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Michael Winston

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    Photography, music, travel and my wonderful wife and son.

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  1. I think the word everyone is needs for this discussion is kakistocracy. An excellent and frighteningly accurate noun. Name your favourite kakistocrat!
  2. The whole arrair needs a coroner's inquest and latterly a public enquiry.
  3. From the Economist today: The Grenfell Tower fire A deadly blaze in London sparks a political crisis Britain June 16, 2017 · From the print edition THE flames are gone. Now the blackened husk of Grenfell Tower juts out against the west London skyline. At least 30 of its former residents are dead, although police say the number of casualties will rise, perhaps to more than 50. The survivors are dotted across London; some with friends or family, others sleeping in emergency dormitories provided by charities and the local council. Londoners have responded to the tragedy generously, r
  4. Hi, Pete. If I may be bold and reply to that question - the winter you have in mind was '41 - '42. The Nazis didn't invade until June 41. For a really good read on the subject, 'Stalingrad' by Anthony Beevor is perhaps the definitive work on that particularly horrific period. Every best wish for the New Yeaar. Kind regards, Mike. P.S. Just spotted Mr. Data's reply - apologies. May I also add many thanks, Mr. Data, for such an interesting post.
  5. ....and a Happy April 1st to you too, Mr. Data! Regards, Mike.
  6. What strange and wonderful stories. Many thanks, Mr. Data. Regards, Mike.
  7. A fascinating read, as usual, Mr. D. Where do you get them from? Your research skills amaze me! Kind regards, Mike.
  8. A most useful link. Thanks, jethro. A fascinating read, Mr. Data. Many thanks. Kind regards, Mike.
  9. Link here to the Ice storm currently in the states:- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7137682.stm Looks pretty rough, Regards, Mike. Edit: From Oklahoma Dept. of Emergency Management:- ''Winter Weather Event December 9 - Present, 2007 On Saturday December 8, an Arctic airmass moved into Oklahoma from Kansas. As the cold air settled in across Oklahoma, temperatures dropped below freezing. A storm system moved across Kansas/Nebraska early Sunday morning and produced widespread freezing rain in Oklahoma, especially along the I-44 Corridor. Many areas received 1/4 inches of ice with so
  10. Afternoon, all. Long time no see - apologies: work related! Hope you're all well. From the Telegraph online today; '' It was this belief that led Michael Fish to declare to viewers: “Earlier on today apparently a woman rang the BBC and said she’d heard there was a hurricane on the way. Well if you are watching, don’t worry, there isn’t.” '' However, the BBC reckon they've got ''The Wrong Man'' here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7042220.stm Hope the link works. Kind regards, Mike.
  11. Wasn't the Easter of '75 very warm too? I remember lying on the beach at Exmouth in very hot weather (instead of revising for my exams!) but I can't remember whether it was '75 or '76. Does anyone know? Many thanks, Mike.
  12. It would seem not: from Wikipedia; ''In 2001, a BBC Radio 4 documentary featured suggestions that the events of 1952 were connected to government cloud seeding experiments being conducted in southern England at the time. There does not presently seem to be any direct evidence to support such allegations, but conspiracy theories have been fuelled by rumours of missing or destroyed government documents relating to the experiments. By extreme coincidence exactly 52 years later, on the 16th of August 2004 an almost similar phenomenon happened in a village very near Lynmouth. A flash flood occurred
  13. From Ananova News: Deckchair trapped testicles ''A Croatian man got a nasty surprise when he tried to get out of his deck chair and found his testicles had got stuck. Mario Visnjic had gone swimming naked in the sea at the Valalta beach in western Croatia, reports 24sata. His testicles had shrunk while in the cool sea and slipped through the wooden slats when he sat back down on his wooden deckchair. But as he lay in the sun they expanded back to normal size and got stuck between the slats. He was eventually freed after he called beach maintenance services on his mobile phone and they sent a
  14. Here's a couple........ and.......... Enjoy! Regards, Mike.
  15. Curses!! I was just about to do that!! http://nwstatic.co.uk/forum/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif Many thanks, Shugee. It looks promising: I'll believe it when I see it, though! Regards, Mike.
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