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Post 61

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

"Oo look – you've gone all bold and italicised. smiley - applause"

Ooo so I have smiley - biggrin and so have you smiley - ok



I tweaked all those points, thanks smiley - ok

One more query I spotted (lots of "perfectly matches" in this Entry smiley - winkeye ):

"Another feature nearby is an artificial hill, which perfectly matches the real Silbury Hill, Europe's largest prehistoric mound."

I'm not clear about whether Silbury Hill is a real artificial hill, or the artificial hill is a copy of Silbury Hill...


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Post 62

Bluebottle

I wonder if being italicised like this is a permanent condition?

Let's just change that sentence to:

Another feature near the fictional village is an artificial hill. This was the real Silbury Hill, Europe's largest prehistoric mound, which inspired the name of the fictional village of Milbury.

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Post 63

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Seems permanent so far - I don't know why you weren't italic before, and only became so when I did, but there you go, the vagaries of h2g2... smiley - laugh



Excellent change - that's much clearer smiley - ok

If you're happy with this now, I'll send it on its way smiley - biggrin


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Post 64

Bluebottle

Thinking about it, I feel that the sentence I've just mentioned is in slightly the wrong place. We should add 'The artificial hill seen outside Milbury was the real Silbury Hill, Europe's largest prehistoric mound, which inspired the name of the fictional village of Milbury.' to the following Avebury section as it is talking about what really exists in Avebury, and trim it down to ' Another feature is a nearby artificial hill' in the Milbury section.

Other than that, all good! smiley - ok

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Post 65

Bluebottle

Any exciting plans for the weekend? I'm seeing my nephew on Sunday and there are 2 Disney animations on telly. If it stops raining it should be good.

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Post 66

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Yes, that's a good point, so I changed that smiley - ok and submitted it eventually smiley - laugh I haven't tamed my new powers yet smiley - evilgrin


Your weekend sounds quite good - I see Pocahontas is on (which is one I didn't see at the time because of the controversy, but maybe will watch if I'm in) but I can't find the other one. Is your nephew a similar age to your children?

I fancy watching Eurovision - last year's h2g2 Eurovision party was great fun! Apart from that, I'm not sure yet, but no doubt I'll find something to do - there's another museum I could visit, although museum Entries aren't that exciting, it seems... Anyway, we'll see. I'm sure you'll have a good time. smiley - biggrin


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Post 67

Bluebottle

I see I've got a few more buttons too – don't know what any of them do and don't want to try pressing them in case I break somethingsmiley - winkeye
Yes – I had a great weekend, thanks. I saw my nephew, Dad and sister yesterday and we went on a ride on the Watercress Line steam railway. My nephew's 9 while my son's 6 and daughter's 3, but they got on fine. It's only the second time my daughter has met my nephew, as following my nephew's parents' divorce, my side of the family was not wanted. I'm hoping that this will be the start
I might be biased, but the Isle of Wight Steam Railway is still my favourite – it seems the best organised with excellent visitor facilities at Havenstreet, and the small tank engines there seem to have more character and personality than the giant, strong, heavyweight tender engines. The Island's steam railway is still essentially a small Victorian railway at heart, while the Watercress Line is a bigger, 1950s one. I suppose it depends what you're interested in.

Yep, it was 'Pocahontas' (my least favourite Disney film of the 1990s, and yes, it was quite controversial on release) as well as 'Bolt', which is a fairly fun one was on Saturday. I've not got either on video or DVD, so by recording them off the telly means I can start work on writing about Disney in the 1990s.

I only saw a bit of Eurovision – a few of the songs, a lot of talk about China and some of the results. I see that Austria won, Britain didn't get nil points and that, according to the papers, President Putin is apparently enraged – not only because the Russian act was constantly booed, but also because Austria won. Seems like there was actually some genuine voting there, rather than just 'we'll vote for our neighbours' voting. So did you watch Eurovision in the end?

