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13th Jan 2022, 09:15
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Posted By dead_pan

Only a mere 40 years (give or take a few weeks)...

Only a mere 40 years (give or take a few weeks) since the first one flew. Fair play to them for keeping the plans and manufacturing jigs though.
7th Jan 2022, 12:14
Replies: 31
Views: 5,094
Posted By dead_pan

How long could Russia keep this up if trouble...

How long could Russia keep this up if trouble flares again here or elsewhere, given its stance WRT NATO?

A quick trawl of the web revealed all manner of trouble brewing in various of the 'Stans....
5th Jan 2022, 16:37
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

It never rains but it pours... Russia...

It never rains but it pours...

Russia 'attentively' watching events in Kazakhstan (https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/russia-attentively-watching-events-in-kazakhstan/2466142)
5th Jan 2022, 11:51
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

I wonder if part of Vlad's concern WRT Ukraine is...

I wonder if part of Vlad's concern WRT Ukraine is that the country already offers more to its citizens in terms of living standards, work opportunities, freedoms, future prospects etc, than "Greater...
4th Jan 2022, 13:25
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

I'd reply: "No problemo, we'll just leave all the...

I'd reply: "No problemo, we'll just leave all the defensive weaponry in place in these countries then"
4th Jan 2022, 12:44
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

Hmm, we may think this but who knows what...

Hmm, we may think this but who knows what shenanigans are going on behind the scenes. Recent events in Belarus clearly put the frighteners on poor old Vlad.

I for one wouldn't exactly object to...
27th Dec 2021, 17:45
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

Did you read Putin's demands of NATO? Good...

Did you read Putin's demands of NATO?

Good to hear the alternate view, although I do wonder whether you're being entirely honest, wary that someone may be watching...
27th Dec 2021, 17:41
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

Yes but I'm sure Russia hasn't been idly standing...

Yes but I'm sure Russia hasn't been idly standing by doing nothing either. You can bet they've been stirring things up too. Its pretty evident Putin is still p*ssed off at losing Ukraine. Question...
23rd Dec 2021, 11:53
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

Whether they want them or not? On Al...

Whether they want them or not?

On Al Jazeera yesterday a talking head from an American institute reiterated my point that this crisis has been in a large part manufactured to distract the Russia...
22nd Dec 2021, 11:28
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

Its noteworthy how unhinged the Russians are...

Its noteworthy how unhinged the Russians are sounding now, esp the big man (is he losing it?). Question is, is this their way of warming their population up for a fight, or are the West's steadfast...
21st Dec 2021, 12:36
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

This could well be his plan, then 're-freeze' the...

This could well be his plan, then 're-freeze' the conflict for a few years to let the West's ire fade and its attention to shift elsewhere, as it did after Crimea. Then rinse and repeat, assuming the...
21st Dec 2021, 11:29
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

Add to the mix a large number of Ukrainian...

Add to the mix a large number of Ukrainian citizens who would take up arms in defence of their nation, plus a sizeable number of Poles who would cross the border to join the fight.
21st Dec 2021, 10:27
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

Interesting piece about Russia's choices, ORAC. I...

Interesting piece about Russia's choices, ORAC. I too was thinking that Ukraine could soon become too powerful militarily for Russia to take on, resulting in them permanently going their own way. It...
18th Dec 2021, 13:08
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

Intrigued to read that up fair number of Jews of...

Intrigued to read that up fair number of Jews of eastern European descent have upped sticks from Israel and moved to Ukraine since 2014, in light of the security situation in the former (out of the...
15th Dec 2021, 14:53
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

I wonder how many Russian-speaking Ukrainians...

I wonder how many Russian-speaking Ukrainians beyond the separatist areas are sympathetic towards Russia. If their recent elections are anything to go by, I suspect many aren't.

As for Putin...
14th Dec 2021, 17:40
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

Interesting to look at the Line of Contact in...

Interesting to look at the Line of Contact in eastern Ukraine - the area in separatist hands constitutes probably less than half of the Donbas. And its a long ol' distance to the much discussed land...
Forum: Jet Blast
14th Dec 2021, 17:06
Replies: 18,525
Views: 2,205,397
Posted By dead_pan

My daughter along with a group of her mates have...

My daughter along with a group of her mates have just tested positive, her (and others) both being double vaccinated and having had Covid back in July. It appears neither the vaccine nor a previous...
13th Dec 2021, 12:41
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

Russia will dismiss this as the usual rhetoric...

Russia will dismiss this as the usual rhetoric from the usual suspects.

Shame China didn't add its name to this declaration. Phat chance of that though - they're more than happy for the west and...
11th Dec 2021, 10:16
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

I guess we could give the Russians a legal...

I guess we could give the Russians a legal guarantee regarding Ukraine's NATO membership along the same lines as the legal agreement they gave Ukraine back in the 90s to guarantee its territorial...
9th Dec 2021, 16:45
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

Most likely option (also to secure the...

