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  • Commented on Service update
    The name "British Linen Bank" struck a chord. It was (despite the name) based in Edinburgh (so actually a Scottish clearing bank) and was acquired by Bank of Scotland in 1969. Greg, the value of the bills of exchange which...
  • Commented on Apology
    Gloaming isn't, but what are the odds of anyone except the Scots understanding it?...
  • Commented on Apology
    Cheers mate; have a virtual drink on me....
  • Commented on Service update
    With the possible exception of the "Royal Bank of Scotland" (legally based in Scotland, but incurred its losses in "The City") all the institutions that actually required bailed out, even the "Halifax (Bank of Scotland)" (shows a minimum of clearing...
  • Commented on Apology
    Get well soon (there was about to be some stuff on meds in here until it occurred to me that you know more on the subject than I do). Titles - Clearly "9 Merchant Princes in Gruinmarkt" isn't going to...
  • Commented on Service update
    1 problem with that "argument" - It boils down to you saying "What's yours is ours unless it's bolted down at your place, and what's ours is our own"....
  • Commented on Service update
    But characterising it as a threat not to pay its share of the national debt is missing half the argument. You missed off the bit that goes, if you don't want to share the national assets, then you can't expect...
  • Commented on Service update
    Ah, that's a bit different and makes more sense. At the level I usually meet systems, ITAR only gets applied to US-assembled systems....
  • Commented on Service update
    I've no specific objection to "being British", well except that this means effectively being ruled by "what the English want" due to their built-in majority in the legislature. To take a few places where my own, most of my friends'...
  • Commented on Service update
    Fair enough; unless you want to visit the UK it has 0 effect on you after all....
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    No problem; the point was more "Other Scots do know and care about Orkney and Shetland" than anything else....
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    SO you'll be ok with us regarding New Zealand as an extra state of Australia then? ;-) If your reaction to that is about what I expect, then you actually know how Scots feel about being told "you're pretty much...
  • Commented on Service update
    And as to transfers of defence hardware, I'm struggling to think of anything that's not ITAR related that Scotland would want from the UK. So better get the government to government agreements in place with the US. I'd have thought...
  • Commented on Service update
    I agree pretty much all of that. I wasn't going to nominate an airframe, but I was thinking very much in terms of SAAB Gripen or maybe high-end fit F-16 (think of some of the stuff IAI have done with...
  • Commented on Service announcement: upcoming outage(s)
    Sorry about that, but I don't get to choose a decent browser instead of IE....
  • Commented on Service update
    I'd suggest that "Defence" is at least somewhat relevant in terms of costing. For example, on your costing of QRA, Typhoons wouldn't be my system of choice, but QRA aircraft potentially do more than just chase off Russian photo-recce aircraft....
  • Commented on Service update
    Thanks for that: Ken has addressed points I'd not considered, and glossed over or even ignored some that I had. On the point of "who gets to vote", why would or should anyone not registered to vote in Scotland expect...
  • Commented on Service update
    That's an unfair comparison - the "No" campaign is a cross party group, and it needs to speak to people across the political spectrum. Until the entire population of Scotland adopts a consistent ideological position, you can't expect either of...
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    Point of order; Kirkwall is on Mainland (no definite article). Next time you're talking, tell her that was pointed out to you by someone from the Western Isles and Glasgow before that....
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    I'm getting a bit of "campaign fatigue", but I'd be interested in seeing a "No argument" that's founded on something other than "Worse Apart" fearmongering. Of course they lose in a Yes vote, as their budget for international affairs like...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    I'd agree, but then my SoH is so far off the wall that it's approaching the wall from the other side!...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Component of PC most likely to catch fire first - PSU. Component of PC most likely to be wanted to be recovered - HDD. I don't see a disconnect with using a "clean" extinguisher there, particularly in an office about...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    My mistake; after going and reading the nearest water extinguisher (no foam or powder on site; suffice to say I know they're the same physical size) it's marked as containing 9l of extinguishant (2 Imperial gallons or 20lb if you're...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Really? Italian and Jewish immigration happened to a large extent in the 19th centrury, at least in West Central Scotland. You're probably correct if you confine your thinking to the West Indies "Windrush" and waves of Bangladeshi, Indian and...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    ...and European "fire extinguishers" are only designed to be used on tiny fires. They typically contain about 10lb of extinguishant (water, foam or powder types for things like cooker or waste bin fires) or 4lb of high pressure CO2 (use...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Note on Para 2 of this. Arnold is referring to the "Metropolitan Police [Force|Service]" which is responsible for policing "Greater London", not the "City of London Police" which is a separate force responsible purely for policing the financial district known...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    I think Charlie may already have covered this but the "Royal 'Ulster' Constabulary" was not a body that most of the rest of great Britain would recognse as a "normal police force"....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    #43, and to some extent at least #56 (and various others) I wasn't trying to say "An M-60A1 Patton in every garage, several Browning 50cals on every gunrack" but just to demonstrate that some military grade weapons are genuinely and...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Facts:- 1) There are some operational Browning 0.5" HMGs in civilian hands in the USA. Crew served weapon. 2) Some of said 50 cals in a Maxson turret - mobile anti-softskin weapon. 3) A few civilians actually posess operational mortars....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Er, I said "citizenry": That term is not normally regarded as a synonym of "gangbangers" but rather as the entire body politic except for members of the armed forces....
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