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  1. Giugiaro

    Russia invades Ukraine

    That begs the question: If a civil war erupted in Russia, with Moscow surrounded by rebels, wouldn't that be an existential threat to the Russian Federation and imminent danger of Moscow falling? Considering how Moscow disregards its people, it wouldn't be too farfetched if the Kremlin decided...
  2. Giugiaro

    The overturning of Roe v Wade

    And both parties are coming for everyone's sanity.
  3. Giugiaro

    USA: Clock starts toward rail shutdown

    With everyone and everywhere. It's pathetic how low the purchasing power got. Everywhere I look, be it the US, UK, Germany, France or Portugal, everyone earns less real income than we did as a collective 14 years ago. And the more educated or skilled you are, the more significant the drop has been.
  4. Giugiaro

    Ukraine wins Eurovision 2022

    If it weren't for the Ukraine war, the UK would've won this year's Eurovision. It's a remarkable achievement, considering the UK got zero points from judges and the public last year. For me, the UK hosting Eurovision sounds fair. And I would dare to say I'd love to see a joint performance...
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    [Portugal] Old locomotive will be refurbished back to operation.

    From what I've read, the only disposition I've found is against breaks of journeys, even with non-reservation tickets. AFAIK it should be fine.
  6. Giugiaro

    [Portugal] Old locomotive will be refurbished back to operation.

    The strikes for this month are honestly hard to understand. I know that June 10 and 16 are public holidays, one of the main targets for 24H strikes. The disruptions start at the end of the previous day and propagate to the next day of the strike date, as the fleet gets geographically skewed and...
  7. Giugiaro

    [Portugal] Old locomotive will be refurbished back to operation.

    @Sans Pareil if you wouldn't mind a suggestion, would you rather go later and have a nice lunch at Pocinho? If you depart from Porto São Bento at 8:20 or 9:20, you should arrive at about the time the "Taberna da Julinha" opens. The food in this tiny tavern is incredible and an absolute treat...
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    [Portugal] Old locomotive will be refurbished back to operation.

    Rotations with "Miradouro" style trains running in the Douro Line. I haven't seen the 17:25 departing from Campanhã being done with loco-hauled trains. Not sure if this has changed recently. There are also new Porto - Pinhão services throughout the Summer for a shorter leg, increasing the number...
  9. Giugiaro

    Legacy of Colonialism on Developing Countries

    But that's prohibiting people from having children, or more than one per pair. I'm talking about people simply losing interest in conceiving children, or even starting a serious relationship with someone. As things stand I'll be checking both marks, as I'm single without commitment and far...
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    Legacy of Colonialism on Developing Countries

    Or just have people not want to have babies at all. Better: not pursuing relationships! Now that's a kicker!!!
  11. Giugiaro

    DB Derailment at Garmisch, 3 June

    Exactly. Most modern trains have designated crumple zones in all carriages made to absorb kinetic energy during a crash. Passengers are not restricted with seat belts nor have the luxury of airbags. The slower the deceleration, the higher the chances of survivability. The Soure accident had no...
  12. Giugiaro

    Russia invades Ukraine

    Meanwhile, in Portugal, we're injecting Hydrogen from renewable sources into the gas network. The first tests have been successful, and the idea is to ramp up injection so that 20% of the gas provided is hydrogen. Here's a link for the current small scale test. 20% is still half of the 43%...
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    [Portugal] Old locomotive will be refurbished back to operation.

    3 years and 5 months later, the last of the 13 Schindlers that arrived at an abandoned Guifões Workshop has returned back to service!
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    When did metric start to be taught in British schools?

    I'm having horrible flashbacks of the Portuguese spelling agreement. I was forced to do the final exam using the Portuguese Language Orthographic Agreement of 1990, after 11 years of learning the old spelling. I was furious because many things changed to appeal to Brazillian writers in a way...
  15. Giugiaro

    Russia invades Ukraine

    And then there's the question: If Russia successfully occupies the whole of Nova Russia, then what? Russia will be broke, half dead and with a steamrolled plot of land. They have destroyed or will destroy everything of any economic worth in Nova Russia. So we have two options: Russia keeps the...
  16. Giugiaro

    Russia invades Ukraine

    Putin must have his own birds to feed.
  17. Giugiaro

    Russia invades Ukraine

    Don't worry everyone! Russia has heard your calls and started stealing grain from Ukraine! Rejoice, as Putin is not stupid! (or racist, or a dictator, or, God forbid, a fascist!)...
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    Getting 5 euro notes from cash machines in Eurozone countries and obtaining coins

    Some machines dispense 5€ and 10€ instead of the usual 10€ and 20€ banknotes. The old Multibanco in the waiting room at Aveiro railway station was one such machine. It was quite convenient to have this option.
  19. Giugiaro

    Russia invades Ukraine

    Spoken or not, Russia becoming a future member state of the EU was a possibility back in the early 2000s when the Euro was introduced as a physical currency. I have, from that year, a Portuguese book about the Euro that mentions just that!
  20. Giugiaro

    Russia invades Ukraine

    Suppose we want to actually help Ukraine (and Moldova to some extent) as part of our financial effort to rebuild the country. In that case, we should invest in relaunching the Ukrainian economy so that the country can stand on its own feet and not be a burden on the EU in future years. We don't...

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