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Old 28th Jan 2016, 11:44
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FSL comments Just heard ont news the Cameron creature is on his way to Aberdeen to hand the oilmen 250 mill to help out because of the low oil price,reckon the steel workers were in the wrong job.

(with eyes suitably averted and knuckle to forehead), your worshipfulness, with due respect to those in steel who have lost there jobs, it is a little publicised fact that, in the last two years, over 50,000 jobs (some say 65,000) have been lost in the UK oil industry and most of them (30,000 +) have been lost in ABZ, not spread around the country as with steel.

With the high cost of production in the NS, I'm not sure that we can recover from this one. This seems to be supported by the call to strengthen our expertise in decommissioning
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Old 28th Jan 2016, 12:47
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A neighbour of ours had been an observer in the RAF in the 1930s and had a series of photographs taken from a Shorts Singapore of the Fleet in the Grand Harbour in Valetta. Wall to wall battlewagons. Very impressive.

One recalls reading somewhere that Britain's defence policy prior to the Great War was simple: create and maintain a Royal Navy capable of defeating the combined navies of the rest of the World.

Life must have seemed so simple back then.
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Old 28th Jan 2016, 14:50
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Bad weather coming up for us. Orkney Islands Council have just announced that all schools in Orkney will be closed tomorrow (Friday) because of expected force 10/11 winds. All Northern Isles ferries cancelled too.
On the bright side I have just received the bill for a delivery of heating oil, an amazing 33.11p per litre plus 5 percent VAT. Almost as cheap as it was 12 years ago! Alas, petrol is still 1.25 a litre (or it was last week!).

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Old 28th Jan 2016, 15:16
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I'm all for helping the chaps on the rigs wi honest dirt under their finger nails Mr Slfsfu but I suspect they will see nowt of it, twill go to the arsoles in the board rooms and besuited managment types to keep them in the manner they are accoustomed to.
According to the news just then, the real ticket holder has come forward to claim that 33 mill,so much for washing machine and dog ticket devourers.
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Old 28th Jan 2016, 15:25
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Don't leave out the ticket that the budgie half ate Mr D.

Lash yourself to the bath Mr Ricardian then at least if you're blown out to sea you'll float.
Good luck, here's hoping there's not too much damage done.
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Old 28th Jan 2016, 16:01
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Cazalet: You'd think a country like Scotland could make its own gravel and saw its own planks
The British mining industry traditionally relied on Scandinavian timber for its pit props. In WWI that trade was a specific strategic target for the German Navy.

As per Admiral von Holzendorf's Memorandum of December 1916 which led to unredtricted submarine warfare
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Old 28th Jan 2016, 16:09
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The British mining industry traditionally relied on Scandinavian timber for its pit props. In WWI that trade was a specific strategic target for the German Navy.
Kielder Forest (the largest man-made forest in Europe) was planted to provide timber for pit-props (and work for those expected to saw-down the trees).

By the time that the trees matured, the pits were no longer using timber for pit-props (and the invention of the chainsaw reduced the number of men needed).

A similar situation arose when Kielder Water was built to provide water for the steel works on Teesside.
By the time it was completed there was no longer demand for the water.
Kielder Water's primary function is now 'leisure'.
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Old 28th Jan 2016, 16:25
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We sent them barrels of salted Herrings and they sent us pit props in return,
Herring out Timber back that were the Baltic/Tyne run.
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Old 28th Jan 2016, 16:55
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Thank you Handsfree - now I see that on Friday Network Rail are shutting the network north of Inverness. Must be bad. Have battened down the house & garage. Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group (OLECG) is saying:
We would ask that people ensure that anything that could be blown about is safely stowed away or tied down strips of plastic or polythene, for instance, can cause power cuts if they get wrapped around power lines.
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Old 28th Jan 2016, 17:20
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Sh!t-stirring.

Stalin 'used secret laboratory to analyse Mao's excrement'.
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Old 28th Jan 2016, 20:48
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Pointless

I do like my Pointless. Especially when you can only half remember stuff that you only half knew in the first place.

This was an answer to one of the questions yesterday
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Old 28th Jan 2016, 22:18
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Didn't they sing a intro,"The Stargazers are on the air" that stirs something in the vast measureless to man cavern that is me mind.
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Old 29th Jan 2016, 02:54
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Stalin 'used secret laboratory to analyse Mao's excrement'.
Trying to get to the bottom of things?

Coat ... door ...
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Old 29th Jan 2016, 05:15
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When Soviet leaders were invited to Camp David, samples were collected from their toilet flushes in order to detect hidden health issues that might give political advantage.
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Old 29th Jan 2016, 06:24
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Morning peeps, dammed draughty here what what!!
Much worse up in the land of the Picts.
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Old 29th Jan 2016, 06:27
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Good morning.
The weather has done an about turn again.
The wind is back .... Force 8 gusting 9
The temps are up again .... +11C
The clouds are back..... Partly cloudy

Unsure sure how things are doing up in Ricardian's Bailiwick as a man
residing on Orkney has just been interviewed on the radio and thoroughly
disappointed the hyterical interviewer when he said "It's ok, more or less
what you expect this time of year up here".

More importantly it's FRIDAY
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Old 29th Jan 2016, 06:30
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Morning peeps, dammed draughty here what what!
Certainly is Mr D - I hope it's not quite as dramatic as the nullschool computer would have us believe:

earth :: a global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions

FOR
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Old 29th Jan 2016, 07:31
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The wind obervation map thingy report the heaviest gust round here as 53 MPH at 7.50 of course as it rattles round the back lanes pit heaps and gasometers it greatly increases as it hits the back of Draper Towers,one hopes the West Wing holds up,still tiz only the servants quarters.
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Old 29th Jan 2016, 07:45
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A bit breezy here last night. Just been up the slope to check the bees - hives are still OK. Mind you, a breeze-block on the top of each helps.

Come to think of it, I wonder how many of the world's problems could be solved by the careful application of a breeze block?
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Old 29th Jan 2016, 08:24
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Yer if them Ancient Egyptions and their dammed pyramid are so bloody clever why didn't they come up wi the breeze block?
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