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  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Yeah - we've a small stash of oven bulbs, to ensure when one does die we can replace it and then later go buy a replacement. The relative inefficiency of incandescent bulbs in an oven isn't a problem - my...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    To be fair, I don't know how much gas was in the pipes when they broke. Presumably they weren't at working pressure (200 bar), and if they were at less than 8-10 bar it would less than the water around...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    When I was young, we had a small herd of goats, which would go up the down-angled half-collapsed branches of our willow trees, because the leaves were tasty. We also had a calf, which was being fattened up from the...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Being a clueless Yank and having no idea where Trier is, I checked. Hey, I'm a right-pondian, and I couldn't have said where it is until recently, and I'd not been there until less than a year ago, when (due...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Yeah. 'Necographers' are people who attempt to measure the world by reference to cats...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    FWIW, our house (1980s build) will probably benefit from air-to-air, because it currently does use blown hot air for heating. But yeah, that's unusual in British housing stock. (We've also got straw internal walls - heavily compressed panels that are...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    A TGV trainset is 4.05 metres tall From ground plane to where? I'm sure that's taller than a trailer car, and I think it's taller than the aerodynamics fairings on the power cars so I suspect that figure is ground...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    The odd thing is that, once we got away from muscle power, we explored the most energy-efficient forms of travel (boat, rail) first Odd? Those existed as muscle powered transport (canal barges, the first tramways) because they were viable with...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    We flew back from Munich last night. Few people were wearing masks until they got to the gate. The same was applicable on the trams and S-bahn trains - pretty much everyone was only masking up when about to board....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Speaking of Archer, my former brother-in-law wrote a biography of him, The informal family chat was that there were may more instances of dishonesty and the like, but they weren't provable, and so they got left out. He also found...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Wow. Three recalls in 4 years, for fire problems? Eek!...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    What about fallow deer? I'd say they're more visible in the English countryside than roe deer are. (I personally have seen more muntjac than roe, but I've not seen wild red at all. Perhaps had I lived in the Scottish...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    It also suggests that bisexuality in men is much commoner ... Except that the rapists don't (usually) think they're indulging in homosexual activity. This is about power, not about sex...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Hah. There are places in South East England where mobile phone reception is non-existent, or was until very recently. Another commenter's home (until recently) was in one of those blackspots, at the bottom of a Kent valley. As it's a...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Yeah. My 'research' came up with two different names, the one I expected, and then a different Tory scumbag. I suspect both of them, but I presume only one has been arrested this time. If the other gets named, then...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Agreed, not due to deafness, but because prat navs have done things like tell me to turn right at a junction clearly signposted "Left turn only". Yeah, like my last visit to Bristol, where the city council had decided to...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    It may indeed be — but that still doesn't guarantee there can't be a collision anyway. Anecdata: about 18 months ago, I was crossing a lights-controlled crossroads in a nearby town named (look away, Charlie) Baldock. A learner driver in...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    It relies on the assumption of shared context that isn't necessarily shared. If I'm facing upstream and you're facing downstream, the meanings we infer from left and right are completely different. You're assuming the direction refers to "facing downstream", following...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    When I was young, we lived in a converted water mill and had some land along the river, on which land grew decent sized willow trees. And willows are quite fast growing, meaning we had lots of tree limbs that...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Back when I was an Engineering student, I did a summer course in surveying. One of the days my partner and I spent using theodolites to pinpoint a set of survey points round a few acres of soggy Cambridge. We...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    My Covid app has been bitching every couple of hours for the last few days that I was been in close contact with someone who has since tested positive, on both Sunday and Monday. Why yes, I did spend quite...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Yeah, airports themselves are scary for that. Aircraft are fine - the ability to use the air nozzles to keep you in properly filtered air is great, but those horribly congested checkin queues are nasty. I (we) got CV at...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    local rural hydro, which could be really useful - think of all the old water-mills & weirs, everywhere. When I were a lad, we did that. My parents bought and converted an old water mill on the Great Ouse, and...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Like air conditioning, only in reverse. Our AC unit, in our main bedroom, will happily work in reverse. In winter it's the cheapest way of heating the room — it's like having a ceiling-mounted fan heater pointing down at us....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    I'm pretty certain that Charlie has not only heard of it, but is aware of its reputation of being entirely focused on being nutritious without wasting any effort on being actually nice. I doubt it's actively nasty — I suspect...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Not that I'm aware - they're normal Reynardish colours...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Oh how sweet: they accept donations in Bitcoin and Etherium...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    That's as per design. The phones themselves are powered from the exchange, over the copper wires. The exchanges were designed with sufficient battery backup to run them for a period (and hopefully they've got backup generators for when the batteries...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Blackpool? There was an Eastercon there, back in 2004, which was memorable in its awfulness. Charlie was there, as was his wife. At one point my wife and I were walking with her back to their hotel, and we were...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Though a little research tells me that the Baltic Fleet may indeed be stationed at Kalinigrad. Which makes me think that the ships at Kotlin are a subsidiary force...
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