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Hands up those of you who used to dick about with their mates down some version of a ‘wreck’? Hands up those of you who used to do it on bikes? And hands up those of you who built ramps to jump over stuff? If I’m counting correctly – and I rarely do – I […]

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HMS Invincible E-Disposed Of

Posted on 25, Feb

So, I’m sat there in my Mother’s new kitchen / dining / wildlife gawping area at her new house in Trawden – yes, of course it’s walking distance from my sister’s house – when I received an email from Deborah down at Butler Sheetmetal Towers that a guy from the BBC had been in touch wanting a quote about the impending scrapping and dismantling of the HMS Invincible – that’s a journalistic quote rather than for the job itself.

Just a couple of things:

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Come on. It’s not as if it isn’t an accident waiting to happen is it?

The idea of erecting large metal (or any kind of material if we’re being honest) sculptures in the middle of busy roundabouts surely isn’t the best one your local council planning meeting has had of a Monday evening?

Is it not better to circumnavigate the roundabout with your attention fully on the road and upcoming exit or is gawping at some metal clad human figure while doing a 30 mph circle preferable?

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e FBI are a suitable force in the crime against telecommunications infrastructure in the USA. In fact, there’s that much copper being stolen at such an astronomical cost to the Telcos that one of them, AT&T, is offering $3,000 for information leading to them being accosted.

We’ve all heard of the church lead thieves and manhole cover pilferers, but apparently 7,000 customers and a couple of schools were left without landline service after a three day copper binge in Atlanta last week.

A cell phone tower also was temporarily knocked out. AT&T saw 11 thefts in a week in one location, including an incredible eight in one morning. Damage to telephone lines exceeded $500 in each case. Georgia law makes that a felony, punishable by jail time and fines, the AJC report states.

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There’s enough frightening stuff goes on in your average sheet metal shop – none more so than Jasper arriving on a Monday morning having spent the weekend watching Braveheart on a loop coddling a bottle of Lidl’s finest cooking sherry. Talk about pudgy round the gills and waxing not too lyrical. He’s simply a sequence […]

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We all know that first week back after Christmas and New Year can be a lonely and desperate time. Just ask Jasper. Many’s the time he can be seen skulking in the steel racks for hours on end when it’s quiet with nary a peep out of him. I sincerely hope he’s not up to […]

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How can you not love this collection of aircraft old, new, conceptual and fictional? But if you thought that was a fairly entertaining use of aeronautical social media usage, you haven’t had the pleasure of of being exposed to Lockheed Martin’s open source proprietary social media tool. And if we’re being perfectly honest, neither have […]

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