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Member postings for Michael Ramsay-Fraser

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Thread: Opinion Polls
09/11/2016 17:17:45

I've been telephone polled a couple of times but always politely declined to answer. I guess I'm probably put down as a 'don't know' when, in fact, I do know which way I'm going to vote. I'd just rather not tell the pollsters.

Thread: Traplet Me 262
05/11/2016 09:46:05

I can't comment on the Me 262 but I have one of Phil Noels other designs, the Sea Vixen, in both plan and CNC pack awaiting a build slot. I believe both are designed in a similar style.

Your decision to go with the CNC pack is a VERY wise choice. You'd be driven mad by the number of holes you'd have to cut out if you were creating the parts yourself. It's a seriously complex set.

Again, I'm not sure if the same applies to the Me 262 but the Sea Vixen requires the builder to create a sort of mini-jig (or build tabs) on the building board to support the frame in the correct position prior to gluing. I've done a dry run of the major parts and its an impressive sight even in its skeletal form. A real builders model.

Best of luck with the build and please post on your progress.

Thread: The Death Of The English Language As We Know It.
22/10/2016 10:33:48

I have to admit, the use of the word 'So' at the beginning of a sentence is one of my pet hates.

However, I don't think the decline in linguistic standards is wholly down to American influences.

'Estuary English' as used by the likes of Jamie Oliver and Steve Wright is a pernicious attack on our culture. Bosh!

Phrases such as 'diamond geezer' and 'I see what you done there' being prime examples. The widespread use of the glottal stop in 'Estuary English' is particularly annoying.

Steve Wrights current use of 'Serious Jockin' (no g on Jockin)' I find infuriating.

Edited By Michael Ramsay-Fraser on 22/10/2016 10:34:32

Thread: Life Today and Customer "Choice".
21/10/2016 13:45:59

It's your life, Percy and, naturally, you're entitled to eat whatever you fancy but personally there is nothing on this earth that would tempt me to eat a Greggs sausage roll.

21/10/2016 11:41:14
Posted by Percy Verance on 21/10/2016 10:26:13:

The nearest I get is the occasional visit to a Greggs near my place of work. Their sausage rolls do seem to have a certain something about them........ They do a steak and cheese version which is also rather good.

Edited By Percy Verance on 21/10/2016 10:39:50

I hate to say this but I suspect the MacDonalds burger would be far better for you than the Greggs sausage roll. The fat content of the sausage roll alone will be higher and there will be virtually no carbs and very little in the way of protein. The actual meat content will be very low. The burger, by contrast, will have a reasonable level of carbs thanks to the bread, lettuce, tomatoes and gherkins and a lot of protein in the burger itself which, according to MacDonalds is 100% British beef. God know where the minimal level of meat in a sausage roll comes from.

I'm not a huge fan of fast food outlets either but would choose a plain burger in a bap with salad any day over a sausage roll (or any other 'hot' food from Greggs) or a fry up in a greasy spoon.

19/10/2016 08:41:15
Posted by Peter Miller on 19/10/2016 08:35:46:

This meant that A they didn't stock it and/or B it was cheaper than their alternative.

Or C, they had a bigger mark up!

19/10/2016 08:17:08

Come on, guys. This thread should be prefaced with an 'Old Man Alert'.

I, for one, appreciate the huge range of choice we get in almost every area these days and understand that 'up-selling' is a fact of life.

Look at the range of products and services available in our hobby. More choice in batteries and servos and just about everything else than you could shake a very large stick at. Most of the stores we use offer similar deals and 'bundles' designed to get us to spend more. Should we start complaining that we have too much choice? Perhaps we should go back to life in black and white and single channel?

Whilst I also find BEB's story amusing, I wouldn't want to use it as an excuse for reminiscing about 'the good old days' which, really, weren't that good.

And for anyone else finding themselves in the same dilemma, can I suggest going for the 9" pizza and giving a couple of slices to the nearest homeless person.

Just a thought.

Edited By Michael Ramsay-Fraser on 19/10/2016 08:18:56

Edited By Michael Ramsay-Fraser on 19/10/2016 08:20:07

Thread: What star sign are you? Is there a trend with flyers?
25/08/2016 21:34:58

What if you shoot from the hip?? Something I often get accused of (although not literally).

24/08/2016 14:38:47
Posted by Martyn Johnston on 24/08/2016 14:28:25:

Still astonishes me that 'Anybody' believes in that stuff.

In my opinion it should be illegal to have it in newspapers because there are actually people out there who are daft enough to base decisions on what the 'stars' say.

Edited By Martyn Johnston on 24/08/2016 14:30:23

You need to be careful, Martyn.

That's the kind of talk that got me into hot water for suggesting that people who think darts and snooker are sports were delusional.winkwink

24/08/2016 13:48:23

I'm Pyrex.

