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Everything posted by paintybeard

  1. As you say, we are in counter-factual territory, so this is all entirely speculative. So a few more of my counter arguments: 1) Before Pearl Harbour USN is already in a shooting war with the Kreigsmaine. Sooner or later the loss of American ships and lives is going to trigger a war. I don't see the isolationists being able to stop this. 2) The Russians stop The Germans at the gates of Moscow before any significant Anglo-American help arrives. After that the Germans are stuck in a 2-front war. It will last longer and be even bloodier without US help, but I can't see the Germans achieving anything better than a very painful stalemate. 3) The German Heavy Water plant is destroyed by the indigenous Norwegian Resistance movement. This is still likely to happen even without outside help. Also I'd like to hear your references to the Germans being close to having the atom bomb. They lacked anything on the scale of Manhattan Project and most of their physicists (and Hitler) denigrated the "Jewish science" that would lead the required research. And even if they had got the Bomb, the emasculated Luftwaffe had almost no chance of delivering anywhere. Another pivotal point that I prefer: Winston Churchill steps out into to cross Fifth Avenue in 1932, looks the wrong way and gets hit by a taxi, hospitalised for a month. If this had been slightly more serious Churchill could easily have died. In that case a British compromise peace is much more likely after the Fall of France, Hitler avoids a 2-front War and we are in an entirely new ball-game.
  2. Nearly opening the wrong valve on a ship and dropping umpty tons of fuel into Tokyo harbour. I still feel physically sick when I think about it.
  3. All good points and we are probably splitting hairs but... By "pivotal moment" I take that to mean one singular event that makes a noticeable change to the whole world, and I just don't think that Pearl Harbour qualifies as that. A world war was already in progress for 2 years. (More if you include Japanese aggression in China.) So PH was just the final taking of sides. As I've stated earlier, USA was already the worlds No.1 industrial power and had been so since before WWI. It was inevitable that she would eventually become a major military power, WW2 merely forced the pace. Let's not forget that it is Hitler who declares war on USA, not the other way around.
  4. Politely, I think not. America was already "Top Nation" in terms of productivity and potential. Japan was a second rate nation that only got as far as she did because she had been under-estimated and ignored. (As FDR sensibly recognised; Germany was the bigger threat.) Pivotal moments? Bolshevik revolution or Cockcroft and Watson splitting the atom are better candidates. But yes, deepest respect to all who fought and made sacrifices to defeat those tyrannies.
  5. Blindly choosing a career after making an enormous foul up of all my school exams. Turning out to be surprisingly good at the choice I had hastily made.
  6. Very happy with both. Perhaps dawn wins out as it PROBABLY means that I get to enjoy at least one more day. Seen both from the air, in fact I once saw 2 sunsets in a row, with no sunrise in between. (Going westward on Concorde.) Saw "the Green Flash" during one spectacular sunset in the Caribbean.
  7. Quite frequently. Seen some spectacular thunderstorms whilst doing so as well.
  8. Only if you use the weird American system of date notation. Ninja'd by Sumbloke, teach me to read a whole thread before replying.
  9. Where do I begin? Swinging the lamp: Was stuck behind Hurricane Katarina for 2 days off Yucatan, a few days before it got to Florida, even a 250.000 ton tanker could not move against that. Been in big ones of Capes of Good hope and Horn, nasty ones in Sea of Japan and Japan, but probably the worst was the sudden onslaught of a Mistral in the Mediterranean. Lost the Main Engine and went beam on in Force 10 on that one.
  10. 2 changes of orders during the voyage. First stop was meant to be Ecuador. That got changed to US Gulf (but we were too big to go through Panama) and once we had got into mid-Atlantic it changed again to the Arabian Gulf. I sweated conkers over whether we had the fuel to do this. Where did you go to waste 3 solid months? As I am currently with RNLi I do little else.
  11. My God No, All cruise liners are just so many disasters waiting to happen, believe me. To the many Armed forces responses here, sad that you don't understand what a voyage is: It isn't the length of a deployment, it is a distance between ports. Probably my longest was Osaka in Japan to Kuwait via Cape Horn, about 7 weeks of steady slow steaming.
  12. Silver Bayonet. (Although Mr McCullogh's games are beginning to show similarities to each other.)
  13. Add a good dash of lemon juice and crushed black peppercorns to that, Grump, delicious. Or, even better, have the full meal of eels, pie and mash:
  14. Having lived a useful, interesting and honest life.
  15. Quite pleased with these, didn't put quite enough contrast into the different colours of the various parts of the Bride of Frankenstein, otherwise I'm quite pleased with all of them: I'm just about half way through my Bones 4 pile now, let's try not to think about Bones 5!
  16. The new figure. Classic items have their charm, but the advances made in manufacturing techniques make the best recent figures superlative.
  17. B*llsh*tt*ng with a completely straight face.
  18. Prefer metal, but no objections to any other medium.
  19. I absolutely agreed with every word of this until we got to the last word in the penultimate paragraph. A decent single malt would be preferable.
  20. I read the newspaper every morning before getting out of bed. If I'm not in the obituaries I get up.
  21. We are promised some pretty cold weather this weekend, but snow rarely reaches this far south.
  22. Barn doors. The Empire Giving up my seat on trains Being able to drink more than one glass of wine without IMMEDIATELY falling asleep
  23. Most of the monster ships just run to the major ports. (Felixstowe for UK. Rotterdam for Western Europe. Then the containers get transferred to smaller "feeder" container ships to distribute to smaller ports. Of course this doesn't get rid of the problem of limited port and storage capacity. The shipping industry in fact has excess capacity. (The S Koreans subsidise their ship-building industry and just churn out container ships rather than lose votes/backhanders) The real problem is distribution form ports and moving empty containers
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