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Old 19th May 2017, 06:03   #4821 (permalink)
 
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Good to hear from Nigel of the holy legs and good to hear they
are slowly on the mend.

Miss Wet n' Miserable has kicked Mr Sun out of the sky again.
What a dreich morning it is out there.

However, it is FRIDAY
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Old 19th May 2017, 07:59   #4822 (permalink)
 
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When I were a lad there were 170,000 of us in the relatively tiny Royal Air Force
There were 7,000 of them at RAF Yatesbury alone! What proportion of todays RAF would that be?

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There are two uniform "group" winter and summer. I was told this morning by two enlisted guys freezing on their summer uniform and the rain that they are not allowed to wear the uniform jacket with the summer uniform.
'Shirt sleeve order' was always an option, no restrictions on wearing ones BD top.

But overseas in KD/Blue zones, life was different. One changed from one to the other on a given date. The weather sometimes cooperated.

One of the oddest was at Istres, we had a May to September KD season. If the Mistral blew, on the strip we wore anoraks with KD!
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Old 19th May 2017, 09:19   #4823 (permalink)
 
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Morning peeps,horrible gray and wet here,been out done me shopping so dont have to venture out again.
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Old 19th May 2017, 12:42   #4824 (permalink)
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They gave the air force guns?? Scary! lol.
First, Let's get something straight - guns are what the Navy have on battleships and the Army have in batteries. Small arms are not "guns".

Secondly, during my time in the Far East Air Force shooting team (sub-machine gun champion 1970 and service rifle Tyro runner-up) and the RAF Strike Command shooting team (made the finals at Bisley in the '73 inter-service target rifle match) the only time we were beaten by the army was in the falling plates against the Ghurkas.

At my best I could shoot a six inch group at 300 yards with an SLR and I was by no means the best service rifle shooter in the Royal Air Force - (that was Ron Van Gelderen in my day) as I never even made the finals in Service Rifle.
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Old 19th May 2017, 15:11   #4825 (permalink)

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At my best I could shoot a six inch group at 300 yards with an SLR
What did that poor Figure 11 target do to deserve that.

I was in charge of our shooting team. Turned up with our issue machine gun (not rifle), which was the old style LMG (Bren). OIC said we weren't allowed to use it and must use a GPMG. This was the same for the AAC team. I was ok having trained on them, but no one else had. We got a lot of penalties and ended up after deductions with 2 points. Beat the AAC who managed a score of -16.
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Old 19th May 2017, 15:40   #4826 (permalink)
 
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In Borneo in the sixties we helicopter pilots were expected to defend ourselves against the Indonesians with a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver. We were issued with twelve rounds in a box with the ammo dated 1947. When you fired it upwards against the wind you could see the shell going (not very far, the shell that is) and I had one occasion when one bullet pushed the previous one out of the barrel.

The answer was found by using the 9mm. round. This being powdered for firing and reloading doubled the velocity. The indent on the case had to be filled and then made proud with a thin strip of bladetape so that it would stay in place when the hammer hit it,

There would be a satisfying kick when it went off, the only drawback being that one would have to poke out the spent cases with a screwdriver or similar as the extractor claw would not grip the tape.

Ammunition was easy.. I asked for some off the Ghurkhas and they gave me a box of 1,000 rounds.
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Old 19th May 2017, 22:26   #4827 (permalink)

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Hello.

What happened to my fishy?

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Old 20th May 2017, 06:34   #4828 (permalink)
 
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Morning once again.
Mr Sun is back in the ascendant here for the time being. Wetness
guessed for this afternoon.

The grass will be chopped this morning if it dries out in time
before it gets wet again.

Today marks the birth in 1895 of one Reginald Joseph Mitchell.
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Old 20th May 2017, 06:40   #4829 (permalink)
 
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Morning folks.

One is off to me canal this morning to do a bit of boating and wood chopping. Waterproofs will be taken.....just in case!
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Old 20th May 2017, 06:58   #4830 (permalink)
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Tricky Woo - Fish, like visitors, goes off after four days! Perhaps you should ask Cap'n Draper, he has been known to be partial to a bit of fish in his diet!

Welcome back!
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Old 20th May 2017, 07:31   #4831 (permalink)
 
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AHA! the Woo person!welcome back sir,is one still living up a Alp?
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This is slightly interesting.

The Town Hutch, Newcastle upon Tyne (1930)

This large wooden chest, known as the ‘Town Hutch’, was used by the Corporation, or town government, for the safe-keeping of money, books and important documents.

Every year eight men were elected to hold a key for the one of the nine locks on the Hutch. The Mayor held the ninth key so that the Hutch could only be opened when all nine men were present.

The Hutch stood in the Guildhall, the seat of government from medieval times. In 1740, the keelmen ransacked it in protest about the price of grain. They distributed over £1,000 from the Hutch to the poor.

Members of Newcastle’s Corporation also controlled the town’s weights and measures.
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Old 20th May 2017, 10:48   #4833 (permalink)
 
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Anyone intending to travel hundreds of miles to catch a glimpse of 'The Bride'?
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Old 20th May 2017, 11:47   #4834 (permalink)
 
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I'm not even going as far as my tele in the next room.

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Old 20th May 2017, 17:20   #4835 (permalink)
 
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Oh, has a man married a woman? How unusual.

Didn't do boating today, was OIC bonfires instead. One was ordered to take a shower on return to Chez 4ma and to "get those smelly clothes into the washing machine!" Yes Ma'am, of course Ma'am, certainly Ma'am!!
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Old 20th May 2017, 17:23   #4836 (permalink)
 
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Morning folks.

Our sons of morris has had 'Jersey Royals' for a couple of weeks now. I was left wondering if someone had kidnapped some juvenile Maris Pipers.

Mr Sun has replaced Miss Wet n' Miserable and our garden fence is doing a good impression of a simmering steam locomotive.
Our local shops (both of them) have just taken delivery of some Cornish new potatoes. Very nice too, a quick scrub before boiling them and serving with butter.
Weather has been a bit dull but milder. Quite acceptable for May at 59 degrees north
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Old 20th May 2017, 17:42   #4837 (permalink)
 
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Cyprus murphys are quite nice, I'm told. Don't fancy traveling from the UK to fetch a pound of them, when this Brexit bother is out of the way maybe we could set up a franchise with them.
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Old 20th May 2017, 18:09   #4838 (permalink)
 
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Automat - Edward Hopper
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Old 20th May 2017, 19:17   #4839 (permalink)
 
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Mr. Hoppers pictures.....

....always have a dreadful air of melancholy in them. These folks seem to have miserable lives.
I on the other hand have just had a super evening in a Greek taverna - good food music and stylish dancing and the owner gave us a lift back to our hotel. One is a contented bunny.

The Ancient Mariner
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Old 20th May 2017, 20:02   #4840 (permalink)
 
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Cyprus murphys are quite nice, I'm told
I agree, they mash, roast and chip very well, I use them regularly. Spunta is the variety that our local supermarket sells.

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