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by bungeejumper
September 23rd, 2018, 1:27 pm
Forum: Pedants' Place
Topic: It's far too late now...
Replies: 30
Views: 339

Re: It's far too late now...

Log tables. Which my maths teacher preferred to the new-fangled slide rules. He did, however, insist that if we were going to use a slide rule (dammit, dammit!), we should first make a mental ballpark calculation as to the order of result that we were expecting. Would it be 30,000 or three million? ...
by bungeejumper
September 23rd, 2018, 1:04 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Soft Southerner
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: Soft Southerner

Yep, ours went on yesterday evening after the outside temp dipped to 8 degrees. We left it on this morning (at lowest level), but now the sun's out in Wiltshire, a factor that doesn't often tend to complicate the issue in Manchester. So it'll be off again this evening. Soft? Not as soft-headed as th...
by bungeejumper
September 23rd, 2018, 11:35 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Does the Earth's mass change?
Replies: 5
Views: 117

Re: Does the Earth's mass change?

ReformedCharacter wrote:
Every day, Earth is bombarded with more than 100 tons of dust and sand-sized particles.

Aha, that explains it. Most of it seems to land on my car. :(

BJ
by bungeejumper
September 23rd, 2018, 9:35 am
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Which bulb?
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: Which bulb?

Can't advise on brightness or colour, except to say that if you do decide on higher brightness (Osram Nightbreakers, etc), you need to reckon on replacing the bulbs every 18 months or so, because they burn out fast. The reason they're brighter is that they're using a thinner filament. Experience has...
by bungeejumper
September 22nd, 2018, 2:17 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Any preppers here?
Replies: 20
Views: 395

Re: Any preppers here?

No problems for me. I've got my intelligent cave in New Zealand, fully equipped with a mini nuclear power supply and a decade's food resources, and a small private army to keep it all together, and an arsenal of death rays that I bought in a CIA garage clearance sale. Now all I need is a way of gett...
by bungeejumper
September 22nd, 2018, 12:12 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Pet Petty Pepper Peeves
Replies: 13
Views: 378

Re: Pet Petty Pepper Peeves

Well, not everyone agrees with the American Professor who said Coconut Oil was POISON, in her lecture in Germany. What was not said at the time was that she acts as a paid consultant for American Soya Oil Producers Association. Do you think that might have a bearing on her comment? Could be. :) But...
by bungeejumper
September 21st, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Whiter than White
Replies: 10
Views: 359

Re: Whiter than White

The phrase 'whiter than white' just makes me think of laundry powder adverts! Gengulphus That places it properly in historic context. From the era when the washing machine was aspirational, and we used powder in it. Probably covers the formative years of most of today's Fools. Okay, let's substitut...
by bungeejumper
September 21st, 2018, 11:29 am
Forum: Pedants' Place
Topic: It's its
Replies: 41
Views: 576

Re: It's its

"The defendant said the judge was an entrenched liar who should be put away for the rest of his life."

"The defendant, said the judge, was an entrenched liar who should be put away for the rest of his life."


Who says punctuation doesn't matter?

BJ
by bungeejumper
September 21st, 2018, 9:46 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Learning Russian
Replies: 10
Views: 208

Re: Learning Russian

Hmmm. Sounds great in principle but if I don't speak Russian and they don't speak English, where do you go from there? If I recall correctly, Condoleezza Rice was the only member of George W Bush's government who spoke any foreign languages at all. (Apart from a smattering of local Hispanic, presum...
by bungeejumper
September 21st, 2018, 9:21 am
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Pet Petty Pepper Peeves
Replies: 13
Views: 378

Re: Pet Petty Pepper Peeves

Though to be fair, coconut is best as a cooking ingredient alongside complementary flavours, for example in a curry. Coconut is fine and dandy as far as it goes (and assuming you don't have false teeth, which I don't.) What the world doesn't seem to have noticed is that it's absolutely loaded with ...
by bungeejumper
September 20th, 2018, 7:15 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: My first non-wear&tear failure on my Toyota
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: My first non-wear&tear failure on my Toyota

Brought my Toyota Yaris 10 years ago. Only normal wear and tear until a couple of weeks ago (48,000 miles). Gearbox now only has 1st 3rd and 6th. Toyota has quoted anything up to £1400. Local garage wanted £1900 for replacement gearbox and clutch. At least Toyota said that their gearbox guy will st...
by bungeejumper
September 20th, 2018, 4:58 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Reasons to be glad summer's over.
Replies: 37
Views: 724

Re: Reasons to be glad summer's over.

