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Called in a camping shop today.

1 They are very busy, not unexpected as people turn to tents for holidays.

2 They are very likely to run out of stock by April, China has closed lots of factories and there is difficulty in getting new tents from them.

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Called in a camping shop today.

1 They are very busy, not unexpected as people turn to tents for holidays.

2 They are very likely to run out of stock by April, China has closed lots of factories and there is difficulty in getting new tents from them.

Note to self...buy a tent immediately.

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I have two.

Should I use them as part of my buy-to-tent portfolio?

Me too, I take the kids camping two or three times a year. I've noticed it's getting harder to book places lately and pitch charges have gone up beyond inflation, anyone else seen this?

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Personally I'm glad.

I'm sick of all the crap Chinese products everywhere.

In Sun Tzu fashion the Chinese are winning the war with the decadent West since our banksters & corporates have been allowed by Western governments to reduce or remove our manufacturing ability, thus making us dependant on the PRC.

This is that effect in action.

I saw a sewage pipe bog vent today which said "Made in Europe" - what a rare sight it is now to see anything that's not made in China.

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Personally I'm glad.

I'm sick of all the crap Chinese products everywhere.

In Sun Tzu fashion the Chinese are winning the war with the decadent West since our banksters & corporates have been allowed by Western governments to reduce or remove our manufacturing ability, thus making us dependant on the PRC.

This is that effect in action.

I saw a sewage pipe bog vent today which said "Made in Europe" - what a rare sight it is now to see anything that's not made in China.

Yeah, but I don't remember anywhere in the Art of War where there was a strategy of drowning your enemy in crap. Maybe they kept back that chapter.

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Yeah, but I don't remember anywhere in the Art of War where there was a strategy of drowning your enemy in crap. Maybe they kept back that chapter.

III. ATTACK BY STRATAGEM

1. Sun Tzu said: In the practical art of war, the best

thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact;

to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is

better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it,

to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire

than to destroy them.

2. Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles

is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists

in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

3. Thus the highest form of generalship is to

balk the enemy's plans; the next best is to prevent

the junction of the enemy's forces; the next in

order is to attack the enemy's army in the field;

and the worst policy of all is to besiege walled cities.

4. The rule is, not to besiege walled cities if it

can possibly be avoided. The preparation of mantlets,

movable shelters, and various implements of war, will take

up three whole months; and the piling up of mounds over

against the walls will take three months more.

5. The general, unable to control his irritation,

will launch his men to the assault like swarming ants,

with the result that one-third of his men are slain,

while the town still remains untaken. Such are the disastrous

effects of a siege.

6. Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy's

troops without any fighting; he captures their cities

without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom

without lengthy operations in the field.

7. With his forces intact he will dispute the mastery

of the Empire, and thus, without losing a man, his triumph

will be complete. This is the method of attacking by stratagem.

8. It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten

to the enemy's one, to surround him; if five to one,

to attack him; if twice as numerous, to divide our army

into two.

9. If equally matched, we can offer battle;

if slightly inferior in numbers, we can avoid the enemy;

if quite unequal in every way, we can flee from him.

10. Hence, though an obstinate fight may be made

by a small force, in the end it must be captured

by the larger force.

11. Now the general is the bulwark of the State;

if the bulwark is complete at all points; the State will

be strong; if the bulwark is defective, the State will

be weak.

12. There are three ways in which a ruler can bring

misfortune upon his army:--

13. (1) By commanding the army to advance or to retreat,

being ignorant of the fact that it cannot obey.

This is called hobbling the army.

14. (2) By attempting to govern an army in the

same way as he administers a kingdom, being ignorant

of the conditions which obtain in an army. This causes

restlessness in the soldier's minds.

15. (3) By employing the officers of his army

without discrimination, through ignorance of the

military principle of adaptation to circumstances.

This shakes the confidence of the soldiers.

16. But when the army is restless and distrustful,

trouble is sure to come from the other feudal princes.

This is simply bringing anarchy into the army, and flinging

victory away.

17. Thus we may know that there are five essentials

for victory:

(1) He will win who knows when to fight and when

not to fight.

(2) He will win who knows how to handle both superior

and inferior forces.

(3) He will win whose army is animated by the same

spirit throughout all its ranks.

(4) He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take

the enemy unprepared.

(5) He will win who has military capacity and is

not interfered with by the sovereign.

18. Hence the saying: If you know the enemy

and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a

hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy,

for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.

If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will

succumb in every battle.

Sorry for the long quote but this is the bit I was thinking of.

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