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  1. OMG I made up 'Paracrufts' about ten years ago, and I've just found out that it bloody exists!!!!!!!


    There was an episode of Alan Partridge where he tries to pitch new programme ideas to the channel controller,

    all increasingly desperate, and one of them was 'Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank',

    which, bizarrely, years later, was actually made!!!!

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  2. I can imagine how much snow that would be.

    Unfortunately, if it happened, I wouldn't be able to tell anyone since you would only hear a faint muffled noise, if anything....


    Weather is amazing- I used to go to Bear Valley, in the pre-covid days. 7500 ft up in the Sierra Nevada.

    It was, until the weather patterns moved, the snowiest place in the world- 75 feet in the winter.

    We took a cast metal outdoor bench one year, to put by the fire pit.

    This was our last visit before winter, so we tidied everything away, leaving the bare metal bench with its legs sitting on four 3" thick concrete blocks.

    I was there the next year to do the first visit of the season to the acreage.

    The bench was there- all four concrete blocks split in half, with the legs of the bench smashed into the ground- the seat was on the ground.

    Took some fun getting it out.  The snow up there is known as 'Sierra Concrete' due to it's weight.....anything left out is crushed.



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  3. I've just done a check of 1875 pennies on Ebay:

    Obviously, many are that flat that it's not possible tell some apart...

    Large date   120

    Small date 74

    1875H     14

    F79 ( sea over circle)   0

    Pretty much as usual

    The Heaton version is touted as very rare, and isn't.( except in very good grades)  and the F79 is hardly ever there- I see maybe 3 a year tops.

    Maybe some of the F79 are that flat you can't tell, but where are the other better grades, since it's only rarity 13 or R5, supposedly?

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  4. 1 hour ago, 1949threepence said:

    They were obviously trying to trip her up, otherwise why ask the question, which would otherwise appear obtuse to someone familiar with the geography.

    Even so, we need politicians who are a bit more on the ball and do their homework before such meetings. If she had been, then she could have made them look idiots by answering "yes, why wouldn't I, they're part of Russia".

     Yours Sincerely,

    Mike of Englandshire 


    How much would it have boosted her career and public standing to have said that?


    All it needed was more background knowledge, and less posturing, hubris and  drinks parties.

    I sometimes like to think of politicians as standing in a circle patting each other on the back whilst saying' aren't we great'.....

    ...of course, to stab someone in the back, you have to be right behind them......

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