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General Discussion / Re: Preventing water bottles freezing in winter
« on: August 10, 2014, 12:27:51 PM »
Emma, who read Chemistry, is always telling me that water does everything a liquid is not supposed to do according to the laws of physics. Such as, hot water can freeze faster than cold water, the so called Mpemba effect, and expands when frozen to warm water, plus it vibrates longer than cold water!

General Discussion / Re: The Water Myth
« on: August 10, 2014, 12:21:28 PM »
According to today's national newspapers, he was attempting to pick the snake up :o which concurs with the findings of your research Lyle "Half of bites are to  peopleís hands, usually occurring when either putting a hand into a recess in rock or trying to pick an adder up!

Thx Lyle/CP The original button on the edit screen did not work and these do :)

« on: July 29, 2014, 07:59:28 AM »
Lyle, following your article about smartphones in this monthís Trail, has Memory Mapís IP68 & military standards specification just done it I wonder?

Android Smarthone GPS

Emergency & Backup Equipment / Re: Grab Bag Contents
« on: July 27, 2014, 08:22:38 AM »
In todayís newspaper:

Maybe Air France return LHR-CDG £86 seems a better idea, plus you get a toilet ;)

General Discussion / Re: The Water Myth
« on: July 25, 2014, 11:00:12 AM »
I have been considering buying some sort of system to purify water for our longer journeys, especially our planned trip to the Alps next month. Was the work you mention looking at different systems Lyle?

By the way, great article :) I have seen a lot more articles written by you in Trail and didn't know that you write for other magazines, can you load up these articles on the forum as well?

General Discussion / Re: MH17 300 miles off its usual path
« on: July 24, 2014, 09:18:40 AM »
I am wearing my tin hat with you Oakleaf about moon landings, shot JFK, covered up Roswell, allowed Reptilians/ Illuminati into power etc.

I also sincerely feel for your unenviable personal experience and in no way wish to minimise the importance of your words..

However, it was not the press but Tony Blair and his Cabinet who spoke publically about WMD and his compadre, George Bush, again to the press, stated that Iraqi soldiers were taking and killing babies from their incubators in Kuwait, after the testimony at the Congressional Human Rights on Capitol Hill by and Iraqi girl named Nayirah. It later transpired that she had been employed by a US PR firm and was in fact the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States.

In the words of a great American ďIt is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.Ē ― Benjamin Franklin

General Discussion / MH17 300 miles off its usual path
« on: July 24, 2014, 07:21:37 AM »
From todayís Daily Telegraph

The crashed MH17 flight took a route 300 miles to the north of its usual path, an aviation expert has said.

Robert Mark, a commercial pilot who edits Aviation International News Safety magazine, said that most Malaysia Airlines flights from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur normally travelled along a route significantly further south than the plane which crashed.

Malaysia Airlines has insisted its plane travelled on an "approved route" used by many other carriers.

But Mr Mark said: "I can only tell you as a commercial pilot myself that if we had been routed that way, with what's been going on in the Ukraine and the Russian border over the last few weeks and months, I would never have accepted that route.

"I went into the FlightAware system, which we all use these days to see where airplanes started and where they tracked, and I looked back at the last two weeks' worth of MH17 flights, which was this one.

Now ask yourself the all-important Cui bono question - Who benefits?

Would Putin or Russia benefit? Just the opposite.
Is Putin stupid? Just the opposite.
Who has the most to lose? Putin.
Finally, who benefits by fomenting war between Russia and the rest of the world?

Now let your mind wander back over some of the "false flag" operations of the last few years from Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq to babies being taken from their incubators in Kuwait and ask yourselves, "Is it real, or Memorex?"

Interesting isnít it?

General Discussion / The Water Myth
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:25:57 AM »
I see that the Mountaineering Council of Scotland are warning about dehydration in this weather and peddling the same old drink at least 2 litres of water myth. The best advice I know came from my buddy who is a GP and outdoor enthusiast: Drink when you are thirsty, because your body knows best.

General Discussion / Re: Roll/Sleeping Mat Advice.
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:13:49 AM »
Late to the party but my two penneth worth is the Multimat discovery, at only £20 and 350g itís a winner for me, plus I get a good nightís sleep on it.

Training tips / Re: Walkers Rules
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:06:08 AM »
These symbols are also handy to know for walkers in England, where access is still restricted in many areas.

New Member Introductions / Re: Greetings from Iceland
« on: July 17, 2014, 09:02:46 AM »
Hadn't seen this website before Einar, thank you, it is really good :) When you come to Britain let us know and I will send the the places to see and visit where I live in the Lake District, England.

New Member Introductions / Re: Hello
« on: July 17, 2014, 09:00:24 AM »
Hello Sandy and welcome. You couldn't go far wrong by buying a copy of Lyle's UNM, although I know the author has never been happy with the kindle version ;) I own it, as well as the paperback, to use when out learning new navigational techniques.

New Member Introductions / Re: Greetings from Iceland
« on: July 16, 2014, 08:15:05 AM »
Hello Einar and welcome to the very best outdoors forum on the www :) I am also a teacher (geography) and Iceland is high on our (my wife is a teacher too) list of places to visit. A few years ago the Top Gear team filmed in your country and it looked magnificent. There is a great site about where to go and things to do in Iceland maybe you have seen it?

General Discussion / Re: Dogs and some of their irresponsible owners
« on: July 12, 2014, 11:27:25 AM »
We have owned a rescue Border Collie dog for the last 6 years and she accompanies us on all our trips, whenever we are near either livestock or people she is placed on her lead. So we both are familiar with dog behaviour and comfortable in their presence.

Yet Emma was bitten by dog whilst shopping in Kendal one day and not by the publicís perceived bad boys of dogs, terriers, instead it was a Labrador, being walked by a young couple. As the couple were passing Emma the dog, completely unprovoked, Emma was not aware of its presence, bit her. It bit her first on her calf and then on the back of her thigh, from which she fell to the ground and a passer-by, not the owners, pulled the dog away from her. The owners then grabbed the dog and ran away! Somebody had called an ambulance and the police, both of whom could not have been more helpful in caring for her.

When something like this happens to you or a member of your family you tend to learn more about it and I was taken aback when I discovered the number of dog bites on NHS Direct, this was back in 2010. There were a staggering 6,000 cases of dog bites which required hospital treatment in England and Wales alone. The real number of bites will be higher as this figure only relates to hospital admissions. And sadly there are fatalities every year, mainly in children, by the dogs of irresponsible owners.

We now treat every dog (owner) with suspicion at first :(

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