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  1. According to the medics, it is all the patients' fault. We eat too much, we drink too much, we smoke too much, we fornicate too much. All these put a strain on the NHS In my case, when I claimed "none of the above" I was told it was still my fault because I have lived too long
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    Right or wrong I support three organisations and ONLY three, The RNLI because I was brought up in Cromer, and as a child, knew Henry Blogg , who risked his life many times over, to save people from the sea. As a governor, I can keep an eye on how the money is spent I also support the Poppy Day - My service career did not put me in danger, but I am very aware of those of my comrades who suffered death or serious injury - and the strain that puts on their families. I am aware that there may be some jiggery-pokery between my contribution and what proportion actually reaches th recipients, but they deserve every penny. Thirdly, I contribute to any steam locomotive preservation, provided I approve of the project, and know and trust the individuals runnibg it. Alas, my days of providing practical help are over, but at least I can provide cash and encouragement' Why ?.........., because dragons are a myth, and dinosaurs are extinct - these fire-breathing "beasts of man" are the next best things - if dragons existed, I would have been a dragon-rider I ignore all other appeals , the latest money sink seems to be donkeys "thousands of donkeys die every day" true, and thousands of donkeys are born every day.
  3. Absolutely We caught and brought back a load of chinook (King) and coho (silver salmon) from a trip to British Columbia - greatly superior to "Wild Alaskan" (Sockeye aka Red) which is in turn superior to dog (chum) and pink (humpback) salmon. I have also caught my share of Hampshire Avon salmon, and while I can't honestly say there is a marked difference in taste from wild salmon I have caught in Scotland and Ireland, all three are vastly superior to farmed salmon for the reasons Steve stated earlier in this thread. The outfit we went with to BC specialised in trimming, freezing and packing for air travel the thick end of a hundredweight of fish per person - they even held it in cold store until our return flight. Dunno if they are still in business
  4. Thats from Dec 3 last year - I could have added "and all three of the Aussie fast bowlers are faster than any of ours,and Australian wickets do not favour the seam and swing of fast-medium bowlers - ie Anderson and Broad" We have the shorter forms of cricket sorted, but our Test side for Aussie wickets needs rebuilding.
  5. Horse sense : That spark of intelligence present in horses that prevents them betting on people.
  6. We have just found an empty wood-pigeon egg-shell by our front hedge, and on Friday our walk on the Ashdown Forest yielded a woodlark claiming its territory (up in the air like a skylark, returning to a high perch on a birch tree) They usually wait until late February.
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    I thought you meant something akin to trolls until I googled the term. (for other computer semi-literates a bot is a robotic device that extracts information from your posts at the speed of electronic gadgets - according to Wiki, "bots" account for 50% of internet traffic, Good bots are simply self-serving - ie gathering info so they can bombard you with ads they think you might respond to, Bad bots are nastier than most of us can imagine) I suppose the answer, John, is "very likely" "Be careful what we post" is the best advice I can think of.
  8. Agreed,although I would think being cooped up for a fortnight on those "cruise liners" so heavily advertised on television could be marginally worse
  9. Ted Malone, aged 99 Author of several books on fly-tying and a fly-tying maestro
  10. We have snowdrop,crocus,cyclamen and hellebore in flower, daffodil buds showing, and hazel catkins have been out for at least a month.
  11. In Bangalore, we saw a bloke riding a bicycle with a woman in (apparently) full bridal costume riding on the crossbar. She was holding a three-tier decorated wedding cake
  12. 10p on each candy bar would be even simpler, and a damned sight more useful. On second thoughts, that wouldn't be enough - make that £5 on each bar.
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    couldn't agree more
  14. Beware of hybrids ! I used to participate in monthly magazine-feature fish-ins on local commercials, the resultant feature being published locally . The magazine editor was an old fishing friend and it was a pleasant day out for free with easy fishing thrown in., Many of the waters we fished were stiff with roach-bream and roach-rudd hybrids. I had roach-bream to 4 lb, and roach-rudd to 3-12 No pure roach over 1-14. Lots of 2lb "roach" were claimed by others - backed up (of course) by the fishery owners concerned. Over 75 years angling has given me a cynic's view - Identification is simple.for the wannabes, any fish with roach in its ancestry is a "true roach" if you or one of your mates has caught it - or if you own the water concerned. If anyone else has caught it, its a hybrid. It is my lifetime ambition to catch a 2 lb roach, but so far 1-14 (four times) has been my best. My editor mate has passed away, and now I almost never fish commercials unless I am introducing a beginner to angling. I am that convinced of the absence of true roach over 2 lb from such waters that I spend my money on other things.. Clear rivers and large gravel pits are a better bet, the fishing is more difficult, but at least the quarry is probably present. If you still want to go the "commercial" route, then you need to be well clued-up on hybrid recognition, but note it is not always as simple as counting fin-rays and lateral-line scales AN has a few past threads that were useful, but I don't know if they are still accessible. I have one useful paper re hybrid recognition on file A molecular approach to detect hybridization between bream Abramis brama, roach Rutlius rutilus and rudd Scardinius erythrophthalmus P. M. W. Wyatt†, C. S. Pitts† and R. K. Butlin*† Anyone sufficiently interested, pm me your email address, and I will send you a copy
  15. I agree John, and to take this "fowl" analogy further, some of our brave Brexiteers are beginning to sound as if they want to chicken out.
