More frivolous purchases, stuff you don't need..

More frivolous purchases, stuff you don't need..

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AstonZagato

8,599 posts

151 months

Monday 13th May
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Clockwork Cupcake said:
RammyMP said:
Do you need any sort of licence for that? If not I’m in!
So long as it is unmodified and you are over 18, then no. But there are regulations, such as you being legally liable if a pellet escapes the boundaries of your property (either directly or by ricochet), plus how close to a road your property is, etc.

Incidentally, there are also restrictions on what you can (legally) shoot. Thanks to recent changes in the law, I do not believe that crows are amongst them.
You are correct CC. Chris Packham has forced Natural England to rescind the general licenses which allowed anyone to control crows, magpies, jays, pigeons, etc. It has caused a massive furore. But, in short, you can't legally shoot a crow at the moment.

Clockwork Cupcake

59,913 posts

213 months

Monday 13th May
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AstonZagato said:
You are correct CC. Chris Packham has forced Natural England to rescind the general licenses which allowed anyone to control crows, magpies, jays, pigeons, etc. It has caused a massive furore. But, in short, you can't legally shoot a crow at the moment.
Not so much rescind, but tighten up considerably. And definitely not anyone - you always needed to show that you had legitimate pest control needs. For example, taking pot shots of magpies in your back garden has never been allowed (more's the pity as I hate the noisy screeching bds). The changes now mean it is much much harder to establish legitimate need.



Frank7

2,812 posts

28 months

Monday 13th May
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This probably will be seen by some as a qualifier for “stuff you don’t need”, but not by me.
First off, it wasn’t purchased by me, but I was mighty proud of my little sister-in-law, 5’ tall, and maybe 44 kilos, when I watched her buy it.
My wife and I had bought her a flight, and 3 nights accommodation for two in some place in Limerick, Eire, for a surprise birthday gift, and she had decided to leave her husband at home, and take her best friend.
We happened to be at her place, when she was checking out rental cars at Shannon Airport.
She found two that she was happy with, a Ford Focus, and a VW Golf, both around £68.
As we were reading the blurb, I said, “That’s not bad for a smaller size manual.”
She said, “Hold up, I CBA with changing gears, I want an auto.”
When we checked, an automatic was £92 extra, I said, “What are you going to do Steph?”
She said, “What do you think? The flights and accommodation are paid for, I’m going for the auto upgrade.”
Way to go Steph, a girl after my own heart, I’d have thought of taking a taxi, but if I had to drive, I would have gone for 2 pedals, over 3, every time.

ChemicalChaos

8,962 posts

101 months

Tuesday 14th May
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"What is it?", I hear you ask. Well it's a piece of Concorde smile

Shortly after the AirFrance crash, BAe conducted a series of impact tests on various panels and pieces of underwing skin, by firing large pieces of tyre at them at high velocity.
A lot of them were done at a particular university, which at the time had a state of the art impact rig - you name the speed, angle range etc and it could simulate it.
The tests were done in secret as no-one quite knew how good or bad the results were going to be! Luckily, they came back pretty positive and didn't require the entire underside of the plane to be redesigned....

Anyway, this particular panel is a fuel tank access hatch which sports a colossal dent from a well-aimed piece of tyre. It managed to evade all subsequent departmental clearouts, until recently when a particularly thorough sweep saw it destined for the skip, like so many interesting and rare artefacts over the years. Luckily, a contact of mine knew what it was and managed to save it... I got wind of it, money changed hands and here we are!

I'm going to make a lovely wooden plinth and support bracket to mount it on, and get a plaque engraved to day what it is, then it shall join my collection of frivolous aviation artefacts smile

Bobberoo99

7,637 posts

39 months

Tuesday 14th May
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GC8 said:
First pattern Fairbairn Sykes, made by William Rogers, Sheffield:

That is lovely!! May I ask how much and where from?
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Voldemort

3,735 posts

219 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Bobberoo99 said:
That is lovely!! May I ask how much and where from?
Even though he has spelt 'Rogers' wrong (Rodgers) putting 'william rogers sheffield' it is the first hit on google...

https://www.eggintongroup.co.uk/brands/william-rod...

OpulentBob

10,599 posts

121 months

Tuesday 14th May
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One of these(the awning not the van).



(web image)

I've already got 2 perfectly usable awnings. But this one is a bit spesh, it comes with a log burner, it's entirely "zipped in", it's got lovely thick carpets, and it fits a (blow up) double bed. This is currently filling the porch while I try and find space to keep the old ones...

