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  1. 11 hours ago, Jack Stone said:

    Think that's Lotus PR chief Don Mac in the driver's seat (and I think he smoked!). I reckon that pic may have been taken on the back lot at Pinewood. That haulage firm Elliotts was based in nearby Datchet. If that pic is in Corfu then that flatbed (and driver) had a great gig taking the bodyshell across Europe. I wonder why the unit decided to go to all the trouble of shooting the blow-up scene in Corfu when they could have done it just as convincingly behind Black Park at Pinewood (perhaps they did!)

    Which they did for the pipeline explosion in 'The World is not Enough' (my wife was walking in Black Park that day when they filmed it!).


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  2. It was 100 years ago this year that Richardson proposed the numerical framework for weather prediction that is still in use today (the solution of governing partial differential equations) and we still can only predict, to any useful accuracy, about 3 to 5 days in the future. Predictive epidemiology is if anything less mature. Couple that with a new virus and it's not surprising predictions have not been as accurate as many would have expected. It is surprising though that transmissibility seems to have been a focus in terms of uncertainty quantification of the predictions whereas virulence has not. How many upper/lower bound forecasts that consider both factors have been published? I've not seen any.


    Maybe there simply has not been enough time to get a handle on transmission and virulence once a new variant emerges. And when enough time has passed to get an understanding of those factors, it's too late to form any coherent response to it. Good news is that there hasn't been a variant that is extremely infectious and with a high mortality rate. Yet.

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  3. 10 hours ago, 2GOOD said:

    An ex Simple Minds guitarist was living just up the lane from where I live now in the Forest of Dean but gave his address as Cheltenham (the snob) when his bankruptcy was reported in the red tops.

    EMF were from Cinderford I think. 

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  4. 1 hour ago, Mark Blanchard said:

    Impressive.  I'll raise you John Lord of Deep Purple / Whitesnake from Henley (RIP).  And George Harrison (RIP).  Used to be a neighbour of ours in Henley, at the top of Friday St in a huge house.

    Blimey, I'm going to have to call you with all I have left - Dale “Buffin” Griffin (RIP), founding member of Mott the Hoople from Ross-on-Wye a couple of miles away.

    (I used to live next door to Bruce Thomas (from Elvis Costello's Attractions) in London, but that's hardly a village :))

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  5. 5 hours ago, Mark Blanchard said:

    Lots of old rockers live in Shiplake, our neck of the woods.  Ian Paice from Deep Purple / Whitesnake, Barrie Barlow from Jethro Tull and Gary Moore used to live 3 houses away from us.

    Mark, I'll raise you a Roger Whittaker, used to be my neighbour in this small hamlet a good few years ago.

  6. IT professionals are not software product managers or software engineers. Identifying, documenting and translating customer use cases into tasks for software engineering as part of a product roadmap requires a specific set of skills. The NHS should look to the established and proven commercial software sector if they want this done to the required standards of resilience, stability and UX.

  7. On the ~10th anniversary of Peter Hitchens' death his interview with Paxman is as relevant now as it was then. The most convincing of polemics, his atheist views regarding the abhorrent behaviour of all 'churches' should never be ignored. The world will always be a lesser place without Hitchens. He will always be remembered as a campaigner for truth, science, reason and justice in the face of the gullibility and fallacy of humans.


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    Cleese made some very well reasoned points whilst the interviewer continued to prosecute her own woke agenda. That's not journalism, that's left wing politics in action. Looking beyond this current foolishness the good news is that the generation after this current young one will in turn rebel against the norms and mores of their parents. It's the conceited hubris I can't stand, though I'm sure every other generation down through the ages has thought the same :)

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  9. On 26/11/2021 at 14:31, LotusLeftLotusRight said:

    Idea seem familiar? Apparently it took an agency 2 years to come up with this amazing new club logo for Norwich City FC, which will be used from June 2022 onwards. Money for old rope springs to mind.




    It's always a tough remit, redesign the badge, but retain its iconic features. This is Spurs' badge history:

    Spurs emblem history..... #COYS | Premier league logo, Tottenham hotspur  football, Tottenham hotspur

    Redesign it so that it's very different, you'll be lambasted. Don't redesign it enough and you'll be accused of a being waste of money. But redesign it you must.

    And what is it with birds and football clubs anyway? :)  

  10. Anyone fancy meeting up for a chat before Xmas? Maybe at Fromes Hill again?

    I've done a paltry 1020 miles this year, most of those driving to the garage to buy petrol to replenish that used to drive to the garage :)

    How about the 12th (Sun), 18th (Sat) or 19th (Sun) of December?

    Or does someone want to recommend another venue? Maybe we could grab a bite to eat in a pub?

    Any or either way, if at least one person would attend, then so would I. In fact I'd be happy to attend by myself :) !! 

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