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The Really Really Boring and Totally Pointless Snippets of Information Thread XXIV

Old 17th Oct 2014, 14:40
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Nooooo. A suspected ebola case on a cruise ship out of Galveston. Holy moly, I saw the ship when it pulled in there. I must dash-have to disinfect my eyeballs. Maybe I should stop by the ebola thread, I am sure they would want to know (As a safety precaution, all of you who have read my posts should burn your keyboards.)
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Old 17th Oct 2014, 15:00
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Good day all. Going to be sunny again.

Painters came early yesterday, so got chucked out of my cube. Now back in service ( we don't get refurbished!!).

No kitchen available so will have to raid R&D's supplies.
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Old 17th Oct 2014, 15:35
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Best defense agin Ebola is a pair of Navy Colts,shoot any fecker who comes within twenty feet of yer.
Been a beautiful warm sunny day here,actually had me fan running.

Still on the subject of lines and such, I just discovered this,before the High Level bridge was built across the Tyne they built this temporary wooden trestle one like in the cowboy movies.
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High Level Bridge.North of the Tyne, the building of George Hudson’s Newcastle & Berwick Railway was under way in the late 1840s, but the High Level Bridge over the Tyne between Gateshead and Newcastle, which would allow through running from London to Newcastle, was suffering delays. So as not to have his north-south route blocked at the Tyne, Hudson had the bridge scaffolding extended on the east side to make a temporary wooden viaduct which trains could use from the end of August 1848. Opening of the temporary High Level Bridge

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Old 17th Oct 2014, 16:02
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how did that angel thing get there?
I think you probably unwittingly clicked one of the Post Icons under the reply box when posting, Ex.

Of course, I could be wrong......

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Old 17th Oct 2014, 16:47
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ExAscot - Gave you a bit of a shock did I?

Ibbie - Must confess, I think a wallaby hopping the wrong way around a roundabout on the way to the M25 beats a kangaroo in the Australian bush any day of the week in the oddity stakes! IIRC there's quite a few hairy wallabies hopping around the Peak District.

Got to drive to north London for a dinner party tonight. I hate north London and I hate dinner parties. Good combo eh.
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Old 17th Oct 2014, 16:50
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Almost 200 vintage travel posters from around the world went under the hammer on Tuesday night in New York, fetching winning bids totalling over $510,000 (322,496).








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Old 17th Oct 2014, 17:27
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Tramways Points

As far as I recall, in Blackpool the points were operated by the tram conductor/guard. (though in some areas there were pointsmen stationed on busy junctions)
Between the rails was a cover with a long slot in it hat had the mechanism inside that operated the two tongues of the points by inserting a metal lever carried on the tram.
There was no locking mechanism so trams had to pass over it very slowly.
Similarly on the over head contact wire there would be a form of point operated by a handle & rope arrangement on an adjacent tram wire pole.
The other way with the trolley arm was to manually transfer it to the other route by detaching it from one wire and manually putting it on the other wire.

Generally it was up to the driver to approach slowly and check the route was set correctly, if not to stop while the points were changed. Obviously if the route was correct they would just carry on through it at slow speed.
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Old 17th Oct 2014, 18:13
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Ouch, one has been physically ejected from the 1st Class lounge with an unceremonious kick up the rear end, for "good luck" says he

One was only trying to be helpful. One shall not now disclose that two major OilCo's in the UKCS have, this last two weeks, instigated a 15% cut on "body shop" contractor costs - accept it or leave says they. Of course, one has to be paid something before a 15% cut can be instigated - one can but dream

Hey ho, if we of the lower order are not welcome in they posh places, Lilly the cobra and the two rats, Will and Grace, shall be my companions.

Thinks - One shall need to ensure no stowaways try to usurp Sfsfu's position as master of L/boat No5, one never knows what might happen with they OilCo cut-backs

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Old 17th Oct 2014, 19:25
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Small vessel on Lake Taupo NZ



They are genuine Maori carvings and they are not photo shopped.

Ernest Kemp Cruises - Lake Taupo, New Zealand


I am now 5% on my way to getting the equivalent of a B.Sc with an ATPL - go me


Actually I might not be 100% truthful However it seems like it as I have just managed to make/receive telephone
calls and text messages plus transfer stuff from my old mobile into my new Samsung Note 4 gadget. All without a instruction
manual as it don't come with one only a piece of paper showing how to put the battery and sim card in.

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Old 17th Oct 2014, 20:44
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Had the flu jab yesterday. Arm is niw throbing like a good 'un
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Old 17th Oct 2014, 20:49
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Mk4 contemplates squandering the week's housekeeping on an egg (and wonders whether or not it should say "goose eggs")

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Old 17th Oct 2014, 20:53
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2/8d for a bloody egg? buggah!
Prolly wasn't that much for a dozen proper eggs when we were still using proper money
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Old 17th Oct 2014, 22:36
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I remember one of my Uncle's customers always asking for a dozen brown eggs, most were white then.
Now in the US nearly all are white whereas ours are brown. Know it has something to do with the breeds.
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Old 17th Oct 2014, 23:01
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Brown eggs are more pleasing to the eye,dont think they taste any different from the white ones.
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Old 17th Oct 2014, 23:24
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Look at the chooks head, up around the ear lobe area is a small piece of flesh, if it is white then the eggs will be white, if darker coloured then they will be brown.


What's The Difference Between White Eggs And Brown Eggs?
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Old 18th Oct 2014, 04:50
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Exclamation

Pushing the green button. down in the stern is not good.
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Old 18th Oct 2014, 06:06
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...One of these days they will get it right first time...

Dream on, mlungu.

Tch! Tourists...
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Old 18th Oct 2014, 06:49
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Morning peeps,gray wet and horrible here,good kip had last night,at least five hours without returning to Earth.
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Old 18th Oct 2014, 07:03
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Morning all, lovely golden sunrise this morning and warm, already 18C.

Will shortly be nipping up to the village to get me a fresh chicken, chipolatas, and some dry cured bacon for my roast tomorrow.
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Old 18th Oct 2014, 07:13
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... ,good kip had last night,at least five hours without returning to Earth.
You kip off-planet??

We are actually having a real thunderstorm! Not spectacular as these things go, but plenty of growly and flashy stuff. Love it!
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