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  1. Yes indeed, good cheer to all, as the sun begins its return to the northern hemisphere. I have declared a feast-day for family and friends.
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    Yep, agree with Snakey (#3) and Steve (#4) The technology has been around for around a decade. That is what led to the suggestion in my final paragraph in #1 Whether the cause for the disinterest in airport protection was complacency, parsimony or sheer incompetence (or all three) whoever was responsible for keeping airports safe was not doing their job. At least one airport security chief agrees with me - he has just stated the adventure has done the air industry a favour in providing a wake-up call "without serious consequence" (well, no loss of life or injury - just over 100,000 thoroughly p*ssed-off would-be travelers) Stop Press "Two arrests" but littler else since. I would advise against going bird-watching with binoculars in West Sussex in the immediate future
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    Any theories ? Terrorists ? Anti-new-runway "environmentalists" ? Mischievous geek doing it because he can ? Someone with a real or imagined grudge out to wreck the British economy ? or.... If someone had just invented a system to protect airports from drone attacks, what better way to bring the problem to world attention and thus ensure a prosperous future for his product ? Come on Chesters, and the rest of you -- what do you think ?
  4. Re the dead squirrel It probably attracted both flies (hence maggots) and fur-eating moths (hence caterpillars) on its own account, apart from the church fabrics, I have shot enough squirrels and used the tails as a source of fly-tying material during the last 70 years or so to be well aware of the depredations moths can make on fur and feather if one neglects to keep them in an air-tight container.
  5. The chrysalis of the carpet moth is very like that of a pinkie at first glance. If you leave natural fibres and dead squirrels lying around you might well get both. The church probably harbours mice,bats, silverfish, woodworm and death watch beetle as well .
  6. Very true Andrew - see my post #17 this thread, prticularly the last paragraph
  7. .....for a snifter ? Well here's one. Y'all have heard my boast of having six children and ten grandchildren before, but now there is a great-grandson to add to the list. I taught all ten grandchildren to fish, and am looking forward to teaching the next generation, So raise your glass to young Jack ..... .
  8. Back to the original question, "Shall we stay or leave?" The answer according to May seems to be that we do neither, So every Leaver and every Remainer is going to be thoroughly hissed. No wonder it is suggested we make the hedgehog our national emblem.
  9. When faced with having to help someone with a disability, it strikes me that a modicum of common sense and pragmatism is required , from both the disabled person and the helper. For example one group of science students I taught had a chap in a wheel chair, and a weekly session in an upstairs laboratory (Victorian building - no lift) Solved in two seconds- four volunteers from amongst his fellows to carry the chair and occupant up and down once a week. No "humiliation" involved. Just a pragmatic solution that all concerned accepted as routine. Of course we could have started a campaign to rebuild the university - but how would that have "helped" the immediate need of the student which was to get enough lab experience to pass his forthcoming exam. Another chap had visual difficulties in looking down a polarising microscope. So with the aid of some lab clamps and stands and a projecter lens I rigged the microscope horizontally so it projected an image onto the white wall beside his lab bench. Problem solved without the hassle and delay of ordering a special projector. The most challenging was a blind lady geology student (who wound up better able to identify rocks by feeling their textures than most students could by using their sight) It taught me a lot also, as I had to rethink many concepts in order to explain them to a non-sighted person.. One snag was the continued attempts of a "counselor" who wanted to grab some kudos from "getting involved" She wanted to organise a convention of blind students - theology, arts, social sciences. languages, sciences, catering, business studies etc etc. Linda soon put her right. " Why do you think I need to relate to other blind students ?" she said, "I know as much as I need about being blind, I have been blind from birth, travel daily to a job in the city and run my household, including shopping - the students I enjoy meeting are fellow geology students with the same academic problems as I have" I have rarely seen a counselor so lost for words............ As I get older and progress towards disability I will take any help that's useful. Hearing aid and reading spectacles I use without considering them an embarrassment, I need a stick to walk a short distance (like to my swim) and a mobility scooter to travel more than about 100 yards, No doubt things will get worse with age but I will not be "humiliated" by such trivia, If I need to be pushed in a wheel chair through an air port so be it. I was wheeled into and out of hospital last week following a cataract removal.. I was left briefly in a corridor, and approached by a busybo do-gooder and asked if I needed help. Rather mischievously I replied "Well, I'm waiting for my wife - unless I get a better offer"
  10. In my trout/bass/salmon/cod catching days I had a similar problem with freezers. Wound up with two of maximum size and no room for the car in the garage..... Yes, I know, buy another garage
  11. Begging at best, demanding goods with menaces at worst.
  12. Not really, else they ripen faster than we eat them - greeny-red tomatoes waiting on a widow sill are a good form of short term storage. Fridge space is at a premium here !
  13. This last week we harvested the last of our outdoor tomato crop ("Sun Gold" variety according to our nurseryman). Not only the latest we have ever picked tomatoes, but no trace of blight on the leaves whatsoever. We have eaten a lot of them this summer, made many jars of chutney, and there is still a bowlful of green-red tomatoes ripening on the kitchen windowsill. Been a good year for carrots an' all.
