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Things that make you go oooh thread....

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Re: Things that make you go oooh thread....

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Postby sg31 » June 19th, 2019, 9:56 pm

jfgw wrote:
sg31 wrote:I recall getting some additional wall units for my kitchen...

Didn't they come with adjustable brackets like these?

https://www.toolstation.com/hafele-nylo ... ate/p96843

Julian F. G. W.

I didn't actually say that, it was Snorvey.

Nearly all modern units I fit come with the adjustable brackets.

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Postby Snorvey » June 19th, 2019, 10:01 pm

These were slightly second hand units (same kitchen type though) acquired from the neighbour who's missus thought it was alright to strip out a perfectly good kitchen for something more to her taste.

They weren't adjustable though

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Postby XFool » June 19th, 2019, 11:55 pm

Snorvey wrote:And today's discovery of the day is how to tell what side your fuel filler cap is. I'd never noticed the wee arrow next to the petrol pump symbol before....

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Nope. Still can't see it. Should I get my eyes tested?

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Postby vrdiver » June 20th, 2019, 12:07 am

Bottom right - fuel gauge - central icon under the curve - image of a petrol pump with a triangle pointing to the left, indicating the fuel filler cap is on the left of the vehicle.

On mine there is no arrow (or triangle). The indication comes from the graphic, with the fuel line on the petrol pump being the indicator. The car shows it to be on the right (which it is) and the motorhome shows it to be on the left (again, which it is).

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Postby XFool » June 20th, 2019, 10:20 pm

vrdiver wrote:Bottom right - fuel gauge - central icon under the curve - image of a petrol pump with a triangle pointing to the left, indicating the fuel filler cap is on the left of the vehicle.

Oh right! Thanks. I thought the funny looking orange thing on the left was the petrol pump icon. But that seemed to have something on both sides.
I now see it is showing the car doors from above - I think.

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Postby swill453 » June 21st, 2019, 4:38 am

vrdiver wrote:On mine there is no arrow (or triangle). The indication comes from the graphic, with the fuel line on the petrol pump being the indicator. The car shows it to be on the right (which it is) and the motorhome shows it to be on the left (again, which it is).

Neither works in my campervan. No arrow, and the fuel line on the pump graphic is on the wrong side.

(Peugeot Boxer 2010, fuel cap on left.)

Scott

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Postby vrdiver » June 21st, 2019, 12:01 pm

swill453 wrote:Neither works in my campervan. No arrow, and the fuel line on the pump graphic is on the wrong side.

(Peugeot Boxer 2010, fuel cap on left.)

Mine's a Boxer, 2017. Wonder when they adopted the protocol?

Alternatively - you've been fueling it wrong! :lol:

VRD

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Postby Snorvey » December 8th, 2019, 7:42 pm

The wife has a pal who lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. Currently it's minus 20 and the monkeys there are fearing for their nuts. It's forecast to warm up to minus ten by Thursday.

Saskatchewan is longitude 52.9399° N

Currently in the NE of Scotland it's about 6 degrees, rising to 12 degrees on Tuesday.

Lossiemouth is longitude 57.7216° N

Sometimes we don't know how lucky we are.

God bless the North Atlantic Drift

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Atlantic_Current

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Postby AleisterCrowley » December 8th, 2019, 8:07 pm

A friend of my mum lives in Saskatchewan, near the wonderfully-named 'Moose Jaw'
I didn't realise it was so far south...
(and don't you mean latitude?!)

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Postby scotia » December 8th, 2019, 8:16 pm

Snorvey wrote:The wife has a pal who lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. Currently it's minus 20 and the monkeys there are fearing for their nuts. It's forecast to warm up to minus ten by Thursday.

Saskatchewan is longitude 52.9399° N

Currently in the NE of Scotland it's about 6 degrees, rising to 12 degrees on Tuesday.

Lossiemouth is longitude 57.7216° N

Sometimes we don't know how lucky we are.

God bless the North Atlantic Drift

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Atlantic_Current

My niece and her family live on a farm in Saskatchewan. When the temperature really drops, the school bus does not operate, and the kids have a holiday. In such temperatures they cannot risk a bus breaking down with the children as passengers.
And returning to Caithness (Scotland) - my wife tells a tale of a gamekeeper's son who had to board in Wick during the week to go to school - since his home was deep in the Caithness outback. He went home at weekends, but his fear was that when the snow arrived he could be marooned in Wick for the winter. So as soon as he saw a fleck of snow, he was up and away - and only returned to school in late spring.

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Postby Snorvey » December 8th, 2019, 9:11 pm

(and don't you mean latitude?!)

Probably. I always get then mixed up.

It's one of the tudes anyway.

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Postby AleisterCrowley » December 8th, 2019, 9:39 pm

Just remember "Northerly latitudes" and you will never get confused again, ever.
I used to get confused because the 'lines of latitude' run east/west (which makes sense of course as, for example, 53 degrees North is a circle around the earth parallel to the equator)
Longitude, how far round you are, is much more difficult to measure. Thankfully Harrison's impressive maritime cock came to the rescue in the 18th century

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Postby mc2fool » December 8th, 2019, 11:12 pm

AleisterCrowley wrote:Thankfully Harrison's impressive maritime cock came to the rescue in the 18th century

Was that like Melville's moby dick? :D

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Postby UncleEbenezer » December 9th, 2019, 12:38 am

Snorvey wrote:It's one of the tudes anyway.

