Saturday, 25 October 2014

Fury Film

Went to see the 'Fury' film on Wednesday for a late night showing at our local 'VUE' cinema here in York.  Took along my brother-in-law Mike and my old friend Chris Jenkins.  We decided to make the most of the experience and booked the luxury seats and chose the high definition screen to watch it on.  First time I've seen a film on that screen, and was impressed with the 4 x higher resolution, everything was a lot sharper. 

As for the film itself, for the military/wargaming enthusiast this film is quite simply a MUST see.  It's not perfect by any means as the ending is bit too Hollywood for my taste, but it gets a good 8.5 out of 10 from me.  Tiger 131 makes a appearance, my only slight criticism on that front is that we didn't see more  of it.  Attention to detail in terms of the kit used is almost second to none, and from that point of view it must rate as one of the best WW2 films made.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

15mm Sci-Fi - Ground Zero Games 8 Wheeler

Recently finished painting up a GZG V15-54A 8 wheeled support vehicle. I already have a few of this family of vehicles, so I continued with the same 'aggressor' camouflage pattern. I've used a rare earth magnet to secure the missile launcher. As well as allowing the launcher to rotate, depending on the mission it allows me to swap it for a Heavy Auto Cannon (a spare weapon from Critical Mass walker). A small counter-measures jamming pod (ball) has been added for good measure.
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Saturday, 18 October 2014

FUBAR - 15mm Sci-Fi Rules

For those interested in my expanded version of the FUBAR rules for 15mm Sci-Fi (adapted from a set originally written by Craig Cartmell) they can be downloaded here from Dropbox.

Current version:  3-2-0   Link

In addition there is an Excel file with vehicle details:

Current version: Version 10     Link
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Picture Of The Week - No 34 - 6pdr Anti-tank Gun Sight

A month back I was at an event on Ginkel Heath remembering Operation Market Garden and the British para drop.  Whilst there I saw this 6pdr AT gun, and got an opportunity to look through the sight. Found myself amazed at the simplicity and lack of any appreciable magnification !

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

ENVOY - SHORT FILM


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Comment:  Worth a watch if your a sci-fi fan :)
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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Pak-40 & Flak 37 Firing


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Comment:  Impressive !
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

BBC Battlefields 4of4 Arnhem

Friday, 5 September 2014

Friday Humour

A teacher asks her class, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"


Little Johnny says "I wanna be a billionaire, going to the most expensive clubs, take the best bitch with me, give her a Ferrari worth over a million bucks, an apartment in Hawaii, a mansion in Paris, a jet to travel through Europe, an Infinite Visa Card and to make love to her three times a day".
The teacher, shocked, and not knowing what to do with the bad behaviour of the child, decides not to give importance to what he said and then continues the lesson.
"And you, Susie? " the teacher asks.

Susie says "I wanna be Johnny's bitch."
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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Star Wars: I.M.P.S The Relentless Season 1


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Comment: For Star Wars fans, this is a must see :)
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Picture Of The Week - No 33 - US 105mm Howitzers In Action


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Comment: This weeks picture is of United States M2A1 105mm light field howitzers in action during WW2.
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Humour - Epic Fail

Saturday, 30 August 2014

DIY Lightbox

I'm posting a link here to a great article on how to make your own Light Box for photographing miniatures which I read today on the Dropship Horizon Blog - Link.  Well worth a read.
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Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Wargames Website

There is a new discussion and news Blog/Forum web site out there called 'The Wargames Website'.  Worth a check out.  Link
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Humour


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Here we have it guys !   Irrefutable proof that the right woman can bring Balance and Stability to a man's life..  :)
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Friday, 8 August 2014

Humour - Being Married

The officer says, 'I clocked you at 120 km/h, sir.'

The driver says, 'Christ, officer I had it on cruise control at 100, perhaps your radar gun needs calibrating.'

Not looking up from her knitting the wife says: 'Now don't be silly dear, you know that this car doesn't have cruise control.'

