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  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    For Tony... his voice doesn't instantly do it. That 'smile' though, that incites an almost incandescent fury. He always reminded me of that line fron Hitchhikers - "He smiled that smile that made Ford want to hit it, and this...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Ok, the Peerage Act was rather later than I thought....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Ok, I'd not listen to anything that involves "Niggle Farago talking at me", but I am serious about issues like ERAs being of much more concern to me than what sort of accent the waitress at lunch has....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Where does Defcon happen then? I mean, I know there have been at least 5 of them, but I don't know where it takes place!...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Thanks; Why aren't UKIP talking about stuff like this instead of non-issues like immigration?...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Council for the defence would like to submit in evidence The Right Honourable Tony Benn, formerly Sir Anthony Wedgwood Benn, Baronet....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    O/t, but I won't be bothering with any more of the books after that either, and I enjoyed the Tv series (too?)...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    See that and raise one of MC Beaton's Hamish MacBeth novels, where he is travelling South down the A9 to Inverness, and has just passed through Kingussie! She doesn't even have the excuse of being USian!...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    I have, but only very occasionally. In most cases the speaker (used advisedly) is being partly ironic about their collection of titles on military historry, military technology, role-playing and wargaming....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    I'm not arguing with you, rather adding supporting evidence in that both Goldfinger and Bond travel from Ferryfield (now Lydd International I think) to Le Touquet by Channel Air Ferries (or similar; the company name changed at least twice) in...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Has anyone ever even tried responding to an EUAW with a writ of habeus corpus?...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    You had me thinking of John Creasey's "Gideon of the Yard" at first there!...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Are we certain that economic illiteracy only applies to the masses? Perhaps "Clueless" George Osborne actually believes that his tactic will work? (and now I'm depressed.)...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    OTOH other villains' places are entirely real - Piz Gloria (OHMSS), St Cyril's monistory, the islands in The Man With the Golden Gun (well, apart from the Solax stuff), I think the fertiliser plant parts of Dr No's island were...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    The Laundry Files explicitly exists in an alternate history to our own, okay? In which case, can I put in a plea to have Paris Hilton killed again, and this time in a plane crash with the Kardashians, yes all...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I still think I said what I thought I was saying. I now realise that you were not saying what I thought you were saying, which is functionally the same thing because it makes my statement inaccurate or irrelevant in...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    NG - National Grid (company). They have an actual charging policy for connecting generating plant to the national grid (distribution network) which means that a generating plant of $capacity is charged a higher connection fee the further it is from...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Belated hippo birdie 2 female sheep! "If others wish you ill, do unto them as they would do unto you, but do it first"....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    As Susan says in #201 Newtonian Physics is wrong. It makes no attempt to consider relativistic effects, which exist even if they're negligable, at terrestrial velocities. They're a helpful simplification at terrestrial velocities, but a simplification is, per se, deliberately...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Perhaps NG should stop charging generators more for "not being in London"?...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    You could at least show sufficient respect to realise that you're not comparing like with like. I'd presumed that you were just comparing documented numbers of fatalities. Based on present day figures, ~1/5 of the World population are Chinese, so...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    See those and raise the 1918 H1N1 pandemic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_flu_pandemic at a conservative estimate of 50 million dead....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I'm not sure I wholy agree with that. If something, call it "noodle theory", comes along that agrees better with the actual observations than GR and/or QD does, then AIUI scientism will drop the disproven theories in the "interesting and...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Did you mean "transmuted" or "irradiated"? #168, #170, and my own thoughts tend to suggest that what actually happens is irradiation (absorption of radiation by the immediate environment) and hence low (or maybe medium)level waste. Transmutation would only be an...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I'm not sure if you're serious or not, but I think this is exactly backwards. If the water heater is backed by the photo-voltaic one, then you should get some direct heating and some PV effects....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    IIRC it's simple physics rather than meteorology that controls the relationship between temperature and RH. As T/\ so the mass of water which can be held in a given volume of air without condensing out /\ and hence RH \/...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I should note parenthetically that our current reinforced concrete lasts 50-100 years, but that's another issue. 2 issues:- 1) A pre-stressed bunker built today won't be there in 200 years. 2) Making the concrete and steel generates CO2....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    In the main I'm sort of bi-numerate on units; it depends on what I'm measuring and why which units I'll choose in any specific case....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Are you including Farrago and co (either directly or by dragging Scamoron further right) in the "fascist revolution" category?...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    At a timeline of one LaundryVerse book per LV calendar year, getting UK politicians to admit that Cthuloids aren't spinable in only 4 years seems rather optomistic!...
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