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  1. I remember the evening of the FIFTH of June. Nobody mentioned any details, but "They're on their way" was the whisper everywhere, Pretty obvious really, one day there were stacks of military convoys of tanks, field guns, lorries and bren-gun carriers - the next day.....all gone. News Chronicle headlines on June 7th "WE HOLD THREE BRIDGEHEADS"
  2. Both the last two (Noakes and Norwegia) were aged 83 - my age . That reminds me to appreciate my fishing trip tomorrow morning.
  3. Thanks ayjay and to satisfy the pedantic "Talc is a hydrous magnesium silicate mineral with a chemical composition of Mg3Si4O10(OH)2." Very soft, and in powdered form known as French Chalk, Natural rubber powdered with French Chalk and kept in a cool dark place seems to avoid denaturing almost indefinitely as I said above in post #5 Pleased to hear of other improvisations - ingenuity is the hall-mark of many successful anglers
  4. No Chesters, they perceived the results but most of them didn't understand why.
  5. Religionists have been doing it for thousands of years - without even understanding what they were doing
  6. A mate of mine had an Ariel Square Four 1000cc Mk 1. Sounded like a Lancaster bomber with fuel consumption to match I had a drive or two on it - was not impressed - leaked oil everywhere - even worse than the average Triumph My ownership of Ariels was limited to Red Hunters - I used to buy cheapie/clapped-out motorcycles and do them up for sale
  7. But they did Lots here - mainly American http://www.bing.com/search?q=Maxim%27s%20steam%20aeroplane&pc=cosp&ptag=C1ABE91C7D8F5&form=CONBDF&conlogo=CT3210127
  8. Very true, but in this case the rubbers were with the quills at home. The old cycle valve rubber (bought in bulk and chopped up as and when required) was ideal - I still have some, packed in powdered French Chalk and as supple as ever after over 50 years.
  9. http://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=WKikAKtv&id=2FBEE28DCA1A1AEDDA36A2FD11F6F270A0D4BF1E&thid=OIP.WKikAKtvEMcXxd1cSDry2gEsDh&q=Scott+Flying+Squirrel&simid=608027298834940794&selectedIndex=6&qpvt=Scott+Flying+Squirrel&ajaxhist=0 I had Norton, Royal Enfield, Triumph, Ariel, Vincent, BSA and Velocette pass through my hands, but never one of those magical Flying Squirrels. I was promised first refusal of one, but the owner sold it whilst I was away on National Service. His reason - "In case you got killed" He doesn't know how close he was to death when he told me that.
  10. Love it !! I remember sitting somewhere, filling my pipe ready for lighting up when I left, and some officious twerp barking "NO SMOKING" at ,me "I'm not smoking" I replied OT "You have a pipe in your hands" Me "I have a pair of shoes on my feet, but I.m not walking"
  11. I am just packing a shoulder bag for tomorrow's fishing trip. Must put in my tube of porcupine quills. Forgot it last week and was faced with having to free-line on a very twiggy bottom whereas for best results a bait fished an inch or two above the twigs is better. Improvisation is the name of the game. On the banks of the pond grows Pendulous Sedge Carex pendula, with flowerheads some 4 to 6 inches long. Picked one , attached one end to my line with a clove hitch and hey presto an instant waggler float. Bite detection was OK, and tiddlers could be swung to hand. Any fish above three or four ounces is strong/neavy enough to straighten out the clove hitch** and thus cause the sedge to drop off - but there were plenty of fresh sedges to provide fresh "floats" As one gets older there is this tendency to forget things, but the improvisation learnt in one's youth (war on, tackle scarce) often comes to the rescue. . **Which is why I used soft herbage rather than a wooden twig - such a knot in nylon will snap easily if it can't straighten .
  12. Quote from Chesters first link That was published in April 2014 - over three years ago. how many attacks have happened since that have not made headlines ?
