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Thread: Ambiguous words
12/05/2022 11:08:10

Edited By V8Eng on 12/05/2022 11:08:28

Edited By V8Eng on 12/05/2022 11:09:00

10/05/2022 23:31:48
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 10/05/2022 21:42:26:

I would like to introduce a new category : the ambiguous non-word !

I received an eMail today, containing a gem of a typo.

[quote] This survey will help the National Physical Laboratory understand how they can offer value to their customers, stakeholders, and wider meterology industry. [/quote]

Not meteorology

Not metrology

but some unfortunate mongrel !



The following link leads to the website:-


Edited By V8Eng on 10/05/2022 23:32:36

Edited By V8Eng on 10/05/2022 23:34:18

Thread: Gallium
07/05/2022 17:49:58
Posted by JA on 07/05/2022 17:43:48:

Was not Gallium used for doping Germanium in early semiconductors?

Far to busy, or lazy, to look at Wikapedia.


I recall something called Gallium Arsenide in respect of that..

07/05/2022 14:44:46

Nice when useful materials get discovered wink.

Edited By V8Eng on 07/05/2022 14:49:29

Thread: Landilift
07/05/2022 14:41:11

The one I have for Landylift is:-

07836 736496

Thread: Emergency Radio Format
03/05/2022 16:51:23
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 03/05/2022 16:33:22:

Britain's nuclear submarine commanders are allowed to launch their Trident missiles in the event they can't hear BBC Radio 4 on 198kHz. Low frequency radio not only has long distance ground wave, it penetrates underwater too. A submarine can detect BBC Radio 4 almost anywhere in the North Atlantic without surfacing and revealing it's position.

Unfortunately, the BBC has many enemies working hard to kill the institution. Be ironic if lefty comedians were stopped from pointing out political blunders and sleaze due to a "don't bother me with mere details" enthusiast not understanding what the Archers is really for!


(For non-Brits, the Archer's is the world's longest running radio soap opera. It's been broadcast come hell or high water in 15 minute slots on weekdays, plus an omnibus edition on Sunday, since 1950. Allegedly an everyday story of country folk, except almost anything goes. Today, Kathy Perks decided to resign rather than take a pay rise rather than help ruthless businessmen Oliver and Adil modernise Grey Gables Hotel. Odd, because despite being a busy hotel's General Manager Kathy Perks hasn't been heard of for many years. Her plan now is to drive from Alaska to Florida. And she must be at least 70 years old... )


That’s rather scary considering that over 10 years ago radio 4 LW was reckoned to be operating on obsolete equipment and some of the spares no longer existed.

Edited By V8Eng on 03/05/2022 16:51:52

Edited By V8Eng on 03/05/2022 16:53:03

03/05/2022 16:07:39
Posted by pgk pgk on 03/05/2022 15:45:01:
Posted by V8Eng on 03/05/2022 13:27:28:

As a former colleague used to remark when the danger of nuclear war was mentioned “The best thing to do would be get as close as possible to an actual explosion”.

Thinking of possible long term consequences that might be more sensible than going into a bunker.

Edited By V8Eng on 03/05/2022 13:32:50

This link suggests you have no-where to run:


Bunkers won’t work either!

I would tend to assume that an underwater attack might originate from the eastern side of the U.K. if started in right area it would probably wipe out a large chunk of the European mainland as well.

I read decades ago a nuclear blast might well wreck communication systems so the survivalists might just be wasting time with radios..

Edited By V8Eng on 03/05/2022 16:09:00

Edited By V8Eng on 03/05/2022 16:11:35

03/05/2022 13:27:28

As a former colleague used to remark when the danger of nuclear war was mentioned “The best thing to do would be get as close as possible to an actual explosion”.

Thinking of possible long term consequences that might be more sensible than going into a bunker.

Edited By V8Eng on 03/05/2022 13:32:50

Thread: Flamemaster Torch
24/04/2022 18:20:22

Deleted double post!

