Rare Bear

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  1. It started life at 10%, then went to 8% for basics and a higher rate for so called luxuries and I think that it might have been the first Thatcher budget that set the 17.5% rate.
  2. In Ireland, just before the shit kicked off in the North, I would often walk out of the town carrying my .22 or drive around with it on the back seat of the car. However, I was really envious of the liberal gun laws in England and NI. A few if us were in Belfast one day to see a real live computer at Queen's. Wandering around the town we spotted a gun shop with a Python in the window. We popped in and we're allowed to handle and inspect it. In England there seemed to be no restrictions on what calibers you could own. You could have handguns. In Ireland, the Republic, it was pretty much a .22 or a shotgun unless you really enjoyed arguing with the authorities. Yes, I was really jealous of the freedom in England.
  3. I just realized that u was talking crap about the caliber. I was thinking of the .243 Winchester. The father of a friend had a Model 70 Varmint chambered for it. Beautiful piece of machinery. More than 50 years ago now hence my memory lapse.
  4. Is that a silencer on the .223? I'm assuming that .223 means .223 Winchester which has a pretty high muzzle velocity. Does the silencer have much effect?
  5. I think that it was changed by Churchill. The road fund was substantially in surplus and some other branch of the public sector, possibly the Post Office, was in deep shit so he decided that the road fund money should go into general taxation.
  6. The thing is that those classified as key workers are, as far as I can see, public sector employees. In reality their wages and pensions are paid out of the taxes paid by the non public sector. The genuine self employed for example.
  7. A couple of things they that I might attribute to the Sceptics.😀
  8. One of the reasons that I left BT was that most of their call centers were in India. When you got through to an onshore one they were pretty derogatory about the Indian ones.
  9. Just a by the way. The nominal mains voltage in Ireland used to be 220. In the part I come from it was sometimes as low as 170. This was around 1980.
  10. On the other hand it's only in the last century or so that life has become other than shori and brutal for any significant portion of humanity.
  11. Rare Bear


    Maybe they all started out with the same Sabbath. In fact they must have. Then maybe in different parts of the world there were different calendar revidii like the Chang from Julian to Gregorian. Easy to gain or loose a day.
  12. That's where the temperature comes in. If the pressure is constant then the flow should be constant. But that is volume, you get a given amount of heat from a given mass of gas, assuming the same composition. At a lower ambient temperature you will get a greater mass flow for a given volume flow. As Mr Pin says the gas shrinks. Edit to add, just the same as filling a car with cold fuel.
  13. On the gas front, I have noticed that some days there does seem to be a healthier looking flame than others. I thought that there must be some day to day variation in the gas pressure. Anyway, one day I happened the think about it while someone from the gas people was changing a meter. My question was whether the gas was regulated to an absolute pressure or pressure above atmospheric. He asked me why I was asking and when I told him he pointed out that the ambient temperature was more likely the reason for the apparent variation in the gas supply. I had totally forgotten about Mr. Charles.
  14. In about 1975 I was living in a bedsit at the top end of Portobello Road. The council bought up the houses in the area to do some sort of redevelopment. They wrote to me giving me notice to get out and saying that as I was a single man they would give me no help in finding new accommodation. Fucking councils.