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The What Cheered Me Up Today Thread

Discussion in 'Off Gassing' started by Doomanic, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. furryman

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    They don't have boots on the cylinders. Nor ankle weights or snorkels.
     
  2. Wibble

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    And the diver seems to be within normal BMI, fit and diving flat. And no option for a neoprene rear-loading drysuit or a feck-off great reel and crack-bottle SMB dangling
     
  3. Vanny

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    That because real divers don’t buy toy divers :joyful:
     
  4. Doomanic

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    I've got a couple of cans of yellow line marking paint so at least we can colour match your drysuit.
     
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  5. Wibble

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    Wondering if we need a new thread "What surprised me today..."

    Lockdown dictated by the cabal of Marxists posing as a government begins tomorrow. As ever any economic activity that isn’t Amazon is eschewed including diving venues. (You may have guessed that I’m less than happy about this synchronised foot shooting)

    Anyway, went to Wraysbury with a mate to put a couple of hours on our boxes in lieu of being able to dive in the sea. As the eve of lockdown, I thought it would have been rammed full of divers. Not so, there were 8 divers the whole day!

    Now they’re closed until nanny deigns that we’re allowed out again.

    And it was sunny all day.
     
  6. Dave Whitlow

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    It is ridiculous you describe the actions of a privileged, self-serving, incompetent, bunch of parasites, aspiring to impose fascism on the nation, as being associated with an socioeconomic analysis entirely abhorrent to them! They are not Marxists. That is their worst nightmare! Try incompetent sociopaths as a more fitting label for them!
    'foot shooting' Really? Their feet are fine and they and their mates are doing rather well from all this. Did you vote for them?
    Yes, it was sunny today (lawn was still a bit wet) so I went out on the bike and checked the local shore conditions (not ideal but improving).
    It is sunny tomorrow so I'm going for a swim in the harbour and will check the water clarity. Perhaps, with the sea starting to clear, I might consider a shore dive the following day. After all, a short journey for exercise is entirely reasonable.
     
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  7. Wibble

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    Captain U-Turn and the Shitweasels with Sir Kneel-a-lot guesting as Captain Hindsight.

    My ire has massively been piqued with this shower of incompetent numpties hell bent on the wholesale destruction of the high street — where they pay rates and taxes for the growth of Amazon who pays as little tax as possible.

    It’s the 5th November. Maybe Guy Fawkes should come back and save us.

    Would like to see all MPs salaries and expenses stopped during this time so they can get some skin in the game like all of us. And prosecutions for treason.
     
  8. Wibble

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    Here’s a first... Theresa May has succinctly summarised the main concerns

     
  9. splinter

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    Finally, 8 months late due to covid, 1 year after my operation and 20 months since I last dived, I've got a date for the echocardiogram to check if my heart still works properly!

    Fingers crossed, if all goes well, I'll be back in the water next month. Cant wait!

    Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
     
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  10. Chimpus

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    Hope it all goes well for you
     
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  11. Big Joe

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    Good luck Splinter
     
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  12. Wibble

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    Have managed to book a week in Malin on the 'classics' for next year. Have really been looking forwards to that for years.
     
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  13. Doomanic

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    Peter Sutcliffe died today. Good riddance, you evil piece of shit.

    Yes. That has cheered me up.
     
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  14. furryman

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    COVID-19 had a purpose after all.
    (Shame about the collateral damage)
     
  15. JohnL

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    Pardon the intrusion from an ex-diver but, with my main enjoyment learning French in lock-down, I came across the Vendee Globe website that had on-board videos in French. For those of you that don't know, this single-handed non-stop round the world yacht race is the equivalent of a formula 1 race for 75 days on your own. And, although the majority of sailors are French, there is a Brit leading currentlyl

    It may be a way to relieve some of the frustration of not being able to jump overboard and spend hours tinkering around wrecks, then more hours in deco before you surface. Some of the footage is amazing although you may need a sea-sick pill before you watch!

    Keep safe, John
     
  16. furryman

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    No such thing as an "ex-diver"... merely one who's on a break...
     
  17. splinter

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    And we're back! All good after my check up. The AF has been sorted and no holes left in my heart from the op. The doc has cleared me for recreational diving and subject to a diving doc looking over my results I should get the go ahead to resume deeper stuff soon. Such a relief!

    First dive back next weekend.
     
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  18. Dave Whitlow

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    Yesterday I did a night dive in Newton's Cove. The viz was 4m and the water temperature 11c and now my dive kit is out in the rain getting washed!

    I've never dived there before and, with a maximum depth of 4.1m, after a 70 minute dive there's almost enough gas for another dive!
     
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  19. Vanny

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    we try to get a night dive in there when we are down after a recommendation from Collin Garett (?) really nice spot when tide and wind allow.
     
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    We did it as a club shore dive earlier in the year. Nice spot and the bobtail squid are hilarious

    B
     
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  21. Dave Whitlow

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    Last night was ideal conditions (high water springs, clear sky, big moon, and no wind) and I was surprised Colin Garrett wasn't there doing yet another of his GoPro videos.

    My buddy impressed me by returning us to exactly the spot he intended so he could see some eels (50m from the entry point) until he confessed he did it by counting the street lights! Next time I'll take a bag with me as the Dover Sole I spotted would have been worth taking home!
     
