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GuyBarry
1321822.  Tue May 14, 2019 6:54 pm Reply with quote

dr.bob wrote:

You'd obviously be a shoe-in


https://grammarist.com/spelling/shoo-in/

(Is this a lost cause?)

 
crissdee
1321840.  Wed May 15, 2019 4:03 am Reply with quote

PDR wrote:
..........they were actually proud of the fact that they still had over a million WW2-era Lee-Enfield rifles and over 500rounds of ammunition per rifle......


I think I'd be quite proud of having a million rifles and half a billion rounds of ammo for them so I could equip my own militia. Probably best not to contemplate what I might do if I had them though............

 
PDR
1321843.  Wed May 15, 2019 4:17 am Reply with quote

Well the rifles were properly inhibited for storage, but can you imagine what state 30-40 year old ammunition would be in? IIRC rifle ammunition typically has a stated shelf life of 5 years. After that the cordite deteriorates.

PDR

 
dr.bob
1321845.  Wed May 15, 2019 4:23 am Reply with quote

GuyBarry wrote:
https://grammarist.com/spelling/shoo-in/

(Is this a lost cause?)


Argh! Massive apologies. Maybe you could hold my sword while I throw myself upon it.

In a slight detour, there has been previous discussion on this thread about the desirability, or otherwise, of living in rural areas compared to living in cities. Coincidentally, I came across this article in the NY Times about the effects of austerity cuts on the poorer residents of Cumbria. It's quite a long read, but worth the effort IMHO.

For those who don't have the time, the article is summed up in a quote from a pensioner who lives in a village that used to be a 40 minute bus ride from Carlisle until the local council axed that bus route:

Quote:
You need to be rich or upper middle class to survive in the countryside nowadays.


I'm not trying to start a significant debate, since there are clearly advantages and disadvantages to both rural and urban living. I mainly wanted to highlight an interesting article. If there's anything that applies to this thread, it's maybe the point about how much easier and cheaper it is for a council to provide services to a densely populated urban area than it is to a sparsely populated rural area.

 
crissdee
1321850.  Wed May 15, 2019 6:19 am Reply with quote

@PDR, probably not cordite if it was WW2 stock, would have been nitro-cellulose if memory serves, better shelf life.

 
tetsabb
1321864.  Wed May 15, 2019 8:22 am Reply with quote

're Bob's raising of life in rural areas.
Our village has a pub, an expensive kitchen outfitters, and a Porsche dealer, plus 2 postboxes.
The nearest grocery store is the co-op, about 3 miles away in the oval town, which has a reasonable array of shops.
We are on a bus route on about an hourly schedule.
Very few of my neighbours work locally
We have a community hall that hosts a variety of activities, including the horticultural society and a stool ball team.
We are better off than some similar villages, but worse than many others. Some are dying on their feet, it would appear.

 
dr.bob
1321872.  Wed May 15, 2019 10:39 am Reply with quote

tetsabb wrote:
Our village has a pub, an expensive kitchen outfitters, and a Porsche dealer, plus 2 postboxes.


Good to see you're able to indulge your Porsche buying habit ;-)

 
crissdee
1321893.  Wed May 15, 2019 2:09 pm Reply with quote

tetsabb wrote:
3 miles away in the oval town....


?????

 
GuyBarry
1321894.  Wed May 15, 2019 2:16 pm Reply with quote

Kennington?

 
tetsabb
1321955.  Thu May 16, 2019 11:34 am Reply with quote

local, dammit.

 
suze
1321974.  Thu May 16, 2019 4:22 pm Reply with quote

GuyBarry wrote:
Kennington?


Undoubtedly an Oval town, so have a couple of points! A bit nearer to tetsabb, Eastbourne is also an Oval town.

The cricket ground in Eastbourne - once used regularly by Sussex, but now considered too small for county cricket and used only occasionally - is called The Saffrons.

But a couple of miles up the road from The Saffrons is the stadium of Eastbourne United FC, which is called The Oval. At one time it was surrounded by a running track, hence the shape and the name. The running track is no more and largely grassed over and so the football ground is the more conventional rectangular shape - but it is still called The Oval.

 
Jenny
1322033.  Fri May 17, 2019 10:54 am Reply with quote

Do they have a theme song that goes something like "We are the Ovaltownies, happy girls and boys"?

 
GuyBarry
1322035.  Fri May 17, 2019 11:03 am Reply with quote

What did Horace say, Winnie?

 

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