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  1. I hope he gets over it quickly. I was knocked unconscious about that age (falling off a 5 bar gate!). Had a Dr. check - and all OK. As far as I know(!) no long term effects (I'm in my 60's now and I think - no more deranged than any of my contemporaries).
  2. I am fortunate in that I have a reasonable selection in my cabinet - built up and refined over 44 years collecting. The selection ranges from 'best' English s/s through sidelock o/u's and hammer guns, a Darne to an original 1810 muzzle loader. It may seem strange, but my usual 'go to' which I guess should be THE ONE is an AyA No 1 from circa 1977. Why? Well, I shoot well (for me anyway) with it, it is easy to get fixed when it does have problems, and can cope with 2 3/4" cartridges. It is far from being the 'highest value', oldest, or even having the greates sentimental value ......... but it is the one I tend to use more than any other. Truth is that they all mean something to me, are all 'nice of their type', and I enjoy them all.
  3. When mine was done Western Power (or at least their contractor) replaced everything from the underground cable to the meter and main fuse. Everything after that was done by my contractor. Most of my old rubber wire appeared in good condition, but a few parts where it had been near warm heating pipes was hardened. Mine would have been installed originally in the late 1950s.
  4. If it's rubber insulated power/lighting wiring, it should be replaced. The rubber deteriorates and can be a hazard. If the whole house is wired in rubber cable, this can be quite a big job, but I suspect will be required (I had to 100% rewire). Rubber will be probably 40 years old or more. Get it checked. http://proman-electrical.co.uk/estimate-your-wiring-age/ http://wiki.diyfaq.org.uk/index.php/Historic_Mains_Cables
  5. Speakers are 'traditionally' elevated to the peerage on retirement by the leader of the party to which they belonged before being elected Speaker. However, Speakers are also traditionally non party political and neutral. Bercow gave up neutrality over Brexit - and so Johnson has not proposed him for a peerage. It seems that now Comrade Corbyn has stepped in and proposed Bercow. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7904117/Jeremy-Corbyn-nominates-John-Bercow-peerage.html
  6. From the above thread, it would be about 1890-2.
  7. I think I am much the same, but some things stand out as 'problems' and 'naturals'; If a bird is simply moving towards/away (i.e. no change of angle), I find myself tending to 'see' the gun (and focus on it rather than the target) and use it like a rifle ......... the result is a miss. If I am caught unawares (such as watching someone else!) and suddenly see/have called a bird and have to rush like hell to get a shot - I actually shoot rather better than expected A heavy long barrelled gun (I'm better with a lightish s/s) makes me slow - especially on crossers - and I struggle to catch up in time for where I want to shoot I struggle with some single triggers - Beretta are OK, but some others I don't seem to relax enough between shots - and then in trying to remember - I upset the natural timing - hence I much prefer double triggers. I have come to the conclusion that single triggers were invented by the devil. I cannot shoot in 'over ear' muffs (the stock hits them with a loud 'clunk' which is very offputting and makes me shoot high) - so wear custom (EMT/Emtec) plugs
  8. I think in that they both use the 'mount phase' to get the barrels moving up the smoke trail' of the target - they are similar. The difference (I think) is more in the stance/footwork, which in the Churchill style is very 'square on' with the weight on both feet, moving from left to right as needed. Stanbury favoured weight on the left foot (always). Both were I think a mount style swinging through from behind rather than 'maintained lead'.
  9. Much depends on the style you have 'adopted' for shooting. My (sadly late) godfather was a fairly tall lean 'stringy' man, about 6'2 or 3". He shot 28" barrels with quite short (for his height) stocks of 14 3/4" with a lot of cast. He had been trained by the famous Percy Stanbury and was an exceptional shot. However, his 'style' was quite unusual; he followed the target with his barrels before and as he mounted the gun, firing the instant the butt came into his shoulder. It was impressive to watch and all done so quickly. He kept the left arm near straight and tended to shoot well 'out in front' of the line when shooting driven game. His style depended on a very closely fitted and very light gun. His guns (there was a set if 3 matched and numbered 1,2,3) were 12 bore 28"straight hand - and weighed just 6lbs. In his day one of the major sporting agents of the time described him as "the best game shot I have ever watched" in an article on all time shots. If he handled a non fittied heavy gun (he tried my Beretta SO6 once) he did not get on at all with it, since his whole style depended on the light and very fast handling of his guns.
  10. Much the same happens if you put it in a 'deposit' account, but for size read value.
  11. I suspect the latter.
  12. I agree with you there
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