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HelenG

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born in the IceCore years at 313ppm CO2
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fkamiah17, to UKpolitics
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Either there's been some serious digging on this story, or the Government are hanging old Slithey out to dry. Which is fine.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2024/feb/20/michael-gove-failed-to-register-hospitality-from-donor-whose-firm-he-referred-for-ppe-contracts

HelenG,
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@fkamiah17
Is the regime entering circular firing squad mode?

Interesting... 🤔

HelenG, to random
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Tangerine Dream - 'Tangerine Leaves Volume 1: London Dominion Theatre 1982'

I've rather overlooked the Johannes Schmoelling era of the band even though I really like the East Berlin 1980 boot (a.k.a. 'Quichotte' and 'Pergamon', variously).

A bit of a category error on my part, I realise now, so it's time to fix that!

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@fkamiah17
Heheh yeah!

Last year it was all about Brian Eno, this year it's the Tangs! 😎

Neverfadingwood, to random
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Tangerine Dream - "Logos Live"
Not an album I know well, but it's going down a treat at the moment. One for @HelenG ?

HelenG,
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@Neverfadingwood
I have a copy but haven't listened to it for a while.

I will dig it out later!

Maybe not as "live" as advertised, but I think that was standard for the Tangs!

https://www.voices-in-the-net.de/logos_live.htm

HelenG,
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@Neverfadingwood
Digging deeper into the Voices in the Net site, the backstory of Logos Live is complex!

Much of Logos Live was from studio sessions before the tour even started - the actual full gig (audience recording) surfaced on Tangerine Leaves Vol. 1 but - so VitN says - Tangerine Tree Vol. 12 from a week earlier has much the same set list but better sound quality.

I'm grabbing Croydon 1982 now but if you've got the official Dominion release, that seems like the best of that show.

HelenG, to random
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"Labour calling for 'immediate humanitarian ceasefire' in Gaza as alternative to SNP's call for 'immediate ceasefire'"

I think I like the SNP version better.

Why'd you have to change it, Mr Sir?

HelenG,
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@fkamiah17
I wonder if Supertankii will U-turn on her "can't endorse Sir Starmer".

Everybody do the Lobster Quadrille...🐢

?

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"I have your back, Rishi Sunak tells farmers at NFU conference"

"Sunak also said he had 'once milked a cow'"

🙄

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A close-up photo of a nearby x soulangeana ("White Tulip Magnolia") tree in bloom.

Its tulip shaped white flowers are flushed purple/pink at the base and appear almost luminous against the leaden grey sky in the upper background.

Directly behind it is the red brick outside wall of an adjacent property.

HelenG,
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@fkamiah17
It really is!

If I had green thumbs I would be seriously considering grabbing a cutting or two.

(Actually, never mind the green thumbs, I don't even have a spare flowerpot or any potting compost!🤣 )

HelenG,
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@fkamiah17
I think that as long as you leave a bud or flower fairly close to the top of the remaining stem you should be ok.

This monster here looks like I would need a hacksaw, though, its stems are surprisingly tree-like!

Well ok maybe that's not a surprise...

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"Unions warn against watering down Labour reforms of workers’ rights and ban on zero-hours contracts - TUC call follows admission by CBI president that it is pushing party to soften its plans"

You just know that Sir Starmer will do what he sees as necessary to get him into power.

The rest is just background noise to him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWPNQtmNwhg

HelenG, to random
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"Horizon's creator, Fujitsu, could remotely fiddle with sub-postmaster's cash accounts"

"authorised Fujitsu staff with the right database access privileges could use fake digital signatures or keys to delete, create or amend data on customer purchases that had been electronically signed by sub-postmasters".

"Fujitsu staff had also been able to correct errors using a process known as a "balancing transaction", which can "create transactions directly in branch ledgers"."

HelenG,
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@adrianfry
It stinks and I have little to no hope that Starmer's gang will be any different.

HelenG, to random
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A magnolia tree in a neighbouring garden is in full flower.

I love magnolias.

Magnolias have outlived ice ages, mountain formation, and continental drift. Fossilised magnolias have been found that date to about 95 million years ago

They were around before bees evolved and adapted to beetles being their main (only?) pollinators.

The flowers' carpels are extremely tough to avoid damage from pollinating beetles.

?! 😁

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@JackTheCat
BRILLLLIAAAANNNT!

HelenG,
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@fkamiah17
I love that, as a species, they are so ancient - and how they adapted to beetles being their main/only pollinator, with tough flower petals and bark that can stand up to beetles in hob-nail boots clomping up and down!

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@HeatherMJ
I was just thinking that, if they've been around as long as they have, on multiple different continents, they should (or at least, so I'd have thought!) be easy enough to propagate from a cutting?

[Says she whose reputation as an inadvertent killer of houseplants precedes her!]

HelenG,
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@HeatherMJ
Ohh, that's good to hear!

They do seem to flower quite randomly - mine came into bloom late November - and the flower lasted much longer than I expected.

fkamiah17, to UKpolitics
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Apologies for the GBeebies link but this story is so bloody funny I think y'all will thank me.
Squeaky clean under Boris Johnson 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂

https://www.gbnews.com/politics/boris-johnson-rishi-sunak-polling-general-election

HelenG,
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@fkamiah17
Could they match the money he gets for his "journalism", though?

I sense he may have got over the "It's so unfair" bollocks he was spouting when they kicked him out.

HelenG,
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@fkamiah17
And how desperate are the Tories that they would seriously consider bringing back Johnson at any time, never mind in the months before a G.E.

Thank you, yes, the rips worked fine - I wonder if the snazzy MKV ones I found are just running a bit slow.

I have my original downloads of AVIs still, so I will go back to them.

fkamiah17, to random
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HelenG,
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@fkamiah17
🙄 🤣

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@moondog548 @fkamiah17
By my rough calculations, allowing only the base target of $350m (set in last week's court ruling), and taking a retail price of $400 per pair of the golden shoes, Trump would need to sell 875,000 pairs.

That assumes that he keeps 100% of the price. We also know now that the $350m has other costs added to it.

I think he's going to need a bigger laundry! 🤣

HelenG, to random
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"Trump’s 'Super Limited' $399 Gold Sneakers Sell Out In 'Under 2 Hours'"

WHAT? Are you kidding me?

"1000 pairs of former President Donald Trump’s limited edition high-top gold-colored sneakers have sold out in presale, according to the brand's website, hours after the former president launched the latest round of merchandise"

HA! Hahahahahahaha!

Only another 874,000 pairs to sell to reach that magic $350m fine.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/caileygleeson/2024/02/18/trumps-super-limited-399-gold-sneakers-reportedly-sell-out/

MAGA cultists aren't the brightest people, are they?

the_etrain, to random
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Five bucks says those sneakers turn your feet green if you sweat in them.

HelenG,
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@the_etrain
But but but those are my cool new Trumpy brand gold high tops!

They cost $399!

They're the best sneakers ever made - many people agree with him!

They're the goldest!

Donny wouldn't lie to me!

...would he...?

Oh.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/18/trump-launches-gold-high-top-sneaker-line-a-day-after-350m-court-ruling

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