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by spot
Mon May 13, 2024 12:30 am
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text
Replies: 783
Views: 194981

Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

The BBC news website's sub-editors might as well have jumped off a cliff for all the good they're doing. "There was almost no level of security that could keep Raymond Gurême captive for long"? So there was a level of security that could keep Raymond Gurême captive permanently? And the BBC...
by spot
Sun May 12, 2024 8:32 am
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 282
Views: 140479

Re: Random Thoughts

Betty Boop wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 3:48 pm ugggh my favourite didn't win
Clearly your support for Olly Alexander was built on sand.
by spot
Sat May 11, 2024 1:38 pm
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 282
Views: 140479

Re: Random Thoughts

I confess I have so far heard none of it. I'll keep my eye open.
by spot
Mon May 06, 2024 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 282
Views: 140479

Re: Random Thoughts

Umm.

Amazon's algorithm?

Frequently bought together
Holy Bible: King James Version (KJV)
+
The Quran


I think not, Amazon. Really.
by spot
Mon May 06, 2024 11:39 am
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 282
Views: 140479

Re: Random Thoughts

The Guardian's sub-headline for an opinion piece: The mistakes made at one point in time have an eerie way of re-emerging as memories fade So, what does it mean? "at one point in time"? Garbage. Drop it and there's no change to the meaning: Mistakes made have an eerie way of re-emerging as...
by spot
Thu May 02, 2024 3:07 am
Forum: Warfare Military
Topic: Floating casino still in dry dock
Replies: 16
Views: 26072

Re: Floating casino still in dry dock

By the time Trump's up for re-election there will be three operating Chinese aircraft carrier battle groups, one in the East China Sea and two in the South China Sea. Let's see if he's still accepting phone calls from Taiwan by then. This is China's third aircraft carrier, Fujian, possibly a year b...
by spot
Mon Apr 29, 2024 5:29 am
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 282
Views: 140479

Re: Random Thoughts

One of my not so beautiful toughts is that I can do 4 times worth of my job if it paid me enough, now I just sit in the office for 6 hours when I finished my workload in 2 hours, is this what life is about? And yet the world is so much a better place thanks to the uplifting history of Aleksei Grigo...
by spot
Mon Apr 29, 2024 5:22 am
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: The observation and asides thread
Replies: 1274
Views: 262218

Re: The observation and asides thread

car meets, which are defined as the gathering of two or more cars Really! So if I drove to Stevenage to meet a friend who also drove in (which I’ve done often, I used to work there) the we constitute an illegal car meet? Ludicrous! For is it not said, those who wantonly waste fossil fuels shall nev...
by spot
Mon Apr 29, 2024 5:11 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Another one
Replies: 2
Views: 227

Re: Another one

Another new member that finally decided to make his/her first post, THAT'S ME! So, to make a painfully long introduction short, I'm hiding behind the username Zenin000, inspired by an anime my kid likes to watch, he said that this is a cool family in that anime. I love gardening and I picked it up ...
by spot
Mon Apr 15, 2024 3:35 am
Forum: General TV Shows
Topic: Terrified. Do you have any good TV recommendations?
Replies: 8
Views: 585

Re: Terrified. Do you have any good TV recommendations?

Are there any good TV series besides this? Gerry and Sylvia Anderson made several series which remain watchable exciting stories, all of them can be found with a torrent search. Or Callan. The British one. I don't think it's ever been bettered. Wonderful acting. Life on Mars, again the British one....
by spot
Mon Apr 01, 2024 2:18 am
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: The observation and asides thread
Replies: 1274
Views: 262218

Re: The observation and asides thread

car meets, which are defined as the gathering of two or more cars Really! So if I drove to Stevenage to meet a friend who also drove in (which I’ve done often, I used to work there) the we constitute an illegal car meet? Ludicrous! For is it not said, those who wantonly waste fossil fuels shall nev...
by spot
Sat Mar 30, 2024 11:34 am
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: The observation and asides thread
Replies: 1274
Views: 262218