As the officer writes out the ticket, the driver looks over at his wife and growls, 'Can't you please keep your mouth shut for once?'

The wife smiles demurely and says, 'You should be thankful your radar detector went off when it did.'

As the officer makes out the second ticket for the illegal radar detector unit, the man glowers at his wife and says through clenched teeth, 'F..k it, woman, can't you keep your mouth shut?'

The officer frowns and says, 'And I notice that you're not wearing your seat belt, sir. That's an automatic $75 fine.'

The driver says, 'Yeah, well, you see officer, I had it on, but took it off when you pulled me over so that I could get my license out of my back pocket'

The wife says, 'Now, dear, you know very well that you didn't have your seat belt on. You never wear your seat belt when you're driving.'

And as the police officer is writing out the third ticket the driver turns to his wife and barks, 'WHY DON'T You shut the f..k up?'

The officer looks over at the woman and asks, 'Does your husband always talk to you this way, Ma'am?'


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 'Only when he's pissed.'

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Mad Max: Fury Road - Film Trailer


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Comment:  Oh yes.....  This looks good :)
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Teaser Trailer - Official Warner Bros. UK


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Comment: Looking good :)
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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 32 - Tiger I On Its Side

Some the pictures that continue to surface on Facebook never cease to surprise me.  Give the size of the Tiger that must be one big shell/bomb hole it's in fallen in/been blown into...
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Lack Of Motivation

Loads of stuff to paint, but can't work up the enthusiasm...  :(    Not good.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Restored Panther In Action

Restored Panther in action:

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Space Hulk - Deathwing

This looks like it might have promise :)
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Monday, 23 June 2014

Humour

Jake was dying. His wife sat at the bedside. He looked up and said weakly: "I have something I must confess."

"There's no need to," his wife replied.

"No," he insisted, "I want to die in peace. I slept with your sister, your best friend, her best friend, and your mother!"

"I know," she replied. "Now just rest and let the poison work."
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Friday, 6 June 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 31 - Sherman


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Was sent this great colourised picture of a Sherman done by a gentleman called Royston Leonard.  The description is: M4 Sherman tanks of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers advancing into Caen, Normandy 10 Jul 1944.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Film - 'Edge Of Tomorrow'


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Comment:  Went to see this with my son yesterday.  Brilliant sci-fi entertainment, best seen IMHO on the big screen if you can !  Out of 10, we give it a 10 ! :)
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Top 10 Mortar Fails


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Comment: These are worth watching !  Must confess I never realised Mortars were so dangerous to use.
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Friday, 23 May 2014

Spitfire 944


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Comment: This is a brilliant little film, well worth a watch.
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

DDay-Overlord - Reconstruction

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Outings In The Truck

These last four weeks have seen quite a bit of activity with the CCKW truck.  The first outing was to attend the Yorkshire Military Vehicle Trust 'Crank-Up' event at Cliffords Tower here in York.  A very respectable turn-out this year of over 60 vehicles made for an impressive display in front of the Museum.

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The next outings have seen the truck help to pay some of its way.  We've been redesigning the front and back gardens and ended up with about 3 ton of top-soil and turf to dispose of.  Rather than hire a skip, I bagged it up and did three trips to the recycling centre.

Wife and child were press-ganged into assisting :)
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The last outing which was yesterday saw us attend the 'Battlegroup North' event at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington.  Approximately 200 vehicles made for a fine display, but the weather was decidedly mixed.  Snapped a coulple of interesting photos which I share here.  First up we have an incredibly tasteful Dodge Command Car. I really really like these.
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My old school friend Chris Jenkins and his two sons Graham and Gareth helped crew a 25pdr field gun that was putting on a fine display (in the rain).
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After the shooting was over the gun owner kindly lent me it for a photo shoot with the truck.  An enjoyable day all in all.
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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 30 - Sturmtiger


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Comment:  This weeks pic of a WW2 German 'Sturmtiger' at the Deutsches Panzermuseum at Munster in Germany.  I like this picture because it shows off the impressive size of the 380mm rocket projectile it fired.
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Monday, 5 May 2014

