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Israel resumes bombardment

Posted: Yesterday at 11:47

Countries with nuclear weapons in the middle east;





Fastpacking in Wales and the UK

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 10:36

You have started me off again; I have some time off at the beginning of October..... where is that rucksack.

Dartmoor Fastpacking; sounds like a public order offence 

Fastpacking in Wales and the UK

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 18:40

I am reminded of 'the good 'ol days' (yawn) we used to demonstrate an 'officers' rucksack. The rucksack being small but contains lots of stuff!

Because (of course) the bottom had been cut out and a hole dug out underneath! The 'contents' would always contain alcohol of course... This went with the 'officers' ration pack demonstration with various delicacies inside...

1864g is very impressive; do you carry a stove etc ?

Fastpacking in Wales and the UK

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 12:19

Have you done any of the Might Contain Nuts series?

When I did a trail run last year with them I stayed at the Cwmdu campsite!

It was a great birthday treat for me but a bit cold

Fastpacking in Wales and the UK

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 11:45

I have met someone who was planning to run the Two Moors Way (2MW) with some friends just sleeping rough as required, I do not know if they did.

I have too much respect for Dartmoor and its weather to do this, plus I am likely to know the people who would have to rescue me if I made a dick of myself

I am recovering from injury at the moment so this season is out, but a few training sessions with weight could be on soon (hopefully)  with a proper go next spring.

I will have a look at your blog

Fastpacking in Wales and the UK

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 11:36

Interesting; I did a mountain marathon (EnduranceLife) on Dartmoor a few years ago. I could not believe the small size of some of the rucksacks considering the kit list. I also could not believe that they decided to check MY sack which was the biggest there!? I thought it was significant that I did well on the second day, the 'comfort' bits I had  like a decent sized sleeping mat and a proper stove for example!  The smell of (not instant) coffee must have gone down well  with the others



Fastpacking in Wales and the UK

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 08:24

Interesting thread; I have had a few goes at The Two Moors Way from Plymouth to Lynton. This takes in Dartmoor and Exmoor, a great route, there are hotels that are happy to convey kit from one hotel to the next but my plan is to get the train to Ivybridge (Plymouth) and come back carrying all my own kit.

My first attempt involved carrying nearly 20kg of kit in the p'ing rain for 17miles on day one which convinced me that lighter weight was the way to go. I have not managed the whole route in one go (yet).

I find it hard to give up my creature comforts, but the challenge is there and it must be done

Gimme a hand while I land the plane

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 10:02
candy ollier wrote (see)

Once on a BA flight the captain announced "And your first officer today is Julia M-- and she will be flying you to London".  That was unusual - most commercial pilots tend to be ex airforce active service pilots - and therefore usually male.

Unfortunately Julie was as bad at landing as my father believes all women are at driving.  The plane touched down onto the the runway with an almighty cruch, more than half of the overhead luggage compartment hatch doors popped open, and somebody's (very soft and light) cabbin baggage fell out and landed in my lap.

It was excellent!

You do not need to be male to fly a fighter plane in the UK or in other countries, just for the record. 

They even let them in the Red Arrows  

You have to have a pretty decent ability to fly to join them... even with a nice pair of knockers!

WTF is happening

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 09:36

David Cameron says; 29/11/2012

With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on today's report from Lord Justice Leveson.

As we consider this report, we should consider the victims.  We should remember how the parents of Millie Dowler, at their most vulnerable moment, had their daughter's phone hacked and were followed and photographed.

How Christopher Jefferies' reputation was destroyed by false accusations. And how the mother of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann, had her private diary printed without her permission and how she and her husband were falsely accused of keeping their daughter's body in their freezer.

These victims – and many other innocent people who have never sought the limelight – have suffered in a way that we can barely begin to imagine.

Once charges have been brought against someone I do not see a problem with publishing names, but even this can compromise a persons defence, trial by media is not how it should be.

In December 2010, Christopher Jefferies was arrested for the murder of landscape
architect Jo Yeates and vilified by the press....

Any of us could be arrested in connection with an offence if we are unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, if the allegations are particularly 'juicy' then you can expect a thorough character assassination. I suspect there are still people who think Christopher Jefferies had something to do with the murder.


David Cameron does.....


WTF is happening

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 09:03

Nice to see that our corrupt Police muppets are still tipping off the press that there is a nice juicy story going on. I wonder how many pieces of silver they got?

Thus ensuring that someone's name is dragged through the mud at the earliest possible opportunity.. before the allegation is fully investigated.

What was the point of the Leveson enquiry if the recommendations are not followed through?

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