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  1. Well, Saturday's was UNCOVER if that helps.  
  2. Hi,    Not in Dover but if they are travelling by car, the Travelodge at Ashford (about 20 mins drive and possibly on-route) might fit the bill. Ashford Travelodge   We've used it and find it convenient, just off the motorway but not noisy. Travelodge have tried to go a bit up-market in recent years so this is more like a hotel rather than the old single/two storey buildings tacked onto a Little Chef. And if you plan ahead, it's possible to get good rates (we paid £26) Of course, they could always consider a stopover in Canterbury. Hope it helps Davies  
  3. [quote user="Dago"]By the time I joined the Queens Regiment it had just changed to from being the Home Counties Division and was made up from the 1st Battalion The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment (1 Queen's), The 1st Battalion The Queen's Own Buffs (2 Queen's) 1st Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment (3 Queen's)  and the 1st Battalion The Middlesex Regiment (4 Queen's) I trained at Canterbury and joined the 4th Battalion (Middlesex) and then when the 4th was disbanded I went into the 1st Battalion (Surrey's) [/quote]   Hi Dago,     Ahh, thought I recognised the Albuhera collar dogs !!    "Die hard, 57th, die hard" Davies
  4. [quote user="KathyC"]   But if nobody ever tells anybody anything how do people  learn? I only learnt about shouting in capitals by reading it on a forum, now I know and won't do it.  Giving people new information doesn't need to be done rudely; I would see this as helping someone rather than criticising them. [/quote]   Sorry, Kathy,   Either I've failed to express myself clearly or you've not caught the point I was trying to make. Do you really think that you are being shouted at when you see a message in upper-case?  Does anyone?  Does anyone, outside of nurdish (not fond of the word-can't think of an alternative at the moment) flamers on newsgroups/usergroups, really use upper-case as a tool for shouting at people? Of course, proper-case looks better and reads easier and that's a good reason for having it as a convention.   To give upper-case a volume control quality that it doesn't have just because people think it should, is IMHO, a bit over-the-top  Davies
  5. I suppose that much of 'netiquette', like good manners in general, means not making the other person feel unconfortable. That's why I get rather annoyed when someone who has innocently posted a query all in upper-case is roundly jumped upon by some computer nerd ( to be honest, I haven't noticed it on this forum) who says something like " You should be aware that use of upper case means shouting in 'netequette' " Does it really? Big deal!!  I would have thought that most of us are bright enough to know whether we are being 'shouted' at; with or without the use of full upper-case in a posting.   Besides, not all of us are masters of the keyboard yet, there may be a valid reason for the upper-case. Davies  
  6. Hi David,  Thanks for that. This might help with Great Circle routes; http://gc.kls2.com/ Davies    
  7. I too am an avid ground spotter and delight in recognising places when crossing the channel coasts. I find it interesting that flights to North America from Europe take a longer route (Scotland, Iceland, Greenland) whereas those returning follow the great circle and usually cross Ireland and Wales (for Heathrow) Eastbound usually benefitting from a tail wind so journey is around 1 hour shorter than westbound. Presumably the outbound (from Europe) avoid the headwinds but surely saving fuel is the airlines priority so can any aviation buff out there confirm whether a longer route avoiding headwindsdoes in fact, save fuel?
  8. Haven't heard of the Caterham 7 for a while now. Have they been freed?   Davies (well, someone may not have heard that one!)
  9. [quote user="missyesbut"] It reminded me of the village chieftains chairs I had seen when travelling in Malawi a few years ago. They were made of two pieces of timber slotting into each other, this way the chief (rather his attendant) could carry it around and install it wherever he chose... The bit that would be the 'backrest' was approx 4 to 5ft tall with a 10in slot about 18in to 2 ft up from the floor, made of one plank about 2in thick, adzed away from the tree trunk, anything from 12in to 30in across. They had big elaborate carvings of local scenes and stories on. The well worn polished seat about 12 in accross, was roundish with a 'handle' bit about 2ft long with a slight curve. The handle piece was sliding into the slot of the upright giving a well balanced and free standing chair. Very comfortable to sit on once you found your balance and the center of gravity... Hope you can picture it... They were the loveliest things I had seen on that particular travel. Real hand made NONE airport craft.[/quote]    Hi Missy,      That brought back memories,  a family member received one as a farewell gift from Malawean colleagues and it occupied pride of place in the lounge. They seem good at innovation, I remember being shown a hut just outside Blantyre where the owner was one up on his fellow tribesmen, instead of an open door, he had installed an old car door, thus benefitting from a wind down window.     Chris, picture of said chair here http://www.africangoodies.com/ssschair.htm      
  10. I worked for some time in a Japanese organisation and the use of the Japanese language was like a security measure. They will make the right nods of approval if you start to learn the language but the moment they think you are able to pick up on a conversation, the shutters go up, it's almost as it they fear their screen of secrecy has been broken.    I have a favourite Welsh moment but to be honest, it could have happened anywhere; Me; (entering the village shop) "Do you happen to know the tractor driver who was just in here?" Shopkeeper and customers: (shaking heads in unison) "No" Me; "Oh pity, he dropped his wallet before driving off and I'd like to get it back to him" Shopkeeper; (without even a pause) "Oh, that'll be Mr (whoever) up at the farm, I'll telephone him"
  11. [quote user="Teamedup"]I have been on a plane where we have been asked to move during the flight to balance the plane. Don't think that they were joking and did make a lot of us move.[/quote]  But surely you weren't asked to bunch up in the centre of the plane? Normally, if there is an unequal distribution of passengers, it's because they are either bunched forward or aft and usually some are asked to go to the opposite end to even things out.   No, as Tresco suggests, it is almost certainly a convenience for the cabin crew to allow one member to quickly tidy up. I wonder what Ryanairs official explanation would be??  Obviously on a full plane it would make little difference but if passengers having to evacuate a half-full plane were unnecessarily delayed because they were bunched together, it wouldn't look too good afterwards.   
