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  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    The UK has several peculiarities when it comes to voting. First is that you are assigned to a specific very local polling station within your electorate, and cannot vote anywhere else. Your station is hyper local though and should be...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Exactly this. Methanol is an entirely expected byproduct of fermentation, especially with wild yeasts. A major part of the batch distillation process is to separate out the poisonous methanol (foreshots), light alcohols (heads) and the heavy poor tasting ones like...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Same with a lot of places that US troops went in or after WWII - Hawaii, the Philippines, Korea - they all have an inordinate fondness for spam in their local dishes. South Korea has a comfort food option that...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    >1. You need a coast guard. Really you do. I'm generally against ordinary people going down with their boat, for example. In the UK the Coastguard is indeed responsible for coordinating search and rescue. But they are decidedly non-military, with...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Yes, that's fair, it was a fairly generic statement. My local MP was Tulip Siddiq, who comes from a seriously political background though. I initially decided to vote for her simply because her name sounded funny, but she soon earned...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    An independent Scotland would find it fairly simple to join EFTA - they would be a similar sized nation to the existing members, so be far less disruptive than the 600lb gorilla of the UK trying to rejoin. And they...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Scotland can always take a leaf out of Switzerland's book, and decide that the armed forces only need to work business hours, borrowing assets from the UK, Ireland or Norway as needed for weekend cover... I gave up a year...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    *Every* potential deal will involve the “divorce payments”. They are the budgetary commitments for the next budget period which Britain was an integral part of making, and would be paying anyway if we remain. If Britain leaves, it still has...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    It's not entirely to do with Brexit, although it might appear that way given the way the media portrays things. The Democrats part of the name is to do with the SDP, the labour splinter party who favoured Europe. The...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    And I feel we should stress that "the other traffic" includes frequent minibuses towing trailers overfilled with kayaks and rafts. Even with the passing spaces there isn't much room left on the road....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    To be fair, UK roundabouts - the major ones - have a really nasty gotcha for foreigners and motorbike riders. They have an invisible two lanes. The left lane goes left or straight, the right lane goes right. If you...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I can totally understand your viewpoint, but I think as you say you're also too close to events to have a truly neutral view. It originally came across as "he supports terrorists" to which we all say "yes, but so...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Yes, it was pretty standard in Commonwealth countries to get out of the car when stopped by police. Depends on where you park of course, and the safety of the immediate situation. I normally wait between the cars so I've...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Yep, ease of use is utterly crucial. A similar process is happening in gaming and streaming with Discord for voice comms, which has utterly replaced all the paid for services that dominated a decade ago. Ventrilo, teamspeak, mumble, all disappearing....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    >But you will need roaming data, or wifi, if you want to use maps I strongly recommend Here Maps (formerly Nokia Maps) which allows you to download sufficiently detailed maps of most of the world where you need to travel...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Yes, I was just thinking that he's sort of right - most roads in Oz and NZ have tarseal, and painted lines, and street signs. An awful lot have street lights, and quite a lot have kerbs. Which is a...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Don't know how many of you saw this but I thought this was a fairly interesting article on the whole shebang from Ivan Rogers. https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/09/ivan-rogers-the-realities-of-a-no-deal-brexit/...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Oh I completely agree that there is some absolutely terrible actions by Boeing going on here. Releasing new systems without even telling the pilots they exist is criminal negligence in my book. And it was clearly deliberate. I also didn't...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Did you catch this article on the endemic flaws in the airline industry now? Effectively it seems Airbus saw it coming and tries to protect the plane from the pilots, Boeing still believes in skilled pilots, but there are fewer...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Although that might fit a particular posting style, it does cover a lot of others as well. To which end I'd add : [ ] Superior attitude in favour of Science Solution to Problem. [ ] Snide rebuttal of Science...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    The linked source says that solar, wind, tidal etc are classed as intermittent resources because you can't rely on them being available at the exact moment you need them. That's why they are not classed as dispatchable like gas or...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Ahh, found a good writeup of the probable systems you're talking about here. Drag from a fixed prop is around half a knot, whereas a traditional folding prop is effectively non-existent. Chucking the gearbox in neutral should reduce that a...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Yep, Eric Newby sailed on Moshulu with a total complement of 28, from the UK to Australia and back, 85-90 days each way. But the sailing ships were barely economic even then, nowadays they'd be dead in the water. The...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    I agree with almost your entire post, but since when is "Food on boats is expensive"? Unexciting, frequently, especially when the fresh supplies run out, but it's pretty much standard food, albeit designed for 5-10wks so generally tinned or preserved....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    They've staged B2s out of Diego Garcia (and Guam). They have B2 specific air transportable temporary hangers that they shipped out there that lets them do full servicing. @Nojay - Last I read says the base on DG is a...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Greg, I'm fairly sure that under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act the motion of no confidence has to be submitted by either the Government or the official Opposition, so Corbyn. And he won't submit another unless he thinks he can...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Yep, it's pretty obvious that "anti-semitism" is the only piece of mud that seems to have stuck to the wider party, so the mainstream media is using it for all they can. By contrast there is so much mud hitting...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Depends on the model - some elements just unplug, some flip up and then unplug. My parent’s built in cooktop has round elements that just plug in, they use tinfoil pie dishes as drip trays underneath after the fancy metal...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    William, not Harry. Duke of Cornwall goes with the Prince of Wales title which belongs to the designated heir. Charles gets upgraded to Duke of Lancaster and derives his personal income from those estates instead. The Crown is specifically not...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    No contravention by the Crown of a provision made by or under this Act shall make the Crown criminally liable; but the High Court or in Scotland the Court of Session may, on the application of a person appearing to...
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