Whinging Pom

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    East coast, the muddy one.
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  1. Whinging Pom

    Avon Dinghy...Too Much HP?

    What about the increased weight of a 4 stroke, probably weighs 40% more than the 2 stroke?
  2. Whinging Pom

    Canned Meat Anarchy

    Ahh! Fray Bentos snake and pigmy pie. Just don't put it on the oven's top shelf as the pastry will stick ...
  3. Whinging Pom

    Canned Meat Anarchy

    Tinned fish is better than meat. Tuna, sardines, squid, octopus, salmon, mussels etc. Best purchased in Iberia. Add rice, pasta and vegatables for a decent meal. Chorizo and the like good too. Old school preservation means lots of salt . Best tinned meals are French. Confit du canard, Coq au vin, Cassoulet, Pommes dauphinoise etc for real 'stick to your ribs' grub. We keep a selection onboard for when we're pinned down by the weather, can't get ashore and the ship's company has a severe dose of cabin fever.
  4. Whinging Pom

    Canned Meat Anarchy

    Before our first Atlantic Circuit, SWMBO and I bought a sample of tinned stewing steak, mince and corned beef from Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda, and Marks & Spencer. Over the course of two evenings we had tasting session, comparing notes on taste, texture and price. Surprisingly, for a high end brand M&S came last. Tesco's mince won, with Sainsbury's stewing steak and Asda's corned beef. The whole exercise was worthwhile as 'cooking tinned meats' proved hard to find on the circuit. in my opinion, spam and tinned frankfurters do not represent meat. The lesson learnt was do try before you buy. We made this mistake in Spain. We found reasonably palatable tinned meatballs. So we bought a few tins of a rival brand. They got committed to the deep as know I know what dog food tastes like. The tastiest ready meals were the military rations. After all 'An army marches on its stomach' according to some French general. The other heavy weather hot meal is tinned ravioli. Reasonably nutritous, tasty and easy to prepare when the boat is doing her best to stand on her head.
  5. Whinging Pom

    Brexit, WTF

    I'd rather have something a bit more traditional. Their heads on spikes on London Bridge.
  6. Whinging Pom

    Bird strike

    I've found an old school burgee on a pig stick does a fine job of keeping the crows off the windex and wand. Also, as my boat is the only one in the marina with a burgee it's easy to tell that she hasn't sunk when I drive past.
  7. Whinging Pom

