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    Member of the Kent Wildfowlers, regular at JJ's in Dartford. Other than that, and running the family about, enjoy TV and drinking too much.

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  1. Chap on Twitter (sorry) says you can make yeast using dried fruit. The white bloom on it is yeast. Soak for a few hours to get yeasty water and add flour as you would for a sourdough starter. Sounded reasonable.
  2. Years ago, there was a place nearby that did house clearances. All the good stuff went to auction and they also had a shop that sold to the walk in trade. There was always a couple of crates of bits and pieces no doubt from old chaps’ sheds. I used to get the occasional decent tool, but the bulk of it was strange things with that oily, surface rust feel that had me thinking ‘now what on earth is that?’ Just like the OP’s photo.
  3. Yes! Me too. My dad kindly ordered it from the local paper shop.
  4. Ha ha yes. I bet I’ve put more through the Beretta in the last year than the other two combined have had in their entire lives!
  5. This is the rag from my hammer gun and an old s/s that I had a go at this morning. Much less muck than the Beretta, but there are fewer nooks and crannies and I do take better care of them. Still, I’m not proud of myself.
  6. The muck took 25 years to build up, so I suppose I shouldn’t feel too bad. I’m going to have a go at my hammer gun tomorrow and that’s had a century.
  7. Having nothing better to do while under house arrest, I thought I’d give the Beretta a deep clean. I give it what I thought was a reasonable going over after each outing, but I was deeply ashamed at the muck I removed! It’s probably half a kilo lighter now.
  8. Lovely little birds. Blue tits used to peck through the top of our milk bottles on the doorstep when I was a kid. I’m sure I’m not the only one on here it happened to.
  9. Townie


    As above. When I was made redundant three years ago, I raced about looking for voluntary work and jobs around the house. Take time to savour your leisure after decades at work and don’t rush into anything. I now love the peace and quiet, have the time to help out family and do what I want when I want to do it.
  10. Just finished Fighting through to Kohima by Michael Lowry, a memoir about the same theatre. I was struck by precisely the same thought when he described he and his men having great fun shooting at fleeing Japanese. Different world!
  11. Definitely 21g. Anything more will hurt after a bit (and I’m not particularly recoil sensitive).
  12. Do like a drop of Ballantine’s, but not seen the 12 year old. My brother gave me a Welsh whisky (Penderyn) which is lovely and a bit different. He told me it was villainously expensive, but I’m worth it.
  13. Has everyone seen the news item about Tesco Christmas card supplier in China using prison labour? Provided the conditions are humane, I really can’t see the problem. It’s hardly chain gang stuff. Have I missed something? Any contrary opinions?
  14. If they put a red rosette on my wheelie bin it would be elected down our way, so a couple of half-hearted ones from Labour and one from the teenage Conservative hopeful.
  15. I have a pretty much identical one in 20b. Mine is early 1920s.
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