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  1. 6 points
    THE LAWS OF LIFE LAW OF MECHANICAL REPAIR: After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee. LAW OF GRAVITY: Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner. LAW OF PROBABILITY: The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act. LAW OF RANDOM NUMBERS: If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers. VARIATION LAW: If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time). LAW OF THE BATH: When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings. LAW OF CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with. LAW OF THE RESULT: When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will. LAW OF BIOMECHANICS: The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach. LAW OF THE THEATRE & FOOTBALL: At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk. THE COFFEE LAW: As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold. MURPHY'S LAW OF LOCKERS: If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers. LAW OF PHYSICAL SURFACES: The chances of an open-faced sandwich landing face down on a floor, are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug. LAW OF LOGICAL ARGUMENT: Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about. BROWN'S LAW OF PHYSICAL APPEARANCE: If the clothes fit, they're ugly. WILSON'S LAW OF COMMERCIAL MARKETING STRATEGY: As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it. DOCTORS' LAW: If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better.. But don't make an appointment, and you'll stay sick.
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    Very nice Paul. The collection is clearly coming along well! As for me, I'm struggling to find anything nice to buy on the shilling front so picked up another Charles i supporter's badge which I enjoy. Another Rawlins obverse (signed to the reverse) Medallic Illustrations 355/216 with a rather fancy crown. Ex David Corrick collection (sadly no tickets) which he presumably bought from BDW in their June 1994 sale (Lot #221) 38 x 29 mm, 11.44g. Originally had suspension loops so it could be worn or a ribbon or sewn to something, but these were removed in antiquity. A small repair at 6 o'clock, whether from the alterations, or possibly the lower loop broke and it was pierced at that point as sometimes happens, impossible to know.
  4. 3 points
    I'm not very keen on Peter Mandelson, but he's manifestly a highly intelligent guy, and he summed things up well last night with lose, lose, lose, lose Blair, Blair, Blair, lose, lose, lose lose. Blair obviously made some bad mistakes and ultimately didn't endear himself in the public consciousness, but it's his kind of soft Labour, and group of competent ministers, which appeals to the public. Look at the shadow cabinet now. They don't exactly inspire confidence. Labour and Labour activists are mired in factional fighting, and sniping at the "Tory scum" - making up, as you have done, school playground names for the PM, that they've lost sight of what the electorate are seeking. Moreover, you've also fallen into the same trap of inferring that the public is stupid (your word "duped"). All Labour's (and the MSM's) efforts to smear the government with the low level stuff about Boris's flat etc, fell on deaf ears because the vast majority are just not interested. The criticism needs to be something which will resonate with the electorate. What Labour lack is a clear idea of a constructive way forward. Like some original ideas which capture the public imagination. Not to mention a charm offensive to net floating voters. At the moment they're just presenting an open goal to Boris Johnson. I hope the pendulum does swing back again, as we desperately need an effective opposition, and a credible alternative at the next election. It's just not healthy if the same lot keep being elected. By the way, I'm not sure what you mean by your second bullet point, as the vaccine rollout was a true example of a collaborative effort. Downplaying the government's role in that, is just factually inaccurate. Also, although they're catching up now, we left the EU far behind with that rollout as we were a lot quicker off the mark when it came to ordering it in the first place. Whatever your opinion, that is hard fact. Good job we had an escape clause from the EMA, or we'd have been in the same boat as them, given we were still in their sphere of influence up to 31.12.20.
  5. 2 points
    Some truths: People who want power will act like people who want power . People who don't realise this are always amazed when it happens. All governments keep certain sections of society under-educated and under paid. This stops them playing up, and makes them take jobs that over-paid and over-educated people wouldn't do. All amateur pundits have no power at all after the event. Every time someone moans to me about Brexit, I ask them what they did to stop it- holding meetings, writing letters, organising petitions etc., and none of them did. THEY ALL HOPED SOMEONE ELSE WOULD DO IT. We are all like a group of football fans in a pub saying that "We should never have sold that player'"etc.... WE? WE? Do they think their views have been considered? Do they think they are on the Board? Madness- 'their' football team just takes their season ticket money. That's all. Meanwhile, people like the Chinese sit back and laugh as they ignore all rules whilst claiming they follow them, and are so happy that we are fighting amongst themselves so therefore cannot be a credible opposition to anything they do. Like Labour is at the moment. "Divide and Rule', anyone? Every country gets the Government it deserves. The saddest thing is this acrimony after starting a thread about someone who rose above all this somewhat....:-(
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    Why does the subject of politics make people think that they can behave like Trolls ?
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    Damn! I like enigmatic mysteries!!!!
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    This phenomena begins with a circular ring of rust at the surface of a steel die formed due to corrosion at the edge of a tiny circular water droplet on the die. As this progresses it results in a circular ‘dot’ of rust on the surface of the die, which is pulverized and lost as the die is used in the coining press leaving a round pit. This shows up on the coin as a circular raised dot. The process has been documented in an article by Paul M. Holland in the Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia, volume 27, 2016, pages 1-6.
  9. 2 points
    My dentist collects pennies. I'll ask him. (He'll probably use Fuji 9.)
  10. 1 point
    Ah...linking Young Frankenstein and the last Remake of Beau Geste very neatly.....impressed....
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    Marty felman - gone too soon
  15. 1 point
    Pleased with this 1829 Farthing as an upgrade:
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    Spotted a couple of coins i fancy , ta.
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    Or, being incuse on the working die, a cavity that gradually filled ?
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    I know this topic has been discussed before, but I'm returning to it from a slightly different angle. Although this too has probably been examined at some point, as well. I'm referring to the 1897 dot penny O.NE. I've now got two, and the dots, whilst perfectly symmetrical in both cases, differ considerably in size. The larger one is typical of most that are seen. Whilst the smaller one is much less obvious. I really must get some photographic equipment which does close ups. But in the meantime, these two pics are reasonably adequate in showing what I mean. So the bottom line is whether the dot was an intentional mint mark, or was it in fact a die problem which grew?
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    They're just an extension of the same mindset. In numbers terms, the rest think very differently. Moreover, Scotland is a special case as the SNP prevails there. I would, however, take a special look at Wales where Labour have done well. You have to ask yourself why have they done so well there, when most of the rest of the country are fed up to the back teeth with their incessant carping, accusing and name calling. Maybe it's got something to do with the fact they've got an old school guy, Mark Drakeford, Welsh speaker, calmly gets on with the job, massively successful with the vaccine rollout (better than the rest of us), criticises where relevant and necessary and isn't obsessed with wokery. Surely you must accept that Labour have been annihilated in England, apart from the pockets you mention. That hasn't happened for no reason. Also, for the serving government to out perform the opposition so comprehensively, and win a by election from Labour, in a former Labour stronghold, 17 months into their tenure says a lot about that opposition.
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    Some quite sophisticated fakes from this seller I think. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203445604907?hash=item2f5e4d922b:g:xDUAAOSwUS5gli0T Jerry
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    I don't think you can categorise Scotland, all the English university towns, metropolitan areas such as Liverpool, Manchester, Bradford and Leeds, and a big majority in London as "a tiny left wing liberal elite inside the M25 circle"
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    We all have flaws. Politicians are no different. Ridiculous expecting them to be saintly figures throughout their lives, as some seem to.
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    An original eBay feedback: