Monthly Archives: April 2014

As tedious as an Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical

A whole week on the farm!!

How exciting should that have been.

It would have been if it hadn’t been the most boring part of the restoration… preparing the car for painting.

This involves: rubbing the car down, wiping over with de-greaser, painting with etch primer and then filling all the dents, wrinkles and holes. Then, sanding down the filler, de-greasing, priming, filling, rubbing down, de-gre…. you get the idea!

I dressed all the welds first, and used seam sealant on the inside. It was lovely having Stephanie with me to help.

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I always enjoy seeing the projects the others are working on – Phil with his Japanese drifters and Steve, who was highly modifying this Nissan Skyline engine to put into his 1970′s Datsun 260Z. (Not the one in the background!)

 

Steve Grove engineer par-excellence

Steve Grove engineer par-excellence

I’ll be back up in a couple of weeks for more rubbing…

In the meantime… Landmines under Big Ben

A little over a year ago Rt Hon John Bercow MP, the Speaker of the House of Commons agreed to let me turn Speaker’s Green in the shadow of Big Ben into a demonstration mine-field and invite Parliamentarians to come along and try their hand with some mine-detection equipment.

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Speaker’s Green is not open to the public and therefore not part of Parliament where one can hold events – It was a real privilege.

I had originally planned to run the event on 5th November last year, but this proved impractical 

April 4th was the International Day of Mine Awareness so for the Thursday and Friday 3-4th April I got together Action on Armed Violence, Find a Better way, G4S Ordnance Management and MAG, and got UNMAS over from New York to talk to the politicians while G4S did an outstanding job of demonstrating the mine-clearance techniques.

The event was sponsored by Matthew Offord MP for Hendon and among the parliamentary visitors some old friends, such as Hilary Benn and Alf Dubs dropped by and spent quite some time with us

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LtoR Steven Smith MBE AOAV, Martun Dansey FABW, self, Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP Leeds Central, Don MacDonald and Marc Finch G4S Ordnance Management

LtoR Steven Smith MBE AOAV, Martin Dansey FABW, self, Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP Leeds Central, Don MacDonald and Marc Finch G4S Ordnance Management

It was particular good to have Giles Duley with us too.

LtoR Dr Matthew Offord MP Hendon, Giles Duley and Marin Dansey CEO FABW

LtoR Dr Matthew Offord MP Hendon, Giles Duley and Marin Dansey CEO FABW

Appalling timing

Stress was at mega levels – I had to get the whole event completely organised by the week before, because from Sunday to Wednesday I was in Geneva for the annual meeting of mine-action directors and United Nations ddvisors. Unlike my last trip I was in a decent hotel overlooking the lake – and just down the road was this garage:

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