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  1. Re: Lindsey Graham's sober assessment of war with North Korea

    Right now, disarray in the US economy is not in Chinas interest, their economy needs that market to maintain its manufacturing base. But look and think at their "New Silk Road" initiative that will...
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    Re: Transgender weight lifting

    Laurel and I are related, I'm not sure what degree of cousin but we're related. ( Maternal grandmothers sisters sons (now) daughter) I've not met her, my only contact with that branch of the family...
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    Re: my how suddenly things can change

    Best wishes on the getting back functional again, a friend took half his thumb and all of his index finger off on my sawbench, that sure slowed his build down but now he can put the stump up against...
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    Re: Small boat pron.

    That boats for sale by the way,
    John Welsford
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    Re: Small boat pron.

    Standing with my hand resting on that replica and looking out over the Straits of Magellan, thinking about the voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia was one of the more sobering moments of my...
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    Re: How the world sees President Trump.

    I would respectfully point out, that by the standards of many American conservatives, that most of the developed countries outside the USAs borders, are, by their definition, "liberal". I live in a...
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    Re: How the world sees President Trump.

    Who decides?

    The rest of the world does.

    John Welsford
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    Re: When it rains it pours

    There are times when, being able to help someone who's important in ones life is a reward in itself.
    Get well soon.

    John Welsford
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    Re: How the world sees President Trump.

    We've had some wealthy conservatives come here and try to use their money to influence the political scene, thats got to stop.
    Its very likely that the entry criteria will be changed in the very...
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    Re: How the world sees President Trump.

    No, but its interesting that there have been more than a few very wealthy conservative Americans purchase property and residential rights here in New Zealand of late, and there has been a massive...
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    Re: How the world sees President Trump.

    China is aware that in order to maintain its economy, it needs cheap and rapid access to the worlds developed markets. USA has been their main customer for some time now, but its hedging its bets by...
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    Re: Welsford Houdini or Navigator?

    Much of the plywood sold as "marine plywood" is of non durable species, the grade "marine" is more to do with the grade of the veneers, the glue and the manufacturing process. I've no problem with...
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    How the world sees President Trump.

    This was in our newspaper this morning, true or not its how the world outside the borders of the USA is seeing the President.
    I know that in this forum there will be opinions both ways, but either...
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    Re: Car&Driver: best cars of 2018

    There are several cars in my history that at the time I loved to bits. But do I wish I still had them, or even that I was able to go for a drive in one? Hell no. I'd be terribly disappointed and all...
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    Re: When being a hoarder pays off

    I went to do a job repairing a thickness planer, the old gent took me down the back of his acre or so, showed me into a shed that had to be 25 x 10 metres. It was full of machinery. Turns out that...
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    Re: Tell me where to go

    Anyone reading this, if you're coming to New Zealand, you'd be most welcome. But do choose to fly on a decent airline, Air New Zealand or Quantas are good. DONT fly Hawaiian, thats the worst long...
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    Re: Tell me where to go

    Bella Vista Santiago, stay at the Hostel Bella Vista, look around for a few days ( DO go to the local market, its a serious eye opener), then catch an overnight bus to Porta Montt, go to Chiloe...
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    Re: Super moon tonight

    I was out rowing on the river at moon rise last night, well after dusk, mirror flat calm, dead high tide. Magical, the colours with that amazingly bright moonlight are unreal.
    A lot of the daytime...
  19. Re: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

    Depression, makes life really hard work, like wading through waist deep mud, 24/7. I dont wish that on anyone, take care of yourself, spend time with friends when you can.
    You're valued here.
    ...
  20. Re: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

    About the only thing I like about Facebook, is the "like" button. If there was one on this forum, I'd say "Like" for this post.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Electric motor quesion.

    Generally its worth replacing the brushes and blowing any goldfish ( carp, or something like that ) out with compressed air, check that the bearings are ok and not seized and spinning in their...
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    Re: Sprog ,NZ tour late January

    Shout if suggestions as to places to go and things to see would help.

    John Welsford
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    Re: For the D.I.Y. crowd...

    An interesting "thread".

    John Welsford
  24. Re: Automation will wipe out 1/3rd of all jobs by 2030

    The only proven way to slow population growth is to improve the standard of living. Every time a societal group is put under extreme pressure there is a big bump in the number of births, in a stable...
  25. Re: Automation will wipe out 1/3rd of all jobs by 2030

    Get them to train as plumbers and electricians. You only have to hear the whining when a banker or lawyer sees the bill when something has to be repaired to appreciate that a lot of those people are...
  26. Re: Automation will wipe out 1/3rd of all jobs by 2030

    Absolutely. There is plenty to go around, enough for all, its the method of distribution thats broken.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Worker safety !

