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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    "I am talking about them having no idea what other customer support people had already said or done." You say that as if there are organisations that are not like that?...
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    The interest goes back rather further than that specific organisation, though. A good deal of the British purpose in whipping up Zionism during WW1 was to encourage pressure from interests internal to the US for the US to enter the...
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    If it didn't seem to be of Irish origin I would suspect that "malarkey" and other variants are all erroneous attempts to spell "malarchy"....
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    "Not detecting broken rails is the major failure mode ( pun! ) of Axle-counters & a great vulnerability IMHO." The trouble with axle counters is that they are devices to indicate a particular state, but they do not report that...
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    "not cosying up to terrorists and anti-semites" ...which is the right-wing media soundbite misrepresentative way to describe challenging the establishment narrative of spotless white on one side (the one Britain is on) and unrelieved black on the other, when the...
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    "I really would like to know if I'm correct that gaol is pronounced jail?" People usually spell it like that these days, because the older spelling is just too silly....
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    Well, Bag End is just down the road from Worcester, after all......
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    "And why isn't "slough" spelled "slew"?" ...as in the immortal words of John "Rabbie" Betjeman: Come friendly bombs and fall on Slew It isnae fit fur humans noo There isnae grass tae graze a coo Swarm over, Death!...
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    Something is back to front there. Teddy bears and Cthulhu and the like are cuddly toys. Nobody started calling them "plushies" until quite recently and I always took it to be an Americanism. Similarly it is nothing new to make...
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    Bike magazine some time in the 90s: "You call a slapper a tramp, a tramp a bum, a bum a fanny and a fanny a puh-seh." Part-variant also used by Nanny Ogg in Witches Abroad. And a fag is a...
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    "I'd like to see the government nationalize the tracks & rebuild them along the lines of the interstate highways; double (or triple/quadruple) tracks all the way & replacing all the grade crossings with overpasses/underpasses. Let the railroad companies use the...
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    True, it's not exactly warm and cosy in the winter, and it has a very high roof. On the other hand I believe they've built a bunch of crap around it now so it's more shut in at the side...
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    Did we ever settle how Mhari is supposed to be pronounced? I tend to think of it as Vari (rhyming with starry) but I am not sure if that is correct....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    That's odd. According to Kipling if you wear them out in the rain they go all soggy and turn into pulp dripping down the side of your head, so you end up looking like a complete pillock....
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    Sounds like he must have been pissed... "And we drive on the left." Eh? I was sure you were in the US....
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    "that double break suggests the wood might have been weak" Quite so. Indeed, I'd probably put it a bit more strongly than that; first suspicion would be that something had weakened it - things eating it, too many screw/bolt holes...
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    I've heard it suggested that one reason humans retained head hair is that the upright stance leaves the top of the head as the part of the body most in need of some additional UV protection. Not having any any...
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    "That's also in Swallows and Amazons, if you remember your Ransome." "The way to get cool quick", said Susan, "is to wet the back of your wrists." "I know", said Titty, "like hanging your hands out of the window of...
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    I just eat straight salt. And drink tea by the gallon. (Not at the same time though.)...
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    "using masers you probably don't run into full inverse-square power loss" Masers are not useful for power beaming. The image of a maser as "like a laser only with microwaves" is basically correct (albeit that masers came first), but it...
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    There were mice in this place when I first moved in so I got a cat; all gone within a few months. These days chat napoo but I still get rodent discouragement by proxy because the neighbours now have a...
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    "So, does "black crows" refer to the robes judges wear? Or is it a reference to the traditional Nun's habit?" It refers to the mode of dress of Catholic priests, particularly Irish ones. "Blackbeetles" is another name for them of...
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    Over here, of course, having the whole place shut down because of a little bit of snow is something that happens every year because they know it happened last year and the year before and the year before that etc....
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    I've four-wheel-drifted a minibus round a roundabout, but I've never had a chance to try it with a double-decker :)...
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    If I'm not real then for sure none of you lot even exist....
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    The usual thing I'm aware of is to carry a chunk of old carpet in the back of the car. Or even two....
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    "I've got to figure out a way to test the brake lights without having to get another person to help (by watching them or stepping on the brake for me while I watch them)." I do it by backing up...
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    Very important item of camping equipment is a 3kW site radiant and a 19kg propane bottle to run it from. If you tip it horizontal you can use it as a cooker and in its normal position it will keep...
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    They probably would if they got a chance to actually try it. It's jolly nice....
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    "They think some cave "paintings" use red ochre and the shape of parts of the cave to represent vulva." These days of course people just take a picture of the cunt-shaped fissure and post it on twitter. Anastomosed tree trunks...
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