  14. I have never heard it called a "lark's head" either, but have been using it for years for attaching peacock quill bottom only (and long before the term "waggler" was invented) Just a nylon loop whipped to the bottom of the peacock. if a wind sprang up whilst using a top-and-bottom porc, then off comes the porcupine (held by two valve rubber slices which get left on the line), On goes the peacock by this "lark's head", knot, adjust the shotting, and you quickly have the sunken line set-up to the float to beat the wind. You have to remember to recover the two valve rubber slices at the end of the session and pop them back on the porc. The picture does look a bit clumsy for attaching a small hook though - how do you thread a loop through the eye of (say) a #18 ? The grinner (aka uni) is quick and easy enough. John has the better idea of attaching via swivel and hook length
  15. Good idea, but a policy of "put down the owners, rehabilitate the dogs" wouldn't get past our snowflake politicians. Allied to which, such breeds being discussed here are inherently dangerous for the reasons Ken states and rehabilitation may be impractical if not impossible
  16. Boat fishing the top end for barra, we had a few on dead fish, but every so often we got "snagged" After a bit the "snag" would move and march out of the water onto the creek bank. There it would snap the line. Happened twice each to Norma and myself. Each time the snag proved to be a bigger saltie than the previous one. After the fourth saltie our skipper decided to move - "the bigger fellas are more savvy" he said "and will work out where the free fish are coming from, and try to get in the boat after them" He showed us some scratch marks on the keel to "prove" it, but I have known too many guides show us home-made "leopard/panrher/puma/jaguar footprints" (funny its usually a single print) to take that without a pinch of salt. However, there were plenty of barra and no crocs at the new location.
  17. Almost a re-run of post #2 - except the temperature and the wind had dropped and it was quite chilly as we tackled up at 8 am. Absolutely dead until nine, when the loose feeding of very little and not too often began to pay off. .Lots of small perch and roach to maggot - singles only - bunches were refused - all morning until 1pm when Norma suggested going home to lunch soon. "Just ten minutes then" I said, packed in the tiddler-snatching and tried an old trick - a bigger bait on the fringe of the loose feed area, and at last a good run, and a pound and a half perch to put a bend in the rod.. Just like post #2, packed up and home to hot home-made soup - well=spiced tomato this time.
  18. There are good sensible reasons why some wear baseball caps back to front, just as there are good sensible reasons for wearing them the "right" way round. A politician might say that gives the wearer a "choice" Me ? I combine the advantages of both, and wear a deerstalker.
  19. ...and the commercially made ones are just not elastic enough to grip the float firmly enough,- so you are suffering from "depth cheat" after a longish cast because the float slides along the line during the cast. Better to get good quality rubber tube (model-makers' shops etc) and cut slices off it
  20. For "dink" fishing (ie tench or anything smaller) in ponds I have always used porcupine quills, painted the top inch with fluorescent red, orange magenta,, pink or yellow model-maker's paint and attached by an eighth-inch slice of cycle valve rubber top and bottom. I acquired a lifetime's supply of valve rubber about seventy years ago from a mate whose uncle kept a cycle shop. Dusted with French Chalk and stored in a closed container in a cool cupboard, it seems to last for ever - there was about a yard of it originally, and I have about half left - so it will last me until about 2088 No problem with tangles, I usually make it my business to get close enough to the fish so that I fish under the rod tip. Yes, if you want to cast a porc, you need to realise they are heavier than your shot string - I use bird quills for longer casting of floats, ( crow duck,goose, swan etc) with appropriate shot.and am always running short of the right sized float rings for them.
  21. I have just checked, and I own nine greenheart rods, in various stages of repair or disrepair, ranging from a spliced-joint salmon Spey rod of 14 ft to a very light Wanless-style spinning rod of some 7 ft. All I have owned for fifty years or more, none were bought new, but acquired for a few shilings when everyone else went crazy over fibre-glass. I suppose the whole lot cost me the equivalent of thirty quid of today's currency. All except the Spey have caught me the fish they were designed for. Yes, they need getting used to, especially the slower action of the larger rods. However, i doubt, at the age of 84, that I will ever use them again, as at long last I find fly-fishing too tiring with all but the lightest rods - I used a ten-foot greenheart wet fly rod until well into my seventies - single-handed - are we men or mice?
  22. Apologies to those who have heard this before,but in my triploid rainbow era I used greenheart fly rods and these new-fangled split-bamboo rods.. Everyone else used high tech carbon fibre plus various exotic additives and made snide remarks about "grandpa's rods" There was unmistakably a culture of one-upmanship about the syndicate I had many rainbows in double figures and up to 21 lb odd and to be fair, most people caught doubles - there was little skill involved apart from playing a strong fish on light gear. Many used lead-headed flies lures. If such a lure hit the carbon rod during their many false casts it produced a weak spot. The next fish that put a decent bend in the rod found that weak spot and the rod snapped - this happened at least three times that I remember and my response each time was to chuckle, shake my head and audibly wonder "why people went in for cheap plastics rods". (they were about £700 a throw last time I ;looked) That left me decidedly one up
  23. I always used to favour "Anchor" shot, but nobody stocks it around here now, and "Dinsmore" is the next best thing. I like soft shot because I squeeze it on GENTLY with forceps. Apply too much force and there is a serious risk of weakening your line. It means I can readily remove shot with a thumbnail - good for changing rigs, and for recycling your shot many times (I also use float rubbers top and bottom so I can change floats quickly) The only disadvantage with lightly-pinched-on shot is that a big fish will stretch your nylon - and stretched nylon is thinned nylon, and some of the shot may drop off as a result. Hopefully, if one hooks a carp whilst roach fishing, one hopes the hook will straighten instead, saving shot and valuable fishing time. It is easier to renew a hook than a string of shot.
  24. Nice roach Rusty - any roach over a pound is good news.
  25. As many as that ? I am not surprised -, only disappointed.
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