Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    I have no idea whether you found him or not. He was certainly around, particularly in the real ale bar, and he was on some panels, but I do know what he looks like which makes it easier to spot...
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    Sorry - I did try warning though back at #14 If you are in the Heathrow area early enough, you could try anyway. There's an unwillingness to send people away if they've actually come all that way....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It wasn't 52% either. It was 52% of the people who actually voted, something like 27% of the total population IIRC. If the people who decided not to vote last time all came in one one side or the other,...
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    That is my experience too. https://www.ytterbium.org.uk/membership/...
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    Ytterbium membership is closed, except possibly for a very small number of day memberships on the door (and that, depending on the day). I note that David Täht squeaked in. Your badge will be made today, sir....
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    Hay-on-Wye is a fine town, though my only visit actually involved attending a wedding. On the other hand the bride has since won various literary prizes including a Hugo and a Prometheus, so it was an excellent venue....
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    Atlanta in August? You do know that our Charlie is prone to heat stroke in a refrigerator and melts if he goes out in the Big Blue Room, yes? (Also, he's doing back to back conventions in August - three...
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    And anything else coming from the small Swedish village of Ytterby1 ...? The convention is named Ytterbium because it's the 70th Eastercon and Ytterbium is the 70th element. There was a predecessor named Dysprosium. You can tell there's a shortage...
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    A general note for anybody thinking of going to Ytterbium who has not yet joined: membership is close to capacity, and they're likely to close registration on Sunday (i.e. about 48 hours from now). I strongly suspect on-the-door registrations will...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Oh my - Scotland Yard invited in by the embassy. Yeah, that's a guest who's long overstayed his welcome....
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    I'm rather worried that I recognise three people in that photo, and some of the rest look oddly familiar. (Steve and Alison in case you're wondering - often at the same parties as us)...
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    It does predate that by a few centuries: Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte. (Usually phrased in English as "I would have written a shorter letter,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I know a couple from Belgrade who live and work in Cambridge. When we last saw them (at the Ingress anomaly in Bristol last month), we carefully didn't mention it. We did discover that our team co-leader (not Gideon, the...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    In my case, I visited Belfast for the first time for the EXO5 event, back in November 2017. By the end of the weekend, I'd walked about 50km round the city and rather fell in love with the place, in...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    And congratulations on the Hugo Nomination from me too. As I am a WorldCon member (and spouse of one of the organisers — herself is a deputy head of department*), I guess I'll have to remember to do the paperwork...
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    The last film we saw was Captain Marvel, which was a bit odd because we encountered younger versions of Nick Fury and Agent Coulson. The film being set in 1995, they had to seriously 'de-age' the actors who played them,...
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    That was the character played by a pre-fame Martin Freeman. And yes, I can see how someone could see Bob as him....
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    Fingers crossed, and yes, there's a long way to go, and yes, the majority of projects that get to this stage don't get any further. But the ones that do get to the screen all have to get this far....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    There are still only 20 bridges across the lower river I'd have guessed many more than that. But then I've stood on the bank in Memphis and been able to see 4 of them. I guess my subconscious didn't realise...
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    Yeah. A single transmitter such as Sandy* (likely the nearest to you and me and EC) will be broadcasting a number of stations, on different frequencies. A single station will often be broadcast from a number of transmitters. A single...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    My sympathies. Tomorrow is my sisters' birthday. They're spending it together in Orlando, FL: not to celebrate, but because the elder (by 20 minutes) has just had a double mastectomy due to breast cancer, and my other sister (currently out...
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    We had scaffolding up front and back, so the installers could get at both slopes of the roof. (One side catches the morning sun, the other gets the afternoon.) I can't testify whether they had a lift as I wasn't...
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    Max. Power: 500 watt Size: 1956*1310*45 mm So area is ~2.56m2, which at ~1000W/m2 at sea level ought to be giving ~ 2560W at 100% 500 / 2560 is ~ 19.5%, close enough to the figure Moz gave. I think...
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    Our panels haven't been up a full year, so not the height of summer yet, but so far we've managed 40kWh/day peak. In deep winter it's a fraction, but we were getting 23kWh/day early last week, with the clear, clear...
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    I wasn't aware of City at all. If there is rivalry, I'd expect it to be between Imperial and University Colleges London, but I'd need to ask someone who'd been at those. (I probably do know someone who was at...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    When my mother went, she was the last of that generation on her side - all my uncles and aunts had predeceased her. Suddenly we — I, my siblings and my maternal cousins — became the senior generation. It's a...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    You've no reason to be aware of this but Charlie has a deep dislike of London Heathrow (probably from when it was a loathsome place indeed). Coupled with the fact that he lives so far from London too, so that...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    When we moved into our current house at the beginning of this century, the pervious owner wanted to keep her number (she was moving across town so staying in the same area code). So we got to get a newly...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Me? Hertfordshire. I'm Oxfnord born. My wife moved from York down to London aged 5. My mother moved from Horsforth down to Kent aged ... I'm not sure, but she then got sent to boarding school in Lausanne, and was...
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    Ah yes, being as prepared as possible up front does help (and I'm sure Charlie and his family are). My mother entrusted Enduring Power of Attorney to my wife (not me, my wife — Yorkshire women trust each other), and...
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