Re: The observation and asides thread

Twelve months it's taken them to get round to bringing these two prats into court. Perhaps someone retired and a replacement officer knew how to use the computer. And the selfish antisocial gits are out in force this weekend again. Same place, same people, same disruption. All the council says is o...
by spot
Fri Mar 15, 2024 12:05 am
Forum: Current Political Events
Topic: New definition of extremism (2024)
Replies: 3
Views: 501

Re: New definition of extremism (2024)

I shall quote from George Galloway's contribution to yesterday's debate on the new extremism measures. You will recall he was re-elected to the House on February 29th, a day which will now be forever known as Galloway Day. I remind the Secretary of State that a former Speaker of this House was weari...
by spot
Thu Mar 14, 2024 11:52 am
Forum: Current Political Events
Topic: New definition of extremism (2024)
Replies: 3
Views: 501

Re: New definition of extremism (2024)

So, here's how it's done, see. We need a starting point. Let's find a thing we can match to modern test conditions. Here's what you do innit. You say "If this thing was about Jews you'd call it racist, wouldn't you? And it's a level playing field because otherwise your own test would be inheren...
by spot
Thu Mar 14, 2024 8:39 am
Forum: Current Political Events
Topic: New definition of extremism (2024)
Replies: 3
Views: 501

New definition of extremism (2024)

I note the publication of a "New definition of extremism" by the UK government, under the direction of Michael Gove. Here, for the record, is the content, which with extended commentary can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-definition-of-extremism-2024/new-definiti...
by spot
Thu Jan 25, 2024 6:12 pm
Forum: The Kitchen
Topic: Cracker Barrel
Replies: 2
Views: 867

Cracker Barrel

I appear to be having an odd moment. My mind has turned to the 1970s I believe. I have a distinct recollection that I would choose, when shopping for cheese, to select a plastic-wrapped rectangular parallelepiped carrying the brand name "Cracker Barrel", and probably the words "extra ...
by spot
Tue Jan 23, 2024 1:12 am
Forum: Members' News
Topic: On and forward
Replies: 11
Views: 1065

Re: On and forward

As far as vocabulary goes, Open Office is equivalent to Microsoft 365 (which is a recent online annual-payment equivalent to a Microsoft Office except it lives on the Internet instead of your own hard drive). The only available Microsoft currently updated operating system is called either Windows 10...
by spot
Sun Jan 14, 2024 3:57 pm
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text
Replies: 783
Views: 194981

Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

Brunei's Prince's royal wedding reaches climax
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world
by spot
Sat Jan 13, 2024 5:40 pm
Forum: Members' News
Topic: On and forward
Replies: 11
Views: 1065

Re: On and forward

I don't have a chrome book Spot. I don't even know what that is. I have a HP laptop. It's my mistake, I was guessing at what "I chose Chrome for my main server" meant. On Windows there's a utility SquirrelDisk I've used before and it showed where disk space was predominantly used - https:...
by spot
Sat Jan 13, 2024 10:12 am
Forum: General Music
Topic: What are you listening to right now
Replies: 3157
Views: 13292275

Re: What are you listening to right now

I occasionally think the 1982 version is the best, probably because of the video.


by spot
Fri Jan 12, 2024 3:47 am
Forum: Members' News
Topic: On and forward
Replies: 11
Views: 1065

Re: On and forward

As far as my computer goes ...I don't really know. I received it a few years ago and I've just been loading crap onto it and it's not liking it anymore. I don't pretend to know what to do. I was thinking of taking it to a shop. It began when I got sick of giving money once a year to microsoft just ...
by spot
Thu Jan 11, 2024 4:52 am
Forum: Crimes Trials
Topic: Ruby Franke and Jodi Hilderbrandt.
Replies: 2
Views: 750

Re: Ruby Franke and Jodi Hilderbrandt.