My next entry might well be about the Isle of Wight Randonnee, which as the entry about the Solent Coasts Cycle Challenge is one of h2g2's most unpopular entries ever, is unlikely to win any popularity contests. I do read all the entries, but I can't always think of any comments, especially if it isn't an entry I know anything about.

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Post 68

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Ah, that's interesting that you got more buttons when you became Ripley italic... Definitely something happened then, but I can't see what, and I daren't press too many buttons either smiley - laugh Not to worry - the font does look rather good smiley - ok

Glad you had a good weekend - sounds like you had good weather for it smiley - ok I read your Entries, and I see what you mean about the different character of the engines on the two lines...

I was up in Liverpool again, so I've got another museum Entry brewing - I'm sure it will make a good addition to the Guide eventually, anyway, as it was me doing a Ford Prefect and visiting a place before writing it up smiley - ok I took a photo, too, although it wasn't good weather - gale force winds - but I managed to keep the camera still for just long enough.

I say you should go for it on the Randonnee Entry - I'm really enjoying your Post article smiley - ok

I wasn't at home on Sunday afternoon after all, so I didn't see Pocahontas. I've not heard of 'Bolt' before - I look forward to seeing your 1990s Entry smiley - ok

I did indeed watch Eurovision, and enjoyed the h2g2 party, too smiley - popcornsmiley - biggrinsmiley - redwine I'm very pleased Austria won, as for me it was definitely an excellent song with an excellent singer smiley - ok Her win stirred up a lot of controversy and hate, but also a lot of positive messages too, so that's quite good...

Some songs did better than I expected, and I'm not sure whether that was because of tactical voting, but some songs did worse than expected, so there you go... The biggest laugh of my evening was France's "I want a moustache" song smiley - rofl


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Post 69

Bluebottle

The weather was windy, but dry, so that was good. I've got the Watercress Line on my list of things to write about (but that list is getting longer all the time, with the Disney 1990s & 2000s entries, Doctor Who entries, Randonnee and Alan Dean Foster entry as well as 'Raising a Family in a Television Science Fiction Series' – lots to do to keep me busy. At least when they get into Peer Review I can relax about them.)
I'll look forward to reading about your museum entry in Liverpool. When I was growing up on the Island, I always thought that people on the mainland must really enjoy having the freedom to be able to go where they want when they want, and not have to book a ferry in advance and plan exactly when they have to leave in order to make it back in time to catch the ferry they're booked on. But now, it seems, most mainlanders seem to stay where they live and not explore the country, even though they have such freedom to do so. So I always think it is good to see someone going out and about, and I enjoy seeing whether there are places that I’d enjoy going to too.

I missed France's song – I saw a bit at the start and a bit 45 minutes later as my wife has become addicted to 'Breaking Bad' and we're watching an episode a night (we're on series 2). I'd say that for the Austrian singer to get to the final is a very positive sign of acceptance, and that to actually win is incredibly fantastic – but alas there is always going to be a bit of controversy and a backlash. As long as the amount of hate gets smaller every year, there's lots to be positive about. (I'm a cynical optimist).

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Post 70

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Yes, the list of Entries to write does get longer quite quickly, but it's good fun smiley - biggrin I like it as the Guide encourages me to take a deeper interest in things, so whether I'm reading or writing the Guide, I'm always learning something I might not otherwise have taken note of smiley - ok

Public transport is one thing on the mainland, but the ferry from the island is another thing, as even with your own wheels, you're restricted by timings, so I see your point... Long distance, I prefer to 'let the train take the strain', but I am lucky that there is plenty to see and do round where I am and where my parents are. smiley - ok

I like that, cynical optimist - sounds good to me smiley - ok


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Post 71

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

I've taken your Thrust2 Entry to sub-edit, and spotted something that needs checking up on...

In the list of regulations, it says the new speed must be more than 1% greater than the old record in order to be a new record, but 633mph is only 0.5% greater than 630mph... Are those numbers correct?


