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hellymedic

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3275 on: March 03, 2019, 03:22:02 pm »
The German online tax submission system is called ELSTER.
Elster is the German word for magpie.
Thanks AH!

Cudzoziemiec

  • Solar powered, tea fuelled cycle-wol
Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3276 on: March 03, 2019, 03:22:59 pm »
Not just today but five minutes ago I learned the name Kayihura. Who's that? How do you spell it? The great coincidence turns out that he was sacked as police chief exactly 1 year ago tomorrow!
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

Auntie Helen

  • 6 Wheels in Germany
Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3277 on: March 03, 2019, 06:35:29 pm »
The German online tax submission system is called ELSTER.
Elster is the German word for magpie.
Thanks AH!
The name comes from ‘elektronische Steuererklärung’ but of course the Germans love the words to have another meaning too.
My blog on cycling in Germany and eating German cake – http://www.auntiehelen.co.uk


hellymedic

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3278 on: March 03, 2019, 08:22:36 pm »
The German online tax submission system is called ELSTER.
Elster is the German word for magpie.
Thanks AH!
The name comes from ‘elektronische Steuererklärung’ but of course the Germans love the words to have another meaning too.

I gathered the first two letters were from electronic and didn't much care about the rest but rather liked the idea of a Thieving Magpie.

(The only reason i knew the word is that I had to look it up for an Afrikaner lady visitor, who inquired about a black and white bird on our lawn. The exercise taught me pie, pica, ekster, elster, gazza...)

T42

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ElyDave

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3280 on: March 10, 2019, 09:49:56 am »
Where do they have to bite you for that?
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3281 on: March 10, 2019, 10:00:00 am »
In the wallet.
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Cudzoziemiec

  • Solar powered, tea fuelled cycle-wol
Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3282 on: March 15, 2019, 06:56:00 pm »
Work on the Clifton Suspension Bridge started in 1831 then halted in 1843 due to lack of money. The bridge finally opened in 1861. This is well known, but what I've learnt today is that during the hiatus, funds were raised by transporting people across the Gorge in baskets suspended from a rope. A honeymooning couple were supposedly stranded midway for over an hour.

Sadly, the bridge soon became the scene of suicides. The other thing I've learnt is that in 1885 a barmaid, 23 year old Sarah Ann Henley, threw herself off it after having been abandoned by her boyfriend. But her fashionably huge petticoats acted as a parachute, slowing her fall enough for her to survive and go on to live to the age of 85.
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3283 on: March 15, 2019, 09:01:56 pm »
Edit. That a potential forbear was attached to the Coutances garrison as a man of war during 1425-1435   1428-1433
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3284 on: March 19, 2019, 09:40:19 am »
That carpophagous means to feed on fruit.
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain

Guy

  • Left-Wing Moonbat Green NAZI
Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3285 on: March 19, 2019, 09:44:04 am »
Not "feeds on fish of the Cyprinus family" than.
What duck?

Cudzoziemiec

  • Solar powered, tea fuelled cycle-wol
Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3286 on: March 19, 2019, 12:08:54 pm »
That the biggest consumer day of the year is not Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas or New Year, it's Singles Day.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singles%27_Day
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

T42

  • Gaulois réfractaire
Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3287 on: March 19, 2019, 05:02:21 pm »
That carpophagous means to feed on fruit.

And coprophagy is what politicians expect of us.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3288 on: March 19, 2019, 05:16:18 pm »
Never trust spoke calculator databases.  Built a wheel but the spokes are too short.  What have I done wrong, I think...I was so careful.

Turns out "Campagnolo - all 120mm large flange hubs" is bollocks.  Record Pista hubs have flanges considerably further apart, 74mm compared to 57mm for road hubs.  And that means the spokes are 2mm too short.  Bastards.
Never tell me the odds.

mattc

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3289 on: March 20, 2019, 12:14:13 pm »
The Equilux actually happens 4 days before the Spring Equinox.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3290 on: March 20, 2019, 03:07:19 pm »
That HoC Speaker John Bercow is regularly highlighted on Dutch/German TV news in a special slot. he is viewed as the sensible person in Brexit and acc to my source the English Parliament with its chambers and ceremony is fascinating to many Europeans.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/17/more-animal-than-ever-europeans-find-joy-in-john-bercow

Kim

  • 2nd in the world
Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3291 on: March 20, 2019, 05:37:59 pm »
That there's enough daylight out there to get sunburnt.
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Formerly Known As

  • The Legend Lives On
Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3292 on: March 20, 2019, 07:48:27 pm »
It's possible to break a CPR dummy.

hellymedic

  • Just do it!
Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3293 on: March 20, 2019, 07:49:38 pm »
That there's enough daylight out there to get sunburnt.

Beware Spring sun!

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3294 on: March 20, 2019, 10:01:19 pm »
It's possible to break a CPR dummy.
I saw a whole box of broken ones at work.
Never tell me the odds.

ian

  • fatuously disingenuous
    • The Suburban Survival Guide
Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3295 on: March 20, 2019, 10:04:20 pm »
They were people.
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Tim Hall

  • I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes
Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3296 on: March 20, 2019, 10:07:47 pm »
It's possible to break a CPR dummy.

They're the ones with the realistic "you might break a rib but at least they're alive to complain about it" option.
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

hellymedic

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3297 on: March 21, 2019, 01:02:02 am »
Effective CPR should depress the sternum 5 cm in an adult.

This usually needs a thrust equivalent to a 35kg weight...

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3298 on: March 21, 2019, 08:04:56 am »
That there's enough daylight out there to get sunburnt.

My face is decidedly sore this morning after a couple of hours on the 'bent yesterday morning.  It was definitely too warm at 11 for the 9am cycle clothing.

T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3299 on: March 21, 2019, 08:13:53 am »
I reckon I got mostly windburn yesterday.
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