Oc­to­ber’s cover: well done Bob!

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I was de­lighted to see the cover photo of Bob Grim­stead’s Fournier (known as Wagon to her friends and ad­mir­ers) in full flight. It was a photo de­serv­ing of a big smile and a round of ap­plause from your read­ers. I’ve read Bob’s restora­tion ar­ti­cles many times over and learned a lot from them (ex­cel­lent ‘watch­ing over his shoul­der and learn­ing from what he is do­ing’ ar­ti­cles).

With re­gards to the mouth­held torch in the ‘haem­or­rhoid fit­ting’ photo on page 70, I would re­spect­fully sug­gest that there are bet­ter ways to il­lu­mi­nate a work site. There used to be a soft rub­ber adap­tor (used to be made by a USA com­pany named Nite Ize) that put a soft grip spat­ula ‘tail’ onto the type of torch in the photo, but that would not elim­i­nate the chore of re­triev­ing the torch from some­where in­ac­ces­si­ble when you in­ad­ver­tently open your mouth (and if the torch is alu­minium then a mag­net on a piece of string will be of no help in the re­trieval).

My favourite so­lu­tion when there’s no hand spare to hold a torch is to use a head-worn torch. They cost typ­i­cally £5-£8 and are widely avail­able. My favourite head-worn torch has Bright, Less-bright and Flash set­tings and can also send SOS in Morse code. I use it for DIY (which can be sur­pris­ingly more re­lax­ing when both hands are free to do the DIY and the torch looks af­ter it­self), gar­den­ing (well past dusk) and walk­ing (de­spite my best ef­forts, my day walks some­how of­ten go into dusk and mid-evening and my ex­cuse is that walk­ing by torch light adds a novel di­men­sion to the walk).

Please may I re­spect­fully dis­agree with the photo cap­tion which reads ‘friendly ri­val Flyer ed­i­tor Ed Hicks’ on p13 of the Oc­to­ber is­sue. I sub­scribe to both Flyer and Pi­lot and I wouldn’t like to do with­out ei­ther mag­a­zine. In my view it isn’t a case of ‘ri­vals’ but more a case that you com­ple­ment each other.

Ian Broth­well, Not­ting­ham

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