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Post 72

Bluebottle

You're right – I love the knock-on effect, when you read something unexpected that inspires you to write something too. That's part of the joy of looking after the Flea Market, you can take on a topic that occurred to someone else and polish it off, or maybe write something related.

I hate the land speed record rules. I've double checked and in 1970, Blue Flame's top speed over the measured kilometre was 630.478mph, but over the measured mile only 622.407.
Thrust2's speed was 634.051 over the measured kilometre, but 633.47mph over the measured mile. This means that as Thrust2's measured mile speed was greater than 1% than Blue Flame's measured mile speed, Thrust2 qualifies as the land speed record holder (but based on the measured kilometre speeds only, it would not have been).smiley - headhurts

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Post 73

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Ah, that explains things - complex land speed rules indeed... smiley - headhurts

So, I think we might need to add that information into the Entry, in case people find the other figures and wonder what's going on, but some tweaks are needed in the text, too...

In the first paragraph, it's the measured mile speed of Thrust2

In the last paragraph of The Record section it's the measured kilometre speed of Blue Flame (and Donald Campbell's speed is given - is that a measured mile?)

If you're giving the highest speed of Blue Flame, should it be the highest speed of Thrust2 in the first paragraph?

Thank you!


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Post 74

Bluebottle

A87829140 - Thrust2 - a Record-Breaking Car

I agree – we do need to add that information, but in such a way that doesn't bog the casual reader down in too much detail and put them off.

How about in the Record bullet point section, we write:
'To qualify as a new record, the speed achieved must be greater by over 1% than the previous record. This can be greater either than the previous record-holding measured mile or measured kilometre speed.'
This simply adds a sentence to an existing bullet point

As the record broken was based on the measured mile speed of both Thrust2 and Blue Flame, I think we should stick to the measured mile speed throughout most of the article to avoid confusion.

I think that the right place to go into more detail about exactly what records were broken is the '1983: Third Time Lucky' section. There we can state that the car's speed on its run achieved a measured kilometre speed of 634.051mph, which being less than 1% over Blue Flame's measured kilometre record did not qualify as a new record, but the measured mile speed of 633.468mph was greater than 1% than Blue Flame's 622.407mph and a new record.

Donald Campbell's speed was over a measured mile, he didn't do a measured kilometre run. Bluebird was the last wheel-driven car to hold the world land speed record, as all cars since have used either rockets or jets.

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Post 75

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

The new version is A87829140 - don't forget to subscribe!

More questions as I go along, sorry:

"I used to tell me friends that my trusty old Hercules" - in the quote, is it definitely "me friends"?

Something funny seems to have happened to this sentence "when the car veered a rough patch of grass and, stones seriously damaging the front of the car and the engine."

smiley - ok


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Post 76

Bluebottle

Feel free to keep asking - I'll have to double check at home about the Ackroyd quote and won't get back to you about that until tomorrow, but in the meantime you can delete the stray comma.smiley - smiley

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Post 77

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Thanks <BB<

I made the tweaks and added the extra bits - looks good to me smiley - ok and I hope it's all OK for you, too smiley - biggrin

Once the quote is checked, this will be ready to go tomorrow smiley - oksmiley - tekcor


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Post 78

Bluebottle

smiley - ok

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Post 79

Bluebottle

Okay, I double-checked and it should be 'my friends'.

How is it that when I plan to write about the Round the Island Bike Ride or the Watercress Line, I've ended up writing an Update proposal for the Doctor Who Enemies: Sontaran article? Do you ever find yourself doing that? At the moment I'm unsure of the ending; I know what I want to say, but I'm not sure if I've found the best way to say it. If you get the chance, can you look at the last couple of sections of A87829708 UPDATE: Doctor Who Enemies: Sontarans and let me know what you think? (Don’t worry if you don't get the chance, or if you're suffering from Doctor Who overdose!)

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Post 80

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Thanks <BB< - I amended that and also made a few more tweaks as I read it again, so I hope it's still OK for you.

smiley - tekcor


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