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  1. On 12/3/2021 at 5:35 AM, TGP said:

    OK. I’ll bite, why did your ship go the Looooong way?


    (Osaka, Japan to Kuwait is 7800~ nm for the whole voyage, if going via Singapore then past India. Osaka just to Cape Horn alone is 9000+ nm.)


    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. 

    On 12/3/2021 at 12:15 PM, Chaoswolf said:

    In that case, it would be the deployment right after 9/11. We were at sea for 92 days from leaving home port to pulling in to another port.


    Where did you go to waste 3 solid months?

    On 12/3/2021 at 3:32 PM, TGP said:

    DEC 3

    Emergency preparations: do you practice for emergencies?


    As I am currently with RNLi I do little else.

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  2. On 12/1/2021 at 12:54 PM, TGP said:

    DEC 1

    Is going on a cruise something you’d consider doing? If you’ve never done that, what was the longest voyage on salt water you have ever made?


    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.

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  3. 14 hours ago, TheAuldGrump said:

    Pfff... pikers, the lot off them.


    You do not have true Gelatinous EVIL until you sample eels in gelatin. The good news is that they provide their own gelatin!


    Just boil them and let them set.


    Serve with vinegar, eat with a spoon.


    The Auld Grump - Megan can confirm, I have served jellied eel for a steampunk game.


    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:




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  4. 3 hours ago, Inarah said:

    Nov. 24: If you had a choice between a vintage figure of your dreams and a new limited or unreleased figure which would you choose? 


    The new figure. Classic items have their charm, but the advances made in manufacturing techniques make the best recent figures superlative. 

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  5. 1 hour ago, ManvsMini said:


    Have you ever seen Clash of the Titans (1981 version)? So I want one wall to be like Zeus's place where he keeps figures of mortals, with alcoves for each of my minis to fit perfectly, and it magically adjusts to make more space for every newly completed mini, though the size of the room never grows from the dimensions it occupies in the house (it's kind of a T.A.R.D.I.S. hobby room, bigger on the inside).


    Another wall has dual industrial strength fume hoods so I can spray any aerosol or paint or pour nasty resins and not have it stink up the room or any of the house. Occupying one corner in a large L shape are several sturdy tables, sized appropriately for me to sit at, housing an assembling station, painting station and a miscellaneous staging area. Lots of wall-mounted bins. The other walls are filled with shelves for paints, materials, a peg board rack to hang mini blisters on.


    There's a couple dog beds on the floor for Molly and Dixie. The temperature in the room is kept at 77 degrees, and comfortable humidity. Right down the middle of the room is a heavy table to build terrain and scenery on. And there is plenty of adequate lighting, the nice daylight kind... and it also helps to get vitamin D so I don't have to actually go outside for it... and there's a full private bathroom. And a mini-fridge that never runs out of Coke.


    Hey, you asked for a dream room, not a feasible one.


    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.

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  6. 15 hours ago, Green Eyed Monsty said:

    If I ever again have a pain free day I will know that I am officially dead.  ::(:


    Who buys the industrial size bottles of painkillers on too regular a basis.


    I read the newspaper every morning before getting out of bed.


    If I'm not in the obituaries I get up.

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  7. 53 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monsty said:

    Some of these ships are now so big they can't fit through the Panama Canal, so port call options are limited and require extra planning and lead times.


    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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  8. 8 minutes ago, ManvsMini said:


    I do enjoy a Whopper meal, no cheese and no mayonnaise, from Burger King. With a Coke, of course. And sometimes with an order of chicken nuggets. I find the Whopper is easier on my digestive tract these days than McDonald's offerings.


    If I were back in Germany, it'd be a döner kebab. Over all else.


    Yes! a good donner kebab is a real treat. Just watching one being carved makes me drool...

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  9. 19 minutes ago, Inarah said:

    It's national "clean your refrigerator" in advance of Thanksgiving day. 




    Nov. 15: What's been in your fridge the longest? 




    A couple of pounds of smoked cheese. Been there a couple of weeks since last market. All vacuum packed and waiting safely for next months market. If I don't get peckish first...

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