Things you always wanted to know the answer to [Vol. 4]

Things you always wanted to know the answer to [Vol. 4]

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nonsequitur

14,731 posts

74 months

Wednesday 5th August
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theholygrail said:
Why do some towns/villages have a small arrangement of white posts and rails at the town limits? Often at the same point where it says the speed limit or "please drive carefully". I don't get the point of the fence! Or why some towns have and some don't! Thanks smile
On the smaller villages I think that a collection of residents get together and hire someone to do the work, or a handyman in the village takes on the task. Or it could be something completely different.

The Mad Monk

7,628 posts

75 months

Wednesday 5th August
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nonsequitur said:
theholygrail said:
Why do some towns/villages have a small arrangement of white posts and rails at the town limits? Often at the same point where it says the speed limit or "please drive carefully". I don't get the point of the fence! Or why some towns have and some don't! Thanks smile
On the smaller villages I think that a collection of residents get together and hire someone to do the work, or a handyman in the village takes on the task. Or it could be something completely different.
Yes, yes, but why that little bit of fence type thing?

Antony Moxey

5,356 posts

177 months

Wednesday 5th August
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Lifeguards: how much, if any, jurisdiction do they have? I ask as at the beach today in Bude the lifeguards were frantically waving flags and honking horns trying to get swimmers to stay within the spare markers. Can the swimmers just tell them to FRO and swim where they like, or do lifeguards have any powers to remove them from the water (or anything else)?

gazzarose

890 posts

91 months

Wednesday 5th August
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Antony Moxey said:
Lifeguards: how much, if any, jurisdiction do they have? I ask as at the beach today in Bude the lifeguards were frantically waving flags and honking horns trying to get swimmers to stay within the spare markers. Can the swimmers just tell them to FRO and swim where they like, or do lifeguards have any powers to remove them from the water (or anything else)?
I'd say that in line with the craziness that is modern Britain that if "Karens" little darlings want to swim in the dangerous bits, she'll demand that the lifeguards let them, then one will will drown and "Karens" sad face will be in the Mail saying "Why didn't the lifegaurds stop them". Regardless of what actual authority a lifeguard may have, they should be listened to. They're not trying to stop you go in certain places just because they're spoil sports. Especially given that whilst some/most lifeguards are paid, some are volunteers that have got better things to do that be fannying about trying to stop people going into marked dangerous places just because people "know their rights".

Having just re-read my post it sounds a bit confrontational, and I'm sorry if it comes across that way. But the modern attitude of questioning anyone with any authority, especially the whole "f**k the police lot, really annoys me.

Clockwork Cupcake

64,318 posts

230 months

Wednesday 5th August
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The Mad Monk said:
Yes, yes, but why that little bit of fence type thing?
Because it is cheap yet effective.

ambuletz

8,924 posts

139 months

Wednesday 5th August
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For those who know what collect+/pass my parcel....what is the incentive for newsagents/off licenses that are part of the scheme, does anyone know? naturally ill assume that perhaps they get some kind of money from it..but how much? if any. how do the shops benefit financially frrom having the service?

It can't surely be just them hoping the customer will buy something when they come to collect their parcel.

Corvid-2020

1,792 posts

37 months

Wednesday 5th August
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I was told by a shop owner / franchisee on a local housing estate it can up your footfall, especially at certain times in the day, e.g. he got all his retirees / unemployed / kids coming in morn for papers trickling in through the day, school times all making their 50 p sweets, £2 papers, £10 ciggy purchases.

Then about 5:30pm comes a rush of working professionals to pick up their Hermes destroyed John Lewis Yang Lang flavoured colour TV and whilst they are in they buy a bottle of vodka and a pack of Cuban cigars! (This is the only Bargain Booze style place I have have seen with a fumidor or whatever cigar cabinets are called with £13 cigar in so he must have been doing something right). He got paid 45p per parcel he said, the extra shopping trade was 10% of his turnover though.