Edited By V8Eng on 24/04/2022 18:20:56

24/04/2022 18:20:21

I think you will find that Chance Brothers was a major company in the glass making  industry from the early 1800s until they were taken over by Pilkilngtons in the 1950s.

Edited By V8Eng on 24/04/2022 18:26:57

Thread: Ambiguous words
24/04/2022 13:07:21

How about Sewer?

Smelly drainage systems or people who sew.


Edited By V8Eng on 24/04/2022 13:08:29

Thread: Hero Arm
15/04/2022 22:39:02
Posted by Paul Rhodes on 15/04/2022 22:15:06:

My wife tells me that the last episode was supposed to be about Faberge. She was surprised that the broadcast was not as advertised. Could this be “ sensitivity” about Russia etc? If so it is about as wet and goosey as Remploy’s well meaning “right on “ sign.

If your wife wants to see the episode featuring fabulous works by Faberge it is episode 2 which was broadcast on Wednesday 13th.

Works by John Constable were also featured.

I know because we watched it live.

I have not seen the robot arm episode yet though.


Edited By V8Eng on 15/04/2022 22:44:18

Edited By V8Eng on 15/04/2022 22:45:06

Thread: unusual aircraft
13/04/2022 15:36:53

Not quite a winged Vespa scooter!

Thread: Imperial v Metric Measures
11/04/2022 13:43:17
Posted by KWIL on 11/04/2022 12:33:16:


Hobs manufactered in mm and as regards the heat plates in cm, because saucepans "always" sold in cm sizes.

That supports my comment about teaching cm in schools.

As to the fitting instructions this was a simple sheet of paper for fitting into a worktop not end user data.

As a long time metric fan I still find oddities.

The imperial system is odd anyway take the old pound shilling pence ratio and I cannot even comprehend why a length specified as a nail or separate cloth measure etc.

Edited By V8Eng on 11/04/2022 13:43:49

11/04/2022 11:08:58

I think people need to be taught Centimetres in schools because they will find them in everyday life.

Oddities appear to occur, for instance the fitting instructions for a (German) hob in our kitchen show the main dimensions in mm but the heat plate sections are shown as diameter in cm.

Edited By V8Eng on 11/04/2022 11:12:50

09/04/2022 11:57:23
Posted by David Davies 8 on 09/04/2022 10:25:19:

Centimetres belong with dressmakers and schoolteachers. Engineers use metres and millimetres. Similarly radius is a concept used by mathematics teachers and turners. Engineers use diameter, —— Discuss.

Dave……tongue in cheek!

Do not tell the Furniture trade and Estate Agents that!

09/04/2022 11:52:41

30mm is a foot


Edited By Dave Halford on 09/04/2022 10:42:47

Were you the bloke who parked next to me on that basis last week?

Edited By V8Eng on 09/04/2022 11:54:41

Edited By V8Eng on 09/04/2022 11:59:58

Thread: Battery powered PIR light failing to switch off
28/03/2022 21:58:19

A good starting point with stuff like this is to switch  off for about 5 mins (if possible) then on again.

My two indoor ones (can’t think of make) do all sorts of odd things if the replaceable batteries get low.

Edited By V8Eng on 28/03/2022 21:59:37

Thread: Hermes and couriers
17/03/2022 21:15:00

On Monday a van containing Amazon parcels was stolen from the shopping parade in a local small town!

Edited By V8Eng on 17/03/2022 21:19:01

Thread: Step Turning Carburettor Needles - Video
17/03/2022 14:40:11
Posted by Ady1 on 17/03/2022 14:30:07:

You have to log in which basically makes it a dead link for most of us

I have just clicked on William’s link and it worked fine.

I do not have an Instagram account so no logging in was involved.

Interesting video too.


Edited By V8Eng on 17/03/2022 14:42:01

Edited By V8Eng on 17/03/2022 15:08:26

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