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My landlord had some builders in to remove a staircase in an outbuilding when a rusty biscuit tin fell out from under the woodwork.

What wonders were in this hidden treasure box? Two live hand grenades and 40 rounds of ammunition. From WW2. I've never seen builders run before.

What hidden treasures have you uncovered?

(, Thu 30 Jun 2005, 13:33)
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Six fighter aircraft
Back in 1997, a friend and myself went to stay on his parent's land to help them put in the foundations for a house they were (and still are) building. This land was near RAF Shawbury in Shropshire.

As thanks for digging about two tonnes of earth during the day, my mate and I were given some beers. Once these beers were dispatched, our drunken logic told us it would be a good idea to check out an abandoned aircraft hanger in a field next to the air base. I seem to remember 'the ultimate party venue' came into our minds.

After 'accidently' breaking a padlock with a handy iron bar to effect entry, we realised the hanger was not so abandoned. There were half a dozen fighter planes stood inside, with UN markings on them. I can only assumed they were some mothballed reserve wing.

Realising that this would be laughed at by our mates without proof, we vigorously debated lifting an ejection seat which was lying next to one of the planes. Figuring it to be too big to hide, we settled for a nice piece of piping, which looked like it was made of titanium. My mate's dad saw it the next day and said 'is that off an aircraft? It looks avionic to me?'. Luckily we got away with it, but his perception was uncanny.

I was right about an aircraft hanger being a good place for a party, as it's amazing how cavernous they are inside, especially in the dead of night when you've had a few.
(, Sun 3 Jul 2005, 20:47, Reply)

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