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Entertainment, sport and leisure / Re: Bond, James Bond
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 06 March, 2019, 06:41:38 PM »
Just a thought but has David Niven  been included in the calculations?

He played James bond in the first Casino Royale, it may have been a comic mess but it is a bond film

You are absolutely right, Moon.  Even Wiki agrees with you.

David Niven did play Sir James Bond in Casino Royale. Directed by Val Guest. That was back in 1967.

I didn't see the movie myself though. Was it really such a comic mess?
Entertainment, sport and leisure / Re: Bond, James Bond
« Last post by moonzero2 on 06 March, 2019, 04:16:30 PM »
Yes it was,  massive cast and so many units filming at once that editing was apparently a nightmare.
I have a copy on DVD
Entertainment, sport and leisure / Re: Bond, James Bond
« Last post by moonzero2 on 04 March, 2019, 09:00:52 PM »
Just a thought but has David Niven  been included in the calculations?

He played James bond in the first Casino Royale, it may have been a comic mess but it is a bond film
Science and nature / About kingfishers...
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 02 March, 2019, 11:04:17 PM »
You've seen the documentaries... Kingfishers are Nature's great fishermen. Right?   A kingfisher sits on a branch over a stream.  It is eagle-eying the water below, then plunges...and comes up with a juicy fish in its beak.  Job done!   
Or is it?
My question is: How many times does your average kingfisher have to dive before it successfully prongs its lunch?  Do they strike lucky most of the time?  Half of the time?  Or do they have to keep diving relentlessly before it even catches a worthwhile tiddler?

Can anyone tell me the strike rate of a kingfisher fishing?
Consumer affairs / Re: Can you shrink elastic bands if they are too big?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 28 February, 2019, 03:07:39 PM »
Any attempt to shrink them by heat or chemical means would rapidly perish the material.

The simplest solution I can think of would be to tie a knot in the middle and use as a "double" band.

Brilliantly simple answer. Simple but highly effective. Thank you Moonzero. Works a treat. A bit unsightly but brilliantly effective. Dunno why it never occurred to me. Time for a brain re-tread, methinks.
I think it would be perfect for your steam iron, help to stop it collecting all that white stuff!!
I'd say that the water from your tumble dryer is probably safe to put on plants.
But Duff please note the use of that weasely word 'probably'.

To cut out the guesswork you need to be really sure of what type of waste water you have ended up with. And to be sure, you first need to ascertain the pH value of the water in your tumble dryer...that's because plants are notoriously very picky about the alkalinity or the acidity of the water they sit it. The level of alkalinity or acidity of the waste water will either make your plants thrive - but get it wrong and it will kill them stone dead.

Fortunately there are plenty of ways to test the pH value of water and you could just google the words...Ways to test the ph level of water . I won't babble on, it is best if you read what WikiHow has to say. You can simply double click on https://www.wikihow.com/Measure-the-pH-of-Water and get all the info you need.

To cut a long story sideways, WikiHow says that the best (and simplest) way to test for pH is to use a gizmo called a pH meter. I heartily agree with WikiHow - and I can give you some more really good news...you can pick up pH meters from Amazon for as little as 3.99.

To recap: It is absolutely essential that you test the alkalinity or acidity of your waste water before you splurge it all over your garden - and a cheap pH meter is the best way to be sure before you go merrily asplurging. Get the pH level right and you'll be rewarded with a lovely garden - but get it wrong and your garden will soon be a barren necropolis of plants.

Then, depending on the measured results, you can either google Plants that like acid water or Plants that like alkaline water and you learn which of your plants to drench with tumble dryer water or not.
My tumble dryer has a condenser unit that collects all of the lovely water condensed when I'm drying my clothes, and this has to be emptied very frequently.  However - and this is a guess - I'd imagine that this is fairly pure water, as it has effectively undergone distillation.  Is that correct, and if so, are there any good uses for it?  Is it safe to use to water plants, for example?
Oh fraptious joy! The mystery has been solved at last!!  After 3 years of lying ignored and unanswered, I accidentally found the answer to this question - on Wiki.

Wiki tells me that there is actually a very good reason why a cape on a poor little Antarctic island was lumbered with the godawful name of 'Cape Circumcision'.

First, you have to cast your mind back to 1739, because that's when it all started.

Back then, a little known but intrepid French explorer (called Jean-Baptiste Bouvet de Lozier) was the first man ever to clap eyes on Cape C, way back on 1st January 1739.

And, Wiki also tells me that, according to religious tradition, the First of January just happens to be The Feast of the Circumcision in Jewish tradition 8 days after the birth of the infant baby Jesus who, as we all know, was famously Jewish. Hence the cape's rather gruesome name.

Personally I still prefer the idea of the cape being named to commemorate the mass enforced circumcision of the expedition's long-suffering crew members in a sub-zero remote Antarctic snow drift would have made for a far more interesting and eye-watering reason for its naming.

But it's named after nothing more creative than the day when the Cape was first discovered. Now, isn't that a really gripping fact worth waiting more than 3 years to find out about? Nope. I thought not. OK. You can all go back to sleep now.
Food and drink / Re: Toffee Apples?
« Last post by tecspec on 15 January, 2019, 03:23:42 PM »
Don't know about toffee apples..used to get them from a van that used to come around our area.
Asda had them this year for Halloween.

I remember tiger nuts. DIdn't like them very much.
One thing I remember from childhood was sweet tobacco (obvs not real tobacco) and sweet cigarettes.. times change and it's deemed not PC.

I also remember a biscuit called Butter Osbourne that my friend's mum always had on offer along with home made ginger beer!
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