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  1. Bit late on this one but doing Mechanical Engineering you could not really get along without one. I had a Thornton Comprehensive slide rule. The one thing it did teach me was "order of magnitude", where to put the decimal point or how many hundreds, thousands etc were in the answer. It came to the fore many years later when mentoring some young engineers doing some stress/strain calculations, one came to me with an answer that was so obviously wrong and I told him straight away he had made an error. I did not know if the numbers were right but I knew the order of magnitude was wrong. Move
  2. It really does make me wonder how the essentially same team can completely turn things round in such a short time. Whatever Cooper is doing we can only hope that he keeps doing it. It would be good to have a season without relegation fears and some hope of a play off spot.
  3. After it all going wrong for so long it looks like at last that it might be starting to go right for the Reds, lets hope so. Not looking good for the Stags as they are now firmly in the relegation zone.
  4. Glad you got it sorted nonnaB but in all things business beware of the 'Three F's" Family, Friends and Fools
  5. I did hear that an ice cream van ran the generator for the freezer on reclaimed chip shop oil, you could always tell when he was around because of the flock of seagulls following him.
  6. With everyone talking about what they can see from the top of hills it reminded me of this great song by Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill https://youtu.be/_OO2PuGz-H8 On a clear day on the colliery village where I was brought up you could see the smog, seriously though you could see Lincoln Cathedral from the top of Church Hill or the pit headstocks.
  7. SWMBO sent me out to get some bread yesterday with no other instructions. I was stunned to see how many types of "bread" there was available! Pumpkin seed - No doubt taken from pumpkins before being used for soup or Halloween lanterns 9 Grains - Wheat - isn't that what bread used to be made of? Corn - cornbread or biscuits in the USA, Cornflakes or corn on the cob with lashings of butter. Oats - what people of Scottish descent or horses eat. Rye - for whiskey Barley - for whisky of beer Triticale - some kind of Frankenfood crossbred plant Lin
  8. Perfidia does not fit with your persona Ben In Spanish it means faithlessness, treachery or betrayal, I am sure that none of those represent our Ben
  9. Even our artisan bakeries put their bread in plastic bags with a clip thingy. Don't know why they can't put it in a brown paper bag? Yes DJ mass produced 'wholemeal' is compressed sawdust, but Brew what I wouldn't give for a crusty cob, buttered, filled with chips and brown sauce. No one here knows how to make decent crusty cobs. or batter for fish for that matter.
  10. Strange weekend for the local teams. Magpies hammered 4-1 at home by Woking Just in a play off position. Crowds in the 5-6,000 more than the Stags are getting. Stags beaten at home again 1-0 by Barrow now hovering in the relegation zone. What has gone wrong? Forest slowly climbing away from danger with two solid away wins and scored goals. Lets hope it continues!
  11. The Cover of "Rolling Stone" - Dr Hook & the Medicine Show
  12. Macs are no less vulnerable to attacks than any other computer, the real reason is that there are far more Windows machines out there and hackers target based on volume of users vs their rate of success.
  13. Back on my hobby horse about packaging again. Has the UK been upgraded to the "green" tags on the plastic bags that your bread comes in? It was formerly an injection moulded plastic tag and has now been replaced with a tag made of some fibre material which is about as much use as a chocolate firescreen and totally fails in being re-useable to close the bag. I'm all for being green but the green replacement should work at least as well as what it is replacing
  14. I have been using Win 10 and have had absolutely no problems but yesterday Microsoft sent me an e-mail saying they were introducing Windows 11 early next year and included an app to check if your computer would be able to accept the upgrade to Win11. I have 2 laptops, a three year old Acer with an AMD A4 chipset and a similar age HP with an Intel I5 chipset and guess what? The app said the neither could run Win11. Are the barstewards having a lend of us or are they going to upgrade chip compatibility? If they don't then for me it will bye bye bye Microsoft.
  15. Today in my quest to rid myself of small petrol engines and equipment with electrical needs I tried out my new 36V battery operated, brushless? self propelled lawn mower. The clutch on the self propelled petrol mower had no more adjustment left and was no longer driving the mower, the cost to repair a thirty year old mower was 60% of the cost of the new battery mower. The new mower was brilliant, no more filling with petrol, stuggling with a pull cord and wrestling a heavy steel framed mower around the lawn. Charge the battery, pop it and the interlock key in, pull the bale arm and p
  16. Those in the photo are Tromboncino pumpkins named for their shape.
  17. NonnaB are these the ones? (photo from Wikipedia) Called Butternut squash around most of the world but here in OZ and NZ are known as butternut pumpkin. Great for roasting and makes the best soup with a sweetish nutty taste. Or are they the type called Black Peanut?
  18. Still not the best newspaper site ever but streets ahead of the BBC Nottingham site.
  19. Forest's new manager Steve Cooper was asked how is sides' play would differ from that of Chris Hughton's team. He replied saying "Not like that, like this"
  20. Great photo, that one would make a great jigsaw Albert.
  21. Thanks Brew. I was at work then so I would probably not noticed. Problem solved.
  22. About half an hour ago an earthquake of magnitude 6, 10 kilometres deep happened in Mansfield, Victoria, Australia. No injuries or major damage has been reported. Walls have collapsed in Melbourne around 200 kilometers away. Back in 1991 a similar earthquake happened in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK. It caused 2 million pounds worth of improvements.