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    Re: Ukraine

    Fwiw:

    Big picture:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63016675

    And, two hours ago, a detail:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63021117
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    Re: its not about the camera

    My best effort at an iphone 10 snap:

    https://i.postimg.cc/pTSNVJdM/6-AE76-DD6-A906-4-F45-A987-C5-CA4-DAA8-BE6.jpg
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    Re: Ukraine

    https://i.postimg.cc/yWqwc69f/A1416-A9-E-00-BC-4384-993-B-1-B364-BCF19-F1.jpg
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    Re: Ukraine

    This is the fellow who was lecturing us on history. He seems to have missed 1941-45. A lot of men died bringing American and British aid to the Soviet Union in those years.
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    Re: Ukraine

    This is of course from the “Moscow Times”, still published in English and Russian but now published from Riga so you should make appropriate allowances:
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    Re: Ukraine

    Post 4818 covers all I have to say on the rights and wrongs of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I can’t see that any of the Russophiles here has controverted it.
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    Re: quirky boats we like or love

    Also Iraq:

    https://www.coraclesociety.org.uk/coracles/types/quffa
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    Re: Ukraine

    “Old duckboards” was a nickname for General Smedley Butler, USMC, some of whose writings I have, perhaps to the disappointment of our friend Davies, actually read. He was given the nickname by...
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    Re: Hilary Mantel RIP

    Quite a nice obituary in the Guardian, here:

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/23/hilary-mantel-author-wolf-hall-dies
  10. Re: Kicking in doors on tv or in movies

    Er…

    I had a schoolmate three years above me who read theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge. This was 1968-71. Pete was in the habit of opening doors by giving them a good kick. He did this to a...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Thanks Osborne.

    Davies hasn’t been here long. We had a terrific thread on US colonial adventures, a little over one century after the Spanish American War, in which Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling,...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Truly remarkable.

    I had not realised just how precocious young Hiram Ulysses Grant was.
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    Re: Ukraine

    That’s excellent.
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    Re: Eleonora sinks in Spain

    Good.
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    Re: Russia is a dangerous place

    Umm. Thanks.
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    Re: Islam's George Floyd?

    Alas, I fear that these courageous women and girls will be brutally treated by the regime.
  17. Re: Cooking Wisdom Sought (induction range)

    Post of the week!
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    Re: One China?

    An invasion of Taiwan would be difficult. Not impossible, but difficult.

    I think that a blockade of Taiwan by sea would not be hard to do, and a blockade by air could be done at the cost of lives....
  19. Re: Give Meagan a break fer cryin' out loud!

    Fwiw, there is also a vicious anti Kate-and/Wills faction coming up with equally vile nonsense. Years ago there was endless pre-socmed nonsense about Princess Margaret and about Prince Philip. We...
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    Re: One China?

    The National Museum. Which has all the contents that were once in the Forbidden City.

    For my Mainland Chinese friends, there is Chinese culture untouched by the Cultural Revolution - tea houses,...
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    Re: One China?

    Taiwan is a lovely place to visit because it is wealthy, civilised and has almost no tourism. Everyone I have ever met there has been polite and helpful to a stranger. This is probably because it is...
  22. Re: Give Meagan a break fer cryin' out loud!

    Don’t be silly.
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    Re: One China?

    Right; this is what I understand:

    1. There is One China
    2. This being so, the province not currently under central administration will not declare independence.
    3. This being so, the central...
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    Re: Ukraine

    I don’t find “appeasement” - although it must be avoided - the most helpful notion, here. I think we have to go up a level, so to speak, because “appeasement” was itself a type of response to...
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    Re: Ukraine

    The Financial Times estimates the number of men now serving Russia in Ukraine as between 150,000 and 190,000.

    Mobilising the Reserves adds around 300,000.

