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  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    RE Western hydraulic drive diesels, the East Lancs railway were running a hymek round with an engine out a Western for a bit a few years ago. I seem to recall that the North British built Warships, like many early...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    The merits, or otherwise, of boarding school literature are exactly what make it so ripe for a send up. A lot of my reading growing up were, a tad embarrassingly now, Enid Blytons various improbable boarding school books, Jill Murphys...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Yep, when I looked round whilst applying it was on the old Abbey site-it really was every school from every boarding novel ever written. Then spent the first year in said cardboard campus hearing all manner of tales from our...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    My eyes lit up at the thought of a boarding school romp. I did my A levels at a military ran boarding college, somewhere in the Midlands. Sadly, no centuries old buildings, secret passages, sunken ballrooms and ghosts-that was the...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Readers wishing to learn more about rail safety should track down the out of print "RTed for Danger" by LTC Rolt. Regards the downgrade of the safety system. As long as the silver package conforms completely to whatever the minimum...
  • Commented on New publication dates (and audiobook news)
    I still stick to paper books. Easier to hide in a drawer at work for when the machine is on a long cycle, can be stuffed in a jacket pocket for train journeys, less traumatic to lose, and if you...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    You're not in charge of doing crosswords are you...?...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "The Chinese branch of the world-walkers would probably be useful here if any of them are still around." There's a good point. What happened to them? Will they reappear? Regards using them to interface with TL2 China, they would never...
  • Commented on I get book covers
    As we machinists say when managers want something precise and fiddly doing yesterday-do you want it now, or do you want it right? I shall wait eagerly but patiently. In the meantime, wish you all the best....
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Whitroth: Yes, encapsulated white asbestos is safe if left alone. The rest isn't, and has caused enormous misery to workers, people who came into contact with loose asbestos insulation (such as the pipe lagging in the photo I mentioned). Nowadays...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    True, in fact the Victorians made much greater improvements in living standards, morals and public safety than they get remembered for now. I've not long ago read one of my Dads charity shop finds. Atomic Energy, by Egon Larsen, published...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Steampunk with plausible physics...given the rather lax attitude to safety, imagine if the victorians worked out atomic fission? A working class riddled with tumours and mutations would be a touch dystopic though....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    "I was hoping Charlie's example was even older and one of the "cars" was a cart, complete with skeletal horse." One of the cars was an Austin Maestro, so pretty close....
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    "Consider, for example, the state of the Antikytheria mechanism" To be fair, it wasn't stored under the best of conditions....
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    UK edition Page 246, 3rd paragraph, a (something) is carried in on a low-leader. Absolutely excellent read as always. Past year I've been reading up on bits of DDR/USSR history, an interest partially sparked by Empire Games. Looking forward to...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    OGH wrote: "...the pantry is bear..." The wildlife of Scotland is more dangerous than I realised :O...
  • Commented on We get reviews (contd.)
    I'd never heard of Kirkus reviews, what an excellent discovery. Having just painfully ground my way through a couple of Todd McCaffreys rather dire Pern books, the Kirkus reviews were an entertaining read....
  • 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...
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