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de_Selby

Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Sep 2021
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    The 2015 Adam Curtis film Bitter Lake (available on iPlayer) goes a long way to explaining how Afghanistan went down. Brits, USA, etc, don't come out of it well.

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    Not at all surprised to learn they were built at Brough, or at least that there was an airframe on test there. The Hunter was quite a big export succes so production could have been all over. Some of the exported ones were still operational into the 1990s I think. I think further fatigue testing is often carried on when airframes are in service for longer than had originally been envisaged.

    There's a Buccaneer outside a petrol station at Elgin in northern Scotland. Something to do with Lossiemouth I guess. Very interesting to inspect at close quarters.

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    Surely Brough was not Hawker's (as Hawker Siddeley) airfield till 1960s? Buccaneer certainly; Hunter I'm not so sure. Hunter is 1940s tech that first flew in I think 1950? At Boscombe?

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    Lightly used Mavic CXP-33 rims on Shimano 600 hubs front and rear, SS spokes

    Braking surfaces very good. Rim size is 700C x 23, actually 19mm across the braking surfaces.

    Hubs are Shimano FH-6400 and HB-6400 600EX Ultegra, 100 and 126mm OLN, both sweet-running

    7-speed cassette fitted

    Built by Mick Madgett of Madgett's Cycles, Diss

    £45 the pair, collection ONLY from Harleston, twixt Diss & Bungay

    PM for pix.

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    There are a few of these operated by a NATO multi-national squadron: prominent NATO markings + Luxembourg registrations and national markings.

    They often do appear on https://globe.adsbexchange.com (FR24 with knobs on but no time re-run facility), identified as EC3F. Aircraft seen occasionally going into and out of Mildenhall UK include LX-N90448 and LX-N90446.

    Engines and pylons seem to be the old 707 J57/JT3C fit rather than the big fans of the latter day KC-135s.

    Despite this they are built late 1970/early 80s, rather than the 1957-63 of the KC-135s that, re-engined, are trucking fuel all over Europe and from the USA today.

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    I don't get why anyone believes Sunak is a shoo-in for PM. He won't be the first Chancellor to think that keeping your head down crunching numbers at the Treasury eqips or recommends you for No 10. Everyone seems to be chanting it as if it's a done deal, but all he has done is appear to exude confidence in very unusual circumstances by raiding the international money markets.

    However the Tory rank and file fell for Johnson, despite pretty much knowing how he operates, and his lack of grip, and his mendacity, so maybe Sunak will be ushered in by the deluded Tory rank and (elderly) file.

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    So no-one spotted the Everwotsit going round in circles waiting to take on the pilot, who turns up on another smaller boat just before the end of the sequence?

    Is anyone curious about the BBC (and others) reporting that "Egypt has reopened the canal's older channel to divert some traffic until the grounded ship can move again"?

    There is no 'older channel' where the Everstuck is aground; all they can do is use the short 'older' bits further along to get some of the northbound convoys away past the gridlocked southbound ships. The canal is blocked because the canal is blocked!

    The oil price was beginning to spike at lunchtime!

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    I'm pretty sure that every big ship in the canal carries a local pilot. Drunk captain is too easy.

    This story is going to go up and up the news agenda as its global ramifications become apparent.

    They have about a week of rising tides to get her off. However the max. tidal range there is only about 2.0m, so the week ahead doesn't offer much solace (depending on the state of the tide when she went on).

    I can see her being part unloaded in situ - which will take a lot more than a week to make any significant dent in her draft.

    Those vessels, despite their 200k tonnage, are very susceptible to wind on account of their huge side area. That's why Felixstowe is occasionally closed in high winds – even their fleet of big tugs with about 80 tonnes of push/pull power can't control the big ones in a blow.

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    Do those with kids (mine currently mid 20s!) still have a taste for stuff like Pom-Bears, Hula-Hoops and Monster Munch?

    They appear to be complete shite but are nevertheless revered in my family.

    Are we alone in this?

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    You can still get Seabrooks in multi-packs of just one flavour. Easily the best crisps available in the UK.

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