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Re: What bemused you today?
« Reply #2280 on: February 16, 2015, 01:00:22 PM »
Abers I didn't realise you were old enough to do national service. I think it should be brought back maybe not for everyone but to try to instill discipline and regime into the lives of some people (male and female) who really contribute nothing to society.
Bermuda still has it, which I just found out.   Some non-British related countries still do as well, like Israel. 

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Re: What bemused you today?
« Reply #2281 on: February 16, 2015, 03:56:17 PM »
I did my National Service in Holland 40 years ago. I certainly did not look forward to it! Being a country boy it was a big experience for me and was very intimidated by it all. Looking back on that time several years later I believe that it taught me a lot about essential skills in life, such as discipline, respect, cooperation and most important myself. I feel that people who missed out on this experience will find it harder/take longer to grow up. (Although my dearest wife still thinks I am a big child!)

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Re: What bemused you today?
« Reply #2282 on: February 16, 2015, 04:57:57 PM »
Were you for or against "National Service" when you did your stint Alan?

I wonder what the general overall reaction would be from the youth of today if it was reinstated.

It was something one had to do and therefore accepted it. I might have opted out it if that was an option, but in hindsight I realise that by not doing it I would have missed out on an experience that taught me so much, especially about  self discpline and comradeship.

I smile when the current gang of politicians tell us 'We're all in it together'. They are just mouthing a cliche. When you did National Service you quickly knew what that really meant.

A couple of chaps from our village dodged it by their fathers knowing what strings to pull. Didn't Heseltine get out by realising that standing for parliament in a bye election meant he could get out of it? Later on he ended up as Mininster of Defence!  ::)

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Re: What bemused you today?
« Reply #2283 on: February 17, 2015, 08:01:58 AM »
Several of my friends tried to get out of it (in Holland, in the late sixties). I think it was seen as a challenge. No one succeeded though, they all did their bit in the end.
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Re: What bemused you today?
« Reply #2284 on: February 17, 2015, 10:53:47 AM »
Several of my friends tried to get out of it (in Holland, in the late sixties). I think it was seen as a challenge. No one succeeded though, they all did their bit in the end.
A friend of mine was rather overweight. If you were over 100kg you were not fit for duty! He was eating like mad for a couple of weeks and stuffed himself in the bus to the medical with Mars bars and chocolate. He stood on the scales and the doctor said it was 103kg. With a sigh of relief he stepped off the scales only to hear the doctor say not to worry about it and that he would quickly loose some weight when he was serving. On the way back in the bus he was sick from all the chocolate and the shock.

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Re: What bemused you today?
« Reply #2285 on: February 17, 2015, 05:05:41 PM »
Several of my friends tried to get out of it (in Holland, in the late sixties). I think it was seen as a challenge. No one succeeded though, they all did their bit in the end.
A friend of mine was rather overweight. If you were over 100kg you were not fit for duty! He was eating like mad for a couple of weeks and stuffed himself in the bus to the medical with Mars bars and chocolate. He stood on the scales and the doctor said it was 103kg. With a sigh of relief he stepped off the scales only to hear the doctor say not to worry about it and that he would quickly loose some weight when he was serving. On the way back in the bus he was sick from all the chocolate and the shock.

That's funny, as one of my friends was too light. You had to be 50 kg and he was, I think, something like 48 or 49. He was a gymnast, so very fit, but not tall and quite skinny.
When he had to go for his 'herkeuring' (what's that in English?) he thought he'd walk it. He was 49.5 and like your friend, thought he got out of it, but he got the same answer in reverse: he'd put it on soon enough, once serving.
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Re: What bemused you today?
« Reply #2286 on: February 18, 2015, 12:00:33 PM »
Were you for or against "National Service" when you did your stint Alan?

I wonder what the general overall reaction would be from the youth of today if it was reinstated.

It was something one had to do and therefore accepted it. I might have opted out it if that was an option, but in hindsight I realise that by not doing it I would have missed out on an experience that taught me so much, especially about  self discpline and comradeship.

I smile when the current gang of politicians tell us 'We're all in it together'. They are just mouthing a cliche. When you did National Service you quickly knew what that really meant.

