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by Tony.Williams
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Brexit Plan B?
Replies: 0
Views: 5

Brexit Plan B?

In the light of today's developments, I think it's worth starting a new thread. So... the Maybill rejected by such a resounding total that it seems very unlikely that any deal will gain a majority in Parliament in the foreseeable future. Particularly since the EU has reaffirmed that it is not willin...
by Tony.Williams
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: A second referendum - or a general election?
Replies: 89
Views: 4348

Re: A second referendum - or a general election?

The more I learn about this issue, the more convinced I am becoming that every single option is completely unacceptable.

I'm not sure where that leaves me... :con
by Tony.Williams
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: A second referendum - or a general election?
Replies: 89
Views: 4348

Re: A second referendum - or a general election?

Is there in reality any form of second referendum which would work? Somehow I doubt it. Could be a 2 stage poll (on one ballot paper): 1. In or out? If "in" wins >50%, cancel Article 50. 2. If "out" wins, go on to stage 2: choose between Nodexit or Maybill (all papers counted, including those who v...
by Tony.Williams
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: A second referendum - or a general election?
Replies: 89
Views: 4348

Re: A second referendum - or a general election?

It looks as if next week might be more than usually "interesting" in political terms. Westminster's response to the pleas from business for certainty and the general population's wish that they would just get on with it (whatever "it" might be) is to get itself in ever-greater tangles and bitter div...
by Tony.Williams
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Great Quotes.
Topic: EDL on vegan sausage rolls.
Replies: 1
Views: 118

Re: EDL on vegan sausage rolls.

bindeweede wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:01 pm
The EDL stand in proud defiance against this evil. we are the knights chosen to slay the vegan dragon. no surrender.
I am left struggling with the mental image of a dragon grazing in a grassy field.... :eek:
by Tony.Williams
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Chinese fun!
Replies: 1
Views: 123

Chinese fun!

This photo of a large solar panel farm in China reveals an unexpected sense of fun... :clap
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by Tony.Williams
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Ultima Thule etc
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Re: Ultima Thule etc

I am no linguist, but as I understand it "th" is often pronounced "t" in Germanic languages, and if "e" is the final letter of a word it is always pronounced - but as "uh" rather than "ee". I recall a German athlete whose name was "Silke", invariably pronounced "silky" by British commentators - it w...
by Tony.Williams
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Ultima Thule etc
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Re: Ultima Thule etc

Croydon13013 wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:33 pm
After all there are disagreements on how to say Betelgeuse .
Surely everyone knows it's really Beetle Juice?
and how to get your mouth around Uranus
I really, really don't want to go there..... :sic
by Tony.Williams
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Area.
Topic: New Years Resolutions
Replies: 6
Views: 389

Re: New Years Resolutions

I'm one of the dinosaurs - I only ever read books (and paper magazines) and usually have one fiction and one non-fiction on the go at any one time. My resolution is to finish writing a book - one I've been working on for years - my magnum opus, a technical history of automatic cannon and their ammun...
by Tony.Williams
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Ultima Thule etc
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Ultima Thule etc

So NASA's New Horizon's space craft has flown past a large rock named Ultima Thule (a traditional name of distant places beyond the known world). "Thule" has been used at various times to refer to lands in the far north: Greenland, Iceland, northern Norway. I had only ever read the word before today...
by Tony.Williams
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Area.
Topic: Happy New Year 2019.
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Re: Happy New Year 2019.

Expect nothing good. Then there is just the smidgen of a chance that we might be pleasantly surprised. :friends
by Tony.Williams
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Psychics and Mediums.
Topic: Blind Mystic Baba Vanga's predictions for 2019.
Replies: 4
Views: 453

Re: Blind Mystic Baba Vanga's predictions for 2019.

Aww, Ketchup - why did you have to go and spoil a perfectly good story? :cry:
by Tony.Williams
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Skepticism and Critical Thinking.
Topic: Subjects which are impossible to debate properly and civilly.
Replies: 1
Views: 357

Re: Subjects which are impossible to debate properly and civilly.

In my own forum (military guns and ammunition, although off-topic discussions are also permitted) I have three exclusions: politics, religion and global warming! The forum has an international membership including quite a few Americans, so these subjects tend to derail the conversation if they are b...
by Tony.Williams
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Science and Mathematics.
Topic: Alternative approach to nuclear power
Replies: 4
Views: 426

Re: Alternative approach to nuclear power

Well, there is passive defence, such as the hardened shelter as pictured above, plus presumably some formidable fencing around the site with intruder detectors - the cost of that will be much the same regardless whether the reactors are concentrated or dispersed. Then there is active defence, as in ...
by Tony.Williams
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Science and Mathematics.
Topic: Alternative approach to nuclear power
Replies: 4
Views: 426

Re: Alternative approach to nuclear power

Having many smaller generating plants builds resilience into the system although I suppose that must be balanced against the economies of scale of much larger plants. I'm not at all sure of that in this case. Generally speaking, when it comes to equipment one big one is cheaper than several smaller...