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comanche last won the day on November 30 2010

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About comanche

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  • Birthday 25/04/1958

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    At present all my spare time is taken-up making a full sized mole suit using real moleskins. When finished I shall wear it to mole fetish clubs and on my nights off simply wear it while chilling out to my collection of old Velvet Underground albums.

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  1. Not the best photos and its in a deer farm but it's still unusual. Especially as the hind broke into the deer farm after almost certainly escaping from somewhere else.
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    Help needed regarding newts

    I don't know but we have great cresteds where I keep my sheep and do a bit of rabbiting. They turn-up under logs that can't possibly be frost-proof and last year one was found midwinter under the spilt dung from the muck trailer in the stable yard even though it had only been laying for a couple of days. I reckon as its not hibernation time quite yet they are more than capable of either moving or being moved to cover. Probably more in danger from being exposed to predators if they don't get covered-up quickly than suffering from cold. Make a nice big log or paving slab pile for them.
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    Good Running dog books?

    Phil Drabble's Pedigree Unknown still stands -up. The original edition came out in the mid sixties and though some of his thoughts might not find favour with the "Hard Lads" it's honest. And dare I say DBP 's later tales of rat hunting adventures won't seem so original after you've read it.
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    I thought I'd try to make just a couple of gallons and that t'other half's Moulineau juicer would be Ok for that little amount. After the experience of me and a mate using his wife's electric mincer in an over-enthusiastic manner while to making venison burgers I was careful not to over-heat or stress the device. So not only was it a slow process chopping and poking half an orchard through the thing but it still conked-out after about six pints of juice. Check fuse; no luck. Allow to cool down ;no luck. Allow to cool down overnight whilst praying to the Gods for a miracle;no luck. "Bum"; looks like I'll have to buy her a new one. Double bum; her's is a discontinued model and colour so no chance of a shifty swap and they are getting-on for £200! Finally a desperate cruise of Evil bay turned-up a new listing. Right model,wrong colour but a low buy it now price. Hm,"If I swap motors,she'll never know." The day it arrived I had just one last go at plugging the broken juicer in. It worked. I turned it on and off . It still worked. It's still working. I didn't push my luck though and finished the cider-making using my own 19 quid E-bay juicer. I felt it safe to come clean about my fall-back plan of motor substitution or if it came to it actually buying her new one. That got me Brownie points. She hasn't seen the labels I've designed for the bottles yet though.
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    Jimny prop shaft

    Mine's 2003. I don't know when Suzuki started fitting grease nipples but I've been told the later ones had their bearings crimped into the prop-shaft ;making then harder for the home -mechanic to replace. The early ones like mine are held in with circlips. Still needs a press(or in my case a vice and big hammer;)) to get them out though. The replacement UJ kit I used came with a grease nipple. You did well to find a jeep with the bits you needed and to sell the remains for a small profit. Good stuff.
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    Jimny prop shaft

    Ah,now I know why Suzuki though it best to fit later Jimnys with a grease nipple on the rear UJ. Still reckon I could have eked another week out of it though-ahem.
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    Freshwater eels

    For us older chaps It's hard to believe that when we were fishing as kids, eels were impossible to avoid but now they are on the protected list. If you catch one on rod and line it must be returned. Their age is greatly exaggerated. While some captive eels are said to have reached fifty or sixty years old(and interestingly, didn't actually grow very big) ,most return to the sea to breed after between 8 and 15 years in freshwater. Pollution,disease and over-harvesting of elvers by high-tech methods and the trade in live elvers to stock European and Japanese fish farms mean that eels are certainly no longer there to guarantee a bit of slimey action on an otherwise blank fishing day. I fished a water-works on the Dorset Stour a few years ago on a day ticket and had to stop using maggots or worms because of the number of eels. I later then had a wander downstream to look at a section of free-fishing. Chatting to a local angler I learned that eels were virtually unheard of in the river below the water-works due to a massive eel trap installed in the sluice that caught them on their downstream breeding migration. So its not all down to foreigners and disease ;the EA obviously licenced the trap!
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    It might be mad....