  12. 'Jobsworth' when used disparagingly by someone who has been unsuccessful in getting the rules bent to suit their purpose !!
  13. "Baby On Board" Apart from impeding rear vision, what is the expression meant to achieve??  
  14.     "Pardon my French......." (followed by an expletive or mild cuss-word) Either swear or don't swear but why on earth apologise in advance???
  15. [quote user="Tresco"] I think I must be the only person left in the world who Approves of Political Correctness. Not the loony kind which is frequently invented as far as I can make out, but the kind where you treat people with civility, and that includes how you refer to their nationality. [/quote]    Not quite the last person, I do agree with you. Thank goodness for the political correctness that makes words like 'spastic', 'kaffir' and lunatic and so on, things of the past.    One rule in life that I've found to be true is that when people have the power to have the last laugh, they will generally exercise it. That's why as a motorist in London, you don't insult traffic wardens; as a business man in Japan you find that if you use the term 'Japs', doors will close faster than you ever thought possible; and I suspect if you are a boss of an airline that uses the term lazy frogs, you might just find that air traffic control in France will tend to put your planes at the back of the take off queue and your baggage to take its time getting to the carousel!!    
  16. I don't doubt that  Norman Kember is genuine but if does refuse to co-operate, it's his choice but the authorities can hardly be blamed if they are then a bit sceptical, after all, not every kidnapping is what it appears, The Telegraph again, here
  17. Sorry if this comes over as holier-than-thou, it's certainly not meant to;     If someone thinks; "I'll get away with this as long as no one reports me to the authorities", then perhaps they should not be suprised if some disagree.   
  18. "CHORUS. He's got 'em on the list--he's got 'em on the list; And they'll none of 'em be missed--they'll none of 'em be missed." Hi Dick, But didn't the folks of Titipu have a way of silencing Katisha as she is about to grass on Nanki-Poo? (End of Act 1)   Another Dave
  19. Interesting.   Are 'grassers' despised by the criminal fraternity because of high moralistic ideals or are they despised because they foil the criminals' chances of getting away with their crimes?    In other words, is labelling someone a sneak, often simply a convenience for the transgressor?
  20. Thanks for that Ian, I really did believe I was alone in not being able to absorb both types of input at the same time! Glad to know it's just not me. So frustrating when you just glimpse a word like 'shot' or 'disaster' and have to wait for the item to come around again.  Other annoyances, The permanent logo in the top LH corner. Credits shrinking to a small area while some advert is shown when you wish to check someone in the cast. Longer and more frequent commercial breaks (or is it my imagination?). The need for a full recap after each break.  These innovations appear to originate in the US and once here, spread from channel to channel. Pity really because I believe that the US  produces some of the finest television programmes in the world,
  21. I was recently outbid on Ebay and later received an email saying that the winners of the auction could not complete and would I like to buy it at the price I bid. It appears to have been genuine according to the above response from Ebay but I didn't respond because there have been so many scams.  Probably a good thing that you ignored it,  quite likely you had been bidding against the seller who was bidding themselves in order to inflate the bids and had miscalculated and won the auction. A scam in itself,  but it may also lead the way to a bigger scam-once the seller is in communication and finds you are eager, they may urge you to pay by a less secure (for you) means. Another Dave 
  22. Yes, I would go along with Ron too, It's interesting that the experts who appear on these programmes usually have an axe to grind. Even the chap who wrote on on another forum the day after the Watchdog programme, saying that he'd just had his account (plus £20000) emptied, mentioned a preventive program in his post (clearly, it didn't work for him!).  My slant on this is; take the normal precautions, that is firewall, virus checker,-be suspicious of emails but don't let it prevent you from using the internet as a useful tool.  
  23. Dick and Miki, Assuming Dick is at present in UK, you are both correct !! Does anyone know what happens with radio control clocks? Do they jump backwards, mark time (sorry!) for an hour or just run slowly until they are correct again? (I mean the analogue ones of course). I could I suppose stay up and watch but I'm not going to! Another Dave      
  24. SunnyD,   My guess would be that you are targeting a particular niche in the market. Nothing wrong in that of course, but it's just the feeling I get from reading your posts.  I could easily be wrong but if I'm right, I think your comments are simply not comparing like-for-like.  
  25. I think you've hit the nail on the head and missed the point at the same time. It's perfectly obvious to me that the French train their bodies from an early age to tolerate and indeed thrive on things that namby pamby nutritionists elsewhere are trying to persuade us are harmful.   I think you too have a good point, that maybe a limited exposure is more beneficial than no exposure in some cases. While there's no doubt that overexposure to the sun causes skin cancer, there's now a school of thought in Australia that says that if you completely avoid any exposure to the sun, you can make yourself more prone to skin cancer  that you would by having a reasonable and minimal exposure. Now I'm not suggesting that everyone should try a few fags but I think that if you try and avoid everything, then maybe you don't build up any resistance. Another Dave
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