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Stanley
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Posted -  14/11/2010  :  06:26
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Stanley
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Posted - 25/10/2011 : 06:07
I'm afraid Cloggy may be right. There are some terrible images freely available these days. Bit like the coverage of 9/11. Mind you, the pics of people jumping to their death were not published in America but were seen over here.

I see that the reports on the riots have come to the conclusion that gangs were not a cause, no evidence of any organised gang activity. Funny how those who were so quick to leap to judgement are keeping stum now.

I agree with you Comrade. It is very hard to imagine restraint being any part of the thinking of those exposed to Gadafi's  worst excesses and we would do well not to spring to judgement. There is a lot of truth in the old saying, "Those who live by the sword die by it". Unfortunately I have seen many revenge killings from WW2 onwards and while I hate violence I can understand the thought process. In the 1940s I thought that mass bombing raids were OK. They had done it to me......


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cloghopper
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Posted - 25/10/2011 : 07:31
Thanks for that Wendyf. I'll take a little walk down there now with Mr. Google, and see if I recognise it.

cheers,

cloggy 


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Another
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Posted - 25/10/2011 : 07:42
I disagree Comrade and do not think that cloggy is correct.

The images might be there but there should be an element of responsibility in how they are used. For papers such as The Mirror to feature the most graphic images in glowing colour on the front page is crass and thoughtless. Parents can protect their offspring in the home but not always in a newsagents shop. Nolic

 


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Stanley
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Posted - 25/10/2011 : 07:59
I take your point about the newsagents etc.


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Bodger
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Posted - 26/10/2011 : 09:11
TV am news, the "in" toys for Christmas, got me thinking, did you lads ever make tanks from cotton reels, notch the ends to give grip, thread elastic through the hole, tack it to the end, tie a match to the elastic, wind it up and watch it go, or for the girls put 4 tacks on the end of the reel attach wool and knit away, i seem to recall the end product was a knitted tube. and neither of them needed batteries


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wendyf
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Posted - 26/10/2011 : 09:42
Hey Bodger, us girls made tanks too!  Yards of french knitting were produced on a regular basis. We also made dolls house furniture out of cotton reels, conkers & matchsticks. Plastic cotton reels are such a disappointment....even now. Little animals and people could be made using pipe cleaners and scraps of wool. Lots of fun.


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belle
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Posted - 26/10/2011 : 09:44
Yeah! Right on sister!


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Tardis
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Posted - 26/10/2011 : 10:44
This September Income Tax receipts were £9.5 billion.  In September 2010, a year ago, Income receipts were £10.3 billion.


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Posted - 26/10/2011 : 16:24
What about the matchbox gun ?

Made with a split wooden peg held by a rubber band to one end of a matchbox so that it loosely resembled a gun. The band was then taken through the matchbox and the box closed and the  band was then stretched back towards the peg and a match inserted between the peg and the box with the taut end of the rubber band round it. The match was held in place with the tension from the rubber band around the peg and as soon as the peg (trigger) was cocked the match would fly fowards at a rate of knots. Not very accurate but great fun to make and play with. Nolic


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Tizer
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Posted - 26/10/2011 : 17:03
We used to wrap a piece of aluminium foil tightly around a match head, sit the match on the edge of a table, hold a lit match under the head...and bingo, a rocket! (I'll now get visited by the Elfin Safety brigade for relating this!)


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Bradders
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Posted - 27/10/2011 : 00:36
1d. (ok penny)  Bangers were rubbish underwater...All you got was a few grey bubbles and a funny smell ..!


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Stanley
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Posted - 27/10/2011 : 04:47
I think me and my mates were more ambitious. We wanted really big bangs! (After all we were hearing them every night). We made gunpowder, experimented with balls of Sodium dropped down grids and some others I daren't mention. Most reliable bang of the lot was a big pop bottle tied to a full brick, a bit of water and a piece of carbide popped in, top screwed down and lobbed into a disused quarry at West Didsbury that was flooded. Totally reliable and killed lots of fish!

The biggest bangs we came across were the 'Land Mines'. Actually redundant magnetic mines converted for air burst, about 4 tons I think. They exploded at about 500ft and flattened everything underneath. Funnily enough the loudest explosions I ever heard were from the Bofors AA guns on the park about 100 yards away. Great experience for childhood......

Best regular bangers were the army thunderflashes issued to the Home Guard for exercises. Round about Nov 5th these mysteriously came into our possession. They were orange and you pulled a tape to initiate them. If you put one in a dustbin with a tight lid it destroyed it. Wonder was none of us ever got injured!  If 6 to 8 year olds acted like this these days there would be headlines in the news and an enquiry!


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panbiker
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Posted - 27/10/2011 : 09:49
Looks like were off on a short dalliance into childhood memories again. Now't wrong with that, I know of all the ones mentioned so far. My matcbox gun would be made using a Swan Vestas box if you could get one. The extra length of the box afforded more tension to the laggy band and hence a better thwack when you fired it. I suppose this would be the eqivalent of the Magnum 45 in matcbox gun world.

We didn't have the same access to the ordinance you did Stanley being of the baby boomer age. Having said that, once we had a bit of chemistry put in our heads up at Barlick Modern we once blew a 2 foot deep hole in Valley Gardens! Quite spectacular really, lots of yellow smoke and a bang like a maroon going off. All from a simple mix of readily available compunds and a Quink bottle (small container + fast accellerant) = BIG Bang! excellent stuff. Like you say, it's a wonder wer'e still here.

 


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belle
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Posted - 27/10/2011 : 11:28
a quote i read this morning re Sharia law " Tunisia has elected an Islamist party to lead a new coalition government. In Egypt, Coptic Christians have been targeted and killed, while a Muslim man recently received a three-year sentence for mocking Islaam.."  ............like they didn't see it coming!?


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Tizer
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Posted - 27/10/2011 : 11:58
quote:
panbiker wrote:
Like you say, it's a wonder wer'e still here.
The man who was my PhD supervisor and is now in his 70s still has bits of glass in his face from childhood experiments. A big, wild-looking Geordie man who always has some new idea on the go. Coincidentally he rang me up yesterday to ask where he could acquire certain materials. Not explosives these days, just food ingredients and plant materials. But he still gets very close to the action by trying them out on himself and some friends. A gang of them, who all have arthritis and are diabetic, are seeking the `Holy Grail', trying to find cures for their ailments. I sometimes wonder if the magic materials are more a cause of their ailments than a cure! He's very keen on Japanese `natto' at the moment, fermented soybean paste - he doesn't mince his words and tells me it's texture is `like snot'.

Belle, re Sharia Law...the people in those countries chose democracy but it doesn't mean their beliefs will be the same as in our Western democracies, I guess.

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