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  1. Fly fished the sea around Stewart Island some years ago. AFAIK it was free then, and a lot of locals were anxious to tell me I was wasting my time - bait was the only thing. Tune changed when I caught a number of Tasmanian Trumpeter Latris lineata (They called them Kohikohi) and I finished up having to give an impromptu fly-tying class in between catching fish. If you go sea-fishing, take a thick rag with you and handle any spiky fish with great caution - scorpion perch are common - the spines are poisonous. Flatheads are less poisonous but can inflict nasty gashes - they are covered with hooked spines.
  2. If only ! The bullocks ate the bloody lot - and the "tops" - they also trampled down many of the other plants they didn't eat. Unless you notice a bullock invasion in the first few seconds, there is precious little you can do. Six bullocks only need about ten minutes to devastate a medium-sized garden.
  3. Maybe, but a lot of extra CO2 was generated by me and the half-dozen bullocks by my chasing said bullocks up and down the garden. They were too stupid to leave by the same way as they arrived, and eventually had to be driven out of the front gate, up the road, left at the crossroads, down the lane to their field gate - a trip of about a quarter-mile. Next morning they jumped the hedge again...... Anyway, my garden now extends to a copse with a brooklet in the bottom (no fish) No more bullocks - just fallow deer, roe deer, badgers, foxes, grey squirrels and tulip-eating pheasants, Next door has a goldfish pond, so they get grey heron as well.
  4. cf posrt#18 When there was a field behind my garden, the bullocks in the field preferred to jump the hedge and eat my Brussel's sprouts rather than the luscious grass at their feet - eventually I solved the problem by buying the field (sine bullocks) and adding it to my garden.
  5. Dunno about that, but my brother-in-law's goats would escape their pen from time to time and eat anything they could find except the grass on the lawn., Flower garden was favourite, kitchen garden next, then the hedge. They would even climb small trees to get at the lower leaves. There did not seem any plant they would not tackle. As Jim put it "They only eat grass when they are desperate"
  6. Yeah, Indo-Pacific Tarpon (aka Ox-eye herring) got one in the Jardine river in '05 - on fly They do fight well, but nothing like as well as the Atlantic Tarpon. Got a 22 pound Atlantic on a #7 fly outfit in Belize - perhaps the most memorable fight of my life. Marlin/sailfish tame by comparison.
  7. Well yes, but because a solution is technically possible does not mean it is economically feasible. Sometimes for political reasons a government throws money at an uneconomic solution (plus a brainwashing campaign to convince the gullible that it is a Good Thing) - but the taxpayer shoulders the burden in the long run,
  8. My late father-in-law once had a run-in with a car-park attendant over some trivial matter (vehicle about a quarter-inch too long for the parking space) Pa-in-[aw's comment became a family saying "Give a twerp a peaked cap and a rule book, and he thinks he's King Dick"
  9. As I am over 80 I get my TV free (although I pay a subscription to sky so as to watch Test cricket and other sports) Therefore the "No taxation, no representation" principle applies. Despite my tongue-in-cheek post #20, If I did pay a fee, I think I might well write to the BBC suggesting that female presenters are overpaid already, and male presenters are grossly overpaid. Two million a year for a jumped-up disc jockey - I ask you.....
  10. With all the media at present obsessed with "gender identity" the female staff of the BBC have a perfect solution. Each writes to the CEO and says that in future "she" is now "he". Ie "he" now wishes to be treated as male - [ike using the male toilets, not wearing heels, getting man-sized portions at the canteen and of course getting a man-sized salary. Could be t effective (or at the very least, disruptive) if they ALL did it.
  11. ... or three if you put some malt vinegar on the chips. Finish off with a cup of tea and a fag and that's your five sorted
  12. I shall be 106 in 2040 so will probably be driving an electric mobility scooter anyway. Car or scooter will be driven by rechargeable batteries, There will be two problems that have not been addressed so far 1 The car driving population will almost certainly swamp the availability of recharging points. Recharging will take much longer than filling up with petrol. The problem is academic from my perspective but the best of luck to you youngsters 2 Rechargeable batteries do not last forever so there will be a problem of disposal. Batteries are packages of chemical nasties that will be rejected by your local council dump. Think of the fuss some councils make over fridge disposal and multiply by the number of cars on the road and the frequency of replacing batteries.
  13. that makes a good case for the de-extinction and/or re-introduction (as the case may be), of mammoth, woolly rhino, lynx, sabre-tooth tiger, wolf, brown bear, etc - should shorten the queue at the chippy a bit. Wild boar are back already - but very little collision with homo sapiens as yet
  14. Rock salmon - or in the more truthful chippies, "huss" - was commonplace from WWII until about 1970. I rarely see it offered nowadays. Rock salmon (aka "flake") was also a term used by the back street chippies to cover lesser spotted dogs, greater spotted dogs, spurdogs, smooth houind, tope and anything of the same shape - depending upon age it was either too sweet or else diabolical (I mean ammoniacal) Like Ajay, I find any decent chippie these days offers both cod and haddock I too don't know which I like best Some of the "upper class" chippies in the Southeast also offer "Plaice and chips" for those that think cod is too proletarian - it is a good way of disposing of witches, megrims, flounders etc to the ignorant at a premium price. "Skate and chips" is now rare - fine if its thornback, less so if its a lump of common skate - both on gastronomic and on conservation grounds. Last time I was in Brixham one desperate sea-front chippie was offering "sustainable" pollack and pout to the gullible. Well the pout is certainly sustainable as far as I am concerned - the old fishermen who called them "stink-alive" certainly had a point - they begin to rot the moment they leave the water. Grilled instantly on the beach seconds after catching, they are not too bad, but any delay via wholesaler and fishmonger - ugh !!
