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Stanley
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Posted -  14/11/2010  :  06:26
NEW VERSION TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR MEMBERS WITH SLOW CONNECTIONS TO CONNECT.

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Bruff
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Posted - 07/01/2011 : 13:52
We had a starfish 'wreck' (that's the name apparently) here in Hoylake the other month.  1000s upon 1000s of dead starfish littered the beach and estuary flats as far as the eye could see and it was difficult to walk without stepping on them.  The gulls were happy.....

 
No one really knows why these wrecks happen, but they happen all the time.  Often they coincide with a storm (this wreck did), but sometimes not (save of course, that there may be a storm elsewhere and the wreck simply presents at Hoylake say). 

 
I have to say I do wonder, in the 21st century, about those who explain away these types of things by reference to a (presumably Biblical, though of course the Mayan Long Count calendar runs out 21 December 2012......) Armageddon, death rays, or UFOs.

 
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gearce
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Posted - 08/01/2011 : 04:14
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Stanley wrote:
Gearce, it's at your end. I've just selected Frosty Sky and it works.

Sorry, Stanley.

As I said, I can select any of the options to change the skin EXCEPT Frosty Sky and no matter which one I select, even though the skin changes, the "Frost Sky" title remains locked in the window, highlighted in yellow.

This is EXACTLY the same problem I experienced around Christmas 2009.  I couldn't fix it then and I can't fix it now ...... Simple as that.

Frosty Sky returned ...... Thank you.

Coincidentally it was returned on 7th January 2010 in relation to exactly the same problem I experienced around Christmas 2009.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 08/01/2011 : 04:50
The Egyptian government has rattled the dovecotes in New York by accusing the City of neglecting the twin to our Cleopatra's Needle which was removed from Heliopilis and given to NY city in the 19th century. They say it is being neglected and if something isn't done about it they want it back.

Nice piece on the current Private Eye. For months now PE has been campaigning on behalf of a 20 year old autism sufferer who had to go into respite care temporarily early last year because his father was ill. He reacted badly to the move and became very difficult to control. Instead of recognising the reason was separation from the person he trusted, his father, the Hillingdon Council imposed repeated "Deprivation of liberty" oders, virtually makin the man a prisoner. They refused to rescind the decision for a year but PE suppoerted the father in his fight and in a last minute jusgement just before the courts adjourned for Christmas Mr Justice Mostyn ruled that Steven should be immediately returned to his father's care and he was back in time for Christmas. The Council are still pursuing the case but the judge is expected to give a ruling on whether the detention was lawful early in the New Year. Steven is expected to be able to stay with his father. Nice, but why did all this trouble and heartache have to be prolonged for so long? Couldn't they have allowed him to go back home and monitored his behaviour?


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moh
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Posted - 08/01/2011 : 11:47
Stranger than ever - now doves have dropped dead in Italy.  It seems odd that they are all one type of bird, wonder why the others are not affected.

Re. Frosty Sky - when I switched on this morning it was Frosty Sky - I use Gradious!  It changed back OK but I don't know why it went to Frosty Sky.


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belle
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Posted - 08/01/2011 : 12:06
Stanley, i have worked quite a lot with Autistic children and teens and it is heartbreaking to see how misunderstood they are. Because there are no obvious outward signs of a terribly debillitating illness they often get treated as if they are "misbehaving" even by proffessionals who should know better. I used to go in to state schools to support ASD children when their usual one to one was off sick, so i know first hand the sort of behaviour they can display when confused and distressed, and I know the insensitive reaction it can provoke in others, well done PE for comapaigning but how very sad this terrified young man had to be isolated for so long, from the one person he felt safe around.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 09/01/2011 : 05:27
Belle. Agreed on all of that. I think the bottom line is that imagination is needed and not box-ticking. Just think of the times when they will have medicated him to keep him quiet. Not mentioned but it will almost certainly have happened. I wish him and his father well but what happens when his father can't care for him? Same again but a life sentence? Those of us who don't have burdens to carry like this should never forget that they exist. If we do remember, is it any wonder we question government priorities in spending our money!


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belle
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Posted - 09/01/2011 : 11:01
The burden of caring for Autisitic children cannot be underestimated, think back to the woman from  tyneside who's marriage had broken up and trying to care for her autistic teenage son herself she found her own solution to the problem: she tied him to her and threw herself off a bridge. There was a brief mention on the news as I remember.

Edited by - belle on 09/01/2011 11:02:38 AM


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moh
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Posted - 09/01/2011 : 13:28
One thing that caught my attention today - regarding something Sunray posted I looked at the profile and was amazed to find Sunray is a man - with the avatar and name I presumed he was a woman!!


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HerbSG
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Posted - 09/01/2011 : 17:31
Fuel from algae...Canadian researchers(and probably others) are creating fuel from the algae in the ocean, some of it that doubles it's mass every 12 hours.  The process of converting to fuel works, this has even been used to fly jets, the problem at this stage is "farming", this has not been successful YET.  When perfected maybe an answer /the answer to depleting oil reserves.


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frankwilk
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Posted - 09/01/2011 : 17:53
Herb
ExxonMobil are I believe leading the technology on this, I wonder why Wink
It does work but needs a lot more work so we will still ned Saudi for a little while.



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catgate
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Posted - 09/01/2011 : 18:05


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Fuel from algae...Canadian researchers(and probably others) are creating fuel from the algae in the ocean, some of it that doubles it's mass every 12 hours.  The process of converting to fuel works, this has even been used to fly jets, the problem at this stage is "farming", this has not been successful YET.  When perfected maybe an answer /the answer to depleting oil reserves.

This was shown on Tomorrows World, by Judith Hann, many years ago (prob. 'late 80s). The fuel was said to be running the engine that was being cooled by the water in which the algea were growing. Unfortunately we were not shown the fuel or given any explanation of what was going on.  It sank without further trace as far as I could see.


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HerbSG
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Posted - 09/01/2011 : 21:15
Research Canada have a very active site on the east coast, the process works, the algae is very oily and they are able to produce useable oil from harvested algae, but as I said the problem is "farming".  Until they can produce the algae in a farming environment it will not be saleable.


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catgate
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Posted - 09/01/2011 : 22:35
I keep thinking about the law of the conservation of energy in relation to this renewable resources thing. It's the old "trying to take out more than you put in" problem.

Wind, wave, water and sunlight seem to be the only energy sources which do not have unwanted by products and all of them are totally unreliable, and so costly that no generating company will touch them without a massive donation from the publics pocket.

The problem with everything else is what do you do with the waste material from which you have just extracted the energy.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 10/01/2011 : 06:49
Belle. I had the same thought but shied away from mantioning it. Think of the depth of despair that drives people to do things like that. Terrible.

What attracted my attention this morning was that the current trial of protesters at Ratcliffe on Soar power station was dropped after an undercover policeman offered to give evidence in their defence. A brave decision and not calculated to make his life easier in the force. What effect on the ones already found guilty?See BBC Newsnight tonight.

Just heard more. He left the police and is living abroad.


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Stanley
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Posted - 10/01/2011 : 07:31
Just been listening to a news item about a device for cancelling out the sound of the dentist's drill whining as he drills into your teeth. I hope it catches on but too late for me of course, thay can drill my pot gobblers as much as they like! Wouldn't have been a lot of use 70 years ago. The problem then, (apart from the pain!) was the vibration in your head as the dentist pedalled the slow speed drill. Yes, that's right, some of them were still using the ancient drills made before the days of electric power, they sat on a seat and pedalled away merrily! They don't know they are born today....  (A few bars of Capstick Comes Home and fade....)


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