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Re: Have we turned into a bunch of ninnies?.

Postby dinosaw » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:09 pm

It was -5 here at 5.30pm yesterday when I went up to shut the chickens up so I presume -10 would have been about right overnight, drinkers frozen solid. The cold has (I think) claimed it's first casualty for us. No sign of Count Orloff this morning, only a pile of white feathers under the bushes, his comb had been so blue over the last few days that it was virtually black and I presume he has keeled over out of sight and then been picked off in the night, could of course be a return of the fox but I'm inclined on balance towards the former. In some ways it is a blessing as he has been a shadow of his former self since his son took over, always remembered for his victory over next doors Peacock and his obsession with running water.

Swastikas Marigold?, you can't own up to that sort of thing online, you will be getting a visit from the local thought police.
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Re: Have we turned into a bunch of ninnies?.

Postby Margaid » Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:36 pm

I don't think that deciding to avoid unnecessary risk is being a ninny, especially when there's a financial penalty involved. The difficulty always is that while one may be able to cope with the conditions oneself , it's all the other idiots who can't that cause the problems! I have in the past driven in some quite atrocious conditions (for the UK) both in Suffolk and now in Shropshire, but only out of necessity. I need to visit Hereford (25 miles) to collect some new (non-urgent) specs but as I don't have time to do that until Friday or Saturday I'm waiting to see whether the snow settles. it keeps trying but tends to stop after about quarter of an hour so at the moment there's only a light dusting.

The problems with chains in the UK Chris is that the roads are gritted, so if you start out on untreated roads once you hit clear tarmac you have to remove the chains. I remember my father fitting chains in 1963 but the roads were covered with about 6 inches of packed snow - the way they are in Switzerland.

I only had half a mile to walk to school but my primary school was the only school in Cardiff that didn't close, despite having outside loos. It was frozen loos that caused the closures back then. Ours didn't freeze because the caretaker kept three braziers alight ... Can you imagine the Health and Safety outcry if they did that now? Of course we were all used to open fires and any interference with the braziers would, we knew, have resulted in a clip round the ear!

Sorry to hear about the Count, Dinosaw but as you say it may have been a blessing in disguise.
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Re: Have we turned into a bunch of ninnies?.

Postby dinosaw » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:02 pm

No need for chains and winter tyres with one of these. Top speed of 50, the NCAP safety rating must be off the charts. If someone in front of you blocks the road theres a decent chance you could just go over the top of them. A snip at £15,000. If you are a bit more flash with the cash then you can pick up a Chieftain tank for £50,000.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sultan-CVRT- ... SwqfZajDHn

Sounds like you have similar to us weather wise Margaid.
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Re: Have we turned into a bunch of ninnies?.

Postby MrsBiscuit » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:43 pm

Daft question - do you need an ordinary driving licence to drive a tank, or something more specialised? That one looks big enough to live in.

I am sorry to hear about the Count, he was a handsome bird, but possibly it was a good thing, it sounded as though he had heart problems. Birds that leave memories are always the best ones :D
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Re: Have we turned into a bunch of ninnies?.

Postby Marigold » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:18 pm

MrsBiscuit wrote: Birds that leave memories are always the best ones :D

Yes, like the naughty lively boys in a Primary school class. I always liked the ones with a bit of spark.
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Swastikas Marigold?, you can't own up to that sort of thing online, you will be getting a visit from the local thought police.


Yes - if you buy a kit for a German WW2 plane it will come with an adaptation of the swastika design, more like an Iron Cross. Tony has had to spend several days making scale templates of the proper thing. No point in making a scale model if the detail isn't accurate!
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Re: Have we turned into a bunch of ninnies?.

Postby dinosaw » Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:03 pm

Thanks everyone for kind words re the Count, he'd had heart trouble for quite a while, his son Nitwit is if I'm being honest a far more impressive bird than he every was even in his prime.

You need a category H license for tracked vehicles to drive one Mrs B, you can drive one on your provisional as long as you are accompanied by a H license holder.

Marigold wrote:No point in making a scale model if the detail isn't accurate!


Quite right. Interestingly a village in Germany has just voted to retain their church bell which was struck in 1934 with a swastika emblazoned on it as well as Adolf Hitlers name.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43210993

I've never thought it is a particularly good idea to airbrush history despite the arguments about creating a shrine to the Nazis.
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Re: Have we turned into a bunch of ninnies?.

Postby dinosaw » Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:13 pm

Well it turns out I did make the right decision. Reasonable amount of snow here which has reduced traffic to a crawl. On the plus side I got out my pipeline coat for the first time today, first time I have bothered to use it in nearly ten years and I was warmer in it outside than I was inside with the central heating on without it. Has a lovely funnel hood which is wired so you can close to a to a one inch gap anything warmer than this and it is too hot to wear.
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Re: Have we turned into a bunch of ninnies?.

Postby MrsBiscuit » Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:38 pm

Pipeline coat?

Have you seen the short video on BBC site of a bus sliding towards a stuck Mini or similar. Scary.
About 30 mins ago a bit of what I presume is storm Emma started. I think we are on the margins, but it's making the glass rattle in the woodburner. Other than that it's a balmy 10!
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Re: Have we turned into a bunch of ninnies?.

Postby dinosaw » Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:13 pm

It's what the workers on the gas and oil pipelines in Alaska and Northern Canada wear, I got the chance to pick one up at 35% of it's retail price a few years ago. Was told at the time not to even think about working in it at anything more than -5 or I would be way too hot. Not very fashionable, it's huge and does down almost to the knees. Haven't seen the bus yet, will see if they put it on the news tonight, -3 here and we just had a blizzard. You could tell it was cold last night as one of the Thuringians chose to go in the house to sleep, bet the other 3 think it's a right wimp.
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Re: Have we turned into a bunch of ninnies?.

Postby bigyetiman » Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:16 pm

Schools round Thurrock area been shut all week although roads been ok and we have run a full bus service all week, just one little diversion where people abandoned cars on a small hill. which would be classed as an ant hill in Wales. But first sign of snow First Bus and TFL stopped running buses for several days. Greater Anglia suspended trains services on Monday and no snow fell, lots of angry commuters. My boss rubbing hands as he supplied all the replacement buses.
OH has been toasty warm in all her thermals and windproof gear and striding about in sensible boots whilst I watch people in stilettos trying to get from A-B very unsuccessfully.
On Monday we ran out of milk in the Lakeside office and I ran round to Tesco and people were going feral grabbing milk and bread and getting into fights. One woman was just shoveling bread and milk into trolleys, as she had grabbed the last 10 or more semi skimmed I just reached into her trolley and grabbed one.
Our girls have taken to camping in the coop all day, as OH put a bale of straw in there Sunday it is lovely and warm. Funny how little territorial disputes vanish in these conditions and they cosy up for mutual benefit
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