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Member postings for Michael Ramsay-Fraser

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Thread: Olympics 2016
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??

29/07/2016 13:52:36

Perhaps we should throw the Geeks to the sharks??

29/07/2016 12:57:09

And at which point did I suggest that there WAS interference with 'open and fair' debate? I actually said I thought there were better options on how to deal with the original problem so surely that is supporting the debate, not interfering with it?

Nor did I suggest there was any connection between this thread and the Brexit one. I was only raising my personal concerns.

Similarly, I don't think either Kim, John or myself suggested that this forum was at fault, if fault it was, in Electric Boogaloo emailing the local council. I think the comments were directed at that particular poster, not the forum.

I rather think it is you, BEB that hasn't thought out your comment.

29/07/2016 12:27:14

Personally, I have to agree with Kim Taylor & John Soper on this one.

Phil 9 is, I think, confusing the quite correct concerns mentioned on this forum with the (apparent) email to Havant BC from Electric Boogaloo, which, I too, feel was a highly inappropriate action and could impact on the wider modeling community in that area.

There have been plenty of other more appropriate suggestions on how to deal with what, I agree, is very bad practice and, of course, am uncertain on whether any were followed up.

Like the recent 'ban' on political discussion under the 'Brexit' thread, this discussion has left me feeling a bit disillusioned with this forum. It's probably just my desire to see open and fair debate but I can't help feeling things are becoming a little bit censorious.

Thread: BREXIT
13/07/2016 15:26:51
Posted by Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 13/07/2016 13:31:51:
Posted by Michael Ramsay-Fraser on 13/07/2016 10:24:10:I would hate to see the thought police take over on this one.

Rather a over-dramatic statement I'd say!

1. No one here is attempting to control your thoughts! Why would we want to?

2. No one here is attempting to control what you believe. Again, why would we wish to to?

Nor did I suggest anyone was, BEB.

I was only expressing a concern that certain subjects could become taboo. After all, why bother with a chit chat section if it's not open for any subject you'd be likely to discuss in the pub?

I fully understand that political debate is exceptionally polarising and that sometimes things become heated but that, surely, is the nature of debate.

I note that the previous two posts to my last one share my view so obviously there is another side to the coin and others are no doubt happy to engage in a little bit of political banter without the need to descend into a slanging match.

13/07/2016 10:24:10


Whilst I feel the OP was intended to be contentious, particularly on point 3, I don't believe political debate should be frowned upon by the forum or the moderators.

Why not ban posts on rugby (widely posted on last year during the RWC) or the TdF, another popular post with some? Now I enjoy both of these subjects but appreciate that many may not but I don't feel a need to ban them from forums.

Like many, I am a member of numerous forums and all of them, without exception, allow active debate on a diverse range of subjects and not just the topic of the forum. I would hate to see the thought police take over on this one.

Thread: Kit builders, what would you like???
07/07/2016 15:31:38

Like Lorenz, I too would not choose a Mossie over a Whirlwind particularly if it came with veneered wings etc. As I stated earlier in this thread, I enjoy the build more than anything so if I was going for a Mossie, the TN design would probably be my kit of choice or perhaps the BT version for which I think I have the plan somewhere.

However, my feeling is that if you launched a Mossie and then followed it up with a Whirlwind, I doubt many would buy both. Personally, I'd have one or the other, not both.

I'd still prefer to see the Whirlwind as the twin offering and, yes, I'd probably buy one even if it did come with veneered parts. I just love the design.

Thread: Goodbye Farewell
05/07/2016 18:03:12

Scotland from the UK?

Thread: Fastest jet seen on my travels
10/06/2016 14:20:29

He certainly must have good eyesight. I spent half the video thinking a spot on my screen was the plane! My brain could never keep up with that.

Thread: 3ch slow fly trainer
10/06/2016 14:15:54

Chapter 1 can be built as a 3 ch I believe. Wood packs too. Either that or Jemima, a nice easy build.

Thread: Kit builders, what would you like???
29/04/2016 14:17:15

I wasn't refering to yourself, Jon and I appolgise if I gave that impression.

It was a reaction to other posters(of which there have been a few) who have suggested a design to suit a particular Laser engine.

To my mind, the design process works the other way round. Design a kit and then see what engine or engines are most appropriate.

Im not knocking Laser or any other brand of i/c engine, I'm just trying to make the point that electric seems to be the popular choice.

29/04/2016 09:58:54

With all due respect to Jon, I don't think the decision on which model to kit should be made on a particular brand of i/c engine.

As Richard admits, the majority of his kits are sold for electric power, not i/c so surely the decision should be made on commercial grounds, not on a particular engine.

Warbird replicas, at least as far as I can see, have an ideal set-up with their motor for the Spit and it would make sense to capitalise on the existing technolgy plus it has a proven sales track record.

I don't have an aversion to i/c power but it must make more sense to go where the sales are at least as far as the kit is concerned.

28/04/2016 16:14:27

I know I proposed the Whirlwind earlier in this thread and would certainly buy one if a kit were to be produced (provided it didn't comprise of half a dozen bits and some polystyrene) but how about a Northrop Black Widow as a second option?

26/04/2016 17:18:07
Posted by David Davis on 26/04/2016 13:11:44:

I've been given a part-completed Balsacraft Blenheim to finish off. I'll fit it into all of my other projects! wink

Off topic, I know but please let me know how you get on with it. I have one waiting to be started (along with the Balsacraft Spit, TN Spit & Typhoon. Too many planes, not enough hours ((used to be girls ))

25/04/2016 15:31:30

Lets just forget the Gladiator and stick with the Whirlwind. That would get my vote and a commitment to purchase provided the cost was reasonable.

On the idea of getting a certain number of people to commit to a purchase and providing enough agree to make the project viable, why not ask for a small deposit? Say £20-£30.00?

This would have the benefit of tying people into their committment and eventual purchase as well as helping offset any development and tooling costs.

I only suggest this because, as a member of the classic car fraternity, I've seen any number of well-intentioned individuals being hung out to dry because they've undertaken to finance the production of no longer available parts or manufacture them themselves on the strength of club members saying 'yes, I'll have one of those please' only to find interest waning when payment was required.

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