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  1. Most of the time I would urge people not to buy any thermal with less than 19mm of lens. If you really are never going scan for anything over 30 yards, then then the 6mm might just do it, but in all seriousness, I think you will be sorely disappointed . If thats all the budget stretches to , then fair dos, but if you want to have something capable , you need to find at least £1000.
  2. I see what you did there 😏 Ive heard there are no checks if you arrive by rubber dinghy 😀 does your boat not have one, if you know what I mean ...
  3. Is that another one of those over used terms? Well that's good of them 😂 How are they supposed to pay them back, by the time it's finished there won't be any infrastructure, millions have left, never to return. And it's not like they were rolling in money to start with! I notice the Ukrainians still haven't laid a finger on any of the multiple Russian pipelines going across the country, wonder why that is? 🤔
  4. You don't really believe that do you? It's almost as if.....
  5. https://www-globalvillagespace-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.globalvillagespace.com/who-emergency-meeting-on-monkeypox-outbreak-what-does-it-mean/?amp=&amp_gsa=1&amp_js_v=a9&usqp=mq331AQKKAFQArABIIACAw%3D%3D#amp_tf=From %1%24s&aoh=16532209506756&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.globalvillagespace.com%2Fwho-emergency-meeting-on-monkeypox-outbreak-what-does-it-mean%2F
  6. If only that were the general consensus throughout the free world. It's sadly just a saying we would like to believe, a little like karma, a myth.
  7. Just to back up my story that the US doesn't want peace in Ukraine, apparently Zelensky doesn't want peace either. https://news-sky-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/news.sky.com/story/amp/ukraine-rules-out-ceasefire-and-insists-only-diplomacy-can-end-war-as-fighting-intensifies-in-donbas-12618644?amp_js_v=a6&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQIKAGwASCAAgM%3D#aoh=16532100993896&csi=0&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From %1%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fnews.sky.com%2Fstory%2Fukraine-rules-out-ceasefire-and-insists-only-diplomacy-can-end-war-as-fighting-intensifies-in-donbas-12618644 No ceasefire unless Russia gives up ALL the territory its taken, but apparently 'diplomacy' will win the day? Meanwhile the death and destruction continues.
  8. Without a doubt. interesting viewpoint, is Russia really holding Europe to energy ransom , I thought it was more about the roubles ? Why have the EU voted to curtail Russian exports. when there is no visible replacements in the quantities needed. Its all political manoeuvring , with no clear goals in sight IMHO, the gas usage of western Europe is not something they can replace anytime soon, they need Russian gas, and Russia needs to sell it. The sort of infrastructure needed to not be energy vulnerable , takes decades, look how long Nord stream 2 has taken. Trump might well have been right, but 4 years would not have given us jack, plus , do we want to be dependent on Middle eastern or American gas and oil ?~ Weve been down that road before. Russia has been a global pariah since the revolution 100 years ago , the worlds oligarchs have refused to entertain them ever since, hence the ideological 'closed' society we imagine it still to be. Where did it all start ? You say when the tanks rolled over the border, I say it started with Maidan. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-ukraine-tape-idUSBREA1601G20140207 https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2015-05/ukraine-usa-maidan-finance/seite-2?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F This one is a lengthy but good read. https://jacobinmag.com/2022/02/maidan-protests-neo-nazis-russia-nato-crimea
  9. All good points, but the comparison is weak ? Are we saying Russia should be forced to the negotiating table with extreme force, or are we saying Ukraine should be forced by Russia. Or we can just let it all grind on , with more destruction and loss of life, which suits NATO, but not so much Ukraine or Russia? We in the west keep talking about Ukraine winning ,and kicking Russia back to its original borders, this is a pipe dream. If you were Russia, or Ukraine , you would WANT to end this , neither are winning anything. Can we at least accept these simple truths ? This is the major issue, we have built ourselves a scenario, a picture of a regime, ruled by a mad man, completely unreasonable, a waste of time negotiating with, so we have been lead to believe there is NO path to a negotiated settlement, AND there was no way of avoiding the invasion. Once again, the only winner of that scenario is the US/NATO, they get to remove an oil power from the map and weaken a strong adversary. You will roll your eyes, but this too is a fact. The political and cultural map of Europe needs considerable study before you can make sweeping statements like the above. The re drawing of borders after WW1 , was a direct influence on the territorial aspirations of Germany in the 30s, Britain and France gave Hitler the Sudetenland , because they couldnt physically stop him retaking what had been taken from Germany 20 years previously, they drew the line at Poland, but the die was cast as soon as Germany saw how weak willed Europes leaders were.* Interestingly enough , the soviets got a similar raw deal after WW1, and were more than happy to retake what they believed was theirs. Im not saying its right, but they believed it was, and they were willing to pay for it in blood. *Everything changes, but everything also stays the same.
  10. I'll ask again , where are the calls for peace, where are the intermediaries, where are the UN ? The US defence sec has publicly stated they want the war to continue, as it weakens Russia, and that's in our interests. But it's definitely not a proxy war !
  11. How long ago? The further east you go in Turkey, the more errr, Islamic it gets, even the difference between Fethiye and Antalya is noticeable. The area you're describing sounds pretty wild, and a bit rough for my liking 😁
  12. Good for you, Im off to Olu Deniz next month, love Turkey. Cost of living seems to have gone up over there though.
  13. Do we have a choice ? You think anything but free movement between North and Southern Ireland is going to work ? We know this, the Irish know this, the EU knows this , yet still they threaten that hard border, because EU rules are EU rules, except when theyre not, like in Ukraine, Albania, Switzerland....... I could go on , but you get the drift. I must say Im feeling a bit nostalgic with a good old Brexit debate 😏
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