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  1. kevinjohnsonmbe

    How much wood do I have??

    I thought I was frugal, but that's too much effort even for me 😆
  2. kevinjohnsonmbe

    How much wood do I have??

    The losses incurred through chainsaw rather than bandsaw must far outweigh any notional losses through shrinkage I’d have thought? I cut with chainsaw and end up with masses of sawdust - that’s all lost firewood. Im guessing (on a larger scale) the productivity v lost volume v bi product disposal v cost of machinery etc etc would be considerations if firewood is a significant part (or all) of the main business effort. Where does the break even point sit for the expense of firewood processing machinery as opposed to hand cutting? I’m guessing there are elements of time / convenience to consider also. I’ve often looked at the band and table saws and can’t quite justify the expense as it stands. That said, I’m only cutting for home use, be different if I was selling.
  3. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Making the news today....

    What is tradition Labour then? Tony Benn? Arthur Scargil? Tolpuddle Martyrs? Tony Blair? Momentum? there seem to be so many variants of what Labour thinks it is, and what people think it should be.... What is your definition of traditional Labour 🍳 and is it available today??
  4. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Making the news today....

    In part, certainly I’d agree Mr 🍳. Post war reconstruction, 60/70’s transport, more latterly (if you believe the hype) NHS and cash crop picking / packing. (In real macro terms) Id suggest however there is a distinct difference between how modern labour migration started and where we have ended up today. Post war, it was as simple as having to replace lost workforce. That is certainly not the case today and I’m somewhat baffled by (my perception) traditional Left appearing to support continued unrestricted movement of people apparently in preference to upskilling and employing the +/- 2 million indigenous unproductive. It just doesn’t translate as Labour being the party of the worker if they are willing to let so many sit without work whilst (literally) more hungry people come from elsewhere. It also doesn’t sit right with me that a necessary consequence of unrestricted in-flow of more bodies places greater strain on services and infra structure. Coincidentally, it also doesn’t sit right with me that it has irreversible detrimental effect upon societal cohesion - I know well enough you understand what I mean by that having seen it yourself, and I know some may disagree but I’d say to them take your head out of the sand (being polite since it’s Sunday)
  5. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Making the news today....

    No they don’t, neither ‘side’ seems to like it up’em 😂 Listening to the Mayor of London referring to honest, decent, hard working, god fearing, pillars of the community as “extreme far right”, like they are some kind of terror organisation just because they oppose or offer a counter view to unrestricted immigration and wholescale social, economic and cultural change within the UK whilst on the AM show illustrates very well how intolerant of ‘the voice of the people’ some sections of the political classes can be. Personally, and as keeps being rolled out as the ‘reason’ for the Brexit vote (not that it was my principle reason, and I’d hestitate to grant much credibility to anyone who thinks they can interpret the reason for other people’s voting tendencies) if we are to believe that immigration was, in fact, the primary reason for the Brexit vote, then that view, by the majority vote, can, by definition, neither be extreme nor Right wing but rather that it is the majority, centre, opinion.
  6. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Making the news today....

    The balloon thing..... Pretty poor form, not very ‘British’ old boy (kind of funny nonetheless!) So, the precedent is now set, let the ‘freedoms’ flow I say. Should be some fun times ahead. I’m just somewhat bewildered that such moral outrage is generated (and no doubt genuinely felt in certain quarters) against the President of the USA rather than directing all that obvious passion and energy into causes (countries) that have so much more to be ‘fixed.’ But, like fox hunting really, there are far greater issues within animal welfare that deserve attention - and would reap much greater benefits - but the majority of the protest effort is directed entirely in a ‘less wrong’ direction than where it is most needed. The common predominant factor in both examples is a sort of ‘class’ protest which undermines both causes (IMHO)
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    Making the news today....

    What did it say......???????
  8. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Making the news today....

    It’s the quality of the material that’s available to work with at the moment Ti 😂 Of course (at least in part) tongue in cheek (not sure that’s appropriate after Vesp’s vid link) and in part overly simplistic, but entirely expected that some indignant outrage would ensue and similarly entirely expected that some members would ‘read between the lines’ and see that, from the sarcasm, comes some absolute sense. The exquisite irony being the mock outrage which emirates from those most likely to claim the absolute right to free speech (so long as it doesn’t poke fun, challenge or reject their predetermined view of the world) - strangely, not entirely dissimilar to Islam....
  9. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Making the news today....

    I’m offended by your assumption of my lack of stupidity..... 😳
  10. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Making the news today....

    A - it was a Saturday! B - had it been a work day, it would have been at MY expense not anyone else’s. C - I was hoping you’d fall for the click-bait 😂. Can you imagine the scene though? Jack-booted JRM robots marshalling the great unwashed into ‘re-education’ pens.... A sight for sore eyes!! 😀😂😀
  11. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Making the news today....

    Whilst recognising, and with the greatest of respect for the right to protest, can’t help thinking it’s a shame they didn’t round up all those protestors and survey how many of the anti-establishment, anarchist, hippy, wasters were simultaneously funding their existence off the back of the giro in turn funded by the tax payer - what with it being a workday an that..... Imagine the boost to national productivity (and reduction in social ‘security’ bill) if all those that ‘could’ be working actually were working instead of clogging up the streets having a party. It’s almost as if a solution to so many problems presented itself all in one place, all at the same time! There was the unskilled manual labour that we are ‘supposedly’ reliant upon immigration for... There was the myth that we are reliant upon immigrant labour debunked, there was the solution to exponential population growth placing additional demand upon services and infrastructure.... 10’s of 1000’s of fit and able bodies to be put to work! If only there had been a squad of Boris / JRM / Trump robots with cattle prods shepherding them through a registration and induction process, they could all have been in the fields and factories of this green and pleasant land putting their shoulder to the wheel instead of whining like cry babies....
  12. kevinjohnsonmbe

    New Hilux Review

    Mole Valley Farmers & BASC from memory, may be others... MVF member card is an Aryton (I think you have to have had it for a month or so prior to vehicle purchase). Easiest £5k discount you’ll ever see!! (Well, that and VAT reg and AIA!) It’ll put a smile on your face every (s)mile of you driving!!
  13. kevinjohnsonmbe

    New Hilux Review

    They’ll all end up with smaller engines (or none at all the way things are going) before much longer. The tech detail is out there for those that have a mind to read / believe it but the “sales” pitch for the mk8 is that it has more power / grunt in a smaller lump than previous models. *take that as you wish, some may argue more technically / knowledgably to the contrary, I don’t have the will to read it myself. I’m content in the knowledge that Toyota have a load of boffins making machines for the workplace - who am I to argue with them 😂 Mine tows fine, I’m happy. Fav bit of your post was using it for family duties.... Don’t “forget” to declare the private miles 😂😂😂
  14. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Making the news today....

    I guess there could also be an (e) too Mark: (e) “cabinet meltdown” - to use a phrase, not so long ago that Corbyn very nearly ripped the heart and soul out of the Labour Party. Casting the memory back (not so far), I’d propose that was a significantly greater ‘crisis’ and yet he’s still there and so are the seemingly irreparable divisions within the party and the electorate... What should we learn from that?
  15. kevinjohnsonmbe

    Making the news today....

    You not enjoying (finished?) that book yet 🍳???

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