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  • Commented on New Guest Blogger: Heather Child
    Hi Heather; UK paperback now pre-ordered....
  • Commented on New Guest Blogger: Heather Child
    PSA - UK Large River link:- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everything-About-You-Discover-cutting-edge/dp/0356510700/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1542110523&sr=1-1&keywords=everything+about+you+heather+child...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I heard a report that "Jacob Re-smog" wants to repeal the Clean Air Acts! :-)...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    I'd disagree with you about Trainspotting being "good". I did read part of it, and to me it came across not as being "people from Edinburgh council estates sounding realistic", but as a well-educated author making a highly self-conscious attempt...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Also copying from Wikipedia "a fuse is an electrical safety device that operates to provide overcurrent protection of an electrical circuit. Its essential component is a metal wire or strip that melts when too much current flows through it, thereby...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    It may be in the Asimov-edited anthology "Before the Golden Age", although it does in some respects sound like Asimov's own "The Caves of Steel" and "The Naked Sun", although I remember those as being less extreme in that non-Earth...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    The scenario you describe would require the existence of the relevant hardware, in particular the pole-mounted breakers....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Yes, yes I do (oh and I have played the "Great Game" as well), but this is the first time I've ever mentioned Chess or explicitly mentioned the Great Game here....
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    I think I've posted before here that 2 years or so back my supplier fitted new meters, with no mention of a "smart" meter even being available. I've just received the first electricity bill since that's not had about double...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Your HTML is fine. 1 billion human sacrifices would be about 1 in 7 of the present planetary population though....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Given the spelling, and her own statement that "my first name is a homophone of marry" I'd say that Mhairi is exercising her right to be wrong!...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Well, the spelling "Mhari" appears to originate from Scots Gaelic, in which case the "Mh" is a compound letter, and actually normally pronounces as a "V", on which basis it should be "Vari". Given where she's from, it seems more...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/duke-of-wellington-statue-glasgow.html with anything from 1 to 3 cones on the statue and up to 5 more on the plinth!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    :-) Cheers; as I say there are a lot of public sculptures in Glasgow, and the GOMA Duke of Wellington with traffic cone is a meme in itself. Sometimes the horse has its own cone as well!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Thanks mate. There is a lot of public sculpture in Glasgow, mostly memorials to groups or to famous people, but including relief maps, cartoon characters http://www.discoverglasgow.org/statues-lobey-dosser/4572885054 characters from legend https://www.caingram.info/Scotland/Pic_htm/great_western_road.htm ... I think you mean "The Duke of Wellington mounted...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Your awareness of and desire to block spammers is commendable. As Pigeon says; after a couple of months you'll finish up with a black list longer than my company address book (high 4 figures of staff, most or all with...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    OK. The humour didn't come across, at least not well enough to stop the geologist and land use geographer in me taking over. (rule of thumb on this site - There's always someone who knows a useful amount about $subject)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Cheers Greg; as well as its primary function as a war memorial, that also qualifies as "good art" in my mind, like the Cameronians Memorial in Kelvingrove park, beside the museum and art gallery, and river Kelvin. https://www.istockphoto.com/gb/photo/cameronians-war-memorial-kelvingrove-park-glasgow-gm458538471-16548340...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I asked a polite question about whether or not there was an identifiable collected source of medal citations. 4 lines of political diatribe as the answer says a lot about you....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Well, I've seen 1914-1919 war memorials, but I've seen/paused at enough that I decline to try and cite locations other than Dumbarton Central Station, which has memorial plaques for railway personnel for both WW1 and WW2. On the other point,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Er, a quick play with on-line maps says that Bowness-on-Windermere (other Bownesses are available) is at least 50m AMSL, and may be on the side of a glaciated valley (I don't know the area as well as I do Scotland)....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I don't know names for sure, and I'm not speculating, but the history says that Pegasus Bridge was initially captured by the the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, who were re-enforced by men from 7th Battalion Parachute Regiment, and later...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Brexit seemed unlikely as well - and no matter how many people point out that leaving the EU is fucking stupid nobody seems to be able to actually stop it. You mean "...seems to be willing to stop it." Part...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Well, I can vouch for the existence of the SAS (Reserve) units, and (personal account) that some of them had a "strange SoH". Like one of them, in uniform, buying an airsoft replica of an SA-80 (replica was over £100...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    No problem; I actually live in the Western Isles, one branch of my family tree is from same too, and I have the requisite interests in local history and myths to have done the research!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    (or selkies in the Western Isles) You may or may not know this, but there's a not unreasonable theory that selkie lore is based on observation of sailors who had crossed the North Atlantic in various forms of low skin...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Well, on the general subjects of lycanthopy and vampirism, with the note that OGH can't use the same solutions in the Laundryverse for reasons, Gail Carriger has managed to make both conditions generally known if differently accepted at nation level...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I'd agree your base point that it's about the writing, not the "raw power". Worked example:- Superman and Samaritan in Kurt Buseik's Astro City series have very similar raw power (disaster relief etc), but in stories I can remember Samaritan...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    OK, I'll agree that Mo is a powerful sorceress, but more powerful than Persephone Hazard?...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    And more useful still if people didn't post a controversial statement as "fact" with no supporting evidence. The base requirement for entry to the Nobel science categories is that you perform bleeding edge science, and publish original works on that...
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