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About steve_b_wales

  • Birthday 31/03/1957

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    Shooting, Shooting, and a bit more Shooting!! Hunting on my days off.I have been shooting since the age of 12 (air rifle) I acquired a shotgun certificate at the age of 15 and a firearm cert' at the age of 25. (now aged 62) I used to participate in pistol shooting, in the good old days when they were legal, and owned many full bore & small bore pistols. I have represented Wales twice in International DTL clay shooting and also represented my county (Mid-Glamorgan) for many years.My shooting now consists mainly of vermin control - crow,pigeon, rabbit, squirrel and fox. I also did Deer stalking for a few years. One of my many other interests is photography, which I have been doing for at least 30 years.

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  1. Sadly not. The hernia just 'happened' while walking casually, and I was told that it had been probably been building up for a long time. I have insurance for loss of earnings through injury/illness but I have to be off work for a month before I can make a claim.
  2. Thanks Mel. The hardest part for me will be 'taking things easy' as that's not me. I'm having issues in work at the moment regarding training that I'm supposed to doing ( I'll send you a message about it) but hopefully all will be okay. The operation will take a maximum of one hour, according to the consultant. I'm tempted to do it myself, bottle of vodka, stanley knife and stapler, which would save me a few bob!🙂
  3. UPDATE: Well, after reluctantly deciding to go private for my hernia operation, I have just been given the date of August 12th to have it done. I would have rather gone with the NHS as I have always supported them from both sides of the coin. But the nature of it, the pain I'm in, and the work that I do, meant that I cannot wait up to '3 years' for the operation. It's going to cost the best part of £3500.
  4. I have a Nextbase hard wired. There's an option to purchase a smaller one £Halfords £49) for the rear window which links directly to the front one.
  5. I had it, and was advised to buy an insert for my shoe/s. I did, and it worked well, after a month or two. No longer in pain now.
  6. I've just got back from the game fair. Disappointing a bit, but good to get away from home etc. A few 'bargains' on the gun stalls, but nothing special. I was annoyed that there was no stalls selling sausages, pickles etc like 2 years ago. The fair was mainly clothes and food stalls. I went free as I'm with BASC but paid £25 for my wife's ticket plus £2.50 handling fee, so a 'saving' of £1.50!!!! There were no problems, traffic wise and well signposted. I won't be going next year though.
  7. Hi Mel. To be honest, Angela said the same thing about sewing the pouch or similar. I'll try it again when out walking and see how it goes. Thanks for the offer, much appreciated and I'll keep you in mind.🙂🙂🙂🙂
  8. I tried the Hernia boxer shorts on a good walk earlier this evening. I put two foam pads in to try and compress the hernia, and it didn't work. If I coughed or sneezed, it was painful, as the hernia was not compressed. I did think of fitting velcro or something to seal the pads in, but as they didn't work, I won't bother. Another £40 down the drain as far as I'm concerned.
  9. Thanks. To try and alleviate the pain until I get the operation, first of all I purchased a 'Hernia Truss' which, although kept the hernia 'in' the strap that goes in between my legs, ended up rubbing the skin, even when worn outside underwear, so that was no good. Today, I had a pair of Hernia boxer shorts delivered, at a cost of £40. These are basically a tight pair of boxer shorts with pouches on both sides of the groin area, which allowed the foam inserts to be fitted. I tried it earlier while out, and it's rubbish. The foam (polystyrene) insert eventually makes it way out of the pouch and doesn't stay in place to keep the hernia in. So, so far, I wasted £22 on the Truss, and now £40 for the boxer shorts. I also paid out £17 for two pairs of knee length cycle shorts, thinking that as they are tight, they would help in keeping the hernia from coming out. Again, these didn't work. All in all, this bloody hernia is going to cost me a fair bit!
  10. UPDATE: Well, after seeing my GP and getting confirmation that I have a Hernia in my groin, he told me that he would put me on the referral list (NHS) to see a consultant. He said that it could initially take 'up to a year' to see him and 'a further two years' before I could get the operation. I cannot wait that long, and decided to pay privately. Yesterday, I paid to see a consultant at a private hospital and a ten minute consultation cost me £180. He said that it would take a maximum of six weeks before I get the op' and the cost will be £3340. I will 'reluctantly' pay this, despite paying N.I. contributions for the past 48 years! I am not knocking the NHS, they are overworked and underpaid. I'm just annoyed that I have to go down this route. If It were a less painful 'problem' I would try and wait.
  11. Can any recommend a (not too expensive) speed camera detector? Something that I can put on my dashboard. When I used my Tom Tom Go, it had speed camera warnings etc on it, but my Next Base which is hard wired doesn't have this. I could just plug in the Tom Tom and leave it run in the background, which should warn me. I honestly don't break the speed limit, and most of my journeys are the same each week. But it would be good to have some kind of advance warning.
  12. If anyone is looking to purchase a fire extinguisher, I've just purchased a 2kg powder one ( for my vehicle) for £15 next day delivered. I bought it via Marketplace on Facebook. Just type 'Fire Extinguisher Sale'
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