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  1. So now we have lawyers on the case...they EHDC have just announced another old farm is going to be developed into 1500 homes...thats well over 50 acres and my little two acre museum cant go ahead because it will be harmful to the countryside even though the field has no agricultural value whatsoever and yet the 1500 homes less than a mile away on excellent pasture land is not harmful...its no wonder this country is fucked...its full of people who literally control everything to their own plans and if your don't fit then bugger off...and this idiot government has given them the powers to do so...in ALton w have nothing but thousands of new homes...no business no leisure opportunities nothing, my museum would bring much need interest and leisure activities, a nice coffee shop and restaurant a place for mums to hang out a kiddies play area, it would help children with their GCSE exams where the cold war is now and official subject...the museum has many plusses and the negatives, its not in keeping with the countryside, a container park next door literally, 1500 homes less than a mile away, another 1000 homes 500 yards away...its just plain sick...
  2. Hi yes it should have offered you a refund if you had bought tickets...its very frustrating at the moment...they have just announced another 1300 homes about half a mile away on high uality farm land...mine is just and acre of crap farm land and they dont want a museum...this country is screwed up completely...
  3. yes this I am learning but we will be putting a great deal of pressure now...its just amazing the power, to ignore everything and everyone, that they have over our land. ..
  4. i have been drawing up plans, I have four options, 1. is continue fighting...i have done this all my life... 2 is find another location, i am looking hard and have a tie up already with another museum and 55 acres have just come available next door which may turn out to be a massive boost... 3. I have looked at Florida, and Georgia, places where I could make a very good living out of the museum and the costs of moving are not great...it may be the only answer. 4. Buy in another country where people are not like those in Beech, my local village, who think people from council houses should never be allowed to do well in life, and should always be treated as the scum of the earth even if they do, and believe me that is what they think....I have it in writing...
  5. well here we go again, the council have said that we cannot open on the 28 day rule because we are a multiuse site...another twist on the facts...we now are at lawyers level and seeking court orders to allow us to do what we have the rights to do...you would think we were opening a nuclear dump site, next door we have a container park full of two story high containers bright blue and other colours, yet in my field we can have nothing... its ludicrous and just shows how contemptuous the planning laws are in this country and how planners apply them to suit their whims or the whims of the local mafia...
  6. 8 more today...looks like its going to be very well attended..
  7. we have 8 booked already and another 10 looking to attend, let me know via the email address please as we may need a bigger venue...paul.obrien@thecoldwarmuseum.com
  8. Update on this we plan to do a showing of the Bridge of Spies and he will then do a talk about the film, he was a consultant for the film and about the history of his Father and how he got shot down...
  9. Hi guys I am, through the museum, in discussion with Gary Powers Junior, yes the Gary Powers of U2 fame, and talking about his father and his role in the Cold war. Gary jnr has become a well known speaker on espionage and the cold war and the events that led up to Gary Powers snr being shot down and the aftermath of that. He has agreed to do a talk at our museum on the 20th or 23rd April 2022. We are thinking it will cost £15 pounds plus a cold buffet, Depending upon numbers will determine the final location but we are looking at doing it within one of the marquees at the museum Can people get in touch if they are interested with their preferred dates...paul.obrien@thecoldwarmuseum.com
  10. Okay the first tickets are on sale... https://partyace.com/events/iron-curtain-museum-3-4-july 11 pounds entry for adults, under 18's go free. Military types we will do a discount ticket but cant organise that yet... hope to see some of you...
  11. I picked up a new museum display unit a Spartan, on loan to the museum from Lance Parsons. thanks Lance, we need to pull the plugs and give them a clean running very rough...then check that everything else is running sweet...
  12. the site is up and running but yes not complete and now we are looking at redoing it with the new name it likely wont change much until we do...but since I own thecoldwarmuseum.com i will be keeping it until I have enough time to bother to fight the trademark issue.