However, I would never drown one. If I find one in the sink or bath I just put a glass jar over them and then slide a piece of card over the top of the jar. You can then carry the covered jar outside and release the spider to a long and happy life :D Nice thought, :lol: , and I do the same. But an ...
by bungeejumper
September 20th, 2018, 4:44 pm
Forum: Catastrophe Corner
Topic: fraudsters sentenced
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: fraudsters sentenced

It baffles me why the government banned commission on products sold by at least semi-respectable companies like Standard Life and RSA, but apparently saw no reason to place any restrictions at all on `alternative' (aka fraudulent) investments, which even now are being sold quite legally by fraudste...
by bungeejumper
September 20th, 2018, 2:58 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Racist?
Replies: 27
Views: 511

Re: Racist?

Yes, I also think it odd that "people of colour" is the preferred term whilst "coloured people" is considered offensive. I avoid that by using the term "non-white", although I accept that some would regard that as implying that white is the norm (which in Europe it sti...
by bungeejumper
September 20th, 2018, 1:04 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Racist?
Replies: 27
Views: 511

Re: Racist?

A propos the OP's question, I once watched ten minutes of a Live at the Apollo performance from Reginald D Hunter, who I had quite liked on HIGNFY. Oh my word. RDH went through every overstated racial trope he could think of, to the point where he seemed to be 'mugging' in the blackface style of Lou...
by bungeejumper
September 20th, 2018, 12:51 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Racist?
Replies: 27
Views: 511

Re: Racist?

A word to the wise. "Coloured" is not a terribly PC word these days. Although it's marginally less absurd than "people of color", since we're all one colour or another. Wait long enough, and Donald J Trump is going to start filing lawsuits against people who call him orange. You ...
by bungeejumper
September 20th, 2018, 12:23 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Pet Petty Pepper Peeves
Replies: 13
Views: 378

Re: Pet Petty Pepper Peeves

Even tripe is OK in small amounts in a soup/stew. Though its probably twenty years since I did! I seem to recall that fried tripe and onions was really quite palatable. Although that was a full forty years ago. These days I'm banned from offal altogether because of the cholesterol count. (I have a ...
by bungeejumper
September 20th, 2018, 10:26 am
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: My first non-wear&tear failure on my Toyota
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: My first non-wear&tear failure on my Toyota

So what's gone wrong? Only one of the rear calipers has been playing up and will now have to be replaced. Now some of you will no doubt argue that at this age a sticky caliper should be considered fair wear & tear. I'm afraid I disagree, especially as my tame mechanic mentioned the so-called el...
by bungeejumper
September 20th, 2018, 9:53 am
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Pet Petty Pepper Peeves
Replies: 13
Views: 378

Re: Pet Petty Pepper Peeves

Urrrrgh. Dumplings! I am allergic to dumplings. Nasty, tasteless, stodgy balls of sticky paste which somebody might (or then again, might not) have dunked into gravy in a desperate attempt to give them a bit of interest on the plate. Dumplings stick to the inside of my mouth and throat and make me t...
by bungeejumper
September 19th, 2018, 4:50 pm
Forum: Pedants' Place
Topic: It's its
Replies: 41
Views: 576

Re: It's its

Ah yes, but the whole apostrophe question goes back further and wider than that. I well remember a nearly farm that advertised on its gate that it sold "cucumber's eggs and potatoes". The Ten O'clock News carried an item last week about Venezuelan refugees, illustrated by a large map which...

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