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    Re: No F***ing Comment.

    If I were an American, I’d be embarrassed.

    My own “government” is embarrassing, but at least Mrs May can achieve functional English prose.
  2. Re: Time to stop World War II planes from flying?

    It would be interesting to compare the maintenance costs of the RAF Memorial Flight (Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster, DC3) with the amounts spent on comparable privately owned aircraft.
  3. Re: Submarine That Vanished a Year Ago With 44 Sailors Has Been Found Near Argentina

    That worked well for General Galtieri...
  4. Re: the big question i have about the south in the civil war

    Umm. The reason Rome had a Mob was that Italian peasant farmers had been forced off their land because they couldnt compete with large estates run using slave labour which were just as brutal - if we...
  5. Re: Artist's, writer's and other hero's boats

    I was bound to put this one in:

    http://comlay.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Patagonia-3.jpg
  6. Re: Artist's, writer's and other hero's boats

    https://www.visitsuffolk.com/img/cms/579x427-(c)-The-Nancy-Black.jpg

    Both real and fictional - Arthur Ransome's "Nancy Blackett", aka the "Goblin".
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    Re: Surprisingly quiet here

    May will almost certainly get the votes of 158 Conservative MPs, so she will continue to be leader of the Conservative Party, even if the Moggies send in 48 letters to the Chairman of the 1922...
  8. Re: the big question i have about the south in the civil war

    The Secession of the Confederacy might perhaps have been used by Barbara Tuchman as another example in her book "The March of Folly", in which she examines decisions made by rational governments...
  9. Re: Rees-Mogg is the Perfect Politician

    Rees-Mogg is a fake.

    If you want to know what a real Conservative is, try the MP for Beaconsfield - Disraeli's old constituency.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominic_Grieve
  10. Re: One for John B - Claud Worth's "Maud"...

    Please do - much interest, amongst the Cruising Association members here in UK.

    She was actually built for a world cruise in 1899 but it never happened.
  11. Re: A new Chinese export -likely to prove very popular

    "1984" was banned in China. It seems that someone in the CCP has, none the less, managed to read it.
  12. A new Chinese export -likely to prove very popular

    with some Governments...


    https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/venezuela-zte/
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    Re: Lion Air 737 crashes

    I agree with what Rob writes above. Thanks Dave.
  14. Re: An Incredibly Fast 'Dark Matter Hurricane' Is Blowing Past Earth Right Now

    In this, you are not alone. "Dark Matter" seems to me to be to be rather like phlogiston. A plausible explanation, which seems to fit the observed facts, until a better experiment shows that the...
  15. The end of the First World War: November 25th, 1918...

    https://qz.com/africa/1459556/armistice-day-zambia-says-world-war-i-ended-on-nov-25/

    Zambia has a point!

    Definitely One of The Good Guys:
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    Re: is this boat converted?

    I’d think not. She looks rather like a herring drifter.

    Here’s the Lydia Eva, the last surviving steam drifter in Britain, preserved, along with the last side trawler, in Lowestoft:
    ...
  17. Re: Last minute guns went silent 10:59am 11-11-1918

    Some heavy batteries timed their final salvo to strike the target at 11.00 exactly. Gunners do that sort of thing.
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    Re: Imelda Marcos wannabe

    Imelda just got convicted of graft and theft in the Philippines.

    Not that she will go to jail, but her bail has been forfeited. As if she’d notice!
  19. Re: One for John B - Claud Worth's "Maud"...

    Thanks very much, John. Worth’s book shows that he was joint owner of “Maud” with Charles Marshall, up to 1909, and we now know that Marshall died in the war. T

    The next chapter covers “Tern II”...
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    Re: solo

    I've been looking at snaps of her. She hasn't got it now! I was figuring it for a pendulum servo. but indeed it could be a water generator. On looking carefully at this snap, however, I think it's an...
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    Re: Lion Air 737 crashes

    Thank you, an excellent summary.
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    Re: perspective

    I really struggle to admire a man who mortgaged his own children. Somehow, colluding in their escape from his property (still slaves, still mortgaged, but runaways into the bargain) does not quite...
  23. Re: A bitter pill, but one we need to take

    Thank you for an outstanding post.
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    Re: Lion Air 737 crashes

    "Not if the pilot doesn't know it's there!"