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  22. Wibble

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    Picked up my drysuit from the menders. I've been using it a lot this summer and getting more and more soggy as the season progressed. Took the opportunity of the enforced incarceration, plus it's the end of the season, to get it fully serviced. It's not really been back since a zip parted three years ago. The suit's about 5 years old and has done well over 400 dives and takes a battering from my diving.

    Dennis (Predator) found about 4 holes, a leaking zip - now replaced, neck seal parting (fixed), a leak around the pee valve requiring its removal and patching before replacing, the inlet valve patch parting, the dump valve was broken and replaced, and both cuffs replaced and refitted with the Kubis (he's added a super piece of protective neoprene on the new cuffs to protect the Kubis).

    Pic shows the new cuff. The suit's faded over the years, so the new cuff shows itself up as black!

    IMG_5998.jpg

    Hopefully I will now get another couple of years out of the suit before I need to replace it. Oh, and some dry dives. Have some cold diving coming up as I've a big course and some underground diving to do.
     
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  23. splinter

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    First dive since April 2019 today. Met up with a couple of people from the club (socially distanced) in the lake district and dived in Crummock water. It was cold, murky, dark and there wasnt a lot to see. I loved every minute of it.

    I thought it might take a bit of time to get back into it, but to be honest I was comfortable from the start and had no issues apart from my dry suit having shrunk a bit round the middle making my valves even harder to reach. I was never the best at shutdowns anyway, so time to try and shed a bit of timber. It's good to be back.
     
  24. Wibble

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    UK diving, yay \o/

    So pleased that you're back in the game. The valve drills are probably just out of practice ;)
     
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  25. Dave Whitlow

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    We had a quiet bit of weather and someone pointed out Scimitar had spaces. Off I dutifully went (yesterday) for my first CCR dive in 70 days and dived Elena R and Countess of Erne. It was quite pleasing to confirm everything still works and bring home a couple of lobsters and a crab. Not huge specimens (800g lobsters and 1.2kg crab) but the retail price of my catch would be more than I paid!

    It was interesting to see the 2c temperature difference between the Elena R (12c) and the Countess (10c). Today, swimming in Castletown, it was only 9c. Clearly I should be swimming further offshore!
     
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    My wife and I had a langoustine dinner this evening, provided by our fish van, which is based at Fleetwood - they were delicious.

    I haven't heard of English langoustines, I thought they came from North of the Border. Has anyone come across them while diving? I've seen crabs and lobsters when I dived and seen reports of scallops.
     
  27. Wibble

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    Was diving out of Portland on a 35m wreck. Had seen at least a half-dozen lobsters during the dive and was bimbling around the deck when this langoustine came mincing across the deck waving its arms in gay abandon as if to say "look at meeee". The thought went through my head "gosh, don't see many of them", then logic caught up with "that's why you don't see many of them".

    We have such great diving. Pity for the many mediocre dives to get to the good ones :)
     
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  28. JohnL

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    While I don't dive anymore, unfortunately, I remain a snorkel member of BSAC because of BSAC Plus. It occurs to me that others may not have spotted this. It has various discounts off this and that but, the best for me, are the cashback cards for normal shopping - currently, Sainsbury's gives 4%, M&S, 6%, Costa and Nero more. You load up the card with money in advance and use it to pay at the check-out (they don't work for online purchases). They cover a range of different shops, although not the Aldi's or B&M.

    I used to get my BSAC and Club subscription paid each year and more. Now, when I've built up some cash-back, I'll load up one of the cards with it.
     
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  29. Iain Denham

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    Lost 2 stone since 1st Jan on Keto diet :joyful:
     
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    I’m 1 stone down since then too, not keto but calorie control and more exercise
     
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    Car packed for a 05:30 start in the morning….
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    Cardiff to Scrabster - 12 hours with a couple of piss/fuel stops.
     
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    No diving again this weekend for me due to being let down by a buddy. I've loaded the tent on the bike and am heading to scotland instead.

    If I cant dive I might as well go exploring and have a whiskey by a loch.

    Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
     
  34. Dave Whitlow

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    Viz is improving down here so maybe time for me to get back in the water
     
  35. Dave Whitlow

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    Dived the Aeolian Sky last week and was reminded what a mess the Navy made. If only it had sunk in deeper water it might have been like the Aristos, off Brighton, which sits upright looking like a ship (apart from the big hole in the side where the collision happened). On the way back we paused by Lulworth Banks and I replenished my scallop reserves.
     
  36. nickb

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    After about 90 weeks diving in Scapa Flow and more than 50 dives on the Kronprinz Wilhelm, I finally got round to checking-off all 7 port side casemate guns in a single dive.
     
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    After about 90 weeks diving in Scapa Flow and more than 50 dives on the Kronprinz Wilhelm, I finally got round to checking-off all 7 port side casemate guns in a single dive.
     
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  38. Dave Whitlow

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    90 weeks :eek: I've done only 90 dives in Scapa!
     
  39. Doomanic

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    Checking if I can post here...
     
  41. JohnL

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    Yes you can, I'm still lurking even though my diving days are over. Good luck with sorting out the site - something that you get little thanks for!
     
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