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    Re: Vintage sports and racing cars pictures.

    The VW? I had one for some years, and you only got accelleration like that if you pedaled really quickly.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Is Christianity a mental illness

    My mental health professional partner tells me that "disordered personality" and "mental illness" are distinct and separate issues. The latter is generally treatable, the former not.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Is Christianity a mental illness

    In any circumstance other than a religious one, hearing voices in your head is seen as a mental health issue that requires treatment. I personally think that in the case of hearing gods voice is is...
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    Re: United 777 engine failure

    I've flown very long distance on both, and while the 787 was pretty nice I prefer the 380.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Magic Smoke

    I have on occasion done power tool repair work, and take the trouble to explain to the clients that power tools actually run on smoke. Its easy to prove, we all know that when you let the smoke out...
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    Re: Dad over the bar

    Sorry to hear that, its something that happens in life, but its never easy. Having had a good relationship, you'll carry his words and values with you so he'll be with you in that way. But I do feel...
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    Re: Air Force plans to retire B-1 & B-2

    I suggest that some of these are employment projects for the home states of certain senators rather than effective defence systems, I seem to recall a post in a recent thread that suggested that.
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    Re: United 777 engine failure

    Those guys would have a great time with the current politics!
    John Welsford
  9. Re: The Falcon Heavy is an absurdly low-cost heavy lift rocket

    Happy little flames indeed, gosh wouldn't they warm you up in the winter!

    John Welsford
  10. Re: how long does it take for the keel bolts to corrode away

    High carbon ferrous steel being stronger than stainless, it makes sense to do that, it saves weight and windage.

    John Welsford
  11. Re: Enjoying a cup of tea in a little break from work.

    Russian Caravan is a frequently brewed tea here in my galley, its a good starter in the morning.

    John Welsford
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    Re: This is hate.

    It sure is hate, and criminal. No matter what level of dislike, its just not right to take the matter into ones own hands in that manner. There are other ways, join an opposition political party and...
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    Re: Country Police vehicles

    Even if it was built in the USA with a lot of local content? Nissan have a pretty big assembly plant there.

    John Welsford
  14. Re: Lawsuit against two New Zealand citizens is test case for Israel’s anti-BDS legi

    Wont work, we have freedom of speech. That plus US law doesn't apply here.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Bermuda ends Gay Marriage...

    We have the choice, marriage or civil union, gender not an issue in either case. The other point is that after two years cohabitation the relationship is deemed to be subject to the marital property...
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    Re: Bermuda ends Gay Marriage...

    There is that, but on the other hand I dont think that I've ever come across anyone who's opinions on everything parallel mine. I prefer to relate to people on the basis of what we share rather than...
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    Re: Vintage sports and racing cars pictures.

    Those things hot up pretty well, 50 hp, cheap and lightweight, the little car I saw built with one was a real fun little beast.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Bermuda ends Gay Marriage...

    Its hardly un proven and un tested social engineering. New Zealand has had gay marriage for years, the sky has yet to fall on our heads, the children seem happy and well adjusted, they're not bullied...
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    Re: guns making things better

    I made one of those, a working version at half inch bore in shop class at school, a couple of us made up some gunpowder in the chemistry lab, we fired half inch ball bearings with the thing. Got me...
  20. Re: Number 3 gets an offer she couldn't refuse

    Just think of what a publisher would pay her for a book, plus the fees from the rubber chicken speaking circuit, tv interviews and so on. I dont think she'd be short of a buck.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Climate Change, close to home.

    Some areas of the oceans around New Zealand where I live are as much as 6 deg C above normal. This means that the tropical storms / cyclones that happen in the tropics to the north of us come far...
  22. Re: Number 3 gets an offer she couldn't refuse

    Perhaps she knows whats coming and wants to get out of a govt job before the excrement hits the fan, Walmart would be far enough away from that to have some job security.

    John Welsford
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    Re: Small decentralised hydro power.

    I've built two passive solar heated houses, our daughter and her family now live in the second one which has proven to be very effective. It has a wood burner to boost the heating when needed but she...
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    Re: Falcon Heavy

    It sounds as though its going a lot further than that! All the way out to the asteroids.

    John Welsford
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    Re: How would you make a living if you...

    Blacksmith. On the fringes of a reasonably large village in a part of the country where coal was common, but it didnt snow heavily in winter. The blacksmith was one of the most valued people in any...
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    Re: Australian Cheese

    The Co Op store in PT has some good cheeses, I even saw some New Zealand extra mature cheddar there, bought it of course, a mouthful was like a visit back to home. I asked why there was not more...
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    Re: Phoenix III OR Walkabout OR ???

    I agree with the "compromise" thing, for each boat owner there will be a different set of compromises that work for them. Thats one of the things that makes design so interesting.
    On the compliance...
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    Re: Phoenix III OR Walkabout OR ???

