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by 661-Pete
13 Jul 2021, 11:35am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Space
Replies: 43
Views: 832

Re: Space

I think my answer to this is fairly predictable! (see below).

Likewise, one could argue, what will be the 'benefit to humankind' of the James Webb Space Telescope, due to be launched this coming November? Nevertheless, I do hope this one does go off without a hitch (remembering the unfortunate history of the Hubble!). I see nothing wrong with the human race's thirst for fundamental scientific knowledge. Even if it does cost billions...

And the public's appreciation of Hubble, once they got it working, was impressive (I have several posters of Hubble prints, I'm sure lots of you do as well). JWST will be different of course, it will work mostly in the infrared, but I'm sure it'll produce plenty of fascinating stuff.

Something to stay alive for, perhaps.... :? (seeing as there's not much else :( )

As to batty Branson, let him spend his money as he wishes. Just so long as it's his money. I don't give a flying ****.....
by 661-Pete
12 Jul 2021, 1:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Italian Job
Replies: 156
Views: 2717

Re: The Italian Job

I'm fairly certain that, as a kid, at the time when the Mini-Minor aka (remodelled) Austin 7, first graced our streets, I used to see rear window stickers (on somewhat bigger cars! :lol: ) bearing the slogan HELP STAMP OUT MINIS - accompanied with a picture of a huge jackboot trampling on the aforesaid vehicle. It seems Minis were not all that popular at first - at least not with some motorists.

My mother drove a Mini - one of the original Mini-Minors - it was her first car. I remember taking my first steps at learning to drive in the same car, once I reached 17. I hated it! Apart from the discomfort, and the windows that didn't open, the lack of synchromesh on 1st gear was a big nuisance. But at least I taught myself to double-declutch. Anyone else remember doing that?
by 661-Pete
11 Jul 2021, 11:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I don't like living in England....
Replies: 1234
Views: 30929

Re: I don't like living in England....

Oldjohnw wrote: 11 Jul 2021, 9:17pm I see Ms Truss is claiming that because of Brexit we are now able to export apples to India.

Which we could always have done and which France and Belgium did and do.

Can they say anything not surrounded by half truths?
Next thing we know, they'll be seeking credit for raising the chocolate ration - from 30g to 20g (sic) per week. Orwell's Ministry of Truth had the right idea about things...
by 661-Pete
11 Jul 2021, 11:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I don't like living in England....
Replies: 1234
Views: 30929

Re: I don't like living in England....

Jdsk wrote: 11 Jul 2021, 8:55pm A description of how it will affect Christmas. And of the increased food waste that it is causing.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... y-supplies
Good reason to go veggie this coming Xmas! Although fruit and vegetables will also, quite likely, be impacted - partly because of a shortage of pickers.

At the moment we're not getting the supermarket shortages we had at the start of lockdown (remember the run on bog-rolls and flour?). And we still make all our own bread. But things may change....
by 661-Pete
11 Jul 2021, 11:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I wonder if.......
Replies: 322
Views: 6993

Re: I wonder if.......

Let's just say: please don't refer to a POW camp as a 'concentration camp'. That will upset many people more than it upsets me. In fact, it would upset many Germans more than it does me, if any happen to be reading this forum. OK?

Meanwhile, my son tells me that Italy have won. Anyone interested? :( :lol:
by 661-Pete
11 Jul 2021, 6:53pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I wonder if.......
Replies: 322
Views: 6993

Re: I wonder if.......

Mick F wrote: 11 Jul 2021, 6:18pm His older brother, my uncle of course, joined the Army and was captured in Greece and spent the rest of the war in Stalag something-or-other concentration camp and only came home in 1946. Dad came home at about that time unscathed, but Uncle was scarred for the rest of his life and never got over it.
Mick F. A POW camp was NOT repeat NOT the same as a concentration camp. Don't you ever dare to repeat that offensive solecism on this forum again.

My family history notwithstanding, I'm usually not keen to play the 'Holocaust' card on public forums. Should I change my practice now?

