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Old 13th Feb 2016, 20:07
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Snowing here very fine snow though and it's starting to stop now,some hail this afternoon.
Downloading a Documentary about the Great Depression,downloading very slow, download speed is 625 Kbts,supposed to be 50Mbs, what is going on!!.
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Old 13th Feb 2016, 20:40
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I should have checked the weather forecast before leaving yesterday's washing out on the line overnight - and then leaving it out until it rained again this evening when it should have dried-out from this morning's heavy rain.

Tomorrow seems to be going to be fine . . .
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Old 13th Feb 2016, 21:59
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Good day all. Been one of those crazy weeks again. Never mind, long weekend here because of Presidents day. They still haven't sorted out a visa, boss is getting really annoyed with our legal dept in NJ. Pay rise now being handled by HR who say our UK office only got 0.75%. I am not employed by them and they are comparing me to a standard engineer, who just goes out and fixes things.

Sunny here and 66F.
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Old 13th Feb 2016, 23:18
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Nigel, Surely the top boss knows how the company will be totally in the s*** if it wasn't for you? This being the case why doesn't he just step in and over rule your cr** HR dept as I am sure he could if he really wanted to?
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 00:35
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Christchurch has just been rocked by yet another earthquake. M5.9, centred off New Brighton beach.

The count is now over 14 thousand shakes since September 2010.

I was just washing my hands. Man did that water slosh around the basin!!!!!
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 01:27
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I am a big wimp re Earthquakes and would never live in Christchurch or surrounding areas.

Here are some official figures re the number of NZ earthquakes over the past year from GeoNet - Quakes



Magnitude Last Week Last Month Last Year

<2 271 1108 8789
2-3 157 692 8920
3-4 18 79 1274
4-5 3 48 695
5-6 3 6 86
>=7 0 1 2

Totals 452 1934 19766




Since 1960 have a look here :-
http://info.geonet.org.nz/display/quake/Earthquake+Facts+and+Statistics


I have tried several times to make the figures line up under the columns but I can't
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 01:33
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http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/other/magnitude-57-quake-near-christchurch/ar-BBptgA1?li=AAaeXZz

The city is still experiencing aftershocks, with a 3.5 magnitude quake and a 3.0 quake recorded a short time ago.
People trying to contact loved ones have been becoming concerned as phone systems have been overloaded.
"Grabbed the TV to stop it falling, books off, car alarms set off by it in the neighbourhood," Belinda McCammon tweeted.
Other people reported roof tiles falling off a building and goods fallen from shelves.
"Suddenly the air all full of sirens and birds," another person tweeted.
GeoNet rates the quake as severe.
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 04:30
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OK, nearly 4 hours on and the total is 45 quakes for today, all pretty minor but it does indicate today's was a new quake with associated aftershocks rather than a long delayed aftershock.

This website may be of interest. It records the whole sequence of the last five years in Canterbury. It updates within seconds of a quake.

Christchurch Quake Map

I haven't tried using the phone but my super duper fibreoptic high speed interwebby is operating at the speed of a bad dial up system.
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 06:23
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Keep safe you lot down there.
Hopefully it won't get any worse.

A bit cold and cloudy here at present but the forecast is good for this
afternoon.
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 07:35
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Morning peeps, good kip had last night slept right through, a rarity these days more meterorlogical rather than geological activity round these parts,heard me Blackbird singing for the first time this year.
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 08:37
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Originally Posted by Nervous SLF View Post
I am a big wimp re Earthquakes and would never live in Christchurch or surrounding areas.
Nervous SLF, I have had my fair share of earthquake with a couple of interesting stories to say. For instance, I was at home (age 11) with my mother for once opting for a night out with a nice lady friend of her (she never did before and obviously never after). So I was at home with an elderly babysitter and my younger sister when a 6.6 Reichter shook the building - electricity out and then we decided to go out and had to sleep in the cars for a few days.

I don't mind at all living in an earthquake prone zone - my cousin lives in an area with a very high seismic activity and everybody agrees the houses there are the best build in the country and they have proved to be so over time. So I see it more as an issue of how strong the building is rather than the quake itself.
That said given I don't know the strength of any building I happen to occupy I can do without the seismic activity.
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 13:05
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 16:48
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A query for any of our American cousins. MadsLad and family have just relocated to the USA and we need to post a card to one of the Grandkids. The thing is we have been supplied their address in two different formats and I would like someone to tell me which one is correct:-

1. House number + Street/Town/City/Zip Code or
2. State/City + Zip Code/Town/House Number + Street


(I would have known this once but that was a long time ago).
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 19:04
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When sending snail mail to friends in Texas I use option 1 and it gets through ok. Mind you Texans like to boast how different they can be


Talking of the good old U.S.A. I have been watching a couple of car restoration programs, "Overhaulin" and "Fantomworks" Both appear to do fantastic work although Fantomworks take much longer. I have just read that if a car is done over by Chip Foose and the total cost of parts and labour is say US$100,000 +/- then the person whose car it was is liable to pay tax on that amount to the I.R.S. as though it was income. That sounds very harsh to me as the person doesn't know anything until he gets his "stolen"car back. Now would that also apply to people who actually pay out of their own pocket to have a car restored by the Fantomworks as their car value will also leap up a considerable amount?
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 19:14
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Addressment

Dear MadsDad,

Format #1 is proper and acceptable to the USPS (United States Postal Service), who may still throw your missal into the closest lake. I hope your card gets through with an enclosure of a winning lottery ticket!

Best and Highest Regards,

Cavuman1
(Ed in Cincinnati, Ohio)
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 19:40
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Oh joy!

Well, the forecast might have been for no rain, but it has snowed and my thermals are now frozen stiff!
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 20:01
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Thank you gentlemen.

I would, however, point out that had I got the winning lottery ticketI would be out there to present the card personally. As for the lake since he's in a desert, hopefully the situation will not arise.
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 21:17
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Originally Posted by MadsDad View Post
As for the lake since he's in a desert.
Where do these desert-dwellers get their water from?

Do they 'harvest' whatever rainfall they get and store it?
Or do they get supplies piped from afar?

If they had hydrogen (and oxygen) then they could produce their own water.
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 22:16
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G-CPTN.

As far as I know pipeline (from distant lakes*). But there may be artesian wells. Or both. Or neither (- don't drink water, drink beer).

But I shall check.

I have checked. The only supply I can find reference to is a distant lake (which would need a damn good chuck) and recycled water. Don't fancy the letter ending up in the recycled stuff though, given some of its origins.

(*'Distant' in English terms at least (50 miles or thereabouts to the nearest).
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Old 14th Feb 2016, 22:29
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Thanks.

We (here in Northumberland) have a surfeit of water supply, having a large reservoir 30 miles 'up-river' from here.
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