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nicknorman last won the day on January 5

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    Electronics, gliding, motorbikes

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    helicopter pilot - retired
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    Fazeley Mill Marina, Tamworth

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  1. Ellesmere Port on Easter Monday

    Personally I think it well worth paying the museum fee not only for a look around, but for the secure mooring in the lower basin. The moorings at the top are right by the road and thus a bit “exposed” in terms of people wandering about.
  2. Revenge of the Beast from the East (Part 2)

    One of the best mods I did was a heat exchanger so the radiators can be heated by the waste heat from the engine, “Free” heat whilst cruising. With the stove at the front, it means that the mid and back of the boat can be nice and warm too. You should get Iain on to it!
  3. Revenge of the Beast from the East (Part 2)

    Soft southern flatlanders! Although I do notice that it’s 1C here and 4C in Aberdeen! Anyway, Jeff is driving and I’m too hot next to the stove! Of course, once hypothermia sets in, you don’t feel cold at all.
  4. Revenge of the Beast from the East (Part 2)

    Yup it’s amazing what a bit of sun does. Still a freezing wind though! We’ve come up Stourbridge 16 and Delph 8 this morning, me cowering in the trad stern hatch with engine room heater on, and Jeff staying warm by wheeling 24 locks!
  5. To move or not to move.

    Lightweight! We’ve done 13 locks so far today including Bratch. As far as I can tell we haven’t lost any crew members yet.
  6. Revenge of the Beast from the East (Part 2)

    Bit snowy this morning at Compton (Wolverhampton)!
  7. Metric stupidity

    Wot, you mean like Jurassic Park?
  8. Bread making

    Yes it’s all about bubble size/ crumb texture. And flavour too, as a longer time proving improves the flavour. Im a bread machine kind of guy, but you can see the difference with a rapid bake vs a normal bake - the former doesn’t do a knock-back and re-prove and consequently, the bread’s texture isn’t as good as the longer recipe.
  9. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    I read it in its entirety when I was a student, it made a big impression on me. If you have never read it, you should! It is perhaps a little dated now, but still worth a read.
  10. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    The reality is that whilst modern materials might be reasonably homogeneous and structures non-chaotic within themselves, they have to interact with the surrounding world that is non-homogenous and chaotic, with an embankment carrying moving water through the countryside and over a stream being a prime example.
  11. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    The plastic bottle someone just chucked in the cut, and nuclear waste, will still be around in 1000 years time, but that is not necessarily an endorsement! Maybe these tall building do have the capability to last 1000 years (though TBH I doubt it) but there is a second part of the question - will people still want them around in 1000 years or will they have been demolished as eyesores like so much 1960s urban concrete? Built only 50 years ago but hideous to the current sense of style and design.
  12. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    They did some pretty good things with stone too! Unlike the 20th century engineers who did some things with reinforced concrete that had a very short life and wasn’t really repairable. i think what I am trying to say is that yes, there is a place for mathematical analysis, and calculating the flight profiles to put a man on the moon is certainly one - mainly because the physics is relatively simple and very homogeneous (ie the equations are well defined and precise) - only the calculations are a bit hard because of the sheer quantity. But where modern engineering falls down is where the equationsnarent precise and well defined so that, rather than dealing only with mass and gravity, you are dealing with a chaotic real world of non-homogeneity. In theory it can still be mathematically analysed but there comes a point where the maths gets too complex and unsuited to analysis of a chaotic system. At that point it can be better to tear up the calculations, just eyeball it and say “my gut feeling is that this is what we should do...”. Unfortunately that is a terrifying concept to a modern engineer. But ultimately a better one in a situation where it is all to easy to overlook some seemingly small element of the mathematical analysis with catastrophic consequences. I liken it to the modern ill of the Operations Manual or whatever it might be called. Gone is any sort of intelligent and pragmatic analysis of a situation, the only course of action can be to do what the manual says in a mindless way. Putting practices into written manuals is a substitute for intelligent analysis and “dumbs down” our current way of doing things. It can work with simple things, but as things become more complex it’s own complexity increases exponentially, rapidly reaching dysfunctionality. It is a denial of Human’s greatest attribute which is qualitative analysis. It matters to me.
  13. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    If you have never read it, I can heartily recommend it. If you have read it and really think it is a road trip book, sorry but you have just gone down in my estimation!
  14. Sterling Pro Charge Ultra 60A Cable size?

    Yes I thought so, in which case you are doing the right thing.