A couple of chaps from our village dodged it by their fathers knowing what strings to pull. Didn't Heseltine get out by realising that standing for parliament in a bye election meant he could get out of it? Later on he ended up as Mininster of Defence!  ::)

Yes Heseltine was in the Welsh Guards for all of 9 months before he realised that if he stood for the unwinnable seat of Gower he would get out. They changed the rules later as you did not even have to win the seat at first. Strange he took to wearing flak jackets on every possible occasion as Minister of Defence for the cameras!

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Re: What bemused you today?
« Reply #2287 on: February 24, 2015, 02:34:50 PM »
Had a new batch of extra bright LED spot lights arrive for fitting in the kitchen. Installed them. Couldn't see a darned thing. I did a bit more research and now I know why: lm = cd × ( 2?(1 - cos(º/2)) ).  In easy language the LED lights are rated at 260 lumens, the old halogens at 180 lumens. Slam dunk to the LEDs you might think. What the formula tells you though is that the actual brightness in the area illuminated by each lamp, which we humans tend to perceive on the Candella scale, is rubbish for the LEDs which have a 110 degree light spread and therefore only 90CD, whereas the halogens have a 35 degree spread and a CD of over 600. So the LED spots are less than 20% as bright as the halogens, even though they appear to be extra bright if you read the label.

The LEDs have, of course, gone in the bin and I have ordered a batch of 20 halogens before the EU ban them.
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Re: What bemused you today?
« Reply #2288 on: February 26, 2015, 06:08:31 PM »
The old lights are always the best!
What b.m.t? A year after throwing in a couple of pretty poor efforts to a holiday company  photo comp they write to tell me I've won a £150 John Lewis vouchers for 3rd prize. They liked my other better but it was about showing a company luggage label in shot and I'd photo shopped it on a Cuban car to make them smile rather than a serious entry. As my other was done with a soggy label I'd dropped in the sea before knowing about the comp I'd not expected anything. Goes to show you never know what these judges are looking for as I'd judged it a useless also ran ! :D

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Re: What bemused you today?
« Reply #2289 on: February 26, 2015, 07:03:33 PM »
The old lights are always the best!
What b.m.t? A year after throwing in a couple of pretty poor efforts to a holiday company  photo comp they write to tell me I've won a £150 John Lewis vouchers for 3rd prize. They liked my other better but it was about showing a company luggage label in shot and I'd photo shopped it on a Cuban car to make them smile rather than a serious entry. As my other was done with a soggy label I'd dropped in the sea before knowing about the comp I'd not expected anything. Goes to show you never know what these judges are looking for as I'd judged it a useless also ran ! :D

Perhaps my photos will be also ran!  ;)

Well done on 3rd place. Drinks are on Jinky.  :tup:

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Re: What bemused you today?
« Reply #2290 on: February 26, 2015, 08:43:02 PM »
Yeah, not bad at all Jinky. I never ever even made a short list, and only win occasionally in competitions on sites like this.
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Re: What bemused you today?
« Reply #2292 on: March 24, 2015, 09:45:18 AM »
Due to my handicap, my eyes pick up some letters of a word, and my brain completes it.

This morning in the paper: "Thieves bundle 38 payphones in sacks.'

The usual double take, and rescan, revealed the payphones were actually pythons.

Sometimes even handicaps can be amusing.
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Re: What bemused you today?
« Reply #2293 on: March 24, 2015, 09:51:38 AM »
Due to my handicap, my eyes pick up some letters of a word, and my brain completes it.

This morning in the paper: "Thieves bundle 38 payphones in sacks.'

The usual double take, and rescan, revealed the payphones were actually pythons.

Sometimes even handicaps can be amusing.

Hope it wasn't the Monty crew?  :2funny:

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Re: What bemused you today?
« Reply #2294 on: March 24, 2015, 01:40:57 PM »
Due to my handicap, my eyes pick up some letters of a word, and my brain completes it.

This morning in the paper: "Thieves bundle 38 payphones in sacks.'

The usual double take, and rescan, revealed the payphones were actually pythons.

Sometimes even handicaps can be amusing.
To be honest, either way that headline is sort of funny :)

 

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