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OllieNZ

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Is suspected that may have been the way it was done but wanted to see if it was some sort of black magic moulding technique ;)

Would vac forming over a single piece mould have been strong enough for the body rather than a 2 piece mould?

True craftsmanship can't be rushed....
 

foxfish

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She is just singing Ed :)
Hey Ollie,hanks for your interest & comments. I also needed to squash all the squares together from the sides and either end so the rigged mould was the only way I could think of!
At least I still have the mould.......
 

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I spend every spare minute in the garden, often to be seen with a spotlight balancing on the sleepers over my pond watching the Great Crested Newts in there at night . I got a bit obsessed with Japanese Maples and now have about 50 ...must stop .
Also bred Whippets and judged them at shows for 20 years ...every weekend from Scotland to South Coast ...stopped doing it now as sick of sitting on Motorways for hours on end.

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I spend every spare minute in the garden, often to be seen with a spotlight balancing on the sleepers over my pond watching the Great Crested Newts in there at night . I got a bit obsessed with Japanese Maples and now have about 50 ...must stop .
Should start a new thread to show off that garden, looks awesome :)
 

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I spend every spare minute in the garden, often to be seen with a spotlight balancing on the sleepers over my pond watching the Great Crested Newts in there at night . I got a bit obsessed with Japanese Maples and now have about 50 ...must stop .
Also bred Whippets and judged them at shows for 20 years ...every weekend from Scotland to South Coast ...stopped doing it now as sick of sitting on Motorways for hours on end.

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Wow! Stunning!
 

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Any divers on the forum?

I have what’s known as “a list for rust” so mainly wrecks for me, but I do enjoy some mud macro finding nudie’s like the one attached!

Wish I had the money/time/discipline for a marine tank.


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Tucker90

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Correction***

I have what’s known as “a lust for rust”


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foxfish

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Hi Tucker,, I got my BSAC around 40 years ago, I have helped to run Deeper Blue forums for the last 12 years.

To be honest I never really felt totally relaxed scuba diving so I have concentrated on free diving and spearfishing.
I live in Guernsey, we have a huge amount of inshore and offshore wrecks and some of the strongest tides in the World to boot!
Second World War wrecks are very popular dives, there are lots of them too!
My brother was a professional scuba spear fisherman, I was boatman most weekends, there were around ten full time spear fisherman in the island 20years ago, now there are none!
Massive, none selective, over fishing has killed our little niche industry but wreck diving is becoming extreamly popular and there are quite a few dive boats specialising in that aspect now.
In my life as a diver, I have witnessed the shocking decline of fish stocks to the extent we see now... a sea so devoid of fish it makes me weep.

In the 80s there were so many sand eels that they could block your vision for minutes on end, wrasse were like friendly under water cats seen everywhere, bass were so numerous and flatfish paved the sandy bays.
Now we can see huge industrial pair trawlers just three miles from our coast,

Not so long ago we (Guernsey) operated a 12 mile fishing limit, our fish stocks were protected and abundant but the British government and the French took to the European courts and found a way to deny our rights!
It took but a few days before we saw the fist massive trawlers appear, the rest is history.
 

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Thats a sad end of your story there Foxfish, think short term gain and short sighted goverments and authority lead to these issues
 

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Sadly this is the case the world over, 20 years ago when I first dived on the barrier reef it was thick with life, 2 years ago it was sparce. Diving in Sydney for weedy sea dragons back then was easy now you can have 10 dives and never see one... it's a sad truth of humans impact.

But hey, it's can't be see by most so let's just ignore it

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foxfish

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Quite right lain, most of our local community dont even care, as long as they can buy a bit of frozen battered fish from the supermarket everything is fine.
We only have two small fish mongers now and the mass majority of locally caught fish is exported to France.
 

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we (Guernsey) operated a 12 mile fishing limit, our fish stocks were protected and abundant but the British government and the French took to the European courts and found a way to deny our rights!
200 mile limit after Brexit..... ;)
 

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That is very sad. It's not just the fact that there are way too many people, it's also the expectation of increasing living standards that is taking a massive toll on the environment. I think folk are becoming increasingly divorced from nature, especially since the percentage of the world popn. living in urban areas is rapidly growing. Because of this it's easy to live in a cosy bubble and and trust the Government to do the right thing with the help of environmental pressure groups and NGOs. However, the harsh reality is, these organisations have got their work cut out for them.

There are more than a few Government initiatives designed to secure ecological services. But saving the environment is a very costly exercise so the Government has written several White Papers devolving power to local communities in an attempt to save money, and apparently give locals more power over their own back yards. However, in my experience there are usually too many "stakeholders", and vested interests with contrary agendas, accordingly they usually only ever achieve limited success at best. It's kind of like trying to herd cats. All in all it's pretty pathetic really, and becoming increasingly desperate.
 

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If you like to eat Sardines, you probably think you are eating Sardines.. And Sardines indeed once used to be Sardina pilchardus.. But nowadays in reality it became a Trade name on a package and you could be eating any of the 14 fish spieces that are on the list of approved sp. that may be canned and solled under the name Sardines. Because of severe over fishing finding a can containing Sardina pilchardus is like winning the lotery.

The latin name of the fish is writen on the can.. But who knows? Who reads it? Only the real connoisseur can taste the difference. The majority still thinks and get that mediteranian feeling while eating a small distant related herring sp. caught at the other end of the world maybe Canada.
 

Tucker90

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Not so long ago we (Guernsey) operated a 12 mile fishing limit, our fish stocks were protected and abundant but the British government and the French took to the European courts and found a way to deny our rights!
It took but a few days before we saw the fist massive trawlers appear, the rest is history.
What a shame!!! Don’t want this to end up been a political thread but the EU have a lot to answer for with regards to fishing and agriculture. (Farming family) is I could go in for hours about it!

But with regards to the wrecks of Guernsey.
I have heard lots about them! Never made it down south diving! Always went north to Scotland to the scuttle run!

I currently live in the most landlocked county in the uk, so don’t get much done! The picture above are from Bali and Egypt!

Egypt is by far the best of wrecks! I’ve been on 3 live aboard’s for the last 3 years! Hopefully going again next year!




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