Robatr0n

12,337 posts

157 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Frank7 said:
This probably will be seen by some as a qualifier for “stuff you don’t need”, but not by me.
First off, it wasn’t purchased by me, but I was mighty proud of my little sister-in-law, 5’ tall, and maybe 44 kilos, when I watched her buy it.
My wife and I had bought her a flight, and 3 nights accommodation for two in some place in Limerick, Eire, for a surprise birthday gift, and she had decided to leave her husband at home, and take her best friend.
We happened to be at her place, when she was checking out rental cars at Shannon Airport.
She found two that she was happy with, a Ford Focus, and a VW Golf, both around £68.
As we were reading the blurb, I said, “That’s not bad for a smaller size manual.”
She said, “Hold up, I CBA with changing gears, I want an auto.”
When we checked, an automatic was £92 extra, I said, “What are you going to do Steph?”
She said, “What do you think? The flights and accommodation are paid for, I’m going for the auto upgrade.”
Way to go Steph, a girl after my own heart, I’d have thought of taking a taxi, but if I had to drive, I would have gone for 2 pedals, over 3, every time.
I'm glad we got the important details such as her height, weight, name, travel destination, favoured travel companion and your love for taxis.

Keyser Soze

18,541 posts

132 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Frank7 said:
This probably will be seen by some as a qualifier for “stuff you don’t need”, but not by me.
First off, it wasn’t purchased by me, but I was mighty proud of my little sister-in-law, 5’ tall, and maybe 44 kilos, when I watched her buy it.
My wife and I had bought her a flight, and 3 nights accommodation for two in some place in Limerick, Eire, for a surprise birthday gift, and she had decided to leave her husband at home, and take her best friend.
We happened to be at her place, when she was checking out rental cars at Shannon Airport.
She found two that she was happy with, a Ford Focus, and a VW Golf, both around £68.
As we were reading the blurb, I said, “That’s not bad for a smaller size manual.”
She said, “Hold up, I CBA with changing gears, I want an auto.”
When we checked, an automatic was £92 extra, I said, “What are you going to do Steph?”
She said, “What do you think? The flights and accommodation are paid for, I’m going for the auto upgrade.”
Way to go Steph, a girl after my own heart, I’d have thought of taking a taxi, but if I had to drive, I would have gone for 2 pedals, over 3, every time.
What?

loudlashadjuster

3,224 posts

125 months

Tuesday 14th May
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i am also confuse

smartypants

39,878 posts

110 months

Tuesday 14th May
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One of the weirdest posts on PH, and that takes some doing rofl

Lazermilk

1,895 posts

22 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Robatr0n said:
Frank7 said:
This probably will be seen by some as a qualifier for “stuff you don’t need”, but not by me.
First off, it wasn’t purchased by me, but I was mighty proud of my little sister-in-law, 5’ tall, and maybe 44 kilos, when I watched her buy it.
My wife and I had bought her a flight, and 3 nights accommodation for two in some place in Limerick, Eire, for a surprise birthday gift, and she had decided to leave her husband at home, and take her best friend.
We happened to be at her place, when she was checking out rental cars at Shannon Airport.
She found two that she was happy with, a Ford Focus, and a VW Golf, both around £68.
As we were reading the blurb, I said, “That’s not bad for a smaller size manual.”
She said, “Hold up, I CBA with changing gears, I want an auto.”
When we checked, an automatic was £92 extra, I said, “What are you going to do Steph?”
She said, “What do you think? The flights and accommodation are paid for, I’m going for the auto upgrade.”
Way to go Steph, a girl after my own heart, I’d have thought of taking a taxi, but if I had to drive, I would have gone for 2 pedals, over 3, every time.
I'm glad we got the important details such as her height, weight, name, travel destination, favoured travel companion and your love for taxis.
hehe

LivingTheDream

1,473 posts

120 months

Tuesday 14th May
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I guess this counts - I really don't need it - just wanted it.....




along with a road trip to bring it home...


smartypants

39,878 posts

110 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Bought one last August (halves with a mate), similar frivolity, just wanted it for a winter hack for shooting, same colour but facelift version. First name terms with the local LR Indy now, go there once a month which is nice. Still love it though smile


w1bbles

321 posts

77 months

Wednesday 15th May
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nigelpugh7 said:
Sadly so so true!

