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    Marc Howitt
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    Wow - Used to do exactly the same but at the Darland banks on a Morris Minor bonnet, just a little bit further on. This is bringing back some happy memories. Thinking about it I probably walked and cycled past the back of your house on a regular basis.
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    I was born and raised in Gillingham, Wigmore to be accurate - we were always taught never to associate with people from Chatham!
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    My old stomping ground - the good old Mudway.
  4. Bloody hell hadn't noticed that - So it was slaughtered in Brazil, Frozen in Brazil, shipped to UK, Cut in the UK as stated on the label- So was defrosted cut and then refrozen in the UK - so is the frozen date the first freeze date of the 2nd? Not sure I would want to eat that meat .
  5. I am not sure where to put this one (BREXIT, Vegan, here, etc..) - but it is important. We are worried that we are destroying the Amazon for Beef. Well here is one for the Remainers. The EU recently signed a trade agreement to increase the import of Beef from Amazonian (mercosur) countries so we are now getting this: UK stamps on it, Produced in the UK, yet reared and slaughtered in Brazil. Awful labelling from Iceland Foods, this could easily be mistaken for British quality yet reality is it could be anything, no traceability, no vet med records and possibly full of hormones. Disgusting! Also in this day and age where food miles are now being looked at and the damage to the environment caused by livestock farming apparently how much of this imported meat is the British farming industry taking the flack for, this is pretty much classed as British beef. The carbon footprint of this steak will be huge compared to our home grown beef that is far superior quality. Cheap is not cheerful, check the labels carefully when you shop. Well done the EU contributing to stuffing the British farms, the environment and the climate - They really do not care in the slightest. Amazingly the recent BBC omitted this in it's Meat program preferring to tar British Farms with the same brush as the USA and Brazil. I just don't get how can label food as being from the UK when it's from Brazil, I really can understand why people are going Vegan when this sort of thing is being sanctioned by our bureaucrats - money and vested interests trumps everything.
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    General Election.

    Well the shows a lot more imagination that the purile defacement we get around here.
  7. So I had my renewal from Admiral for the multi-car and house policy. Overall it had gone up by 30% (no claims, nothing changed). When looking into the breakdown the cars had gone up by atleast 20% and the house by approx 250%! So I rang them and haggled the car prices down, still a sizeable increase but OK but the house policy was still approx 100% higher and over 100% more than stand alone policies on the comparison web sites. Was getting a bit hacked off at this point with the increase and when asked was not given reason why. So as the best price from Admiral had increased by over 20% I stated I would look elsewhere - So here's where the lesson was learnt. I got fed up of the whole process and gave up and went back to Admiral on the day the policy lapsed to ask to pay the agreed price but as the policy had lapsed a couple of hours earlier I was put through to their new business, fair enough I thought. But the new price had gone from the agreed £490'ish, past the pre-haggled price of just under £600.00, to £1100.00. The lesson was that if you ask for insurance the day you want it they try and screw you well and truly. After a little playing on the comparison sites I found that by just delaying the start of a policy by 1 day you save a fortune. Oh well lesson learnt and Admiral is off my Christmas list!
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    What are they doing to the power station?
  9. Yeah but the Ox has 4 stomachs .
  10. Oooo - a competition just for V8 owners - I bet I can beat that. What's the prize?
  11. That's not a genuine TR8. Back in the day it was easy to modify the V5 to claim it was a TR8. Based on that it is probably a tad over priced.
  12. Yep - and he's the one who has gone Vegan and has stated it is the only way to save the planet: Flying in private jets all around the world and burning lots of petrol going in circles has nothing to do with it apparently. I must admit the first time I heard this I thought it was fake news / joke but it seems not.
  13. @Bibs Thanks for your kind words.
  14. We have finally come to the conclusion that farming is now more hassle than it's worth and we are starting to run down our farming activities. The Bull is going this month and the others will start going soon after (we may keep a few just for the hell of it but we will see). After 15 years it is a real shame but farming has just become too much of a grind. Added EU bureaucracy that has basically become anti-small farms, big increases in costs with no increase in sales prices, Anti- beef sentiment etc... - the list just goes on has just made it not worth doing. The past 8 years have been hell (parents with dementia, alcoholism and more) and we need a break, the last thing we need to be doing is something that grinds us down even further and having to pay for the privilege grates even more. It's a shame and feels a bit of a failure but at least we know our animals have had the best possible lives.
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