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Dreamtime
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526 of 572  Wed 13th Mar 2019 3:56am  
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Proper little 'Rambo' in your day then Derrickarthur. Lol
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Slim
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527 of 572  Wed 13th Mar 2019 8:13am  
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When I was a kid, each of my friends always had a knife and box of matches. My knife was a modified carving knife: I'd ground the blade down so it was about 5" long, had a sharp point, and I kept it razor sharp. It was perfectly balanced and was a brilliant throwing knife - into trees or fences, not at human beings. It was a useful tool. None of us smoked, but liked to start fires and burn rubbish - not set light to people's houses. I also had a similarly sized professional lock knife. I bought it from Exchange and Mart in New Buildings. I saw a card full of them in the window, and thought they were flick knives. So I went in and asked the bloke in the shop for a flick knife. He responded with "A flick knife? Phwooarr, you'd get locked up for 20 years if you had a flick knife. Those are lock knives". All perfectly legal... then. I understand they are illegal today. What annoys me is the mamsy-pamsy attitude of politicians (all 600 plus of them, "House of Fools" as today's Daily Mail [I think it was the Mail] so aptly puts it) and judges. "Knives should only have a blunt rounded end to the blade." A lot of use such a French cook's knife (my favourite) would be in the kitchen. Same with battery acid: "Restricting the sale of acid to the public would stop acid attacks". Like heck it would. If I was determined to get some sulphuric acid, tipping some out of your bog standard car battery would not be difficult. And I'm sure anyone with a basic knowledge of chemistry could manufacture it at home. What next? A total ban on all wheeled vehicles... then nobody would ever be killed in a road traffic accident. It's typical of people in authority to treat the symptom, not the cause. It's not the knife's fault when somebody is stabbed, or the acid's fault when it's thrown into someone's face. It's the fault of a human being. The reality is that our prisons are overcrowded, and the punishment no longer fits the crime. And having a virtually non-existent police force doesn't help. Angry Edited by member, 13th Mar 2019 8:33 am
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Slim
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528 of 572  Wed 27th Mar 2019 1:49pm  
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On 14th Mar 2014 12:07pm, MisterD-Di said: Allesley Hall used to be the headquarters of the Coventry Parks Department at one time. The Parks Superintendent was a chap called Bill Shirran, who I seem to remember committing suicide, although I have no idea why.
A belated reply, MrD-Di; I've only just seen this post, my memory being jogged by the recent picture of an old oak tree on the Oldest Tree thread. He and his wife were customers in my parents' nearby shop (Cannon Hill Rd). My godfather's friend owned a company which did resurfacing paths and roads, and this company was getting the lion's share of Coventry Council's orders. The reason was bribes: the boss of the company had given a brand new car (a Rover 2000/2500/3500) to Mr S, and maybe others. Suddenly, CCC got suspicious, or someone blew the whistle, and they had a crackdown on bribery and corruption. Mr S couldn't face the consequences, and decided to drown himself in his car in the pool at Coombe Abbey. I can still see the picture of the car being winched out, a la Psycho, on the front page of the CET. My godfather's friend, the successful businessman, big car, cigars etc., was sent to prison. I won't name him, but he died in 2011. Another man, high up in CCC (whose son/s went to our old school), and who lived just down the road, gassed himself in his garage shortly after Bill Shirran. I wonder why...?
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PeterB
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529 of 572  Sun 21st Jul 2019 11:03pm  
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Teenager, 15, shot in Coventry City Centre (Coventry Telegraph) Drive by shooting outside McDonalds.
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PhilipInCoventry
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530 of 572  Fri 27th Sep 2019 3:46pm  
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Afternoon all Wave Huge police operation by Lady Herberts Gardens today. Body may have been discovered.
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PhilipInCoventry
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531 of 572  Fri 27th Sep 2019 8:08pm  
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Hi all Wave Wave We certainly appear to being hit by visible criminal activity, streets cordoned off, along with our police appealing for public help in locating suspects. In such a sensitive subject, where passions may be high & raw, I am trying to be very sensitive to how & what I am posting here. Injurious & violent criminal activity do appear to be very high at present, our tele news screens filled with it. In the sixties, I can recall very unsavoury activity, it was a very brave individual who entered Caludon Park, during any weekend evening, where chain & knuckle duster disorder was commonplace. I recall a line-up of schoolboys who were paraded during an assembly, for all manner of serious misbehaviour, before starting their borstal futures. One thing that sticks out in my mind bringing all of this to today, is the sheer lack of what we used to call common sense, or maturity. The chain gangs from the sixties mostly grew up out of it, but today's equivalent, don't mature??
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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532 of 572  Sat 28th Sep 2019 4:38pm  
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Hello Philip, Try and imagine 20 years in the future, I can't bear thinking about it. I hope you don't venture out late at night, take care out there.
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PhilipInCoventry
533 of 572  Sat 28th Sep 2019 5:30pm  
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534 of 572  Sat 28th Sep 2019 7:02pm  
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Dreamtime
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535 of 572  Mon 30th Sep 2019 2:53pm  
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On 28th Sep 2019 5:30pm, PhilipInCoventry said: Hi Dreamtime Wave Just been to Burtons, to be measured up for their new range of evening wear. It's their Knight-time range.
Always carry an oilcan with you Philip and remember keep out of the rain. Lol
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Helen F
Warrington
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536 of 572  Mon 14th Oct 2019 3:22pm  
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Who wasn't driving badly in this video?
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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537 of 572  Tue 15th Oct 2019 8:44pm  
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Here’s another incident
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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538 of 572  Sun 20th Oct 2019 2:54pm  
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There's no difference in the vehicle, just that the driver thinks he's God.
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Midland Red
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539 of 572  Fri 24th Jan 2020 1:14pm  
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From Coventry Cathedral: We have some unfortunate news to report this morning. One of the Angels on our West Screen, designed by John Hutton, was smashed on the night of Thursday 23 January during a break-in by what appears to have been 2 people. Dean John said: “We are appalled by the damage to one of Coventry's best loved buildings last night. The magnificent glass West Screen of the Cathedral frames the view in and out of the building and the carvings of saints and angels inspire all who see them. We are pleased that a recent government grant enabled us to install CCTV cameras throughout the site and we will be examining footage of the evening to identify those responsible.”
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PhilipInCoventry
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540 of 572  Fri 24th Jan 2020 1:42pm  
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Sadly, "A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: “Police are investigating a burglary just before 11.30pm last night (Thursday 23 January) at Coventry Cathedral. Enquiries on-going. Crime ref: 20CV/20527D/20." I say sadly, as what a total waste of time. If the culprits, if apprehended, are not of any value, our so called justice system is unable to do anything, being completely out of touch with the reality of handling criminal dipsticks. Knife crime, the incidence of which is increasing nationally, no matter what our police do, we are all victim of the justice mayhem.
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