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  1. Parents had a near miss. One of the big trees in the garden came down today. Luckily it fell into the road rather than onto the house. Blocked the road for 3 hours. My mum's response? "Well, at least there's more light in the front room now."

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    2. jd_1138


      Wow, close call, glad they didn't get hurt nor the house.  I like your mum -- looks on the bright side of things -- pardon the pun.

    3. Tickled_Pink


      @atari2600land - About 25 minute drive away. Other side of the island. You can save yourself some typing/copy/pasting by just calling it Llanfair P.G. You thought we were dumb enough to call it by its full name every time we had to mention it? Screw that! Saying its full name is a party trick pulled off by the locals just to impress visitors. 😊  @jd_1138, yeah. Pretty much the local attitude to everything. Block of flats collapsed, killing everyone inside? Sad, but at least the view's improved.

    4. retrorussell


      I myself had a tree fall in my back yard and just miss my house, a couple years ago.  Fell just the right way so it missed wires, the house and the fence.  Lucky!

  2. Tarkin wasn't the genius everyone thought he was. According to canon, he thought it was better and cheaper to have a swarm of small, fast, lightly equipped fighters than have larger, slower, heavily equipped fighters. So he chose the TIE design over the X-Wing. Probably turned out more expensive because of the need for carriers. DOH! Should have allowed Vader to force choke him.

    1. GoldLeader


      Also, the Rebels stole the X-Wings from the plant that made them (with the blessing of the guards who were secretly on their side),...And the X-Wings had Hyperspace capabilities, TIE Fighters did not, and the Empire didn't want their pilots defecting, hence they preferred them not to have Hyperspace capabilities, which could be used to escape...

    2. eddhell


      Two words:  Admiral Thrawn.


      If he was around during the entire Yavin 4 thing, instead of 'sent off to outer rim missions', the whole story would have a different (maybe better) outcome...


    3. Zoyous


      I guess it's no coincidence that Tarkin owned stock in Sienar Fleet Systems.

  3. We think we have it bad with collectables? Daughter's just worked out that she has around £2500 worth of plastic horses on her shelves. #expensiveobsession

    1. jd_1138


      Those are pretty cool.  Does she have the truck with the horse trailer too?  Schleich branded?  I wish I had kept my 1970's Lone Ranger horse and action figure in the box.  Instead it was heavily played with and broken.

    2. Tickled_Pink


      She has a pile of Schleich but she's in the middle of trying to sell them. One buyer offered her £300 for the lot, along with a large wooden stable that she has but the buyer was in the US and didn't realise how much it would cost to ship. The £2500 collection is her Breyers. One of them she has is a Limited Edition Joey (War Horse). Think I paid £75 for it for Christmas a couple of years ago. Apparently it's worth around £300 now because they don't even use the moulds anymore. The thing with Breyers is that they often use the same moulds for different horses ... they just paint them differently. Think the Frankel and Secretariat moulds are identical - just different paint jobs. Although she takes them out of the boxes, she keeps them just in case she ever wants to sell.

  4. To be fair, they have a point. The ZX Spectrum Next has finally started shipping to backers. That was also two years "late" with an estimated delivery of Jan 2018. BUT, the crucial difference was that the Next team had to build a new computer from scratch. Atari are just rehashing the PC. Hmmm ... wonder where they're being made? Can't be China, surely. 🙄
  5. ZX Spectrum Next has been sneaking out the door in recent days to backers. At least someone knows what they're doing.

    1. Zoyous


      They've got the most (maybe the only? 😁) polite, patient, understanding fanbase in all of gaming. I've never used a ZX Spectrum, only read about them and watched videos, but man, what a cool project. I hope the Next rekindles a lot of older coders' passion, and inspires many new ones!

    2. Tickled_Pink


      I'm guessing they're being ultra polite because most of the backers are probably Brits. 😂

  6. I guess plagiarism is okay when it's the Star Trek universe. https://star-trek-late-night.obsidianportal.com/wikis/xebecs-demise

    1. ls650
    2. Tickled_Pink


      Someone's inserted the world of Alternate Reality into the Trek Universe.

  7. This looks pretty damned awesome. Fractalus is one of my favourite games as well. Only thing that needs improving is the launch sound. Other than that, looks pretty close to perfect.
  8. Sadly, we are living in an era of fake news. Where those who don't want to hear uncomfortable truths will simply dismiss it out of hand. It's always existed but the inturdnet has helped bring it to the fore. There are some people who just won't be told.
  9. Mine was Galaxian, but thinking back now there were a couple of other games I'd go back to because I could go a fair way through them. Monaco GP is one. That Exidy game that looked like Star Raiders was the other.
  10. Well, it's done. We'll be back.

  11. It's a pretty odd situation when you realise that it'll be less hassle to pop over to another country to do your exams.

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    2. Tickled_Pink


      There is a shortage of around 40,000 nurses in the UK. They're trying to recruit more but I guess that there's huge worldwide competition for qualified medical personnel. Daughter wants to be a neonatal nurse but doesn't have any qualifications. So she's starting a course to be a healthcare assistant which she hopes she can use as a springboard towards the career she wants.

    3. jd_1138


      I think a lot of the nurses here in the USA just get a 2 year nursing degree from a privately owned career college type place.  Because the university route (getting a 4 year Nursing degree) doesn't have enough spots to train all the nurses.  Maybe they have something like that in the UK.  I guess the credits may or may not transfer to a 4 year program.


      What's the test for if you don't mind me being nosey.

    4. Tickled_Pink


      It's for my Law masters post grad degree. There was a time when you could hop on the ferry for just £10. We used to do it just for the tax free booze and tobacco (part of the Irish Sea's in international waters). Then the EU stopped it. Now it's £60 per person for a return trip. Just priced it. So it's certainly not the cheapest option because we were going to make a day trip out of it. There are various routes into nursing over here. I noticed within the past 6 months that entrance requirements to Uni courses have been relaxed somewhat. Presumably to entice more people into the profession.

  12. There are times when you wish that Film makers weren't so graphic with historical disasters. 😭 Ugh!

  13. I give Picard three thumbs up out of three. Good start.

  14. Apparently we say the United States' "doomsday plane" overhead early yesterday morning. Granddaughter noticed it and wondered why it was so small and so slow. At 6, I guess they don't have a proper sense of distance.

    1. Flojomojo


      I had to look that up. We don't talk about it in USA as far as I know. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_plane

    2. xucaen


      I have heard of the Doomsday Clock, but never in my life have I heard of a Doomsday Plane. o_O

    3. Tickled_Pink


      How the hell did that typo creep in? Y is nowhere near W! Anyway, yeah. I'd never heard of such things either but it seems that the US isn't the only country with one. We're under some Atlantic flight paths but this didn't seem to be following the standard airline paths. Normally, when you see one, you just have to look behind it and you'll see another. This one was on its own and appeared to be at a little lower altitude than the airliners. Could make the shape out quite easily.

  15. SW Battlefront II: Pretty good at Starfighter assault but usually happy to just get in the top half of my team in the FPS modes. Going to bed happy tonight. Finally made it to the top 5 overall ... albeit by using a slight exploit.

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