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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 08:41
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Veni Vidi concretum... or so says Google Translate.
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 18:23
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Veni Vidi concretum... or so says Google Translate.
The Romans made good use of opus caementicium, in fact Julius Caesar got his first big break as a construction site project manager and uttered those very words.
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Old 24th Oct 2019, 01:06
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It cemented his whole career, Julius and Sandy, a ballast from the past.
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Old 24th Oct 2019, 03:20
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Is anything more ridiculous than this:

Always will be changing the packaging of its sanitary products in an effort to be more inclusive.

People reported that existing packaging of individual products incorporates the Venus symbol, which is typically used to stand for the female gender identity. Such symbols are considered by some to be alienating to those who are not cisgender.

CNN reported that the news comes after transgender activists and allies voiced concerns to Always and Procter & Gamble, the company that owns the brand.
Only a real female is going to need these products, and no cross-dresser / transvestite / great pretender / whatever would have any need for them. So why get offended about the sign?

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Old 25th Oct 2019, 05:36
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Can't understand that, Ascend Charlie ... If a person identifies themselves as female, regardless of physical characteristics, they should have no problem at all with such a symbol. It traditionally represents females and as far as they're concerned they ARE females. One is puzzled.

It cemented his whole career, Julius and Sandy, a ballast from the past.
Rumour has it they were Masons you know. At least they were always on the level!
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Old 25th Oct 2019, 07:16
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Originally Posted by Ascend Charlie View Post
Is anything more ridiculous than this:



Only a real female is going to need these products, and no cross-dresser / transvestite / great pretender / whatever would have any need for them. So why get offended about the sign?
Probably because it seems that these days a lot of morons just love to find something to be offended by.
They are also probably even more offended if people ignore them, you know like when sometimes it is best
to ignore children.

Talking of children I see that Greta is travelling around a lot lecturing people. I wonder how many pairs of
shoes she is wearing out as surely she wouldn't dream of using transport of any sort?

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Old 25th Oct 2019, 07:58
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Do I have a case for contacting the Equal Opportunities Commission ? It would appear, that, madams doggy circadian rhythm is diametrically opposite to mine, but, the management is allowed to blissfully slumber on.........
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Old 25th Oct 2019, 09:10
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There is a rather nice innocuous cider named Seacider, the producers of which also marketed a rather stronger concoction they named Suicider. Somebody complained and they were compelled to change the name. Think I might put on a track by Johnny Mandel and Michael Altman...

Krystal, equality enables you to sleep in should you wish to do so. I tend to favour an early start with an afternoon nap to refresh the parts that no longer appreciate the abuse of a working day, which is most of 'em. Just telling a friend that she and I must be entering our reverse teenage years.
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Old 26th Oct 2019, 07:53
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...-roaming-text/

Eagle nearly bankrupts Russian tracking programme with roaming text messages

Asteppe eagle has nearly bankrupted a Russian bird-tracking programme with roaming text messages after he flew to Iran and began transmitting backlogged GPS data. Scientists from the Siberian Environmental Centre were forced to turn to crowdfunding, with donations flooding in since the story made national news.

Named “Min” after his birthplace near the city of Minusinsk, the steppe eagle was fitted with a GPS tracker powered by a miniature solar panel in 2018. A project by the Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network is tracking 13 of the endangered eagles to better understand what threats they face during their migration south to countries in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Outfitted with a mobile phone card, the tracker takes an eagle's location 12 times a day and texts the coordinates to the researchers' number in four messages. If the bird is outside mobile coverage area, as is often the case, it stores the data to text once it comes back in range.

After spending most of this summer out of coverage in western Kazakhstan, Min flew to Iran so quickly earlier this month that his tracker still couldn't get a mobile connection. Once he landed near a rubbish dump in Iran, it began sending hundreds of text messages of GPS data, costing the programme's shoestring budget up to 7,000 roubles (£85) a day. Each text from Iran is priced at 49 roubles, about 25 times more than in Russia and three times more than in Kazakhstan.

Min's data quickly used up all the researchers' phone credit, which had already been depleted by three other eagles that flew to Iran, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, SibEco Centre ornithologist Yelena Shnaider told The Telegraph. The researchers even had to take out a loan.

“He wasn't in touch all summer … We were happy to get a text from him,” she said. “We had expected to get it from Kazakhstan but suddenly he's in Iran, and we started to get his summer locations at three times the price. But Min's a good boy, about a week ago he left Iran and went to Saudi Arabia where it's cheaper,” she added.

Since she called on supporters to “put money on the eagle's phone,” more than 250,000 roubles (£3,000) have been raised, enough to track all 13 birds through the end of the year.......
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Old 26th Oct 2019, 22:43
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I see some NZ egg chasing "fans" (?) are so upset about get beaten that they have
smashed some windows of a car which has a Union Jack painted on its roof.




https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/a...ectid=12280031

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Old 27th Oct 2019, 07:21
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I think the "wisdom" of openly advertising one's political, religious or sporting affiliations is definitely questionable. Whether it be via bumper stickers, T-shirts or flags ... it can lead to unwelcome attention, as this unfortunate mini owner has discovered.
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Old 27th Oct 2019, 08:12
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The cars could come from the factory with that paint job. That does look like an original Mini, but it is dark. Carnaby Street and all that.
If it's a BMW type Mini, then "Swinging Sixties - Redux".

