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  1. Not quite what I said. Which was; it has been reported that some trees are recovering from Chalara. The jury's out on whether they are actually recovering from Chalara or it's just wishful thinking.
  2. Chalara has been shown to have been present in the UK since at least 2004, eight years before a nursery admitted it had imported infected trees. Chalara is present throughout the UK which isn't surprising. It appears that Chalara exists in the ash population at a low level for a number of years with little evidence of symptoms. There seems to come a point when the level of innoculum reaches a critical level, at which time it really takes off and symptoms become blindingly obvious. That point in time here, was this year. In other areas it was some time ago. In other areas it may yet be to happen, but it will. I'm sceptical about ash making a comeback. It hasn't been reported elsewhere in Europe that I'm aware of.
  3. I hope this has put your mind at rest.
  4. Decline of ash has been something exercising the minds of researches for decades. By the early 80's the forestry department of Oxford University were undertaking a study. The outcome of this was that agricultural practice was a main component of the decline. As is always the way one thing alone is unlikely to be the cause of decline or death. Chalara isn't sweeping the country. It swept the country some time ago, and is widespread everwhere. Signs of ash dieback may not be that evident. The wilting and droopy dead leaves are occasionally present but not easily observed, the diamond leisions appear on youger stems, which on older trees tend to be up in the crown out of sight. Basal leisions might, or might not, be present and are easily missed. Dead twigs and branches and clumps of epicormics are more easily seen. Some of these symptoms will indicate ash dieback, some may have nothing to do with it, but absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. As for buds not breaking, ash bud moth is common, widespread, and causes this.
  5. I vote elder. Leaflets reduce in size from the tip to the base, A. Negundo leaflets increase in size. Leaflets are the wrong shape as well, but the right shape, with serations for elder. As Stere says, the shape of it, and branch structure are very reminiscent of elder. The leaves do have a strange colour, but that could be for many reasons; young growth, nutrient deficiency, poisoning, daylight, camera flash, camera settings...
  6. https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/pest-and-disease-resources/oak-pinhole-borer-platypus-cylindrus/
  7. Awful looking ash is a symptom of Chalara. And for any few that survive there's always emerald ash borer.
  8. Ash sawfly? Sight of the critters would help.
  9. Level 6 reading from a few years ago.
  10. Whoever you are learning with should provide a reading list.
  11. The original exhausts were expensive when replacement was needed. The 3 into 1 was cheaper. There was a baffle which bolted into the end. However, it drastically affected the performance for the worst. Without it, it ran just great. You did get 5 minutes prior notice of my arrival. I used to put the baffle in for the MOT.
  12. I've had a few Jap strokers; RD200, GT500. Why? Seemed like a good idea at the time. Then I discovered Laverdas and Ducatis and wondered why myself. In between the Italian stuff I indulged myself with a GS1000 engined Moto Martin and a few British bikes including a pre-unit T120, probably one of my favourites. The Moto Martin would stop at the sight of rain, and do about 100 yards on reserve. Looked good and went well if the sun was out, and you filled up at every garage. Early 80's and heading off to Wales camping
  13. The flaw here is that you do not address the fact that you, and it's not just you, are only interested when the perpatrators are of colour. White perpatrators are ignored. Even when eventually found out and convicted they are conveniently forgotten about in order to perpetuate a false narrative that abusers are only coloured.

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