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The Book of the Howlings of Ming, Seeker After Arcane and Esoteric Truths
Where's the last month gone? 
18th-Nov-2007 07:36 pm
Looi Kin-Ming
Work's been insane the last month or so. Still, still managed to have some fun:
  • Got a postcard from aeshna_uk from Tahiti :-)
  • Got down to Ultimate again, one more trip and we can get ourselves UKARA-registered. Nice to see the regulars down there were recognising and chatting to us already.
  • Fenced the next day for Abingdon as they were short on people (guess Jo wasn't kidding when she said they were desperate!)
  • Went to a screening of Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Suspect that, from the historical accuracy perspective, it's utter rubbish but it's enormous fun
  • Went to the big re-enactors' fair with Kate and Jo and bought a fair bit of musketeer kit and a posh jacket. We, along with Martin, then got a tad lost trying to find the pub down the road and ended up at a totally random curry house which actually proved to be really good!
  • Got myself a gun rack for my AEGs. Thing is, I need another - 6 slots is not enough, especially as I have vague ambitions on a M249 and a SLR... Also need something for the pistols too





    Can anyone ID all the weapons in the rack? ;-)
  • One thing about the commute to work - got a chance to do a lot of reading, including:
    • Black Tom - Sir Thomas Fairfax and the English Revolution by Andrew Hooper. Pretty interesting account - rightly highlights how key Fairfax was to the outcome of the English Civil War but interestingly questions the notion that he was politically naive.
    • Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Martin - great central thesis as to why the West went out and conquered the World rather than the other way round (based on an early switch from being hunter-gatherers to food producers). Feels a bit padded out to fill the book and the author hammers you over the head with the key points too many times but that is forgiven just for the breathtaking central idea
    • Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett - Finally got round to reading Pratchett again (last I read would have been around Pyramids, Wyrd Sisters etc!). Fortunate that the local second hand book shop has a large pile of Pratchetts! Clever stuff, pretty funny but, somehow, it didn't seem quite as hilarious as I recall the likes of The Colour Of Magic being. Still, enjoyable enough that I stopped by again today and picked up Guards! Guards! and Witches Abroad
Comments 
18th-Nov-2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't have nosey neighbours! One glance at that rack and You'll have Sir Ian's finest making a visit...

Pyramids and Mort, we're some of Terry Pratchetts finest, I find his newer 'evolving Disc' stories are good, but don't quite have the same spark :) Have you read his SciFi ? Its pretty good!
19th-Nov-2007 02:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know. My sister said that, between my airsofts, other bits of kit and the books on my shelf, "if you ever get raided, you are in such deep shit!" :-)

Well, will see how I get on with the two I just picked up (just as soon as I finish How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered The World)!
19th-Nov-2007 12:01 am (UTC)
M41a Pulse Rifle
SA80
Thompson submachine gun
Steyr AUG
AK-47
M16

I'll admit I had to look up on Wikipedia what the proper name of the Steyr was.
19th-Nov-2007 02:48 am (UTC)
Correct! Next, to get another rack for the M500 and P-90 while reserving space for a M-249 and SLR ;-)
19th-Nov-2007 12:16 am (UTC)
L-R: Pulse rifle, SA80, Thompson, Steyr, AK47, but shame on me, Im not sure on the last one! Looks like an M4 Carbine or M16 though..
19th-Nov-2007 02:47 am (UTC)
It's a Vietnam pattern M-16. As you can see, it's the longest weapon there by quite a way. A M-4 would be closer to the AUG or SA-80 in length. It might be of interest to know that, despite being much shorter overall, because they're bullpup rifles (mag behind the pistol grip instead of in front), the SA-80 (strictly speaking, L-85A2) and AUG have barrels the same length as the M-16!

Edited at 2007-11-19 02:48 am (UTC)
19th-Nov-2007 10:48 am (UTC)
Woo, guns. I should get a rack, too. Or maybe one of those secret cabinets like they have in spy movies, that folds out from behind a bookcase...
20th-Nov-2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
Nah, I want to be able to display my weapons!
19th-Nov-2007 05:58 pm (UTC) - rack
Should I be worried that I can ..... ?
Should you ?
BTW YOU HAVE A PULSE RIFLE !!!!!!!
20th-Nov-2007 07:39 pm (UTC) - Re: rack
Didn't you know? I'm sure I've mentioned it in the past. Looks lovely but a bit crap as an actual skirmish weapon. Too back-end heavy and the mags are a pig to change in a hurry. However, one thing I should do is open it up again and shift the wiring for the battery to the front, to the hollow grenade launcher section (just like the movie props, this is essentially a butchered Thompson with some plastic furniture on it!).
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