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  1. You can use any fresh tuna recipe you can find and fancy. They cook in a very similar way, as GC says - do not over cook it at all costs
  2. I went for the electric chinese pump, it has been very good so far. Overall with adaptors and air driers it cost me around £200. Dive bottles come up cheaply on a regular basis - I have 2 x 3l x 300bar - you need to take your time filling them 10 minutes pump 15 minutes cool for the pump. When filling I put the cylinders in a 600l metal tank I have in the garden for collecting rainwater. I prefer the 3l as easy to chuck in a rucksack and tote round if you are likely to get a lot of shots, when ratting for example.
  3. I know that they are very seasonal - and early - but I have always liked Discovery as long as they are just ripe. Used to work on a farm that grew them for M & S but we always had to harvest a tad early when the pips were not fully brown.
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    Brexit bonus

    The only real long term solution, never mentioned in the same breath as climate change as it would not generate any income for the scientific community.
  5. There are many steels out there these days that are absolute rubbish and create a serrated edge if you look closely, the ceramic jobbies seem much better. I was taught to use a steel by a chef who did not want me to ruin his knives when I borrowed them so steel point down on the edge of a board and the sharp bit of the knife downwards and always upright, adjust the angle of the steel to get the right edge. The local butcher used to do a bit of theatre flashing his knives across the steel in mid air but then his steels were a couple of feet long.
  6. Illegal immigration has been going on for years through Dover. There is a big laybay near Lydden Circuit just past the Shepherdswell turning, when I was a lad we used to see plenty of asians that were dropped off from artics there subsequently walking down the A2.
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    did you have to spoil my Sunday morning mentioning that things name, and I do not mean Bidon?
  8. I guess you will just have to buy another gun as part of your recovery process, get well soon
  9. That is great news, well done Daz for persevering
  10. I have never shot an OU, my 1970 Miroku sbs has done me well for over 20 years. I enjoy using it so much I see no reason to change.
  11. OB, I do not get why there needs to be an entry fee at all. I have worked at a fair few game fairs on different stands, the owners of which have paid an extremely high price for the privilage of being there. Years ago I used to do a demo of mobile sheep dipping at a county fair, we were not paid for entertaining the crowd but it was obviously a good advert and we did get work from it. So much of the entertainment is on a similar basis, mainly clubs trying to attract members. The reality is that high street shops do not charge us to go through the door to buy goods so with the enternment quality dropping it certainly does not appear value for money to me. Add in 3 hours trying to get in and out of a car park and it is simply no longer an enjoyable day. One obvious difference between us is that I work 12 days out of every 14 so every day off is precious to me whereas you are retired.
  12. If only that were true and they had not flown the 5 minutes to come and destroy my brassicas while I am at work!
  13. and a ridiculously high entry fee
  14. I have a few friends who are paramedics who feel very stretched. One is a shift manager and so prioritises the 999 calls, not a job I would want for any money. Last time I had a stay in hospital I was bed blocking for nearly 6 hours after being given the go ahead in the morning to go home. As a consequence I believe the money is already there to fund services better if it was freed up by more efficient management.
  15. Absolutely and unashamedly but I can also load my sbs when pigeon shooting a tad faster than anyone can load an o/u
  16. Just goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, for me the barrels are the wrong way round
  17. With the greatest respect to all on pw, legal advice is best dispensed by members of the legal profession who will have knowledge not only of laws but of how they have been applied in specific cases on which our legal system is based
  18. A new opportunity for some river trout fishing means I am looking for a 10ft 5 weight trout rod, just wondering if anyone has one sitting unused in a cupboard they might wish to move on before I buy a new one. Budget is 100 quid ish
  19. Vince summed it up very well. Thankfully, like many of our laws, the licences are not that well written. This is to our advantage as crop protectors so best we all just keep quiet and carry on as we have been whilst simply being able to quote which GL licence number we are operating under if (and that is an astronomically big if) we are ever challenged to quote that specific information.
  20. Thanks for the replies folks. I have plenty of good dedicated wire cutters but they have a habit of walking off the tractor whereas my cheap multi-tool sits on my belt and is very useful and always there for the myriad of little jobs around the farm, I was living in hope really that the more expensive multi-tools might have becomd more worthwhile and useful.
  21. Does a reliable multi-tool that will cope with cutting multi strand high tensile heavy guage electric fence wire exist? Looking for opinions of folk that have used the tool for this task multiple times and how long/how many cuts the blades can last for please.
  22. Rewilding can undoubtedly work but, and it is a big 'but', only if you remove the human population and all other invasive, non-native, species from a large enough area to make it viable. All other schemes are simply there to make humans feel better about doing something to right the terrible wrongs humans are doing to our world in general. A harsh opinion I grant you but formed from seeing the parallel between the damage an unchecked deer population does to an area and the damage an unchecked human population is doing to the world.
  23. Passing on skills and enthusiasm to the younger generations is one of the most fulfilling days out you can have. Those who jealously guard under used permissions do not realise what they are missing out on.
  24. I feel your pain - a nightmare weed. Can you possibly do without the area it grows in for a couple of seasons? If you can then cover the area with thick black membrane/plastic and starve it of light. I know of no chemicals that will effectively kill it systemically. If you remove by hand bag it and bin it not in your compost bin as we do not want it. You need to clean up every scrap which is not easy and be careful you do not transfer it on your tools, brushes in particular. Good luck!
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