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Bellinghman

  • 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....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    'Homophone for marry' is pretty close to the way my family pronounces 'Marie' as it happens. Plenty would consider that to be the wrong pronunciation for that spelling too. (No, I have no idea whether that's a Leeds area quirk...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    I've read it as being close to the pronunciation used by Scottish MP Mhairi Black. Yes, I know, slightly different spelling and all that, but an 'm for mother' one. (It's similar to a variant pronunciation for the name 'Marie'...
  • Commented on Book launches for The Labyrinth Index
    I finally remembered to wander into Martin's in Letchworth today. Their suppliers have it in stock, so I should get it tomorrow. (I should have finished the final Fractured Europe novel by then)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I'm not offended: I'm a little sceptical about the claim myself, though given the regime was in the last stages of collapse and my grandfather was an officer with their allies, it is not completely implausible. Admiral or General? Nope....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Given that the regime was on its way out at the time, it's quite likely that there isn't, or not that has survived. Debrett's lists it, but I don't know how reliable that is....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Family records can be interesting. My grandfather was awarded a medal for being wounded during WWI, in 1919. Yeah, it's not been diplomatic for a while to mention that the defeat of Germany wasn't the end of the fighting, and...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    explain to the Russians that if they like Kiev, they might want to turn Putin over to us. Are you suggesting giving the rest of the Ukraine to the Russians?...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    In that case you're missing a treat. There are good reasons why Digger won a Hugo....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Indeed. As do train ferries (which is what, when I was young, I though boat trains were for), being the more independent version. The idea of running a train onto a floating vessel of some sort has obvious difficulties, but...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I have never read anything by a woman who had anything good to say about Harlan. If half the population (the women) think someone is a creep, then he is probably a creep. I have. I have a good friend,...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Yeah, I pass that place daily. The presence of farm tractors trundling along the A505 with tanks full of feedstock makes my morning commute interesting - much of the rest of the traffic is at above legal speeds. OTOH, what...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    It's one of the sad consequences of getting older. At least we've got a pretty good chance these days of getting through childhood without losing parents or siblings, but once we're a generation away from our 80s, the chance is...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Yep. Only now it's not a minicomputer, it's your humble laptop. Eventually everything seems to work its way down the stack. I note that the AMD processors sensibly use an Arm core rather than an x86 core for this though....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    You've seen this weird instance of gyroscopic behaviour?...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Approximately 48 per year, it seems But yes, it's the specialists that are the issue, in this and other fields....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    So I'm looking at somewhere between 15 and 30 microfiche cards to hold the number of page images that a CD-ROM might hold. How do you get 1,350 to 3,600 cards? Apples and oranges: the CD is holding plain text...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    It amuses me that the Languedoc region of France is named from the way that down there the word for 'yes' was 'oc' rather than 'oui'. That Scotland, which has most of France and the whole of England in the...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    At the moment it looks like it's the United States that doesn't want to trade with the rest of the world, a position I thought was unique to North Korea....
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