    Brexit, WTF

    Excellent open letter to May from Gina Miller in The Guardian. Dear Mrs May, I write to you at a time of grave national crisis, beholden to no party, a representative of no special interest and in nobody’s pocket. I am, however, a concerned citizen, a mother and an employer and I am hopeful that, in view of the deadlock in our politics just weeks before we are due to leave the European Union on 29 March, you will have the intellectual and moral honesty to consider a commonsense and pragmatic proposal. Let us start off by agreeing that none of us, no matter how we voted in the EU referendum, could ever have imagined we would be in the dreadful position we are today. A position in which, in barely 50 days’ time, you and your government concede that the UK might be under martial law, experiencing shortages of foods and essential drugs, a sharp economic downturn leading to job losses, and our national security and public services drastically compromised. I, like many others, accept that you faced an impossible job in trying to turn fantasy promises into practical realities. This has been compounded by the various factions tearing your party apart, with certain individuals ruthlessly pursuing their own ambitions and agendas. Is it therefore not time to level with the people of the United Kingdom? After all, you promised in the speech that you made when you first became prime minister that when you made the big calls, you’d think not of the powerful and the mighty but ordinary people – such as the young and those starting out in their lives. A poll that my organisation, Lead Not Leave, has just commissioned shows the depth of concern among young people about a no-deal Brexit. They will have to live with the consequences of decisions that are about to be taken, and which they can see only too clearly will have an adverse impact on them for the rest of their lives. I would suggest that, far from addressing the very real concerns of large numbers of voters in the referendum – the inequalities in our society, the underfunding of public services, trust in politicians, care for our old and sick – all of the Brexit options now facing us will be a disaster for the whole UK. None of them can be said to make “a success” of Brexit. I do not doubt that you believe you are attempting to carry out the instructions of a majority of voters in the referendum. You no doubt hope your deal will satisfy all sides within your own party and indeed our European partners. But a deal that can somehow square the circle now looks impossible. Surely you must now accept that you can never bring the Conservative party together when you are dealing with a mixture of fantasists, egotists and rightwing ideologues? That is why I urge you to accept that your deal is not the only one available to the UK. I implore you to seek to restart the constructive dialogue that your predecessor, David Cameron, began with Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, which showed real promise in terms of addressing the issues that were, just a few months later, to dominate the referendum debate. It is now time for you to be bold: to not merely accept the ambitions of the Tusk package, but to take them forward and to look to urgently address the big issues that are of mutual concern to other EU member states. To leverage the fact the UK is an integral part of the European Union, its second-largest economy; to see that our exit will shake Europe to its core and endanger the European postwar order; to use our significant voice in the EU to robustly push for reforms on issues such as sovereignty, immigration and economic governance. From conversations and meetings I have had on mainland Europe, there is no better time to push for such EU reforms. All member states are striving for new direction and relevance as a wave of populism sweeps across the continent. This approach would allow the British government to deliver the key demands of the electorate in 2016, allow the UK to come out of this long and tortuous process with dignity and to see us leading, rather than leaving, the EU. An outcome that would achieve your stated wish of bringing our country together. With your deal overwhelmingly reviled across the Commons, you must now be honest and accept publicly that to allow a no-deal departure from the EU by default would be the ultimate dereliction of duty. Above all, not to explore all possible options now available to us would amount to an unforgivable betrayal of future generations. The contradictory positions you and many in your cabinet have taken over almost three years have caused a rollercoaster of expectations that has damaged trust in your party and in politics generally. What, honestly, is your position on the Irish backstop? You cannot now, at this late stage, seriously be talking once again about a technological solution to the issue of the border, a full seven months after the EU rejected the idea as impossible. If it is your strategy – and that of your supporters in the media – to blame the EU when the endgame emerges, how do you expect the EU member states to treat us as you look to negotiate any future relationship? Yet, while you have faced criticism from all sides for your deal, no one has been able to offer a viable alternative so far. Not Norway, not the Malthouse proposals – none of these offer anything that is even fractionally as advantageous as the deal we have right now with the EU. Revisiting the Tusk package is now our last chance to re-assert the UK’s voice as a respected and outward-looking force for good, and for all the people of Europe. Should you be contemplating pulling the vote on 13 February or delaying the meaningful vote until the 11th hour, you would go down in history as the most irresponsible, devil-take-the-hindmost prime minister of modern times. By contrast, to now restart the Tusk negotiations would be a true act of leadership and I urge you to pick up the telephone. It is time once again to be the strong voice of reason at the heart of the EU, and to be a prime minister who puts the best interests of your people first. As Mr Tusk himself said today: “I’ve been wondering what a special place in hell looks like for people who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.” Best wishes, • Gina Miller is a co-founder of Lead Not Leave.
  8. Whinging Pom

    Coolboats to admire

    Weren't Tumleren discribed as a boat where 'one could live in luxury, two in comfort, three in discord and four in bitter emnity'? Drop dead gorgeous.
  9. Whinging Pom

    Brexit, WTF

    A short history of Brexit, courtesy of the Inktank https://inktank.fi/this-hilarious-short-history-of-brexit-will-mess-with-your-head/
  10. Whinging Pom

    Declining fleets and memories of the boom years...

    Interesting analysis on the future of boating from a Brit perspective.
  11. Probably to stop the tug being girted. https://youtu.be/w_EyHS9IMcA
  12. Zonker, thanks for explaining all.
  13. Why not Voith-Schnieder propulsion units? (kaarnt spel).
  14. Whinging Pom

    Brexit, WTF

    Errr. What about the raid on the Medway? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_on_the_Medway
  15. Whinging Pom

    Bonded Stores, a term from pre EU days.

    I remember in the mid-1980s stocking up in Gibraltar. We had so many cases of spirits in the fo'c'sle the boat, a S&S Swan 41, sailed like a submarine. To balance out the weight forward, the aft cabin had a pallet stack of beer. To get into the port berth one had to squeeze between the beer and the deckhead. Kept us going for a couple of months.