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  1. Doesn't always work like that Martin. Rivers are not evenly graded in their upper reaches , they have shallows, glides,,pools and deeper pools. In times of drought,fish retreat to the deepest pool they can find, That means they are cut off if the shallows above and below dry up.. Such fish may survive until the river flows again - or they may not!
  2. Many,many watercourses dry out in their upper reaches in most summers. Down south, on porous chalk country, they are known as "winterbournes", What is a serious matter is that the reckless (I repeat "reckless") extraction from the aquifers by water authorities severely exacerbates the drying out in both linear extent and in duratiion.. Many of the trout-holding Wealden streams have been effectively shortened by this practice..
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    Perhaps they got the idea from watching " 'Allo 'allo "
  4. As well as the things you list, it is alleged they imported rabbits and nettles, which over the ages have helped quite a few country folk who would otherwise have been struggling on the breadline Boiled young nettle tops and rabbit pie - excellent fare.
  5. Not just apes. A fundamental rule of biology is that if two organisms compete for an identical niche or resource, one will eventually extinguish the other. Applies whether the organisms are animal, vegetable, fungal, bacterial etc etc Works for fisheries also !
  6. I can remember very many trips, but perhaps the most memorable was the very first marlin trip Norma and I took out of Cabo San Lucas ( Mexican west coast) We had reached Cabo after a tour of the Sea of Cortez, and seeing a marlin boat come in, allowed ourselves to be talked into a day's marlin fishing.-not difficult It might have been beginners' luck, but we finished the day with six Striped Marlin, all around 150 to 250 lb, and ran the boat out of marlin flags Flying marlin flags is an important part of skippers' bragging rights, so the crew cut up a blue dishcloth to improvise two extra flags. Coming in with six flags flapping from the outrigger was a good moment. We have since had plenty more and bigger marlin, but never again six in a day.
  7. Yeh, all the best Ken I am still awaiting my second cataract removal. One would have to be pretty clueless not be apprehensive about an eye op, but I must say my first cataract op went very well
  8. The Iron Defender, 638 appearances for Liverpool, "Tommy Smith wasn't born, he was quarried" Bill Shankly
  9. A really weird perversion.. I tried to visualise it happening in my teenage days (that's around 1950) I can imagine the upskirter becoming a laughing stock, and when the story reached the boyfriend of the upskirted, some sort of conker match occurring between the upskirters head and his camera - probably wielded by said boyfriend. We country folk had our own way of dealing with such perversions.
  10. Galleys ! Would save on fuel costs too.
  11. Probably about 75 when my ophthalmologist triumphantly exclaimed "cataract" at my annual checkup As far as I can remember I have always seen fish underwater (from above the water) better than most. Was not too conscious of this until the 1960s when angling writers began chirping about Polaroids. I borrowed a pair, was not impressed by the difference (if any), so have never wasted my money on them. Same goes for dazzle when driving, but with new lenses in each eye in the future that may well change. In the Weald most visibility is limited by turbidity to about 3 feet (Wealden Clay) In very clear water I can see fish up to several feet down *say 6ft plus) I remember my first visit to the Great Ouse, where my sight fishing got me a PB chub, a PB roach and a PB perch in one weekend. I remember thinking "No wonder these angling writers catch big fish = they are much easier to catch when you can see 'em" It's a good job I kept that thought to myself as I soon learnt sight fishing is but a fraction of the story PS Just seen Phone"s quote, Whilst I don't pretend to understand it all, it does explain a lot/ Thanks Phone
  12. Alien fish eating our precious Ducks. - reaction - SHOCK HORROR Alien birds (Continental Cormorants) eating our precious fish. - reaction - What is all the fuss abouit ?
  13. I prefer English. Many years ago a student colleague of mine preferred Graeco-English A tutor pulled him up over "aecology" and altered it to "ecology" For the rest of his student life my friend spelt the word as follows "aecology (I'm not a bloody Yank)" He finished up as a Professor in America, but I don't know if he took his spelling with him ! Glad to hear you have no cataracts, believe me, you don't want to know about them Replacing the lens is trivial compared with the medico-legal hassle of proving you still have the visual ability to drive.
  14. So there are two of us at least ! Must be those Neanderthal genes.... Same with blood samples, I remember you saying that like me, no medic was any good at taking blood samples from you.. I have found one capable blood sampler, who I insist on having each time. I notice she is going grey, so when she retires, its back to being a human pincushion again.
  15. Even older is the practice of sending engineering apprentices and the like to the stores and telling them to ask for a long stand. After keeping them waiting for half an hour the storeman would ask if they had stood long enough It used to work on the younger newcomers to the Bluebell Railway - some even didn't cotton on in response to the storeman's question !
  16. First outing since October - age and various infirmities kept me away from fishing, but Norma and I did toddle out for a short session on a local pond yesterday. Not a lot caught, just perch and rudd, but it was a glorious day, early spring flowers a-flowering (celandine, wood anemone, primrose and cuckoo flower). Nuthatch calling loud enough for me to hear and in the sky a red kite - they became common in West Sussex last year, but this is the furthest east we have seen one. Thursday we had a non-fishing outing to a local reservoir and saw the first Little Ring Plover (3 birds) of the spring.
