Author: Chuckles

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1. How long did the Hundred Years War last? 2. In which month do the Russians celebrate the October Revolution? 3. What is a camel’s hair brush made of? 4. The Canary Islands are named after which animal? 5. What…

When cultivation is tricky

Worth a look: https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2020/04/fruit-trenches-cultivating-subtropical-plants-in-freezing-temperatures.html Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, mandarins, tangerines, grapefruits, limes, pomeloes) are the highest-value fruit crop in terms of international trade. Citrus plants are not frost-hardy and can only be grown in tropical and subtropical climates – unless…

British Rail’s travelling pubs

https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2020/04/14/british-rails-short-experiment-with-travelling-pubs/ A report for Lord Inman, chairman of the Hotel Executive within the British Transport Executive said that the tavern car interiors was generally acceptable, but that the fake brick effect on the outside was “incredibly bad”. Within a year,…

London railway alternative design

https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2018/08/05/unbuilt-london-the-railway-arcade-above-the-streets/ Imagine if you will of streets lined with decorative arcades that protected Victorians from the weather and above their heads, a marvel of the age – a silent railway without steam. This was 1846, and Mr James Clephan had…

The All-Seeing Eye of Agamotto

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/32807/exclusive-unmasking-northrop-grummans-xrq-72a-great-horned-owl-spy-drone It’s not clear how heavy the XRQ-72A is, but another AFRL document we received said that the Great Horned Owl program’s requirements called for an air vehicle weighing between 300 to 400 pounds. The drone also appears to have…