Martin

Martin

  • Commented on Upcoming events
    In terms of your company banning hands free calls while driving their fleet vehicles - good for them and for you. Rule of unintended side-effects: people will answer their phone under certain circumstances (say, late and trying to pick up...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    The Euro achieving parity with the Pound sterling would, to many minds, simply indicate the Euro is dangerously overvalued Alternatively, given that the Euro / US Dollar ratio is roughly similar, it might indicate that it's not an overvalued Euro,...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Well, at the time Faslane/Coulport had RM Commachio Group and MoD Police to defend them. Rather competent (understatement), don't underestimate them. Our company was scheduled to protect a POL depot at Loch Striven, and two of our other companies covered...
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    You sound as if you've played this game! Thankfully, not for real. Our battalion’s war role during the Cold War was Home Defence - to defend key points against attacks by saboteurs and SF types. Our Company had a Naval...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    That’s a fair description. Until I read the Saville report, I’d have been willing to accept “hyped-up troops, inappropriately employed in a confusing situation, overloaded and reacting to echoes of gunfire”. (I’ve been through the NI training ranges at Lydd...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    When outnumbered of course the fire team should surrender Everyone underestimates the effort involved in setting up a mortar position... Firstly, the mortar is about 35kg of kit; and each individual mortar round is about 4kg. Assuming you want a...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    ...All to drop 4 bombs on a runway and get one hit. 21 bombs, IIRC... (or two Shrike ARMs, depending). Not too bad once you consider it wasn't exactly the attack profile that the aircraft was designed or equipped for....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Everything about British defense procurement has been broken since, oh, 2010 or thereabouts—or maybe earlier Much earlier, but not completely useless. Plenty of blame to go around all types of Government. The Airtanker fiasco was down to the then-Chancellor Gordon...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    ...just what can a destroyer do to argue the toss with a Russian carrier fleet that a MGB can't? Stay at sea for more than a day or two; stay at sea in bad weather; operate a helicopter; the list...
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    Minor nitpick - IDS was Scots Guards, they haven’t had tanks (ie. Cavalry) since WW2. So, “Guards”. Second, do the SAS get a tiger again? (Rik Mayall leading his doorkickers has been an often-used clip within the Army). But “opening...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Curse, brushed the “submit” button with my thumb... I’d be very surprised at an NZ Army team leader who didn’t defend civilians from an armed enemy, whether or not they were classed “designated persons”...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Not strictly correct... Here’s the doctrine, specifically 2.19, 2.27, and 2.28: http://www.nzdf.mil.nz/downloads/pdf/public-docs/2018/1.%20nzddp-06.1_roe_redacted.pdf Note that the document you linked (at 2.vi.d) gives the minimum definition for “Designated Persons”; there are several caveats that allow for its expansion to cover civilians, within...
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    "bottle tax"...These people have obviously never visited Germany Or are too young* to remember the Barr's rack in every small shop; returning your (glass) bottle earned you the not-insignificant deposit - my childhood era certainly returned them by choice. In...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    They test all sorts of stuff - the B-21, the YF-110, the YF-113... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4477th_Test_and_Evaluation_Squadron...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Those transoms are mostly used in carrying light from outside-facing rooms, into internal hallways. Some tenements have skylights at the top of their staircases, and non-opening transoms above each flat's front door. It makes a big difference to the light...
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    They live well because they don't waste their money on things. Well, I can see that statement upsetting artists who don’t operate in digital media......
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    The ceilings are high in old buildings because of gas lighting; if you're fitting a chandelier, it needs to be high enough that the candles, or gas lamps, don't scorch the ceiling - and high enough that you don't hit...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Meanwhile, congratulations on all the good news :)...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    ...areas where male life expectancy is 15-20 years less than average for the rest of the country Be careful with this, though. As a "for-instance", Midlothian used to have an appalling life expectancy, recently much improved - because the coal...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    MeToo... In my case, it was picking up "Iron Sunrise"/"Singularity Sky", and going "hmmmm"; then buying "Halting State", and going "Right, I'm buying everything else that this author has written". Given that I was already a Le Carre / Deighton...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Listening to a Belgian MEP on the BBC R4 "PM" programme yesterday; he's a member of their Brexit steering group. His take was you could potentially have two extensions: * A short, one-month extension that would allow the Government to...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Rockall[1] is too small (it's quite literally a rock, it's tiny), they wouldn't survive long enough for true misery to set in. St.Kilda, that's the answer. Or maybe Inchkeith, so we can keep an eye on them. [1] Apocrypha: I...
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    You're far politer than me. If pushed by the religiously challenging (I used to sit next to a Young Earth Creationist at work), I ask exactly why the Norse Gods are superstitious nonsense, while the Middle Eastern God isn't... But...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Atheism is a militant religion intent on destroying all other religions. How so? I'm an atheist, and yet I have taken part in non-denominational services (even read the lesson) - just one of the jobs that come your way as...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Anyway, the problem with atheism that I have is that I have yet to hear a self-avowed atheist define what this god thing is that they don't believe in. Definitely not the Nicene or Apostles' Creed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicene_Creed Simply put, no...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I forgot to mention the ever-present fault line that runs down Europe, of Catholicism versus Orthodoxy. There's a reason that the Serbs and the Croats went at each other with such fervour, up to and including rape, torture, murder, and...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    ...Regarding your belief that mass-murder and pogroms indicate a lack of Christianity... And before you bring out the tiresome claim the "Hitler was a Christian" I again ask you to consider the facts... As others point out, while Hitler may...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Agreed - they were both really enjoyable. CVA as a caper movie, GJARC as a damn good book. The current Penric novellas are also enjoyable; like Greg, I really enjoyed "Paladin of Souls"... ...reading LMB was probably the point at...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The other scary scenario is... For me, the scary scenario is when each side decides to disperse its strategic deterrent out of its primary bases, to keep it intact in the face of any surprise attack. You now have weapons...
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    The Corbyn thing is especially bad because no-one is holding the right to the same standard. Not sure about that. Remember the whole debate about whether Pinochet should be extradited to Spain? He was detained in the UK. What about...
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