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Old 23 September 2002, 18:17   #21
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The RNLI do free flare demo's for groups if asked. I have arranged one in about a months time for the local scouts i help at, and hope that'll teach me a thing or two at the same time.

Good point about bonfire night, might try it this year with an old one just to have a go.

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Old 23 September 2002, 18:39   #22
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You can get real good deals on Flare packs from this place, they are Genuine Pains Wessex manufacyurers of Safety flares and Land mines ( hows that for diversification) which are very good and they have about 2,5 years left but thay are about 60% off the RRP.

Here is the link
allgadgets@dial.pipex.com

Oh by the way they do mail order, but don't get carried away cos this site has got stuff to buy on it.

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Old 23 September 2002, 18:40   #23
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These guys keep spamming me with offers that look quite good:
(PAINS WESSEX Coastal Flare Pack @ 59.99 inc)

SAFETY-MARINE
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37 Newcombe Rd Southampton SO15 2FT
TELEPHONE SALES: 02380 238 048

(Although they don't seem to have a web site )

- and they seem quite happy to despatch flares by post

I can forward a copy of latest email if any help.
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Old 23 September 2002, 19:03   #24
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gin palace that hit the break water at Portland, how I have no idea
Some gin palaces could hit anything! He was probably insisting that the breakwater was the give-way vessel
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Old 24 September 2002, 03:56   #25
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These guys keep spamming me with offers that look quite good:
(PAINS WESSEX Coastal Flare Pack @ 59.99 inc)

SAFETY-MARINE
Marine Safety Equipment & Supplies
37 Newcombe Rd Southampton SO15 2FT

(Although they don't seem to have a web site )

- and they seem quite happy to despatch flares by post
Don't support spammers! Don't give them your business otherwise they will see spamming as justified and continue to do it.

As spammers they are unlikely to have a web site because it will have been closed down by their ISP.

For more information see spam.abuse.net or www.cauce.org

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Old 24 September 2002, 04:04   #26
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I was using the term "spam" in the loosest possible context - I've had four mails from these guys over three months, I guess they bought an email list from a competition sponsor at Earls Court Boat Show perhaps?

Otherwise I share your thoughts on gratuitous spamming.
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Cheers, I will give the mentioned people a call, and see what they can offer me..

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Another way to USE

your out of date flares is:
Fire them on your kids birthday party (outdoors),
Your own birthday party (outdoors again) or,
Your boss name day (indoors).
If you ever go to a football game it a nice place too.

Just joking
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Possibly not in this country though....

as doing any of those might land you in trouble. (particularly the football game, although as far as I am concerned the more hooligans you can take out the better!). I read in MBY recently about some chap on the Medway who was letting off out of date flares after having advised the Coastguard what he was doing and got nabbed and fined!
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Miniature flares-not worth the room they take up(no matter how little that might be). What is the point of a large merchantman who can be easily seen if he breaks down carrying big flares and then us in a difficult to spot rib carrying little flares that no one will see. We passed a boat a few years ago whilst on patrol in coastguard boat. He was well up a gully in the mudbanks on a faling tide. Having volunteered (shoved out of boat!) to go and chat to him the owner told me he had fired 7 flares and thought no-one was going to come for him. Now we had only gone in 'cos we had seen him on a routine patrol. Nobody ever reported those flares despite it having all happened about a mile off a busy holiday sea front with yacht club safety boats, us, plus a manned coastguard station just down the coast. On a bad day with a more critical situation you really dont want to be relying on tiny flares. The local c/g station will take out of date flares in-then bomb disposal can play with 'em.
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