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  1. Should this be in the mess hall thread? Well Two out of Three Ain't Bad., but its all coming back to me now, paradise by the dashboard light like a bat out of hell for crying out loud.
  2. Exactly! What I would say about 'Meatloaf' is that he rode the Springsteen wave of the mid to late 1970s.... And pardon me, but the Glee version of Hot Potootie was rather cute. But I'd do anything for love, but I won't do that......
  3. Melbourne is not Australia, neither is Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania (have you ever looked at a map of Tasmania and realised what it represented?), nor is Western Australia or the Northern Territory. New South Wales is all that matters......
  4. The Wild Goose has flown, or the One that Got Away?
  5. Eddy is gone? Whatever happened to Saturday Night? Ooo, whatever happened to Saturday night? When you dressed up sharp and you felt all right? It don't seem the same since cosmic light Came into my life, I thought I was divine I used to go for a ride with a chick who'd go And listen to the music on the radio A saxophone was blowin' on a rock n' roll show We climbed in the backseat, really had a good time Hot patooties bless my soul I really love that rock n' roll Hot patooties bless my soul I really love that rock n' roll My head used to swim from that perfume I smelled My hands kinda fumbled with her White plastic belt I'd taste her baby pink lipstick and that's when I'd melt She'd whisper in my ear tonight she really was mine Get back in the front, put some hair oil on Buddy Holly was singing his very last song With your arms around your girl you'd try to sing along It felt pretty good, Whoo!, you really had a good time Hot patooties bless my soul I really love that rock n' roll Hot patooties bless my soul I really love thar rock n' roll Hot patooties bless my soul, I really love that rock n' roll. Hot patooties bless my soul, I really love that rock n' roll . Hot patooties! Hot patooties! Hot patooties! Hot patooties!
  6. It actually makes the Royal Navy taking the French Navy out of action at Mers-el-Kebir sound like really good sense. If the French Fleet had allowed itself to be taken over by the Germans, then that fleet, with the Italian Navy may have presented a few more problems. Britain really could not afford that possibility, as slim as it may have been.
  7. Well, going back a little further than some novelist.... My understanding is that as far back as 1539 Henry VIII had constructed the Downs fortifications - Castles Deal, Sandown and Walmer, when combined with Henry's navy, and land forces to deal with any possible invasions.... It isn't as if Britain was not aware of possible invasion, but had about 400 years to prepare for it, more if you take the inclusion of the Dover forts into consideration.
  8. That would now read 'The body of Andrew Mountbatten-Windsor, 61' was found........
  9. Mr Novax could leave Australia any time that he wanted to. Australian authorities will even facilitate him getting on a flight to his home country. No imprisonment here.
  10. And then it came to me: forget a conventional amphibious attack: land infantry from U-Boots on the west coast of Britain.... no one would see the threat and would not see them coming.....
  11. So you are saying that Trump and family can still be the saviours of the USA but have also had dishonest and illegal business dealings / tax fraud?
  12. I wonder if the 37mm was adopted for the pom pom, and every other 37mm gun afterwards, because Hotchkiss did the maths after the Petersberg Declaration re explosive projectiles, as described by Ian MCollum here: I some ways the desired result was the same: small HE shells delivered with a good rate of fire (Hotchkiss 68 rounds per minute, very good for its time, whereas the later Maxim design managed 200 rounds per minute, comparable in some ways to the 3.7cm Flak 43 )
  13. Harry Harrison's book, on which the movie was very loosely based: 'Make Room, Make Room'; was so much better than the movie.
  14. Of course the Kreigsmarine had their own, shore based, 8.8cm weapon, the 8.8cm Schiffskanone C/35 in Unterseebootslafette C/35, that is an 8.8cm gun in a u-boat mounting, concreted down to defend a port or three, having nothing to do with the 8.8cm Flak or Pak weapons: different shells, different cases, different propelling charges. Only used at low elevation, and can best be compared with the British 3in coastal guns. It would have otherwise been considered prudent to have built more 'DP' 8.8cm guns that could be used as port defence weapons or as Flak. And yes, the British has 3in (well 12pdr) coastal guns and 3in AA guns, but at least they were both pre-war designs and builds.
  15. Wasn't one of the issues re Flak the split commands that were responsible for it? Yes, the Luftwaffe, but also the Heer, and to a lesser extent the Reichsmarine (particularly regarding protection of dockyards and coastal facilities)? Too many fingers in the pie, so to speak, and little cooperation between the branches (not that this was uniquely Germanic - compare with the late war USN and US Army both running parallel programmes for two different guns, of approximately the same calibre, rate of fire and function and not talking to each the about this. The USN actually having better communication with the Royal Navy rather than with the US Army.)
  16. It was better than 1917 1919, (that 'other' flu') 1940 etc etc etc
  17. Well the Navy was quite happy with the A-1 Skyraider, and then the USAF adopted it for VN, not bad for a piston engined air cooled aircraft in the age of jets.
  18. Depth charges were indeed useful, but Hedgehog didn't need depth readings, as it was contact fused.
  19. Grandpa's axe......or the ship of Thesus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus
  20. I have had the 1/25 scale non motorised kit in my stash for 20 years or so, I don't think that I will race out and order the 1/16 in a hurry.
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