WW3 and nothing flies

 

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Spitfires, a Hawker Hurricane and Lancaster Bomber kept out of the air as a ‘issue was found with A PIN‘ in the Hawker Hurricane’s Rolls Royce Merlin engine.

So make a few and change it!
Oops, I forgot, the RAF doesn’t have mechanical engineer shops anymore.
Or does it?
In days gone by, the RAF trained some of the finest metal cutters, welders, blacksmiths, fitters, turners, and fabricators in the world!
Yet I was told recently that the Mechanical Engineering Squad is usually found staffed with civilians.

Some people (especially ex-mil) would call that progress of a regressionary nature.
Other will just blame the cuts in forces personnel and the rise of privatization within the armed forces. Or, in MOD speak, SNAFU.

Or to be precise he said, “Want something done? Forget MES. Go find a school with a good technology center and talk to the instructors who are usually old school armed forces engineers. That way it’ll be done within hours not weeks of waiting for costing, tooling, tasking, pricing, and union authorization to make it”.

But it does make you think doesn’t it.
Imagine, all Typhoon jets grounded during WW3 for a split pin which ‘old school’ would have made within hours.

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A day of disappointment

So, the property we wanted has been gazumped (someone made a higher offer than we offered and thus succeed in acquiring the property), and we can’t fight the increase (let alone want to).
Only during my Internet travels, you sometimes stumble over a site that you never knew existed. This one I knew but, being a UK local government site, what is crap in one location shines with excellence in another. Thus the full unabridged history of a property, land, and inside leg measurement of the owner(s) was just a few clicks of the touch pad away. It didn’t make for good reading.

Then SWMBO ran the figures aka money spreadsheet.
Part of my philosophy of life, “Let the person with the expertise lead”.
She is a scary type whiz on spreadsheets!
That made terrible reading too.

Thus our dream house slips gently into the mire.

Ho hum.
Tired, bothered, and not looking forward to another field trip tomorrow, we move on.
The weather forecast? RAIN!
Life imitating art I’m thinking.

Rating for today?
3/10, i.e. needs more work.

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I went for a nice quiet walk and

I left the motel at 6am to walk the dog.
Lovely little stroll it was too but something alarmed the dog half way through it who then started to herd me back to the motel.

Didn’t think much about it until I returned to chaos!
The fire alarms had gone off.
The cause? SWMBO had put the room kettle on to boil while having her wash.
The steam filled the room, even though it had shut itself off, and the alarm went off. Nice!

6.40 and everyone is trooping back inside having been roused by “screaming sirens”.

I found that really funny but SWMBO was mortified!
In her defense it is a bit stupid setting up a smoke alarm directly over where the kettle is mounted.

Ho hum, those ragged faces probably shouldn’t have drunk so much last night!
I just can’t help it. I’m sat here chuckling like mad !!!!!!!!
Breakfast will be fun this morning!

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Day two and it was manic.

What’s worse than crap?
Six of the eight properties we viewed answered that.

Out of the other two I regret that we had to reject one, although it was chocolate box perfect, as the 150 year old cottage was suffering from damp both rising and descending.
My little damp meter saying “Overload” on every surface I probed.
I thought it was faulty at first so I pressed a tissue against the wall.
It came away ‘wringing’ wet.The eighth one worked BIG TIME for us! So we’ve put an offer on it.
Unfortunately another party is viewing it tomorrow.
We can’t stop that happening until the paperwork starts processing.
By lunch time tomorrow we’ll know what is what.

BUT , planning for the worse, we’re viewing another property tomorrow morning which might be better (although more expensive), JIC our offer is rejected.
Sleepless night coming on?
Unlikely because by mid afternoon I was popping pain killers like Smarties to keep going. Hot day, dehydrated, little food, so by 5 pm I probably wouldn’t have reacted to a tactical nuke going off in my pocket. Damn I hate the summer heat.

And so to sleep!

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A glimmer of hope for the Army.

General Paul Nanson, Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst said.
The British Army [officer ranks] is filled with university graduates.

Got that right ‘Sir’!
And some the chinless warriors that had been churned out had little idea of real life let alone soldiering.

I was surprised by the next bit though.
He said that when he was at Sandhurst, (1986 he was hatched as an officer) it was evenly split between university graduates and school-leavers, but now the vast majority – around four fifths – of Officer Cadets arrive with a degree..

Let’s put it this way, in 12 years regular service before then, I only knew two real officers.
Both had come up from the ranks and knew their trade backwards.
Both looked after their men and families well knowing that men work better knowing their dependents are being well looked after

As for the rest?
Thank Gawd for the senior NCO’s who protecting us from the idiocies of textbook man management and other ‘Rupert’ stupidity.
That and teaching us how to address officers correctly without being charged. i.e.
“Permission to speak freely, Sir.”
Once given. . . .
Start with a Sir, finish with a Sir, and always have a witness to what is said!
i.e. Sir, you fk.d this one up a treat, Sir.
That and never tell an officer to go take a flying jump.

