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    Huge Explosion in Beirut

    A very, very large conventional bomb, equivalent to 1,800 tonnes of TNT. The largest conventional bomb produced for military purposes and used in anger is the US GBU 43B, which has a yield off 11 tonnes of TNT. The Russians have a bomb that yields 44 tonnes, but that works in a different way...
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    Companies That You Expect to Disappear Soon

    Like other posters, I went through my entire childhood (70s, 80s and early 90s) without once eating out as a family. Similarly, eating out on holiday was a bag of chips on a bench overlooking the harbour. Wonderful it was too. I vividly remember my Dad being aghast at some neighbours who had...
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    Has taxation for unhealthy items, such as cigarettes, gone too far in the UK?

    It wasn’t unintended at all, it was precisely what Government expected when it introduced the levy. Indeed it was announced two years before it came into effect, to allow soft drinks manufacturers sufficient tie to reformulate their recipes, which is exactly what they did.
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    Services to be reinstated too late for schools and colleges returning.

    I’m not going by leave calendars, I’m going by actual daily passenger numbers on the Network (which I appreciate aren’t publicly available). But I can assure you that passenger numbers in the first week of September are lower than in the first week of August, and in the second week of September...
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    Services to be reinstated too late for schools and colleges returning.

    I think you misunderstood me. I said that many people *without* children of school age will go on holiday in early September when it is cheaper. And there’s are more adults (a lot more) without school age children in this country than there are *with* school age children. And that’s why the...
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    Huge Explosion in Beirut

    Yep I drove to the same bridge, and was surprised to see blue sky! Our garden got covered in soot.
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    3tph on North Downs Line

    Is the right answer
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    Huge Explosion in Beirut

    Yes, Buncefield was quite an occasion. I was woken by the ground shockwave, and subsequently heard the explosion. I thought a plane had come down nearby or my boiler had exploded. Then I heard the fire engines from St Albans fire station and knew something big was up. We lived downwind, and...
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    Huge Explosion in Beirut

    But close enough. I was 6 miles away and the whole house shook. Very bizarrely, as I was typing that there was a fairly large explosion outside my house now!
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    Services to be reinstated too late for schools and colleges returning.

    If you look at passenger numbers, they don’t actually build up until a couple of weeks after schools return, principally that many people without school age children (of which there are a lot more than people with school age children) take early September off to go on holiday when it is cheaper...
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    East Kilbride/Barrhead electrifcation

    All those alternatives were investigated, and the pods were by far the best option. And you might be surprised that some people are willing to drive a 20 mile round trip (maximum) to use the loo, particularly the fairer sex, of which there are now more and more on track (and not before time).
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    Has taxation for unhealthy items, such as cigarettes, gone too far in the UK?

    I agree that not everyone can be expected to cook from scratch. That doesn’t mean you are prevented from eating healthily. And I struggle to believe that there is anyone out there who needs to buy food for themselves or others who doesn’t have the choice of buying healthy food, regardless of...
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    Another lorry through the barriers at Manningtree

    As @O L Leigh says, in almost all cases it’s because of driver inattention or a wilful attempt to beat the barriers. Very few are due to any inherent or temporary fault with the crossing equipment; and in every single case of such an incident all the equipment is checked and tested for such...
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    Has taxation for unhealthy items, such as cigarettes, gone too far in the UK?

    anyone with a grill or oven can do that. Probably better for the environment than using a BBQ! Even better for the environment would be not having the Beef, of course.

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