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    Aviation, Meteorology, VATSIM, Microsoft Flight Sim, ATC, Health & Fitness, Martial Arts, reading, documentaries, Chess, literature. Favourite movies genre: Horror/Thriller; Action; Psychological Thriller. Love proof-reading work for others. Favourite books so far; "Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better"; "What is Philosophy?"; "Being and Time". Love being very healthy; I eat every vegetable and most fruit, just love them.
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  1. I guarantee you will be building a snowman within the vicinity tomorrow at some stage, lol
  2. Living in Belfast and temp now is 4.2 so gradually the surface temp is dropping. For those Snow-lovers (like myself) the great news is that the 500-850hpa temp is also dropping further, thus the precipitation moving across the province tonight and tomorrow will be falling as snow to low levels. The 'dam' is already at -5 right across a large swathe of the UK, so rain and sleet are less likely. Since there isn't a weather front crossing Northern Ireland tonight and tomorrow means we just get the precipitation from showers (sourced from troughs). Will be good though to have some nice snowball fights.
  3. Hey Will, just wondering if you've had any joy with the Wx station, or whether you got a new / better station for Christmas?
  4. @Microclimate - I can confirm the brassica are indeed infected by Downy mildew; Snipper also mentioned a link relating to the mildew and YES - please do destroy, and do NOT compost, due to the mildew spores. Do you have any brassica plants at all you can salvage, such as Sprouts, or Cauliflowers etc??
  5. Seanlid

    Make us laugh

    Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "And what starting salary are you looking for?" The engineer replies, "In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package." The interviewer inquires, "Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?" The engineer sits up straight and says, "Wow! Are you kidding?" The interviewer replies, "Yeah, but you started it."
  6. Yeah, definitely not a bad start to autumn, albeit a bit of unsettled weather as a result of the Low Pressure close by during the next few days. We never know where the Jetstream is going to wander from week to week. Thank god that during next week it begins to travel up and over the UK for a while, allowing a weak ridge of high to build - although there won't be wall-to-wall sunshine, more in the way of warmth and relatively cloudy conditions. There will still be some sunshine to be enjoyed too!
  7. Yes, it will most certainly be interesting to see what happens during subsequent months; optimism needs to prevail...
  8. Very nice and the aroma of white Lilium is really nice. 'Stargazer' is another beautiful hybrid you might have tried over the years?...
  9. Drivers' bad habits; many will overtake you, only to end up 2 or 2 car lengths by the time you get to end of the carriageway. It is totally futile to overtake another vehicle if you are only going to end up being so many yards in front - not lots of miles! It makes sense to want to overtake a slow-moving vehicle, such as a tractor (within reason of course). You also have these idiots, who will overtake a cyclist, only to then make a left-hand turn into a side street roughly 50 yards in front of the cyclist, what on earth is the point in that? There is no benefit in overtaking unless you are for instance on a motorway, and the vehicle you are behind is doing about 50mph and you intend on driving a further 10+ miles. I was approaching an offslip one day, still at 70mph, when some idiot decided to overtake me....when I got to the roundabout, I was directly 1 car length behind him. So, all he did was burn fuel quicker than necessary.
  10. For those interested in pursuing Meteorology, I have found the following option as a starting point: http://www.elearnuk.co.uk/course/meteorology OR - http://courses.independent.co.uk/training/oxford-college/level-3-diploma-in-meteorology-154943
  11. @Spikecollie - how are your little green hoppers coming along? Got any picture updates? I love frogs, they're my favourite amphibian; the Fire Salamander is quite nice also, but frogs are more fun to watch.
  12. Anybody looking forward to some of the upcoming snooker events? Ronnie O'Sullivan is set for a busy season after agreeing to play in the new Home Nations series, starting with October's English Open in Manchester.O'Sullivan, who last played in the World Championship in April, did not play until December last year. Can't wait to watch the English Open (October), and the Irish Open in November.
  13. @Snowycat - the trouble that your bean plants faced is most likely due to the soil being too cold at the time you transplanted them. I encountered this a few years back and had to learn from that mistake. The roots have had a cold shock unfortunately, but if it is any consolation, hopefully the rest of your plants thrive & flourish throughout the remainder of the year!
  14. Some interesting suggestions from folk on here, however, the cost would be considerably high for some of the aforementioned ideas. A short-term (albeit a big help) would be to reduce soot! Soot—also known as black carbon—heats up the atmosphere because it absorbs sunlight. Black things do. That is basic physics. For years the institutions that focus on climate policy have played down the role of pollutants such as black carbon that stay in the atmosphere for a short time, that soot has been discovered to be a leading cause of snow and ice melting in the Arctic and the Himalayas, soot has a much faster influence on temperature than CO2, and that it is relatively easy to reduce soot. At least then polar bear will stand a greater chance than if we don't act now! We need to begin somewhere.
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