AK47 - First Game

As a change from the recent fare of 10mm scale Flames of War, at my local club we have decided to start planning for an AK47 campaign in 15mm.  Up until last week I had never played the game but had heard extensively about it from friends who had placed it lots some years back.  For those not familiar with the AK47 Republic rules (published by Peter Pig) Boardgame Geek has a good review of it Link.  Here's a couple of pics from my first game, I was on John Savage's side with his professional force against a rag-tag militia unit from an African dictator (who we gave a good beating).  Must confess to being quite impressed.  The rules were simple and easy to get into, and for a low stress club game seem to be just the ticket.
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Johns heavy armoured cars (counting as a standard tank).
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Dictator militia and Toyota pickups with heavy weapons.
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Figures and tanks owned by John Savage and Mick.
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Humour - Lost Wife

Subject: Missing Wife

A husband went to the police station to file a "missing person" report for his missing wife:

Husband :-I lost my wife, she went shopping and; hasn't come back yet. 

Inspector :-What is her height?

Husband :-I never checked.

Inspector :-Slim or healthy?.

Husband :-Not slim, can be healthy.

Inspector :-Colour of eyes?

Husband :-Never noticed.

Inspector :-Colour of hair?

Husband :-Changes according to season.

Inspector :-What was she wearing?

Husband :-Not sure whether it was a dress or a suit.

Inspector :-Was she driving? 

Husband :-yes. Inspector :-colour of the car? . . . . .

Husband :-black Audi A8 with supercharged 3.0 litre V6 engine generating 333 horse power teamed with an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission with manual mode. And it has full LED headlights, which use light emitting diodes for all light functions and has a very thin scratch on the front left door....................….and then the husband started crying...

Inspector:-Don't worry sir,.....we will find your car.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 29 - Target Practice


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Comment:  Looks like someone has been using the side of this WW2 German Stug III for target practice !
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Friday, 2 May 2014

New Series on British TV - Combat Dealers

The wheeler-dealer who 'taught tanks' to Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt: Wartime memorabilia fanatic is star of new series dubbed 'Antiques Roadshow plus guns' Bruce Crompton has always been fascinated by wartime memorabillia He now makes a living from his passion, supplying tanks to film sets Films that have featured his tanks include Saving Private Ryan and Fury Read more: Link
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Comment:  Annoyingly I missed the first episode, but I intend to watch the rest.
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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The tank graveyard: German depot that has dismantled more than 15,000 armoured vehicles built for the Cold War but now sit waiting to be stripped and melted down


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With conflict in European soil in east Ukraine, Russia allegedly massing her forces at the border, it may seem odd that many of the continent's nations are actually dismantling their armed forces.

These pictures show dozens of Marder light tanks that once belonged to the West German army's mechanised infantry, waiting in the yard of Battle Tank Dismantling GmbH in Edeleben, Germany.
Since the early 1990s the company has dismantled over 15,000 tanks and other armoured vehicles, from German, Austrian, French and other European arsenals. They are complying with Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, an agreement from the final years of the Cold War which placed limits on key types of military equipment.

Read more on the Daily Mail web site: Link
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Monday, 28 April 2014

Tiger Day at the Tank Museum 2014


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Comment:  Simply awesome :)
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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Friday, 18 April 2014

Plan to put back in running condition the only remaining Panzer VIII Maus tank.

Wargaming Public Co Ltd will join with its long-term partner, the Russian Kubinka Tank Museum, to reconstruct and put back in running condition the only remaining Panzer VIII Maus tank. - See more at: Link
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Comment: Given that the vehicle is nothing but a shell, I'm not sure about this 'restoration'...  Can't help but feel the money would be better employed getting other exhibits running.  That said, if they achieve their aim, it will be an impressive sight to see.
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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Restored Stug IIIG

Some nice footage here of a restored Stug IIIG.
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Monday, 14 April 2014

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One are explained here on the BBC web site - Link
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The Great 1980s Dungeons & Dragons Panic

In an era of potent concern over internet pornography, cyber-bullying, and drugs, it is hard to imagine a game being controversial. But 30 years ago Dungeons & Dragons was the subject of a full-on moral panic, writes Peter Ray Allison on the BBC News: Link
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Comment:  I remember this happening.  My local club used to hire a church hall during the week, and we almost lost the premises until our chairman convinced some guy that D&D was actually all about defeating the forces of darkness etc.

