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by plaques
18 Nov 2013, 13:54
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 8955
Views: 393434

Re: POLITICS CORNER

As I said averages are well and good if you keep them in context. Once you move away from generalisation and start pointing averages a select group they become meaningless. A bit like going into a cemetery and declaring that half of them buried there should still be alive. Income tax is designed so ...
by plaques
17 Nov 2013, 21:56
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 8955
Views: 393434

Re: POLITICS CORNER

As with all statistics it all depends on which bits you present that makes them political or not. The general starting point always concerns averages. How else can you represent statistics for over 50 million people. However, as you delve into the detail the picture gets fuzzier and fuzzier. No doub...
by plaques
17 Nov 2013, 15:53
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: Paypal
Replies: 14
Views: 2270

Re: Paypal

Chinatyke. Clearly you’ve fallen foul of the dreaded quantum mechanics. The odds of winning that amount of money are billions to one. Now that you have won once there will be a whole raft of “winnings” in its wake. This effect is interaction at a distance where photons and particles know where to be...
by plaques
15 Nov 2013, 21:20
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 12604
Views: 622298

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

Burning paraffin wax will also create water vapour. The old paraffin heaters using a wick were very common at one time. The down side was the room had to be well ventilated. The real danger was that the flame didn't burn correctly and started to smouldered producing large quantities of soot. My neig...
by plaques
15 Nov 2013, 18:47
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Today I shall be Mainly...
Replies: 13181
Views: 526280

Re: Today I shall be Mainly...

My pal in the States worked for a firm making spectrum analysis instruments. They were shipping them over to Israel where they were zapping flawed diamonds with lasers and making gem quality stones. Liz Taylor may not be spinning in her grave but as far as investments go I would keep away.
by plaques
14 Nov 2013, 09:46
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 8955
Views: 393434

Re: POLITICS CORNER

I'll go along with Stanley on this one. Basic education at a young age is very important. My early days were just one round of rote chanting after another. No explanation of the "why's and what for's". Fortunately. part of my father's loot he brought back from the war, exchanged for some cigarettes,...
by plaques
14 Nov 2013, 09:33
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 13877
Views: 572063

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Stanley's right again. I knew when he mentioned posh birds I was dealing with experts. I always remember the answer given by Sir Mortimer Wheeler in "Animal Vegetable and Mineral" when the question master, with a smile on his face, told Sir Mortimer he was wrong! Sir Mortimer's reply was. Sorry you ...
by plaques
13 Nov 2013, 22:56
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 13877
Views: 572063

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Last one for this week.
by plaques
13 Nov 2013, 22:01
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 13877
Views: 572063

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Hartley353, Spot on. I thought it might be a mistake putting something on made in Manchester.

One of my old motorcycles was a Sunbeam S8 shaft drive. Didn't need these gadgets. Thought PanBiker would get it
Here's the other side.
by plaques
13 Nov 2013, 15:44
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 8955
Views: 393434

Re: POLITICS CORNER

House price inflation is good for some but bad for others. When I die I will be a very rich man. Meanwhile as the prices keep increasing so does my insurance making me poorer by the day. And of course there's the very real danger that the rating bands will be adjusted upwards making the day to day l...
by plaques
13 Nov 2013, 15:28
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 13877
Views: 572063

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Scale is Centimeters. Little inches not insects.
by plaques
12 Nov 2013, 20:46
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 12604
Views: 622298

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

For those people who believe that Pendle Leisure should be supplying a service over the Christmas period I have been informed that both West Craven (Barlick) and Colne leisure centres will be closed from the Monday 23 Dec: to the Monday 6 Jan. For those who have already paid their yearly subscriptio...
by plaques
12 Nov 2013, 15:13
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 8955
Views: 393434

Re: POLITICS CORNER

Tardis wrote: then I would find that to be a very simplistic take on the actual problem.
Please don't keep it to yourself. Post the answer here and send a copy to Mr Cameron.
by plaques
12 Nov 2013, 14:58
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 13877
Views: 572063

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

NHS glasses. Can't see you parting with any money!
by plaques
11 Nov 2013, 19:46
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 13877
Views: 572063

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

They are your old sleeping glasses. (Steam Engines and Water Wheels 10 Nov). The wire side pieces are specially designed to stop them falling off when you're nodding off. They are now probably sat on the mantle piece only to be used for after dinner emergency nods.
by plaques
10 Nov 2013, 21:20
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Today I shall be Mainly...
Replies: 13181
Views: 526280

Re: Today I shall be Mainly...

Durham, the land of the Prince Bishops. Lovely area. Which brings me nicely to the second game of the world chess championships. Another draw. Not too surprising. Carlsen is a very steady player.
Deep Blue. I've fond memories of this time but a bit cramped inside that IBM box.
by plaques
10 Nov 2013, 12:36
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WE ARE WHAT WE EAT
Replies: 1498
Views: 123966

Re: WE ARE WHAT WE EAT

I'm a fish and chip man. Nice piece of fresh cod or haddock with oven chips and peas once a week. To most of my friends this represents a hot line to the grim reaper. But to quote Tom Lehrer, "When you attend a funeral you hope that sooneral or later they'l do the same for you"
by plaques
09 Nov 2013, 16:39
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 8955
Views: 393434

Re: POLITICS CORNER

The real wealth of a country is in its population not in material assets. The black plague demonstrated this to some effect. You can easily win a war by dropping a few H bombs on it. But what's the point. Nothing left to make a profit from. Ie no population. The trickle down effect only works if it ...
by plaques
09 Nov 2013, 16:26
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 13877
Views: 572063

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Only because you asked. The top and bottom of a long forgotten filter unit.
by plaques
09 Nov 2013, 16:17
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 12604
Views: 622298

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

Tripps, Do you have a link which is showing the game moves. Not that I can see the logic behind their moves its all a bit deep (blue) for me.
by plaques
08 Nov 2013, 21:25
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WE ARE WHAT WE EAT
Replies: 1498
Views: 123966

Re: WE ARE WHAT WE EAT

Prior to Mrs Thatcher entering politics she worked as a chemist developing the introduction of air into ice cream. The ice cream being hydrogenated fats or as we call it now "trans fats". I'm not saying that her particular endeavours were armful to anyone but she appeared to be good at inflating som...
by plaques
07 Nov 2013, 10:35
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 8955
Views: 393434

Re: POLITICS CORNER

I wonder what would happen if you made ministers financially responsible, ie: a personal liability, on all projects that they guaranteed would not overrun. I doubt if they could get any insurance to cover the possible debt. This would have to apply for a period after they had left office. IDS appear...
by plaques
07 Nov 2013, 10:21
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 13877
Views: 572063

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Sorry about the suspense Gloria. Must have watch too many Boris Karloff - Bela Lugosi movies in my youth.

Its a Bradson No 14 stand drill. Still useful on metals that require a constant cut so to avoid work hardening.
by plaques
06 Nov 2013, 09:57
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 8955
Views: 393434

Re: POLITICS CORNER

BAE are cutting 1000 ship building jobs. I suppose that means 1000 more pizza delivery and shelf filling jobs. Things are certainly looking up. UK will back on its feet again in no time. Oh yes, I forgot, the Co-op bank may be releasing a few staff to help with this surge in employment.
by plaques
06 Nov 2013, 09:44
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 13877
Views: 572063

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

At the risk of being boring I have to say you're wrong. Somewhere in a shed dweller's dark corner there's probably one of these untouched for over 30 years. The ratchet pecker is pushing something down not lifting it up.

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