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    Re: The Ovens of Amerikkka

    I'm not in the least bit worried about what happens to my disused carcass when I'm no longer living in it, burying it seems a waste of perfectly good land, burning it a waste of energy but that seems...
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    Re: Plywood query

    A conical projection around that bow section generally leads to a somewhat bulbous entry, it can be modified by shaping the stem to avoid that but that has to happen in the design stage. I find it...
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    Re: America?

    As with any freedom, "freedom of speech" should be used in a responsible manner.

    John Welsford
  4. Thread: Odds

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    Re: Odds

    What is it with some people about eclipses? A perfectly natural and normal event and people in some parts are rushing around stockpiling food, fuel and ammunition? Crazy stuff, an hour or two of dim...
  5. Re: Spare parts source for Scripps engine

    This one is quite unusual in that it has 12 teeth rather than the more common 10, and draws back toward the starter motor to engage rather than throwing forward, those among several other differences...
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    Re: Seen recently on the Caledonian Canal

    Although I dont have a TV, when I'm staying with my ex we've watched this, its lovely gentle stuff, very enjoyable.

    John Welsford
  7. Re: Hand powered drilling tools and machines-- a short history & appreciation

    I've 12 in this workshop, ( I have two shops, slightly different in setup, this is the "light" boat workshop) . I sometimes find that I dont have enough elbow grease on hand for the job, so a...
  8. Spare parts source for Scripps engine

    A client of a friend of mine has a boat equipped with a Scripps model 30, four cylinder flathead engine. The gear and shaft on the starter motor is beyond salvage, does anyone know of a supplier for...
  9. Re: Hand powered drilling tools and machines-- a short history & appreciation

    The truly "cordless" tools, powered by elbow grease, I've lots of them and use them regularly.

    John Welsford
  10. Remembering those who died in the American Civil War

    I'm an outsider, so some think that I shouldn't have an opinion on this but I watch the news about the destruction of memorials and the divisions it causes, so for what its worth, here's my take.

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    Re: Living dirt cheap on a boat....

    I've a friend living quite happily on a Bingham Flicka, all of 20 ft long on deck. He works part time in a boatyard and as part of the deal gets a space in which to keep it. He's got her out of the...
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    Re: Living dirt cheap on a boat....

    Very expensive places for those who are not native to the islands, everything other than coconuts, fruit, fish and taro has to be shipped in, in small quantities in small ships which adds...
  13. Re: Fire-Drake Does BCs Inside Passage, north section (mostly)

    Wow! Alex, one of the things high up on my bucket list is to sail a journey like that, in that area with one or more others in sail and oar boats.

    John Welsford
  14. Re: Health care tied to your job. The downside.

    A thought, Tom, several of them in fact. First of all I admire the fact that you and your ex get along well enough to share lives, even if in a different way than you did.
    Second, I wonder how...
  15. Re: Do we have the right to strike NK first?

    Something else to think about, Afghanistan. That was supposed to be a quick incursion to get a limited number of terrorist cells under control, but how many years later is it now? Plane loads of US...
  16. Re: Health care tied to your job. The downside.

    If the system cant be changed, and lets face it thats a long and difficult task, she might consider moving to a country that has universal healthcare, a pension system that is not in her employers...
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    Re: China picks a side (sigh)

    Yes, imagine the Chinese looking at what would happen if a large proportion of NKs 24 million people came over the border as refugees! Even China, large as it is, would have real problems copig with...
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    Re: Nov-Eight Eight-Plait Rode

    Alex, do you carry a backup anchor? I'd suggest that its good practice to do so, and that the second anchor should be of a different type to the primary anchor. Both should have chain if at all...
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    Re: The "New" Cat

    I had a "Snowshoe Burmese" for a long time. For fun I trained her to sit, shake hands, lie down, roll over and walk on a lead. Interesting animal, the least "cat like" cat I ever saw.
    Superb hunter...
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    Re: Canada Putting Them in Camps

    We have a "camp" here for refugees. Its a residential program for new arrivals to teach them how the culture works, to ready them for life in a very different society. They get medical checks, go...
  21. Re: Stanley #12 cabinet scraper - a new addition

    I have a "Kunz" cabinet scraper, great tool for large areas. I've a number of scrapers used without the holder as well, many of them home made from wide bandsaw blade material.
    One of the things...
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    Re: Not a superyacht, but I'd take it

    I much prefer this style of "ship" to the wedding cake monstrosities that seem so often to be the mega rich peoples choice of floating palace.

    John Welsford
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    Re: How to deal with North Korea

    Coal, on the international market is way down in price, thats got to be hurting, steel, the Chinese have an overcapacity which has pulled the price of that down, and many countries including my own...
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    Re: How to deal with North Korea

    I'd point out that much the same could be said about Russia, in WW11 they lost more people than all the other combatants combined, and they've been invaded many times over the years. All they really...
  25. Back on the job building my "Long Steps" sail and oar cruiser.

