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Post 301

Smile please, you're in Gosho Whitley Land

I've been wondering about that myself, despite being familiar with many different Irish accents from both the north and the south.


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Post 302

Smile please, you're in Gosho Whitley Land

Weatherbomb smiley - facepalm

Now every strong storm is going to be a weatherbomb, just like every strong cold snap is going to be a polar vortex, like we never had storms or cold snaps before.

We really are easily impressed by shiny things, aren't we.


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Post 303

Baron Grim

That's actually a regression of sensationalism. Remember the "Snowpocalypse" and "Snowmaggedon" of a few years past? I think there was a "Frankenstorm" in there somewhere as well.


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Post 304

Smile please, you're in Gosho Whitley Land

One of the BBC weather forecasters (who are employees of the Meteorological Office) gave a rational explanation of it - it's derived from a bona fide meteorological term - explosive cyclogenesis, a depression that rapidly intensifies by at least 24mb in 24 hours. So, like polar vortex, we've got a proper scientific term that's being misunderstood (look at the Twitter posts that include it) and is likely to be used by some for any storm now because the news media have taken it and splashed it around like Brut on Henry Cooper's face.

I think Sandy was the Frankenstorm - two or three weather systems, including the original Hurricane Sandy, that merged to become the superstorm.


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Post 305

Baron Grim

I'm waiting for the impending "Snowperlative".


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Post 306

Smile please, you're in Gosho Whitley Land

I rather like that one smiley - bigeyes It's probably too classy to gain a foothold though. It doesn't have the punch or smiley - yikes value of the others.


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Post 307

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How petty has the news become these days?

'Nut rage' delayed Korean Air plane (Dec. 8th)
Korean Air 'nut rage' official quits (Dec. 9th)
'Nut rage' executive apologises (Dec. 12th)
'Nut rage' exec 'made man kneel' Dec 13th)

And today (Dec. 14th) - 'Nut rage' woman visits air stewards

The first of those stories was barely newsworthy; the follow-up stories are nothing more than flogging a dead horse smiley - facepalm


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Post 308

Sho / Flo - what's the difference?

if you knew Koreans like I know Koreans...


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Post 309

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I know you do Sho smiley - winkeye And perhaps to the Koreans this story is relevant and important, but the BBC sure doesn't need to keep dragging out it ad nauseum. Their interest in it has tipped over from valid news interest and into prurience.

There's an over-keen interest in the news these days with stories about people getting something wrong, and then having to say sorry, to the point where I truly believe that as British TV and radio presenters continue to badger people and persistently ask them if they're going to apologise, and as no-one wants to be seen not to, and no-one has the spine to stand up to twerps like Eddie Mair and Paxo, the value of an apology has been cheapened and diluted because it happens so often now, and often in circumstances where there really wasn't a need.


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Post 310

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Oh fer cryin' out loud BBC.

'Nut rage' exec faces criminal probe (Dec 16th)

smiley - facepalm

And it's not a probe, it's an investigation. Probes is what aliens stick up people's bums. I thought everyone knew that.


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Post 311

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The real reason people are wary about self-driving cars - they look bloody ridiculous smiley - facepalm
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31364441


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Post 312

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"Expect crowded trains and buses during Interactive/Film/Music. When trains are standing room only, bikes are limited to four per compartment (8 total per train). Capital Metro Local buses have racks that hold 2 bikes each, MetroRapid vehicles can hold 3 bikes each. Have a back-up plan in case you can’t ride with your bike."
http://www.capmetro.org/sxsw2015/

Er, how about sitting on it and actually riding the bloody thing? smiley - facepalm


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Post 313

Sho / Flo - what's the difference?

because sometimes, like me, you're using the train for the major part of your journey (for me 70kms) but use the bike either side because there's no public transport smiley - smiley


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Post 314

Baron Grim

A friend of mine was in Austin last weekend for a recumbent bike event and to see The Blaggards at Fado. The weather rather killed most of the cycling. But we discussed the train situation and he offered another good reason to bring the bike on the train. He was staying at a friend's house and the ride into town would be a pleasant ride, but the ride home would be uphill the whole way. smiley - puffsmiley - puffsmiley - puff


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Post 315

Smile please, you're in Gosho Whitley Land

70km is about 45 miles, I think. There isn't anywhere in Austin you can go on the bus for 45 miles, nor the light rail line.

The thought of going 45 miles on a Cap Metro bus is too ghastly to contemplate *shudder*.

Actually, I meant to criticise Cap Metro rather than cyclists, but it came out wrong. I have a degree of empathy and fellow feeling for cyclists around here, having been a cyclist in London for so many years (I'd sometimes ride into town, and cycle several times around Hyde Park Corner just for the thrill... wouldn't do it today), and knowing how murderous and ignorant so many of the Austin drivers are. They don't take any prisoners.

No, I was having a go at the stupidity of saying "Have a backup plan if you can't get your bike on the bus", which is a damn silly way of saying "You'll have to ride it".


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Post 316

Baron Grim

When a get just a bit more confident on the Flevobike*, and the weather turns a bit more pleasant, I'll have to take a trip to Austin and brave the streets. I'll probably be in Austin with a few friends on the 21st for Mojo Mayhem at the Continental Club, if we can get rooms at the Austin Hotel. That's a big IF at this point, I'm sure. But we'd just be there for that day and leave early Sunday. As little exposure to SXSW, the better.






*Like maybe if I can go a full week or two without being thrown off. smiley - rofl


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Post 317

Smile please, you're in Gosho Whitley Land

That's really the only way to enjoy SXSW - avoid it as much as possible smiley - ok


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Post 318

Smile please, you're in Gosho Whitley Land

If you'd care to scroll back a few feet to post 307... done that? Okay.

Now this: South Korea flight attendant sues over 'nut rage' http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31828224

Sigh smiley - facepalm


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