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Road Trip!

The little car was washed, vacuumed, fluids checked, tires kicked, refueled, and it sat there looking forlorn as I programmed in the GPS. It knew what was coming. More miles, driven gently by SWMBO, and a nutter i.e. ME!

So I guess the car had words with the dog who also wasn’t looking forward to hours of boredom, and the two hatched a plan. Keep me awake all night and I’d be too tired to drive. So, 1.30, 3.45, 5.15, and the alarm goes off at 5.30. The wakings were care of the dog who had a hell of a bad night, as it hates road trips now, which meant so did I!
Old dog, you’ve got to expect this sort of thing BUT why the hell do it the night before our road trip. Ho hum, personally I suspect the car!

Anyway, today we came home, or was it just back to where we last came from.
A short journey of 3 1/2 hours, 156 miles (with numerous potty breaks and mugs of tea).
The GPS worked well and although I ‘nearly’ ignored it on a couple of occasions.
Thankfully common sense, in the form of SWMBO, stopped me.
And, after my ever so tired brain cell worked out the options, the truth dawned on me, logic had won. Damn, I hate it when a computer out thinks me.
Especially as I used to fix them!

Right, we’re here, and it’s still FLAT!
The B&B we’ve used before and it’s also like me.
A bit tired, worn, and crinkly.

Once our junk had been dumped we hit the big city (Giggle) Boston, Lincolnshire, aka Little Poland.
Nothing has changed over the three years we were afloat.
We walked around the streets and heard nothing but Eastern European voices.
Ho hum.
As for the realtors?
You can see why the Internet is driving them out of business, FAST!
Question:- Do you have lists of properties outside of the ‘city’?
Answer:- Of course.
The Reality:- All twelve had nothing.
That and they laughed at the ‘puny’ amount we had to work with.

So we had a snack lunch and went back to the B&B.

2 hours later, and after fighting the Wifi from hell, we had appointments for the 8 viewings we had pre-selected. Only it got better, or is that worse?
The next two days are going to be manic enough but more and more suggestions came flooding in by email and the phone.
Know what? We’re going to see everything they have thrown at us.
After all one mans junk is another mans gold.

To me it seems that the big players in the realtor world aren’t anymore and the little independents are standing tall with their customer services.
Nice isn’t it when the little guys win.

As for tomorrow?
Paper thin walls may prove to be a problem tonight but we’ll see how things turn out.
It’s 9 pm and like magic the dog has just stirred. It’s bedtime wee time.
So we’ll get that done and I’m going to catch up on lost sleep.
I’ve got it sussed though, the dog will sleep on the bed tonight.
Whenever that’s allowed it doesn’t move an inch all night.
I just hope I don’t keep it awake with my snoring let alone the noise of that coming through the walls.

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Two thoughts, one problem.

Man charged with murder following car ramming incident as violence erupts at white supremacist rally in Virginia.

Although one died, the many social media, TV, and YouTube clips, showed both sides were as ‘guilty’ as the other of engaging each other.

On one side was Antifa, the usual racial dross, limp church figures, and the deluded.

As for the White ‘whatever’ side?
I’m not one for fascist, ‘we love Hitler’, purity through violence sects and TLA clans.
BUT to me, it’s a sign that some of the general population want a re-ordering within its society. One where the majority rule, not a minority.

Multicultural everything doesn’t work.
Only the politicians, religious and minority races, and a few deluded (hug a terrorist, rapefugee) individuals think it can.
The government policies anywhere are always appeasement in nature thus the minority THINK they have power over the majority. They literally feel empowered.

Only here is the kicker.
As a result a few minority ethnic groups, multicultural devotees, and various other pansy antifa groups have run riot.
A few of that filth then terrorized and killed many including children, civilians, military, and LEO’s through the US and European cities.
That tiny minority were probably thinking they could get away with anything, generally did, and all with what looked like tacit approval of the governments concerned.

That’s so wrong and you only have to look at the rise of the patriotic nationalist groups in Europe to see that many of their indigenous population recognize and abhor that.
Tensions are high there. Politicians are changing their view (more like panicking) on everything to do with multicultural issues now the population has started to talk openly about firing them!

That anger is real and if governments won’t sort out the problems the more patriotic population will. Their intent to solve the problems the politicians are too scared to confront using street justice. The clue about how far they will go being a rise in weapon sales. Slow to rile, now defying authority, all that screams danger.

And finally:-
The King Center, founded by civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King, tweeted that “racism never left America.”

That’s True.
Only there is none so racist as an empowered minority.

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