    I think that this is getting a bit "pointed". There has been debate on this forum before on the merits of side tank bouyancy, and for the most part Ive "lurked" and not got involved. It seems to me...
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    Re: Those Oars Again !

    If those oars are going to spend much time out in the sun, a couple more coats would be a good idea.

    John Welsford
  30. Re: WW2: British AVRO Lancaster Heavy Bomber

    In my early teens, the French flew a couple of Lanks out of New Caledonia as maritime reconnaissance aircraft. They came down to Auckland for servicing, and I rode my ( single speed, backpedal...
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    Re: Name required

    "Priggish. Self righteously correct, moralistic" Shorter Oxford dictionary, sixth ed.

    John Welsford
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    Re: What has happened to the size of pickups?

    It would have taken a decent downhill and a tailwind to even get to 65, but we managed to travel a couple of hundred miles each way to get the daughter to her events, loaded with horses, hay and...
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    Re: What has happened to the size of pickups?

    Jay, our American friends may not realise that the Ford Ranger that we see in this part of the world is a Mazda BT50 with different trim and badging, their "Ranger" uses the same sized tyres but...
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    Re: What has happened to the size of pickups?

    We had one of those with a horse box on the back for a while, even with two ponies in the back its 2.5 litre gas engine got us along just fine.

    John Welsford
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    Re: What has happened to the size of pickups?

    I delivered an early 1950s one of those back from where its owner had left it at the airport, felt as though I should open a hatch in the floor and scoot it along with my feet. It had though done...
  36. Re: GOP lawmaker asks Capitol Police to arrest 'Dreamers' at State of the Union

    Here's a somewhat related question. I understand that its not compulsory to carry ones ID papers when out and about in the USA, but what happens when an ICE officer boards a bus, asks a person who...
  37. Re: Whoa! Australia actually has a weapons manufacturing sector???

    We've got a hundred or so light armoured vehicles that they could have had cheap.

    John Welsford
  38. Re: Mahurangi Regatta - NZ's Biggest Wooden Boat Event - 100+ Sail & Motorboat Photos

    Better for the motorboats than the sailing boats, at least until late in the afternoon and the small boat fleet based on the beach had to be off the beach due to the access being closed so a lot of...
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    Re: What has happened to the size of pickups?

    Like all of the other "commercial" type vehicles such as cargo vans, its straight out protectionism. The import duties make the pricing uncompetitive.
    But I have to say I dont understand why one or...
  40. Re: What if China invaded NK?……………………..

    You've got that right. Ive seen reports suggesting that China has massive refugee camps prepared in case of serious numbers of NK people coming over their border.

    John Welsford
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    Re: What has happened to the size of pickups?

    Thats what I've got. Drove the 2 1/2 hours from home to my sweeties place yesterday, highway speeds most of the way, 6.9 litres of diesel per 100 km. Thats about 55 miles per gallon. Yes I was...
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    Re: What has happened to the size of pickups?

    I've seen these in Chile and Argentina, they're Mazda BT50s with a different badge and trim. We get them here as well.
    Good vehicles.

    John Welsford
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    Re: What has happened to the size of pickups?

    We're seeing a big number of SsangYong pickups here, I took one for a test drive before choosing my Mitsi Triton. If anything it was slightly better specced, but the bed was shorter and the...
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    Re: Phoenix III OR Walkabout OR ???

    The maximum "stretch" for a Walkabout is 12.5%, Chuck Leinweber built his at that, and ran it very successfully in the Everglades Challenge. He rated it as the "fastest monohull" he'd ever sailed....
  45. Re: What if China invaded NK?……………………..

    One of the issues that needs to be considered, is what would China, and to some extent Russia, think of having a large US military action on their borders should the US take direct action against NK....
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    Re: River Rat Navigator (Lower Hutt, NZ)

    The 4mm ply is only used to make the curves in the coamings easier to form, you can do that in 6mm with a bit of soaking in hot water though.
    On plywood, I'm getting pretty nice plywood from Plytech...
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    Re: On electric cars....

    Fortunately the 8000 lb pickups are very rare here, most are the Japanese brand one tonners, almost all diesel. But the lightest class in the road user charge does indeed discriminate somewhat...
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    Re: On electric cars....

    We have a system where there is no road tax in diesel, that being the common fuel for so many non road applications ( my cruisers engine is gently idling away right now) so rather than organise a...
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    Re: Okie Bobby's Next Boat

    Leeboards would work just fine, but bear in mind that Pathfinder is a bigger boat than the Navigator shown above and has more space alongside the 'case as a result of her wider beam.
    Coincidentally...
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    Re: Modified Rounded Bottom Egret

    Yes, add 5 to 7% pozzolan to the cement, and make it a very rich mix, 3/1 is about right for this. The resulting mix is a much more effective corrosion preventative than the standard mix.

    John...
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