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  • Birthday 02/04/1993

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  1. It really came across as a 'look at me, an intellectual, taking part in a clay pigeon shoot. This is purely the reserve of the toffs and the proletariat" type article. Incredibly patronising, especially turning up in a Sherlock Holmes fancy dress. Unless the article has been edited he still stated his position for further gun control at the end of the article. I certainly didn't see the article as a good thing for shooting or any fieldsports.
  2. It read to me like an article written by a staunch meat eater who has just tried a Greggs vegan sausage roll or a Mc Vegetable burger and found it to be 'ok actually'. I thought it was quite condescending and patronising. It was almost as if the author found the activity to be beneath him and he was trying to identify exactly what us hairy knuckled Neanderthals got out of shooting and why on earth one would enjoy such an activity? It will almost certainly make his readership tut audibly at breakfast table while tucking into their smashed avocado and rye bread toast. Perhaps I read it wrong but I don't think publishing that in the guardian will have shown shooting in a positive light. He can be forgiven for mixing the 12 and 20 bore guns though. You don't often (in modern times) have scales in which the size of the item increases as the description number decreases.
  3. Local shooting ground has a fleet of ATA Sporters as club guns. Owner reckons they must have fired about 10000 - 15000 cartridges each since new and apart from a few marks on the wood from careless stag party goers they look as new. Cleaned once a month if they are lucky so they are definitely living a hard life. I learned to shoot with one of them and if it weren't for my short arms I would have bought one to start off with.
  4. I unfollowed all news outlets on social media, deleted all news apps and stopped tuning into the news on TV a few months into the first COVID lockdown. It was the best thing I ever did from a wellness point if view. It was the scare mongering and doom predictions which just kept me on a constant down and I developed a 'whats the point' type attitude to work and social life. I became a potato, just existing rather than living. In addition to the above I also ignored a lot of the lockdown restrictions and managed to get out walking or fishing or something else interesting most days of the furlough period. Luckily I quite enjoy doing hobbies alone and live in the countryside. I can foresee that a lot of people who really took things serious during the peak of COVID (the living in the shed under the bed, scared for their lives types) will be carrying the mental scares of this for the rest of their lives. The media has a lot to answer for and I do hope that an investigation is carried out in the coming years resulting in those in charge carrying their ***** to the job centre. I often wonder how much of the mental health illnesses and suicide can be attributed to irresponsible reporting from the media in the last 18 months? In answer to the OP title, no. Very soon after the initial lockdown I decided that life was too short to work for a company that was blatantly taking the **** out of me and fired a CV out to every recruitment consultant that served my industry. Result was an interview and job offer a month or two later with one of the big players in my Industry. Just over a year down the line I'm working in a position where I earn more the double what I did previously with excellent perks and full time WFH with optional office attendance. My resignation from the previous company turned out to be the start of a deluge of staff leaving to find better roles elsewhere.
  5. We get our raw food delivered frozen from a specialist raw food shop. Comes in 500g packs and works out at less than £1 a day to feed two dogs. As it's made from flesh, organs and bone chunks there is a very little in there to trigger alergies. If you have young children and your kind of lax about the dogs licking the children's faces or your children could easily access the feed bowls then it's probably not suitable but in all else cases it's the better option.
  6. A bit cynical on my part but perhaps that's your answer right there. Your vet didn't suggest the grain free diet as tabs, injections and hypo allergenic food would be an ongoing income stream for the life of the dog. We started to feed ours on an 80/10/10 raw food diet a few months back when our spaniel pup started to develop some itchiness and dry skin on her belly. We thought it could either have been an allergy to the dry/ wet mix puppy food or a grass seed and pollen allergy. As well as being a lot more keen to eat their breakfast in the morning I think the feeding of raw over canned/ sacked premade foods has helped reduce the itchiness and dry skin to nothing (this could also coincide with the changing of the seasons and reduction in seeds and pollen she has come into contact with on walks) and given a noticeable boost in their energy levels and overall wellbeing.
  7. For those who questioned the lead fowling, I've had a chance to put 100 Fiocchi TT1 28g fibres through the gun today. Started with a perfectly clean and shiny barrel and chamber. First picture is post shooting but pre cleaning so fowling, soot and all sorts of **** present. Second picture is after a few oil soaked pull throughs which will have taken the soot and other rubbish away leaving only the lead fowling in the form of the scaley looking debris that can be seen. The barrels would otherwise be perfectly shiney and free from imperfections. The gun is a Beretta 686 White Onyx. When I have a chance to clean the fowling out I'll take a final picture but we can all picture what the inside of a clean barrel looks like. Apart from learning how to take better close up pictures, any comments?