For the record, I have in the past worked with German colleagues for many years. Never felt in the least uncomfortable.
by 661-Pete
11 Jul 2021, 9:24am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I don't like living in England....
Replies: 1234
Views: 30929

Re: I don't like living in England....

al_yrpal wrote: 11 Jul 2021, 8:00am Its about lack of any alternative and the fact that the majority favoured Brexit.
I'm glad you put "favoured" in the past tense! :wink: But you're probably right about the 'lack of alternative'. The same was true during the Thatcher years (I had plenty of time for Kinnock, but the tabloids didn't...)
by 661-Pete
10 Jul 2021, 12:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I don't like living in England....
Replies: 1234
Views: 30929

Re: I don't like living in England....

pwa wrote: 10 Jul 2021, 11:53am That sort of behaviour is disgusting, but it is also exceptional. When I went for my two vaccine doses I thought I saw some of the best of British behaviour. People turning up cheerfully to be vaccinated, forming an orderly well spaced queue, and saying "thank you" to the staff and volunteers as they left.
So did we. I agree - but unfortunately it's those bad eggs that raise a stink and get the headlines. Like the 'laser low-life' idiot...

Nevertheless - how exceptional, I wonder?
by 661-Pete
10 Jul 2021, 10:59am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I don't like living in England....
Replies: 1234
Views: 30929

Re: I don't like living in England....

I don't know about that 'changing our society beyond recognition' mantra, but this is an example of behaviour that drives me to despair. Yes I know, I oughtn't to feel smug that, being 'oldies' and hence 'most at risk', Mrs P and I got our jabs early. I know some people are less fortunate.

But honestly, this is not about saving lives, it's about saving holidays!

So much of the "me me! me!!" in today's 'society'.... :(
by 661-Pete
10 Jul 2021, 10:51am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cancelling Holidays.
Replies: 50
Views: 1749

Re: Cancelling Holidays.

Redvee wrote: 9 Jul 2021, 1:04am Easyjet email dropped into my inbox this morning saying the outbound flight for Barcelona late August has been cancelled. I could travel the same day but 11 hours later which would mean arriving at the hotel around 11pm. There are no flights in the days before or after that I could have switched to so will swap flights to the same time of year in 2022 which won't cost anything extra.
Not wishing to belittle your evident annoyance - but that's nothing compared to what we had to put up with several years ago! Arriving in Baltimore at about 11pm local time (4am body-clock time!) on a 5-hours-delayed flight, we then had to pick up a rental car (this involved a short bus ride), then drive a 2-hours' journey on totally unfamiliar roads to my B-i-L's place in a remote part of rural Maryland. Luckily we managed to phone him and he was good enough to wait up for us! Both he and I were amazed that I managed not to get lost!

Re the present situation, we're not planning any trips of any sort this year. Will it ever be 'all over'? :?
by 661-Pete
9 Jul 2021, 8:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I don't like living in England....
Replies: 1234
Views: 30929

Re: I don't like living in England....

Irrespective of the political arguments, isn't the word 'woke' - with its derogatory connotation - becoming a bit over-used?

I'd be OK with it being added to the profanity filter. After all 'Вrexiteer' and 'Remоaner' have long been taboo'd*. If the right-wing folks want an equivalent taunt proscribed, fair enough....

*Did you see what I did there? :lol:
by 661-Pete
9 Jul 2021, 4:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I wonder if.......
Replies: 322
Views: 6993

Re: I wonder if.......

Tangled Metal wrote: 9 Jul 2021, 4:21pm I once read how to make a laser using a small maglite torch as the base and buying the electronic part online for £5. Total price read £10!! It was supposedly powerful enough to break an egg across a room. If you got a mini maglite or equivalent generic copy as your keyring would a security guard actually know to check it for laser capabilities? Even an actual laser. Could someone not pass it off as a torch?

