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stever219

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  1. Money could be saved by reducing the number of "assistant presenters" per programme and maybe asking the likes of Chris Evans and Steve Wright, and the board of directors, to take pay cuts. I usually only managed to catch the first half hour or forty minutes of After Midnight due to having to be up for work or to get daughter to school or activities but it was rare to unheard of that I didn't enjoy a big chunk of it.
  2. Thanks Camper1, I'll give 'em a go. I know what you mean about the ads: I've been known to listen to Classic FM and my daughter listens to Heart when she thinks she can get away with it!
  3. Thanks Pete, I'd forgotten to give Tim Rice proper credit for stepping into the breach, probably at very short notice, and making a really good fist of it. Like you I'd be happy for him to carry on but sadly we who pay the bills don't get to make the big decisions. In a way this appears to be a re-run of the situation when Terry Wogan died: Richard Madely was parachuted in and, again, did a splendid job in difficult circumstances, and was then replaced by Johnny Ball who I, for one, find less easy to listen to. i do hope that we do get to hear more from Brian Matthew, and preferably not at three o'clock on a Wednesday morning.
  4. Looking at the photos posted by Scimitar initially, and David H above, would I be right in thinking that QRA jets were left on the ORP with the flaps lowered to the take-off position? interestingly the B. 1s weapons bay doors are open; I assume that this was to allow for final fusing of the bomb before take-off with arming being done once airborne.
  5. This morning I listened to Brian Matthew's last Sounds of the 60s on Radio 2. I know he's been very, very unwell and he's not in the first flush of youth and that this day would surely come. The presenter and programme have been a feature of my Saturday mornings for longer than I can easily remember, sometimes being the only worthwhile reason for waking up. During Lisa Tarbuck's programme this evening it was announced that from next week Sounds of the 60s would be presented by Tony Blackburn, an understandable choice but one that I expect won't find favour with everyone. What I object to is that SOTS will now be semi-marginalised by being broadcast between 6.00 and 8.00 on Saturday mornings instead of the present 8.00 to 10.00 and its present slot filled by Demot O'Leary with what, from the trailer, appears to be another so-called fully-interactive breakfast show. We already have this five days a week with Chris Evans for pity's sake; we don't need yet another one! SOTS was a pleasant oasis of rose-tinted wish-I-was-still-there compared to the neo-anarchy practised by Mr Evans and his hangers-on five days a week. To be brutally honest I'm no fan of Mr O'Leary either: I find his "style" irritating and he is not a good interviewer, spending more time questioning his victims guests than allowing them to respond. I know that there is catch-up radio and Internet streaming and so forth but it's not practical to lug portable devices round the house while trying to get my daughter ready either for gymnastics or her junior falconer's course, so another of life's pleasures will slip into history. God bless you, Mr Matthew, for your knowledge, humour, good old-fashioned professionalism and genuine audience awareness. You, and the few remaining of your generation, are going to be very sorely missed.
  6. Thanks Dave. One thing I like about this place is that there's usually someone around who can explain things better than I can.
  7. But weaponised ones do
  8. She's not the best-looking boat on the planet is she? Splendid looking model though, very neat. I've seen some very good, professionally built models of ships in their owners' offices (the ships, not the models) and this will stand comparison with them. Most modern cruise ships look top-heavy but there's a lot of "stuff" low down in the hull to counter it: some modern marine engines weigh over 1,000 tons alone. Couple that mass with myriad pumps, generators, air con plant, bow thrusters, fuel oil, fresh water, sea water ballast, stores, waste processing plant and God-alone-knows-what-else down there and the stability isn't as lacking as might first appear. One thng there won't be is a sockng great solid iron, steel, lead or depleted uranium keel. Modern stabilisers are wonderful things too. Ships' tonnage is not always a measure of weight: Titanic had a gross register tonnage of around 45,000. This is a measure of the volume available inside the ship; nett registered tonnage is cargo volume alone IIRC. In these cases a ton is a volume of 100 cubic feet. Deadweight tonnage is the weight of the ship as loaded minus the weight of the ship herself. There's a better explanation of this on, of all places, Wikipaedia.
  9. A-creepin' up on me
  10. Thanks John. 71chally That's a better picture of '975 than the others I found. I stand erected.
  11. The Dakota Mk. III was equivalent to the C-47A and the Dakota Mk. IV to the C-47B. The latter had R-1830-90 engines with two-stage superchargers for better high altitude performance but appears externally identical to the former.
  12. WH964 was indeed wearing 98 Squadron markings and XE582 definitely appears to be an FGA. 9 (you can just make out the brake parachute fairing and the port outer pylon's ejector gun fairing). I was lucky enough to be allowed to play with WE113 at Marham a year or two later when on annual camp with the CCF at West Raynham IIRC. Funnily enough the weather was pretty awful the last time I went to Biggin Hill some time in the late eighties.
  13. You've done a nice job there, but I think that what little panel line washing you've done is too much. Dark marks on yellow paint, for instance, spell dirt which no self-respecting liney would want on an aeroplane that he's signed off, nor would he want the line SNCO seeing it either, or the CO. I like your treatment of the aerials: I hope you won't mind me cribbing that for my next Vampire. I had a go at replicating the anti-shimmy nosewheel tyre by carefully going round the circumference with the tip of a small file cutting a shallow groove. It wasn't too bad 'til file tip met fork front and rear when it became a bit awkward getting a neat result. If you've got the Xtradecal sheet do us another one please: you know you want to!
  14. My sincere apologies: I haven't seen any of my Airfix Jaguars for a long time and my memory leaks like a sieve, even on a good day. As the Airfix kit is derived from the Heller kit of the Jaguar A I'd rather assumed that the fences would be on one of the common sprues. I'm off to the Airfix Tribute Forum (other forums are available) to re-familiarise myself with those instructions.....