    A sadly departed friend once spent an evening with his shotgun by an open window in his workshop hoping to ambush a fox that was bothering his ducks. The fox came as expected,Doug leapt into action and fired . Unfortunatly he fired through the wrong window;the one that wasn't open. He got the fox though. On a later occasion the same chap when after another fox opted to snooze in his pick-up with a rabbit tied via some fishing line to his big toe. Sure enough he was tugged awake(Oo er missus) but could'nt see a fox anywhere. The tugging continued until he eventually made out the shape of a mink latched on to the bunny. This time, luckily, he had left the window down.
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    21 nests yesterday and the same last monday. Mind, it was dark finishes both days. Had my first ever hornet sting on Saturday . I wasn't even treating a nest. I put a strimmer over one though! That has to be either irony or karma.
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    View From Your Swim

    Not so much a "view from my swim" as my swim in the background with a rare picture of me holding something I've actually caught! Amongst a few bream,scad and mackerel I managed a thornback and four undulate rays. I kept the two in the picture and all the bream and other rays went back. On the boat we probably had a dozen or more rays between us including a couple of sandies, a small tope and some little conger amongst the bream and pouting. And of course the obligatory doggies. One chap caught a cuttlefish. Then on the way in we passed one of these! A Dutton amphicar;on a test drive at a guess as the bonnet is missing.
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    Mum And Baby Roe

    She'd been watching me do a wasps' nest in a barn before this. I went back to the van for my camera and she hadn't moved. She'd gone back to eating by the time I was driving away. It was one of those moments when a proper camera would have done the scene justice.
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    New Jimny Model

    It's got a very 70s/ 80s look to it. The you tube video makes it look a bit bigger than the present model ;as do some of the publicity shots . Though its hard to tell as it's being fawned over by Japanese chaps who tend to be a bit little. It certainly looks wider at the back and in the video seems to have narrower tyres than the present model which should save stress on the front steering joints. Jimnys have been around long enough to have a couple of known weaknesses that really should have been designed-out by now. Hopefully the new model will have them sorted. Trouble is ,it'll be few years before the new ones are old enough for me to afford!
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    Cow hide

    Eek ,I'm no expert. having attempted brain tanning,the proper (ish)bark tanning and alum bath methods I guess the alum&salt bath involved less "seat of the pants" experimentation. I had real trouble stretching the fibres in the cow -hide to soften it after it had been in the alum bath because of the sheer weigh,size and thickness. In the end I used the native American thing of beating it with a rock from the centre outwards to stretch the fibres. It's a bit stiffer than the professionally tanned skins.I don't know if that's down to my weedyness or the method. The sheep was a pig(!!!)to handle wet due to the weight of the fleece but as it dried the skin was easy to stretch and is lovely and pliable. I'm wondering if starting with a well dried skin would be easier. Perhaps strip the worst of the flesh and membrane off when its wet then put it in a rack to dry like parchment. Then use rough sand-paper to get more of the membrane off before the pickling bath. Whatever,its the cleaning up and preparation where 75% of the work is. Short answer EDDIE,is the alum& salt worked well and is cheap. Hark at me! I'm no expert just cursed with a child-like enthusiasm. The skins could start to smell like box of dead moles in a few months time!
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    Cow hide

    Well I managed the cow-hide. Its come out OK enough for me and with a bit of trimming-up has made a reasonable rug. The woman I did it for is pleased .Though I did warn her that the real test will come in winter when her under-floor heating kicks -in. At the same time I also did a sheep-skin from a rather hairy thing that I'd swapped last year for a ewe lamb that was too good to chop up for the freezer. My mate had her for breeding and I got "Slash" ,named for his resemblance to the Guns & Roses bloke, in exchange. Turned-out he couldn't play the guitar though .So he's in the freezer now. I'm really pleased with the result apart from the fact I have a lot of blxxdy combing to do before he's finished! Cow-hide =never again ,ever! Sheep = I could be tempted,possibly.