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panda plodder

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  1. Well, it is a long time since I posted in here! My daughter turned 3 on Good Friday last year she was diagnosed with an extremely rare but treatable form of cancer and she is currently undergoing chemotherapy. We've been raising money for money for charity since December, we raised about £776 from an online lucky dip for a pair of football tickets. On Good Friday we raised over £1800 through evening fund raising evening, with money raised through a raffle. The £776 went to the children's oncology ward at Nottingham Children's Hospital, £1000 will be going to the Oncology department again, £700 will be going to Macmillan and the rest to CLIC SARGENT, we would love to gove something to the PASIC charity as well but the pot will empty! Everything was going so well until, someone donated a brand new i-candy pushchair (worth £550) and Kim Wilde donated two signed CD albums, a kids in America T shirt and some tour stickers, so worth about £40 in total. With the i-candy we are getting stupid offers, and no one one is interested in the KIm Wilde stuff despite the album being in the charts! (tried putting it on an online lucky dip). Anybody got any ideas?
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    American agent at Royal International Air Tattoo?

    It's not though, I was at Fairford at RIAT when the Russian jets had a mid air, I was with RMP and we had to guard the crash site because there was a lack of RAFP and US Security, there was, however, these guys in suits, which we assumed were the US version of SIB
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    Volunteer policing outside of UK

    Not an exhaustive list Canada: RCMP Auxillary (Federal) - Yellow cap band Ontario Provincial Police Auxillary (Provincial) - Light blue cap band Toronto Metropolitan Police Auxillary (Municipal) - Red and black chequered cap band York Police Auxillary (Municipal) - Red and black chequered cap band Some other provinces have Auxillary Constables, not all, for example, the Alberta Sheriffs don't but anyone living there could join the RCMP as an Auxillary Constable. Some German states do have Reserve officers, in fact, this forum used to have a member called Christian who was a member of Baden-Württemberg Police (from memory) France: Special Operational Reserve Gendarmerie National 9000 members Police National 3000 members Ireland: Garda Síochána Reserve United States: Various from Reservists in the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Some State Police/Highway Patrol, Municipal Police Departments There is no common standard in the USA and what constitutes a volunteer officer varies a lot. In one state volunteers are called the Sheriffs Posse and fund all their equipment and uniforms.
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    American agent at Royal International Air Tattoo?

    On the top photo, you will see the badge is rounded with a little stubbie bit at the bottom, which is what the OSI badge is. I've had dealings with OSI in the past
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    American agent at Royal International Air Tattoo?

    United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the USAF equivalent of NCIS. RAF Fairford is a US base
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    it's not petrol, it is similar to napalm
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    The propellant isn't oxygen
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    Ok did some digging and under section 5, part 1 (b) of the Firearms Act 1968 flamethrowers are a "prohibited weapon" and possession of a flamethrower carries a sentence of up to ten years' imprisonment. What is concerning is this old relic still contained propellant (which started to leak when they were working on it, and still had fuel in it, a nasty mixture of petrol and gunk that makes it stick to its target. It had obviously been imported from somewhere in Europe, it should have been seized by customs. One of the regulars in the show is a qualified armourer who obviously holds a FAC however, the above act means even a FAC wouldn't cover possession. Also during the show, someone turned up who supplies weapons to the film industry with a working replica. Obviously, the replica doesn't fire the nasty mixture and uses gas propellant. Even so, this shoots a flame over forty feet and would kill anyone who was misfortunate to be in the way. Imagine the chaos if one gets into the wrong hands.
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    Has anyone been watching Combat Dealers on the Quest TV channel? The programme is about Bruce Crompton who had a company which was doing emergency repairs on the London Underground on contract. He has now near enough retired from that and is now concentrating on his hobby of restoring old military gear. He employs about 4 people doing this. As well as the normal vehicles and rifles/pistols for restoration, in recent weeks he has restored to full working order a Panzerfäuste, Panzerschreck (Raketenpanzerbüchse), a PIAT and in the most recent episode he has restored a German Flammenwerfer that was sitting rusting in one of his sheds (still with fuel in!). The last one concerned me as I was always led to believe these were illegal to own in most countries including the UK. In fact in the United States, the only place they are legal to own is Arizona. Does anybody know what the law says? I know that the film industry can use replica devices but they fire gas. What concerns me is that people are restoring originals that were designed to use a mixture of petrol and tar (almost a napalm mixture) and selling them on. Any ideas?
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    Filming Blue Lights for a Video

    Roads are often closed for filming as well
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    SYP: General Chat

    Our local CFR scheme is run by EMAS although the local Lowland SAR Team have a blue light ambulance response unit operating for EMAS
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    SYP: General Chat

    Hi Lee, didn't know you had left!
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    Being put in a difficult situation

    Old rule from the 80's (yes I'm that old!) don't get involved, use the phone and ring it in!
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    Specials: How are you "housed" in your station?

    I'm trying to visualise a police station above a KFC!
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    Army Bases

    MDP have shrunk massively over recent years as someone said before you will find them at big Navy bases, big presence at Faslane & Coulport. They are responsible for escorting Trident convoys from Coulport to Burghfield. They also have the policing contract (national security of critical infrastructure) at Bacton in Norfolk where they provide armed mobile patrols.