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  1. True - I have mentioned it a number of times on these threads - but not everyone can see it, thinking that if we all change our lifestyles - then we can support more people. That sort of attitude can only be a temporary respite from the issue - which is (as you obviously also see) the root cause of many if not most of our problems. Small planet, too many inhabitants.
  2. There are some rather major differences since then; The CO2 build up leading to warming was unknown then (and probably not happening on a noticeable scale. In fact not much CO2 build up happened because (I assume) the scale was smaller and there were more forests and jungles to convert the CO2 back to solid carbon and man was less 'energy intensive'. CO2 discharged to the upper atmosphere (areoplane exhausts) tends to stay there - whereas (some) ground level CO2 is converted back to solid carbon by plant growth (photosynthesis). Whether you do/don't believe in global warming, the combination of rising global population, diminishing 'wild' forest/jungle areas, increasing energy usage, etc etc. are all putting pressures on the environment that simply weren't there to the same extent when the Georgians/Victorians/Edwardians were alive.
  3. Well, Des Browne (Labour's Defence Secretary under Blair and Brown) spent all of the Navy's new ships budget on two massive (and massively expensive) aircraft carriers - only one of which has arrived as yet. It has recently returned to base following leakage trouble on sea trials. It has (as far as I know) no aircraft at present as the F35s intended for it were delayed and don't arrive until 2023. It is expected to be available with "Initial Operating Capability" sometime in 2020.
  4. The attached photo illustrates another 'difficulty' in the fitting; What is shown is two s/s guns with their stocks against the skirting board. The guns have effectively the same stock length, as shown by the triggers being aligned (I have put a piece of paracord UNDER the guns where the front triggers are to show this). I have put a second piece of paracord OVER the guns in line with the breech on the English sidelock. The breech on the Darne is a full inch+ closer to the eye. This makes the gun feel very short compared to what it measures.
  5. If any proof were needed that the hard left are involved - McDonnell is there to provide it: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7265557/Extinction-Rebellion-eco-anarchists-bring-week-climate-change-chaos-close.html
  6. Because Parliament has no majority for leaving. The new PM (whichever it is) will face opposition from: All Lib Dems All SNP All Greens The vast majority of Labour (as instructed by the leadership on a full whip) About 10% of rebel Tories (Greive Clarke, Rory Stewart etc.) Various 'independents' such a Soubery & Co The speaker In support will be; About 90% of Tories The DUP A very few Labour rebels (who will defy the whip) That arithmetic means that it is pretty much impossible to get anything passed ......... and though the 'default' is to leave, Parliament is doing it's best to thwart that. As I understand it Parliament has just made it near impossible for the new PM to "prorogue" it to prevent it changing the default. The hope that the EU will open the deal to provide a revised deal that will bring the rebel Tories back is a very unlikely outcome.
  7. If there was another vote (and there should not be) - three things need to be taken into consideration. First - that the leave/remain question has already been answered. That answer was a 'leave'. (And I in fact voted remain, but accept the answer) Second - the May deal has failed three times - and is effectively dead (mainly because of the 'backstop'.) Third - the choice is leave now (31st October) with 'no deal' - or try and leave later with a 'renegotiated' deal (assuming we can get an extension yet again - and that negotiations can be reopened).
  8. You may be right - but I am firmly of the opinion that Johnson wants to leave; whether he can get that across the line without it being blocked by a 'remain' Parliament whose business agenda/managed is decided by a 'remain' speaker is another matter.
  9. Who? Teresa May can claim she tried (whether she actually tried hard is a bit more dubious, but she can claim she tried) and was blocked by Parliament. Johnson (assuming he gets elected) will try and leave and again - will be able to claim he tried. The other parties are not in power - and despite all (including the Labour party who fought an election on carrying through Brexit) having whipped against every attempt to leave That is what I think Corbyn would do IF he ever came to power (which would almost certainly be as a coalition with firm remainers like LibDems and SNP). It is also what the LibDems would do. Doesn't matter a jot that everyone can see through it - they will have "the result" they need to remain. I hope Johnson manages to carry it through, but Parliament will try their utmost to block it ......... and quite possibly succeed. Who explains that?
  10. Quite right - same lot as the "anti capitalist" demos from a few years back who blockaded St Paul's Cathedral etc. Full of privileged lefty luvies (park the Discovery out of sight) and benefits scroungers. Manipulated cleverly and cynically by some very nasty lefty anarchist types who operate in the shadows behind ER, LACS, and many other 'disturbances'. It will get you straight to jail - the Chinese don't sit by and watch demonstrations!
  11. It's interesting; you see so few about, it is natural to think that Darne were a short term small production thing - but that is not the case. France (naturally) has quite a loyal following, often in 16 bore, and I believe that in Ireland it is also more popular. The USA also has a small but active following - often in smaller gauges. I don't think complication is an issue, but cost (new) certainly is - even lower grades are expensive new. Best grades (V series) are very pricey, - I don't know a current price, but some years ago they were well over £20K. Used guns can be very low compared to new (in the UK) as there is no demand.
  12. Model identification is available here http://doublegunshop.com/darne.htm You have to take this with a bit of care as the idea stated that the V series has user adjustable trigger pressure and articulated triggers is not (as far as mine is concerned anyway) correct.
  13. Thanks; It was a bit sorry for itself when I acquired it. The stock had been shortened and a horrible rubber recoil pad (cheap Silvers lookalike) fitted which had perished and gone all 'sticky', the wood was dented, and the barrels dented. I had it fully tidied, stock extended in well matched wood, barrels fully straightened out and re-blacked - done by William Powell many years ago when still in Carrs Lane in Birmingham and run by the Powell brothers. I think I paid more for the work than I did for the gun!
  14. I've had mine longer than that I think! As far as I can remember I bought it early 1980s, 2nd hand and a little 'sorry for itself' for very little money. It can pinch your hands when closing. As you push the lever down the final fraction of an inch it is possible for it to 'nip' you. I can't remember exactly how it happened - (it was when I first had it) - but it drew blood. I have heard similar from another owner.
  15. The one pictured in the thread (all the pictures are the same gun) is mine. It isn't exactly difficult to reload ........ but it is quite slow - and it is possible to get pinched (and very painfully!). I like mine for its fine engineering, elegant looks and just being an unusual item. For me, it is much slower to use than a 'conventional' gun such as a s/s AyA or English gun.
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