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de_Selby

Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Jun 2020
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    They fly from Northolt to Northwood?

    I am astonished. Could they not cycle?

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    Madgett's of Diss. Train from Liverpool Street. Proper bike shop.

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    Corbyn's other half, reported in the Guardian yesterday:

    ' She thanked people who voted for Labour and supported her husband, and urged the party not to lose sight of its “commitment to socialism and the policies of the manifesto”.

    “We know you shared our values. If equality, humanity, honesty and kindness is called Corbynism, then that’s all right with me,” she said.'

    And me!

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    Never get more than 7 x 50. Greater magnification, greater movement.

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    Agreed. I just don't think it's a big deal.

    EDIT: Well, yes, the inevitable press broadside will no doubt be a big thing whatever Starmer does.

    I'm no longer a Labour member, nevertheless I'm watching with interest. And I'll be the first to yell if it turns out there are agencies behind KS that would have altered anything if we had known.

    BTW (OT), anyone else notice that the 'Seventeen things Bernie Sanders believes' thing on the BBC website this morning had become 'Eighteen things Bernie Sanders believes' by lunchtime.

    The 18th thing?

    Critical of Israel - but also very proud of being Jewish. At a Democratic debate Sanders said: "Sadly, tragically, Israel has a reactionary racist who is now running that country."

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    Again, an attack from those (McCluskey) who don't want Starmer to succeed. If there was any thought that Starmer was being funded by shadowy figures like (in the US) the Koch brothers, then we would indeed like to know. Starmer's numbers ARE on the register of members' interests.

    When things that haven't shown up there (they are current to early Feb) appear we're likely to see a tally not unlike that of RLB. RLB has outed herself on this because she's had a LOT of money from Unite and seeks to make it look like she's being really open and the others have something to hide rather than face attacks that she is being darkly funded.

    I'm all for open books all round*; I just think that this one is more about slating the opposition with innuendo rather than any real suggestion that Starmer is backed by dark forces.

    *The books ARE open, and KS is also right to say the Members' Interests thing doesn't update daily. He'll be on the ropes if the next update shows the hand of compromising interests; I very much doubt it.

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    A lazy google about concern over Starmer's backers reveals only a story in the Murdoch Times.

    Can we be sure this isn't disinformation? Whose estimate is it that 'he has spent £1 million so far'?

    At £387,000, as declared by Long Bailey, it's clear that campaigning doesn't come cheap.

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    Dibs Cinelli stem if you will post. See my PM.

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    No 1 top left: Cary Grant.

    Who knew he was from Brizzle?

    From the south-west to north by north-west!

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    Changing the subject (phew!) ... my submission for the pedantry award:

    Flight testing is done within an 'envelope'. Now't to do with envelopes, but the shape of the bits of the graph of load (y axis) against speed (x) that you have investigated is usually open-envelope shaped. The 'point' of the 'flap' being at the origin (no speed, no load).

    So 'pushing the envelope', beloved of film makers, corporate bullshitters and folk who don't know anything but like to do buzzy talk, derives from flight testing where the engineers seek to push a single factor beyond the confines of the envelope - which is where they've already been and the aeroplane hasn't broken or bent.

    So, maybe, a 2g turn at 600 knots goes to a 2g turn at 620knots. All done carefully and methodically, then back to base for the write-up and analysis before going to 640 knots.

    The small increments are essential because things like flutter often have a sudden onset and can be completely destructive - loss of prototype!

    I think it came to non-engineering prominence with Tom Wolfe's 'The Right Stuff' in the 1980s.

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