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by Tizer
18 Feb 2020, 09:33
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5201
Views: 364616

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Mind boggling!...
`Why Amazon knows so much about you' LINK
by Tizer
18 Feb 2020, 09:30
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 11676
Views: 463476

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posh exercise weight marketed to health conscious celebrities at an exorbitant price?
by Tizer
17 Feb 2020, 16:48
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 7871
Views: 332804

Re: POLITICS CORNER

Tripps wrote:
17 Feb 2020, 11:32
They'll be hugging each other when it's over.
...coronavirus permitting! :extrawink:
by Tizer
17 Feb 2020, 10:29
Forum: Natural World
Topic: Homing Frogs
Replies: 104
Views: 12612

Re: Homing Frogs

None here yet. Perhaps Julie's are immigrants having crossed the North Sea in the back of a wagon! :extrawink:
by Tizer
17 Feb 2020, 10:24
Forum: Local History Topics
Topic: FORGOTTEN CORNERS
Replies: 4307
Views: 275997

Re: FORGOTTEN CORNERS

Coming from Blackburn and its terraces in hard, shiny red brick I still remember my first visit to London. I was on the coach and as it entered the London suburbs what struck me most was the weird yellow bricks used in the houses! :smile:
by Tizer
17 Feb 2020, 10:13
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS
Replies: 2731
Views: 180709

Re: DIALECT AND WORD MEANINGS

One for the Tripps word list: `unchurched'. I saw it this morning in a news report where it was used to describe the north-west part of the US as being less religious than the rest: Washington in particular has an unchurched, environmentally-conscious population. Wikipedia states: In research on rel...
by Tizer
17 Feb 2020, 10:04
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Seen in the News
Replies: 366
Views: 5662

Re: Seen in the News

Whippy, I think the foams such as polyisocyanurate are not recycled as such but may be ground down to granules and re-used as an insulation filler. One of the problems is that in cladding they are often bonded with other materials and this influences what you can do with the composites. Burning the ...
by Tizer
16 Feb 2020, 10:27
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 11676
Views: 463476

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

I wonder if it's a contraption in Stanley's loft for hoisting him out of bed in the morning, like in the Wallace & Grommit `Wrong Trousers' film. It then slides him down a chute into his chair in the kitchen where Jack is cooking him breakfast. :smile:
by Tizer
16 Feb 2020, 10:22
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 11190
Views: 520579

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

Possibly Tiz but all I know is that the diagnostic programme flagged up numerous errors all connected with 'water ingress'. My point is that as it had not been in deep water, how did water get in? If a vehicle is only viable in dry weather there is a design flaw somewhere. I can't find any reports ...
by Tizer
16 Feb 2020, 10:05
Forum: Animals and Pets
Topic: Wildlife Corner
Replies: 862
Views: 62711

Re: Wildlife Corner

I'm familiar with the Kookaburra song because Mrs Tiz knows it. I asked her how she knows it and she thinks it was a camp fire song when she was in the Girl Guides. Diverting off topic but... I wonder whether it would be a benefit if all children had to join the scouts or guides? They would learn a ...
by Tizer
16 Feb 2020, 09:52
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: OBITUARIES
Replies: 1218
Views: 106793

Re: OBITUARIES

I too wouldn't have known who she was if it hadn't been for her being mentioned in yesterday's paper and Mrs Tiz telling me she did the Love Island show. I note that her death was the first item on the Radio 4 news and BBC news web site this morning, beating Storm Dennis. I'm more concerned about th...
by Tizer
16 Feb 2020, 09:44
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: Where Have You Just Been?
Replies: 345
Views: 36011

Re: Where Have You Just Been?

