1. You are thinking of Napoleon who was exiled to the island of Saint Helena off the coast of Africa. Nelson was killed by a musket ball at Trafalgar on 21st October 1805.
  2. If I was you, I'd drink on a suitable occasion. I would guess it won't have come to much harm, but if you do hold on to it for longer, put it in the house where the temperature is more stable. Frequent and large temperature swings are not going to improve it.
  3. It certainly won't have done them any good, but equally - they won't suddenly have become poisonous or something! Basically - 'ordinary' port (ruby, tawny etc.) keeps reasonably in bottle (months, few years) until opened, and once open should be drunk in a few days. Medium priced (e.g. late bottled vintage, premium 'aged' ports) similar to above. True vintage (expensive) port improves in bottle if kept carefully (not disturbed and relatively even moderate temperature). When opened it needs decanting (as it is heavily sedimented) and should then be drunk in a day or two. The flavour diminished with exposure to the air. If shaken up (before decanting) needs a few days to settle or the sediment will not have resettled and it will be like muddy water!
  4. She did. She then said she had forgotten she was there. Well - to do a full days of 'working meetings' running right into the evenings with party staff in another constituency, plus travel 130 miles from her constituency (or much further from London) plus (presumably) since they claim to have been working late, an overnight in a hotel and then not remember ... is that credible? I'll bet she remembered it when filling in the expenses claims forms! Not a cheap trip.
  5. There must be something serious for Raynor to remain quiet.
  6. You are right. I have known 3 separate families who farmed hugely productively in Rhodesia (as it was then under Ian Smith and before) and ran large productive farms where all were well looked after and by all accounts 'happy'. The country was prosperous. It is true that the ruling 'whites' lived very well, but actually most people lived comfortably with plenty of food and reasonable (for Africa) public services. Then came "Independence", Zimbabwe and African leadership in the hands of Comrade Mugabe. That brought internal factional conflict, massive corruption and land grabs from the successful farmers. Now Zimbabwe is an economic basket case and agricultural production is a fraction of what it once was.
  7. It is always nice to hear about good service (as well as occasionally 'useful' occasionally to know about poor service), so thanks for letting us know. Well done to Croots.
  8. I think you would find it was not MPs at all - but Downing Street 'staff' - basically the aides and civil servants (being press officers, advisors, secretaries, researchers, administrators etc.) who support the functioning of Downing Street and the Cabinet Office (attached directly to Nos 10 and 11) as the centre of Gov't. The overall Cabinet Office has about 8000 employees, but it is thought about 400 are actually work based in the "No 10 and attached buildings group". No 10 alone has about 100 rooms.
  9. Normally - simply opening a fixed choke does not require reproof. "Not only can opening up choke be a simple solution it does not require the gun to be re-proofed, an added bonus re time and cost." The quote is the relevant part from this article - https://www.thefield.co.uk/shooting/adapting-old-guns-for-steel-44454 Multi choking DOES require reproof to remain 'in proof'. However as far as I know all companies doing multi choking will include the reproof in the work.
  10. I replaced a very poor 60's 'conservatory' (low single brick walls, wooden upper construction with later aluminium framed windows and perspex roof) with a proper extension (cavity walls hardwood casement windows and Cambrian slate roof). I can't tell the cost as it was part of a larger programme including replacing drainage, moving utilities and much other work on other parts of the house. However - a BIG driver in the cost of the conservatory replacement was that the building inspector required 1m deep foundations. The old had been in minimal foundations and although these had no sign of movement after 50 years, were clearly not suited to carrying more weight - but 1 metre was a HUGE change. Be aware that depending on what your existing foundations are, your soil type, proximity to trees etc., you may need to do work on the foundations.
  11. I do similar but stuff it with either chopped mushrooms and a bit of butter, or Paxo type ready made stuffing, or a mix of both!
  12. My AyA non-ej boxlock weighs 5 1/4 lbs, but it is a 'somewhat basic full size stocked' wood and finish, and is proof with 3" chambers for a rather large pressure (can't remember the figure off hand). It handles nicely and doesn't feel 'cumbersome' at all.
  13. I think it is much better in real life - in that the pictures don't do them justice. I knew I had seen them somewhere, and for some reason though it was Charlecote, but was definitely these as I now remember the name of Norman Tulip. If you ever visit Alnwick Castle (which is very touristy due to it's Harry Potter connections), Hardy's (fishing tackle) have a good museum also in Alnwick, and there is a HUGE second hand bookshop in the old station buildings. Overall - a nice place to visit.
  14. Got there: it is a collection by Norman Tulip and on display at Alnwick Castle. (Image from web)
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