Tonight I am trying something different. It’s called Isle of Skye and it’s a vatted malt – a blend of malt whiskies with the youngest being 8 years old. Here is part of the blurb from the back –
15p from every bottle sold goes directly to Scottish Mountain to fund vital resources – SARDA rescue dogs, stretchers and avalanche training.
A most worthy cause. 15p sounds a bit mean considering the bottle cost £15. Only one-hundredth of the price. But then, since the government already take around 70% of the price to waste on vanity projects, the subsidsing of their own booze and grub, and the deaths of soldiers in pointless wars, 15p is likely to be a significant percentage of what the producer actually gets. It’d certaonly more than this charity gets from the morons in power.
So I am drinking to help save the lives of mountaineers, and the NHS will treat them without censure. Funny old world.
It’s not bad, this whisky. A lot like Lochlan, or like Glen Orchy used to be when it was 8-year old (it is now 5-year old and a tad on the rough side but still far better than Toilet Duck or even Bells). Very drinkable and most charitable too. For now. Once the Righteous get hold of the idea that drinking whisky might save lives they will go all-out to stop it. Saving lives has never been their aim.
But to get to the actual blog, for once…
I used to have an air rifle. A cheap one but a good one. When I bought it I lived in the middle of bugger-all-for-miles and used it to shoot slugs that grew to a size that scared the mice. They can’t get immune to a slug pellet that is made of lead and delivered at speed.
Now I live in a town and have a small garden. I can throw the pellets at the slugs, no rifle required. I still have a couple of air pistols that do the same job, one of which is a Gat which is not an air pistol at all. It throws the barrel forward to transfer momentum to the .177 pellet then sends that pellet in something reasonably resembling the direction you wanted it to go. My brother used to have a Diana which did the same thing but looked pretty and girly and I used to laugh at him for it.
The proper .22 air pistol I have is a Harrington Maxima (made in England but bought in Scotland!) and that’s pretty good. Still poor accuracy at long range but then I was more used to the rifle. I gave away the rifle for the cost of postage some time ago when I saw what was coming. Well, I hadn’t used it in over a decade so it was best it went to a good home.
Oily Al and his Silly Nannying Puritan party now want to licence all airguns in Scotland. Just imagine what they will do if they get independence. Oily Al already thinks all Scots are drunks so you will need a hipflask licence within the first year of his Bonnie Soviet Scotland.
It’s okay for me, I can just bugger off back to Wales although the Plain Old Cymru lot are just the same. Bunch of control freak Puritans. Maybe I can find a place in Cornwall…
This is their idea –
Under the proposed new scheme, anyone wanting to own an air gun would need to demonstrate they had a legitimate reason for doing so.
That is not my understanding of the law as pertains to shotguns. I don’t have one so am no expert but as far as I know, the police cannot deny a licence unless they have evidence that you’re a loony. You do not need to prove anything, the police have to prove you are not fit to have a shotgun. Much less totalitarian than Oily Al’s proposals for what was, only a few short decades ago, a common child’s toy.
So what next, Oily? I have a damn good catapult here that I would put against the average airgun weilder in a heartbeat. I have the ability to throw knives and other sharp things with at least enough accuracy to shred a small round Scottish millionaire. Going to ban elastic and sharp edges next?
What about pointed sticks? Too dangerous in the hands of proles?
It would not surprise me. The chubby idioit seems to want a new North Korea.