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The Mark Aged 42 thing all started when I was an occaisional contributer to Boards, back in the day. You remember Boards - right?  The moniker just stuck, so I use it in all forums (fora?). Its actually worse than that Grumpf - I turn 60 in September.  Trouble is, I still think I'm 42!
Funny thing is, I reckon I love my watersports now more than when I was younger. Maybe its having kids to share it with and encourage, maybe its having less free time, maybe its that my club (Essex YC) has a terrific group of Laser sailors, maybe its the invention of the SUP for that quick fix on a windless evening, I dont know. I do know this time is precious.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Chris_H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jun 21 at 1:18pm
Originally posted by iGRF

Just wondering, you've been here ten years now shouldn't you be Mark Aged 52 now?

His real name is Dorian and he has a picture in the attic ....
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You're very right, time is precious, the more so the older we get, as Rod Stewart said 'Lifes like a toilet roll goes faster the nearer to the end it gets...'


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Post Options Post Options   Quote sargesail Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jun 21 at 7:13am
Mark,

Sorry to say it but Iím with Grumpycat and IGRF on this. Itís a cormorant:

WHAT TO DO WITH A CORMORANT

Having shot your cormorant, hold it well away from yourself as you carry it home; these birds are exceedingly verminous and the lice are not solely host-specific. Hang by the feet with wire, soak in petrol and set it on fire. This removes the feathers and kills the lice.
When the smoke has cleared, cut the cormorant down and remove the beak. Send this to the local Conservancy Board who will, if you are in the right area, give you 3/6d or sometimes 5/-.
Bury the carcase preferably in a light sandy soil and leave it there ideally for a fortnight. This is said to improve the flavour by removing in part, at least, the taste of rotting fish.
Dig up and skin and draw the bird. Place in a strong brine solution for at least 48 hours. Remove, dry and stuff with whole, unpeeled onions; the onion skins are supposed to bleach the meat to a small extent, so that it is very dark brown instead of being entirely black.
Into 2 quarts of seawater, put 2 heaped tablespoons of Chloride of Lime. Put the cormorant in and gently simmer for a minimum of 6 hours. This further tenderizes the bird. Remove from cooking liquor and allow to dry. Meanwhile, mix up a stiff paste of methylated spirit and Madras curry powder. Spread this paste liberally over the breast of the bird.
Finally, roast in a very hot oven for 3 hours. You will find the result unbelievable. Throw it away; not even a starving Vulture would eat it!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Riv Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jun 21 at 6:11pm
Away from Cormorants and back on board the Topaz, I fitted front toe straps to our donated club boat (always a sucker for a free boat) I used Toe strap screws left over from a Windsurfer. These are about 15mm long with an aggressive deep coarse thread profile. Drilled a small pilot hole. So far so good and the kids like the boat. It is yellow with a virulent pink mainsail. It is called Rhubarb n' Custard.
Mistral Div II prototype board, Original Windsurfer, Hornet built'74.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Grumpycat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jun 21 at 6:57pm
Funny enough. My club also has one, also donated by a ex member. We have have had it for 3 years and no one has ever used it.
We are going to sell it in the near future for a nominal amount just to clear the boat parking place   Smile
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