    Now, the pilot does...
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    Re: solo

    The monster genoa goes with the coffee grinders, of course. She was intended for a crew of twelve. Since the winches would not have been self tailing, I am wondering what Tabarly did to deal with...
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    Re: Lion Air 737 crashes

    This does not look good for the aircraft builder. Early days, of course.
  27. Re: Burned to death on a rumour....

    To my shame I overlooked that one. Thank you.
  28. One for John B - Claud Worth's "Maud"...

    I just saw this in the Cruising Association Magazine:

    https://www.theca.org.uk/system/files/CA_WW1_memorial_plaque_Cruising_magazine_Mar15.pdf

    I recall that you have spotted and photographed...
  29. Re: Burned to death on a rumour....

    There have been other such cases. I recall reading reports of a similar murder in India recently. In the UK we have come close, with a small riot in darkest Portsmouth, because a crowd confused a...
  30. Re: I might have too much free time on my hands - or - My idea of a redneck double-wi

    That's cute!
  31. Re: A bitter pill, but one we need to take

    If I may stick another oar in, anyone who voted Sanders in a primary, and then voted Trump, was never a Democrat. There's nothing Democrat about Trump.
  32. Re: Burned to death on a rumour....

    Well said.
  33. Re: A bitter pill, but one we need to take

    Umm, hope I may shove my oar in here. The British drift to the Right is, I think, rather similar although it manifests as "Brexit" rather than "Trump".

    Those of is in the broad middle of the...
  34. Re: If invited to a public hanging....

    If invited to a public hanging I would decline, if at all possible. Especially if it were mine.
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    Re: This is how a leader leads.

    I think we ought to have this one here, too. Trump is the one riding the armoured limousine...
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  36. Re: An excellent article on the fading positive legacy of the Wars One and Two in Eur

    It was a summer evening,

    Old Kaspar's work was done,

    And he before his cottage door

    Was sitting in the sun,

    And by him sported on the green
  37. Re: Washington Post reports: Trump is showing "real low energy"

    It's the bone spurs. Brigitte Macron walks, in the rain, in heels, but we can't expect Trump to get out of his car.
  38. Re: Now that the Dems have the house

    Just a point, which I am sure the Democratic strategists will have well in mind - the boom in the economy is down to Trump's cut in corporation tax, from 35% to 21%, without any corresponding cut in...
  39. Re: Washington Post reports: Trump is showing "real low energy"

    Unwell? Nothing trivial, I hope!
  40. Re: ... And How Many Thousands Died in the Rain and Mud Filled Trenches of Europe?

    Winston Churchill's grandson, Nicholas Soames. just Tweeted this to Trump:

    They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay...
  41. Re: ... And How Many Thousands Died in the Rain and Mud Filled Trenches of Europe?

    No, it's not his fault. Remember - he doesn't know how to use an umbrella. It's our grandparents' fault for not finishing the war in the summer, when the weather is better. If Donald Trump had been...
  42. Re: ... And How Many Thousands Died in the Rain and Mud Filled Trenches of Europe?

    Very strange behaviour. He insults the President of his host country and then sulks in his room when he should have been at a ceremony.
  43. Re: The Old Moon in the Young Moon's Arms

    Thank you; finally I know what the Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens means by the phrase!
  44. Re: Thinking about buying a Thistle (woodie?)

    The Albacore is a fifteen foot version of Uffa's generic International Fourteen shape with flatter floors and with Uffa's stock Fourteen rig, so pretty much interchangeable with the Fourteen.

    I...
  45. Re: Thinking about buying a Thistle (woodie?)

    The Albacore is a fifteen foot version of Uffa's generic International Fourteen shape with flatter floors and with Uffa's stock Fourteen rig, so pretty much interchangeable with the Fourteen.

    I...
  46. Re: Thinking about buying a Thistle (woodie?)

    My friend Marsha Cutting singlehanded a wooden Thistle down the Hudson about fifteen years ago. Then she moved up to a Pearson Triton and across to the west coast. Marsha now uses a wheelchair most...
  47. Re: What Do Our Oldest Books Say About Us?

    Thank you very much.
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    Re: Route du Rhum 2018

    I am aware of it, but much more interested in the Golden Globe Race, because that involves boats and techniques that I know something about.
  49. Re: how long till mueller is fired?

    As a foreign observer, I am very struck by President Trump’s priorities.
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    Re: Trump meltdown

    I was reminded of Duterte.
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