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Ian Simpson

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    1840s railways; British H0 / HO; the railways of SE England 1801-present; microlayouts; industrial, dockside and light railways; social and economic impact of the railways; admiring other people's work and nicking their ideas!

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  1. Well, if we just want to exile him within the UK, there's always the House of Lords. I hope it's not cruel to say that Boris's distinct brand of political nous and moral fibre make him natural Lordship material. And if he took Silly Jacob along to the Lords with him, I wouldn't be too upset.
  2. Thanks, Neil! That gives me an incentive to keep going
  3. Perhaps they'll convert to electricity, like other industries. Electric cremation seems to be gaining some traction in the Netherlands and Germany, using cremators like this: Electric Cremator DFW Electric Cremation Furnace
  4. Although it was quaint, so thanks for posting. Anyway, hope Reg. will enjoy this more:
  5. It looks as if the store was probably opened in the 1980s: www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/shopping/city-centres-famous-trainspotting-bookshop-17113633
  6. Depends a bit on your period, but I think I'd go for a factory and perhaps a few surrounding houses in the left-hand area, and a goods yard (small goods shed, coal staithes, etc) on the right. Perhaps several little vignettes to give the impression that life is still going on away from the main line ... Best of luck with the layout! Can't see why the red cross is there myself, I don't think there's any chance of a short circuit there.
  7. Okay, but presumably you'll be voting for another five years of Boris. Just sayin'.
  8. It's worse that that. Brits are JUMPING QUEUES now: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/man-pulls-knife-queue-jumper-074408602.html (For non-Londoners, the knife thing is just Normal for Welling).
  9. The wartime leader that BJ reminds me of is Lloyd George, not Churchill. Some of you younger chaps may not remember LG, but he was noted at the time for his cronyism, corruption, adultery and inability to work successfully with the French. To be fair to the man, he was also a competent politician able to deliver contentious reforms (social security, Irish independence, votes for women) despite opposition from his more right-wing critics.
  10. Perhaps it needed a laughter track. (I know his Westminster gigs use stooges inside the hall, but you can't beat canned laughter for material like this.)
  11. Ahh, now I remember why he was such a failure as Foreign Secretary! Third Form humour just doesn't work that well in international relations.
  12. NO! My maths teacher used to cover my trig homework with little saltire emojis ...
  13. I think the test is whether we have solid grounds for challenging professional elitism. (a) If we can back our position up with some sort of evidence, then challenging authority is a good thing. Assuming the professional elite do know the subject better than we do, we may need to change our own position when they reply to us; but at least we can have a reasonable discussion. (b) If it's simply because we don't like what we're being told, or we're simply repeating some unevidenced conspiracy that caught our attention on social media, we're probably just being stupid. I imagine the professional elites meet enough stupid people as it is, without us adding to their burden. To be clear, this isn't directed at anyone on this thread. But it is aimed at all the keyboard warriors beyond RMWeb who manage to do conspiracy without any plausible theory.
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