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  • Birthday January 1

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    Land Rovers, Curries, Red Wine and PYTs who can put up with my grumpiness.
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  1. In late 2002 Nick Dimbleby and I collaborated on a feature for LRM based on what we believed to be the last four RR Classics purchased for the SAS and then cast in 2001, illustrated with photos of two of them which were by then in private ownership. This is a direct quote from that article:- Classified by the military as Car Utility 4x4 3.9 Litre V8 Petrol Range Rover, the four vehicles bearing the call-signs TAC71 to TAC74 carried military registration numbers in the batch EV70AA to EV73AA, though not in any particular order, and had chassis numbers in the MA662### series.
  2. In case anyone is interested in current UK armour, I've just posted brief a two-part Armour Focus on FOXHOUND/OCELOT LPPV over on JOINT-FORCES Bob
  3. 'kin'el! Is she that old, Robin? How time flies. I was lucky, Lynne paid for most of her wedding as she and her now hubby were loaded in comparison to her mother and I. BATUS sounds interesting, but as the seat-polishers in UK MoD defence communications prefer to tweet banalities rather than grant media access (BBC and Telegraph excepted) to the troops it probably won't happen. The only reason Operation CABRIT got coverage last year was that I sneaked in the back door out in Estonia and Poland (with national military help) and just got on with it..... but that's another story. I've just uploaded the third article on Modern Military Land Rovers here - I don't think I've published that 1988 Ashchurch interior shot before:- http://www.joint-forces.com/features/military-land-rovers/14045-military-land-rovers-pt-3-the-one-ten Bob
  4. If you mean a direct personal email Notification, not at the moment Richard. I'm waiting for this new GDPR lunacy to kick in first. A link to most new content get autoposted on the TwitFace accounts:- http://facebook.com/JOINTFORCESMEDIA and http://twitter.com/JOINTFORCESNEWS Bob
  5. Cheers, Surveyor. Not sure how many on here this will be of interest to, but I have also just started uploading some of my old combat boot scribbles and snaps, which were first published in C&S, on my new J-F website. Two MoD suppliers ( Alt-Berg and Iturri ) have also sent me sample pairs of the next generation of UK Forces combat boots for evaluation and I expect two more models - from AKU ( CHL ) and HAIX (DCHL ) - to arrive over the next few weeks so articles on these will also be posted in due course on J-F. Bob
  6. Morning guys, Glad to hear my scribbles and snaps are still of interest. Robin, if I remember correct the next round is yours so stop hiding on the other side of the Pond you tight git. I do not plan on taking the easy way out and republishing the LRM (or earlier LRO) articles, as not only would the publishers be unhappy bunnies but also many things I did not know back then have subsequently surfaced to bring the story forward. However as I have always asserted my © on my original images, and as I still have most of them (unfortunately some slides never got returned by publishers and some disappeared into the world's biggest shoebox of unsorted stuff) there is a good chance, insha'Allah, that I will go back over most of the subjects in due course. I have just uploaded the second article to JOINT-FORCES.com - on the early Ninety, using mostly old snaps from 1988 - which some of you might appreciate. http://www.joint-forces.com/features/military-land-rovers/13961-military-land-rovers-pt-2-the-ninety Next I'll look briefly at the early One-Ten before covering the Jordanian Armed Forces One-Tens using a mix of historic and recent shots. Bob
  7. Morning guys. Some of you might have heard rumours on the green oval grapevine that my long-running monthly column on Military Land Rovers, which ran in LRO from the January 1988 issue until the autumn of 1998 and then transferred across to LRM for the next 20ish years is finally being dropped from print publication. One final column will run, insha'Allah, in the July 2018 issue of LRM - the topic is Lithuanian Army Defenders - but unless one of the other publishing houses makes me an offer for my services it is unlikely the story will continue. When I penned the first column for Richard Thomas back in late 1987 it was decided that a mini-series of three might actually be needed to do the topic justice, but initial feedback was so positive that we decided to let it run until I ran out of ideas. Incredible as it may seem, ideas are still flowing and subjects are still cropping up regularly, but unfortunately print magazine sales are not faring as well and that t'internet thingy is impacting quite seriously so lots of good things are coming to an end... for Defender production, the end just came a bit earlier. Following the demise of COMBAT & SURVIVAL Magazine earlier this year, another victim of the slump in magazine sales, I created the JOINT-FORCES.com website as an outlet for my scribbles and snaps and this has been gaining popularity. On Wednesday evening, after being told my LRM column was being dropped, I added a Modern Military Land Rovers section to my site and from now on I expect this is where my features will appear; Uncle Frank Elson, who was also recently dropped by LRM, kindly put the word out through his Facebook page and as a result yesterday I saw a massive increase in page views. Thanks Frank. This new venture will not only give me an outlet for fresh military Land Rover stories - watch out for one on Jordanian Army Defenders following my recent trip to Amman - but it will also allow me to go back to the beginning and drag out some rarely seen old images from my extensive image library. I'm really looking forward to it. If interested, take a look here:- www.joint-forces.com/features/military-land-rovers The plan is to add at least one article a month, with a few extras over the first couple of months, but if something interesting crops up I'll add a post at the earliest opportunity. Bob
  8. They don't make feathers that big, Robin.
  9. In case interested, I have just uploaded an album of Latvian CVR(T) Scimitars and Spartans on JOINT-FORCES.com Album ~ New Latvian CVR-T Fleet Bob
  10. In case interested, Carl Schulze has penned a two-part feature on the evolution of the Marder 1 on JOINT-FORCES.com Evolution of the Schutzenpanzer Marder 1 ~ Part One Evolution of the Schutzenpanzer Marder 1 ~ Part Two Bob
  11. A little bird tells me there may be some in-service photos appearing in the July or August issue of MMI. Bob
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    Look up when typing a reply and count along eight buttons from the left or two from the right to find the Img button. Click once on the Img button, enter the URL of the image, then click the Img button again, like so :- Bob :wink:
  13. Having talked at great length with a number of the historic deactivated weapons traders, including members of their industry association's group which met at length with the Junior Minister tasked with shepherding the guns side of this legislation through Parliament, it seems that the primary intent of Charles Clarke is to kill airsoft dead. As he is one of the Old Labour set, who bend over backwards to appear to be appeasing the 'loony left', no doubt the rationale behind this is that 'toy guns are too macho'. His deputy has also said that banning the sale of airsofts and other replicas will 'send a message to the criminals' that the Government is getting tough on gun crime! When did you ever hear of a criminal, and especially a crack & smack dealing no-mark, paying attention to Government messages? Once again, this appears to be little more than a badly thought-out piece of legislation being railroaded through Parliament purely to give the impression that the Government is doing something about a problem of its own making - city streets awash with unlicensed handguns - while keeping its more radical back-benchers happy and hopefully picking up a few future votes from disillusioned Daily Mirror readers. Still, don't worry, there will probably be exclusions for transparent or dayglo plastic kids guns. I suspect that politicians' pea-like brains might not be able to work out that the criminal only has to buy a £1.99 spray can of silver paint from his local Woolies to turn the dayglo toy into a replica that could fool an SO19 sniper into thinking it was a cigarette lighter. Bob
  14. " So you can't sell it! But you could give it to someone and charge for delivery!!! " Afraid not. The precise wording is likely to include words such as give and lend, in similar fashion to the 'truncheon and baton' legislation passed out of the blue last summer. The bill has now pretty much made its way through the committee stage, to allow MPs to have their ten-week holiday before it is presented for a final reading around the fourth week in October to be rubber stamped under a 3-line Parliamentary Whip. Bob
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