I'm not sure Heathrow style controls would necessarily catch or identify anything wrong with such a device.
That raises the question: why would anyone need to take a torch into Wembley (or any other sports venue)? At airports even such items as screwdrivers will be confiscated.
by 661-Pete
9 Jul 2021, 3:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I wonder if.......
Replies: 322
Views: 6993

Re: I wonder if.......

Tangled Metal wrote: 9 Jul 2021, 2:09pm I'm interested in the critical mass issues you have. That incident you described Pete makes me even more convinced the issue is with groups not the thing they're brought together by. It's not football causing their bad behaviour but the sense of mob. Mob mentality possibly led by a smaller minority with their own motives to cause an incident.
I think you're right, there.

I did use to join up with the 'usual suspects' (on Cycling+, later on ACF forums) at the London CM. Yes I suppose it's a sense of 'belonging': "I'm a cyclist, I feel comfortable with a lot of cyclists around...."

The very last time I went, I saw some participants jumping up and down on the roof of a black taxi, and yelling insults at the cabbie. I didn't see what provoked this. But clearly an individual cyclist, cut up by same cabbie, might have rebuked him with a few choice words (I've done as much) - but he or she wouldn't have tried to vandalise the cab. It's the mob factor that leads people to extremes.

The joker with the laser may have been a single individual, but if he'd just been situated at random in the crowd, surely the spectators around him would have soon spotted what he was up to and disarmed him. No, my guess is he was part of the mob - and the mob may well have egged him on. We'll only know for certain if he's caught - which will only be if one of his 'mates' shops him.... (I'm assuming it was a 'he')

I've been to Wembley a few times, but not as a spectator, I was there in my Software Engineer hat to work on the installations during the building phase. I didn't notice whether they've put airport-style security gates at the entrances. Have they? If not, oughtn't they to?
by 661-Pete
9 Jul 2021, 9:36am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I wonder if.......
Replies: 322
Views: 6993

Re: I wonder if.......

Tangled Metal wrote: 8 Jul 2021, 11:14pm Just saw a video clip of Spanish fans beating up a moped riding pizza delivery guy straight after losing to Italy. A huge crowd surrounded him and kept kicking him off his moped until someone eventually helped him up and away. There's nice football fans everywhere it seems.
When I earlier conflated 'fans' with 'hooligans' I was being a bit tongue-in-cheek - and partly fuelled by anger at behaviour that could have blinded that unfortunate goalie.

Booing may be unpleasant, but doesn't directly hurt anyone. (Argue this point if you like!)

But your report of the assault on the moped rider reminds me of a nasty incident I witnessed when I took part in a Critical Mass many years ago (I don't go to them now - for good reason). A young moped rider, barely out of his teens, who'd apparently made a close pass, was surrounded and threatened by a bunch of cyclists, if you please! They had grabbed hold of his keys and were tossing them from man to man. The lad was terrified. Somehow I managed to catch the keys and hand them back to him, and he made his escape.

This was not just one cyclist (POB?) but a gang of them. Some people! Perhaps we need a psychologist's wisdom...
by 661-Pete
8 Jul 2021, 6:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I don't like living in England....
Replies: 1234
Views: 30929

Re: I don't like living in England....

Oldjohnw wrote: 8 Jul 2021, 12:22pm I see that UEFA is taking disciplinary proceedings against England because of the behaviour of fans:

1. A laser beam focused on the Denmark goalie
2. Booing the Denmark anthem - this has happened every single match. Why has the government;t not condemned it? Continued silence implies endorsement.
3. Fireworks being set off in the England stands.
I already posted about that atrocious behaviour in the "I wonder if...." thread. Those high-power green lasers ought to have been banned years ago, to my mind. Oh yes, I've seen them used by stargazers at star parties - unnecessarily - to help point out to rookies the wonders of the night sky. But apart from that, they serve no useful purpose. And the hazards to aviation are well-documented.

I have two lasers myself - but they're red ones, very low power, and I use them to collimate my telescope. Harmless enough provided you don't look straight into the beam.