The South West

Not long back from a weeks holiday in the South West. I really do like that area of England, there's something about the power of the sea and how the beaches look. I have a longer-term aim to move there as soon as is practical. I mean What better than to own a boat floating in the harbour. On the way to the coast we spent a couple of nights in Dartmoor which was equally splendid and a very wild
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VW T4 for Sale

It is with some reluctance that I put my van up for sale! I won't be too sad if no-one wants to buy it! It's the right one; A late model T4 2.5TDi and it's only done 74,500 miles. First registered in 2003 it is in excellent condition. It is a rare (VW OEM) colour called Scarab Green and it looks the business. Loads of service history, mechanic-owned prior to me and I've done oil services every 5-6K
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Making Decisions Under Pressure

This fantastic write-up of the nightmare situation a lobster fisherman found himself in has lots of lessons in it. A Spec in the Sea - New York Times I sent it out to my engineering team over the weekend to read and asked them what they thought about it. There are loads of lessons here that apply to any high-impact time-critical situation. The things he did really well were; staying calm, remembering all the traditional advice on what to do,
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Owder and Madder

This is a transcript of an audio-recording made by my grandfather some time before I was born and uncovered by a cousin of mine decades later in a loft. The original recording is available below. "In the spring" so William Shakespear once said, "A young mans fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love". He must be joking, or else the men of his era were a thin blooded lot! Why today they never think of owt else and not only
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Jumble Sale

This is a transcript of an audio-recording made by my grandfather some time before I was born and uncovered by a cousin of mine decades later in a loft. Audio content not supported in this browser. It was five minutes to zero hour, our positions were strategically sound. Like the wagon trains of the american west our stocks were contained within a circular stockade. Inside the perimeter, the barricades were manned by veterans of many previous campaigns, yet even they
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