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Writers' Corner / Re: Viking mystic ritual - opinions?
« on: August 19, 2019, 12:46:25 PM »
Or you could go with the more traditional option for those seeking wisdom and make it a test of the mind.

I'm considering a hybrid when I change my company car next year, but I need to research (and see what's available in the list)

Its viable for commuting and made easier when work provides free charging.

Just don't be like someone I could mention who drove the four miles to work early every morning and would leave his car charging all day. Eventually 'Work' worked out how short his commute was and took an interest. it turned out his all day charge was necessary as when he got home he plugged his car battery into his grid return (he had a solar array) and sold the electricity back to the grid. This little scam was worth at least £30,000 over three years.

General Discussion / Re: Dogs and Cats
« on: August 18, 2019, 11:59:59 AM »
Feral cats are quiet the noises cats make are for humans benefit. If you have a cat and a baby the cat will make sounds at the same frequency as the baby as that gets attention.

While I would seriously consider an electric bike a self driving bike is not something I would ever want.

Joe Abercrombie has opinions on this particularly as The Blade Itself was outsold 10:1 but I guess thats what happens when you take historical quotes as titles.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Evil / Mischievous Cats?
« on: August 18, 2019, 11:44:16 AM »
Pratchett summed up cats by saying  "If cats looked like frogs we'd realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That's what people remember."


"In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this."

Archer series 10 on netflix

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 15, 2019, 01:03:08 PM »
reading They mostly come out at night. The story is good if a bit familiar dialogue is awful. Will probably finish but my next read will be a sure thing. life is too short for bad books.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 11, 2019, 02:45:01 PM »
Have you considered that with power and influence might come the ability to fake his own death as in bribe enough people and have a doctor write a death certificate and simply walk out of the prison. Or someone equally powerful did the same and had him killed rather than risk being implicated by him?

While I would be inclined to say suicide is the logical answer there does seem to be breaches in protocol if he was on suicide watch.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 10, 2019, 12:43:03 PM »
pressing on with A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden despite my misgivings.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Continuity errors
« on: August 10, 2019, 12:40:03 PM »
In the UK and western europe lindenwood (Lime) was used for shield construction from the Saxon invasions through to beyond the Norman Conquest. The reason is the wood peels away in thin strips from the cut tree the strips were dried and glued (boided down daffodils from memory one of the few waterproof glues available) in a criss cross pattern to make a laminate the shield was cut out from. it would then be clamped to a former and curved or made conical by steaming it. This makes it very light and strong. Oak is heavy and prone to splintering if you use seasoned wood and warping if you use green wood.

General Discussion / Re: Motorbikes
« on: August 09, 2019, 08:49:12 PM »
Thanks @J.R. Darewood I needed that. First decent laugh in far too long. I am pretty sure they will write it off and I will buy it back and rebuild it. I am having to make do with a brand new SV650 for the moment.

@Bender yes it is and plan for this to return to your life. You know it makes sense.

@isos81 I wish you well with resolving tht one.

No Idea whats what here except it's new.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Continuity errors
« on: August 09, 2019, 11:11:04 AM »
clubs were typically made from blackthorn, hawthorn or crab apple wood in the UK. Hard dense timber that wont shatter or crack.

Oak is the best timber for doors or ships.

@ScarletBea my whole point is if you don't know it only takes a second to google and find out. My suspension of disbelief will cope with your dragon or unicorn but not with a skeggox hafted in oak exactly because I know that wont work and its a real world comparison.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 08, 2019, 11:02:02 PM »
The Epstein drive is a big thing in the Expanse books it allows further and faster travel through the solar system and politicaly freed Mars from Earth influence

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