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Marestail

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 07:44

Agent Orange brings back unpleasant memories Fidget. In the 1970's all the major US  pharmaceutical companies were ordered by the Government to produce AO, (and also Agent Purple)as defoliants to use against the Vietcong. Years later, it was found that it was causing huge health problems with ex-servicemen who had handled it.

When those servicemen, or their surviving families tried to seek financial assistance from the US government they were refused help, with their government citing " Governmental Immunity".

I was working in the Insurance industry,and my company insured most of the major US drug companies - what I saw and heard about Agent Orange was horrendous, and  the European insurance industry eventually ended up paying out hundreds of millions of dollars to those poor unfortunates.

Since those times, I'm afraid I have nothing but contempt for most American politicians!

If anyone has any doubts about using noxious chemicals in the garden - DON'T use them!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 20:04

A lot of you have probably seen this video, but when we are all thoroughly cheesed off with the weather, this clip shows that water can sometimes help lift your spirits. I first saw it not long after my daughter was told of her life-threatening illness - it gave me optimism, and joy that humanity is capable of creating little scenarios like this.

 

http://www.wimp.com/dubaifountain

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Posted: 04/02/2014 at 22:47

As a Cornishman this is one of those very rare occasions when I'm glad to be elsewhere!

Did any of you see that great picture in yesterday's Daily Wail, of a surfer going down the river in Bude ( - he is passing my sister's solicitors office) - anybody who knows that part of town will realise how very high the water actually is.

Best wishes to Verdun and and everyone else living ( or holidaying ) in the far West - stay aware, and keep well clear of the coasts.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 22:30

Not in the Chilterns, it ain't!  There's a small river or two running down our hill, ready to add to the swollen Thames in Marlow and Henley - both now re-named Marlow -, and Henley-under-Thames!

Creosote

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 17:15

So did my father-in-law - bit like using Wrights coal-tar soap when I was a kid - lovely smells ( but in moderation, I suppose - wouldn't like Annie8's problems with the smell from next door!)

Creosote

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 17:02

Creosote, whilst having a noxious smell and toxic properties, was more effective at protecting outdoor wood than most modern paint-type substitutes - it also enhanced the texture of the grain of fences and sheds to advantage.

I now use something called Creocote, which is oil-based - it soaks into the wood like creosote, and the smell is a less strong version of creosote, and only lingers for 24 hours at most. 

New to gardening and forum

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 17:12

Welcome Wendy - next time I am in Town, meeting friends at Hays Galleria, I must pop by and see what you have achieved! Good luck in your efforts.

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Posted: 24/01/2014 at 23:21

The wild (very wild) haggi have managed to cross the Tamar and have invaded Cornwall - Punkdoc is quite obviously, and wisely, hiding from them 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 17:21

Looking good Dove - I'll be there!

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Posted: 24/01/2014 at 17:01

Adnams is a lovely beer from Southwold, in Suffolk. When in Cornwall there are many good local beers - Doombar ( named after the sandbank between Rock and Padstow) and made by Sharps of Rock. Also the beers made by St.Austell brewery - Tribute, or Admirals Ale, named Worlds Best Beer in 2010 and 2011.

There are many small breweries dotted around, and a good time can be had checking out the best beers ( whilst checking out the best oggies ) - I'm sure Verdun could be persuaded without too much effort!

Methinks it's time to pay a visit to my Sister down there - soooooooon!

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