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  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    For applications where electricity just won't do, you could easily run alcohol or other biofuel (e.g. chip fat). If these fuels are planned properly, using waste from agriculture, they're not only cheap but eco friendly too. Granted, you might need...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Why bother with high tech wind farms? As has been pointed out, water can be done far more low tech and will be more reliable. Somewhere in deepest Derbyshire, I know of an old water mill where the wheel has...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    My first thought is "Well, at least even Trump has a silver lining". And maybe it is actually the way forward-I think it is pretty clear by now that man made climate effects aren't going to be stopped, so we...
  • Commented on Book day!
    That bit about Prince Charles technically being allowed to have nukes. How will that affect the writings of Dame Sylvia Krin in Private Eye?...
  • Commented on Book day!
    It does make me wonder about a Good Omens style adoption of baby Bob by the cat...possibly one of my favourite bits of any book...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Bob frequently describes how him and Mo don't want kids. How come they never took more permenant steps in contraception? £402 and two weeks off work and Bob could have been happily firing eldrich blanks. Does "you are what you...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Got it last week, already got through it. Absolutely storming book, thankyou once again for keeping us entertained....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    True, but they can put them in stasis when not needed. The impression I got of the Morning Star army was that it must have been like living in Chernobyl or one of the Soviet nuclear cities-everything riddled with something...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I'm dead happy to hear there'll be more occult aeroplanes. To the chap making the models, be great to see some pictures when finished? I'll repeat my question from a few weeks ago. Are we likely to see any pisstaking...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Going back to the eagerly awaited book. The mention of a squadron of Dragons...can we look forward to some mickey taking of the Dragonriders of Pern?...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Really? Because I only ever see this argument coming from remainers, both before and after the vote. Both news sources and people on my facebook. The person I was responding to seemed to be implying that punishment was both inevitable,...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    "Convince them of what? That Brexit is a bad idea? How do you go about convincing them of that? Facts, reality, consequences? They got all that, repeatedly and still voted Leave." Were they? I mainly remember a right load of...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    "All of the remaining countries who like being in the EU have every incentive to punish the UK for leaving to set an example for anyone who is thinking of going." Does no-one else think this sums up a good...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Apart from me being a Unite shop steward...yes, I've seen the attitude you describe, but not commonly and certainly not everyone. The remain camps biggest failure was to constantly dismiss UKIP voters as stupid racist morons, which completely removes any...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Urrgh. I notice how most people on the left/remain side are too busy campaigning to reverse the decision of the referendum to actually give any alternative way of leaving the EU. Which is one reason why May can do what...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    The past two years have been increasingly bizarre. At least you can't say politics is dull now. The argument about supporting Brexit while opposing Independence works both ways. How can you support a nation leaving a union to have more...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    I'm about halfway through Trustee now-excellent recommendation, thankyou! Rather appropriately, I read it at work whilst keeping a couple of big CNC lathes running. The technical detail is enjoyable, as well as spotting references to great figures of model engineering...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    The bit about Miriam hopping into a "Clean, efficient diesel limosine". Clearly they've not been copying any Volkswagen designs then! Also, I really want the silver fighters seen early on in timeline 3 to be suspiciously similar to EE lightnings...:D...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    It's the perfectionism I admire-though you're right that for rough arse prototypes it's a bit OTT. I learnt mainly from volunteering at a preserved railway (Crich tram museum), another source of incredibly skilled old men. Bike stuff looks interesting, though...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Do you have many model engineering societies? Sadly I think their golden era is drawing to a close, but the skills available are somewhat jaw dropping. One of the first things that gave me a love of machining and metalwork...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Where are you getting taps from? My tool shop (In the UK) has no bother getting metric fine taps, for between £5-10 depending on size. Proper HSS too. Imperial threads aren't as scary as has been made out. The biggest...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I think people need to look beyond the various ism's of Trump, Farage, etc, to understand why they win things. I don't think that 50ish% of people are out and out fascists. I do think a lot have been pretty...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Regards development...please keep the trams :) (I'll get my anorak...)...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    From: Occupational Health Subject: Volunteer trials wanted Dear Colleagues, Our team of researchers are investigating possible links between Krantzberg syndrome and a thaumatically contaminated diet. Their hypothesis is that by eating and drinking in an occult environment, our staff may...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Something that has occurred to me. People are, quite justifiably, annoyed that there seems to be no real plan for leaving. Most are angry at the Leave campaigners. What about the government and opposition? Most of the prominent Leave campaigners...
  • Commented on Nightmare Stacks competition results ...
    Blimey, I'm dead, er, chuffed...:) I've sent an email, only just got home from a ride up North. Got a runner up prize at the Kwak triples club meet on saturday too :)...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Since we're looking at two leadership elections. Both of whom will produce Prime ministers, one now, one soon. It'd be nice to get voting rights to both... Maybe the time has come to join the Conservatives and Labour?...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Different time, far, far worse circumstances. You can learn from history, but I think we have plenty of time yet....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    TBH I more hacked that out for faceache world, where everyone seems convinced that we're about to resurrect Oswald Moseley. But having taken bloody ages, I thought it'd be appropriate here too. Thought it might cheer up and embolden a...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Just done some super fun number crunching, using the referendum and last election results. To paraphrase Moss, you’d better put seatbelts on your eyes... At the 2015 election, UKIP got 3,881,099 votes nationally, on a turnout of 66.1%. Had the...
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