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Old 13th Mar 2016, 08:47
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Morning folks. Foggy here but starting to lift as the sun appears.

Roast chicken is also on the 4ma household menu today.

Had another go at the troublesome tree blocking me canal yesterday. When it fell it brought down a couple of others - the branches/trunks were all intertwined and covered in ivy. It was slow going, then the cavalry arrived.



The waterway is now cleared with just a few bits to pick out of the water next weekend.
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 08:49
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The above map is what the world would look like to scale, based on the number of websites that use each country's domain code, like the UK's '.uk'.

The map, created by Nominet, raises a few questions, the first of which is "What is that huge '.tk' island?". It's Tokelau, an island with a population of just 1,400.

The reason there are so many .tk websites is because it's free - a Dutch company called Freenom has been providing the domain names since 2000 and gives the advertising money back to the people of Tokelau. There are 31 million registrations under Tokelau, and a sixth of the country's GDP comes from .tk domains, according to some reports.

The second question, then, probably is "Why is the US so small?". The reason is '.com', the favoured domain of websites in the US, which at around 123 million registrations is the world’s most common domain. '.us' is the country-specific domain in the US, but due to its late public start (it launched in 1985, but was only used by governments and schools until 2002), it became less desirable than .com.

Relatively popular is the '.uk' domain, which is the world’s fourth largest country-code domain. A new '.uk' site is registered every 20 seconds, and there are currently 10.6 million of them.

For a full resolution version of the map, click hereclick here.
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 10:45
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Good day all. Had a lie in and got up at 745am. Pretty tired today for some reason. Lots going on in the grey matter. Was supposed to be oxtail stew today but think will leave until tomorrow. Visa application filled in and sent off to the company lawyers. Going to go to Belfast for it. Quieter and can get an appointment more quickly.
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 12:34
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Greetings from the African inner tropics, rather hot here today.

On Africa, that domain map really tells it all...
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 13:23
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Turned into a spiffing sunshining mild day here,this is not supposed to happen until the end of this month.
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 13:37
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Bit worried about seekayess....

(see new thread)
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 20:56
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Sending a email int olden days,tell the kids these days and they wunt believe yer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szdbKz5CyhA#t=58
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 21:44
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I remember at Prestwick in 1969 BOAC ops center at Heathrow used a fax system to transmit the loadsheet from the daily London-Prestwick-Toronto service to help us guys in the duty room prepare the paperwork for the onward flight. Sometimes, maybe three or four days a week, the fax arrived before the 707 did. On one or two of those days, it was readable.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 04:34
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I remember at Prestwick in 1969
Ahhh! Prestwick, the Marine Hotel at Troon, I remember it well.

Were you there in earlier days when a certain BOAC Captain, brother of a then well known comic actor who specialised on losing his pants in stage farces, usually running out of someones' bedroom, flew in the then new(ish) Comet IV, and on take off, lightly loaded for London ( or Manchester ?) pulled it off into a steep climb, crossing the far end of the runway at some previously unheard of height, and said to ATC, "Hey, Prestwick, did you see that ? That's British power for you." ( 4 R.R. Avon engines )

A languid American voice approaching behind him said .. "There's one in every crowd "

Collapse of Stout Party.

Happy Days
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 06:47
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A dull start to the day.
Overcast and +2C. Gloom prevails.

Off down the road later in an attempt to see my GP today with a view to
sorting out my blood pressure and the itch and rash that I've developed
which is driving me nuts at night.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 06:54
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Good morning all. A bit gloomy here as well. Cash expenses next sticking all the taxi receipts on to A4 ten scanning, such fun!
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 07:23
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Morning peeps,exceeding foggy here cant even see the houses across the lane,monday it is also.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 08:21
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We're having trouble getting to sleep in the Casa Certe. I guess we oldies just don't adapt to the time change. I'm always up due to jetlag and such. Poor husband is tossing and turning.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 08:34
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Who turned the heaters up full, its a tad warm. 39.1 C....

Might have to check the beer kegs in the cool room.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 08:40
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Bit of a sad day today. It would have been West Lake's birthday. RIP Arthur we all miss you.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 10:32
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Too true. He's greatly missed.

I have been fettled by my GP. Upped the dose on one of my blood pressure
drugs and given a prescription for a mega bucket of moisturiser and a big
tube of betnovate. She is referring me to a dermatologist and I go back to see her in 3 weeks.
All quite painless especially now I'm 60 and I don't have to pay.
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given a prescription for a mega bucket of moisturiser and a big
tube of betnovate.
I have pretty flaky skin. Don't know what drug causes it though.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 11:20
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Sending a email int olden days,tell the kids these days and they wunt believe yer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szdbKz5CyhA#t=58
Prestel was the GPO's implementation of TELETEX. I was involved in developing a system that was sold in UK and South Africa.

The end user did not need a PC to access it, a dumb terminal or a TV and keyboard would suffice.

The most successful implementation of it was in France where the PTT gave away 'Minitel' terminals. The most popular application there was Directory Inquiries!
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 11:55
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3 weeks ago I started a new drug (Lyxumia) for my type 2 diabetes. It's extremely effective and I have already been able to reduce other diabetes drugs. Thanks to my excellent GP I was attending the gym 3 times a week on an "exercise on prescription" scheme but now I seem to have a permanent sniffle which is one of the side-effects of the new drug. I do hope the sniffles gradually disappear and I can start using the gym again (I never thought that I'd ever miss going to the gym, having been immunised against excessive exercise during my 12 years RAF service)
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 13:04
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Sunny day again here but only 8C. Finally seen the first snowdrops appear and the leaves are beginning to appear on the trees.
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