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Very nice Ken! I'm the same as Luciano in that I envy how relatively easy it is to display a large amount of 1:43rds compared to trying the same trick with 1:18ths! Still, 677 models later it's too late for this leopard to change his spots!!!

I love the row of police 4x4s, any more info on them??? :feedback :cheers
 

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Yup I thought it was the Crusader, does it have a wing that can be tilted upwards from the fuselage as on the real thing? I think the idea was that the plane needed to maintain a high angle of attack when coming in to land on deck but the pilots view was consequently terrible. So my understaning is that the wings when tilted up and back they are at a high angle of attack but the fuselage is not so the pilot can see during approach.
The Corsair I believe Felix is referring to is the Corsair II which was externally very similar to the Crusader but was a ground attack plane (the A7 I think???) which was also used by the USAF and the Marines (as well as the Navy) and by other NATO forces (I know Portgual had them). It has a more bulbous nose, a shorter fatter fuselage and a different wing without the tilt mechanism and with more hard points for mud moving ordinance. Plus charmingly I believe it was colloquialy known as the SLUF during the Vietnam war..."Short Little Ugly Ffffff..." you know the rest! :lol :lol :lol
 

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Fantastic as usual Ken! One thing though is that I think the flag of St.Patrick is the flag associated with the provence of Ulster, most of which now comprises the 6 counties of Northern Ireland (there are 3 other counties in Ulster which are part of the Republic of Ireland). The hand in the middle is known as the red hand of Ulster. The other 3 provinces in Ireland (Leinster, Munster and Connaught) each have their own flags too.
The all Ireland flag up to the act of union in 1801 was an all green flag with a gold harp in the middle and I have to say I think it is a far nicer looking flag than the green white and orange tricolour we have today! :cheers
I must see if I can find a pic of it to show you, but it hasn't been in official use since 1801.
 

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Yes indeed, the most well known example being Northern Ireland which has been in the news recently due to the failure to reimplement the Good Friday agreement which was intended to have a Northern Ireland parliament to run the provence with the exception of matters of defence and foreign policy (which would still be controlled from London). Both parties (the hard line republicans-Sinn Fein/IRA and the hard line Unionists-Ian Paisleys party) are diametrically opposed to each other and you would find more mutual trust in a KKK/Black Panthers love in than with the Northern Irish political scene! Unfortunately the middle ground in Northern Irish politics has been totally lost and it is very hard to see how they will reestablish a measure of self rule. Also, people in the Republic of Ireland and the rest of Britain are not so sure they want to pay the price of getting an agreement either as part of it requires paramilitaries/terrorists on both sides being released as part of a settlement. One ex-IRA guy robbed a bank in Limerick (southern Ireland!) and shot dead a Gardai (what we call the police in Ireland) and the republicans wanted him released as they said he was a political prisoner! 90% polled in Ireland disagreed and the police threatened some form of strike action if this murdering bank robber was released so he wasn't. Anyway, the Northern Irish problem is one of the most intractible in the world it seems, so not easy to solve!

There is a Scottish parliament too which controlls much of the governance of Scotland and I think there is a Welsh National Assembly too. So potentially there are up to (including the Northern Ireland Parliament) 5 parliaments/national assemblys in Ireland and Britain! Alot for two small islands! The Irish Republic or Eire (commonly just known as Ireland) comprises 26 of the 32 counties in Ireland as a whole and is entirely independant from the UK since 1921 and it a separate nation within Europe. Every other parliament is ultimately responsible to Westminster in London. :cheers
 

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:lol That's about the gist of it!!! :giggle

I don't think these separatist movements intend for full independance (although I don't know much about them to be honest) but I think it is more about controlling local government. They do seem happy to remain in the overall framework of the UK for matters of national policy, defense and also I think income tax and national insurance/health. (I'm mostly guessing though so I could be wrong about some of the above!).
 

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:lol Well, I do love history and the story behind things!

It is funny that I can use the same money in my pocket in Spain, Germany, France and so on (and have done so!) but when I got to London, our closest neighbour, we have to change our money! So for purely selfish reasons I'd love if the UK went with the Euro.

However I agree with you that it is unlikely the UK would vote in favour of it in a referendum. The price rises you are worried about happened in Ireland when we went from pounds, shillings and pence to decimal (around the same time the UK did in the early 70s) and they happened again when we went to the euro. Not by much but they did happen. :ranting

Apparently Italy was the worst for price gouging.

If you put me on the spot I would be hard pressed to give the man on the Clapham omnibus a reason as to why he should give up Sterling for the Euro. It makes alot of sense for the business community especially for exporters, and hence it might mean a few more manufacturing jobs. It is handy when travelling and when shopping online (as it is a bit easier to compare prices across Europe) but that's about it. Well I suppose the notes are a little smaller and neater in your wallet and the Euro coins are nice and light so you have less weighty "shrapnel" in your pocket after a night out on the tiles!!! :giggle
But other than that I can't see big advantages for the man in the street. Tony will have his work cut out I would say convincing people to change. :cheers
 

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:lol You are totally correct! I forgot about the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands!!! Talk about alot of parliaments for such a small corner of the World!!!!

Sport wise the relationship between the North and South of Ireland is odd! As you said in the case of soccer there are separate National teams. But the Irish Rugby team is drawn from all 32 counties and in Gaelic sports (such as Hurling and Gaelic Football) it is an all Ireland championship which takes no account of the division of the island. :cheers
 

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:lol :lol :lol I love it Ken! Great research! I think the Erin-go-bragh flag was adopted by the Irish American community in the 19th Century in the States and it was also a symbol of the Irish Home Rule lobby group in the 19th century as well.
 
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