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  1. Border Gun Room had a Carr (Huddersfield) hammer gun when I called in a few weeks ago. Looked to be in sound condition, I think it had 70mm chambers and fairly recent proof (but I might be mistaken there).
  2. I know that he is a truly great and good man, for he told me so himself, but to me he seems tedious, fretful, and dictatorial. (HMS Pinafore)
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    How often do you use the hangman's knot?
  4. Is that advice backed up by actual data (rather than just a way for heating engineers to drum up business), and are modern CH systems more problematic than older ones? We never drained or added inhibitor at our previous house, the only repairs during our 35 year occupancy were two replacement motorised valves and one thermostat for the gas boiler, and everything was still working perfectly when we left. Very simple system, 15mm piping, old-fashioned Ideal Standard boiler (non-condensing) that was little more than a lump of cast iron -- presumably illegal to fit a boiler like that nowadays..
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    Not very many. In fact, my knot-tying is even worse than my shooting.
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    https://www.animatedknots.com/ As per the title, animations allows you to see how each knot is tied, and includes almost 200 of them.
  7. Is there much risk of "cord wear"? Father used to speak of the way TA members in the 1920s were lectured on the correct way to clean the SMLE using a pull-through, and the inaccuracy caused by doing it wrongly. Maybe the cord was more abrasive in those days.
  8. The referendum was held on a basis of one person, one vote. An MP's view counts 70,000 times as much as that of any ordinary citizen (650 MPs for 46 million electors). Does your MP display sufficient intellectual or moral superiority to make his/her opinion worth so many times more than your own? On the same basis, a Supreme Court judge's opinion is apparently worth 4.2 million times as much as that of an ordinary citizen. Many judges are lawyers who spent their entire previous careers presenting wholly biased arguments. Can we be confident that they suddenly switch to acting in a wholly impartial manner, as soon as they are appointed? And can we have any respect for the High Court of Justice Queen's Bench Division, now that the UK Supreme Court has apparently declared them to be ignorant of the law? If you expect all senior judges to be particularly wise, think again. Some of them say surprising things, and this link quotes a few opinions expressed by Lord Denning: https://www.legalcheek.com/2017/11/7-of-lord-dennings-most-controversial-comments/ Experienced lawyers have occasionally shown themselves to be totally out of touch with the world, one memorable instance being the Lady Chatterley trial where the prosecutor asked "Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?", apparently unable to imagine that some jurors might not be able to afford a team of domestic servants, or that male jurors perhaps did not censor their wives' reading material.
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    roller door

    Some roller doors need a lot of headroom. I have been told that motorised ones may need a separate PA door, otherwise somebody could be trapped inside in the event of a power cut or failed mechanism. Quite a bit of info on this firm's website: https://www.thegaragedoorcentre.co.uk/garage-doors-wellingborough
  10. Big rubber band stretched across the handlebars, correct tension sounds like jet plane, insufficient tension sounds like breaking wind. "Matchstick guns" as we called them (made from a matchbox, half a clothes peg and a couple of rubber bands), would fire a half-matchstick several feet and give a sharp sting if it hit you on the face -- don't remember anybody losing an eye, but there must have been a bit of a risk. We smoked "cigarettes" made from cow parsley stuffed with dry grass, when not busy competing at throwing our sheath knives. We also ate lots of birds and animals killed with lead shot. It is amazing how so many PW members have lived so long.
  11. Daily Telegraph (24 Sept) pages 6-7 has a photograph of Jeremy Corbyn apparently attempting to steer a basket-case. Is this a vision of the future? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/24/pictures-day-23-september-20191/britains-labour-party-leader-jeremy-corbyn-visits-wwf-stand/
  12. Much of the inequality arises because some parents read to their children, buy books for them, discuss current affairs with them, take them to museums, theatres, concerts, etc, etc. Others don't. Unless this informal education by parents is outlawed, Labour doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of ensuring that no child gets a better education than any other. Dream on, Comrade Corbyn.
  13. Used these rifles a lot when in the cadets, but never noticed much recoil, nor did my schoolmates ever complain about it. On warm days we were in shirt sleeve order, so we didn't have a lot of padding. The point about LOP might be significant. We were starting to use the .303 as 14 year olds, so they were perhaps the stocks were a bit long for us. Our cadet force had large numbers of rifles, most of them only used for drill, not for firing. The ones kept for use by the team had headspace and other dimensions regularly checked by a specialist armourer, which may have helped to avoid excessive recoil.
  14. I suspect the same was true when I last used a .410 about sixty years ago, but in those days Eley .410 cartridges cost less than 12g. Parker Hale 1958 catalogue prices (converted to decimal currency, for the benefit of youthful PW members): 12g Grand Prix (1-1/16oz) £2.85 / 100 .410 Fourlong (7/16oz) £2.32 / 100 .410 Fourten (5/16oz) £2.19 / 100
  15. Remainer's book to be remaindered? Will Cameron be holding book-signing events? I seem to remember Ted Heath signing so many of his tome that a spoof advert appeared (maybe in Private Eye?) offering "genuine un-autographed copy".
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