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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3775 on: September 25, 2019, 01:55:44 pm »
That there is an (archaic) expression in English "Short commons" meaning a shortage of food.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3776 on: September 25, 2019, 02:51:54 pm »
That there is an (archaic) expression in English "Short commons" meaning a shortage of food.
Me too, in yesterday’s Guardian quick crossword. It was a bit of a stinker.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3777 on: September 25, 2019, 07:10:15 pm »
That’s the one, although my wife guessed it, having presumably heard it during her Yorkshire upbringing.
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TheLurker

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3778 on: September 25, 2019, 07:58:30 pm »
That there is an (archaic) expression in English "Short commons" meaning a shortage of food.
I didn't think it was that archaic, or perhaps I just read the "wrong" sort of novels?

Anyway, the reason I'm here.  Wing Cdr. Guy Gibson VC DSO DFC was a guest on Desert Island Discs in 1944.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009xzj9
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3779 on: September 28, 2019, 01:20:25 pm »
Today's word is ventripotent. 'All the paunch-beguiling meals which delighted the ventripotent pashas of the city!'
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3780 on: September 29, 2019, 11:19:59 am »
That there is such a thing as a ratcheting cable cutter:

https://youtu.be/-rphMwxTr54
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Kim

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3781 on: October 01, 2019, 11:35:07 am »
That argon fluorohydride is, briefly and in particularly unlikely circumstances, a thing.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3782 on: October 01, 2019, 12:03:38 pm »
New washing machines run much better once you've removed the Transit Bolts. Apologies to anyone in Co Durham who owns a seismograph, for any false positives you may have just received.  :facepalm:

My SiL was moaning when we visited them about how her new washing machine vibrated like mad and sounded like it was about to explode. Queue me asking my BiL "You did remove the transit bolts didn't you?", embarrassment ensued as we found his socket set and removed them. I think they had had it about three months at that stage.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3783 on: October 01, 2019, 01:13:47 pm »
Jeffing is a thing that can be discussed in mixed company. Apparently it’s a name used for interval training, eg run for 5 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, repeat. It is named for Jeff Galloway who apparently founded* the technique.

* I would have said formalised the technique. I used to tall it lamp posting, in that I’d run to the next lamppost then walk to the next one, but this was when I was a yoof.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3784 on: October 02, 2019, 12:33:25 am »
Jeffing is a thing that can be discussed in mixed company. Apparently it’s a name used for interval training, eg run for 5 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, repeat. It is named for Jeff Galloway who apparently founded* the technique.

* I would have said formalised the technique. I used to tall it lamp posting, in that I’d run to the next lamppost then walk to the next one, but this was when I was a yoof.

Isn't that basically what Baden-Powell called scout's pace, though his intervals were different (60 paces running, 60 paces walking IIRC)?

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3785 on: October 06, 2019, 07:46:30 pm »
I've learned two things today.

(1) how to exfoliate with a kitchen knife, it helps if they are seriously sharp

(2) What a flucky looks like, coz now I got one

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3786 on: October 06, 2019, 08:26:18 pm »
Jeffing is a thing that can be discussed in mixed company. Apparently it’s a name used for interval training, eg run for 5 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, repeat. It is named for Jeff Galloway who apparently founded* the technique.

* I would have said formalised the technique. I used to tall it lamp posting, in that I’d run to the next lamppost then walk to the next one, but this was when I was a yoof.

look up fartlek training
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3787 on: October 07, 2019, 04:34:08 pm »
Jeffing is a thing that can be discussed in mixed company. Apparently it’s a name used for interval training, eg run for 5 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, repeat. It is named for Jeff Galloway who apparently founded* the technique.

* I would have said formalised the technique. I used to tall it lamp posting, in that I’d run to the next lamppost then walk to the next one, but this was when I was a yoof.

look up fartlek training
fartlek is more than that. It is mixed pace, so jog, sprint, walk, jog for medium distance, run hard medium distance, sprint, jog, walk. Generally over mixed terrain.
Does for runners what riding yorkshire hills does for cyclists, alternately forcing you into anaerobic intensity, then recovering while in aerobic zone.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3788 on: October 07, 2019, 04:38:14 pm »
That the US embassy has racked up over 89 000 unpaid congested charges, totally over £10 000 000 in fines.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3789 on: October 07, 2019, 04:38:21 pm »
Alexandre Dumas, him what wrote that count of Monte cristo was a person of colour

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3790 on: October 07, 2019, 05:13:14 pm »
That the US embassy has racked up over 89 000 unpaid congested charges, totally over £10 000 000 in fines.

I saw that Guardian piece too. I'm a little more disturbed by the US diplomat's wife hopping a plane home after killing a motorcyclist with her car, and by the apparent refusal of US authorities to waive diplomatic immunity than I am by a bunch of unpaid congestion charges.

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3791 on: October 07, 2019, 05:29:20 pm »
They claim, somewhat disingenuously, that it's a tax and thus under the various treaties that cover diplomatic presence on foreign soil they don't have to pay it.

The diplomat's wife killing someone, invoking diplomatic immunity and hopping on the next jet to the US is horrible and I don't really know how someone can really live with themselves, but it's not like the US don't have form for that kind of behaviour.
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ElyDave

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3792 on: October 08, 2019, 09:07:00 am »
Jeffing is a thing that can be discussed in mixed company. Apparently it’s a name used for interval training, eg run for 5 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, repeat. It is named for Jeff Galloway who apparently founded* the technique.

* I would have said formalised the technique. I used to tall it lamp posting, in that I’d run to the next lamppost then walk to the next one, but this was when I was a yoof.

look up fartlek training
fartlek is more than that. It is mixed pace, so jog, sprint, walk, jog for medium distance, run hard medium distance, sprint, jog, walk. Generally over mixed terrain.
Does for runners what riding yorkshire hills does for cyclists, alternately forcing you into anaerobic intensity, then recovering while in aerobic zone.

Yes, I know what fartlek is, just suggesting it to Beardy as a point of interest.  It can be a very useful tool.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

barakta

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3793 on: October 08, 2019, 11:58:17 am »
They claim, somewhat disingenuously, that it's a tax and thus under the various treaties that cover diplomatic presence on foreign soil they don't have to pay it.

The diplomat's wife killing someone, invoking diplomatic immunity and hopping on the next jet to the US is horrible and I don't really know how someone can really live with themselves, but it's not like the US don't have form for that kind of behaviour.

What's worse is the diplomat's wife told the police she had no plans to leave the country... And then did.

Not sure how I feel about diplomatic immunity in general. I think it's problematic if abused and no one seems to care.

Mr Larrington

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3794 on: October 08, 2019, 01:10:07 pm »
Bloody Stupid Johnson wibbling on about The Case of the Spook's Missus makes me want to pin him against a wall and bellow "Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe" into his face >:(
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barakta

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3795 on: October 08, 2019, 03:05:02 pm »
Yep, definitely playing the distraction game there, given he knows full well the US won't waive Mrs Diplomat's immunity and the UK probably supports our own dodgy diplomats.

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Kim

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3797 on: October 09, 2019, 12:58:00 pm »
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3798 on: October 09, 2019, 02:34:48 pm »
The Romans had a goddess of hinges.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #3799 on: October 09, 2019, 03:17:09 pm »
The Romans had a goddess of hinges.
Wobbly John needs to know this.
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