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  1. Casting doubt on something that was published in The Guardian? Oh, how could you?
  2. I always liked the idea of owning a catapult gun like these examples from Youngs catalogue (mid 1930s). Has any PW member actually used one?
  3. Why? Surely anybody who has much experience of travelling in a Series 2 is likely to be already deaf as a post (and probably suffering from haemorrhoids, if the seats and suspension are as I remember them). Soundproofing will just increase the risk of hearing what passengers have to say about about comfort levels in the vehicle.
  4. I can never hear that name without being reminded of Betjeman's poem.
  5. If you cannot buy one, consider making your own. I lost one of the rubber eye-cups from my binoculars and couldn't find a replacement, moulded black "SUGRU" around an appropriately sized former (35mm film canister), squeezed it into shape by hand, and left it to set overnight. Firmness similar to the original, and pretty tough -- been in use for over five years now, and never fallen off.
  6. We just used the standard pre-heater that clips around the vaporiser tube, but dipped it in paraffin when meths was unavailable. They are still on sale: http://tilleylamp.co.uk/pre-heating-torch More info about Tilley lamps here: https://www.base-camp.co.uk/instruction.html
  7. It is possible to start a Tilley lamp on paraffin -- we did it quite often when there was no meths available, in a fairly remote part of Nigeria, back in the early 1970s -- but unless you are very careful the inside of the glass gets covered in soot. Don't even think about trying it unless you find it absolutely impossible to get meths. Blackpowder mentions the heat output, which can be very welcome in a UK winter, but was something of a disadvantage in the tropics. The roaring noise becomes tiresome after a while. All very different from the Aladdin lamp (the type with the tall glass chimney), which gave a much softer light but was more or less silent.
  8. Reminds me that in the early 1970s quite a number of people in Northern Nigeria, when speaking English, tended to pronounce "-ough" as in "enough", and the letter "p" as though it were an "f". As a result, "plough" sounded rather like "fluff". Some also had difficulty with words ending "-sk", and I soon learned that a "dix fluff" was actually a disc plough. The American volunteers (roughly equivalent to VSO) were the Peace Corps, and the first word often sounded like urine. Yes, English can be a difficult language. In fact, I would venture to suggest that the best place to hear it spoken with precision is not in England, but in the Hebrides. Listen carefully to an educated Scot (at least, one of the older generation), and you will soon notice that "which" is not pronounced as "witch", and "where" does not sound the same as "wear". Maybe that was the influence of the dominee and the tawse, and I am not so sure about the young folk.
  9. McSpredder

    Food mileage

    I doubt whether there is very much tea being grown within 576 miles of East Sussex, but I am ready to be stand corrected.
  10. McSpredder asked: "Does this allow the organisers of the questionnaire to "harvest" the IP address of anybody who responds in support of grouse shooting (and might be likely to possess guns), and pass that information on to any of their less reputable associates?" Doubtful as it would be probably be an extreme breach of data protection. I wasn't thinking about whether such action would be within the law, just wondering whether it was technically possible. The following quotation suggests that Avery and his associates could very easily capture the IP address of any person who responds to the questionnaire, which was run through a company named SurveyMonkey: https://www.opinionoutpost.com/en/blog/are-surveymonkeys-anonymous#.XSDy4I3ruig "SurveyMonkey allows users to create surveys, either with anonymous responses or ones that capture personal information automatically. That means it's up to the particular user to protect anonymity. There are two different ways the service can capture your personal information. The first method involves personal consent by asking that respondents give their details in the survey itself. The second method, which does not require this, automatically captures your email address or IP address for the survey creator. Luckily, this can be disabled, but it's the creator's responsibility to do so. Once IP address and email capture is shut off, respondents' information can still be discovered if you're replying to an email invitation." I am not expressing any view about whether Avery would or would not be likely to capture personal data via this survey.
  11. Best ignore this, I suggest. The questionnaire has obviously been designed to provide data showing that people who support grouse shooting are likely to: - be in favour of Brexit - be more likely to vote Conservative than Labour - suspect that climate change might not be entirely man-made - consider that increased raptor populations might have adverse effects on wildlife - be aware of the devastation that fires can cause on land after "re-wilding" - believe that food production is a useful activity - be upset by the suffering of TB-infected cattle In other words, exactly the sort of people who are already detested by the bunny-huggers, luvvies, BBC senior management, the sneering classes, and all their friends among the SSSI brigade (Sanctimonious, Super-rich, pSeudo-Intellectuals). Does this allow the organisers of the questionnaire to "harvest" the IP address of anybody who responds in support of grouse shooting (and might be likely to possess guns), and pass that information on to any of their less reputable associates?
  12. Damned annoying, BUT..... ..... the council will tell the court that your name is on the list of residents to whom reminders were sent, and say that you probably mislaid or forgot about it (negligence), or deliberately chose not to pay (dishonesty), or that it simply got lost in the post. There is quite likely to be something in small print saying it is the resident's responsibility to ensure that a permit has been purchased. I suspect you may lose the case, unless you find several other people who will also say that they never received reminders.
  13. If this noble lord regards himself as one of the "bloody stupid", his own opinion is presumably not worth listening to.
  14. Eagles in Perthshire. Would that be Scottish independence day?
  15. Is it nowadays considered normal to have equipment already set up for recording conversations in neighbouring dwellings? If you were genuinely concerned that a person might be in danger, would you seek help straight away, or would you wait until you had made a recording of the incident before calling the police?
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