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  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    So, biggest government defeat in history. Who's got the popcorn?...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Indeed. Grew up in Tavistock (and bought a house just outside Gunnislake when I moved back to the area after University and some time in London) and can remember travelling on the steam trains from both Tavistock stations. Talk of...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    The branch line where I used to live was cut short by Beeching but not entirely closed. The 'new' terminal station was the only remaining thing on the north side of a main road with the line crossing via a...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    And had the two side boosters do a synchronised touchdown back on land. Shame about the centre core, but as the man said "Not enough ignition fluid to light the outer two engines after several three engine relights. Fix is...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Why is India spending money on spacecraft when the poor don't have toilets? Because educating those poor and letting them communicate relies heavily on satellites, as does not having them swept away by an unexpected monsoon. Far better to have...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    The trailers for Good Omens look excellent. Did have some people wondering if Michael Sheen could be camp enough for Aziraphale, I pointed them at his Kenneth Williams in Fantabulosa!....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Have done a biopic. Last transmitted 11 March 2017 and no longer available on iPlayer, but no doubt can be obtained by other means. "Good Omens" is due Soon (TM)....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    If the drones (the first sightings mentioned two drones involved) are being directly controlled, a lot of the standard control gear uses spread spectrum so there's no single frequency signal to track. If it was me though (and it isn't!...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Wrong House, they're on the table in front of the Speakers Chair. The Woolsack is the Lord Chancellors seat in the Lords....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    "Halsbury’s Laws Of England" apparently, printed copies (not the originals which were traditionally on parchment until recently) of Acts passed by Parliament....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    nor the tank-v-Mercedes chase on Salisbury Plain Did you move the Alfar internment camp at some point? The book is now very clear about it being on northern Dartmoor, but first time through I could never work out where the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    OK, named officers in the film were there Richard Todd being one of the very few actors to appear in a film with someone else playing him. Twice....
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    Wasn't it established it only takes one blood sample to make the link and the PHANG parasites keep munching until the victim is dead? There's also a number of Alfar Sorcerors interned in Okehampton Battle Camp who need feeding, not...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    After a General Election, the Monarch will invite someone to form a government. If one party has a clear majority then it will be the leader of that party, if no party has a clear majority then the invitation will...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    if someone in high office were to suddenly revealed to the police as a criminal Jonathan Aitken resigned as Chief Secretary to the Treasury after The Guardian and World in Action investigations claimed he had been taking kick-backs from Saudi...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    something located very near the sun Parker Solar Probe then? Bit more complicated than a simple sunshade but the bulk of the work is done by an Aluminium Oxide reflective layer....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I wouldn't think so. I'd expect you get a shitload of thermal radiation from that sunshield that might make things pretty hot for any object behind the shield. You might want to have a look at the James Webb Space...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    What does someone who just.. got better from being stuck in a nursinghome do next? That's the basic plot of Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge. A main character has the right genome to match an Alzheimers cure (treatments for various...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Swords versus Tanks by M Harold Page....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    I shall continue respiring normally for a bit longer then. Ta....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Vague memories of you saying the fifth one was largely done but needed the dates in number four sorting out. Should we be holding our breath in anticipation yet?...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    The current NASA plan for Lunar surface expeditions is for a reusable lander or three to be parked at whatever the Lunar Orbit Deep Space Gateway space station is called at the time. Cargo and crew use those to go...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Happened round here a few years ago. Uniform rules banned shorts but one of the affected pupils spotted the school rules for uniform didn't include gender based language....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    though R.A.H. was denied Navy service because of some medical condition Medical discharge in 1934 due to tuberculosis....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    No capes!...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Take a foul-mouthed 10 year old with an IQ of 600 and a penchant for inventing toys like time machines and space drives. What can possibly go wrong? Knock a few years off the age and add a talking dog...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Lorry park on the M20 could last years. 10,000 freight vehicles a day through Dover, checks take between 5 and 45 minutes per vehicle from outside the EU....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I'd misread the thread as "no second generation space travellers" rather than "no second generation US space travellers", but it does appear there's only the three so far. I suspect the Soviet Union would really have liked to fly Elena...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Add also Sergey Volkov, son of Aleksandr Volkov, and Roman Romanenko, son of Yuri Romanenko....
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    I suspect it's mostly old hardware running old software. The reader is a rooted Nook Simple Touch that I got for about 35 quid when B&N decided to get out of the hardware business. I'm vaguely on the look out...
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