Here is a list of all the postings Michael Ramsay-Fraser has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Six Nations Rugby Union 2017|
Any thoughts on the EJ comment that 'this wasn't a game of rugby'?
I've given my thoughts on EJ coaching skills and comments and feel this is another incident where his off the cuff comments don't do him any favours.
Italy played the rule book and England suffered in confusion as a result.
Now looking forward to the Calcutta Cup game with a bit more hope. Having said that, that result might buck England up.
How many steps backwards was that ??
Don't get me wrong, I think EJ is a great coach and he's done wonders with England. I just think comments about dressing rooms, lambs and daffodils belittles him. He's good enough without having to resort to snide remarks.
Re the Calcutta cup game, despite my best wishes, I think England will prove to be too strong. Scotlands scrum will be in for a very hard day. Bear in mind that Scotland have gone through the tournament without their first choice props.
Having said that, I think Scotlands back line is more creative and that may even things out.
However, I woke up today thinking Wales by a couple of points so what do I know.
I do hope not. Whilst I appreciate EJ skills as a coach I don't think his confrontational remarks have a place in Rugby. His lack of respect of the Welsh prior to the game was unnecessary.
I'm not convinced Gattland is the best choice either. We'll see when the team is announced. I wouldn't be surprised if he relied on the bulk of the team being Welsh again.
|Thread: Learning to play guitar|
There ain't no substitute for practice
IIRC, when I was teaching myself, I'd spend at least 2 hours a day, every day, at it.
Keep going, all of a sudden, it will click and everything will become so much easier.
I taught myself to play many years ago and got reasonably proficient without any instruction. I tend to play a finger picking blues style but have now probably forgotten more than I know.
I taught myself from various books that were about at the time but if I was starting now and wanted to learn by myself, my first port of call would be youtube. There are literally hundreds of excellent videos for new guitar players covering a variety of styles. Browse through them and take your pick of the ones you feel comfortable with.
Oh, and buy yourself an electronic tuner. There's nothing worse and more likely to put you off than an out of tune guitar.
|Thread: Time to change car|
Sad but true, Rich.
Irrespective of the choice of car, I was simply trying to suggest that a smaller car and trailer combination might be an option, I thought I was being lighthearted about it but appeared to have ruffled a number of feathers.
I make the point because I changed from a large 4x4 to a much smaller one. A Panda Cross, in fact and, surprise, surprise, and contrary to (apparently) perceived wisdom is 100% reliable and can go many places that even my old HiLux couldn't.
The lack of space, however, was problematic and overcome by the addition of a trailer to the fleet. I appreciate not everyone can readily store a trailer but it works for me.
I do actually have an open top sports car too (along with a couple of classic GT's restored by myself) and a bald head.
If it came to a choice between it and an estate, I know which one I'd rather be in.
It was just an example, Percy and irrespective of reliability or lack of, the new Spyder is a very attractive car at least to my eyes. It should be reasonably reliable, though. It's built by Mazda, after all.
Don't like the Alfa? Get an MX5. Basically the same car
I'm sorry but admitting to wanting to own an estate car is tantamount to admitting your life is over and you have nothing to look forward to.
Easy answer, buy a sports car (the new Alfa is nice), fit a tow bar. Buy a trailer. Job done.
|Thread: Amazon flying warehouses|
This would make camping out near the warehouse difficult.
Temporary Christmas staff at the Scottish warehouse near Dunfermline had to resort to camping in the woods nearby to avoid the punitive transport deductions to their wages which would have seen their pay fall well below the minimum wage.
|Thread: Kit builders, what would you like???|
My feeling is that a large part of the problem is the lack of skills attributed to guys below a certain age. I, probably like most on this forum, am of an age where I learned (from my father) how to fix things. Most men under 40 can't even change a plug these days and why would they when every appliance comes with a new one bonded on. How often do we here about people struggling with flat pack furniture? If someone can't even put together a bookcase from Ikea, what chance is there of them successfully completing one of Richards kits? Absolutly zero.
The skills that trad builders have started with Airfix and Keil Kraft kits and expanded from there. Along the way, we've developed other skills (restoring classic cars, in my case) that have helped us through life. Plumbing, re-wiring, building and a host of other skills are probably things most of our forum users are familiar with or know someone who is.
Sadly, anyone under 30 is of a mind to throw something away if it doesn't work and buy a new one. If something in the house doesn't work, call an electrician or plumber.
The sad fact is that many people under a certain age just don't have the ability to think through the processes of building anything more complex that your average ARTF. There simply won't be any demand for kits in the very near future (very sadly, in my view) and the only self builds that we are likely to see will be by 'model geeks' doing scratch builds.
|Thread: A Bit of a Heads Up|
I'm not sure if it follows but when I tax or SORN my cars online, I get a confirmation email from the DVLA so I would presume a link exists between a registration number and the owners email address.
Knowing the DVLA's notorious lack of security and ability to sell on information, it wouldn't surprise me if the scammers had just bought the details.
|Thread: Another crackpot drone idea or a good idea|
Seriously! Are we now so scared of driving down a dark, unfamiliar road at night (particularly in a large 4x4) that we feel the need to have a fleet of drones lighting the way. How stupid.
|Thread: Drone near miss London|
Irrespective of the rights and wrongs and whether it actually did reach that height, that's a great bit of music in the video.
Anyone know what it is??
|Thread: What type of wood do I use to repair a fuse?|
and I was about to say wood is non-conductive
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