Martin

Martin

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    my point still stands - Russia has realized it is much easier and cheaper to destroy the west via Facebook and a few cheap politicians that via the military... as such the nuclear threat to the western world from Russia...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Rather depressingly, I suspect that the answer is to start preparing for global weather events. On the optimistic side, I suspect the answer is for the UN to mobilise a relief effort on a scale never before seen; and who...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Putin is interesting, in so much as he has realized that Russia can't compete with raw military force On the global stage, perhaps. He’s perfectly willing to let the tanks roll into the Near Abroad. Basically, Russia invaded and still...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Who said I forgave the others? Blair was delusional and faked up evidence to join a war... Cameron and May did little to slow down Yemen. The difference, while slight to civilians in Belgrade or Baghdad, is that the IRA...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    My parents (both 76) are both Remainers and Unionists. They found their siblings’ attitudes to the Scottish independence referendum, bafflingly inconsistent (Remainers, but Nationalist Glaswegians) and driven by a mildly parochial worldview... but they’ve always been atypically liberal. Dad left...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Less of an issue than you might think. You might be able to scan a card for its account details, but ask yourself how you can use the information? You’ll need an account on a payment gateway; then to provide...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Not particularly “fine” (the funeral of a corrupt bigot with a bad history; arguably a war criminal, if unconvicted); but then, he was the Prime Minister of an ally, so attendance was “diplomatically necessary”. Having said that, I’m no fan...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I expect a Scottish transitional government with a mandate to leave will have a better grasp of reality than the European Research Group -- but remember, I'm an optimist. The key differences IMHO are that they aren’t motivated by...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Jezza's problem is that he's a deeply sincere man of strong principles who has spent a third of a century as a stiff-necked principled dissident within his own party I suspect that’s more Corbyn’s opinion of himself. As others...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    One obvious lesson from the Brexit fiasco has been that a 52/48 margin is no mandate for constitutional change. While I agree with that statement, others might not. For instance, the SNP would have been overjoyed with a 52:48...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Pffffft. VHF radio for the win. Fire Mission UT3231, add 300, right 50, troops in open, three rounds fire for effect, over...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    That rate of fire is most likely incidental; It’s a feature of the strength of the recoil spring (you still have to manipulate it one-handed) the weight of the recoiling mass (a light slide) and the length of travel (short,...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Likewise, no bad border crossings. Maybe I’m just sufficiently institutionalised to feel compliant rather than outraged; and I tend not to notice firearms; but Australia seemed more strict than the US, mostly because of the food import rules. And New...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Many years ago, my father went off on a long course to learn how to be an interrogator, and turned out to have a knack for it. I can remember finding his copy of Desmond Morris’s “Manwatching” a fascinating book...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Not quite true. You left out “where large sums of money are involved”. I might now work for a firm where there are one or two who still remember OGH (someone left last Wednesday who was interviewed by him for...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    ...Boston drivers... Our family holiday this year was to Naples - how bad can it be compared to the Neapolitans? Their driving is so... spectacular... that the rest of Italy regards them as a bit much. Example: a common concept...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Ooooh, connections :) "The Cock O' The North" was the Regimental March of the Gordon Highlanders. Anyone who wants to understand the British Army (or at least, the Scottish Regiments) could do worse than read George Macdonald Fraser's work of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I used to live under the path into the same airport's 12/30 (Dad worked on the RAF side of the field), and it was a lot quieter. I even once managed to fly over our house in a DHC Chipmunk...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    Condolences; keep well, and take care. May you have some joy again soon....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    In terms of your company banning hands free calls while driving their fleet vehicles - good for them and for you. Rule of unintended side-effects: people will answer their phone under certain circumstances (say, late and trying to pick up...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    The Euro achieving parity with the Pound sterling would, to many minds, simply indicate the Euro is dangerously overvalued Alternatively, given that the Euro / US Dollar ratio is roughly similar, it might indicate that it's not an overvalued Euro,...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Well, at the time Faslane/Coulport had RM Commachio Group and MoD Police to defend them. Rather competent (understatement), don't underestimate them. Our company was scheduled to protect a POL depot at Loch Striven, and two of our other companies covered...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    You sound as if you've played this game! Thankfully, not for real. Our battalion’s war role during the Cold War was Home Defence - to defend key points against attacks by saboteurs and SF types. Our Company had a Naval...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    That’s a fair description. Until I read the Saville report, I’d have been willing to accept “hyped-up troops, inappropriately employed in a confusing situation, overloaded and reacting to echoes of gunfire”. (I’ve been through the NI training ranges at Lydd...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    When outnumbered of course the fire team should surrender Everyone underestimates the effort involved in setting up a mortar position... Firstly, the mortar is about 35kg of kit; and each individual mortar round is about 4kg. Assuming you want a...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    ...All to drop 4 bombs on a runway and get one hit. 21 bombs, IIRC... (or two Shrike ARMs, depending). Not too bad once you consider it wasn't exactly the attack profile that the aircraft was designed or equipped for....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Everything about British defense procurement has been broken since, oh, 2010 or thereabouts—or maybe earlier Much earlier, but not completely useless. Plenty of blame to go around all types of Government. The Airtanker fiasco was down to the then-Chancellor Gordon...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    ...just what can a destroyer do to argue the toss with a Russian carrier fleet that a MGB can't? Stay at sea for more than a day or two; stay at sea in bad weather; operate a helicopter; the list...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Minor nitpick - IDS was Scots Guards, they haven’t had tanks (ie. Cavalry) since WW2. So, “Guards”. Second, do the SAS get a tiger again? (Rik Mayall leading his doorkickers has been an often-used clip within the Army). But “opening...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Curse, brushed the “submit” button with my thumb... I’d be very surprised at an NZ Army team leader who didn’t defend civilians from an armed enemy, whether or not they were classed “designated persons”...
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