AJ (He/Him)

AJ (He/Him)

  • Commented on The ends of education
    "Marriage by habit and repute" was a similar concept. Back in the 90s when I was administering benefits it was not unusual to get claims from long established couples who had acquired legal rights in that way. The fact that...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Re Terminiology for who you share your life with, I have a fondness for the Scots "Bidey in" for a lover who lives with you but is not a marriage partner....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Last year we acquired some narrow scarves (like this: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Ergodyne-Chill-Its-6702-Evaporative-Embedded/dp/B084R5S723/ref=dp_prsubs_1?pd_rd_i=B084R5S723&th=1 ) which are a tube filled with some crystals which hold water. They do the same job as a wet towel but don't drip and hold more water so need...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    We get delivery for non perishable stuff to fill up the store cupboards and freezer. It saves carrying heavy tins and cartons of fruit juice etc. up the stairs to the flat too. Fruit, veg, dairy and meat we can...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    "What is a martial art? Absolutely it's not, and never has been, about killing people. Originally (back in the Renaissance when the term first appears in English) it was about not being killed by people who want you dead. Walking...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    @97 Re James IX - I doubt that any monarch would be James, as it would raise the question as to whether James III/VIII should be recognised as in the list given he wasn't an undisputed monarch. I expect the...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    "I have often thought there must be a potential market for voice actors in GPS navigation software. A sarcastic navigator would be fun, or perhaps one with the voice and diction of Yoda." Many years ago we had a "John...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Apologies, I missed the unwritten "lived into their 70s" and took the sentance on face value. Just too used to people forgetting about the not-famous queens who ruled in their own right....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    "The Queen is a historic anomaly -- one of just three over the past thousand years of English/UK monarchs (the other two were Elizabeth I and Victoria)." Um, No. Sorry, you said that in front of a history pedant! Depending...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Another thing I forgot to include, there's a differnce between "Uneducated" and "Ignorant". The first punks were not ignorant of music, they loved it and were fans of a wide range of earlier bands. Playing the songs they loved was...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    On the punk movement, from the 70s onwards, the common factor to everything (except businesses misusing it for marketing of course) is that it's a DIY ethos. If you read the accounts of people who started bands in that first...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    I think the updates were continuous, it was just that there was a timeout that allowed for a short break in recieving them if there were signal issues but shut things down if it's been too long. I remember being...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Besides smartphones my experience of GPS is for landscape mapping purposes, measuring field sizes and crop areas. The kit used was a backpack reciever linked to a laptop with the mapping software on it. The results were accurate to less...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Re sidearms - Officers should never get into the position of being violent to their troops. That's what sergeants are for! In armies with an effective NCO cadre it's the NCOs who fill the bad cop role on the whole,...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    Unfortunately I can't find a link to it, but this conversation is reminding me of the vacuum chamber safety assessment that included gems like the assessor asking "what if some of the vacuum escapes?" and "Could there be small pockets...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    I have frequently fallen foul if questions where the questioner is assuming you will know what they are thinking but have not expressed clearly. Or has failed to anticipate other interpretations of what they said. The first time I came...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Reminds me of my schooldays. My High School was one block back from the seafront, and we used to get loads of seagulls on the playing fields. When the wind was strong enough they would face into the wind, spread...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    "There's also a lot of survivorship bias... the old buildings we still have are the ones that lasted. Both because they could last that long, and because no-one thought they should be knocked down." Or just fell down. I remember...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    On the big shops problem, foe some years now we have been ordering online and getting all our bulk/heavy stuff (cans, jars, fruit juice, cleaning chemicals, etc) delivered. It saves us a couple of hours, we have our standard restock...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Totally agree about heel striking. It made a huge difference to my comfort doing re-enactment when I learned to walk on the balls of my feet - when wearing heel-less flat thin leather soled shoes it also means your foot...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I'll cheerfully confuse the Pint Size issue even further by mentioning the Scottish Pint ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joug ) with it's corresponding 8 pint gallon which was also a standard in use at the time when the US came into existance. It...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Re Blackpool Trams - the sputhern bit is flat, but at the northern end they go up to the top of the cliffs at Bispham/Norbreck Castle. I grew up in Morecambe but one of my close friends lived near Norbreck...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    We were given a roll of biohazard marker tape by afriend who worked in a lab that needed it when ours were tiny. I remember all to well some of the "Containm,ent failure" incidents....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    For our needs/usage it's definitely cheaper for us to hire when we need a vehicle than own one. Most of the time when we owned a vehicle it was sitting idle, as unless we really needed it public transport was...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    On the other hand, I also remember sitting on the top of a hill in the Lake District looking down into the cockpits of smaller jets flying up the valleys. And seeing Hercules going up Windermere at low level. Used...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    aluminium eclipse stories Yep. I grew up in Morecambe and Vulcans used to do low level practice up the bay, I had one come right over my head when I was walking home from school (about 1980 I guess?) and...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Mixed crops is what they are now driving with the forestry grant structures in Scotland - they won't support monocultures, softwoods have to be mixed and an element of broadleaf also has to be included....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    On the subject of firing lots of rounds, back in the 90s I had a friend who was a US marine based at Edzell. He had previously been on a base which was on a remote island, which held very...
  • Commented on Omicron
    All the First Ministers statements are published here: https://www.gov.scot/collections/first-ministers-speeches/ Anything put out by the Scottish Government is here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Scots Wha Hae is also a bit confrontational for a modern anthem to my mind. If we were using a Corries song I'd vote for "Scotland Will Flourish". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ4njEEu8Hg...
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