    I hope that someone is doing a check on the amount of cement in that mix!

    John Welsford
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    Re: All grown up

    Hillside rd? The place that does classic car restorations and rebuilds? NO, I just read the rest of the thread, I know the place, good bunch of people.

    In any case, the world needs more...
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    Re: America's Cup foiling monohull concept

    We all of us when designing, stand on the shoulders of those who went before us.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Poetry(post your favorites)

    Of course, there is one that my kids loved, and now their kids love when recited with funny voices, lots of body language, wild gestures and much expression. Its a favourite at Christmastime.

    John...
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    Re: Poetry(post your favorites)

    As a 14 year old, just new to my form 3 class that year, already with something of a reputation as a smartass, our English class was tasked with learning a piece of poetry by a "contemporary...
  32. Re: Hiking and Fly Fishing Snowy Mountains Australia

    If it were put there to pull tourists in to look at it, it would be "attraction" engine.

    John Welsford
  33. Re: should the america's cup return to monohulls. . .

    Sailing journos for the most part publish what pulls advertisers rather than readers. Been there and done that, my several editors were very clear on what I was to write and why.
    John Welsford
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    Re: Used Bookstores Rock

    I could spend years wandering from one to the next!

    John Welsford
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    Re: Trucks and efficiency

    The standard method of comparison is to take a flat plate with the same area and dimensions as the maximum cross section of the vehicle, assess the resistance of that plate at a given speed, then...
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    Re: Heeling as promoting weather helm

    I find that change of trim as the boat heels is a good indication of the increase in weather helm. I graph that change so that at 5 deg, the centre of bouyancy stays in the same place, it moves aft...
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    Re: Heeling as promoting weather helm

    Warning, thread drift, But its on narrow hulls, I drew a power trimaran a while back, the centre hull being narrow and quite deep before the shelf above the waterline where the galley was, i...
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    Re: Small boat pron.

    Yes, Peter Murtons one, rigged with the cut down rig of a real live Montague whaler.
    He's built a number of my boats for clients, does a very good job of both new and restoration work....
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    Re: Trucks and efficiency

    Thats pretty obvious, its the tractor frontal area that I'm on about.

    John Welsford
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    Trucks and efficiency

    Looking at the aerodynamic efficiency claims for the new Tesla electric truck, a question arises. I note with interest the blocky, brick like shapes of most big trucks, way more "style" than...
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    Re: Who Needs a Rowing Dinghy?

    I was out on the river just before dawn today, sat in a wooded section a couple of miles upstream from my dock and watched the sun rise while listening to the birdsong. it doesnt get better than...
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    Re: boat of the day

    I could "handle" that.

    John Welsford
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    Re: High intelligence & leadership

    Watching what goes on in politics today, at least in some countries, anyone with any intelligence wouldn't go near the job. Why set yourself up for such hatred and opprobrium?

    John Welsford
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    Re: America's Cup foiling monohull concept

    I didn't like the "12s" . Heavy slow dinosaurs of things with all sorts of complications to wring the very last fraction of a knot out of them under a rule that punished any feature that would allow...
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    Re: Welsford Houdini or Navigator?

    Thanks for the confidence in my work, I'm keen to watch your progress so please, when your blog is up and running, keep us posted.

    John Welsford, working on my own new boat.
  46. Re: Americas cup, the boat for the next challenge.

    The word is that computer software will establish a diamond shaped boundary around each boat, close in at bow and stern, and far enough out abeam to keep the two racers from entangling.

    John...
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    Re: Leather for spars

    You can get a really good leathering kit, includes wax, tallow, thread, needles, punches and leather, from these guys. I've used one of their kits, top quality....
  48. Re: Americas cup, the boat for the next challenge.

    Update, there are differing opinions about whether there will be hydraulic controls for the mainsail, I'd guess if they're going to have a wingsail that would be on the cards but one source is saying...
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    Re: America's Cup foiling monohull concept

    I suspect that you'd lose the protest if that happened.
    Dont forget that the catamarans claimed a life time before last, I sincerely hope that never happens again but extreme sports are extreme.
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    Re: America's Cup foiling monohull concept

    If you were fishing out of a 14 ft clinker dory for a living back in the late 1800s, a "J Boat" might as well have been a "spaceship". The A C has always been "out there" in terms of pushing the...
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