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  1. New Marina at North Kilworth

    Lovely photos, although the water level in the Marina looks high under the pontoons, but the water level on the piling opposite the entrance looks low ish. Is it an optical illusion, or are moorers going to get wet feet when it has rained.
  2. Six Nations

    Well on the bright side, it is 18 months till the World Cup so time for Ireland to go off the boil, and time for England to get their act together, hopefully.
  3. Six Nations

    I can't watch anymore, I'm off to polish some brass instead.
  4. Nerve agent attack in Salisbury

    Whilst on the face of it, it seems bizarre. The firemen are outside the cordon and the suited bods are inside the cordon, so not as bizarre as first appears.
  5. Nerve agent attack in Salisbury

    So what, the exclusion zone was not some magic circle, it was an area designated as a risk to all shipping of immediate attack without notice. That does not mean that an enemy warship zigzagging along the perimeter will not be engaged, especially when enemy radio traffic had been intercepted indicating that they were looking to attack the task force. As for Corbyn having a cool head, sorry but when was the last time.
  6. Nerve agent attack in Salisbury

    Ok I will bite, the reasons why sinking the Belgrano was legitimate are numerous. 1. We did not force Argentina to use armed force to invade. 2. We gave them plenty of time to leave whilst the task force was assembled. 3. We were about to embark on a full scale military action 10,000 miles from our home shores, and an enemy warship was prowling around the general area. 4. The sinking scuppered the peace talks, which at that time were heading towards some form of fudge regarding dual governance, a situation that was totally unacceptable, not least because it would have rewarded armed aggression and the islanders did not want any form of argentine involvement. 5. The sinking resulted in causing the remainder of the argentine fleet, to confine themselves to port for the duration of the conflict, so from a military standpoint, whilst the initial sinking may have been a small issue, the ongoing effect was substantial. 6. We lost many more ships but funnily enough you don't hear anyone bleating about that.
  7. Nerve agent attack in Salisbury

    I am not comparing the situation between now and NI, as I can remember NI, I don't need to remember what a disgrace Corbyn was. Unfortunately young impressionable voters won't, and probably think of Corbyn, as some kind of cuddly old grandfather figure who has their best interests at heart. Perhaps the recent story about him liaising with an eastern bloc spy has some legs. Maybe he was being recruited, just in case he became useful at a later date. I mean, listening to him speak about the recent incident, you would think his notes had been written in Red Square. The UK has requested independent oversight into the investigation, and anyone who seriously believes the nonsense from Russia that this was not their poison, or even it was the UK that deployed it itself, to fabricate an incident with Russia, really needs to take a reality pill. As to the united condemnation, have another look. France did initially waiver, but once the facts were presented to the UN they clarified their position. And, your point is what, that it should not have been sunk?
  8. Nerve agent attack in Salisbury

    Well I suppose every cloud has a silver lining. At least those too young to remember the sickening actions of Corbyn holding meetings with terrorists, now have a current issue to focus on. What makes the matter worse, is that decent countries from around the world have today at the UN unanimously condemned Russia for this chemical weapons attack, but not our very own St Jezza. No, for him despite being a member of the Privy Council, and therefore having the benefit of secret intelligence briefings that us mere mortals are denied, he has decided that now is the time for petty point scoring, in the face of a hostile act against this country. It is quite frankly staggering, but hopefully this shameful behaviour will not be so easy for his supporters to hide.
  9. Nerve agent attack in Salisbury

    Good grief, I find myself in almost total agreement with one of your posts. You are right that our previous response was completely inadequate, but I am hopeful that this time the reaction will be different. There are subtle differences, this time totally innocent individuals have been affected and potentially a large number of the public were put at risk. I also think that May has been very robust in the message she has sent to Russia, and if as expected they rebuff it, she will have to act. If she fails to do so she will be humiliated, and for this reason I suspect a plan of response already exists.
  10. Nerve agent attack in Salisbury

    Clearly we are not about to escalate this to all out thermonuclear war, but Putin is a bully. The fact he got away with poisoning a spy with polonium, incurring next to no repercussions, has likely emboldened him to the point that he thinks he can do as he pleases. There comes a point where you have to stand up to him, the alternative is to say to anyone do what you like to us. Your reference to NATO is important, as we could invoke the attack on one is an attack on all principle, it will also be interesting to see how our friends in the eu respond. Given that they squealed like stuck pigs when it was suggested that we use our superior intel and military capabilities in the Brexit negotiations, and given that to reassure them we have stated that eu security will be supported by us unconditionally, it would not be unreasonable to expect their support in return. Given their total lack of support in the previous incident, I won't be holding my breath on that score. As to Russia not having control of this weapon, I seriously doubt it. An eggcup full would be enough to kill the inhabitants of a large town, and the last thing they would want is for it to fall into the hands of someone who then may use it against them. Russia are only prepared to act in this way because they think we won't react. Just as we would not go to all out war, neither would they. The incident when the Turks shot down a Russian fighter jet for encroaching their airspace is a case in point. The Russians did not escalate the issue.
  11. Nerve agent attack in Salisbury

    I think it is a fairly reasonable assessment to make, given that nerve agent is as rare as rocking horse poop, so not the sort of thing that can be knocked up in the kitchen. The Russians have been given an opportunity to explain themselves, they have either been incredibly careless in storing their supply of this nerve agent, allowing it to get into the hands of some random criminals, unlikely, or they as a state have used chemical weapon on the UK, which constitutes an illegal act of aggression, in effect an act of war on this country.
  12. Six Nations

    Fortunately not.
  13. Six Nations

    Hopefully we can do to Ireland what they did to us and deny them their Grand Slam, but on the performance of the last couple of games I doubt it.
  14. Brexit 2017

    By writing to my MP requesting him to put pressure on the government, which he did at personal cost to his career. He was a PPS but resigned to vote against the government.
  15. Trump

    I'm not going to start listing assets and I don't suppose we would know everything anyway, but I do seem to recall that the Chinese in particular, and the Russians to a lesser extent, were most unhappy about the deployment of thaad to the region. I mean if your going to start something, the first thing to do is put something in place to protect the homeland.