    Russia has been buying drones from...
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    Re: Ukraine

    This may be helpful:

    https://i.postimg.cc/FRjNxbM4/C0-FCFE57-7-E90-4-B78-A6-BA-2-E032239-D7-CF.jpg
  27. Re: Bronze Chainplates for Deadeyes

    https://www.classic-marine.co.uk/product/chainplate-gunmetal/
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    Re: Ukraine

    I think the idea that Putin ordered a sort of blitzkrieg operation to overthrow the Ukrainian government within three days, securing Hostomel airport using paratroops, etc., that this failed and...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Russian men between 18 and 65 are banned from leaving the country. Since there are almost no flights, trains, or ships and visas are needed, this doesn’t make much difference!
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    Re: Ukraine

    One wonders if the notorious Russian logistics will be able to handle anything like that many men on active service.
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    Re: Ukraine

    I understand that the mobilisation and the plebiscites in the occupied parts of Ukraine are related because in Russia mobilisation is only permitted where there is a threat to Russia. Call the...
  32. Re: Give Meagan a break fer cryin' out loud!

    I do not understand the hostility shown by some towards the Duchess of Sussex.

    But it may go back beyond living memory:

    Hark! The herald Angels sing!
    Mrs Simpson stole our King!

    Slender,...
  33. Re: The chess scandal continues....

    I do not see any other way to do it.
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    Re: Ukraine

    I am seeing reports that the Kremlin press corps have been briefed to expect a statement to the nation by Putin and Shoigu tonight.

    Presumably this will be the announcement of a referendum in...
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    Re: Ukraine

    https://medium.com/@Stefan.Korshak/september-18-day-207-bridges-and-bullseyes-trophies-and-pows-carrot-shortage-in-the-russian-fd706f16052e
  36. Re: The Queen is dead. Long live the King.

    I have two sons who wish that the Lee-Enfield had been retained for ceremonial duties. There are still warehouses full of them. Approximately none of the rifle drills were developed with a bullpup...
  37. Re: The Queen is dead. Long live the King.

    I think the logistics of getting the Royal Hearse from Scotland to England faster than the aircraft defeated everyone. But I don’t see why it could not have been driven onto the plane. A C17 has a...
  38. Re: The Queen is dead. Long live the King.

    Well, the Navy have demonstrated that they can march at least as well as the Army, which wasn’t quite the point but there is no way the Senior Service is ever letting go of that gun carriage, which...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Olena Zelenskya is in London for the State Funeral today.

    I am sure she is spending her time constructively.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-62947898
  40. Re: Been reading more about Princess Ann the last several days than I have over 40 ye

    Extremely pleased to see you here.
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    Re: Ukraine

    Quite an interesting article on Russian underperformance, by a RUSI analyst:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/18/russia-military-underperforming-ukraine
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    Re: Ukraine

    I have ordered a copy. I am becoming quite a Snyder enthusiast.
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    Re: Rain?

    Don’t joke:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-62938608
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    Re: Ukraine

    Here’s something I had overlooked:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-62945971
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    Re: Ukraine

    As a personal observation, the war in the Eastern part of Ukraine does seem to have some of the qualities of the later stages of WW2. It is obviously not a civil war; it is an invasion, but some...
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    Re: Nitromors alternative?

    … er… thanks, Triturus!
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    Re: Ukraine

    Lovely idea, Tom, but I’m not sure we actually have 200 Challenger IIs. We have sent most of the ones that do work, with their crews, to Poland, so that Poland could send their Russian ones to...
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    Re: Ukraine

    On a lighter note:

    https://twitter.com/ajs77/status/1569810717309640709?s=46&t=0cIZ4E53MMDvLp2SX5bGjg
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    Re: Ukraine

    I agree with you, Tom, and apologise for engaging with the trolls. I am putting them both on “ignore” and will get back to posting what I hope may be useful information that some may have missed,...
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    Re: Ukraine

    In other news, Alla Pugacheva (see “Russia’s Tina Turner”) returns to Moscow from Israel where she has been living and denounces the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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