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Old 22nd Dec 2003, 23:54
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I was going to add a post to this thread but I've changed my mind.

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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 00:01
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And those Munroes were always high-flyers. The generic name for Scottish mountains of 3,000' and over is "Munroes".
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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 00:01
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I stand corrected, M 901, though your link doesn't work. I did say 'apparently'.

So at 6493 ft 6 in, a significant part of Reunion would qualify as a Munro, n'est-ce pas? Was it covered in a strange red and yellow tartan?
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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 00:26
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Now you done it Mr Davaar, any second now the Capucho person will be leaping into the thread telling us that 3000 ft wouldn't even be classed as a hill in his adopted land.
One clambered up Helvelyn when one was a sprog, that was high enough for Drapes.

ooh! theres Morris dancers on telly at the Mo.
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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 00:43
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Sorry about the link, I corrected it in the original post, but here it is again (for you only, those gentlemen can go back a few posts)

To answer your question, I saw no tartan there, but maybe it was too hot already, or there were too many clouds (which in the mountains tend to resemble fog, not uncommon in Scotland, I have been told), or I had drunk too much dodo to see anything.
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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 00:44
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At a mere 3,000 feet, the Swiss get all dizzy and faint. Their lungs can't tolerate such high levels of air pressure, apparently.

Anything under 6,000 feet's referred to as a knoll here in Switzerland. Under 5,000ft, and it's called a valley. At 3,000ft they call it death valley, and try and cook eggs on the bonnets of their expensive German cars. Doesn't work, but that don't deter them.

These things're relative.

Thinking of writing a story about Heidi, but brought up to date. Yer reckon it'd sell to the masses?

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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 00:51
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Oh Heidi,Young girls? leather trousers? goats? should do well Mr Capucho.

What about a remake of Pippy Longstockings, or Pippy Fully Fashioned Nylons as the new version should be called.
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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 00:52
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Would you mean that Geneva and its Lake are not in Schwytzerland ?
What would the Swiss call 1213 ft. elevation (373.6 m) then ?
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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 00:57
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Anne of Green-painted UPVC Windows?

(By the way, Mr Draper, my name is singaporegirl, not Mr Davaar - flattered though I am by the comparison. Perhaps you have also been at the dodo? )
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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 01:05
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Sorry SG one was refering to Mr Davaars post on mountains over 3000 ft being called Munro's, and see , one was right,Ric appeared right on cue, dunno why it is, but folks love bragging about their mountains, personelly one regards mountains as just untidy bits of Geology, one prefers gentle rolling hills, much more civilised.
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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 01:12
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My apologies, Mr D. I didn't see Mr Davaar's post at the bottom of the previous page - he must have snuck in while I wasn't looking. Getting ahead of myself, as usual.

Must be jetlag...mumble...off to bed.
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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 01:28
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My dearest Mr Bre,

Geneva is indeed in Switzerland the last time anyone looked, although from time to time it leaves the confederation, usually for culinary reasons. Who can blame them. One hears the Alsace region of France behaves similarly, having been part of China at one time due to a short-lived fad for Szechuan food. The Lorraine region recently left France (yet again) and has been reliably spotted in Germany, working in a hairdressing salon.

One digresses.

The elevation figure you quoted for Geneva is a gravely misleading average. Trust it not, sir; trust it not.

If you inspect an atlas carefully, you'll see the southern shore of Lake Geneva is actually in France, and therefore 3,800ft below sea level. The northern Swiss lake shore is 6,200ft above sea level, a reasonable elevation for Swiss terrain, although not high enough to guarantee good ski conditions.

Average the two, and you'll see how mathematics has misled us into thinking Lake Geneva lies at 1,200ft amsl. It also helps the french to feel less inferior, which is a good think in these times of ever closer convergence and harmony.

I do hope this helps, and please continue to post your helpful links to factual webpages.

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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 02:29
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Everything you ever wanted to know about Switzerland

And I like this quote
because of more stringent government regulations, used significantly less as a money-laundering center; transit country for and consumer of South American cocaine and Southwest Asian heroin
so, the Swiss are smartening up their act then

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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 02:29
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You are right as always, almost always anyway, Mr Draper. I too knew some chocolate-smith would cavil at the heights. Of course their Alps are the merest upstarts and parvenus. When they have been around as long as the Scottish mountains, they'll be 3,000' too. Maybe not even that. Until then, let them go practise with an avalanche or two.

It is nice to be associated with Miss singaporegirl, even if only by accident and from afar. I firmly believe her, of course, to be a trickster, but sanferryann. She knows and I know.

I was thinking of adopting her own device and a nom de guerre such as Sabu. See how far I got. I have the experience with the elephants. The eyelashes might be a problem, although I do think mine are quite OK, albeit not Italianate.

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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 02:46
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Quite correct Mr Davaar, some of the oldest rocks in the world in Scotland,eroded by 3 billion years worth winters and summers unlike these like alpine upstarts,they only been around for a eon or two, incidently Canada is actually part of scotland, or was until the Atlantic started opening up, them Dammed yanks again, although one can hardy blame them for wantiing to put some distance betwixt themselves and old Europe.


Hmmm, Gina Lollobrigida is on telly at the mo, now there was top totty, they don't make ladies like that no more.
She certainly beats Morris Dancers.
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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 04:05
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...and, Mr Draper, there was the ingenue Brigitte Bardot in "Doctor at Sea". And before her, Valentina Cortese.
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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 08:30
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Ah - la Lollo!

I vaguely remember her appearing on a Parkinson or similar. He asked her if she turned heads when she was young.

"Oh no! I did not get my equipment until I was nearly sixteen."

Better with an Eyetie accent...
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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 15:25
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Length: 345 meters / 1132 feet
Beam: 40 meters / 135 feet
Beam at Bridge Wings: 45 meters / 147.5 feet
Draft: 10 meters / 32 feet 10 inches
Height (Keel to Funnel): 72 meters / 236.2 feet
Gross Registered Tonnage: Approximately 150,000 gross tons
Passengers: 2620
Crew: 1253
Top Speed: Approximately 30 knots (34.5 mph)
Power: 157,000 horsepower, gas turbine/diesel electric plant
Propulsion: Four pods of 20 MW each. 2 fixed and 2 azimuthing.
Strength: Extra thick steel hull for strength and stability for Transatlantic Crossings. ('berg resistant)
Stabilizers: Two sets
Cost: $800 million dollars

Imperial to metric figures unchecked.

It's big - but will it be a lucky ship?
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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 15:56
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Old 23rd Dec 2003, 16:23
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No sign of Lorraine this week, she must have started her hols early, get more feckin holS than school teacher these TV presenters.
Mr UL730, that is not a ship that is a floating Berne Inn, we who wandered the Ogan for a living held those things in very low regard along with the people who manned them(one uses the word manned its loosest sense here), they were the only vessels refered to as"IT "rather than "SHE"




Interestingly on this day in History 23rd December, very little seems to have happened, one is at somthing of a loss to explain this .
However if you are good at sums, take it easy today, for this date seems to be a favorite one for Mathematicians to pop their clogs.
1722 : Varignon
1890 : Sang
1989 : Richard Rado





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