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Most of these are pretty much spot on. I'd add "glaring at people so they don't sit next to you on the train". Probably a few more too.
You tell someone you just saw their text even though you saw it hours ago.
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Farewell, Leonard Nimoy

Although every death is a tragedy, I rarely feel a sense of loss at the death of someone I never knew. Leonard Nimoy is one of those rare exceptions.
I grew up watching Star Trek and, for me,  Leonard Nimoy embodies Star Trek at its very best. His portrayal of Spock was, simply, perfect.
Goodbye, Leonard. You will be missed.  #LLAP  
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RIP, you will be missed. 
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Best quote I've seen in a long time.
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A little present to myself. You're never too old to learn, apparently.
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Just been catching up with Good Omens on BBC Radio iPlayer. I've lost count of the number of times I've read the book.
Highlight of the radio play so far - Simon Jones as Mr Young.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04knthd 
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One of my favourite ships and only a few minutes walk away.
 
#onthisday  in 1860, HMS “Warrior”, the first British seagoing ironclad warship, was launched at Blackwall, London.

“It certainly was not appreciated that this, our first armourclad ship of war, would cause a fundamental change in what had been in vogue for something like a thousand years.“ (Admiral of the Fleet John “Jackie” Fisher)

The advent of steam power was supposed to change everything in seafaring. By and large, steam-powered ships were faster than rag wagons, more manoeuvrable and, of course, quite independent from which way the winds blew, close to dangerous lee shores as well as in the doldrums of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. However, the large paddle-wheels necessary to propel a vessel were highly vulnerable, diminished the space a warship needed for her broadside mounted guns considerably and, on a strategic level, required large coal bunkers around the world to keep an ocean-going fleet going that was supposed to rule the waves and protect the sea lanes of a world-spanning empire. The British admiralty had thus every reason to remain conservative and commission further wooden sailing ships-of-the-line and frigates, but a generation after the Battle of Trafalgar, the industrial age came at the Royal Navy with a vengeance and a few groundbreaking inventions made the old wooden walls useless almost overnight - screw propellers that superseded the paddle wheels, explosive shells, the armour necessary for protecting a ship against them and the possibility to construct iron hulls. 

And while Admiralty still pondered the impact of the new-fangled inventions on naval warfare in general, the French had the cheek to launch a steam-powered, oceangoing, ironclad warship, the “La Gloire”, in 1859, had two more of them laid down and British supremacy on the high seas was threatened in earnest. Questions were asked in parliament, the Queen was not amused and something had to be done and rather quick. The result was a radically new design, an iron-hulled, screw-propelled, very fast and heavily armed and armoured frigate built along the lines of HMS “Mersey”,  the largest wooden warship ever designed, twice the size of Nelson’s old “Victory”. And even if she froze in the slipway in Blackwall on the day of her launch in 1860 during the coldest winter England had seen over the last 50 year and had to be rocked and tugged free, HMS “Warrior” was commissioned just eight months later in August 1861 and the Royal Navy was back into the game. The “Warrior” and her sister ship “Black Prince” commissioned half a year later were the fastest and strongest warships afloat in her day and no contemporary artillery was able to pierce her armour. Nonetheless, both ships were not meant to stand and fight in a line-of-battle, but control an engagement with their superior abilities. And then a seemingly insignificant duel between two ironclads in Chesapeake Bay in March 1862 during the US Civil War launched the next round in the international arms race. Actually, “Warrior” and “Black Prince” were already outdated as soon as they were put to sea.

By the end of the 1860s, all sea powers operated ocean-going ironclads and HMS “Warrior” never had to fire a shot in anger anyway. The lessons learned from USS “Monitor”, solely steam-driven and with her main armament in a rotatable gun-turret instead of the centuries old broadsides led to a complete new design of warships that had almost nothing in common with the old wooden sailing ships-of-the-line. Steel began to play another pivotal role in shipbuilding and when HMS “Devastation” was commissioned in 1873, the Royal Navy had her first ocean-going stell-hulled capital ship afloat that did not carry sails and had her whole armament mounted on top of the hull instead of inside it. Ships like “Warrior” had become almost completely useless and she suffered a rather ignominious fate after she was finally decommissioned in 1881. Ironically enough, “Warrior” was saved from the knacker’s yard in the 1920s when quite a surplus of scrap metal from outdated pre-dreadnoughts like the successors of “Devastation” and dreadnoughts was on the market, broken up after the Great War, while the world was already preparing for the next arms race and global war. Lovingly restored since 1979, HMS “Warrior” survived them all amd now lies in her berth at Portsmouth as a museum ship to be wondered and marvelled at, a witness from a bygone age, when steam had become all the rage and 400 years of maritime history became a thing of the past all of a sudden.

Depicted below is HMS “Warrior”, photo taken in 2011 by Editor5807, found on http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:HMS_Warrior_(ship,_1860)?uselang=de#mediaviewer/File:HMS_Warrior_at_sunrise.JPG

And more about HMS “Warrior” on:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Warrior_(1860)   
  #history   #europeanhistory   #navalhistory   #ageofsail   #militaryhistory   #engineeringhistory   #steampunk  
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In honour of World Book Day, I thought I'd share my favourite book (one of them, anyway - it changes depending on what mood I'm in).

I chose this cover as this is the version of the book that I first read. The one on my bookshelf at home is the "megaphone" cover which I intensely dislike.

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A real shame. A History of Wales is a must-read for anyone interested in Welsh history.

Historian and BBC commentator John Davies dies aged 76 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-31484879
Dr John Davies, historian, teacher, author and broadcaster, dies aged 76.
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Fair play to her.
 
The Duchess of Cambridge has recorded a video message asking parents to talk more openly about the issue of children's mental health
The Duchess of Cambridge appears in a video calling for more openness when tackling the problem of depression in children.
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I found this at a record fair in Guildford - it brings back many memories of my teenage years.
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Cute little fella. Gotta love pygmy hippos.
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Here's my own photo of HMS Warrior. The smaller boats around her and the buildings in the background give some idea of scale. 
She's 420ft (128m) long, which makes her comparable in size to the Royal Navy's Type 22 frigates and Type 42 destroyers. 
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Occasional word wrangler, sometimes compared to Dexter Morgan and Sheldon Cooper for reasons unknown.
In between raising a family and earning a living, I try to squeeze in as much reading and writing as I can, which is never enough.
Part of my job is to write the company blog for printware.co.uk and a couple of my articles have been published in a magazine. Apparently, you can make printers sound interesting.
One day, I'd like to earn a full time living from writing, so I can live somewhere warm, drink coffee and make things up.
Always curious about the universe, I particularly enjoy reading about history and science. I also have an inexplicable fascination for pygmy hippos.
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Probably the only person in the world with an MRes in Plant Genetics and a CeMAP certificate. Read War and Peace.
Education
  • Aberystwyth University
    MRes Genetics, 1995 - 1996
  • Aberystwyth University
    BSc Genetics, 1991 - 1994
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