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by scotia
March 25th, 2019, 12:20 am
Forum: Sports Bar (all sports)
Topic: Poor old Fort William FC
Replies: 17
Views: 1734

Re: Poor old Fort William FC

And to rub salt into the wounds, a few weeks ago they were leading Wick Academy by one goal to nil when the referee abandoned the game due to a waterlogged pitch.
Never mind, given some recent Scotland performances, maybe there's hope for some of the Fort William players.
by scotia
March 25th, 2019, 12:12 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: measuring numbers
Replies: 2
Views: 34

measuring numbers

The recent demo in central London was said to have been attended by estimates that range from hundreds of thousands to a few million. The BBC (and I suspect others) has excellent aerial pictures of the event. Is there no readily available software that could give an accurate head count from such pho...
by scotia
March 24th, 2019, 10:43 pm
Forum: Venture Capital Trusts (VCT's)
Topic: Total Shareholder Return
Replies: 3
Views: 152

Re: Total Shareholder Return

And I'm another unhappy bunny with the demise of the two Mobeus dris
by scotia
March 23rd, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: How much would you pay for breakfast?
Replies: 41
Views: 613

Re: How much would you pay for breakfast?

Where is the porridge? Otherwise my other half would mark it as a fail.
by scotia
March 23rd, 2019, 12:35 am
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: Bird song app
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Bird song app

Not really an answer to your query - but I use an elderly copy of the CD-ROM Guide to British Birds which contains recordings of songs and calls. However - beware of Starlings which can mimic a whole range of Bird Calls, and other sounds. The Trim Phone Ring used to be a favourite. And Blackbirds ar...
by scotia
March 23rd, 2019, 12:14 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Who's signing the petition?
Replies: 114
Views: 1805

Re: Who's signing the petition?

I suspect the number signing the petition is significantly smaller than those who would like to sign it. Many elderly couples, if they have internet connectivity, use a single email address. I understand that only one vote is allowed per email address - and this is checked. So there is possibly a fa...
by scotia
March 21st, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Who's signing the petition?
Replies: 114
Views: 1805

Re: Who's signing the petition?

JohnB wrote:The petition is more popular than Glastonbury, stay up late to sign it

I think you may have to stay up very late! The Server is down again this evening.
by scotia
March 20th, 2019, 11:40 pm
Forum: Investment Trusts and Unit Trusts
Topic: Schiehallion Fund
Replies: 11
Views: 608

Re: Schiehallion Fund

In small print in the Issue Statistics - "The minimum subscription per investor is US$5 million."
by scotia
March 20th, 2019, 11:21 pm
Forum: Investment Trusts and Unit Trusts
Topic: Schiehallion Fund
Replies: 11
Views: 608

Re: Schiehallion Fund

Dod101 wrote:Pronounced 'Shehallion' simple really. Nice mountain in central Scotland.

The mountain has a conical shape - so was used to (indirectly) measure the Gravitational Constant by measuring the deviation from the vertical of a big plumb bob, caused by the attraction of the mountain (in 1776).
by scotia
March 20th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Overskredet sparvhuje
Replies: 10
Views: 338

Re: Overskredet sparvhuje

It was a manned police helicopter what did for us, Guv. and we were definitely in Sweden, near Ljungby to be precise. I believe that the Swedish Police had Bell 47G2 helicopters at that time - but I have never heard them called sparrows nor sparrow hawks. The Bell 47 was used in the American TV ser...
by scotia
March 20th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Office Conversation of the Day
Replies: 89
Views: 2377

Re: Office Conversation of the Day

I used to get Hotspur, Rover, Wizard and Champion, once I had grown out of Dandy, Beano and Knockout. I remember the Hotspur, Rover, Wizard and Adventure - all with stories mainly in prose - which I think ultimately led to their downfall. My particular favourite was "I flew with Braddock"...
by scotia
March 18th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Office Conversation of the Day
Replies: 89
Views: 2377

Re: Office Conversation of the Day

brightncheerful wrote:However, threepenny bits used to be silver before the brass threepenny bit took over.

Silver threepenny bits were hoarded to put in the Christmas pudding. I don't know how many were swallowed by the kids, but, being a noble metal, they were ultimately returned unaffected.
by scotia
March 17th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: BBC Presenters
Replies: 26
Views: 1138

Re: BBC Presenters

A bit like the question: "Do you know the Queen's English?". Apostrophe or elision? TJH That's interesting - my first thought was that the rule regarding its and it's could be applied, but we have a problem with the plural. My second thought was to ban the use of an elision, but on anothe...
by scotia
March 17th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Office Conversation of the Day
Replies: 89
Views: 2377

Re: Office Conversation of the Day

By the early fifties the use of the farthing was, in my experience, uncommon, although the ha'penny (halfpenny) was in everyday use. But I remember clearly the farthing's beautiful image of a Wren, however I had to look up (on Google) the ha'penny to remind me of its decoration - a sailing galleon.
by scotia
March 16th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: BBC Presenters
Replies: 26
Views: 1138

Re: BBC Presenters

Returning to the original grouch concerning slipping standards at the BBC (since the weather today is too appalling to venture forth on the loch), I understand that Radio Announcers no longer wear Dinner Jackets when reading the evening news. I do hope that what they wear is not nothing.
by scotia
March 15th, 2019, 10:16 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: BBC Presenters
Replies: 26
Views: 1138

Re: BBC Presenters

The season doesn't open until tomorrow. When I'll be attempting not to catch nothing. The brown trout fishing season has started with gale force winds, lashing rain and some hail to liven up affairs, all combined with sub-arctic temperatures. I'm afraid I cannot confirm that I haven't caught nothing.
by scotia
March 14th, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Catastrophe Corner
Topic: Is this a warning?
Replies: 5
Views: 525

Re: Is this a warning?

my professional experience is that with the large majority of the UK population at large their ignorance re financial maters is staggering, and that, at the end of the day, is why these sorts of things happen I agree with your general sentiments concerning the financial ignorance of the general pub...
by scotia
March 14th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: That May Brexit strategy in full
Replies: 14
Views: 760

Re: That May Brexit strategy in full

The SNP as tightly-controlled is more like the Westminster parties once were. No, they're not at all like the ERG: their vision is of independence within a close relationship of trading, cooperation, and freedoms. I beg to differ. Their sole unifying policy is independence. The following quote is f...
by scotia
March 14th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: BBC Presenters
Replies: 26
Views: 1138

Re: BBC Presenters

bungeejumper wrote:I went fishing the other day, and just for once I didn't catch nothing. I came home with an absolute monster of a head cold. :lol:

Its a good job you didn't catch a brown trout. The season doesn't open until tomorrow. When I'll be attempting not to catch nothing.
by scotia
March 14th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: That May Brexit strategy in full
Replies: 14
Views: 760

Re: That May Brexit strategy in full

Various responses have suggested decentralisation, and a new electoral system which would require parties to work together. Well - we have tried it in Scotland - and what did we get - the most tightly controlled political party in charge, hell bent on independence at all costs. Does it remind you of...

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