Theological extremism does tend to encourage its adherents to torturing those who don't conform, it keeps cropping up repeatedly regardless of the religion involved. The Mormons may well have a reputation that way on account of being so far out on the lunatic fringe but the core danger sign is just ...
by spot
Wed Jan 10, 2024 1:28 pm
Forum: Crimes Trials
Topic: The Horizon IT Post Office conspiracy
Replies: 5
Views: 328

Re: The Horizon IT Post Office conspiracy

It could be that the government's overriding of the court verdicts and reversing this entire category of convictions is the best way forward. It is axiomatic that the unjust verdicts and sentences delivered in each case were the fault of the court process itself, since the courts are surely designed...
by spot
Wed Jan 10, 2024 1:21 pm
Forum: News and Announcements
Topic: Heads up, ForumGarden is going down for a half hour, on the hour
Replies: 100
Views: 51364

Re: Heads up, ForumGarden is going down for a half hour, on the hour

The management would like to apologize for a 20 minute outage without warning over the last hour, following two heavy system resource overloads by Hong Kong and Indian web harvesters. Matters are now stabilized, but please note next week may bring further brief disruptions. There may be trouble ahea...
by spot
Tue Jan 09, 2024 8:34 am
Forum: Crimes Trials
Topic: The Horizon IT Post Office conspiracy
Replies: 5
Views: 328

Re: The Horizon IT Post Office conspiracy

That would put these convictions into the same category as the pardons issued to "anyone convicted or cautioned for consensual homosexual activity, under now-abolished laws" who "can apply to have them disregarded. The convictions would be wiped from record and an automatic pardon giv...
by spot
Tue Jan 09, 2024 3:19 am
Forum: Crimes Trials
Topic: The Horizon IT Post Office conspiracy
Replies: 5
Views: 328

The Horizon IT Post Office conspiracy

Somewhere between 500 and 2000 post office branch managers were deprived of their good name, forced into either prosecution or paying money claimed by the Post Office as fraudulently stolen, followed by the loss of their skilled professional livelihood. The government is currently talking in public ...
by spot
Mon Jan 08, 2024 1:55 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: The Tamalpais High puzzle
Replies: 48
Views: 10950

Re: The Tamalpais High puzzle

I missed this from last March - the Supreme court sent the appeal back for reconsideration. When that will happen isn't apparent though. Who knows, the holiday couple might even get deported to America before 2050 at this rate, and try the less exciting option of going to college instead of knifing ...
by spot
Sun Jan 07, 2024 11:12 am
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text
Replies: 783
Views: 194981

Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

England's only tea grower has a record 600 species of flower in bloom https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/rare-cornwall-tea-grower-record-9018879 What? How a "Senior Content Editor" can write that I have no idea. https://powo.science.kew.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:39017...
by spot
Sat Jan 06, 2024 4:25 am
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: British entertainment, Radio and TV
Replies: 5
Views: 379

Re: British entertainment, Radio and TV

There's comedy which is making jokes, and there's comedy which is observational about what people are like if you expand the canvas. If you get away from jokes, the best Radio 4 ever achieved was Andy Hamilton writing and performing in Old Harry's Game, of which there are 46 episodes. It has a major...
by spot
Fri Jan 05, 2024 4:02 am
Forum: General Chit Chat
Topic: British entertainment, Radio and TV
Replies: 5
Views: 379

Re: British entertainment, Radio and TV

I'm off to get a blood test, I'll think of it while they're draining my arm. Get well soon. Round the Horne, (that's H o r n e, most fonts merge the r and n into one m). I believe it gave rise to several shifts in public opinion as well as being top notch entertainment. Kenneth Horne was the most un...
by spot
Mon Jan 01, 2024 6:07 pm
Forum: Current Political Events
Topic: The Region
Replies: 39
Views: 13209