Thoughts For The Day

1. Appreciate your life.
Be grateful that you get to live today and that you have the power to create change and affect other people. It is a gift to be alive right now. Make the most of it.

2. Choose friends who make you feel good.
…and take yourself far far away from the people who suck the positivity out of you, who don’t make you smile, and who you dread to see. Surround yourself with inspiring people who motivate you to be a better you every day.

3. Keep learning everyday.
Never think that you’re #1 at something. The moment you do is the moment you stop growing.

4. Compliment others.
To be able to see the beauty in other people, and to let them know means that you are confident with yourself.

5. Always look for the solution, not the problem.
There is always an answer. Seek to be a creative problem solver.

6. Laugh!
Laughing makes you feel better and works the abs at the same time. What could be better!?

7. Take a moment to enjoy life, and stop to see how far you’ve come.
Stop going through the motions and actually stop to realize and ENJOY what you’re doing. Embrace each experience you have because you can’t ever come back to it again.

8. Forgive people and stop holding grudges.
Be able to LET GO. Forgive others so that you can move on. Holding on to the past is like holding onto old stuff that has no value and slows you down. Live for moving forward and being better.

9. Keep your promises.
In fact, under-promise and over-deliver. But never ever ever break a promise. Your word, your trust, is the most valuable form of human currency.

10. Live clean. Live honest.
No lying, faking, and being shady about anything. The truth allows you to live a way less complicated life.

11. Love unconditionally.
Give your whole heart. That is the only true way to love.

12. Invest in the people you love.
Believe in others. It can be the difference between someone chasing their dreams or giving up on everything. You can be the catalyst of making their greatest goals happen.

13. Never give up.
Keep going. You will get there. Love the journey.

14. Exercise.
Working out releases endorphins that chemically make you happy.

15. Believe in yourself.

Always know that you are capable and powerful enough to make anything you want to happen, happen. It’s your life. You control it because yes you CAN turn your dreams into reality.
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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

T72 Tank

For those interested in post-war armour this is an interesting article on the T72, and the effectiveness of its armour. Link
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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Goodgame Empire

On Facebook I clicked on one of the games they advertise, and I have found myself this weekend sucked into playing a game on the silvergames.com web site called Goodgame Empire.  Certainly worth a look :)
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Tiger Day - Bovington Tank Museum


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Comment:  The Bovington Tank Museum hold a Tiger Day once a year.  Would love to go along one year.  Here's some footage posted on U-Tube of the event yesterday.
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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Humour

A husband is dying in hospital with his wife by his bedside.

He says – There are some things I have to confess.
Wife – It’s OK honey, you really don’t have to.
Husband – No, I have to have a peaceful mind when I die.  I had sex with your mother, your sister and both your best friends.

The wife whispers in his ear – I know, that’s why I poisoned you.

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A man walks into Ann Summers to purchase some lingerie for his wife and is shown several possibilities that range from £50 to £150; the more see-through, the higher the price. He opts for the sheerest item, pays the £150 and takes the lingerie home.
He presents it to his wife and asks her to go upstairs put it on and model it for him. Upstairs the wife thinks ‘I have an idea. It’s so see-through that it might as well be nothing. I won’t put it on – do the modelling naked, return it tomorrow and get a £150 refund and keep the money for myself’.
So she appears naked at the top of the stairs and strikes a pose.
The husband says: ‘Stone me, it wasn’t that creased in the shop.’ His funeral is on Thursday.

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An elderly man lay dying in his bed.  While suffering the agonies of impending death, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favourite scones wafting up the stairs.

