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  1. Gimlet

    Ineos Grenadier

    Can't see the relevance to to the working man, or anyone who uses 4wd for real. Looks like a Knightsbridge Hummer. The corporate blurb says something about farmers, estate managers and ski instructors - and various other cliche-twat non-people. They may as well have a Volvo XC 90. They couldn't tell the difference and will never need it. When will someone make a genuine 4X4 van that works and costs twenty grand new max..? 8 speed auto..... **************** off! The sort of chinless ****************wits this thing is aimed at could manage perfectly with a Toyota Aygo and Google. Give us a car a sane person who works for a living would actually want to buy.
  2. Marty South was making them part time in the evenings after a full day working in the woods, just to make ends meet. Not much change there. She probably wouldn't have had to pay for her gads either. The way I see spar making, there's no living in it, but if you've got a supply of gads, maybe as a by-product from other work, it's something you can do as a fall back as and when, indoors in the dry. If you know how to make a good spar you need never be rained off again.
  3. Local thatcher here doesn't like eastern European spars, regardless of price. He says a lot of them are summer cut which rot rapidly and the pre-twisted ones have no spring in them and tend to slide out. He'll use them under the coat if he has to but he only wants quality local winter-cut, spars and liggers for finishing ridges. If you can store the gads suitably you cut them in winter and make spars to order right through to next season. He does have a regular spar maker he buys from and they look after each other so the spar maker has a ready customer and the thatcher has a reliable supply. He might take a few from someone else if his regular spar maker runs short, but once he's got a supplier he likes they tend to stick together. Thatchers are fussy too. They like their spars just so. You need to make some and take them round to some thatchers and get a verdict before you start piling up thousands of them. Some thatchers make their own as well. There's a local family firm who have their own coppice and they make thousands in the winter to keep their thatching going through the rest of the year and sell the surplus.
  4. 80 T of new washed shingle is going to cost up to 3.5 grand just to supply. If you can wash/clean and recover the existing for less than that including labour it certainly makes sense. Thinking about it, you wonder why the original builder just quoted for more shingle, when it's the base that needs the attention. Was he just going to throw more down in top of old?
  5. IMO and from all my experience in the building trade, 50 mm of shingle is far too deep for a driveway. Car tyres will sink into it and it'll wash around all over the place. 25 mm is plenty. The secret to loose gravel driveways is a perfectly even and perfectly flat subsurface. If there's the slightest slope the shingle will constantly migrate to the lowest point, and if it's uneven it will show with flooded hollows and bare high spots. Cellular matting greatly reduces the tendency for migration and produces a far more stable and long-lasting result where the subsurface is imperfect. But it only really looks good from a distance. Close up it's very utilitarian and looks like a beach-front car park. And on a drive that size, it's expensive. And retro fitting it means lifting what you've got, adjusting the substrate to maintain levels, and starting again. An even when fitted correctly it won't hide an uneven surface, in fact it'll emphasise it. I'd be asking why the existing driveway needs renewing. If it's washing around, or there's bare spots, no amount of new gravel will make any difference and will just be throwing good money after bad. If the ground is naturally uneven or sloping beyond what can be remedied with cellular matting, resin bonded is the only option for a durable gravel look, otherwise forget it and go for fixed paving or tarmac. If it is pretty flat but has become rutted or weedy and tired looking, then it can be renovated but it will require either making good or complete relaying of the compacted subsurface, not adding to or replacing the shingle. Muddiness indicates barrier matting was omitted, has failed, weed membrane was used in error or there is a drainage problem - any of which means stripping back to bare earth and starting again. It's not a case of just topping up the shingle or replacing soiled muddy shingle with clean because the new stuff will go the same way as the old in very short order. Basically, it's the base that needs the attention, not the shingle, otherwise the client is wasting her money on a short-term fix.
  6. Riding my (motor) bike last night I came up behind a pair of horse riders from the local hunt stables. They were riding two abreast and refused to move to let me past. I got the evil eye just for being a motorcyclist and the outside rider turned his horse sideways to block my way past them while staring at me like I'd raped his grandmother. My bike isn't excessively noisy and I wasn't speeding when I encountered them. The road was straight with good visibility and I was attempting to pass them at very slow speed in first gear. Doing everything right, but it wasn't good enough and they obviously just hate bikes. Well fuck em. I hope the next time I see them I'm riding my Ducati because the noise of that thing shakes the earth. I'll give it a fistful on the way past and it they get thrown and break their fat ignorant necks, so much the better. Cunts.
  7. I'm using a pair of Francitasl at the moment with thorn-proof panels on the front. They're excellent but not sure they still make these particular ones. so if not, I'd probably go Husky technical next time. I'd prefer bib and brace as well. For me as a hedgelayer thorn-proofing is essential or I'd trash them on the first day.
  8. Well it has worked, insofar that it's original purpose was to flatten the peak and delay the spread of the outbreak so that the health system wouldn't be overwhelmed. It was never about "beating the virus" because you can't. I imagine it'll come back this winter and another 40 or 50,000 will die, maybe a good deal more. If there's a flu outbreak at the same time it could be double that. Not a lot you can do about it and locking ourselves indoors forever isn't an option. We've got used to the the idea that you're born, you live and if you don't get unlucky and die from a "proper" fatal disease like cancer, all other ailments can be medicated away and you eventually die of old age and that's the natural course of events. In fact it isn't natural at all. We've just had a honeymoon period in the developed world where we've held nature in abeyance and got used to having it easy. As far as I can see this virus is a consequence of human over-population. If it did jump species and wasn't released from a laboratory whether by incompetence or malice it was human overcrowding causing the insanitary conditions and practices that made the jump possible. And it is over-population and global travel in a shrinking world that facilitated its spread and turned it into a pandemic. Covid19 will probably look relatively innocuous compared with other plagues that are waiting down the line. It's always the same: when a species is no longer subject to natural growth constraints it will continue to over-populate until either disease or starvation caused by the depletion of resources brings about a cataclysmic collapse. That's how it works. Well we know already that we're depleting resources, we just haven't yet reached the point of collective understanding where we can accept that environmental degradation, "climate change" or whatever label next comes into fashion, is not a political or an economic problem that can be fixed with taxes, fashionable politics and anti-capitalist protest, it's an anthropological one.
  9. Check out this support crook in the hazel hedge I laid back in February. It's hawthorn from a tree I removed that was out of line. Cut a Y from it, pointed the end and banged it into the ground to support a long piece of hazel that was spanning a gap. It's taken root a treat and in the perfect place too. I've had plenty of crooks and stakes sprout but more often than not they don't come to anything. This one looks like a stayer.
  10. Message for the countryside:
  11. The only thing wrong with England is the 1000 people per square mile living in it.
  12. KTM. Got an 1190 Adv and a 1290 Superduke.


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