Re: The Region

31m ago00.35 GMT Israel will appear before the international court of justice (ICC) in the Hague to defend itself against accusations of genocide lodged against it by South Africa last week in relation to its attack on Gaza, the newspaper Haaretz reports. The decision was made during a meeting chai...
by spot
Sun Dec 31, 2023 5:35 pm
Forum: Computers Internet
Topic: Can the West trust Huawei
Replies: 5
Views: 2478

Re: Can the West trust Huawei

I just checked whether the propaganda is still running at full throttle. A simple Google search for headlines comes up with US bans Huawei, ZTE equipment sales amid Chinese spying fears Using Huawei tech opens door to spying, censorship, say U.S. officials Chinese spy duo charged in Huawei case as U...
by spot
Sun Dec 31, 2023 4:47 pm
Forum: News and Announcements
Topic: Happy new year people
Replies: 10
Views: 747

Re: Happy new year people

Happy new year Jimbo, it's good to see you. 12 minutes to go...

Why on earth is Rick Astley on the TV???
by spot
Sun Dec 31, 2023 4:16 pm
Forum: Health Wellness
Topic: Emergency death-cheese national panic
Replies: 6
Views: 1201

Re: Emergency death-cheese national panic

I'd imagine it's entirely legal to make cheese in the US with raw unpasteurised milk so long is it's not offered for sale. Here it's definitely legal but the hoops must be amazingly tough because very few firms jump through them. Farmers no doubt keep the skills from one generation to the next but n...
by spot
Fri Dec 29, 2023 6:39 am
Forum: Test Forum
Topic: test post with permissions set to "cars"
Replies: 1
Views: 1099

test post with permissions set to "cars"

This account is valid
by spot
Thu Dec 28, 2023 1:46 pm
Forum: Health Wellness
Topic: Emergency death-cheese national panic
Replies: 6
Views: 1201

Re: Emergency death-cheese national panic

It's extraordinary - the FSA just doubled down on this recall, but they still appear to have no positive tests relating to the products. They'd better be right. The FSA's head of incidents Tina Potter said consumers must "check whether they have bought or been gifted this product". "D...
by spot
Wed Dec 27, 2023 4:38 am
Forum: Health Wellness
Topic: Emergency death-cheese national panic
Replies: 6
Views: 1201

Re: Emergency death-cheese national panic

There's a company statement on their website which is bound to disappear within days. Does anyone mind if I capture it entire, for the record, at the end of this post? I would guess the key is the observation on the page beyond the product recall - "Now the last raw milk Lancashire cheesemakers...
by spot
Tue Dec 26, 2023 5:41 am
Forum: Health Wellness
Topic: Emergency death-cheese national panic
Replies: 6
Views: 1201

Re: Emergency death-cheese national panic

Don't mind me, I'm just piling in. Really, if anyone ever wanted to destroy a brand overnight, pulling that on Christmas morning is definitely the way to go. And indeed, as rogue-like overkill the Food Standards Agency announcement was hard to beat. Here's the firm's response to the bombshell, from...
by spot
Mon Dec 25, 2023 6:48 am
Forum: Health Wellness
Topic: Emergency death-cheese national panic
Replies: 6
Views: 1201

Emergency death-cheese national panic

From this morning's Guardian: FSA recalls four types of cheese after possible E coli contamination Food Standards Agency announces recall on Christmas Eve, saying products should not come in contact with other foods Four types of cheese have been “precautionarily” recalled due to a possible E coli c...
by spot
Mon Dec 25, 2023 6:14 am
Forum: Holidays
Topic: When is the best time to go on holiday in Iceland?
Replies: 1
Views: 854

Re: When is the best time to go on holiday in Iceland?

