Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    When my mother went, she was the last of that generation on her side - all my uncles and aunts had predeceased her. Suddenly we — I, my siblings and my maternal cousins — became the senior generation. It's a...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    You've no reason to be aware of this but Charlie has a deep dislike of London Heathrow (probably from when it was a loathsome place indeed). Coupled with the fact that he lives so far from London too, so that...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    When we moved into our current house at the beginning of this century, the pervious owner wanted to keep her number (she was moving across town so staying in the same area code). So we got to get a newly...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Me? Hertfordshire. I'm Oxfnord born. My wife moved from York down to London aged 5. My mother moved from Horsforth down to Kent aged ... I'm not sure, but she then got sent to boarding school in Lausanne, and was...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Ah yes, being as prepared as possible up front does help (and I'm sure Charlie and his family are). My mother entrusted Enduring Power of Attorney to my wife (not me, my wife — Yorkshire women trust each other), and...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    And it's not like it's a fine science, as I discovered in 2013. We knew my mother was in her final illness, but expected it to be a few more weeks (on the judgment of the nursing home staff), so...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    @pigeon See here for locks on the Danube. There's a decent set of them, and I've been through all the ones from the German/Austrian border downstream. The Iron Gate ones are massive, but then you've got Black Sea shipping coming...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    A similar thing happens with canals - the minimum lock size and the maximum vessel size tend to converge. If you're building a new lock on a canal network, it wants to be big enough that the largest vessel using...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    There are plenty that weren't touched. I've ridden a lot of trams in the old centre of Basel which was left pretty much untouched due to it's being Swiss. Conceded, the Basel tram system currently runs into two adjacent countries...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Oh fuck and damn (And younger than me, which makes me feel old ... older)...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    How about recognising how they work? Gravitationally Interacting Massive Particles. Yes, most of the Universe is GIMPs...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    It depends where you are anyway. It's in about ten days time in Ireland at the start of February, and a month later at the start of March in the UK. My understanding is that Australia and New Zealand have...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Are you aware of the Forbes article on how to do this: just use the rain. (tl;dr - on a long enough timescale, the uranium in seawater is replenished by natural leaching, at a rate that's high enough we could...
  • Commented on Typo Hunt: The Labyrinth Index
    For the moon, you can (allowing for suitable materials) hang down from L1, as the Moon doesn't rotate relative to it1. For the Earth endpoint, that's going to be tricker as the planet does rotate. Which means that you want...
  • Commented on Typo Hunt: The Labyrinth Index
    I'm unsure how a polar beanstalk could ever work. Beanstalks do after all rely on having a counterweight so far away that wants to fly away. Or are you thinking of a beanstalk that starts out horizontally at its base?...
  • Commented on Typo Hunt: The Labyrinth Index
    I think you may be assuming more of the Westminster cellars than they can provide. A look at the HoC stock indicates that LBV is an option, but old vintages not. As for the HoL: this PDF shows a single...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    House batteries … probably not a viable retrofit in the UK, but I could be wrong (says the guy living in a home where indoor plumbing was a retrofit, never mind gas, electricity, and broadband). A big problem is the...
  • Commented on What I published in 2018
    Possibly so — conventions in different parts of the world do have different cultures. It's also possibly a failure of communication, something that happens all too often. That's a downside of the conventions being run by ever changing teams of...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I saw them once when they were supporting Megson. They're not quite to my taste, but they're worth trying. Megson are one of our favourite bands. They're a duo (husband and wife) also doing songs based on today rather than...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Seconded. Before setting out on our trip from Norway to Canada, I'd checked to see whether I ought to be getting bandwidth on my O2 contract. It appeared that everywhere we were going except the Faroes was covered. I arrived...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    What do y'all have to do if your employer holds back too much for taxes? Is there a mechanism to claim a refund of excess taxes deducted? Or are y'all just SOL in that case? Simplistically, how much tax you...
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    Yeah. Back in the early days of electric vehicles, the 'replace the batteries' method was used for electric buses (e.g. in Brighton). But buses are vehicles that spend a lot more of their time moving than your typical private car....
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    Yah. As the husband of a Leaf owner, we had our first "You've not got enough range to reach your destination, would you like me to find you a charging point?" the weekend before last, after we ended up heading...
  • Commented on New Guest Blogger: Heather Child
    I think you'd enjoy it - guests next year are Diane Duane, Gareth Powell and Andy Bigwood, the latter two being local (and Andy being one of the convention's founding parents). (Diane is very not-local: she lives in the wilds...
  • Commented on New Guest Blogger: Heather Child
    Hi Heather, glad you could make it. I'm rather a fan of Bristol (scenery, food, drink and people). Perhaps we'll see you at a future BristolCon?...
  • Commented on New Guest Blogger: Heather Child
    Part of what's been exhausting our Charlie is stuff he can't just walk away from. Shit is happening, and until it's over, he's going to be rather short of time to do such trivial stuff as blogging. Which is where...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    In cities, that is. That and the big external water tanks. Rural electricity poles are another matter: they're not worth trying to bury....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    The whole 'electricity lives up poles' thing is one of those dissonances I get from visiting North America — almost as odd as the giant parrots instead of pigeons in Melbourne and Adelaide....
  • Commented on Book launches for The Labyrinth Index
    FWIW, there will probably be a post in a few months, before the paperback edition, at which point any typos and other errors will be requested so they can be corrected for that edition....
  • Commented on Book launches for The Labyrinth Index
    Page 5 of the printed version, and yes, there too....
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