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  1. There are lots of fakes out there, so buyer beware if shopping on the internet.
  2. Like champagne houses, Mont Blanc spends mental amounts on marketing & PR. Buy one if you like the look of them. Also, pop by the fancy pen shop in the Burlington Arcade, to see other manufacturers’ second-hand options.
  3. 1. The MSC benchmark so beloved of supermarkets is an expensive cartel created by the same supermarkets to whitewash the low standards it approves. It’s too expensive for smaller (sustainable) fish processors to join, thereby damaging the smaller end of the fishing industry. 2. The Chinese & Koreans own a sizeable chunk of the UK fishing industry - the large processors in Grimsby, for example. 3. The Chinese will kill everything they touch. In this case by overfishing. 4. Once the proper fish run out, they will sell the grim-looking muck that makes up “crab” stix, etc, moulded to
  4. Consider who will be the likely tenants of flats in the area you describe, particularly, if managed by social housing-type managers. Lots of running repairs... However, yields are low, but pretty safe. Instead, consider letting to vulnerable tenants - there are specialist managers. The fit & fittings must be prison-quality, but yields are much better.
  5. Flashman


    “Man who goes to bed with itchy bum wakes up with smelly finger.”
  6. They’re both toxic - and have problems with women. All this “trans” rubbish, she’s in the closet anyway and he’s tainted by “no smoke without fire”. All that would be fine, as would her “husband” being Laird of the Clan SNP and treating Scotland like a Middle Ages fiefdom, if they weren’t England’s needy next door neighbour. We’ve been sorting out this mess since about the Middle Ages anyway. However, regime change will be unnecessary as they tear themselves apart and leave the SNP without real leadership.
  7. I cooked ox cheeks in fennel, star anise & sherry on Sunday. Excellent recipe. Four ox cheeks cost £21 from the butchers. I’d say that was enough for eight people. A rolled rib of beef that was big enough for three cost the same from the same butcher, so the cheaper cuts are still cost effective. Mind you, the beef was cooked in 30 minutes, but the cheeks took four hours, so the cheaper cuts do need more time to break down.
  8. Goodfellas Master & Commander
  9. I bought a Stanley flask more than ten years ago and it’s still going strong, as are the newer travel mug and soup flask. Much better quality than Thermos in my experience.
  10. A lot of words to say that we should ignore that the people convicted of these crimes in earlier cases were Muslims of South Asian family origin. It is not racist to simply state facts as reported in the press.
  11. I find it disturbing that anybody would scrutinise reports on sex offenders to argue that the numerous cases of large-scale Asian-led sex offenders are not cause for concern. The facts are simply that several large groups of Muslim males across a considerable number of UK cities independently targeted vulnerable, white female children. The children were taken from care homes, given drugs so they became addicted and traded like chattels for sex. That members of this forum wish to engage in whataboutery for no obvious reason is despicable.
  12. I’ve got a WWII one in navy blue. I think it’s cool - my wife says I look like Paddington Bear. It’s warm and wind proof if worn as a top layer over layers underneath. Although duffle cloth is heavy, the coat doesn’t “feel” warm, but it traps heat in the layers, so it does its job. I have a super lightweight paddock jacket that is much warmer and weights nothing and doesn’t require layering. Both coats are great - it depends on the circumstances and it’s good to have choice.
  13. Chamber pot contents out of the upstairs window.
  14. Packham’s trouble because he’s a zealot. There’s no middle ground, only his way - which is a complete ban on all and any field sports whatsoever. He’s lying is he say otherwise and his rationale is that the end justifies the means. He’s also media savvy and I don’t agree that Botham will tie him in knots. The way to get to Packham is look at his finances and themes-abiding nature of the people he works alongside. Even if (which I doubt) Packham doesn’t have anything to hide, his fellow travellers won’t be clean.
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