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Old 22nd July 2018, 14:22
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Help! I am now surrounded by angry croquet losing come-over vegetables. Variants of the domesticated Manx Triffid. They all thought the sea journey was an insurmountable obstacle until Bob put them right.
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Old 24th July 2018, 06:20
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[QUOTE=Varley;16360] Variants of the domesticated Manx Triffid. QUOTE]



We live and learn, domesticatedness has arrived on Shady Mona. Is it contagious? Are we safe here in the Emerald Isle ( Brown Isle)? Inoculations all around.
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Old 24th July 2018, 10:34
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I will get a report from two recent visitors shortly. I have no doubt the native will have a pharmacological treatment should she have detected any problem (and no doubt it will be based on either poteen or one's own urine. Perhaps even both together - no wool of bat yet prescribed but that is only a matter of time!).

I am ashamed the inoculation controversy that seems poised to be reignited here (by a lunch friend of mine, too) should have jumped over the water. You may yet prove Hibernia the saner place. (If you've a mind to, the Government site is providing a 'bill board' for this. I am sure googling IoM, Gov and Dialogue will get you there or https://iomgov.dialogue-app.com)
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Old 24th July 2018, 10:50
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Help! I am now surrounded by angry croquet losing come-over vegetables. Variants of the domesticated Manx Triffid. They all thought the sea journey was an insurmountable obstacle until Bob put them right.
The sea was a barrier to those lovely little Triffids, although not to their spores.

I may have misread you. I thought you were referring to that awful film of the book made in 1963. In which the problem was solved in the end when it was found that seawater dissolved Triffids and the human race won out in the end.

Not quite like the book which I recently read is still in print, more than half a century on, and is still looked on as one of the great post apocalyptic stories.

A boot in the guts for author John Wyndham who I imagine was still recovering from another of his classic books 'The Midwich Cuckoos' which they renamed insanely for the film 'The Village of the Damned.' That was a pity because the film was quite faithful to the book, and didn't resort to a silly Hollywood style ending (not John Wyndham's style at all.)
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Old 25th July 2018, 00:45
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No, Bob. You were right. I can remember the film but not the book although I did read it as a boy.
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I read it as a kid also. I found the most frightening thing about it was not so much the Triffids (bunch of pansies in my opinion arf arf ) but the thought of a world where nearly everybody has suddenly become blind overnight. Pretty scary stuff for its day.
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Hands on socks Bob hands on socks and you'll have no worry about going blind.
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Old 7th October 2018, 12:02
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Comet 46P/Wirtanen will pass within 12 million km of the Earth on December 16th. Astronomically speaking that's getting close to a near miss. Current thinking is that is should be a fairly easy naked eye comet, but these things are unpredictable.

It's about 1 kilometre across and currently out near the orbit of Mars.

Comets used to be seen as harbingers of doom, so best leave yer Xmas shopping to the last minute to save a few bob.
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No, not a comet ... the planet Mercury. Mercury is a small planet, but one thing we don't need is comets the size of Mercury ... (although this is the year 2020, I'm starting to think anything can happen. )

The tail is made of Sodium which sputters out of the ground under the relentless blast of a Sun filled sky.

Some decades ago I dropped a small piece of Sodium into an ink well in the physics lab at Dartmouth St, Secondary Modern School as a joke. It did a passable imitation of Mount Vesuvius on heat ... and got me the long walk for the cane and punishment book.

https://spaceweathergallery.com/indi...load_id=169723
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Final moments of the Stellar Banner caught on camera. Given the size of the that ship, she's going down pretty quickly. I guess a cargo of iron ore is unforgiving. Not sure why that fellah is cheering, doesn't seem like much to cheer about to me.

https://youtu.be/eoHD3VfhYxo
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Maybe it was his way of expressing astonishment at the funnel re-emerging after the hull had gone.

I suppose the speed of sinking could depend on how well the preparation for scuttling was carried out - which seems to have been quite efficient.
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