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20 minutes ago, Hroth said:

It would be interesting for the WNR to serve a base specialising in dodgy early submarines and fishery protection vessels...

 

Definitely!

 

I like the sound of the Holland Class because they were petrol-electric with lead-acid batteries ....... just my type of Edwardian Tech. The Wolseley 4-cylinder 160hp engine was I think the same as that used for various railcars at about the same time.

 

There were some similarly-equipped RN surface vessels, called something like despatch boats, used to carry messages within a fleet I think ....... very racy little things with multiple engines and three propellers.

 

PS: Yes, Motor Despatch Boats, which seem to have been what MGBs, MTBs, E-boats etc evolved from. They were hitting 25 knots at about "our period".

 

 

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Now thanks to you lot I got distracted into reading up on the Imperial Japanese Navy's squadron posted to the Mediterranean during the Great War, based at Malta, escorting allied convoys between Gibraltar and the Suez Canal.

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They were protecting them from Von Trapp in his submarine (There was a film about him, too, or don’t you wish to know that?)

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1 hour ago, Edwardian said:

While 'parliament' seems to be the most common collective noun applied to rooks (a building and a clamor receive honourable mentions),

What is our Parliament, if not a building full of clamour?

 

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it was clearly a botheration in the circumstances you describe!

Could also be applied to a group of Parliamentarians, especially by special advisors.

 

1 hour ago, Edwardian said:

Since you've circumvented parliament, I offer a collective noun for special advisers; a sinister of special advisers.


The plural I don’t usually mind: in normal times, the number of differing opinions means they cancel each other out (a “nothingness” of special advisors?) But these are not normal times, and we seem to be under the influence if not control of an unelected advisor, who rose to prominence by raising a lot of noise about the EU being run by a group of unelected officials....

Perhaps a “singularity” of special advisors?

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1 minute ago, RedGemAlchemist said:

There is a term for that. I am not allowed to type it on this site though.

Does it have some letters, say the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th - in that order - in common with a steel town in what was formerly Lincolnshire?

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2 hours ago, Edwardian said:

While 'parliament' seems to be the most common collective noun applied to rooks (a building and a clamor receive honourable mentions), it was clearly a botheration in the circumstances you describe!

I'd always thought that a 'parliament' was of owls but this website confirms that you are right (as usual):

 

https://www.countrylife.co.uk/nature/collective-nouns-for-birds-68344

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15 hours ago, RedGemAlchemist said:

Cool. Didn't realise white-tailed eagles had returned to this area. I'll have to tell my family's resident twitcher (aka my Nan).

 

The ones introduced to the Isle of Wight have been known to travel widely – wouldn't you if dumped on the IoW – including East Anglia. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-52528155

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14 hours ago, Nearholmer said:

A 'contrivance' of collective nouns.

 

I got stuck behind a Lumber of Lorries the other day....  ;)

 

 

A Spin of special advisers would also be appropriate.

 

 

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On 01/08/2020 at 17:50, webbcompound said:

A Victorian fleet magically disappears and resurfaces in a drowned future version of London in this tome I imagine. Or do you mean Admiral G.A. Ballard?:huh:

 

I thought, as soon as I pressed the button, "you should have checked the bookshelf first!". Never got on with the other chaps dystopian fiction.

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34 minutes ago, joppyuk1 said:

I thought, as soon as I pressed the button, "you should have checked the bookshelf first!". Never got on with the other chaps dystopian fiction.

 

Yes, a typo that had gratifying unintended consequences, but turning to the work of the Ballard you find less Admira{b}l{e} ... 

 

I found it well written, compellingly so, but perhaps more prescient than it is cheerful!

 

The central theme, as I saw it, of Drowned World, was the tension between a survivalist resistance to the altered conditions, which is perhaps seen as ultimately futile, and the protagonist changing his outlook to embrace or adapt to the new environment, becoming part of it, rather than at odds with it.

 

I wonder if there something for us there in the Age of Covid? 

 

 

 

 

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Those are crazy temperatures.  Here in NZ we might see those kinds of temperatures in the middle of our Summer once in a while, - or at least where I live in the Waikato we do, - but those are utterly un-British like temperatures.  Your humidity is lower than what we get which is something that you might be grateful for.

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7 hours ago, Annie said:

I am beginning to think there's been an alien invasion since nobody has been posting lately.

 

38 minutes ago, Nearholmer said:

Most of Britain is under heavy attack by furiously strong radiation rays from outer-space at the moment, so pretty much as you say.

 

Its those damn Martians again!

 

The miserably hot weather seems to be a phenomenon affecting the South more than the "North" and so commented on by Metropolitan based news media.

 

Here, its warm and muggy which is just as unbearable as extreme heat.

 

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I'm looking forward to the promised thunderstorms to clear the air!

 

 

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All part of the climate change weather that now gives us ‘once in a lifetime’ events once a month. It was 37C in the shade here last Friday afternoon.

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Just like all the second hand remains of tropical storms that we get all the time here that we never used to get a decade ago.  

My daughter and I were talking earlier about how the world's got 16 years left to stop global warming from going over the 2 degrees tipping point after which we'll all be well and truly screwed.  I seriously think that we haven't got a prayer of doing that given the poor performance of most governments so far.

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7 hours ago, Annie said:

 

 

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Given the angle of the illustration, the writhing victims in the middle ground must be standing in the Thames.  Its similar to the Triang 7th edition catalogue cover, which appears to show Britannia chugging across Westminster Bridge...

 

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I'm fairly certain that the picture is from the cover of one of those old American Sci-Fi magazines so the artist most probably only had the sketchiest idea (pun probably intended) of what London looked like.

 

The person who put together the Triang catalogue cover wouldn't have had that excuse though.

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The view from the LSWR main line out of Waterloo is not massively different from the Triang catalogue, and maybe the sci-fo one is a hard-core party on a boat in the river.

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58 minutes ago, Nearholmer said:

The view from the LSWR main line out of Waterloo is not massively different from the Triang catalogue, and maybe the sci-fo one is a hard-core party on a boat in the river.

 

You do see some odd sights at Waterloo from time to time ....

 

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2 minutes ago, Compound2632 said:

What you're not seeing there is the column Imperial Guards coming up the facing escalator, singing the Marseillaise

 

Or ABBA on the concourse singing Waterloo, causing the dismayed cry of "la garde recule" from parties of French school children, who, of course, had been taught that Napoleon had actually won the battle!

 

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