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    Goulson talk on YouTube (deserves its own thread)

    From another thread - Utterly brilliant talk by Goulson. Calm, clear, evidence-led. Talk was done in March, only seems to have hit YouTube a couple of weeks ago. (So no mention of the recent "Emergency" Authorisation.) Ought to be compulsory viewing before any discussion of neonics. Well...
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    Asian Hornet - a natural trap for them?

    Interesting discovery in France ... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33847252 ... but not enough just to plant them?
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    Repeat Oxalic vaporising - but with honey on the hive?

    Repeat Oxalic vaporising - but while there is honey on the hive. Oxalic doesn't evaporate away like the Formic in MAQS. So this strikes me as a REALLY BAD idea, with 3 crop supers in place. But how can I convince an Oxalic vaporising enthusiast of that? Or is it OK really and you've done...
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    On the back of a Nicot Cupkit ...

    At the top of the back of the Cupkit box, there's what looks very much like a Q introduction cage. The back plug opens onto a small chamber with bee-excluder (feeding?) slots and what looks like a chamber for a candy/fondant plug, which then gives access to a hole through to the front of the...
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    Headbands. Tech, cotton or none?

    Getting peeved with sweat running into my eyes (and onto my specs) while inspecting. Before I go out and buy a headband, I wondered if anyone on here had opinions on the things (well, you do on everything else!) What works for you? Does anyone use a 'high tech' headband (like the "Sweat...
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    Lidl: Tracked circular saw

    Noticed this due to appear on Monday (29th). I didn't realise such things existed! Its a circular saw, that can be angled to cut on a slant, and the cut depth can be altered. Where it gets interesting is that it is mounted on a track (2 sections, 1.4 metres max length). And what that means...
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    Thorne's new Stainless Wire (framed) QX

    Thought it might be worth a mention. Stainless obviously an advantage over galvanised for acid treatments. However two things struck me pretty much immediately. 1/ They just seem a bit 'rough'. The overall quality impression is not as high as the old galvanised ones. Imprecise jointwork...
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    Lidl 4 May £80 sliding mitre saw ...

    Just a heads up that next Monday (SE England at least) Lidl are offering a Sliding Cross-Cut Mitre Saw for £79.99 http://www.lidl.co.uk/en/our-offers-2491.htm?action=showDetail&id=22917&ar=12 3 Year warranty included Probably of interest to those with greater woodworking ambitions than me!
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    Two more neonic papers ...

    Two more papers regarding bees and neonics have been published in the most respected scientific journal "Nature". The ceo of the "crop protection association" questioned the science ... behind papers published in Nature! Rather odd papers actually. A Swedish field-based investigation found...
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    Oh sh** ... it has happened again ...

    Another US migratory beekeeper's truck has overturned and scattered its load on the motorway ... Cleanup is a pretty thankless task - see the video. But I think calling out the Fire Brigade to douse the whole lot in foam might have been overreacting just a touch...
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    New swarm danger ... drones !

    Dangerous swarms of drones - really! http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=86558:// The world we live in ...
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    BBC 'Click' does bees (with Arnia monitoring)

    Click is going to be running a 'high tech' allotment. And they have a couple of beehives, which of course have 'full house' Arnia instrumentation. They have a mentor ... ! (Or possibly full-time beekeeper ...) News story - with bees clip - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32175010...
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    Different problems in different countries

    Good news for Turkish beekeepers - they are to get a payout for hives lost to ... bear attacks! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-32119160 Just not a very generous payout ... We seem to have it pretty easy!
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    Patteson's 8oz hex jar offer

    Just a heads up that I've just noticed that Pattesons have their 8oz hex on half price offer today. (I've no idea how long the offer might last.) Now, 8oz hasn't been the most popular size in my experience, but this might be because I've tended to offer too much choice, or because of the way my...
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    Security marking

    Just a heads up on a cheap 'deal'. Screwfix have an offer on a cheap marking punch set. 36 little dies that you hit with a hammer to create impressed (small) letters and numbers. Should work well on wood, and maybe metal roofs too. Small characters, but enough to prove ownership, I'd...
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    C°ck up or conspiracy?

    Honestly not sure whether it is accidental ineptitude or a hacker with a gentle sense of humour, but I notice that tonight the word --- seems to have become added to the banned words list. That's right - on a ---keeping forum the word for ---s is being censored! What's wrong with the word B e...
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    Kent 'KSRC' Classes 2015

    Firstly, although the relocation saga of KSRC itself continues, and classroom/laboratory classes can't be organised until firm site availability can be guaranteed, the definite intention is that these classes will continue - but only after the new site is definitely up-and-running. IN THE...
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    Selling & Income Tax - an accountant's view

    In one of the many threads on the subject of Tax Liability on sales and the vexed question of "is it a hobby or does it count as trading", one shining pearl of wisdom appeared. Accordingly, I think it deserves to be referenced in this area of the forum, as providing authoritative advice on a...
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    Mann Lake "Hybrid National"

    Anyone handled one yet? AFAIK the thing has a "national" 18" (460mm) square footprint, but from there on, its different. My understanding is that it takes 'standard' US-Langstroth (medium-depth?) foundation (eg the plastic stuff), in frames that aren't quite Langstroth. They simply couldn't...
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    "Swarm Trap" - new @ Thorne's?

    On page 25 of the new catalogue there is a "swarm trap" which "catches the queen as she leaves during a swarm". Looks like an entrance QX plus some other central thingy. "Needs daily attention" it also says. £48 - ouch! National only. "Patented" Looking online, there is a link to the...
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