  15. Just had a week on a narrow boat on the Severn with Norma and Lutra, Started well, with plenty of perch and zander, but fizzled out a bit when the temperature dropped mid-week, It was a bit disappointing for the two zander -hunting guests that joined us mid-week - they were greeted with tales of stacks of zanders (fishing two rods the night before I had had two fish on at once) Alas, the guests' arrival coincided with a disappearance of zander and perch bites. All they had to show was a small jack pike each. The species count was down also - a couple of years ago Lutra and I got a dozen species each, this year I could only muster nine species to Lutra's eleven
  16. Good thinking When my No 1 daughter was reading geology at Imperial in the late 1970s, she needed a bicycle for digs to uni and back Received wisdom was that the life of a bicycle in London in those days was about 11 days before it got pinched So I purchased a reasonable S/h ladies' bicycle and a small tin of reddish-brown primer. Painted frames, handle-bars and wheel rims patchily - so with a little oil and chain grease it looked a rusty old wreck. The bike lasted the three years at Imperial and during her subsequent PhD at Exeter.
  17. Just back from a three-day fishing trip (only small perch in two scorchers followed by a thunderstorm) Always found thunderstorms good, but not this time. Anyway, delighted to find the Kevin Maddox book in my letter box - many thanks Chesters - excellent packing too - custom made from cardboard, so that although the outside of the parcel looked as if the Guildford GPO had used it as a soccer ball, the book was absolutely undamaged.
  18. That's very sporting, you have PM and many thanks
  19. Thanks guys - that is one angling book I don;t possess - when was it first published ? I would guess 1970s/1980s Tying eyed hooks in the dark was common knowlege amongst night fishers for carp n the 1960s
  20. In those days I cycled to my fishing venues. Had a cyclists cape and before the days of egg-beater reels would hand-coil the line onto the cape (remembering to reverse the coils before casting) Rod propped on an idle-back broken from a convenient bush (no stainless-steel rod-pods) Bite indicator/tension adjuster was a lump of mud squeezed on the line. (No electronic Delkims) Fishing in the steam age - as good as it got Oh, BTW night fishing then was sort of semi-legal Many venues were fished on a lassez-faire principle - we didn't have formal permission, but then, OTOH nobody had said we couldn't fish there - probably because they were unaware of their waters being fished. Not showing a light was a good method of keeping it that way.......
  21. Yeh, but,but,but.... You would need a hand to hold the hook, a hand to hold the matchbox, a hand to hold the match and a hand to hold the line. (Have NEVER used a Ronson-type lighter - abominations.) That makes four hands - even the Ronson-toting philistines would need three. My method = No need for light
  22. ...and here’s another ! Went fishing at a local pond Wednesday **. Remembered rod, reel, net, tackle, bait and seat. Forgot specs, Cue :- “My eyes are dim , I cannot see, I have not brought my specs with me.... “ Threaded up rods OK, attached float, but couldn’t thread on a #14 eyed hook..... Until.... I remembered an old skill from the 1960s, In those days , no nonsense with beta-lights and head torches - we fished in darkness, and had to learn how to tie on a hook in the dark. I have never seen it mentioned here, but I can still do it ! Method Hold bend of hook in left hand and bring eye up to touch the tip of your tongue. Hold line between finger and thumb of tight hand with about a quarter-inch projecting and poke at your tongue with it – THROUGH THE HOOK EYE. Your tongue is sensitive enough to allow you to do that. BTW It only works for stiff line such as monofilament, No good for braid ! Once threaded, you OUGHT to be able to tie a grinner by touch alone The first time I was told about it (by Chevin if memory serves) I didn’t believe it either ! So, if you are incredulous, do what I did – get off your f... a... Find a hook and some nylon, shut your eyes and try it. Tell us how you got on. If I have resurrected an old angling skill, my day is made - but did anyone else know this already ?
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    Cory - I'm sure your Scottish education included the advice to "answer the question set" I asked about windmills specifically - no marks for a pontification on direct solar radiation and geothermal energy. and BTW if you "capture" a proportion of the sunlight, what happens to the plants that used to utilise it to photosynthesize the primary production that underlies all food chains ? Note I am asking questions, not asserting anything. ...and yes, we all know that solar energy drives the winds that drive the windmills - so don't go off on another tangent.
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    Well, there is certainly a lot of wind energy in the above three posts ! But note carefully I did not take sides, but asked a question - which is still unanswered. What "premise" stinks, Phone ?
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    Here is a little exercise that may appeal those that advocate "renewable energy" Work out the TRUE cost of producing energy from wind farms, a/ in cash terms, b/ in energy terms You need to know, amongst other things, how much energy goes into mining, smelting, fabricating, erecting and maintaining the windmills, (including the machines that make the machines) The total energy produced by a windmill during its lifetime. The man-hours involved in all the above The amount of political obfuscation surrounding the projects will make the task harder - which is why I want YOU to do it, rather than try myself. The answer ? Dunno, but the adage "You can't get energy for nothing" occurs to me.
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