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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Conrad Knight Socks » 25 Jan 2011, 17:08

The French regulatory authority struggles a bit when it comes to non-EU branches of EU banks.............but comes up with the right answer eventually.
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Phil T » 25 Jan 2011, 19:18

I learned a new word today and what it meant: 'mondegreen'

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Postby JQW » 26 Jan 2011, 16:48

The Netherlands radio station Radio Nationaal's AM transmitter is actually based in Suffolk.
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 26 Jan 2011, 16:51

In 1778, the Royal Family and all of fashionable society went to the christening of 3rd Duke of Chandos's daughter. But, under the glare of the lights and the weight of the lavishly embroidered christening robe, the child went into convulsions and died the next day. 11 years later, the Duke himself died when his wife accidentally pulled his chair out from under him as he went to sit down.
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Postby harvey k-tel » 26 Jan 2011, 19:18

Minnie the Minx wrote:In 1778, the Royal Family and all of fashionable society went to the christening of 3rd Duke of Chandos's daughter. But, under the glare of the lights and the weight of the lavishly embroidered christening robe, the child went into convulsions and died the next day. 11 years later, the Duke himself died when his wife accidentally pulled his chair out from under him as he went to sit down.


What sort of glaring lights would they have had in 1778?
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 26 Jan 2011, 19:36

Harvey K-Tel wrote:
Minnie the Minx wrote:In 1778, the Royal Family and all of fashionable society went to the christening of 3rd Duke of Chandos's daughter. But, under the glare of the lights and the weight of the lavishly embroidered christening robe, the child went into convulsions and died the next day. 11 years later, the Duke himself died when his wife accidentally pulled his chair out from under him as he went to sit down.


What sort of glaring lights would they have had in 1778?


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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby quix » 26 Jan 2011, 19:38

Maryann wrote:today is January 25th, not 24th


today is january the 25th and not the 26th.

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Postby Nolamike » 26 Jan 2011, 19:41

Minnie the Minx wrote:
Harvey K-Tel wrote:
Minnie the Minx wrote:In 1778, the Royal Family and all of fashionable society went to the christening of 3rd Duke of Chandos's daughter. But, under the glare of the lights and the weight of the lavishly embroidered christening robe, the child went into convulsions and died the next day. 11 years later, the Duke himself died when his wife accidentally pulled his chair out from under him as he went to sit down.


What sort of glaring lights would they have had in 1778?


1,347,993 candles


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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby no one » 27 Jan 2011, 11:06

quix wrote:
Maryann wrote:today is January 25th, not 24th


today is january the 25th and not the 26th.


:lol: that too

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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Charlie O. » 27 Jan 2011, 19:57

Maryann wrote:
quix wrote:
Maryann wrote:today is January 25th, not 24th


today is january the 25th and not the 26th.


:lol: that too

You're both wrong - it's the 27th!
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Charlie O. » 27 Jan 2011, 19:59

savoirefaire wrote:It's not so much that I learnt, as much as I have gained wonderful new insight from this interview I read today. This being my favourite quote from it:

Sherry Tucker wrote:There is a wonderful Freudian formulation, which is that loneliness is failed solitude. In many ways we are forgetting the intellectual and emotional value of solitude. You’re not lonely in solitude. You’re only lonely if you forget how to use solitude to replenish yourself and to learn. And you don’t want a generation that experiences solitude as loneliness. And that is something to be concerned about, because if kids feel that they need to be connected in order to be themselves, that’s quite unhealthy. They’ll always feel lonely, because the connections that they’re forming are not going to give them what they seek.

Right on!

Though I don't think it's a "generational" thing.
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Monkberry » 20 Apr 2011, 20:47

acc. to whoever wrote Plutarch's wiki Alexander the Great 'very often lost it!' Not very scholarly like language!
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby John Barleykorn » 21 Apr 2011, 01:42

Jose Morinho has won a major knockout comp every year since 2003. With 4 different clubs in 4 different leagues. I knew he had been sucessfull, but .....
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Postby souphound » 21 Apr 2011, 14:27

I just learned that today is Maundy Thursday in the UK. I'd never heard of it.
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Postby souphound » 21 Apr 2011, 14:29

John Barleykorn wrote:Jose Morinho has won a major knockout comp every year since 2003. With 4 different clubs in 4 different leagues. I knew he had been sucessfull, but .....



Lordy, that's quite the Wiki entry! :shock:
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby brotherlouie » 21 Apr 2011, 19:14

The astronauts that went to the moon only got the regular per diem payment for being on a mission in addition to their normal pay. Deductions were made for bed and board.

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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby savoirefaire » 21 Apr 2011, 19:35

That Stephen Colbert did a cover of "Friday" last friday on the Jimmy Fallon show:

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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Monkberry » 21 Apr 2011, 22:02

On 5 January 1990, addressing Conservatives in Liverpool, Enoch Powell claimed that if the Conservatives played the "British card" at the next general election they could win! Now what exactly is the 'British card' I wonder?
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Postby Monkberry » 23 Apr 2011, 21:44

One of Churchill's hobbies was bricklaying which is why he was a member of The Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Monkberry » 26 Apr 2011, 12:40

Elephant's used to be hunted by prehisotric people in what is now the U.K!
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