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About Whofan

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    Modelling, The Who, Loads of other bands, home and family

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  1. Whofan

    Stories from the courts.

    In one fraud case I was involved in, carrying out the proceeds of crime investigation, I had to give evidence about a pair of defendant's finances. It took 6 days altogether. Those - and it is clear there are some here - who know will wince when I say the pair represented themselves. Things started badly for them and soon went downhill. One part of my evidence showed the importance of asking the right question. Defendant A started asking me about information I had gleaned from some bank statements. I had obtained these after the original investigation under a production order which showed the fraud had continued after the original offence period. He then triumphantly said to me "So you had this information at my trial!" I simply said no. Defendant A burst into a smile and said to the judge " He's lying your honour! This evidence is inadmissible and the officer should be prosecuted" The judge, who unlike the defendant had read my statement which gave dates etc said "you need to ask Mr Hughes a different question" Unfortunately, despite a lot of assistance from the judge, the defendant never had that "oh!" moment when he realised he should have asked "when did you get this information." As an officer under cross examination I simply answered the questions I was asked .......... yes, no or I don't know/ recall. The defendants were hit with confiscation orders each of some £23 million pounds.
  2. Whofan

    Stories from the courts.

    One judge I've appeared before was sitting in a fairly routine case, but the defence barrister was making a poor fist of it. The judge, wishing to be helpful, passed the defence barrister a note, which did seem to gee her up a bit. The defendant was duly found guilty and sentenced. A short while later the case was appealed on the grounds that the judge had interfered with the defence, by passing the defence barrister a note saying "you should adopt the 6 P's" - and spelt them out. The appeal court ruled in the defendant's favour.
  3. Whofan

    What music are you playing ? Part IV

    If you choose to watch this, bear in mind it is not work friendly, and you might have a job explaining to wives or children what is going on in the video. But ........ it is funny in a way, and I simply had no idea that Peurto Rico has such ... ummmm .... errrr ... raunchy songs! To get an understanding of certain events in the video, look up the term calocha .. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlKEryBda_8
  4. As Ced wrote, an event that will go down in your family history, no doubt shared increasingly at Winston's increasing embarrassment as he gets older! And there's no doubt this build will have special significance for you, too.
  5. Whofan

    Spot of the Day Part 2

    Not thew best pun in the world, but when I saw this I had to smile; https://www.minisculebewdley.co.uk/
  6. I will also be getting this in 1/72, what a shame that release has just slipped past SMW.
  7. Whofan

    What new stuff have you bought/been gifted?

    This one; U2 are halfway through a concert and come to the end of a song. The audience are cheering, and then the cheers die down as the audience see Bono standing at the Mike, slowly clapping. After what seemed like ages to the audience, by now quiet, Bono, still clapping slowly, leans forward and says soulfully, "Every time I clap ma hands, a child dies" The silence is absolute. Suddenly, a voice is heard ...... "Stop clapping your hands and save the kids, then!" To be fair, it works better when said, not written.
  8. Whofan

    What new stuff have you bought/been gifted?

    I'm guessing you've heard the Bono joke?
  9. Whofan

    What music are you playing ? Part IV

    Currently listening to disc 1 of the 3 CD collection "Let the Children Play", a sampler for the Transatlantic label artistes' work between 1968 - 1976. I've just heard Gordon Giltrap and now Pentangle are playing - to be followed by The Deviants, Humblebums, Mick Farren and Jody Grind among others.
  10. Whofan

    What music are you playing ? Part IV

    I had the extraordinary pleasure at university of seeing Fleetwood Mac in 1968 the week Albatross was number 1, and they were brilliant.
  11. Whofan

    Spot of the Day Part 2

    In one of those weird coincidences, on Monday a lovely 1975 MGB rag top parked next to me at the local Tesco Express, had a brief chat with the driver, and then yesterday he drove past me on a roundabout near to my daughter's new home.
  12. Interesting to hear your thoughts on the F-5's. I've got one in the stash to build in Austrian air force colours, and hopefully I'll be able to report back on how it matches your report!
  13. Whofan

    Telford 2018

    Paul, You are almost certainly right. I've definitely seen Airfix, Master, Hannants and the others you mention in those positions in the SMW's I've been to in the last few years. I still like my floor plan so I can plan my route around them!
  14. Whofan

    Telford 2018

    Oh Good, I thought I was the only one who did this! I try to make my day at Telford about the club stands, rather than the absolute scrums around trade stands, so as long as I know where Hannants, Sovereign Models will be, to pick up pre ordered goods, Master, Eduard, Special Hobby and this year Wingnut Wings, I tend to have a look see at other stands rather than get into the scrum. And Modelling tools, for, well, some modelling tools. I find it is a lot easier on the elbows!
  15. Whofan

    What music are you playing ? Part IV

    I'm not exactly sure at the moment. Should I listen to the UK version (centre), or the HMV exclusive version with 2 extra bonus tracks (right), or risk opening the Canadian Sunrise records stores exclusive edition with 2 bonus tracks (left), or should I leave the Exclusive Canadian Sunrise records CD in its wrapper in the hope that Beatles and McCartney completists in the UK will consider it rare enough to pay an absolute fortune for it in years to come? Oh, decisions, decsions!!