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  • Birthday 17/10/1971

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    Fly Fishing
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  1. I’ve got an icotec 350, performance wise I can’t fault it. What I do like the look of the 500 for us it has an illuminated handset - if I was buying a new caller, that would be a major selling point for me.
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    R.I.P old friend

    I’m really sorry to hear that mate. You gave him the best life possible and a far more dignified end than many of us will experience. After 14 years of loyalty, you did the best by him at the end.
  3. You fly them on a private pilots licence Ben. It was 40-50 hours airtime plus navigarion&law training when I did it. God knows what the costs are now to hire a machine.
  4. I can’t answer that for anyone else, in my case it was because I split up with the daughter of the guy who owned the Gyrocopter 😂. I should have treated that lass better!
  5. I agree, it really gives an insight into what people are hopefully going to do. It’s the curve ball ‘hang on whilst I crawl down this road and get reverse parked’ that leave me hand on face!
  6. They are. I learned to fly a gyrocopter years ago. Back then there was a glitch in the legislation that you could only fly solo so all early tandem training was on a gyro with no engine that got towed up and down the runway on a rope (protected inside a hosepipe) tied to the back of a landy, we called it the flying bed frame. After a few hours of that, it was ‘you’re in your own now ‘. Great fun to fly, and fairly safe due to the rotors not being powered - less to go wrong so to speak.
  7. A major chunk of blue light driving training is about the blue light driver positioning or driving the vehicle in a way to get drivers in front to do what you want them to do. Doesn’t always work and sometimes the reactions of drivers to the blue lights is quite astounding.
  8. Here’s the little beast in action
  9. I took a LANTRA ATV course yesterday for a sit in/side by side. I have a 4x4 shooting bus and also drive land rovers on some pretty taxing ground so I’d say I’m fairly competent off-road. Every day;s a school day though and I have to admit that I still learned some new stuff and found it really rewarding. It’s also really interesting to see what these vehicles will and won’t do - we had bought a Honda Pioneer 700 and after the day, I was far more comfortable about being in a position to decide whether I’d be jumping in the landy or the Honda. If you’re in need of any formal,training, I found the LANTRA course far more than just a box ticking exercise.
  10. We burn a mix of hardwood and ovals called ‘supertherm’. The wood is great and the boss likes it for the flames - I like it as it burns down to virtually nothing with very little ash. The supertherm banks up and provides a constant heat for donkeys - with the vents closed it’ll stay in for ever. The only (very slight)downside is the ovals produce a lot more ash - and because they burn for ever, it can sometimes be a faff trying clean it out with still hot coals in the grate..... you definitely need a metal ash bucket.
  11. What temp controller have you got? I am re-purposing anSTC100 that I’ve had for donkeys for this. If you are using the same, I’ll take you some photos of the original wiring and as I re-wire it. It’s really straightforward- definitely not something to be too concerned about , I’d be glad to help you out if it was any benefit.
  12. Markm, I’ve don’t know what the definitive life is but I’ve had beers on the kegs for 3-4 months. Lots of brewers use the Cornelius or ‘corny’ kegs like mine in the photo. They were originally for the soft drinks industry but great for home brew as they are way to fill/re-use and easy to clean. By purging them with Co2 (from a pub gas bottle) before you fill them the beer never gets in contact with air and therefore doesn’t start to go off,. You then effectively push the beer out with more Co2 so it stays fresh in the keg. Unlike a cask (like hand pull beer in a pub) where you let air in so the beer only lasts a week or so.
  13. I’ve wanted to make one of these for years but didn’t have the space until now. Basically it’s a miniature beer cellar. You modify a fridge or freezer by fitting a heater in it, and a digital temperature controller. Your beer kegs go inside, you can dial in your perfect serving temperature and if it’s too warm, the fridge chills, too cold, the heater kicks in so you can have constant perfect temperature beer all year round. I’m not quite finished yet, and any time served joiners - please don’t look too closely at the wood work!
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    I’ve just made the first batch of beer since getting around to building my man cave. A batch of stout which should be ready to drink in a couple of weeks. A good friend of mine has a problem with gluten so I’ve added some finings to this brew which effectively cancel out the gluten down to a level where it could legally be termed as gluten free.
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    I’m a member of a mountain and cave rescue team, we obviously use, and rely on knots on a fairly regular basis. I would say that 99% of Rescue rigging is done with a figure of eight, double figure of eight on the bight (bunny ears) and an alpine butterfly. The last knot I learned how to tie was a taught line hitch after faffing about setting up a tarp when camping with my son.
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