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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.
  2. 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 100,0
  3. 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 camp
  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 en
  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
  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 i
  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
  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. Howev
  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 ro
  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 t
  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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