Clive Feather

Clive Feather

  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    I have an RCD (actually, three of them for complicated reasons) at the consumer unit, which is what we used to call the fuse box. That's normal practice in the UK. It's not normally to have RCDs at the individual...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    Assorted comments ... I learned to ride a motorbike (only a 50cc Honda) and passed my test on it before starting to learn to drive a car. Got a 90cc one and drove unreasonable distances to my summer job and...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    @1582 Which is why when I'm feeling particularly pissed off with the "everyone is the same" bullshit from the far northern wastelands I ask "how is your third female leader different from her predecessors. She's the one who broke the...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    @1514: Many/most of those "grievances" were copied directly from the Bill Of Rights 1688: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/aep/WillandMarSess2/1/2/introduction...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    the tower can easily (with today's tech) determine the round-trip time to the nanosecond. (Modern cell phone towers may also be able to roughly determine direction, but I don't know that). It's been a few years since I was...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    1419: UK law requires (full-time) employees to get at least 28 days of leave per year. 20 of these can only be taken in the leave year; the other 8 can be carried forward to the next year, but only...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    I learned somewhere (I forget where) that the reason that child benefit was not means-tested and went to the mother (who collected it from the post office during the day) was to ensure that it didn't get spent by the...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    I've seen news items from wherever it was that someone stole a massive great steel girder bridge and weighed it in for scrap. (And we thought we had it bad with railway signalling cables...) I've been told by a...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Sounds kinky to me. "Kinky is using a feather. Perverted is using the entire chicken."...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    712 Polish women have an advantage in that they're a relatively short train ride or drive away from Germany (and six other states with land borders, of which two are in the EU) Charlie: Poland has land borders with 7...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    Greg, wildly off-topic, but there is no such thing as "Helensburgh Junction". The junction is called "Craigendoran". More precisely, the junction is "Craigendoran Junction" (TIPLOC CRGDRNJ) while the station is just "Craigendoran" (TIPLOC CRGDRN, CRS code CGD)....
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Pedal power to drive a dynamo to power an electric motor outside the life system, sure, but that's going to be very lossy. "very"? Back in 1980, the rule of thumb for a diesel-electric loco (basically anything numbered between 10000...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    (Throwing rocks from the moon) Doing some finger-in-the-air numbering ... Escape velocity from the earth (ignoring atmospheric drag) is about 11 km/s. The point of equal attraction between the earth and moon is "high" enough that we can approximate it...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    560 If they want to increase capacity for rail freight then they should be building a freight line. Durrrr. Not building a passenger route which manages to be both grossly overspecified and grossly underspecified at the same time, which "relieves...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    558 The UK rail infrastructure is in a bad place insofar as it's close to saturation, and has express trains running on the same tracks as local commuter services. High speed trains take longer to stop and accelerate, so need...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    I had a question about icebergs in my Physics A-level exam: basically how long would it take an iceberg moved to the tropics as a water supply to melt in sunlight? How long would it take if melted using electric...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    1082: well, it's not automatic - there's someone at a panel of switches. But it's Absolute Block - a plane can't be let into a section until the previous train has left it and there's a red bar between...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    So you're in the back yard and there's a sharp stabbing sensation, and when you look round there's a chicken looking at you innocently. Or "innocently". They're too dumb to realise that they're not giant man-eating dinosaurs any more......
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    1107: Nick, you've misunderstood me. The deconstruction blog entries have got to somewhere over half way through the sixth Narnia book (The Magician's Nephew). (Ana and I both use the "order written" schema, not the "order within Narnian history" one.)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    On cheese ... When I was in the TA (Army Reserves) more than half a lifetime ago, we got issued something called "Compo" when on exercise. This was a large cardboard box full of tin cans. Add some bread and...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    1082: well, it's not automatic - there's someone at a panel of switches. But it's Absolute Block - a plane can't be let into a section until the previous train has left it and there's a red bar between them....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    1062: 03, 08 and 09 usually divert to a standard landline so it is sometimes possible to find that number and call directly. Companies tend to hate people doing that because they get a cut of the premium rate charge...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    A comment on the recent Japan airport collision (sorry, still in catch-up mode): Over the years there have been various accidents, more or less serious, and near-misses where two planes have tried to occupy the same piece of airport real...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    84: you might want to look at Ana Mardoll's deconstruction of Narnia (she's part way through book 6 at present)....
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    1498 Most fine days, April - October ... I see one of these flying over - the engine note is quite distinctive. I get those occasionally. But the daily traffic overhead tends to be a pair of Spitfires either wingtip-to-wingtip...
  • Commented on Pushing it back
    The current concrete schools fuss is a particular type of concrete designed to be cheap and short-term. Only nobody replaced it in time. It's not characteristic of most concretes. Wooden writing tablets can last longer than you think. The Vindolandia...
  • Commented on Do my Laundry
    If not ... there'll be a New Management cameo in which fearless journalists from the Daily Express get their hands on a GRAVEDUST machine and try to use it to interview the ghost of Diana, Princess of Wales (because they...
  • Commented on Do my Laundry
    Napoleonic planning: if I recall correctly, Napoleon ordered trees to be planted along the sides of roads to provide shade for marching soldiers. "But it will take 20 years" "Then you'd better get started immediately." Railway signalling: I hope OGH...
  • Commented on Do my Laundry
    Didn't most of the Alfar get sent off to fight ISIS? Or am I confusing a proposal with fact? Argh: not the Strategic Reserve....
  • Commented on Do my Laundry
    Looking forward to the amusement when an Australian agent in Canada tries to follow up a request from the CIA and gets it horribly wrong due to a cultural misunderstanding ("you say trojan, we say, where's the horse?"). "Thong" is...
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