Friday, 14 June 2013

Thousands of them sir

According to the local press thousands of former Light Infantrymen descended upon Shrewsbury to celebrate their service. Ahem, well it may not quite have been thousands but we certainly celebrated, the Red Rooster was out of the cage!
On the way to Shrewsbury I received a call asking if i would look at a pistol found in a loft, I cleaned and stripped the little blighter and it appears to be an English Bulldog, a pocket revolver from about 1880 ish and in .44 Belgian Bulldog so obsolete and section 58 (2) meaning anyone can buy this. Cleaning it up at the moment but its too late to make this months auction at Holts. I may take offers though!

The grips were in excellent condition, the original nickel plating long gone but the surface rust came away easily and apart from the brass vice steel machine screw in the cylinder crane its all original.
 Work has been its usual hectic self not allowing much time to tackle dog training or gun restoration but we are plugging away and I have set myself a target to achieve each evening. That may mean the end of that pesky fox which insists on teasing my dogs almost every evening!
I also should be back out on the farm tackling the foxes before the poults arrive. Chin up I will keep you updated.
As a passing note, I found this in my email in box last night, whats good for the goose etc;
The RSPB's hypocrisy
The RSPB has today published information relating to its use of egg oiling, nest destruction and the culling of birds. This is in response to a Freedom of Information Act request made by the Countryside Alliance.
In his blog the RSPB's Martin Harper admits that in 2011/12 the charity obtained licences from Natural England to kill three adult lesser black-backed gulls and destroy 76 large gull nests and also killed 292 carrion crows and 11 magpies under open general licences.
The charity also said it oiled, to prevent hatching, 73 greylag goose eggs and more than 25 Canada goose eggs and destroyed 195 barnacle goose eggs.
We have also found out, through the Freedom of Information Act request, that the charity obtained a licence in 2011 to destroy the eggs of black swans.
In recent weeks the RSPB has used highly emotive language to criticise the granting of licences by Natural England to destroy the nests of buzzards and manage gull populations. Now, however, we find out that the Society has been carrying out exactly the same sort of activities for its own purposes.
The RSPB's use of the licensing system seems to be perfectly legitimate and justified but looks extraordinarily hypocritical in light of its recent comments about other licence applications.
If the licence system is correct when used by the RSPB, then it must also be correct when used by other applicants.
Barney White-Spunner"
Is that clear enough for you?