I was a test tube baby.winkwink

Thread: If model flying was in the Olympics....
18/08/2016 13:35:06

Jeez, BEB. You and me agreeing on something??winkwinkwink

Exactly the point I made on the 'other' Olympic thread when someone compared Darts to Archery.

Like all sports, the very best players make it look easy and the same applies to archery (and, I guess, Dressage).

Anyone who thinks Archery is 'easy', can I suggest you try pulling a competition bow and see how you get on? You might find a new respect for Archers.

With regard to aspects of our sports in the Olympics? I doubt anything employing a 'motor' to provide the performance would ever be included.

Thread: Olympics 2016
16/08/2016 13:06:15
Posted by Rich2 on 16/08/2016 11:25:33:
Posted by Michael Ramsay-Fraser on 16/08/2016 10:07:59:


I totally agree - but surely darts is very similar to archery?

Edited By Rich2 on 16/08/2016 11:26:36

Try pulling a recurve bow with a 40lb draw weight for a few arrows and you'll soon see it's VERY different to darts.

Anyway, hint taken. My last post on this thread.

16/08/2016 10:57:44

Well said, Pete.

The cycling in particular has been brilliant and being that it's so nice today, I might go out on my bike later.smiley

16/08/2016 10:07:59

I'm sorry, but where exactly did I say anyone was deluded?

In what way am I being 'negative' when I say darts, snooker and chess all 'have a high degree of skill or mental capacity'?

Having done a bit of Archery, I can tell you there is a great deal of physical activity involved and I would assume the same for diving and equestrian sports.

There's not much point in having a forum where members can't express a personal opinion!

Edited By Michael Ramsay-Fraser on 16/08/2016 10:18:33

16/08/2016 09:53:24

Well. the BMFA would, wouldn't they?

If you use the criteria above, does Sport England?

16/08/2016 09:31:53

Irrespective of what Sport England thinks, my personal opinion is that a sport should involve a degree of physical exertion beyond the norm.

I' am not for one second suggesting that darts, snooker or, indeed,chess, don't involve a high degree of skill or mental capacity when played at the top level because I feel they certainly do. I just don't think the physicality involved constitutes a sport as opposed to a pastime or activity.

To a certain degree, I think that representing activities that involve little or no physical activity as 'sports' devalues what I would class as 'real' sport.

We all know how unfit we are as a nation and it is perhaps a bit self-deluding to believe we partake in 'sports' that only involve chucking a dart or wandering around a table without actually breaking a sweat.

I'm not trying to have a pop at anyone or any sport (in the wider sense), just debating what the term 'sport' should encompass.

16/08/2016 08:47:31
Posted by Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 15/08/2016 18:16:03:
Posted by Michael Ramsay-Fraser on 15/08/2016 17:33:56:

More so that darts and snooker (not that either are in the Olympics but plenty of misguided people seem to consider them both sports).

I always "admire" a man who wears his personal opinions with such certainty - it must be a great comfort in life.


Edited By Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 15/08/2016 18:17:11

It certainly is. That's the great thing about personal opinions.

15/08/2016 17:33:56
Posted by Dave Hopkin on 15/08/2016 17:23:42:

But is "horse dancing" a sport????

More so that darts and snooker (not that either are in the Olympics but plenty of misguided people seem to consider them both sports).

Thread: 1/5 Scale turbin UH-1H Huey Dragonfly
12/08/2016 13:25:13

Those poor pilots are going to have one hell of a headache. They must be listening to a speeded up version of Ride of the Valkries.

Lovely machine though and the cockpit view was so realistic (aside from the mental headbanging).

Thread: Crashtastic??
03/08/2016 16:00:43
Posted by Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 03/08/2016 13:27:31:

I think you make excellent points TWS and Ken. These things can fool us - because most times you will get a way with the risk and many will find it funny. Some will criticise those who object to such antics as being "fun police".

But when it all goes "pear-shaped", everyone says "What a fool! Whatever made him do that - should be banned - terrible". But as you say - it could easily be the same person doing the same thing - only the outcome was different - laughter one time, tears the next! People sometimes have a serious "imagination deficit" to see what might easily happen.


Edited By Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 03/08/2016 13:29:16

And on that subject.

I know cycling is a popular subject on here and it is with me too as I ride my road bike regularly. I took some time out to watch a bit of the Ride London broadcast on Sunday morning.

Close to the end, the BBC devoted about 20 seconds airtime of a competitor cycling down the finish straight with what I presume was his daughter sitting on the crossbar. She looked to be about 6 or 7. The rider was holding her with one hand and steering with the other. He had a crash helmet, she didn't.

Stupid? Careless or just celebrating the moment? Easy to say no harm done but it could have easily been a different story. The reporter had just mentioned that she hoped that none of the competitors rode over the finish line with their hands in the air as there was a fairly big timing strip they had to ride over.

Should the BBC have chosen to broadcast that particular clip. I could see what might easily have happened but I guess the producer didn't. Does that make me a killjoy??

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