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  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    The Standard Kitchen Unit only applies if you want/have a "fitted kitchen" - we managed happily for years with an ad hoc layout, although I suspect this didn't help when we eventually decided to move & put the house up...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    At least one (mostly) UK rock band has just completed an 8-week tour of the US - presumably under the same kind of exemption as international tennis players etc. https://tonylevin.com/road-diaries/king-crimson-2021-us-tour/...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "Bozo mentioning our shared values with Australia and the USA" Following on from the current "think of the children" media campaign, expect our beloved Home Secretary to announce a UK version of this: https://www.theregister.com/2021/09/14/identify_and_disrupt_bill_australia/ ( TL;DR - Aussie police now...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    #770 - one for the Rock/SF connections list: "The pattern juggler lifts his hand The orchestra begin As slowly turns the grinding wheel In the court of the crimson king"...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    On the OT, I may have spotted a doubter: "Mars already had a long and bewildering history of ambition, conquest and abject, harrowing failure. The Muskies, with their cultish, over-reaching aspirations were just one small chapter in that narrative." from...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    My satnav shows charging stations - unfortunately it doesn't distinguish between public and "private" (e.g. provided by hotels for their guests). Is there a safe way of interrogating a suitable(*) app while driving ? (*) one that shows all such...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Meanwhile, back with COVID and how people are/aren't handling it... https://www.steampunkcoffee.co.uk/blogs/steampunk-coffee-blog/these-are-not-the-best-of-times ( from OGH's neck of the woods )...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    @664 For the period up to 1600 or so, literate Gaels used a different form of the language from those who were illiterate (in Gaelic) - how different is difficult to know. However you can sign up at a number...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    @668 those are all dialects of Scottish or Irish Gaelic as I'm sure you know, and that is a by no means exhaustive list of the former; you can still pick them out on the radio, helped (I'm told) by...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    "Gaelic being a purely verbal language until recently" really ? http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/4940/1/MacCoinnich4940.pdf...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Another unplanned test of managing Covid: The Glasgow to Edinburgh train due in at 23:35 Friday evening arrived at 03:40 Saturday morning. As preparation for an evacuation which in the end didn't happen, passengers from all 8 carriages were moved...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Depends on what you're paying for, but the standard BT offering is based on copper to your house; we're near Glencoe and on their 45Mb service which has been reasonably reliable over the last 18 months or so, although it...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Has anyone come up with a guesstimate of what proportion of hydrogen we should expect to end up in the atmosphere if it were used as a fuel on a country-wide scale ? Also, how much of that would escape...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    (Four Yorkshiremen.) In colour ?? Luxury !! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKHFZBUTA4k...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Coda to the Euston/Glasgow line blocked Preston station story - my daughter, now recovered and showing epic timing, made the return journey yesterday evening... ( for those outside the UK, this coincided with flash flooding in London that closed Euston...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Euston to Glasgow may have generated a covid super-spreader event the Monday before last; the line was blocked for 4+ hours by a broken down goods (freight) train and several trainloads of passengers heading to Glasgow or Edinburgh (x-country from...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    "Two shinty teams went into a pub..." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-57329610 ( was first reported on Alba 3 or 4 days ago, when it was ~30 cases )...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Also worth checking that your satnav is not set to update the displayed route every time it finds an alternative that will save more than one minute, while driving through central London... ...just saying....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    From another blog (original poster was tagged Robert Pearson)... The 2 main forms of money we use currently are credit money and currency. Credit money is an IOU from a bank that promises to deliver to the holder, on demand,...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    One of the more disappointing evening outs I remember was failing to find a single drinking establishment selling draft Guiness unchilled... in Dublin. ( the actual choice was very cold or "super cold" ) The levelling down effect of globalisation,...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I dont think many houses on a modern UK estate have either cold or hot water tanks, they dont fit with the ongoing trend of reducing the overall floor space; cold is fed direct from the mains and hot is...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    "your borehole would be 150m deep and drawing heat from a circle 300m or more in diameter" You could locate it in one of Edinburgh's extinct volcanoes... ...the film writes itself (badly, probably)....
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Slight irony in that being completely colour blind means you can't join the police....
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    "atavistic forelock-tugging towards the royals" I'm not sure that treating them like soap stars is that atavistic, but one defence of the royals I've seen is along the lines of: ...given humanity's distressing habit of going weak at the knees,...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Salmond is planning to run 4 candidates in each of the regional elections, none in the individual constituency votes. No doubt he sees himself as holding the balance of power or suchlike. As OGH implies he seems to be unable...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I think it was personal, Trump simply doesn't like Obama. Its possible a lot of Trump's actions were down to personal animosity....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Atlanta is currently 225 to 320 m above mean sea level. Do you think sea levels will actually rise far enough to submerge it? Thats not right, in the words of the song... "I've seen the plywood cities meet their...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    I'm not sure why you need to have a smart meter in order to be able to swap electricity provider ?...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    A couple of comments on the ever-fascinating subject of cricket. There is no "speed limit" on how fast the bowler throws the ball; however there are rules about how they throw it, e.g. the arm being straight at the point...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Could Trump (get others to) organise his own political party, no doubt diverting some public contributions away from the Republicans, but still challenge for the Republican presidential nomination for 2024 ? If not, I can still see him trying to...
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