There is never a dull weekend at Pugh Towers, it’s always maintenance on the LR product or tweaking the Caterham!
Slightly O/T but we have two Defenders and a Disco 3. Combined age 67 years. Combined mileage 498,000. And two are V8s getmecoat

Glade

3,273 posts

164 months

Wednesday 15th May
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AstonZagato said:
Abbott said:
Clockwork Cupcake said:
loudlashadjuster said:
Given the number of YouTube vids of people making a complete arse of using one, leaving them covered in broken glass and expensive, sugary liquid, I'd agree biggrin
The Slo Mo guys did a great vid using these. Mostly it was as you say but one lucky shot gave a clean removal and their surprise was quite amusing.

Everyone agreed that they wouldn't want to drink it though due to the broken glass. smile
If you do it right then there is no broken glass to worry about as long as you do not drink from the bottle. Most of the videos are not even close to getting it right
There is definitely a technique. I've seen it done many times and done it a couple of times myself. Never had it go wrong. As you say, the youtube vids I've seen seem to be people who have no idea how to do it.

That said, it is a very exhibitionist way to open a bottle and there are very few occasions when it is appropriate.
Particularly good halfway down a mountain, using a ski (or if absolutely necessary a snowboard).

prand

4,503 posts

137 months

Thursday
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Glade said:
Particularly good halfway down a mountain, using a ski (or if absolutely necessary a snowboard).
Always line up and run the blade (or ski) along the bottle seam as you clip the top off otherwise you end up with a shattered bottle.

Krikkit

15,000 posts

122 months

Thursday
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ChemicalChaos said:





"What is it?", I hear you ask. Well it's a piece of Concorde smile

Shortly after the AirFrance crash, BAe conducted a series of impact tests on various panels and pieces of underwing skin, by firing large pieces of tyre at them at high velocity.
A lot of them were done at a particular university, which at the time had a state of the art impact rig - you name the speed, angle range etc and it could simulate it.
The tests were done in secret as no-one quite knew how good or bad the results were going to be! Luckily, they came back pretty positive and didn't require the entire underside of the plane to be redesigned....

Anyway, this particular panel is a fuel tank access hatch which sports a colossal dent from a well-aimed piece of tyre. It managed to evade all subsequent departmental clearouts, until recently when a particularly thorough sweep saw it destined for the skip, like so many interesting and rare artefacts over the years. Luckily, a contact of mine knew what it was and managed to save it... I got wind of it, money changed hands and here we are!

I'm going to make a lovely wooden plinth and support bracket to mount it on, and get a plaque engraved to day what it is, then it shall join my collection of frivolous aviation artefacts smile
That's a fantastic paperweight, I'm rather jealous. biggrin

There's a fantastic shop on Lincoln high street that is purely stuffed full of bits of old aircraft. I suspect the chap may have just filled a skip while he worked at one of the bases, then opened a shop once he demobbed.

SHutchinson

1,670 posts

125 months

Thursday
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Lazermilk said:
Robatr0n said:
Frank7 said:
This probably will be seen by some as a qualifier for “stuff you don’t need”, but not by me.
First off, it wasn’t purchased by me, but I was mighty proud of my little sister-in-law, 5’ tall, and maybe 44 kilos, when I watched her buy it.
My wife and I had bought her a flight, and 3 nights accommodation for two in some place in Limerick, Eire, for a surprise birthday gift, and she had decided to leave her husband at home, and take her best friend.
We happened to be at her place, when she was checking out rental cars at Shannon Airport.
She found two that she was happy with, a Ford Focus, and a VW Golf, both around £68.
As we were reading the blurb, I said, “That’s not bad for a smaller size manual.”
She said, “Hold up, I CBA with changing gears, I want an auto.”
When we checked, an automatic was £92 extra, I said, “What are you going to do Steph?”
She said, “What do you think? The flights and accommodation are paid for, I’m going for the auto upgrade.”
Way to go Steph, a girl after my own heart, I’d have thought of taking a taxi, but if I had to drive, I would have gone for 2 pedals, over 3, every time.
I'm glad we got the important details such as her height, weight, name, travel destination, favoured travel companion and your love for taxis.
hehe
Can someone that lives local check that Frank7 is okay?

GeneralSinn

6,231 posts

128 months

Thursday
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SHutchinson said:
Can someone that lives local check that Frank7 is okay?
I fear there may have been some key throwing and flouncing ... get the word out to all non-civilians ( i.e. black cab driver fraternity) post-haste
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