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  1. I had a X3 for 7 years, and now have an X5, and I love them; as everyone has mentioned, the tyres makes all the difference on the terrain, the X3 had P7s which were surprisingly good on snow and mud, the X5 has P Zeros "sports" tyres which I'm not going to event going to try on anything slippy. I tried the audi, the mercs, and the land/range and I prefer the X5, for normal driving on A road, the ride and response is WAY ahead of the others. You can actually enjoy driving (even tho it's the size of a bus). The Audi and RR were particulartly dire trying to drive them, you press the pedal and can count ONE, TWO before the car starts to move, it was embarassing really. Not even mentioning trying to make a corner without getting sea-sick. TBH I havent' tried the porshe -- I just got lost on the website trying to spec one and gave up :-)
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    B and Q

    I completely agree with that. I think the "lockdown" in *this configuration* is doing more harm than good. Either you do it, or you don't do it. If B&Q can be 'open' with 'social distance' stuff on, every single shop can. However we KNOW that that 2m rule isn't really /enough/ and masks are very likely a /very good idea/ and all that jazz, but seems nobody seems to mind. They half understand a litel set of rule and then think they are safe. Also, I leave near slough and it's been looking like a bloody holiday camp for 2+ weeks, nobody seems to give a damn at all about it, and THAT is going to make the virus thrive and make it last even longer, and hurt way more shops (that aren't B&Q that is)
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    B and Q

    So what about all the other, smaller shops, why can't they open? With the same restrictions? Curerntly a lot of them are just dying; while the big ones are now open. Now and what do you tell the cops if they stop you on your way to B&Q? Is that "essential"? And if not, why are they allowing these shops to open? I think it's pretty ridiculous TBH.
  4. There might be a surplus of buyers as well soon enough. When all the expats dump their property in Spain/Portugal/France to try to move back here after having been stuck away from the home country in sometime, medical deserts...
  5. She's 16 months now, 12 weeks we were just playing around, now she's supposed to be a 'big girl' :-) We've now stopped playing in the woods, some of the 'wild' birds there are nesting, and it's not very nice to have an enthusiastic dog ruining the bed.
  6. Nice to catchup on this thread. I've been training my lab bitch a lot, especially since the end of the season, I've found a large patch of wood that is linked to a shoot with unused pens at one end. Basically there's still a lot of birds in the woods around, and I found out it's really good to train her to find the /occasional/ bird to flush, without being completely manic like on a shoot day! The problem I had with mine is "good nose" she cruises around at ~15m or so all good, then can pick a scent and sometime was taking off into the distance, completely oblivious to recall at that point -- pretty much what was described a couple of pages back. It was most annoying as /normally/ she's pretty much bang on, it's really only the 'scent lust' that was sending her over. Also I discovered my stop whisle "power" was decreasing with the distance, so basically if she was 100m away, I might as well sit there and wait. I was pretty infuriated! To be fair, she doesn't chase, she flushes, see the bird (or the deer!) away with a "get of my laaaaand" posture, have another bit of a sniff around then moves on. However sometime she was like 200m away from me, then toddles back to a fuming owner. So one thing I did was give her a serious blocking on one walk. She came back, she could see my face, I definitely barked at her and then it was 'heel' and the way back to the car with a 'cross' dad. something like 1/2h or so, and she was /spotless/ glued to my boot. She knew /very/ well what had happened so there was not more to do there. The following day we went back again, we were 'made up again' but not /completely/ I think she realised she had overstepped a boundary. What I did that day was to hide as soon as she was losing track of where I was. Tree, kneeling behind a bush, whatever, I soon as I saw she was getting a bit banana, I'd hid. And when she realised I was gone, it was back to finding /me/ and she had a big party when she did. We did that a lot (and I think I'll do that a lot, going forward!). I only 'lost' her once, when I was very nicely hidden and she couldn't find me so started going back the way we came. I whistled a 'hint' and she eventually found me, to amazing party and wagging of tail. So what I think I did was break the "taken for granted" idea she had about me -- she's a bit of a princess so she has no balance for the 'praise' and treats she might get -- on that fateful day I think it gave her a bit of a balance that there IS a difference. So we still continued that routine really, until actually yesterday, when I realised she WAS turning straight away on recall whistle -- even when ranging, we had a 2h walk, she flushed 12 pheasants (and one muntjac!), all (birds) but one would have been shootable so she was in the good 'range' and she was really amazing at turning, coming back, we had a few 'pause play' too where I have her sit and wait so she can recover (and I can make her drink). Still, heaps of fun isn't it? I know she's no spaniel, but she loves her hunting -- I know she'll never be the "sit on flush" kind or the "pointer" but she's getting there to be a super dog for rough shooting -- she's super brave diving head first in heaps of cover (got a few cuts that way!). The pickup bits are "easy" really, it's a lot harder to train for these situations where the dog is "blood" scent or just "scent"! Heres the little princess, at 12 weeks with her very first pigeon
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    GUN SALES

    @Dave given their operations, it's likely the gunsmith there will be able to work, as the other guys are not needed in the office anyway. So there's hope!
  8. How are these dogs stolen? From the back of their car? while walking (how ?!?!)
  9. You can also use these holsters gun closed too; close the gun and rest the butt of the gun in the holster, barrels up while holding the action. Relieves the weight of the gun quite a lot when waiting for the birds, according to my wife who uses one of these (a fancy one, not DIY). Hers also has a few loops on the strap for a handful of cartridges, so it's quite handy when rough shooting.
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    50% increase

    According to my dashboard here: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 The good news is that China seems to be controlling the situation up to the point they might get to the point where the number of cases /decreases/, showing that they are on their way to eradication (eventually!). So the extreme measure they took seems to be paying off. All we can hope is that it' is not propaganda. The bad news is that the global death rate, all country together is still >3%
  11. @Baddaboom best bet for you is to have them stored at a shop/gun club. EJ Churchill will allow you to store guns there (but membership costs a bomb) -- I know a few people who store their gun at AC Sporting Target, about 1/2h away, might be your best bet if your new place doesn't have a safe/permission. There's also Emmet & Stone, but I'm not sure they have the capacity at the moment as they are expanding.
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    50% increase

    Perhaps this will trigger a huge wave of change in society, where the blokes are going to *really* wash their hands after going to the toilet in pubs etc, instead of 'faking it' and exit quickly. I'm not holding my breath tho... I've been opening doors with my elbows in pubs for years anyway.
  13. Perhaps they are not 'marketed' to the right people, my wife bought a Winchester SxS 24" barrels and had it fitted for the last season, she was absolutely lethal on partridges, she loves the thing to bits.
  14. Retrievers will retrieve stuff I suppose. What I do with mine is have something for exchange. So she comes to me with whatever, give it to my hand, get praised, and get something else, like a wine bottle stopper or whatever other toy is at hand. Add some "value" to to exchange token for best effect. That way it trains the delivery to hand, and she is never hoardy or possessive with stuff. Sometime he she nicks something of my wife, I take it, give it back to her and tell her to give it back to my wife, and off she goes trotting along to do that. So yeah she gets a bit of attention, but on the other hand she never 'stole' anything to maul it
  15. Bisley is in fact quite impractical from Slough! EJ Churchill is nearer (but expensive), but the best/cheapest/closest clays are at AC Sporting Targets, just beyond West London Shooting School. There's a very nice shop at Little Marlow (Emmet & Stone) well worth visiting, also Country Pursuits just inside the M25.
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