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  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Found it! The term I was fainling to remember was Treadle. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treadle_bicycle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treadle_bicycle#/media/File:MacMillan_Bicycle_Rev.jpg...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Anyone interested in alternative bicycle drive mechanisms should visit the National Technical Museum in Prague.: http://www.ntm.cz/en/en-expozice/doprava The Transport hall has examples of a load of ways they tried to make pedal cycles which weren't the now standard chain arrangement. One...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I've never heard the Paras referred to as Redcaps - that's the Military Police. Paras are red berets, not redcaps. https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/corps-regiments-and-units/adjutant-generals-corps/provost/royal-military-police/...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    As I understand it, anyone outside the church had been cleared away by use of teargas etc before the carnival began. So there wasn't anyone from the church there to object....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I use the Blog Comment Killfile extension for Firefox. It gives me a "Hush" option next t the "Reply" in the top line of each comment, and once taken you just get a one line "Comment from [whoever] blocked" instead...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Also rplying to Unholy guy #548 I agree with everything replied to mine above. Apologies if I was unclear, I was talking about a general view of the past (as presented in film and TV etc.) not an expert one....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Looked like Finnish to me, and Google Translate says it means Favourite Teacher in Finnish....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    It's puzzled me for a long time why there is this idea that it was only recently that warriors actually studied how to fight. Every other trade involved long apprenticeships and careful passing on of the accumulated knowledge of how...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    We did the Edinburgh to Exeter part of it with very small children a couple of times to visit Noocky's Grandfather. Much easier doing a long jopurney by train with restless small people - you can take them for a...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Raises hand!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    He was a smoker too. I believe the soldiers who also had to stay around used to visit him with supplies when they could. As a child I had a copy of his biography - it's probably on a box...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I think that was Napoleon. We've had a Mediaeval Re-Enactment society here in Edinburgh called Perfidious Albion since 1988....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I think the answer to that depends on how the longevity works. People in that age bracket are stretching the envelop in terms of how long we're evolved to live - we're not supposed to keep learning new stuff that...
  • Commented on On hold
    I try to live by the principle that I will respect other people's right to hold beliefs different to mine as much as they respect my right to hold beliefs different to theirs. Society needs a consensus on what behaviours...
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