When to visit Iceland for a holiday depends on what you want to do while you're there. If you want to stay indoors partying, and you can afford the startling charges for anything alcoholic, the time of year is immaterial. On the other hand, if you want to see the sights then Christmas is a bit trick...
by spot
Mon Dec 18, 2023 6:44 am
Forum: Current Political Events
Topic: The Region
Replies: 39
Views: 13209

Re: The Region

The total number of dead within the Gaza Strip became uncountable once the IDF occupied the North and then below Wadi Gaza. There is now no mechanism for recording all the deaths in all the hospitals, which is what was being done until then. Most of the hospitals are unable to treat anyone. I would ...
by spot
Tue Dec 12, 2023 2:21 pm
Forum: Health Wellness
Topic: Mene mene tekel upharsin
Replies: 7
Views: 2696

Re: Mene mene tekel upharsin

I will add as a disclaimer that I hated that programme, but my mother insisted on watching it every weekend. I've certainly never seen an episode, but there was a lifetime ban on ITV in the household as I was growing up. Started, possibly, by the arrival of Coronation Street, but that would be a gu...
by spot
Tue Dec 12, 2023 8:11 am
Forum: Biker Forum
Topic: CBR600F2
Replies: 6
Views: 3399

Re: CBR600F2

I don't know, eating live goldfish seemed quite heartless at the time. My favourite was the car pulling into the garage for an oil check - with no engine. You've spent a half a century not knowing he switched to an oval slice of carrot once he got the goldfish out the bowl???? As for the oil check,...
by spot
Tue Dec 12, 2023 8:07 am
Forum: Health Wellness
Topic: Mene mene tekel upharsin
Replies: 7
Views: 2696

Re: Mene mene tekel upharsin

Bryn Mawr wrote: Tue Dec 12, 2023 7:54 am Not good, but once you've had the operation your sight will be better than it's been for years so that's something to look forward to.
Call me Tiresias but I doubt I'm going to let some work-experience Bring Your Child To Work Day GCSE Biology retake experimenter poke a blunt needle into my iris.
by spot
Tue Dec 12, 2023 5:08 am
Forum: Biker Forum
Topic: CBR600F2
Replies: 6
Views: 3399

Re: CBR600F2

Now you need to find an identical model in the town centre with an inadequate chain lock, open the lock, hide the bike round the corner and put that frame on instead. Jonathan Routh would definitely have done that. Pranks these days are heartless by comparison with what you grew up with, we should b...
by spot
Mon Dec 11, 2023 7:10 am
Forum: Biker Forum
Topic: CBR600F2
Replies: 6
Views: 3399

Re: CBR600F2

Bryn Mawr wrote: Mon Dec 11, 2023 5:51 amOne day into the job and it's coming along.
Definitely a good start. I take it if there's a structural issue someone will notice before it goes back together, but I didn't see any in the photos. It's a lot skinnier with all the outside off.

Might you treat yourself to a new chain?
by spot
Sun Dec 10, 2023 2:07 pm
Forum: Health Wellness
Topic: Mene mene tekel upharsin
Replies: 7
Views: 2696

Mene mene tekel upharsin

I have, over the last half year or so, found my eyesight frustratingly hard work. This time last year it was adequate to my needs but the change has been unsettling. More and more frequently I have found that when I look at a plain beige wall a couple of feet away, which has sufficient surface grain...
by spot
Thu Dec 07, 2023 7:35 am
Forum: Current Political Events
Topic: The Presidential Election of 2024
Replies: 105
Views: 53345

Re: The Presidential Election of 2024

I note the last of the Republican debates is done. The most I gathered was that the participants were a succession of people that no sane American would want as their President, which made the exercise a useful self-identification of rejects. The clear winner by a mile refused to participate but I b...
by spot
Tue Dec 05, 2023 7:34 pm
Forum: Current Political Events
Topic: The Presidential Election of 2024
Replies: 105
Views: 53345

Re: The Presidential Election of 2024

This is just daft, it really is. Biden ‘not sure he’d be running’ in 2024 if Trump wasn’t: ‘We cannot let him win’ President spoke about risks Trump poses to democracy at event amid fears a second term would be far more autocratic https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/dec/05/biden-running-trump-2...

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