Its been a shit couple of weeks, chaos at work, chaos at large in the world but at least one thing is certain, friends will always need you even if its for a comforting word.
Still forging ahead my holiday is booked, a trip up to Scotland for the start of this years Hind cull, a boys event well worth the wait.
Heres a pic or three to get your tastebuds warmed up;
A trip to Yorkshire yesterday to drop Alex (Minime) off at University and I managed to grab the last two Portugese Mausers in Henry Kranks in Leeds. Now they are a shop best phoned in advance and visited in person. Sadly SBW missed my trip and put in an order a little too late. However I am now the proud owner of 1 Portugese Mauser in 6.5 x 58, 2 of the shortened rebarrelled models in 8mm and an Argentinian 7.65 x 53.
Here they are for comparisom. I will likely sporter the lower 8mm Mauser once I have had some fun, I rather fancy a 7.62 bullet in a 6.5 x 55 case so it will still be a Mauser but an oddball one;
You can see the difference in Barrel Lengths between the original 6.5 from 1904 and the later 1930's 7.92 x 57 models;
Its an interesting bolt thats for sure;
Well at least it keeps me off the streets and I am not posting offensive comments on twitter!
The sporter? yes the Argy and the Portugese will get restocked hopefully this year!
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to £100... If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this...
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay £1. The sixth would pay £3. The seventh would pay £7.. The eighth would pay £12. The ninth would pay £18. The tenth man (the richest) would pay £59.
So, that's what they decided to do..
The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball.
"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by £20". Drinks for the ten men would now cost just £80.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes.
So the first four men were unaffected.
They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men? The paying customers?
How could they divide the £20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?
They realised that £20 divided by six is £3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.
So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.
And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).
The sixth now paid £2 instead of £3 (33% saving).
The seventh now paid £5 instead of £7 (28% saving). The eighth now paid £9 instead of £12 (25% saving).
The ninth now paid £14 instead of £18 (22% saving).
The tenth now paid £49 instead of £59 (16% saving).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.
"I only got a pound out of the £20 saving," declared the sixth man.
He pointed to the tenth man,"but he got £10!"
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a pound too. It's unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!"
"That's true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get £10 back, when I got only £2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "we didn't get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works.
The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction.
Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore.
In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D. Professor of Economics.
For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible
Pilot Officer James Armitage Rinder, 05/01/1945 aged 24, 415 Sqn RCAF
Rest In Peace.
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Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.