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by 53x13
21 Jul 2016, 10:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum
Replies: 48
Views: 1583

Re: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum

For me it's got to be the greatest philosophical mind and political economist ever to be born in these Isles, Adam Smith. Adam Smith, a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, and a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment. Like all great philosophical thinkers, his ideas have been...
by 53x13
21 Jul 2016, 9:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum
Replies: 48
Views: 1583

Re: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum

Or maybe: John Loudon McAdam (was a Scottish engineer and road-builder. He invented a new process, "macadamisation", for building roads with a smooth hard surface, using controlled materials of mixed particle size and predetermined structure, that would be more durable and less muddy than ...
by 53x13
21 Jul 2016, 9:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum
Replies: 48
Views: 1583

Re: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum

Hi 53, Didn't need the family history of JLB, I wasn't disputing the location of his birth! No, just the claim that he invented television. I think a read of the book called "Eureka", by Edward De Bono, that would set things straight. A bit like the pneumatic tyre history, common falacy t...
by 53x13
21 Jul 2016, 9:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum
Replies: 48
Views: 1583

Re: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum

Ah, you're thinking of Dunlop, that he was the bloke who first patented the pneumatic tyre...? I'm afraid it was another Scotsman beat him to it: Dunlop then put pneumatics on both rear wheels of the tricycle. That too rolled better, and Dunlop moved on to larger tyres for a bicycle "with even ...
by 53x13
21 Jul 2016, 5:53pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum
Replies: 48
Views: 1583

Re: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum

Hi there, Can someone please explain to me who the Scotsman was that invented television? If one is referring to John Logie Baird then I say Poppycock! His concept of television was nothing remotely like what the first working system was. His "Electrically Heated Socks" worked though :lol...
by 53x13
21 Jul 2016, 8:18am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Highest Temperature for a Leisure Ride
Replies: 10
Views: 427

Re: Highest Temperature for a Leisure Ride

I cycled on Rhodes a few years back when they were having a particularly hot summer. We were in the north of the island where it was 51C, cycling to the south it peaked at 55C but we had a lovely strong sea breeze to cool us. Even so, if you stopped for 30 seconds it was oven like and the only optio...
by 53x13
21 Jul 2016, 7:58am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Songs for Brexit
Replies: 10
Views: 389

Songs for Brexit

Now that all the hoohah is over and we face the high wall of mind-numbing complexity, that may or may not take us out of Europe (nothing is certain in this fluid period we dumbs ourselves) what's your favourite song for Brexit? Here's one, the Remain supporter Theresa May is probably considering eve...
by 53x13
21 Jul 2016, 7:51am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: 14 month streak of Record Breaking temperatures
Replies: 20
Views: 656

Re: 14 month streak of Record Breaking temperatures

It's true that CO2 has had fluctuations and variations over the eons, and well recorded in ice sampling, but it's rate of change that's completely unprecedented. Basically we're seeing a similar rate of change that would have take c. 5000 years to occur, in less than 100 years. That's not something ...
by 53x13
21 Jul 2016, 7:02am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum
Replies: 48
Views: 1583

Re: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum

+1 The English do seem to have an inordinate amount of racial insults to hurl at the Scottish, (much like the Eskimos have for snow) but my wife is currently racking her brains to think of similar Scots /English. Perhaps the Scots are more circumspect about who they insult? Mind you, the Scots have ...
by 53x13
21 Jul 2016, 5:51am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum
Replies: 48
Views: 1583

Re: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum

Except it will be long term economic grief.. "Corbyn calls it austerity, we call it living within your means!" <moderated> Al That's the second time you've used your 'Sporran' joke. I think once was more than enough. My wife's Scottish and she's had it up to 'here' with Jock, Porridge hea...
by 53x13
20 Jul 2016, 10:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum
Replies: 48
Views: 1583

Re: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum

What stone the rUK can use to bash them with next time round (and there WILL be a next time) is beyond my ken. Fool them once... It's an SNP MP saying Scottish public assets would be required to finance a currency and that the deficit would need tax rises or spending cuts. It isn't bashing it's sta...
by 53x13
20 Jul 2016, 5:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Islamically motivated terrorism and freedom of movement
Replies: 164
Views: 5102

Re: Islamically motivated terrorism and freedom of movement

In what way have these two (non terrorist attacks, no one terror group admitted nor was ascribed responsibility) made anyone change the way they act? They are simply the result of persons with extreme mental illness lashing out at unfortunate and tragic victims. Tanveer Ahmed attacked and killed th...
by 53x13
20 Jul 2016, 4:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum
Replies: 48
Views: 1583

Re: Do you think Scotland should hold a second referendum

It works both ways. Last time the SNP made some fantasy economic projections based on the high price of oil amongst other things. Two years on and Scotland had a deficit of 14.9Bn in 2015, per capita twice that of the UK. Meanwhile in The Herald today George Kerovan, part of an SNP group looking at...
by 53x13
20 Jul 2016, 4:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Brexit consequences
Replies: 326
Views: 9086

Re: Brexit consequences

Vorpal wrote:I'm really looking forward to the UK taking control of it's unitary systems again and reverting to fahrenheit and shillings.


Oh for a return to the days of cubits and perches.

As Jack Taylor was once quoted saying 'I don't like progress'!
by 53x13
20 Jul 2016, 4:01pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Islamically motivated terrorism and freedom of movement
Replies: 164
Views: 5102

Re: Islamically motivated terrorism and freedom of movement

Going back to Nice - TV showed a copy of the attacker's residence permit, so doesn't that mean he was a non-EU national who passed whatever checks to live in France? As France and the UK currently have broadly harmonised visa processes, is there any reason to suspect he wouldn't have been about as ...