He gathered his remaining strength, and lifted himself from the bed.  Leaning on the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom and, with even greater effort, gripping the railing with both hands, he crawled downstairs.

With laboured breath, he leaned against the door-frame, gazing into the kitchen.  Were it not for death's agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven, for there spread out upon the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favourite scones.    

Was it heaven?

Or was it one final act of love from his devoted Yorkshire wife of 60 years, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself towards the table, landing on his knees in rumpled posture.  His aged and withered hand trembled towards a scone at the edge of the table, when it was suddenly smacked by his wife with a wooden spoon.

 “Bugger off”, she said – “they’re for the funeral”.

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An old man wanted to plant his veg garden, but it was hard work at his age.  His only son, who used to help, was in prison.
The old man wrote a letter to the lad:  “Dear son.  I’m feeling bad because it looks as if I won’t be able to have a garden this year.  I’m just getting too old to dig it.  If you were here, I know you’d do it for me.  Love, Dad”.
A few days later he got a letter:   “Dear Dad, for heaven’s sake don’t do anything in the garden, that’s where I buried the bodies.  Love, your son”.
At 4am the next day, the local CID showed up and dug up the whole garden without finding anything.  They apologised to the old man and left.
That same day the man got another letter, saying:   Dear Dad, that’s the best I could do.   Love, your son”.

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A housewife preparing vegetables for lunch asked her husband t get her a cabbage from the garden.  He was away so long she went looking for him, and found that he had collapsed and died.   At his funeral, a friend of the family asked the wife:   “Whatever did you do?”.

She replied:   “I had to open a tin of peas”.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Lost City of the Legion: Caerleon


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As centuries pass in such historic venues, history often melds into romance, and so it was with the lost city of the legion. Though much had disappeared, what remained was dramatic. Legend says that King Arthur himself made Caerleon his headquarters, and that the amphitheater was indeed his famous Round Table. As tales of Arthur, his knights and valiant deeds became all the rage in the Middle Ages, Caerleon emerged as a favorite site with storytellers. In Wales they were gathered as the Mabinogion. Geoffrey of Monmouth (just up the road) linked Caerleon with Arthur in his History of the Kings of Britain, and Thomas Malory often placed King Arthur in the ancient fortress community. Even Alfred, Lord Tennyson came to town for inspiration when working on his own Arthurian masterpiece, The Idylls of the King.   Follow the Link History.net to read more.
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Monday, 31 March 2014

B17 Bomber The Mission - Animation


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Humour - HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY ? (written by kids)

1. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids) -

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
-- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
-- Kristen, age 10

2. WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?

Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
-- Camille, age 10

3. HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
-- Derrick, age 8

4. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?

Both don't want any more kids. -- Lori, age 8

5. WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
-- Lynnette, age 8 > (isn't she a treasure)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
-- Martin, age 10

6. WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE ?

When they're rich.
-- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
-- Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
- - Howard, age 8

7. IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED ?

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
-- Anita, age 9 (bless you child )

8. HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED ?

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there ?
-- Kelvin, age 8

And the #1 Favorite is.......

9. HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK ?

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
-- Ricky, age 10    WOW! This kid is going to be husband.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Tank Museum - Veteran Podcasts

Veteran Podcasts
Go to this link and you will hear snippets from a series of personal accounts given by former British servicemen who fought in tanks during World War Two and after. These accounts were recorded by The Tank Museum curatorial staff, and represent a fraction of the unique stories and accounts held on tape in The Tank Museum Archives.
Comment: Well worth a listen.
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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Truck - Rust Hole

I can share with you I'm doing some bodywork restoration on the CCKW at the moment and recently had it home to work on.  I focused on rubbing down and then re-painting the cargo body, and generally everything went well, apart from the discovery of this corrosion hole at the back :(
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My current thinking is to fill it for the moment, and then get it welded up properly along with some other planned work later in the year.
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After the paint had dried we took it out for a short drive into York where we parked up for a picnic lunch in the cool spring sunshine.
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Managed to sneak a photo in in front of Cliffords Tower.
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