  8. Many thanks Taileron. There's a tornado style brush included in the cleaning kit I bought with the gun. Yes, I agree it's really effective on the lead fowling in the barrels but doesnt touch the lead fowling in the last 1/4 inch of the chamber. Still on the look for a solution. Thanks. Is there a potential to damage the inside of the barrels with a steel cleaning implement?
  9. What are others doing for lead fowling in the first few inches of the barrels? I seem to get this a lot when using fibre wads. It can be a right PITA to remove at times as well. I've tried a few different solvents and cleaning sprays which claim to soften lead fowling but they never work as well as claimed. Normally takes 10 mins or so solid brush with a brass brush head to get all of the fowling out.
  10. £65k - £75k a year would be the ideal earning bracket for a 40 hour + week. It's enough money to realistically be comfortable and (as long as you weren't silly with the spending) be relatively safe from any big bills while having a nice enough lifestyle. It's in the 40% tax bracket but far enough so that you actually benefit from the higher wage rather than see most of it drained from your paycheck by the government. Over my 12 year working career I've never felt well off despite now earning many multiples of the £15k PA I earned in my first full time job. As well as inflation, rising taxes the tendency to live on the edge of your means always leaves you wanting more. The richest I've ever felt in fact, was at 18 Y/O, still living with parents taking home just over £1k per month. No real bills to pay, a pittance (£100 P/W) in lodge to my parents which they later gave back to me to buy a car when I passed my driving test. I was walking around like a dog with two ***** with the £750+ in my back pocket, enough to buy 300 pints and still have change for food and a taxi after each night out. At present my monthly combined tax and NI contributions are on par with the take home from that first job I had at 18. Apart from having my own place, a few cheap shotguns and a wardrobe full of last years clothes I don't feel any better off. I must remind myself to make better life choices going forward!
  11. I agree with the majority, tell him to do one! (Or more simply, block his number and forget about it) It's very likely that there is nothing wrong with the van and he's trying it on for a partial refund. It could also be said that if the lad is not mechanically competent enough to spot a badly worn clutch or failing turbo on a test drive then perhaps he's better off sourcing a main dealer supplied and warrantied van.
  12. I haven't done anything about it to date. I've seen a few silver pigeons out there and they all seem to have the same wear marks. I just put it down to one of those things that wears with use and I fully expect to be told that they are 'tools' after all waering of the finish with use should be expected. I'll be following your thread with interest though. If you have any luck with a warranty claim, I'll do the same.
  13. I have the same issue with a 686 bought new a few months ago. The wood seems to be contacting the barrels and wearing the finish away. I was told that this is to be expected and that it happens to most of the budget Beretta lineup. I'd be interested to see if you get anywhere with the RFD/ Beretta.
  14. The cynic in me believes that there will never not be a backlog. If that particular department ever came to be in a position where they were caught up and on top of everything then they would open themselves up to further cuts in staffing and budget. It's in their own interest to be constantly under the cosh or to be seen to be constantly under the cosh. There will always be something that can be blamed for putting them under pressure. The last two years have been covid. Previous to that it would have likely been budget and staff reductions. Now it's moving onto 'unprecedented number of applications' type excuse. Shortly it will be the additional social media checks and monitoring required that will be the excuse.
  15. I feel for anyone who puts themselves through this, especially with the amount of commercial and online car buying services that are now available. Used car prices have never been higher than they are right now. I sold a car privately last year to fund a house move. It was a 4 year old hot hatch so attracted the sort of people you would expect. The car was in immaculate condition and had only done 18k miles. It was priced fairly, in the middle ground between the barried boy racer **** and a main dealer warrantied sale. One potential buyer asked for a 25% discount as he lived in the same town. Same buyer then told me that he could buy the same car, same condition for 6 grand less locally. I asked him to show me where and I would buy it myself. He called me rude and ended the discussion. I sold a few weeks later to lad who came from over an hour away. Had a fairly in depth chat about the car via WhatsApp prior to agreeing a viewing. He turned up when agreed, had a quick test drive, paid the asking price minus the £500 I had built in to the cost for haggling and I never heard from him again. Perfect.
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