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    Garboldisham gets shorter the closer you get....

    Garboldisham gets shorter the closer you get. From where I am, it's Garbisham. Some who live there call it Garsham.
    I suspect that at the exact centre, the name becomes a singularity.
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    Laws of universal cusidness - section 8.3.4...

    Laws of universal cusidness - section 8.3.4 'Aviation' - The suitability of weather conditions increases in direct proportion to any and all factors which otherwise prevent aviation.
    We're in for a...
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    See my post in 'Dead reckoning' thread... Since...

    See my post in 'Dead reckoning' thread...
    Since the events described therin, I have established that Priory Farm is almost due south of Tacolneston mast (very tall in flat Norfolk) and west of...
  4. It's not so long since I did my qualifying XC...

    It's not so long since I did my qualifying XC flights (all by map and compass). The last was from Northrepps to Priory Farm and back. Priory Farm (for those not familaiar with it) is a small grass...
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    Ah, the Trades Descriptions Act. The reason they...

    Ah, the Trades Descriptions Act. The reason they had to change the name of those 'just add hot water' snack-in-a-cups to 'Pot Noodle'.
    'Not Poodle' would have fallen foul of the act.
  6. Hi Hurtle, There are, as you say, many shades of...

    Hi Hurtle,
    There are, as you say, many shades of grey around the subject of confessing our aviation sins. The BMAA magazine has a specific section for this purpose.
    One of the concerns with posting...
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    Watneys! I'm just old enough to remeber that - a...

    Watneys! I'm just old enough to remeber that - a virulent orange fluid that looked like it would be more suitable as a meduim for corrosion testing. Never tried drinking it.
    My introduction to beer...
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    What :-o Why? The small sample of microlights...

    What :-o Why?
    The small sample of microlights I've been around could not accommodate a passenger and a parachute.
    I imagine if one tried to get out of a Thruster in flight, the pilot could have...
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    A better option than St. Vitus's dance...

    A better option than St. Vitus's dance...
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    While we're on the subject of flag signals: At...

    While we're on the subject of flag signals:
    At the battle of Trafalgar, the French admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve ordered his signalman to signal 'To the water - it is the hour".
    Nelson asked...
  11. For several years I had only motorcycles for...

    For several years I had only motorcycles for transport, so getting to work in the winter was always on the bike.
    I had a sidecar (or more accuratley, a sidecar chassis with a questionable wooden...
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    When you first meet your Thruster, any concern...

    When you first meet your Thruster, any concern for the colour will quickly evaporate, masked by your unconditional love for the design, the feel of its smooth taught skin, the warmth of the cockpit,...
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    40 years of running British bikes and cars makes...

    40 years of running British bikes and cars makes a mechanic out of anyone!
    There are plenty of service engineers around with appropriate training from the engine manufacturers. There are also...
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    South Suffolk's not that far. A new engine would...

    South Suffolk's not that far.
    A new engine would cost more than I paid for the aircraft. I'm rebuilding the engine myself, with all new bearings, valves, pistons, rings and other new parts as...
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    I've not flown since February, fooloing an engine...

    I've not flown since February, fooloing an engine failure and forced landing.
    The main reason for the long hiatus is my own sloth in rebuilding the engine.
    So, as far as I can say from the few...
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    Monewden is not my local - I'm based a Priory...

    Monewden is not my local - I'm based a Priory Farm. I have been to Monewden and it's a lovely place. They had some interesting machines at the fly-in.
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    Ah, yes! "Reality" television - a reliable and...

    Ah, yes! "Reality" television - a reliable and accurate representation of any culture.
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    Have you tried Monewden? And welcome to the...

    Have you tried Monewden?
    And welcome to the world of Thrusters! We have an owners group here https://groups.io/g/Thrusterclub
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    I've not been in the back of a Shadow myself, but...

    I've not been in the back of a Shadow myself, but I'm told it is a noisy place to be. There is a 2 stroke engine bolted to the bulkhead directly behind the passengers head!
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    I can say with a very high degree of certainty...

    I can say with a very high degree of certainty that it's not a winning ticket.
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    It was water, yer honour, it's just polluted...

    It was water, yer honour, it's just polluted with, er, soup.
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    If you have a nosewheel Thruster, the glide angle...

    If you have a nosewheel Thruster, the glide angle on approach is enough to allow any collected fluid on the cockpit floor to find its way out.:mrgreen:
    I am, of course, referring to spilt soup.
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    Don't forget that you have a 200 watt heater on...

    Don't forget that you have a 200 watt heater on board - your own body.
    As with motorcycling, the trick is to keep that heat where you want it. In the Thruster cabin (assuming it's an enclosed one),...
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    Some 20 years ago, I bought a used 'army surplus'...

    Some 20 years ago, I bought a used 'army surplus' tank suit for a few pounds. It was a double layered affair, with the fleece-like inner completely removable, several pockets in the outer (none with...
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    I have found the same sentiment, not just with...

    I have found the same sentiment, not just with flying, but with motorcycling, my workshop and any other hobby.
    The point to remember is that it is a hobby. We do it because we like it and if we feel...
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