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|Poetry please... more uplifting than Brexit.|
at 16:23 10 Sep 2019
They gave me a box of tin soldiers,
to play with when I was in bed.
I got tired of my Sergeants and Corporals,
so I played with my Privates instead.
[not mine own, just heard on 4Extra]
|A load of garbled political questions from a div|
at 12:48 3 Sep 2019
What would happen if Boris got a big paddy on and just quit after hypothetically losing the vote on the stop No Deal bill, and Labour refusing to take the bait on a no confidence vote, thus allowing him no election with or without the ousted rebels?
As far as I know there's no formal Deputy PM role, so is it a party matter and a case of the Tories voting someone in to a caretaker role? If so how long does this take, and what can happen under their purview?
Would this be a possible mechanism to block intervention in No Deal? How much can the Government or Parliament do without an incumbent PM?
Or is there some constitutional convention that covers this?
|Just in case you didn't know...|
at 12:23 30 Aug 2019
...the Great Barrier Reef is dying, due largely to rising sea temperatures, due largely to human activities resulting in greenhouse gas emissions.
I don't like talking in absolutes, but there really is no doubt that our activities are the cause of this.
Do what you think you can, then do a bit more.
|Forum debate temperature gauge|
at 09:01 7 Aug 2019
I wonder if there is a way of measuring the 'temperature' of a thread, and representing this in the forum index with a colour-coded thermometer? There's probably an algorithm or site/user set AI that could handle this.
What I mean is that where a thread starts as a decent discussion or debate, the thread temperature would be nice and low [blue].
As the trigger phrases such as 'show your workings' or 'calm down' start to appear we see a mild warning of a rise in temperature [green].
Then we see strings like 'idiot', 'tvvat' and so on, and we see a little [yellow] jobby.
And so on, and so forth to the thermonuclear [red]. Could even have a little thread temperature timeline plot beside the list item in the forum index.
Obviously the algorithm would take into account the bouts of singles insult tennis rallies that indicate a pretty high temperature.
Then when a thread such as...
...degenerates to such a point that its no longer worth reading unless you're only interested in ego wars, we could all save our time and do something else instead.
[Post edited 7 Aug 9:22]
|Garden advice request (GAR)|
at 09:36 14 Jun 2019
This place seems to have a few savvy gardeners, so here's a story and a question.
My greenhouse tomatoes (two different varieties) are all stunted/curled/twisted after about eighteen inches or so of good growth. This applies to leaves and stems, which look otherwise OK (nice colour, and lack of blotchiness etc).
A bit of of poke about on the RHS site strongly suggests that this is herbicide damage, and although I'm pretty sure there's not been anybody spraying that crap round here, I do have a mechanism for the contamination; I put a small amount of horsesh*t I had picked up on a bike ride into my compost in early spring.
Now I know that you should really leave manure for a year or so before you use it, but as it was such a small amount I took a chance. The fresh compost goes into cleaned fish boxes in the greenhouse (to isolate from any build of disease over the years). I guess that the initial growth was OK, until the expanding root system found the manure. Lesson learned.
Question: Has anyone had a similar thing and had the plants recover enough to set fruit? RHS suggests that the plants may recover with feeding (and mulching?) and that the fruit is safe to eat. I'm going to pick up a few potential replacement plants, but it may be a bit late to replant now, especially if there's a chance the affected plants might recover.
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