Most likely option (also to secure the land-bridge to the Crimean peninsula) - leave the rest of the country for some possible future date. I wonder if Vlad would consider this worthwhile given the...
6th Dec 2021, 19:15
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

What's Putin's aim with all of this? To secure...

What's Putin's aim with all of this? To secure yet more territory and "citizens"? To test NATO's resolve once and for all? Seems a little far-fetched, although, strategically, a move against eastern...
26th Nov 2021, 09:52
Replies: 626
Views: 97,699
Posted By dead_pan

How many years do we reckon Vlad has left in...

How many years do we reckon Vlad has left in power? Maybe if we can string things along like this for a decade or so Russia may not be such a problem, maybe even a willing partner.
Forum: Jet Blast
22nd Nov 2021, 12:20
Replies: 18,525
Views: 2,205,397
Posted By dead_pan

Reminds me of that line from the film Chicken...

Reminds me of that line from the film Chicken Run: "Are those the only options?"
1st Oct 2021, 09:32
Replies: 31
Views: 11,610
Posted By dead_pan

I worked with a guy who had been in the submarine...

I worked with a guy who had been in the submarine service who recounted a story about when they were shadowing a Russian sub from its baffles. Apparently they misjudged its speed and tailgated it -...
Forum: Jet Blast
29th Sep 2021, 11:01
Replies: 12,404
Views: 1,698,795
Posted By dead_pan

To be fair the recent push on apprenticeships has...

To be fair the recent push on apprenticeships has been quite successful in persuading many kids away from dead-end uni courses. The uni-for-all mantra has now been totally supplanted by the "uni...
Forum: Jet Blast
29th Sep 2021, 10:51
Replies: 12,404
Views: 1,698,795
Posted By dead_pan

Indeed. Witness the many successful UK businesses...

Indeed. Witness the many successful UK businesses which have been sold over the years, their owners being more interested in cashing in than leaving a lasting legacy, as there is in some European...
Forum: Jet Blast
29th Sep 2021, 08:47
Replies: 12,404
Views: 1,698,795
Posted By dead_pan

Coincidentally I overheard a conversation by two...

Coincidentally I overheard a conversation by two hoary old Brexiteers yesterday, bemoaning the fact that the fuel crisis was being blamed on their beloved project. One of them said, without any hint...
Forum: Jet Blast
28th Sep 2021, 16:46
Replies: 12,404
Views: 1,698,795
Posted By dead_pan

I assumed that would be covered under the 'Other'...

I assumed that would be covered under the 'Other' heading? They were explicit about Brexit being a primary cause.
Forum: Jet Blast
28th Sep 2021, 12:40
Replies: 12,404
Views: 1,698,795
Posted By dead_pan

You're recollection is a bit off the mark. The...

You're recollection is a bit off the mark. The RHA stated the shortage was 100K drivers.

The Beeb has a helpful explainer at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/57810729. PS You may not want to read the...
Forum: Jet Blast
28th Sep 2021, 12:27
Replies: 431
Views: 32,027
Posted By dead_pan

I guess we all knew HGV drivers had crappy...

I guess we all knew HGV drivers had crappy working conditions & pay, seeing them parked up in lay-bys trying to get some sleep etc, but we collectively turned a blind eye. Same goes for many other...
Forum: Jet Blast
28th Sep 2021, 09:30
Replies: 431
Views: 32,027
Posted By dead_pan

Finally managed to fill up at a small local...

Finally managed to fill up at a small local petrol station - small queue outside, bit of agro when a white van pushed in, apart from that, all good.

Edited to add: I guess I didn't actually need...
Forum: Jet Blast
27th Sep 2021, 14:51
Replies: 431
Views: 32,027
Posted By dead_pan

I recall the '98(?) fuel crisis took at least a...

I recall the '98(?) fuel crisis took at least a week for the supply situation to resolve itself - and that was with fewer cars on the road and a full complement of fuel delivery drivers...
Forum: Jet Blast
27th Sep 2021, 12:39
Replies: 431
Views: 32,027
Posted By dead_pan

All my local petrol stations are out, with...

All my local petrol stations are out, with frustrated drivers circulating between them. I'm going to limit my vehicle use to essential trips only for the time being.
Forum: Jet Blast
27th Sep 2021, 09:40
Replies: 431
Views: 32,027
Posted By dead_pan

Why don't the Govt just double fuel duties until...

Why don't the Govt just double fuel duties until the driver shortage is addressed? This would be a great way of encouraging people to ration their petrol consumption, and also provide some...
Forum: Jet Blast
21st Sep 2021, 11:17
Replies: 12,404
Views: 1,698,795
Posted By dead_pan

More great news from these sh*tlit lowlands,...

More great news from these sh*tlit lowlands, courtesy of the Guardian;
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