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|Is 'shtum' a Welsh word? And do you know what it means?|
at 03:56 21 Jun 2020
I always thought that 'keeping shtum' was a Welsh word but I've just read it in a US crime novel and it jarred with me a little. Is this a US phrase or is the writer a Brit?
Where did it come from?
|What words would under 30s not understand?|
at 03:10 16 Jun 2020
I'm starting off with:
Whelk (thanks Ebo)
Shame there aren't any under 30s on this site. I've always wanted to know if that guy Taylor Sheeran is any good. Someone told me that he was the new Des O'Connor.
Or alternatively, what words do under 30s use that over 30s wouldn't understand?
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|Why did you pick your photograph|
at 03:13 5 Jun 2020
I've always been curious about why people choose their particular photograph to go with their posts. And why some people don't put any photo up.
Even if you're choosing one of your own photos, you're making a decision about whether to post one from when you were younger or as you are today, and that's interesting.
Lord Bony's was of Peter Cushing, and I've no idea why, Darran for example posted a photo of him that would have been a great icon.
Mine is simple enough, I grew up in Gowerton and that's an Irish Water Spaniel (the largest of the spaniels) that reminds me of long, hot summers and splashing around in rivers.
So Karnataka, Lohengrin and everyone else, what's the story behind the photo? And I've always wondered why Lohengrin's pic is Godfrey from Dad's Army.
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|What newspapers / news sites do you subscribe to|
at 20:31 3 Jun 2020
Recently I've been getting a lot of trial offers from the Times, Telegraph, Independent and so on, and wonder which ones do people pay for and consider value for money.
|Is Trump correct?|
at 04:42 5 May 2020
"The US has recorded 1,015 new deaths linked to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the lowest daily number in a month. Overall, 68,920 people have died with the virus."
They are about 5 times bigger than we are. So are they doing things better than us?
|Will you download the new tracing app to your phone?|
at 04:09 5 May 2020
Maybe someone should start a poll.
For myself, absolutely I will.
But I completely understand the concerns of people who don't like Big Brother watching them and doubt if they will reach their percentage target, whatever that is.
[Post edited 5 May 4:10]
|Why don't people do polls any more?|
at 03:22 5 May 2020
When was the last one?
I'd start one myself but I just can't be arsed. Caution: anyone who can be bothered to reply to this pitiful, nonsensical excuse for a post better not have an out of date poll attached to their message. Nod.
at 01:29 4 Apr 2020
Are the Club or the Trust setting up a Zoom site for Swans fans to join?
Or are there any general Swans websites that people can recommend? Getting a little bit stir crazy here in London.
|Positive news in the Corona virus pandemic|
at 16:29 3 Apr 2020
It may be outnumbered by the bad, but it deserves its own thread.
Put any positive pieces of news here. Especially welcome are anything you have witnessed personally.
And on this occasion you are allowed to big yourself up, even if it is something tiny. No false modesty!
|Fact-checking Websites, e.g. Snopes|
at 19:12 13 Mar 2020
Misinformation can kill so it's vital to have websites that can quash unfounded scare stories. Snopes is one of the oldest (and positively mentioned by Tummer). Any others that people here go to every day?
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|Brexit means More Red Tape|
at 20:16 7 Mar 2020
Well of course it does. Strange that Brexit politicians said the opposite with a straight face.
Here's one of many, many examples. Feel free to add your own.
Or alternatively, provide examples where there's less bureacracy because of Brexit (are there any?).
[Post edited 7 Mar 20:17]
|The last decade was the hottest in history|
at 20:54 8 Jan 2020
Last year was Earth’s second hottest year on record, with the decade as a whole the warmest in history, the European Union’s climate monitoring service has said.
Data released by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) found that the average temperature in 2019 was only a few hundredths of a degree below the record 2016 level.
In Europe specifically, 2019 was the hottest year on record, the EU‘s climate service said. Within the decade, Copernicus also found that the five last years were the hottest on record for the planet.
“These are unquestionably alarming signs,” Copernicus director Jean-Noel Thepaut said.
Global temperatures in 2019 were 0.6 Celsius hotter than the average in 1981-2010. Additionally the last five years were 1.1C-1.2C warmer than the pre-industrial era.
There's a lot more in the article.
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