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Ronaldo47

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  2. It's an reasonabky-good phonetic representation for English-speakers of how 'pizza' is pronounced in Italian.
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  4. It seems to be the shape of the ear and the ear canal that allows you to determine where a sound comes from in three dimensions, i.e. up and down as well.as left and right. Some years ago after I had picked up a chest infection that spread to my sinuses, it affected my spatial sound location, so that a sound coming from directly in front of me at the same level, appeared to be coming from around 45° left and and 20° upwards. Normal service was restored when the infection cleared up!
  5. i have a vague recollection of reading that those newts are indeed rare in mainland Europe (hence their protected status under the EC law that we have had to follow), but are pretty common in the UK.
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  7. The high track access charges mean that even the railway companies have sometimes found it cheaper to move rolling stock and locos by road.
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  9. My son gave up teaching after 3 years. The school was more focussed on not attracting the attention of OFSTED than giving the pupils a good education. He was told not to make too many spelling corrections to written work to avoid discouraging the pupils with all the red ink. What good is that he said, writing job applications full of spelling and grammatical errors isn't going to enhance their employment prospects, but the school didn't want lots of corrections and that was that. Likewise, bad behaviour seldom led to sanctions as too many records of sanctions would not look good. He is now a chartered accountant and has a life that includes free time and does not involve evenings and weekends spent compiling the data required to ensure all the boxes are ticked, but seldom get looked at. English composition now often involves the teacher providing a "writing frame" where the pupil only has to provide the odd word to complete the sentences.
  10. My local Civic Amenity Site has a walk-in container for domestic electrical /electronic items, in addition to one for fridges and another for fluorescent/CFL lamps (which contain mercury). .
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    dead ipad

    My wife did buy extra iCloud space to facilitate the transfer as recommended by the Apple store to ensure that the transfer worked, but it didn't.
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    dead ipad

    Data transfer is not always perfect. When my wife got a new ipad, the Apple store transferred her data across, but managed to lose most of her contacts.
  13. A year or so ago, there was an item in "Private Eye" about a local authority that used to have an excellent record for recycling plastics, but had had to reduce it to around 50%. The trouble was that they had signed a contract with an electricity generating company to burn their non-recyclable waste, the contract specifying a guaranteed minimum calorific value. Unfortunately their recycling sorting had been so efficient that the residue had a much lower calorific value than that specified in the contract. They had therefore had to enrich their non-recyclable residue with recyclable plastics to avoid having to pay penalty charges.
  14. Goggle found this link..Apparently the attempt only failed because a sea-sick reporter passenger opened a window instead of using the sun roof! https://blog.heritagepartscentre.com/blog/2015/02/19/unique-vw-beetle-cross-channel-attempt-photographs-uncovered/
  15. Didn't Volkswagon attempt to tow a Beetle across the Channel as a publicity stunt to demonstrate how effective the door seal was? I don't think it managed to go all the way though.
  16. From wading through the Clean Maritime plan document, the only type of vessel for which electric propulsion was considered appropriate, was ferry boats used for short crossings, which would be able to charge their batteries at their terminals. The solutions envisaged for other vessels were alternative green fuels for non-electric types of propulsion which it hopes will be developed.. It is directed to vessels having a home port, and nothing in the document appeared to be appropriate to canal boats, only to inland waterways used for commercial shipping.
  17. More than a decade ago my late mother's local butcher in Dagenham was selling goat. It was much in demand by the local immigrant community.
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  23. The 1966 Hillman Imp I bought s/h in 1970 had a heater, but no blower. There was only an air intake at the front of the car that pushed air through the heater matrix via a length of ducting when the car was moving. I paid the local main dealer to have a blower fitted.
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