Antony Moxey

5,356 posts

177 months

Thursday 6th August
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gazzarose said:
Antony Moxey said:
Lifeguards: how much, if any, jurisdiction do they have? I ask as at the beach today in Bude the lifeguards were frantically waving flags and honking horns trying to get swimmers to stay within the spare markers. Can the swimmers just tell them to FRO and swim where they like, or do lifeguards have any powers to remove them from the water (or anything else)?
I'd say that in line with the craziness that is modern Britain that if "Karens" little darlings want to swim in the dangerous bits, she'll demand that the lifeguards let them, then one will will drown and "Karens" sad face will be in the Mail saying "Why didn't the lifegaurds stop them". Regardless of what actual authority a lifeguard may have, they should be listened to. They're not trying to stop you go in certain places just because they're spoil sports. Especially given that whilst some/most lifeguards are paid, some are volunteers that have got better things to do that be fannying about trying to stop people going into marked dangerous places just because people "know their rights".

Having just re-read my post it sounds a bit confrontational, and I'm sorry if it comes across that way. But the modern attitude of questioning anyone with any authority, especially the whole "f**k the police lot, really annoys me.
It was just a question I was musing over while at the beach. I don’t swim in the sea and my kids are adults so they’re responsible for their own decisions.

gazzarose

890 posts

91 months

Thursday 6th August
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Antony Moxey said:
gazzarose said:
Antony Moxey said:
Lifeguards: how much, if any, jurisdiction do they have? I ask as at the beach today in Bude the lifeguards were frantically waving flags and honking horns trying to get swimmers to stay within the spare markers. Can the swimmers just tell them to FRO and swim where they like, or do lifeguards have any powers to remove them from the water (or anything else)?
I'd say that in line with the craziness that is modern Britain that if "Karens" little darlings want to swim in the dangerous bits, she'll demand that the lifeguards let them, then one will will drown and "Karens" sad face will be in the Mail saying "Why didn't the lifegaurds stop them". Regardless of what actual authority a lifeguard may have, they should be listened to. They're not trying to stop you go in certain places just because they're spoil sports. Especially given that whilst some/most lifeguards are paid, some are volunteers that have got better things to do that be fannying about trying to stop people going into marked dangerous places just because people "know their rights".

Having just re-read my post it sounds a bit confrontational, and I'm sorry if it comes across that way. But the modern attitude of questioning anyone with any authority, especially the whole "f**k the police lot, really annoys me.
It was just a question I was musing over while at the beach. I don’t swim in the sea and my kids are adults so they’re responsible for their own decisions.
I promise it was directed at you, and in answer to your original question I'd say the life guards have no powers above 'advisory'. Having grown up on boats and also working with someone who is crew on a lifeboat, I'm quite aware of the dangers of the sea, even on a seemingly calm day. It just hits a bit of a nerve when people get a bit to lax on beeches and on boats.

Roofless Toothless

2,965 posts

90 months

Friday 7th August
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Who was Larry and why was he so happy?

Frank7

6,266 posts

45 months

Friday 7th August
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Roofless Toothless said:
Who was Larry and why was he so happy?
Larry Foley, an Australian boxer in the 1890s, he allegedly won $150,000, or maybe pounds then.
A New Zealand newspaper ran the story of his win with the headline, “Happy as Larry.”

Roofless Toothless

2,965 posts

90 months

Friday 7th August
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Extraordinary! There really was a Harry. I didn't expect that.

OK then, clever-balls, who was Sin and why was he miserable?

Clockwork Cupcake

64,318 posts

230 months

Friday 7th August
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Roofless Toothless said:
Extraordinary! There really was a Harry. I didn't expect that.
Gordon Bennet was a real person too.

Brother D

2,659 posts

134 months

Friday 7th August
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Paul_M3 said:
V8mate said:
SpeckledJim said:
Ayahuasca said:
StevieBee said:
Paddle Boarding. What's the point?

Our local canal / river (Chelmer and Blackwater) has seen a huge rise in paddle boarders.

I get canoeing or kayaking but not paddle boarding.

I'm not 'dissing' it and willing to be educated but keen to understand the attraction of standing on a floating ironing board and propelling yourself forward with an oar.
Suspect it is an exercise thing. More of a workout if you are standing up, having to balance, use more muscles, etc.
I think a lot of it is faddy and showing off. You can strike much better poses on a SUPB than you can ensconced in a kayak or canoe.
Exactly. It's pure 'look at me'.
I've recently bought one. I didn't know they existed until a friend purchased one.