An attitude for those who lack aptitude and would speak platitudes. 8-)

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Postby bungeejumper » December 9th, 2019, 9:17 am

Snorvey wrote:The wife has a pal who lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. Currently it's minus 20 and the monkeys there are fearing for their nuts. It's forecast to warm up to minus ten by Thursday.

Saskatchewan is longitude 52.9399° N

Currently in the NE of Scotland it's about 6 degrees, rising to 12 degrees on Tuesday.

Lossiemouth is longitude 57.7216° N


I came across this rather thought-provoking map, which transposes North American cities onto the European map and vice versa. https://brilliantmaps.com/cities-transposed-latitude/ . It shows, among other things, that Berlin is pretty much on a tude with London and Amsterdam. And that most Canadian cities are of French or Mediterranean tudiness.

All of which would come as a bit of a shock to us softy Brits. When I was studying in Berlin, the thermometer hit minus twenty and stayed there for two weeks. And the ice on the city's lakes eventually reached two feet in thickness. (The anglers were drilling holes with scaffold poles and fishing like eskimos.) It's the land mass that determines how cold it gets in winter, not just the northerliness. That and the prevailing east wind, which comes straight across the Siberian steppes to freeze the bones. No wonder the Poles like it so much in southern Britain. :lol:

BJ

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Postby UncleEbenezer » December 9th, 2019, 10:44 am

bungeejumper wrote:All of which would come as a bit of a shock to us softy Brits. When I was studying in Berlin, the thermometer hit minus twenty and stayed there for two weeks.

That's going to happen anywhere continental: I recollect the year I moved to Bavaria the whole of November passed without the thermometer ever rising to freezing point. Even as far south as the med: where I lived near Rome had - despite being pretty maritime - a colder (though shorter) winter than here in southwest England.
No wonder the Poles like it so much in southern Britain. :lol:
BJ

Clearly meant with humour, but of course in reality people with real winters have houses much better-built for them. My Swedish granny felt colder in the mild Sussex winter than back home.

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Postby bungeejumper » December 9th, 2019, 2:10 pm

UncleEbenezer wrote:
bungeejumper wrote:No wonder the Poles like it so much in southern Britain. :lol:
BJ

Clearly meant with humour, but of course in reality people with real winters have houses much better-built for them. My Swedish granny felt colder in the mild Sussex winter than back home.

Fair point, obviously. My own crummy little top-floor flat in Berlin had triple glazing on the windows, which had been there ever since the block was built in the 1880s. And the building had had practically no maintenance or improvement since then - as was apparent from the fact that the centre of the block had been blown away by an Allied bombing raid in 1945 and still hadn't been cleared up after 26 years of peace. ;)

Two memories stand out about the cold. The first was that you could get badly frost-burned around the ears if you were stupid to try and walk around in minus 20C. Your extremities would immediately turn into heat-emitting radiators, and the outward passage of your body heat into the air could be just as physically damaging as the inward transfer of heat would be if you accidentally touched a hotplate. After half a mile the dangers of simply slipping into exhaustion and hypothermia were very real. The locals warned us about it, and they weren't kidding. Even the vegetarians wore fur boots and mufflers.

The second recollection was that, after two weeks of minus 20C, the footpaths had turned into three or four inches of coal-ice. Successive layers of frost and soot, then more frost and more soot, with no thaw for weeks on end, had left you walking on a frozen black lasagne that took more than a month to disperse. And all this a few miles north of Watford. :D

BJ

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Postby Snorvey » December 9th, 2019, 2:46 pm

I came across this rather thought-provoking map, which transposes North American cities onto the European map and vice versa. https://brilliantmaps.com/cities-transposed-latitude/ .

Christ, we would be just below Oslo (i.e. in the deepest, coldest Canadian outback). It looks like it gets pretty damn warm in the summertime too - probably far too warm for my Scottish blood. It would appear that Saskatchewan is weather hell for me.

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Postby neversay » December 9th, 2019, 2:53 pm

What @Snovey didn't say is that his odometer was on 76,000 miles before he purchased the 'paint stirrer' drill attachment. :P

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Postby Snorvey » December 9th, 2019, 3:04 pm

scotia wrote:....but his fear was that when the snow arrived he could be marooned in Wick for the winter. So as soon as he saw a fleck of snow, he was up and away - and only returned to school in late spring.


To be fair, the thought of being trapped in Wick at anytime of the year would scare the hell out of me.

Which reminds me of the original Billy Connolly 'World Tour of Scotland'

Pre Tour, Billy and his tour manager are lying on the beach in Dubai. 40 degrees, waiters bringing them drinks with little umbrellas in and so on. The tour manager turns to Billy and says.

'This time next month, we'll be in Wick Billy'

'F******g Wick!'


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