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by LongGone
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: WATER TOWER
Replies: 15
Views: 540

Re: WATER TOWER

In my day it was clearly known as being 120 feet high. In a Maths class with I R McConnell we once did some trig exercises and surveyed the tower with some rudimentary surveyor's tools, so I remember the 'official' height clearly. Not sure whether the quoted height of 120 feet was to the peak of th...
by LongGone
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: WATER TOWER
Replies: 15
Views: 540

Re: WATER TOWER

In my day it was clearly known as being 120 feet high. In a Maths class with I R McConnell we once did some trig exercises and surveyed the tower with some rudimentary surveyor's tools, so I remember the 'official' height clearly. Not sure whether the quoted height of 120 feet was to the peak of th...
by LongGone
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: COVID19
Replies: 23
Views: 753

Re: COVID19

“ EDIT: just seen some figures. These suggest that of those tested for the virus 3.7% died.”
So, obviously the safe thing is to not get tested! :D
by LongGone
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: COVID19
Replies: 23
Views: 753

Re: COVID19

Since we are planning a visit to England next month, we are keeping a careful eye on things. We recognize that, both being in our 70s, we are in a potential high-risk group. On the other hand we are both in excellent health and neither even catch colds most years, so are fairly optimistic. One good ...
by LongGone
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Cross-country runs
Replies: 41
Views: 2849

Re: Cross-country runs

rockfreak wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:26 pm
Regarding Loringa'a complaint about being interrupted by advertisements, I have a theory that when you get to a certain age they feel that you are suitable fodder for Asian brides and penis enlargement. That's my theory anyway.
I could deal with those, but mine are for D cup swimwear!
by LongGone
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Tuck parcels
Replies: 9
Views: 602

Re: Tuck parcels

I fondly remember tuck parcels. When I missed a family birthday, I would get a parcel in the form of an empty plastic butter container containing a slice of birthday cake. I would also get the occasional refill of Pengiuns, Wagon Wheels, biscuits, etc. I am relieved to read this. I was beginning to...
by LongGone
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Tuck parcels
Replies: 9
Views: 602

Tuck parcels

Katherine’s comment about a box of grapes triggered memories of the arrival of a tuck parcel, always a momentous occasion for the individual and closest friends. Ones from my aunt Margaret were always special. Not only did she include the best items (Rum/raisin Toblerone, dark chocolate digestive, c...
by LongGone
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:26 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Writing letters home
Replies: 8
Views: 410

Re: Writing letters home

My memory is that it was after morning chapel, but this may have varied by house. I have none of my letters (a great loss to my biographers) but suspect they were all simply variations on “I am alive, please send food”. I can’t say the repetition paid off, I don’t think I wrote once a term at univer...
by LongGone
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: An interesting date today !
Replies: 11
Views: 1078

Re: An interesting date today !

Certainly capicua will join my “Do we really need a word for this?” list. My current favorite is a pair of words with exactly the same meaning. Carphology and floccilation both mean “A nervous plucking at the sheet or blanket “
by LongGone
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Cross-country runs
Replies: 41
Views: 2849

Re: Cross-country runs

loringa wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:45 pm
I can honestly say that I have never, ever gone running for pleasure.
Apart from a quick jog to the pub :-)
by LongGone
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Cross-country runs
Replies: 41
Views: 2849

Cross-country runs

I have vivid memories of slogging across clay fields, even swimming across a river, always with the temperature under 5 and with rain falling at a 45 degree angle. They seemed to last forever, but does anyone have an idea of how long they really were?
by LongGone
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Milk
Replies: 24
Views: 1524

Re: Milk

, ..............because it was said to be good for us and the growth of our bodies (calcium, good for bones etc). .............., I'm inclined to accept that the little bit of brainwashing about "good for you" was probably justified and did me some good. Interesting that I am hearing the same thing...
by LongGone
Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 609
Views: 67851

Re: Politics

I've been waiting for this forum to light up following the elections. Maybe no one feels they have anything left to say. Over here the impeachment is slowly making the way to its inevitable end: the House passes the Articles, the Senate either votes to not agree to a trial at all, or it goes to tria...
by LongGone
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 609
Views: 67851

Re: Politics

An easy answer. Make voting compulsory, but add 'NONE OF THE ABOVE' at the bottom of ballot papers. There are places where, if NOTA exceeds 50%, the election has to be rerun and none of the original candidates can stand again I like it, but given the calibre of our current choices, we'd soon run ou...
by LongGone
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 609
Views: 67851

Re: Politics

J.R. wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:10 pm
An easy answer.

Make voting compulsory, but add 'NONE OF THE ABOVE' at the bottom of ballot papers.
There are places where, if NOTA exceeds 50%, the election has to be rerun and none of the original candidates can stand again