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Bellinghman

  • Commented on Story time!
    Ah, we were last there for the 2017 Worldcon, which I note is before the new stations opened. Oh dear, we'll have to return. (There was a rather violent storm while we were there - it ripped off roofs and...
  • Commented on Story time!
    My wife and I like travelling the local metro systems - or lacking that the local tram system - when we visit cities1. As in, collecting all the stops on all the lines. So yes, we've done Helsinki's simple Y...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Kalgoorlie is about 340 miles from Perth, so might be out in your badlands. And eyeballing it, Broken Hill is about 250 miles from Adelaide. Those are the only two mining settlements I've visited and I've not checked the rest...
  • Commented on Story time!
    why do they even bother to pretend to be different? Basically, because they hope to get more of the total market by tweaking the formula in different directions, and then branding those different variants so people know what to expect....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I think you may be maligning T2 - it was opened in 2014. But yes, the previous T2 was pretty awful. T1 is gone for now, and it's T3 that's the remnant of the old Heathrow despite a refurb. As...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Yes. In the case of Terminal 5 (or just T5), it's effectively a new airport with its own terminal building, car parks, bus station, rail station, motorway junction, &c., that happens to share the runways and ATC of the old...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    After Worldcon in 2010, we took the train from Sydney to Perth and spent a few days in Perth before then going due north to HK and spending some time there as well. So yeah, we've been there. And we've...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    It appears there are direct flights from Perth to Auckland ......
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    We're perfectly happy with Heathrow as long as we're in the new airport rather than the old. If we were having to fly to a hub anyway, we might make a different choice, but we quite like LHR T5 —...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    But I'm told that, even if you are simply changing planes in the USA, you will need a visa. That is my understanding too. Which for us means that next year's trip to NZ will not be going all the...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Bizarrely I heard/saw a travel log where this was supposed to be based on a town on the northeast area of the UK. Specifically a particular house in Lavenham. If it thinks Lavenham is in the northeast area of the...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    On the cooking front, can I just note that the terms "stove" and "oven" are linguistically ambiguous? Yup. What I think of when I hear the word 'stove' is an integrated unit with hob and oven(s) in it, but our...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Very much this. I am the cook in our household, and I am very used to cooking with a gas hob. It's decades since I last regularly used an electric one, and I don't miss it. Having said which, when...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I have certainly used my driver's licence on flights between the UK and the Republic of Ireland (though having my passport on me as well, just in case). But I've also travelled between them without showing any ID at all,...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    It seems to be a particularly US assumption that names are first/middle/last. That may have come from British common practice, but it doesn't half fail to cope with (some?) Hispanic custom. I spy yet another attempt to map a bunch...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    My first wife and her sisters were not given any middle names, though their elder brother does have one. The reason was that they are triplets, and their parents didn't feel up to coming up with 6 names rather than...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Nasty problems there. I'm starting to wonder if, instead of building in the water, it's possible to do desert geothermal: you pump the heat into a big, bare mountain nearby. As the mountain heats up, a combination of radiation of...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Wild rice isn't rice (though it is related), so possibly not. FWIW, wild rice has been commercially grown in Minnesota since the 1950s. Which reminds me, I really ought to find out if the stuff I have in the cupboard...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    There was this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Pneumatic_Despatch_Company - promising, but not a success in the longer term...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    A one day con that usually leads us staying the night before and the night after. (We were in the Temple Bar a few weeks ago, and it's really weird being there without a con going on)...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    When it comes to Scottish flight routes, things do get a bit weird, including the Westray route (fastest flight being under a minute)....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    We're train (and ship) people where possible. But oops, we really hadn't noticed that that train doesn't run during the convention's period. And asking our friend from ChCh to come collect us from Picton might be a little bit of...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    And also volume - a certain person of our acquaintance will rock up to a Swiss or German bar and say "Bitte zwei dezi wein" to get a sensible size glass of wine ('dezi' being the rounding down of 'decilitre')....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    My wife and I are intending to do CoNZealand, flying in to Auckland, taking the train down to Wellington (where a friend has offered to put us up) and then after carying on down to Christchurch. As a Kiwi, does...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    I have no idea whether you found him or not. He was certainly around, particularly in the real ale bar, and he was on some panels, but I do know what he looks like which makes it easier to spot...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Sorry - I did try warning though back at #14 If you are in the Heathrow area early enough, you could try anyway. There's an unwillingness to send people away if they've actually come all that way....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It wasn't 52% either. It was 52% of the people who actually voted, something like 27% of the total population IIRC. If the people who decided not to vote last time all came in one one side or the other,...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    That is my experience too. https://www.ytterbium.org.uk/membership/...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Ytterbium membership is closed, except possibly for a very small number of day memberships on the door (and that, depending on the day). I note that David Täht squeaked in. Your badge will be made today, sir....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Hay-on-Wye is a fine town, though my only visit actually involved attending a wedding. On the other hand the bride has since won various literary prizes including a Hugo and a Prometheus, so it was an excellent venue....
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