  17. Sounds about right. "There are holes in the sky ,where the rain gets in, They are very very small, That's why rain is thin" Spike Milligan
  18. I think everyone "knows" that a pair of polarizing spectacles will aid in spotting fish in the water. Certainly hack angling writers have written enough articles about the subject. I have always taken that received wisdom with a pinch of salt. Why ? ...... because I personally, during a long fishing life, have always picked up fish in the water pretty well, and on the odd occasion when a companion has suggested I try his Polaroids, have found they made little or no difference. So, I rarely spoke about this, as everyone else told me I was wrong - I knew I was right, but kept my own counsel. Now, had I snuffed it in my seventies, The secret would have died with me. But here I am, having lived long enough to develop cataracts in both eyes. Last November I had the cataract (the more serious of the two ) in my right eye removed and a plastic lens substituted, I am still waiting for the other eye to be fixed. So far, so good. One of the first things I noticed was the brilliance of the colours seen through my new lens - especially at the blue end of the spectrum. Looking at hazy blue sky and closing my right eye , the cataract-affected left eye is telling me the sky is a wish-washy dull yellowish drab. Shut the left eye and observe the sky with my "new" plastic-lensed right eye, and lo and behold the sky is definitely blue. I could hardly get over this novelty, and now observe most things by closing one eye or the other and observing the changes in colour and intensity. OK, easily explained by the cloudiness (and possible pigmentation) of the cataracts.and no great discovery. Now the spooky bit. The sun was shining the other morning, and we had half-opened a window, so the sun was caching it at an angle, causing a glint - something I had barely noticed before. Shut one eye, then open it and shut the other - yes, big difference, I could see the garden clearly through the angled glass with my left eye (and developing cataract) but with my right eye and its fancy lens, all I could see was a reflection of the early morning sun. A visit to a body of water confirmed the same holds good for a water surface. So, what is the explanation ? Bearing in mind polarization is a uni-directional thing - like the slats in a Venetian blind ie two polarizing filters one behind the other can be rotated with respect to each other so as to bring the "mini-slats" at mutual right angles and extinguish all light - Geologists of my generation used a polarising microscope with a rotating polar filter to identify rock minerals - some of which show polarity and some not. So postulating that I carry a polarising gene is a bit far fetched. Perhaps because I spent so much time stalking trout in my youth the cause is nurture rather than nature. Either way, once my second cataract is removed and a plastic lens substituted, then my ability to spot fish in the water will be diminished. I will have to join the rest of the human race and buy a pair of polarising specs ! Comments from anyone familiar with the biophysics of polarised light would be useful NB My spell checker objected to "polarising" with an "s", - insisting on the American "z" - until I got fed up and ignored it.
  19. Steve Re post #10 I noticed the Telegraph specified Moroccan youths as the attackers. That puzzled me, as in many Arab countries I have visited (including Morocco), males holding hands whilst walking along the street is a common sight. There is some sort of inconsistency here, but I don't pretend to know what is behind it.
  20. I note that what seem to be the common views of this group is that they all dislike Jeremy Corbyn, and all seem to favour a second referendum - the so-called "people's vote" None has so far done the honorable thing and resigned their seat, stand as an independent, and allow a "people's vote" to chose their representative.
  21. Some years ago, the weather spot on a news bulletin had to be postponed, When the embarrassed weatherman finally appeared, he apologised, giving as excuse "We were celebrating Fahrenheit's birthday" Loved it !
  22. Fished the Darling some years ago hoping for a Murray Cod. My heart sank as soon as I saw the colour of the river - a thick milky yellow, just like the colour of commercial carp puddles. Sure enough it was a carp a chuck and nothing else until I found a clear water tributary - still no Murray Cod (too small a stream ?) but I did get a rare Trout Cod from it and a few other Australian percids. The fish deaths reported do not surprise me, and one could predict that the Australian native fish would succumb to the lowered oxygen levels before the carp. An ironic coincidence is that the original stockings of carp were alleged to be done under the auspices of a chap by surname Pratt
  23. As I said in post #90 I reached my conclusions about the age of 9 (that would be circa 1943 ) What I actually said was something like "The trouble with this world is that at least 70% of the people in it don't know their job" That was a result of comparing junior school teachers' general knowledge with my own. Sturgeon's Law was not published (according to your quote) until 1956 It looks as if people took more notice of that cocky little sod from Hemsby than I realised.
  24. I think I was about 9 years old when I came to the conclusion that the world's troubles could be traced to the fact that 70% of the population were dickheads (or whatever we called them in those less polite days) 75 years later I realise I had the situation about right, but overestimated the average intelligence - your 90% is much nearer the mark. The 90% applies at all levels, from roadsweepers through dog-walkers to Ministers of the Crown. The procedure post-Brexit should have been carefully planned starting from the morning after the referendum - instead we look like getting last-minute panic action in the few weeks we have left before March 29th
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