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« Reply #73590 on: March 24, 2020, 04:27:31 pm »
My interesting learning of the day :
Burgundy, the colour, is called Bordeaux in French.
Fascinating they sub one area for another.

Hays? like the recruiters Hays?

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« Reply #73591 on: March 24, 2020, 08:22:57 pm »
Astérix will go on. Goscinny died in 1977.
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« Reply #73592 on: March 24, 2020, 10:29:12 pm »
Oh that's quite a big one:

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An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck offshore 218 kilometers south-southeast of Severo in Russia's Kuril Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said on Tuesday.


Hope there's no tsunami risk to Japan or for that matter the Kurile island which iirc are quite low lying.
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« Reply #73593 on: March 26, 2020, 07:54:39 am »
RIP Uderzo :asterix:

 :(  I've been reading Asterix with my daughter.  New ones are still being made, by Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad.  One of the ones we are currently reading is Asterix and the Chariot Race, released in 2017.  The main antagonist is a charioteer called Coronavirus. 

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« Reply #73594 on: March 27, 2020, 12:54:35 pm »
In other news:



A local council is doing maintenance on a lifting bridge, you know where the roadway divides in two, rises to let boats through and obviously other bits move down etc.
So not the wisest place to park the works van.
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« Reply #73595 on: March 27, 2020, 01:51:49 pm »
That happened to a dude in a solar power plant I worked at. It was during the worst of Spanish summer, and he left the car in a tracker's shadow. Came back later in the day to find the 10-ton tracker had made quite a mess of his car as it followed the sun. Best part is he was an employee of the tracker company.


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« Reply #73596 on: March 27, 2020, 02:03:02 pm »
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« Reply #73597 on: March 27, 2020, 02:33:43 pm »
Another one for parents with children at home:  The Henry Ford Museum has a number of programs online.  Also they have the complete series of Innovation Nation on their website.
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« Reply #73598 on: March 29, 2020, 08:32:41 am »
Hope everyone remembered to put the clock forward. An hour closer to the end of the lockdown. Woo.

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Re: The Off Topic Topic
« Reply #73599 on: March 30, 2020, 01:52:23 pm »
Another one from two countries divided by a common language: I was reviewing cyber-security documents and looked up the term "Nonce," and woah (:o) does that have a really different meaning in the UK.   :bowler:
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« Reply #73600 on: March 30, 2020, 02:00:48 pm »
I thought nonce was like Shakespeare English? guess the word changed meaning since then.

My fav example is still Fanny.
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« Reply #73601 on: March 30, 2020, 02:16:22 pm »
I'd go so far as to say it's the most savage insult - you can really get venom into it. Unlike the far softer and merely homophobic "ponce".

These are never to be confused :contract:

Edit: Eg you might say "stop poncing about" - that will be taken in good humour. "Stop noncing about" will not.
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« Reply #73602 on: March 30, 2020, 02:45:54 pm »
Another one from two countries divided by a common language: I was reviewing cyber-security documents and looked up the term "Nonce," and woah (:o) does that have a really different meaning in the UK.   :bowler:

Were you reviewing British or American cyber-security documents?
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« Reply #73603 on: March 30, 2020, 02:54:37 pm »
Another one from two countries divided by a common language: I was reviewing cyber-security documents and looked up the term "Nonce," and woah (:o) does that have a really different meaning in the UK.   :bowler:

Were you reviewing British or American cyber-security documents?

Canadian :Canuck:
In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace—and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock

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« Reply #73604 on: March 30, 2020, 03:00:53 pm »
Another one from two countries divided by a common language: I was reviewing cyber-security documents and looked up the term "Nonce," and woah (:o) does that have a really different meaning in the UK.   :bowler:

Were you reviewing British or American cyber-security documents?

Canadian :Canuck:

Jesus Christ.
You are gay.