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  1. Calthrop

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    Hoping not to get into bloodshed: but my original question was about salt-water straits, not towns. Can you gentlemen sort things out amicably?
     
  2. backontrack

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    No, of course; sorry, @Calthrop, this is my fault.

    The first and second parts of my reply were unrelated; I am aware that what I posted was neither correct nor what you were looking for.

    I was simply announcing my intent to take the open floor, but I thought that I should offer it to @fowler9 first - as he came much closer to the correct answer than I did. I definitely didn't win the floor, but I thought, since 'open floor' had been declared, I might as well take it - but it's fairer to @fowler9 if I offered it to him first, as he came closer to me.

    The first bit of my reply was just me saying that I was surprised at the coincidence of the Canadian town you mentioned.
     
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    My apologies to you, likewise -- I'm rather a subject of the thing "just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean everyone isn't out to get you". "Carry on, guys".
     
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    No bother.

    @fowler9, I'l happily take the open floor - but do you want it, first?
     
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    @backontrack you can have the floor mate. I was just guessing. Educated guesses I hasten to add. Ha ha ha.
     
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    Thanks @fowler9 :)

    Which British TV show is this speech from, and which character, played by which actor, speaks it?

    "Sorry, sorry, dropped it. Hello, Stonehenge! Who takes the Pandorica takes the Universe! But, bad news everyone, 'cause guess who! Ha! Except, you lot, you're all whizzing about, it's really very distracting. Could you all just stay still a minute because *I* *am* *talking*!

    Now, the question for the hour is, "Who's got the Pandorica?" Answer: I do. Next question: "Who's coming to take it from me?"

    Come on, look at me! No plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn, oh, and something else I don't have: anything to lose! So, if you're sitting up there in your silly little space ships with all your silly little guns, and you've got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who's standing in your way! Remember every black day I ever stopped you, and then, *and then*, do the smart thing!"
     
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    Firstly can I apologise for calling you backtrack, ha ha. I have edited my post, bl**dy autocorrect. Ha ha. Secondly is it Gareth Thomas playing Blake in Blake's 7. Apologies, another guess. Ha ha. I think I am wrong as the space ships I remember in it were Scorpio and Liberator.
     
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    It's fine :)

    It's not Blake's 7, however.
     
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    Ha ha. Ah well. Am dying to have another guess and look forward to seeing the answer. After causing chaos last time that is my last one though. I don't know the answer.
     
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    "... let somebody else try first."

    (I did.)

    That's from Doctor Who, as played by Matt Smith.
     
  11. backontrack

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    Correct! Over to you.
     
  12. krus_aragon

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    Next up:

    If Q is A, Z is W and M is ?, where am I?
     
  13. A Challenge

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    Do you want what M is, I is or your location?
     
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    I'm guessing France or Belgium, and that you'd be typing your questions using an AZERTY keyboard. Open floor if correct.
     
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    Oh, M is the ? key, not you aren't telling us!
     
  16. krus_aragon

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    That's exactly what I had in mind.

    As requested, open floor.
     
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    Who, on his first visit to the London Underground, got separated from his family because he followed signs that appeared to have his name on them ?
     
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    Paddington Bear?
     
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    That's the one. Your refugee from Darkest Peru ...
     
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    Many of us have heard of the idea of "tying a knot in your hankie" (handkerchief) to remember something. But who would remember numbers by tying knots?
     
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    People on boats?
     
  22. krus_aragon

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    Not to my knowledge (unless you can offer some evidence to the contrary). This group of people are not really known for seafaring.
     
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    Shepherds?
     
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    The Incas? IIRC their culture had not invented writing / reading; but they used knotted cords ("quipus") to remember and communicate numbers, and I think for other simple communication.
     
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    Yes indeed. Successive cords represented increasing powers of ten, and each digit (as we'd say) was represented by the number (or type) of knots on each cord.
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    The Wikipedia page make an interesting read.

    Your thread, Cathrop.
     
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    Thanks !

    What is the link / factor in common, re : --

    Charlotte

    Dorothy

    Jane

    Georgette
     
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    I was guessing on the basis of the origin of the unit knot (which was measured by dropping knotted rope out the back of the boat originally). See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knot_(unit)#Origin
     
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    Good point. Certainly used for counting (and thus measuring) speed, but not really for remembering: ships' log books were of course made of paper.
     
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    It was a bit of a (educated) guess, I didn't think it would correct. As for @Calthrop's question. I have no idea.
     
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    All of these are the forenames of notable lady writers. Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Georgette Heyer, and Dorothy L. Sayers.
    Could the connection be as simple as they are all writers?
     

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