  13. i never knew it was going to be so difficult to pick an opening day...so its back to the 3/44. Wife had booked a weekend away for the 11/12 July...its not easy but it has to be done...so opening day is now confirmed as the 3/4 july...
  14. hmm the 432's are mega reliable but there are some serious things you need to know about it...very vey very top of the list is the oil in the governor, check this everytime you drive it...if there is no oil in the governor she can and will run away and will self destruct...if you have a leak in the governor, which you shouldn't, fix it... oils and lubricants are as essential as in every other vehicle. track tension is vey important as you will lose a track if its not kept within spec... but as andy says get the service and operators manual and learn a bit about them. they are not that difficult but they do need some love now and again...we have had one of ours for some 15 years, been 100 percent reliable, even our solenoid has not failed, but then we use it regularly love it regularly and maintain it regularly...
  15. and our DAF drops has been taken for a movie project...that is good income for the museum...we are slowly building a nice petty cash balance...
  16. got our first of two camp bastion tents up these will be for simple indoor displays...no idea what we will display just yet as we have so much so maybe something historical chronology wise a few pictures soldiers in uniforms and such like...we also have a nice container cabin, we will use it for something needing desks and stuff...we are going to hopefully get a few more machines before opening day which is going to be the 11th July, or may slip into the week after just got a few things to tie up for this week and then we go firm...loads of volunteers helping but no one yet who has much mechanical skills...hoping that as we open and people hear about us more of the ex reme chaps around here will show up..Brad is massively capable at fixing almost every thing and will even tackle complex electrical faults but usually passes the manuals onto me to read them through and identify things to make sure we are on the right track...I hate vehicle electrics..but if you have time go check our the facebook page @theironcurtainmuseum
  17. So its the 3/4th July..tickets go on sale on the 1st May. you have to buy tickets from partyace.com they are 11 pounds each for an adult, free for kids under 17, but you still need to get a ticket...it helps me with the admin and management. I currently have no idea how to run this so I am using every trick I can to manage it properly and efficiently...so tickets sold mean I can plan on numbers which helps me plan so much else.. So bear with me...I am hoping to have a few surprises by then but thats for the day...not now...its going to be fairly low key to start with but we will get better at it and get more organised. We will have coffee and tea and cakes and biscuits and maybe some hot food, we will likely ask a burger bar to attend for hot food...i have no idea how many will come hence the ticket sales but I don't expect to get more than 200 on the first weekend...but my limit is going to be 1000...so we should be okay...i cannot see 1000 people coming for a very long time..maybe when we get our TU95 bear in...we will have a small shop selling some smaller memorabilia and stuff and a load more besides but this is the start we have had covid and now I have to try and recover financially and work wise so its going to be much less than planned but it going to open...
  18. So we have our filming day tomorrow. Big Narstie is coming to drive a few toys and then he is taking a zil away for a few weeks to have a play with it...will hopefully put the museum on the map a bit. Will be a lot of fun too. i have to show him how to drive a zil a kraz a 432 a ferret if he can get in it and a ural...maybe I am not letting him drive the OT90 the MTLB the Saracen or any of the other toys...it will be on the TV in June or july...will let you know when.....Gave the mig a bit of a spruce up for the first time today, she need s a damn good clean, as do a lot of the toys..its coming...we will be open this year of that I am now sure, we have coffee and canteen arrangements coming along staff ready, tents and canopys ready, access nearly sorted and the place is nearly tidied...we are getting there...
  19. the flags are East Germany flying with the Soviet Flag, the British flag flying with lest we forget flag, i know wrong era but it has to be flown...then American French West German and Italian Flags. I am about to erect a Nato Flag a Russian Flag and a Polish flag. There is not Warsaw pact Flag. I am also flying an NHS flag...on the campus I also have English Irish, Welsh and Scottish flags flying.
  20. yes they have been there for a while...and more coming...
  21. you guys know I will never give up...we had the Frog 7 Missile launcher in this week for work check out
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