    I've been busy, hadn't done much boatbuilding for a while but have managed to tick enough things off the list to let me get back out into the shed.
    Even though its dead of winter here its still a...
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    Update on Annie Hills build

    Annie, as many will know, has spent much of her life afloat, and a lot of us will know of her from her book "Voyaging on a small income" .

    I go and visit her from time to time, check out where...
  27. Re: If a country say they are going to shoot a missile at you is it OK to attack firs

    My own thought on that missile test, is that there is no evidence that it was capable of carrying the weight of a warhead, I think it was most likely an empty shell intended to impress rather than a...
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    Re: Redistricting: a primer

    How others do it.

    http://www.elections.org.nz/voting-system/electorates/electorate-boundaries-and-review/representation-commission

    Every sitting politician from every party has to agree with...
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    Re: odd ducks

    How many "ducks" does one need? Myself, I think that they're a bit like clamps in a boatbuilders shop, where its theoretically possible to have "enough" but I've never heard of anyone who's managed...
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    Re: Mazda - engine breakthrough

    The ignition on model airplane motors, at least the 2 stroke ones not known as "diesel" is assisted by glow plugs, a hot wire maintained by the heat of the previous combustions. Much like a "hot...
  31. Re: What do you think will be the next fake News story about Trump?

    This one?

    http://washingtonjournal.com/2017/08/07/three-marines-missing-plane-crash-trumps-response-says/

    John Welsford
  32. So what was the first woodworking tool you made for yourself?

    Mine were several whittling knives ground out from power hacksaw blades, heavy rubber tubing from the milking shed plus masking tape for the handles. I'd have been about 12 or 13, still have those. ...
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    Re: Your first real tool?

    I've half a dozen handsaws hanging on pegs in my shop, but for all the use they get these days they are really only decoration. I use my Japanese saws many times a day, the bandsaw, the cordless...
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    Re: Dementia, f***, f***, f***

    Just a thought from my psyche clinical nurse specialist nurse wife, people suffering from Alzheimers or Dementia function best in the environment that matches their long term memory, thats almost...
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    Re: Dementia, f***, f***, f***

    Its a very hard time of life, both my family and my inlaws are about in the same space. I guess we have to do what we hope our kids would do for us if we arent fully capable toward the end of our...
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    Re: Your first real tool?

    I haunt junk shops and on line auction sites, buy any old chisels, planes and such that are going cheap, even broken ones or no handles etc. The really damaged planes go in the spare parts box, with...
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    Re: New Hampshire: "A drug infested den"

    Ice, Crack, P, Meth.

    We've got a problem with it too.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Feathering your oars

    Dont forget that you'll need to fit a pair of handed gronicles to the oarlocks in order to allow the blade pitch variation needed to put the feathers at the most effective angle.
    Also, do fit...
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    Your first real tool?

    Here's a nice story.
    http://middlething.blogspot.co.nz/2017/08/nuts-for-acorn-heft-in-my-hands.html?spref=fb

    Mine came by way of a combined Christmas and 12th birthday present from parents,...
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    Re: Venezuela - a word to the wise

    Yup, free college means a more educated population, they earn more, and pay a lot more in tax which more than pays back the investment in their education.

    John Welsford
  41. Re: Hey Joe and Renee, a grooming question

    My old poodle terrier cross ships dog was the loveliest old guy, except about toenails and clipping. If he saw me pick up a pair of scissors he'd bolt and hide, eyes looking out from the darkest...
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    Re: Keyhavenpotterer has passed .

    Thats very sad news, I'm not sure what to say other than that he was a very special gent.
    Condolences to family and friends.

    John Welsford
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    Re: R.I.P. Paul

    I thought that the ice cream issue would have been the end of him, you're much too lenient.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Since the PhotoBucket fiasco.....

    Warning, thread drift. I've got a copy of Robert Crumbs book, wonderful, recommended, everyone who was in their teens in the 60s and 70s should have a copy.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Cricket, the ashes or not?

    Watching a 5 day test match is a great way to spend a week, if the two sides are well matched it can be fascinating. But then of course test matches usually come in a series of 5 x 5 day matches, and...
  46. Re: Not your father's Ford - The EV truck just might be here.

    I think the designer was dreaming of a Mk 1 Landrover!

    John Welsford
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    Re: Urban Prairies & watching Cities Die.

    Now THAT would be an interesting restoration job!
    John Welsford
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    Re: My ideal car

    Theres a Morrie 1000 pickup in the Waikato thats been converted to electric, conventional deep cycle batteries driving a motor out of a big forklift. The owner told me he's got about 120 km range on...
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    Re: Proportional Voting

    https://www.parliament.nz/en/get-involved/features/what-is-the-mmp-voting-system/

    Works for us.

    John Welsford
  50. Re: Retirement: Can you live off just your SS?

    IMHO, the human body is kind of like
    a wooden boat, in that it tends to need more care and attention the older it gets

    Rick[/QUOTE]

    Yes, the ladies seem to need repainting every morning.

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