  16. As a Norfolkman I can say I never heard the expression until I met my late 1st wife in 1950 - as I said, a Peak District lass. but of course you are right about the wind itself - a north wind at Cromer comes straight (apart from the Earth's curvature) from the polar ice cap with nothing but open sea in between. if the wind veers a bit to NNE. you come under the comparative shelter of Spitzbergen !
  17. Must agree here, I heard the expression (from a Peak District lass) back in the 1950s - some years before Pratchett began to write.
  18. Hove (large Jewish population) has a fishmonger's which has offered carp for as long as I can remember - ie at least as far back as WW II
  19. When we first went to Ireland in 1953, there were some desperately poor people there. One aspect of this was the lavish treatment we got from the hotels (they were desperate for repeat custom) A second aspect was the presence of small boys, each clutching a jar of lobworms on the river bank, chanting "D'yee wanna buy any worrums Misther" At sixpence a jar so full of worms that they lasted one angler all day, we thought it good value, and sixpence was a fortune to the worm sellers. Many of these lads only wore one garment - shorts made out of hessian sacking , held up by braces made from binder twine. Coupled with the general "skin and bone" appearance of the boys, it was quite a culture shock to see such abject poverty so close to home. One lad, Liam, became our regular supplier and aspects one and two above came together when we opened the picnic basket containing our "packed lunches" Each day the hotel loaded it with enough food to feed, if not an army, at least a small company. There was more than enough even for the hollow-legged teenagers we then were. So we offered a sandwich or two to Liam, and they disappeared faster than a spaniel wolfing down a stolen sausage. This lad, if not at starvation level, was nevetheless very hungry indeed. We learnt that his very large family fasted on Fridays as they could not afford fish (which information further hardened my views on religious customs) As we were to fish for perch from a boat the next day (Friday) we offered to bring him some fish back Liam accepted. We brought back about twenty-eight pounds of medium-sized perch,and were met at the staithe by Liam, and four of his brothers, all wearing the same style of hessian shorts and carrying sacks of the same material. Liam's father had come along also to thank us for the fish. We mentioned we were bream fishing the next day which drew the observation "We don't eat the brame sorr, they are a dhurty fish !" So there we are - even a 1950s Irish family on the breadline won't eat bream, yet some people in this country will pay almost £5 per lb for it !
  20. 1. Me, 3 Me As for 2 I think those who want to remain in touch with each other should exchange email addresses fairly soon. Or is anyone prepared to put cash and effort in to keep it going ?....................................................................................................................... No? Thought not.
  21. There has been too much press hype. We have , in the absence of Stokes, only two Test-class batsmen (The Aussies have three) Our two senior fast bowlers have their best years behind them, All of our fast bowlers have bowled too short a length so far. The Aussie off-spinner is better than ours, We have no serious second spin bowler. Only at wicket-keeper can we claim parity. We need three miracles, but are more likely to have to face reality. Nevertheless I will be supporting our team win or lose.
  22. "Speciation" has been going on since DNA replication became a reality (and a pedant might argue "even before that") "Science" magazine has apparently only just rediscovered it.
  23. I still use them - as a customer they are still useful - I may not wish to pay "on line" particularly if it is necessary to "register" - which in many cases involves answering unnecessary and impertinent questions, the answers to which may be sold on, and the harvest being a barrage of trash emails advertising things one neither needs nor wants. Most of my subscriptions are made by cheque rather than by standing order or direct debit. that means I can make an annual choice as to whether or not to continue, besides which, at the time of my demise, payments cease automatically, without my executors being troubled by extra paper work in either stopping payments or recovering post-mortem automatic payments. I can see why sellers don't like cheques, but am indifferent to their proctalgia I
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