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ian

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5500 on: 08 September, 2021, 03:37:33 pm »
I'm a fluent American speaker, and I'm pretty sure they agree that inflammable means easy to set light to.

Admittedly, the mid-West is a different place and I learned to speak American on the east coast.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5501 on: 08 September, 2021, 03:38:50 pm »
Flammable and non-flammable might be the safest words to use. It's either that or restricting your audience.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5502 on: 08 September, 2021, 07:42:48 pm »
Horace Batclelor!   ;D :thumbsup:  Radio Luxembourg under the bedsheets.

Radio Luxembourg was not cool when you could have Caroline between the sheets.

Nah, Caroline was (much later) for kids - Luxembourg with the signal fading and then coming back was the real deal.     Where would we be without the Teen & Twenty Disc Club?

What about Jimmy Saviile's Under The Bedclothes Club? In retrospect it's a bit Uncle Ernie.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5503 on: 08 September, 2021, 08:36:38 pm »
7 transistors in your radio and you were good to go for Luxembourg. Who was that bloke that was always advertising something from Keynsham?
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ian

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5504 on: 08 September, 2021, 08:48:00 pm »
I always wondered why the past tense of to go is went.

Now I know, it's really fucking obvious.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5505 on: 09 September, 2021, 01:25:09 am »
7 transistors in your radio and you were good to go for Luxembourg. Who was that bloke that was always advertising something from Keynsham?

The aforementioned Horace Batchelor?
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5506 on: 09 September, 2021, 07:39:35 am »
7 transistors in your radio and you were good to go for Luxembourg. Who was that bloke that was always advertising something from Keynsham?

The aforementioned Horace Batchelor?

... he of the "Famous Infra-Draw Method" for forecasting results on the football pools.    Do they still have football pools with the paper forms and crosses/zeroes etc or is it all betting shops/online now?     When I first went to work in the mid-60s we had a pools syndicate .... I can remember a winning share on just one week in about 3 years - 10/- (50p)

T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5507 on: 09 September, 2021, 08:43:10 am »
7 transistors in your radio and you were good to go for Luxembourg. Who was that bloke that was always advertising something from Keynsham?

The aforementioned Horace Batchelor?

... he of the "Famous Infra-Draw Method" for forecasting results on the football pools.    Do they still have football pools with the paper forms and crosses/zeroes etc or is it all betting shops/online now?     When I first went to work in the mid-60s we had a pools syndicate .... I can remember a winning share on just one week in about 3 years - 10/- (50p)

8 of us had a syndicate at university.  One week we had 8 draws: flatmate called up his dad all joyful, put phone down not joyful and said "so has he".  We got a tenner each out of it.
But they never got to Carcassonne.

Guy

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5508 on: 09 September, 2021, 09:23:52 am »
Thanks to Citoyen's recent post in the "Random thread for small things..." thread I now know that "experiential" is a real word, and has been since the 1640s!

I'd never come across that one before. It sounds like it should be modern USAnian Corporate/Advertising Newspeak.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5509 on: 11 September, 2021, 08:02:31 am »
That the Spanish for mobile library is bibliobús
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T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5510 on: 11 September, 2021, 10:14:07 am »
That the Spanish for mobile library is bibliobús

It is in French too, without the ´.  Looks like bilious with extra blobs.
But they never got to Carcassonne.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5511 on: 13 September, 2021, 12:09:49 am »
That there have been several occasions of mixed nationality teams in the Olympics, including the seemingly self-inflammable combination of GBR, FRA and USA, who won silver in the 1900 polo competition under the perhaps confusing name BLO Polo Club Rugby.
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T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5512 on: 14 September, 2021, 03:10:11 pm »
The first Messerschmidt Bf 109 prototype was powered by a Rolls-Royce Kestrel engine.
But they never got to Carcassonne.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5513 on: 14 September, 2021, 04:04:06 pm »
The first Messerschmidt Bf 109 prototype was powered by a Rolls-Royce Kestrel engine.

Well, Anglo-German relations were still cordial enough in the mid-30s - at the same time, Rolls-Royce bought a Heinkel He 70* for use as an engine test bed, and in 1936-37, it was used to test the engine which evolved into the Merlin.


* Some sources suggest that the He 70 was traded for four Kestrel engines, one of which was used in the Bf 109 prototype. If that was the case, I wonder who got the better end of the deal...

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5514 on: 14 September, 2021, 04:13:39 pm »
Amazing how soon the arms-limitation clauses of the Treaty of Versailles became a dead letter.  Not that the N.I. Protocol is likely to last as long.
But they never got to Carcassonne.

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5515 on: 14 September, 2021, 07:28:07 pm »
The first Messerschmidt Bf 109 prototype was powered by a Rolls-Royce Kestrel engine.

Well, Anglo-German relations were still cordial enough in the mid-30s - at the same time, Rolls-Royce bought a Heinkel He 70* for use as an engine test bed, and in 1936-37, it was used to test the engine which evolved into the Merlin.


* Some sources suggest that the He 70 was traded for four Kestrel engines, one of which was used in the Bf 108 prototype. If that was the case, I wonder who got the better end of the deal...


Anglo-Italian relations were also quite cordial around the same time, Vospers 1937 prototype Motor Torpedo Boat No. 102 was originally powered by 3 x 1000hp Isotta-Fraschini petrol engines (yes, it did shift - top speed of 48 knots!) which were replaced by Rolls Royce Merlins after spare parts became difficult to obtain.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5516 on: Yesterday at 04:03:41 pm »
That AAAA batteries exist! I've spent nearly 40 years on this planet without ever having encountered one before.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5517 on: Yesterday at 04:23:47 pm »
That AAAA batteries exist! I've spent nearly 40 years on this planet without ever having encountered one before.

If you really want your mind blown, most 9V PP3 batteries contain 6 AAAAs in series huddled together. Either that or 6 lozenge cells stacked on top of each other.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5518 on: Yesterday at 04:29:21 pm »
That AAAA batteries exist! I've spent nearly 40 years on this planet without ever having encountered one before.

If you really want your mind blown, most 9V PP3 batteries contain 6 AAAAs in series huddled together. Either that or 6 lozenge cells stacked on top of each other.

Goodness! :o I just Googled that and indeed this "hack" came up in the results:
https://www.instructables.com/How-To-Get-AAAA-BATTERIES-OUT-OF-9V/
They've been there, lurking in my smoke alarm, all along! ;D

I did wonder whether AAAAA or even AAAAAA batteries might exist, but alas, it appears not.

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5519 on: Yesterday at 11:15:57 pm »
If you like that, then you'll love B cells.  They're the ones that make up those 4.5V lantern batteries that nothing made this century uses.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #5520 on: Today at 11:37:24 am »
If you like that, then you'll love B cells.  They're the ones that make up those 4.5V lantern batteries that nothing made this century uses.

That was the next thing I discovered! ;D

I think the last time I saw one of those 4.5V batteries was in a CDT lesson circa 1995...