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  1. Interesting. I’ve never seen that in North West Wales. Their welsh wouldn’t be fluent - they wouldn’t get the language mutations right, and they wouldn’t be accepted. Most English movers to North Wales are from Liverpool, Manchester, and Cheshire of course, and will generally have been holidaying there since childhood.
  2. A successful comeback would be up there with Lemond's, but behind Lance's. Although both were much younger. Johan Museeuw had a very bad injury after a crash at a similar age -- and nearly lost his leg -- but did come back to win one-day classics. First of all, I hope he just gets back on his feet.
  3. Froome became an incredible rider, and was very likable. Bizarrely, he probably won the 2011 Tour of Spain yesterday. I never thought I'd see a British winner of the TDF, let alone witness the dominance of the past 7 years. His career trajectory was fairly amazing. Froome was very close to being dropped by Sky in 2011. From there to being a 7 time grand tour winner! Amazing. I've never seen anyone ride Mont Ventoux the way he did in 2013 -- with the insanely high cadence. Terrible accident though. I don't think we'll see him racing again.
  4. Trump has HiSilicon/ Huawei under massive pressure with the withdrawal of access to critical IP (e.g. ARM) and microelectronics design software.
  5. Beryl Burton. -- Truly awesome athlete, all-time great cyclist. Ellen Macarthur. Lizzie Armiststead/ Deignan
  6. The other things that's apparent is that Ruiz takes the centre-of-the-ring immediately. Ruiz was backing Joshua up continuously, right from the opening seconds.
  7. A few years before, but: Randall and Boot, and their invention of the cavity magnetron, was hugely important.
  8. The physics is straight forward, but from the perspective of the sport, the things the really big punchers have is timing and technique. They hit cleanly, with their opponent not being able to roll with the punch. They catch opponents with unseen punches, or with opponents moving on to them. They get their shoulder and hip into their punches = lots of impulse transferred at impact. See Julian Jackson on YouTube. Mostly, these seem to be gifts apparent early in a career. I’m not aware of many who’ve developed this ability from weight training. Big muscles don’t seem to be the decisive factor, see Jimmy Wilde.
  9. There seem to be many examples and counter examples, either way. Some of the very toughest boxers, who took tremendous punches, like Jake Lamotta, were fine into their 90s. Whereas, I listened to an interview with Riddick Bowe a while back, and he seems, sadly, to have suffered serious damage. one thing the heavyweights have less to worry about is the weight loss/ dehydration issue, which was linked to brain injuries and deaths in the ring in the lighter weights.
  10. Having said that ITV used to show some top fights in that era, as well as the uk-based middle and super middleweights, Eubank benn etc, they’d often show the fights of the top boxers of the day— but not well known in the uk, e.g. Chavez, Norris, Whitaker, Toney, delayed by a week on a Saturday night. Some truly great fights were shown.
  11. Yes, Bruno Tyson 2 was the first PPV in uk. Cost 10 pounds. And you had to phone sky to sign up. My friend and I stayed up for all the big fights in the 90s. Holyfield Bowe 123, Holyfield Moorer, Jones vs Toney, etc. i could see ppv was on the way as we were watching those fights on the sky subscription, but from the boxing magazines (ring, world boxing), you could see they were costing 29:99 on HBO.
  12. I don’t think that would be a problem. I don’t think the pressure is high. I worked very briefly on a component of ITER, one concern there was a magnet quench, where cooling is lost to a superconducting magnet, leading to the resistance shooting up, leading to rapid heating and a chain reaction. This happened at CERN a few years ago. It Did go bang. But a non nuclear one
  13. I don’t see how it would go bang. What mechanism. Fission reactor can go super prompt critical, a runaway chain reaction.
  14. http://discovermagazine.com/2010/extreme-universe/18-do-it-yourself-basement-fusion
  15. Not really. There isn’t a huge mass of fuel in a fusion reactor at any one time. Only a relatively small amount of deuterium and tritium. Also, the reaction is very hard to keep going, so tuning it off is straight forward. One of the main problems with a fission reactor is the need to supply cooling after it has been tripped. Fission products continue to undergo radioactive decay, and remain hot for a long time. In addition, Fission products, like iodine and strontium are very dangerous as they get taken up by the body. These don’t get produced in a fusion reactor.