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  1. How's the right hand dog bred 'arry?
  2. If marital weather conditions were gale force rising to cyclonic, and someone wanted to build such a lifeboat, what kind of trailer/chassis would they use? is it just a flatbed or car transporter trailer? and is the structural frame metal or timber frame? Just asking for a friend.
  3. I get attached to a good stick. Nothing fancy, just sticks I cut from the hedge, but if I find a stick that feels right in the hand then I tend to favour that stick for as long as it lasts, but I usually manage to bust 'em somehow.
  4. My kind of post this. Walking the woods and hedgerows on a nice day at this time of year with a good stick and a dog at heel (sometimes!) is food for the soul.
  5. Every year we grow some sweet-peas, have done for years. We've grown them in rows and up wigwams/tripods, using either bamboo or hazel for both. Anyway, came across this episode of Old Country with a little segment on Jack growing his sweet-peas. Interesting, but I'm in two minds as to whether or not to try a little experiment next year. Is it worth the effort? What d'ya think?
  6. My best mate growing up lived next door to his Grandparents. His Grandad used to rear thirty turkeys every year, in a shed next to his pigeon loft at the bottom of the garden, to supplement his wages. He used to de-beak them to stop feather picking and one of those lamps was key to it. He had a bigger version, filled with paraffin and pumped up to pressure, it was lit and put on a shelf, then a ground down butchers knife was wedged into the slots at the end of the nozzle and left to get red hot. We would catch the turkeys and Ken would sear the tip of the top beak back with the hot knife. Can'
  7. You keep on collecting your shite. A lot of these things are a part of British social history. Personally, I think things like this should be preserved.
  8. You want to dig it out. Not a very practical edc knife, but interesting to have around. Also you could date it (see below). Got to be honest mate, I didn't know what the spike was for until I came across one on ebay and did a bit of googling, and I've been spelling and saying it wrong.....looks like it's a Marline spike not Marlin. I've done a bit of research this afternoon and found out they were issued to new recruits up until 1983 and you can date them as pre and post WW2 by the lanyard ring. Pre war issued knives have a copper ring, post war have steel. Also found out that the funn
  9. I'm no knife expert, but I think they call the spike a Marlin spike. It's used when you're splicing and knotting rope.
  10. Flicking through this thread reminded me that somewhere, in a box in the shed, was my Grandfathers old clasp/jack knife that he was issued with when he joined the Merchant Navy at the start of WW2. I kept it when he died with the intention of buffing it up a bit as a little reminder of him. This thread has spurred me on to dig it out and do it.
  11. A few from earlier in the week. Post mooch fry up... Rib-eye on Ciabatta, mayonnaise, salad, tomato, caramelised red onion and chilli sauce... Tuna, sweetcorn, coleslaw mix baked potato..... Just need to decide what I want for tonight's tea. Quite fancy good old beans on toast.
  12. You're not wrong there Wilf. The most inspiring managers, who got the best out of our teams, had one thing in common....... they all started at the shitty end of the stick and worked their way to the clean end. They knew the job inside out and this instilled confidence in those working for them.
  13. Always tried to give new starters a fair crack of the whip before I wrote them off as useless. A lot of youngsters were just unsure of themselves and needed to find their feet, they were just kids. Nine times out of ten they just needed time and experience. I could forgive the odd mistake as long as they learned from it and they had a bit of work ethic. Older workers were more of a problem. They were generally a bit more experienced in life. They tended to be opinionated, had learnt a lot of bad habits and didn't want to take advice or learn, although saying that, some of them taught us a thin
  14. I'm ashamed to admit that the award for most food miles in a breakfast goes to me. Sparra grass was from feckin' Mexico!
  15. Thirty odd year ago, my then, Girlfriend passed her driving test. Her Dad went down to the petrol station with her and filled her car up with 4 star and gave her some advice " never let the tank get lower than 3/4 full. Just keep it topped up 'cause it may get you out the sh1t one day" If she stuck to his advice I bet she wasn't in Tesco last night trying to fill up.
  16. That must be a fluff chucker's lunch, my last fishing lunch as a kid thirty-five year ago consisted of luncheon meat, sweetcorn and bread.
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