  13. Of course it is ! That's why bookmakers , insurance moguls and stockbrokers drive around in Porches.
  14. When I was an MSc student, one of my tasks was to determine the seismic velocity along the fold hinge of the Purbeck Hills, I had special permission to do this on MOD property. Found a suitable hill, miles from public access, climbed to the ridge (lugging about a hundredweight of seismic equipment with me), and set about digging twenty small holes in the chalk to house my twenty geophones. The first hole, on removal of about nine square inches of the turf, yielded a George VI half-crown. I wish Chesters 50/50 rule had applied, as I could have expected 25 bob's-worth of half-crowns from twenty holes, but I only found the one ,
  15. Think very carefully before complaining that licences are rarely checked There are a number of strategies possible in policing our waters Many officers (which means many salaries) carrying out frequent checks would increase the cost of licences - without much to spare for the fisheries themselves. On the other hand, few checks, but draconian fines for offenders, would seem a better option - provided the fines went into the "fishery improvement" kitty. Either way, the sum effect of all the "sins" of all the anglers in the country are trivial compared with the environmental damage caused by industrialists, and even by public bodies. That said, I have never, ever been asked for my licence on a river - that's in 75 years of river angling - even when I went seatrout fishing with an R.B bailiff (yes, that was when we still had River Boards) he didn't check my licence. I was once checked on one of my rare visits to a commercial set of ponds - the bailiff was astounded when I produced a salmon licence ! ............also once at a put-n-take rainbow fishery PS, I have frequently been asked to show my permit by fellow syndicate/club members, have always shown it, provided they show me theirs. (No jokes please ) ... Older members may recall a story of a permit-less busybody who was unwise enough to challenge me in a hectoring manner. I thought I had seen this before ! Just checked back - I answered three or four years ago ! Said the same things then as now
  16. Although I will not be attending, I have offered a COMPLETE set of Waterlog magazines Reserve £70 100 issues in good condition Note that I have not received Issue No 100 yet - due out next month and I want to read it first ! Heavy lot - Buyer collects - either from my home or a mutually agreed location.
  17. Well, good fishing everyone. I will be trying to increase my species list down in Cornwall Bloch's Topknot and Cornish Sucker are on the hit list, but I expect lots of Common Shannies will get to the bait first.
  18. I thought you moved there for grey mullet and chips
  19. Ie "get on their bike" - as Norman Tebbit said his dad did. Norman took a lot of stick for stating the obvious
  20. No, I mistyped All my fault, sorry, Now corrected Must be getting old !
  21. I didn't say it did ! Angle shades overwinters as larva, If small it will need to grow before pupating ...and yes it has a long season and more than one brood per year, so the overwintering larva could be of various sizes - another site says you can sometimes find the adults in any month of the year.
  22. Brian A larva is a "caterpillar" A pupa is a "chrysalis" Different moth species overwinter at different stages of their life cycles some as eggs, some as small larvae , some as fully grown larvae, some as pupae and some as adult moths. Angle shades does so as small larvae, hence in early spring they need food to grow larger, pupate and then emerge as moths. from May onwards. The one photographed here is a bit earlier than usual - possibly due to the mild winter - but they need food as well as warmth so a early moth which overwinters as a larva must have had access to early leaves whilst still a caterpillar.
  23. It struck me that there is an inconsistency in the above post. A food supply is needed to get from winter pupa to adult by late April, and that presumably requires young leaves by February/March - yet none of the four plants listed meet that requirement. I therefore revisited the list of food plants and found Brassica, lettuce and spinach listed. Gardeners amongst you will know there are winter varieties of all three, That seems a likelier explanation than the caterpillar eating the remains of last year's bramble leaves ! Correction - that should be "larva"
  24. Only just seen this thread Yep. Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa They are quite common, and overwinter as larva and will eat many common plants, including nettle, birch, oak and bramble. Usually flies from May to October, so if this is a recent photo it is unusually early (because of mild winter ?)
  25. Two things 1 The Queen's birthday went by without comment by the BBC - I may have blinked and missed it, but time was when there would have been a playing of the National Anthem, guards marching, etc etc (that's leaving aside the issue of the banality of the anthem itself - as has been said before, it needs replacing with something more appropriate) Its bad enough to have saddled the royals with Nicholas Witchell ("odious little man" to quote the Prince of Wales) but we have a constitutional monarchy for a reason, and its time a few at the BBC recognised that. 2 Ever since the election was called we have been bombarded with Jeremy Corbyn, Jeremy Corbyn, and Jeremy Corbyn. The only respite was a "political correspondent" telling us what Jeremy Corbyn had just said Fortunately for the BBC, I am not in charge of their funding, else I might consider halving their grant and suggesting Corbyn and his cronies make up the deficit.
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