Recent content by Essan

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    How essential to life is a smart phone in the 21st century?

    My Nokia cost me about £80 I spend maybe £20-30 a year on it (pay as you go). It's mainly used for internet access when away from home.
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    Incorrectly Translated Station Names

    Fort William is known (and shown on the station name) as An Gearasdan - The Garrison. Ironically, the gaelic being derived from the English word! The direct gaelic translation would be Dun Uilleam.
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    Incorrectly Translated Station Names

    Yes, originally Ystrad Clud, part of Hen Ogledd, the "old north" which at one time extended from Cumbria north to Pen Lummon, the beacon hill, now known as Ben Lomond. Brythonic languages (old Welsh or Pictish) were originally spoken across all of what is now Scotland. Gaelic is as much an...
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    Sunny weather during lockdown - more than just a coincidence?

    Yes, just coincidence (and March overall was drier and sunnier than average for most of the country). The reduction in aircraft contrails may impact on diurnal range (cooler at night, warmer by day) though not so as anyone would notice - and probably only then on days when contrails persist...
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    Coronavirus: Is this the end of physical cash? Will we go completely electronic?

    Personal, not business account :D Yes, there is a small risk of fraud but to be honest, I only get a handful of cheques a year and I can usually tell if someone is dodgy. Last time I had a problem was over 15 years ago (and that was with a cheque guarantee card - a stolen one)
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    Coronavirus: Is this the end of physical cash? Will we go completely electronic?

    I continue to take cheques simply because it annoys the banks who'd rather be rid of them :D However, almost all transaction in my shop (antiques) are cash. As a consequence of which, I also use mostly cash when making purchases in shops (as I always have plenty on me!) though I am slowly...
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    Emergency last thing in the cupboard meal, and other culinary adventures under confinement

    I have 2 small christmas puddings and a christmas cake bought in 2018 (so should just about be ready to eat) at the back of my pantry Also, a bag of dried "soup mix" - basically lentils, peas, beans, bulger wheat etc that needs soaking overnight and will add least fill me up if nothing else...
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    Drop in passenger numbers sees train services cut

    Trains appear to be running as normal today on the Cotswold line. But at 8am on a Friday morning there is not one single car parked at Evesham station (normally nearly full at this time). Quite eerie.
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    Coronavirus virus effect on Heritage lines Summer 2020

    The Scotsman have a news story saying that WCR have announced that at present the Hogwarts Express aka The Jacobite will commence running as planned from the 6th April ..... which has not gone down too well among the residents of Mallaig on the local Facebook page! However, I can't see that...
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    Delay repay rejected - train hit a deer

    I am surprised that a train hitting a deer caused any delay - if that were the norm, then trains on the West Highland line would be seriously delayed, as a result, almost every day. Especially in winter.
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    The Humble Centimetre

    10 and a half cm I understand. It's 105mm that confuses me ..... I cut a lot of upholstry foam for private customers and and it varies between inches, cm and mm. Not unusual to be asked for 1 meter by 60cm by 2" thick ..... As already noted, standard meteorological value for measuring...
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    Trivia: Place names that you're not sure how to pronounce

    Should really be Ay-sum :p But I think only some of us locals (and a dying number) use Eve-ur-shum these days. Still bugs me every time I hear it announced as Eve-shum though. And as Pumperkin says, the first syllable of Malvern is moll. I pronounce the second syllable short, so Moll-ven...
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    Weather Disruption caused by storm Ciara (February 9th, 10th and 11th)
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    Weather Disruption caused by storm Ciara (February 9th, 10th and 11th)

    Numerous cancellations on the Cotswold line, and we've missed the worst of it
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    BBC Alba

    Before the Irish invaded, the language in Strathclyde (Ystrad Clud), Dumfries and Galloway was early Welsh. Indeed, the area is known as Hen Ogledd, the old north. The Picts also spoke a related Brythonic language. English arrived (via Northumbria - which included Lothian) around the same...