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Half as serious and less / Re: Pseuds Corner
« Last post by Taman Tun on January 02, 2019, 07:23:04 PM »
Following the story of the man tossing his seed on the ground, the Graun has come up with another gem on drinking water:-

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jan/02/turning-water-into-wine-how-did-simple-h2o-become-a-luxury-commodity
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General Discussions / Re: Happy New Year . . .
« Last post by Roger on January 01, 2019, 12:31:44 PM »
Thaiga I was sorry to read that you have been unwell and hope that you are back on track now  :)

A Happy and Healthy New Year to you and all. Roger

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Transport & Traffic / Nightmare on the roads - Day 4
« Last post by Roger on January 01, 2019, 12:27:17 PM »
Some interesting points from 'The Nation', reviewing the expected horror of road deaths at this otherwise happy time:-

''A total of 236 people were killed and 2,265 others injured in 2,194 road accidents over the first four days of the New Year holiday period’s “seven dangerous days”'' and ''Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima had the highest cumulative fatalities of 12 deaths each''

80% yes 80% of accidents so far involved motorcycles and 65% would seem to have occured on 'local' rather than 'distance' trips ?

''Of the accidents, 80.31 per cent involved motorcycles followed by pick-up trucks at 6.39 per cent. About 39 per cent of the crashes took place on village roads while other 35.29 per cent took place on highway''

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30361400#cxrecs_s
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Half as serious and less / Re: Pseuds Corner
« Last post by Roger on January 01, 2019, 12:21:32 PM »
''The French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre suggested that when our fingers contact sticky substances it triggers an existential crisis centred on our inability to separate ourselves from the rest of the world. When my hands are covered in soil, I’m not sure if the process is at play – but I confess to a strange ambivalence. I have an uncomfortable sense of desiccation and loss of sensitivity. Each finger end acquires its tight-packed gram of black.''

Good spot TT - the whole piece pretentious beyond belief. R
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General Discussions / Gatwick-A great British farce
« Last post by Taman Tun on December 30, 2018, 04:58:25 PM »
This is from the DM. Chief Constable of Sussex saying that the drones which caused such chaos may been police drones.
https://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-6537703/Two-drones-near-Gatwick-RULED-investigation.html

There are a few You Tube clips for Giles York.  You cannot accuse him of not being PC.

https://youtu.be/TmKcAo29yHM
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Half as serious and less / Pseuds Corner
« Last post by Taman Tun on December 30, 2018, 09:49:50 AM »
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Animals & Wildlife / Re: Korat snakes.
« Last post by Not A Buffalo on December 29, 2018, 04:25:47 PM »
@roger
 
Many thanks for your comforting reply...
 
As "Her in Doors says"  Any good Snake is a Dead Snake....   ( chop chop chop Pad Kapow Snake 555 )
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Animals & Wildlife / Re: Korat snakes.
« Last post by Roger on December 29, 2018, 02:08:46 PM »
Hello Not a Buffalo. Nice to see you around.

Good pic - I looked it up in my book - I think that's a 'Pope's Pit Viper' which grows to 80 cm and is described as 'venomous and dangerous'. Your pic is exact to my book pic ! There's at least 6 different kinds of pit vipers - some are brown but the green ones have brown at the tail. Easy to confuse with grass / tree snakes but that's a 'Popes'.

When I had a big garden - I always killed these for obvious reasons. I found one under a bucket inside a bucket once. Very nasty. You just don't want these hanging around. Being graphic about it, the blade of the spade behind the head works best as you saw  :stab

I used to find several rat snakes a week but just used to 'drive' them back out the gate - they follow the garden wall with me banging the spade behind them, (ratsnakes are no problem). Also found a cobra and a blue krait, but only once I'm glad to say.

Johnnie - your pic - that's a rat snake is it not ? They move quickly when chased - if cornered they can rear up - cobra style - the bite is dirty but not venomous.

ATB


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Animals & Wildlife / Re: Korat snakes.
« Last post by Not A Buffalo on December 29, 2018, 08:19:39 AM »
We too get the odd visitor in the garden.
 
Recently under the wife's instruction, I was asked to kill a snake in the garden she has spotted whilst watering the garden at dusk.
 
Wife's logic... Any dead snake is a good snake ( kill 1st and ask the snake questions later! )
 
Not sure if it was or was not poisonous - it refused to answer questions after it was dead!
 
Two things to mention from this experience....
 
1)  Snakes are harder to chop in half with a spade than you may have imagined.

2)  When your wife tells you to hit the snake of the head with the spade - do just that... quickly
 
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Animals & Wildlife / Re: Korat snakes.
« Last post by Taman Tun on December 28, 2018, 06:33:31 PM »
So far, I have not seen one in our yard but we have the occasional sightings in the Soi.
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