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Everything posted by asperity

  1. Will Fat Boy get his nukes ?

    From his behaviour this far he doesn't want nuclear weapons as a deterrence, more as a threat.
  2. Grid lock -

    Were you going somewhere important Obs?
  3. Murphy's other 15 laws

    1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 2. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well. 3. He who laughs last, thinks slowest. 4. A day without sunshine is like, well, night. 5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine. 6. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't. 7. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool. 8. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong. 9. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end-to-end someone from Warrington would be stupid enough to try to pass them. 10. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it. 11. The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first. 12. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer. 13. Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries. 14 . God gave you toes as a device for finding furniture in the dark. 15. When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
  4. Cockhedge Foot Bridge

    I haven't used it for a couple of years now because the bridge itself looks hazardous and in need of a full overhaul!
  5. Bomb proof material

    Sorry that you look at it like that Dizzy, but if you don't laugh in the face of adversity the scum have won.
  6. Bomb proof material

    It would appear that whatever material Lidl's bags for life are made from, it is bomb and fire-proof!
  7. For sale

    I'm not sure what the rules for offering items for sale on the forum are, but if it is permitted there is this:
  8. A database of Warrington pubs gives the date of 1825 for the Sloop Inn, making it nearly 200 years old. I walk past it frequently but, for some reason, I've never actually been in. I might pay a visit, strictly for research purposes you understand
  9. MPs walking the tightrope -

    You have to take a very long look into the mists of history to find when the Labour Party ever represented the interests of the working man. The government has taken the only logical step in taking all EU legislation and renaming it UK legislation, which can now be adapted to our needs as a nation independent of the EU without having to refer to the Brussels beureaucrats.
  10. The red route is the one I voted for, but walking through Sankey Bridges I note that there is opposition to any Western link road at all. The story below the map mentions the Sloop Inn as being 100 years old, although I think it is actually nearer to 150 years old. But hey, when has Warrington ever let a bit of history stand in the way of progress and the motor car (which will be completely banned before this road ever gets built the way things are going!)
  11. Nutters -

    It's been going on for a while now Obs. The "offenderati" will leave no turn unstoned in their quest to find offense.
  12. Stephen Hawkings challenge ?

    Prof Hawking is obviously very clever in his own field, but that doesn't give him any better powers of seeing the future than anybody else. It's quite possible, given the number of nutcases roaming the planet just now, that 100 years might be over-optimistic! Have a nice day y'all
  13. Some thoughts

    Do twins ever realize that one of them is unplanned? Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you and it just takes 75-100 years to fully work. Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty. True! Your future self is watching you right now through memories. If you replace "W" with "T" in "What, Where and When", you get the answer to each of them. Many animals probably need glasses, but nobody knows it. Anybody have any thoughts like this?
  14. Green Belt homes plan is madness

    I now pronounce you man and wife
  15. Egg on faces ?

    I imagine the remoaners are keeping quiet about any negative news like this.
  16. Harvey

    The BBC did a docu-drama! Wow! Well if the BBC says it's true there's no hope for London. Head for the hills Cockneys . The banks of the Thames have been supplied with high defence walls against such a storm scenario. I would take any scare story from the BBC with a mound of salt.
  17. Harvey

    No Obs, you obviously do not have the foggiest idea about its function. It isn't there to release "excess river water into the sea" because it's open most of the time. It is part of the greater barrier that extends on the banks of the Thames that was built following the storm surge of 1953. This was a combination of a storm, a high spring tide and the geography of land around the southern North Sea. It does have the dual function of holding back the water in the upper Thames during the ebb tide in times of drought.
  18. Brexit's losers -

    Of course it isn't the "chief negotiators" who are doing the work, they are just the frontmen. It's the battalions of civil servants who are doing the legwork 24/7 on both sides. You all knew this of course?
  19. Harvey

    The Thames Barrier was built with storm surges in mind. In actual fact the majority of barrier closures are to maintain water levels upstream of the barrier rather than to prevent flooding.
  20. Harvey

    A lot of land in Holland is actually below sea level as it was reclaimed - hence the large sea walls. Not the same thing as flooding from rainfall.
  21. Harvey

    Historically Holland hasn't suffered many category 4 hurricane landfalls though......................................................
  22. Some thoughts

    ~ Betsy Salkind... Men are like linoleum floors. Lay 'em right and you can walk all over them for thirty years. ~ Jean Kerr... The only reason they say 'Women and children first' is to test the strength of the lifeboats. ~ Prince Philip... When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife. ~ Harrison Ford... Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself. ~ Spike Milligan... The best cure for Sea Sickness, is to sit under a tree. ~ Jean Rostand... Kill one man and you're a murderer, kill a million and you're a conqueror. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger... Having more money doesn't make you happier. I have 50 million dollars but I'm just as happy as when I had 48 million. ~ WH Auden... We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea. ~ Jonathan Katz... In hotel rooms, I worry. I can't be the only guy who sits on the furniture naked. ~ Johnny Carson... If life were fair, Elvis would still be alive today and all the impersonators would be dead. ~ Steve Martin... Hollywood must be the only place on earth where you can be fired by a man wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a baseball cap. ~ Jimmy Durante... Home cooking. Where many a man thinks his wife is. . ~ George Roberts. The first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone. ~ Jonathan Winters... If God had intended us to fly he would have made it easier to get to the airport. ~ Robert Benchley... I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it. ~ John Glenn... As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder. ~ David Letterman... America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked. ~ Howard Hughes... I'm not a paranoid, deranged millionaire. Dammit, I'm a billionaire. ~ Old Italian proverb.. After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same box.
  23. Harvey

    Here's an aerial pic of one of the Texas oil ports (not sure which one). As you can see Texas makes Holland seem mountainous!
  24. It's a mad world

    Something to think about................
  25. Harvey

    From what I've read, the Houston area has been prone to flooding since the town was founded, and bad as this flooding is it has been worse in the past. However, as always, the financial cost will be extremely high simply because of the amount of high value property that now exists in large conurbations.