Forest Walking Machine!!

Look at this machine
walking machine
The machine actually adapts to the forest floor. It moves around on 6 legs which can move it forward, backward, sideways and diagonally. It actually steps over obstacles. Now thats what I call a real off roader.
If you go to this page you can see these babies in action. They are not exactly going very fast……but still!!!!!

Carbon shortage

I hear that the price of carbon is set to rise, due to a worldwide shortage. A lot of this is blamed on the massive amounts used by the space industry as well as a defense project. This means that all the carbon suppliers are going to be woud up with fulfilling the orders. Seemingly there was an article in “Anglers Mail” a while ago and it said not to panic but still……..prices for new rods are going to start rising. If you have a look over at .david norwich he says::


Regretfully I have to apply a price increase on all my rods from January 15th 2005. I am informed by my carbonfibre pre-preg suppliers, that due to a massive demand for a U.S defense project.

( In all probability another super high flying anti-radar aeroplane)

That this will tie up virtually every composites manufacturing site world wide!

Carbon fibre is a volatile substance with a limited shelf life before it degrades. This is why it is kept in freezers at -24 degrees centigrade before the patterns are cut for use.

I have enough material for around 3 months production. Normally I order when I am down to 2 months stock left. With the reduced supply and my relatively small custom made requirements (small fish in big pond) I have to order further in advance. Carbon prices are due to rise worldwide by around 15-25% . This does not mean a 15-25% price increase on my rods however, and I will keep the rise to as low as possible, but when ordering from Jan 15th 2005 please allow around a 5 to 8% increase on EV2/3 & 4 models.

Very annoying because I lowered the prices on these models because of reduced carbon prices in 2003!

EV5 prices will stay at the present level, at least till summer 2005 depending on demand for the material I have in stock

Last 20 search terms!!

Not done a what people search for to get here things for a while…..

Last 20 Search Terms:
record shark (Google)

fishing camera (Google)

oliver edwards (Google)

Glasgow angling centre (Google)

BBC accident Nov 2004 (Google)

william joseph rain jacket (Google)

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how to strip woodchip (Google)

burbot caught in england (Yahoo)

iron bru (Google)

canal fishing (Google)

vision waders (Google)

ive camera sri lanka (Google)

charles jardine (AOL)

Glasgow Angling Centre (Yahoo)

jamie oliver fifteen sous-chef tommy (Google)

crayfish clyde catch (Google) (Google)

jamie oliver salmon (Yahoo)

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Tying Desk!!!

I was chatting to someone about where to tie up flies. I need somewhere with good light so I really should tie in the Kitchen. I usually end up doing it in the living room- taking up nearly half the room. I stay in a small flat and cannot wait until I have a house where I want to have a little den with all my rods and fly tying stuff. The old ball n chain says “No way” but I have got my eye on one of these desks…..

The luscious brown suede leather sits atop a 1/4-in. foam pad placed inside an excavated pre-carved 15-in. radius panel. The decorative fish and mayfly are fabricated from bent metal that was heat treated to produced the rainbow color effect.

Decorative spalted maple is featured on 37 of the desk’s drawer fronts with the grain, cut from one long board, continuing in perfect symmetry across the faces.

The flat desk top is fabricated from a 1-1/4-inch, 125-year-old solid slab of walnut. All tongue and groove panels are hand-made and were selected for color.

Im not sure whether it will fit in with the Ikea scheme that is going through the flat just now……..I wonder why it does not have a price tag?…..

All Year I Say!!

I have not caught a trout all year.
I think maybe tommorow or at some point this week I will take a wee walk down to the Kelvin and do a litte reconnaissance . Last year when I went down some pools had changed shape and some flows had been diverted because of the heavy spates that we had.
All the members of the club should be recieving the yearly newsletter soon telling them when the AGM is. The AGM will be at 7pm at Partick Burgh Hall on the 27th January.

Happy New Year….im off oot!!!


New Year

There is something kinda symbolic about New Year for anglers. I mean Christmas is all about eating and presents n all that whereas new year is more of a starting point, a turning point. You have got through the worst of the waiting game for the next season and it is now a downhill coast. Give me a month and I will regret saying that I am sure.

Sri Lanka Devastation

I seen one of the hotels i stayed in on the telly the other day. It was getting washed away. Shocking the amount of people that have been killed. There is no real structure in Sri Lanka, I mean a lot of houses over there are like shacks and still live without electricity and running water. When I was there a lot of the people just seemed to stand at the roadside in the sunshine watching the world go by. Lovely people.
This is in Columbo which got off lightly I believe

This is the cricket ground in Galle….
galle cricket

and this is it after
cricket after

More info from the BBC

New Bathroom

So we are getting a new bathroom put in just now. When we had our new kitchen put in it took 6 months and involved flooding the guy downstairs around 6 times….the last time he came upstairs and said he was going to “come after” me if it happened again. It didnt, I shouted at alot of plumbers. That was around a year ago and he got some stuff done on our insurance.
So today when his ceiling fell down he was not happy.

I heard his wife coming whistling up the stairs. The door opened and then heard shouting.

We hid.

Well that was Christmas then!!

Well thats that I suppose.
I have eaten too much and quite possibly drank too much.
On Christmas day I got one of these…a Robosapien
To be honest I was a bit bemused…..I mean a Robot? Does the thing fish?? will it help me tie flies?? After I had destroyed the Christmas tree and chased my niece around the room with it the thing started to grow on me…..

I also got a couple of books,
Matching the Hatch: Stillwater, River and Stream
Glasgow's Other River: Exploring the Kelvin

Gagging to get fishing….

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