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chrisp65

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  1. Many a long summer spent at the Zweibrucken airbase, listening to Lightnings, Phantoms and Starfighters. Three planes where the original spec was not ‘could you make them quite quiet’. I had a mad cool record collection from those trips, wander in to town and spend my pfennigs on Kraftwerk singles, and Specials and Jam singles with German language covers.
  2. It’s a mad old thing that, I’ve had a rummage around one in a museum (Duxford) and it was like a miniature plane, everything including the seats appeared to be three quarter scale. Long long ago when I was working on the GE aero engine facility they had a Concorde service complex. The whole site was forensically clean, with workers wearing white gowns and overshoes and all that. Lots of processes were automated. Then you went through a door to Concorde and it was a bunch of old guys in cardigans with holes in the elbows and dirty boiler suits covered in oil and the place smelled like WD40 and people were smoking pipes and had the radio on! The actual engine test bed was something out of Flash Gordon, all 1920’s Art Deco styled Bakelite dials and chrome levers and great big analogue gauges.
  3. His natural born common sense to ignore fire fighter advice and get out of a building doesn’t appear to extend as far as viruses.
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    U.S. Politics

    I’ll be honest, that was my immediate response. With just the slight doubt I might be being mean as generally young boys aren’t in to My Little Pony. You could be a long time fishing that hole. As it were.
  5. So the clunky system which will have a massive drop off rate would be to contact people and ask them to find the official contact number and make contact that way around. Slightly more scam proof but still not perfect, with the massive disadvantage people have to actively do something, which they don’t. It’s not an easy one, it’ll need lots of old school public information and re reminding. Whatever the system, somebody somewhere will manage to pay a scammer £300 for something and manage to make it look like it was the fault of the NHS. With a good chance it’ll be one of the people that have been shielding but as of today think they now have to go out and lick door handles.
  6. In which case the correct answer was ‘not my remit’. It undermines anything else that might be said when part of the message is wrong. I’ve just been speaking to a very professional sounding Nigerian Prince .
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    U.S. Politics

    Anybody got any updates on how well they are doing keeping the moral high ground around Hong Kong?
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    Science Thread

    Saw the ISS in daylight. As always, 2 minutes later than advertised, I think I’ve worked out it’s because the tweets I’m watching must be from further north. That’s my theory! Pointed it out to witnesses too as people were beginning to question my spotting skills. Somebody suggested I had a bionic eye and that quickly turned in to an accusation of bionic bollocks. So it was nice to spot the ISS in daylight and get others to see it too.
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    Yeah ISS was far lower than normal. I had to switch to a spot with a lower horizon I wouldn’t have seen it from my usual spot. Of the people I do the chatting with, I was the only one to see it this time around, had to search around to find people that had seen same thing at the same time in the same place. ISS going over in about 5 minutes or so I think (haven’t checked), see that in this light and you really are doing well.
  10. Third one in 3 months, unprecedented levels of film watching.
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    U.S. Politics

    What happened to civil rights protestors making it known that they would monitor the police, whilst legally carrying their own weapons?
  12. That’s my thinking. Gangsters and murderers, tripped up by some admin.. That would be so tory 2020 I’d be amazed if it doesn’t come to pass. Our man Dominic clearly sees himself as smart and superior and of a different order to the rest of us. But he’s clearly lacking an eye for detail, such as trying to backdate a blog. It’s a classic narrative arc.
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    U.S. Politics

    There’s a whole world of difference between internet claims you have the silver bullet that will bring down the global fascist world order, and actually having something that is real and significant. I’d say, threatening on twitter that you have something earth shatteringly game changing is usually a pretty good indicator that actually you don’t.
  14. The new rules for Wales felt fairly sensible and fairly measured. Not perfect. The main point for me was small shops being advised to have a plan for reopening in 3 weeks, but then making clear that didn’t categorically mean they would open in 3 weeks, just that they need to start planning for how they would. Lots of anger about a strict 5 mile rule from people living in the countryside that have clearly got all their information second hand and not bothered actually looking at the legislation before complaining about the legislation because Doreen on facebook says The BBC says you now need to bleach your eyes if you travel 5.2 .And you can visit a garden centre but you can’t marry your dad unless he’s dying. Being an absolute pedant, I am quite surprised an official government website would use the phrase ‘rule of thumb’. I really did think that was on the banned list for about the last 10 years.
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    People say to me, how do you catch so good? These guys, before we came out, I caught a baby that was falling, falling off, off a thing, you know a thing. Fell right out of her pussy. And you could see they were impressed. You were impressed? Yeah, they were very impressed. Don’t grab the pussy, but I grabbed the pussy. Lots of fake news around that. The baby was right there and I caught it. That baby now, very grateful, he said you saved my life sir, but I, you know, I don’t like to talk about it. Obama would have dropped the baby. I’ve seen him drop babies nobody ever wants to talk about that. Next question, the black journalist, why are you here why not go ask that dead guy why he was a bad man. Many many black people are rapists.
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    Funnily enough, back when I was in school, it was. If you were doing O Level European history. Extra marks for mentioning the black hand and guaranteed pass for the phrase ‘a web of treaties’. Life was simpler back then. I got a D.
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    Science Thread

    And that’s the crux of the matter really. Sitting a couple of people in there helps with the promotion of the thing but they aren’t really required. They’ve added a bunch of problems in to the equation. The extra weight, the food, the oxygen the safety systems. If we were happy with just the science side of it then it would be cheaper and marginally easier. But Mr Musk wants to live on Mars and most people want to see astronauts. The actual technically difficult or more risky parts of the flight, the crew had the controls taken off them.
  18. It’ll be something as stupid and inconsequential as payment of council tax that will end up being the undoing of one of these characters. For all the denial of a pandemic and lies about ppe, the dead health workers, and breaking of quarantine whilst 40,000 die in a pandemic, it’ll be something like the lack of building regs certification that finally skewers one of them. Or leads to Johnson scrapping any requirement to pay tax or get planning approval. Right now, probably the latter as Dim can’t function without Dom.
  19. Congratulations, we appear to have reached Level 1 It was a scary ride, but it’s over. Phew!
  20. You just know that right now somewhere in Dorset, Dommy Cummings is editing his February blog entry to read ‘and in May / June I predict disturbances in the West and a great coming together in the stars’.
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    Science Thread

    They both lagged a couple of minutes behind the forecast time, it was supposed to be 10:11 for ISS and 10:16 for Dragon. I got them roughly 10:14 and 10:20 ish I’m not sure at any point they were truly ‘over’ the UK hence them being relatively low in the south west sky. Yeah, 24 hours in and I’m a **** expert.
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    Science Thread

    Was it easy to see, or very faint. If it was a clear strong light that was easy to follow, that was ISS. If you were struggling to decide if you could really see it or not, that was Dragon
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    U.S. Politics

    Do keep up, that was pretty much day 1
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