The main point for me (and the main advantage over a canoe / kayak) is that they are light and stored in a large backpack which is easy to fit in a car and easy to carry around. They take less than 5 minutes to inflate or deflate.

It can be very relaxing, but also gives you a very good core workout and helps improve balance.

As a 41 year old ugly bloke with a beer belly (who looks very unstable and has fell off frequently) I can assure you that the very last thing I actually enjoy about it is people looking at me.
I took the pups out on one and they are very relaxing - to the point one of them fell asleep. I wouldn't say I got any type of work out tbh, but it is good fun.

SpeckledJim

23,160 posts

211 months

Friday 7th August
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Brother D said:
Paul_M3 said:
V8mate said:
SpeckledJim said:
Ayahuasca said:
StevieBee said:
Paddle Boarding. What's the point?

Our local canal / river (Chelmer and Blackwater) has seen a huge rise in paddle boarders.

I get canoeing or kayaking but not paddle boarding.

I'm not 'dissing' it and willing to be educated but keen to understand the attraction of standing on a floating ironing board and propelling yourself forward with an oar.
Suspect it is an exercise thing. More of a workout if you are standing up, having to balance, use more muscles, etc.
I think a lot of it is faddy and showing off. You can strike much better poses on a SUPB than you can ensconced in a kayak or canoe.
Exactly. It's pure 'look at me'.
I've recently bought one. I didn't know they existed until a friend purchased one.

The main point for me (and the main advantage over a canoe / kayak) is that they are light and stored in a large backpack which is easy to fit in a car and easy to carry around. They take less than 5 minutes to inflate or deflate.

It can be very relaxing, but also gives you a very good core workout and helps improve balance.

As a 41 year old ugly bloke with a beer belly (who looks very unstable and has fell off frequently) I can assure you that the very last thing I actually enjoy about it is people looking at me.
I took the pups out on one and they are very relaxing - to the point one of them fell asleep. I wouldn't say I got any type of work out tbh, but it is good fun.
He’s one of them!

He’s even got his camera out!

SCEtoAUX

2,896 posts

39 months

Friday 7th August
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Why did the gold disc on Voyager 1 contain greetings in 55 languages? Surely that will confuse Johnny Alien?

Lily the Pink

2,850 posts

128 months

Friday 7th August
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What happens when I tell my email provider that a particular email is spam ? Do they simply log it as such against my address and block any more sent to me, or does it go further back into the web to some central record ? Does the sender (or their email server) get told that their emails are flagged as spam ? One of my email providers certainly recognises stuff as spam without me having to tell them, so presumably there is some centralised system - maybe maintained by each provider independently of others ?

Brother D

2,659 posts

134 months

Friday 7th August
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Lily the Pink said:
What happens when I tell my email provider that a particular email is spam ? Do they simply log it as such against my address and block any more sent to me, or does it go further back into the web to some central record ? Does the sender (or their email server) get told that their emails are flagged as spam ? One of my email providers certainly recognises stuff as spam without me having to tell them, so presumably there is some centralised system - maybe maintained by each provider independently of others ?
Emails when run through an email gateway are given a 'score' to determine if they are spam - Is it from a known source address (IP address), does it contain certain words, links etc. If you personally block email from a sender, then it is just matched against stored rules either locally or on your email hosting provider.

There is a shared database/blacklist of known or untrusted IP ranges that providers can use as well such as - https://mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx

Clockwork Cupcake

64,318 posts

230 months

Friday 7th August
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Brother D said:
There is a shared database/blacklist of known or untrusted IP ranges that providers can use as well such as - https://mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx
Indeed. And if your webhost / email provider gets themselves onto one of these blacklists, then suddenly all the emails you send out get blacklisted as spam even though they are not.

Ask me how I know this. frown

Jonboy_t

4,570 posts

141 months

Friday 7th August
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Why are American house numbers so large? Can’t recall ever seeing one that’s not at least 4-digits?!
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