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  • Commented on Radio silence
    Well at the time John F was commanding PT109 his older brother Joseph P Jr was the designated future president....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    So... why not dig a canal to the real sea and let that flow in until the surface area gets large enough for evaporation to balance inflow XKCD What-If on flooding Death Valley....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    When you add Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland Shades of the Cambridge Guided Busway publicity. When it was first proposed there were five local bus companies intending to operate services, by the time construction got underway three of...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Wasn't so much surplus places, though there was always Bogey Knights for that, as places that sold boots that could be worn continuously for days, rucksacks that would hold the weight without slicing through your shoulders or throwing your balance...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    some U.K. troops suffered hypothermia and trench foot in the Falklands (as they had in Northern Ireland) - cheap boots, cheap clothing, foul weather, and limited shelter There was said to be a list of outdoor shops in Plymouth that...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    So in fact "Strong and stable" really only needed a nice big wodge of Blue Tack under her RAM pack and not a general election?...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    All modern cars are heavy. The BMW Mini is twice the weight of a classic, 1180-1250kg compared to 590-690kg. Not many typical saloons come in under 1500kg, no matter what their body shell is made from....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    So how come they weigh over 2 tonnes Google knows all....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Apparently his personal life makes Mr. T look somewhat normal. He has five sons and a site on a Pacific island. I don't think any of the boys are named after Mercury astronauts though, and no sign of an oriental...
  • Commented on Book day!
    She hasn't seemed the type who would even know what kind of game Portal is On the other hand, Mo knows what Ingress is which raises the question of Frog or Smurf?...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Any semi-competent PR maestro Except they don't have even an incompetent one. The Laundry put two trainees onto the job of updating a standby public information campaign that hadn't been touched since the 50s and with no budget....
  • Commented on Book day!
    Paxman is a Cambridge graduate and current presenter of University Challenge (College Bowl in colonial parts) and is probably more knowledgable than your average TV journo although with a typical arts bias. He managed to stay as lead presenter on...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    I do remember that series, though the most detailed memory is of other members of the team trying to find out what the "C R" in C R Grover stood for....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    EU will not attempt to be the the primary foreign influence on any Nation which shares a border with Russia Tricky when five EU member states (and one EFTA member) have common borders with Russia....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    RBK&C Council uses the Leader and Cabinet structure. Apparently it is "more democratic" to have a single cabinet member responsible for something than to have a committee, or so central government told us when they started mesing with things years...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I think if anyone else wanted the job currently she'd have been packing her bags by now. It's looking like she's been told "You made this mess, you're sticking with it until it's fixed or we need a scapegoat"....
  • Commented on Attention Conservation Notice
    And if a credit card had been used, left the card issuer on the hook for refunds....
  • Commented on Attention Conservation Notice
    not taking the money at the time when I, placing the order, have been able to ensure it's there to be taken, but instead delaying the attempt until the order is ready to be dispatched All payment processors (doing business...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Not far off. "Blessings" of Registry Office marriages were a common religious ceremony for churches that didn't qualify to perform the whole thing. The current English law version means only one venue has to be booked instead of two....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    It's more a case of location. The official bit of the wedding in NI (and previously in England and Wales) has to take place either in a church of the correct religion (not all Churches are allowed to conduct the...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    One big problem is that if you do your job right and prevent an epidemic you can't prove that it would have happened. oglaf.com has a take on that. NSFW verging on VNSFW as usual......
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Dangle a weighted line from the drone, or link a pair with a few metres of something, and fly the cable into the main rotor so it tangles in the hub. Bigger target than the tail rotor. And the drone...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    to evaluate for "Pub of the Year" for the London region Cambridge Beer Festival next week....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    SpaceX have also designed for ease of manufacture and handling rather than performance....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Cornwall (Apart from the Isles of Scilly I think) is now a Unitary Authority against the wishes of its residents. Some of the District Council offices are still partly open for local services but for a lot of things it's...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    My father was an independent councillor for two councils (town and didtrict) that were firmly independent, I don't think I ever assisted at a count where he was standing but did do a number of other council counts and two...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    with the note that party members (and candidates and their Election Agents) are allowed to attend in limited numbers as Count Agents Being mildly pedantic, candidates may each bring a certain number of observers to the count. The fact that...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    The WWII ration system in the UK would make a good starting point. A lot of people ate better when that was in force than they had done before. Dull, particularly by modern standards, but nutritionally adequate....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Article 50 has to be triggered in accordance with the constitution of the country leaving. There could be a case made that as one of the constitutional principles of the UK is that no Parliament may bind its successor the...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Mozambique joined the Commonwealth in 1995, the first (but not the last) country with no colonial ties to Britain to do so. Its neighbouring countries are predominantly in the English speaking sphere....
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