You're not alone, I had to look it up too. I wonder if one would be useful for deterring the pigeons from pulling up our plants? :smile:
by Tizer
16 Feb 2020, 09:42
Forum: Local History Topics
Topic: FORGOTTEN CORNERS
Replies: 4307
Views: 275997

Re: FORGOTTEN CORNERS

This is a reminder that this danger, rubbish choking culverts, is still the danger. Time for investment in a good clean up of water courses? A village here was unexpectedly flooded some time ago when a few farmer's hay bales slipped into the stream, were rolled by the water down to the bridge, jamm...
by Tizer
16 Feb 2020, 09:34
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 11676
Views: 463476

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

I agree with Kev that it looks like clockwork of some kind but is the thing shown something I could know about or would I have to be a Barlicker to know where it lives? :smile:
Is it in the Elizabeth Tower?
by Tizer
15 Feb 2020, 10:46
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Seen in the News
Replies: 366
Views: 5662

Re: Seen in the News

`China offers to build HS2' - they're now treating us just like they do those African countries, putting in the infrastructure and gradually gaining control.
by Tizer
15 Feb 2020, 10:43
Forum: TV
Topic: GOOD TV
Replies: 1842
Views: 108493

Re: GOOD TV

Haven't watched it but I guess it's this programme: Britain by barge
by Tizer
15 Feb 2020, 10:35
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: MEDICAL MATTERS
Replies: 4619
Views: 204774

Re: MEDICAL MATTERS

I hope you haven't got a mumps outbreak like we have in the UK, Maz! :extrawink:
by Tizer
15 Feb 2020, 10:17
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 11190
Views: 520579

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

The problem must have been with the conventional IC engine and not the electric motor because the design of the latter is covered by very strict safety regulations about preventing water ingress.
by Tizer
15 Feb 2020, 10:08
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Today I shall be Mainly...
Replies: 10452
Views: 428253

Re: Today I shall be Mainly...

Some of my relatives were supposed to travel from Somerset to Blackburn today for a special event his evening but you won't be surprised to hear that they've had to cancel the trip. We already had bad weather yesterday and it will continue through the weekend. Wind average speeds of up to 58 mph pre...
by Tizer
15 Feb 2020, 10:01
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: QUOTE OF THE DAY. TRIPPS ORIGINAL
Replies: 1276
Views: 95053

Re: QUOTE OF THE DAY. TRIPPS ORIGINAL

From a discussion of Cummings and Gove when they were attacking the education “establishment” (in the BBC article I linked to on the Politics thread)... `One admirer at the time said that in delivering this vision Cummings was heavily influenced by Lenin, who famously argued that “you cannot make a ...
by Tizer
15 Feb 2020, 09:55
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 7871
Views: 332804

Re: POLITICS CORNER

A long and detailed article from Nicholas Watt at the BBC...
`Dominic Cummings and the battle for Downing Street' LINK
by Tizer
15 Feb 2020, 09:50
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 11676
Views: 463476

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

The Harwich Treadwheel Crane is correct, Gloria. Were you already familiar with it or did you have to work it out from scratch? When Maz suggested it was to `hang bad people' I gave a small clue by stating `There were other ways of punishing people in those days!'. It was built in the 1600s and orig...
by Tizer
14 Feb 2020, 15:27
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 7871
Views: 332804

Re: POLITICS CORNER

A big danger now is that the rise in populism is, ironically, taking us away from democracy and toward dictatorships-by-any-other name. Putin loves it because it's exactly his style. Keep in mind that Trump likes Putin and Johnson likes Trump. Cummings probably likes Stalin! :smile:
by Tizer
14 Feb 2020, 15:20
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: MEDICAL MATTERS
Replies: 4619
Views: 204774

Re: MEDICAL MATTERS

China, if you carry a smartphone perhaps you should photograph your passport etc on it then you'll always be able to show it. Tripps, most of the books at our library are now recent and in good condition but some are older and grubbier. I've seen some of them look much cleaner after I've removed gri...
by Tizer
14 Feb 2020, 12:18
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 11190
Views: 520579

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

We live in walking distance of a large hospital which has a severe lack of parking places, even for staff, so we get our streets lined with cars, reducing them to one lane. The streets are cul de sacs which makes matters worse. The County Highways department won't put any more restrictions in place ...

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