Robin Brett, a NASA scientist (born: Australia) has died at 94.
He was the first man on earth to lick a moon rock.
He said it tasted like a dirty potato.

That's two things I've never done.
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Old 27th Oct 2019, 11:44
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They are probably too ignorant to realise that the Union Flag is on the New Zealand national flag.
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Old 27th Oct 2019, 18:16
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
I think the "wisdom" of openly advertising one's political, religious or sporting affiliations is definitely questionable. Whether it be via bumper stickers, T-shirts or flags ... it can lead to unwelcome attention, as this unfortunate mini owner has discovered.
True, and one of the saddest things I've ever seen posted on PPRuNe.
To think that we all need to skulk around in disguise, anonymising ourselves, lest we have the shit beaten out of us, is damn depressing.
Has it really come to this?

Well then fkuck that, I'll wear what I want, say what I want, drive what I want and cheer for the best team!
And if I thereby shorten my life by a few years then bloody good - screw the lot of you!

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Old 28th Oct 2019, 07:05
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Originally Posted by Mac the Knife View Post
True, and one of the saddest things I've ever seen posted on PPRuNe.
To think that we all need to skulk around in disguise, anonymising ourselves, lest we have the shit beaten out of us, is damn depressing.
Has it really come to this?

Well then fkuck that, I'll wear what I want, say what I want, drive what I want and cheer for the best team!
And if I thereby shorten my life by a few years then bloody good - screw the lot of you!

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With the heartfelt sentiments expressed in the last paragraph, may one suggest this poster should grace your walls............

Amazon Amazon

To add to the list of " not entirely wise " displays many will remember those stick on green "sun visors " which became promiment in the UK....many had declarations of undying love " Tracy and Dazzy forever " which was fine until one or the other parted company . It was far from unknown for windscreens bearing this display of affection to attract the attention of solid objects....

As for the Mini, earlier this year we were looking for a new, well ok, replacement, car. Mooching around one outlet the salesperson ( smarmy git personality ) proudly showed us a new Mini with ?......the Union Jack on the rear tail lights cover. He said it was a special edition model and asked what we thought.......he seemed a shade upset when one opined........"bolleaux ! "

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Old 28th Oct 2019, 14:29
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I'm looking forward to the Rugby final as my team is absolutely guaranteed to win.
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Old 29th Oct 2019, 13:12
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They don't build lamp posts like they used to - in Stalyvegas anyway, apparently...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-m ... r-50212593

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Old 29th Oct 2019, 14:42
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We've just been denied permission to plant an avenue of oak trees, one tree for each of those from the village that gave their lives in WWI and WWII. We got funding, permission from the land owners (two local farmers) and had everything arranged, including a planting ceremony, plaques for each tree with a bit about the fallen serviceman it represented, and a fly past, when the council stepped in and said that we are not allowed to plant trees within 20 metres of the highway, for liability reasons. Apparently, their concern is that when the trees grow to maturity, one may get blown down on to the road. You really couldn't make some of this stuff up.
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Old 29th Oct 2019, 19:51
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We've just been denied permission to plant an avenue of oak trees, one tree for each of those from the village that gave their lives in WWI and WWII. We got funding, permission from the land owners (two local farmers) and had everything arranged, including a planting ceremony, plaques for each tree with a bit about the fallen serviceman it represented, and a fly past, when the council stepped in and said that we are not allowed to plant trees within 20 metres of the highway, for liability reasons. Apparently, their concern is that when the trees grow to maturity, one may get blown down on to the road. You really couldn't make some of this stuff up.
Say what? I regularly plant trees on my own land within 5 metres, or less, of the road.

'Are there limitations on what I can plant and where within my garden?
No. You have the right to plant what you want, where you want within your property. However, it is sensible and neighbourly to consider the consequences of planting potentially large or imposing trees or hedges close to a boundary and make planting decisions to minimise negative impact. Ultimately you will still be liable for any damage caused by them.'

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Old 29th Oct 2019, 20:37
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Say what? I regularly plant trees on my own land within 5 metres, or less, of the road.

'Are there limitations on what I can plant and where within my garden?
No. You have the right to plant what you want, where you want within your property. However, it is sensible and neighbourly to consider the consequences of planting potentially large or imposing trees or hedges close to a boundary and make planting decisions to minimise negative impact. Ultimately you will still be liable for any damage caused by them.'
Your amazement matches mine, when we were told by the highways department that we couldn't plant the avenue of trees. My response was the same as yours, as I planted 12 trees in our garden last year, all within 2 or 3 metres of the edge of the lane alongside our house. Also, the road in question has dense wooded areas, where some trees are growing right at the very edge of the road itself.

Apparently, the council can insist that an area either side of a highway (the road in question is a lightly used A road) can be kept clear of trees. Apparently there is a thing called "highway rights", whereby the council can control an area of land, that doesn't belong to them, either side of some designated highways. What really annoys me is that we had spent months planning this, getting a grant from the Tree Council, another grant from the Parish Council, and donations from several people and companies, as well as organising the planting ceremony, etc, only to be told at the last minute that we could not plant this commemorative avenue of oak trees. The trees were going to be fastigiate oaks, so fairly columnar in shape (to better represent the men that gave their lives), and each row was going to be set back about 4.5 metres back from the edge of the highway, in fields to either side. The idea was to eventually have an avenue that represented 22 men standing to attention, 11 either side of the road.
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