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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted August 26, 2009 00:08      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
In the greatest spirit of "because it's there", a British team has broken the land speed record for steam-powered cars. I don't know if it has made the foreign news, but in the UK we take this sort of thing seriously.

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LF -- you don't need steam cars to make you proud of your country -- you already have Jimmy Savile, mushy peas and Half Man, Half Biscuit.

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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted August 26, 2009 05:43      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Not too sure about Jimmy Saville myself. I guess not locking him up for being a total loon is something to be celebrated. Every now and again I consider buying some HMHB - any recommendations?
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<slightly off-key singing>

"No draughts 'cause that'd be daft
a feather acknowledges Newton
And the ball and chain they use on the pane
can only smash yer nerves"


</slightly off-key singing>

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You don't really expect us to believe that you've actually stopped singing off-key do you?

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Grummash

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Errrr....No. [Frown]

I had a reasonable tenor singing voice until I was almost nineteen - then my voice broke......


...into a thousand tiny pieces! [Eek!] [Wink]

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Icon 1 posted August 27, 2009 05:50      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
Not too sure about Jimmy Saville myself. I guess not locking him up for being a total loon is something to be celebrated. Every now and again I consider buying some HMHB - any recommendations?

I Hate Nerys Hughes.

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Icon 1 posted August 27, 2009 07:38      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I was expecting crowing about the Ashes from your subject line. [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:
I was expecting crowing about the Ashes from your subject line. [Smile]

The poms had outside help there...

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It must have been a special afternoon at The Oval as it even brought together Harry Potter and his arch-rival Draco Malfoy.

Nothing short of Wizardly Intervention could explain the English win.

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Those are the most bulbous microphone wind screens I've ever seen.

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That's not a microphone screen. He's levitating a yellow ball in front of his face with magic.
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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted September 04, 2009 03:27      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Bumping this back to the top of the list, since I've found another story which truly glorifies our nation:
Another world record. And this time it involves tea. Specifically, the greatest number of aerobatic loops whilst drinking it.

And as an aside, I've never understood why the Aussies call us "whinging poms". The excuses about the ashes simply show how hypocritical they are. [evil]

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quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
I've never understood why the Aussies call us "whinging poms".

Whinging again, eh?

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quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
In the greatest spirit of "because it's there", a British team has broken the land speed record for steam-powered cars. I don't know if it has made the foreign news, but in the UK we take this sort of thing seriously.

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It went throughout a lot of the car sites I am a member of. Basically the lowbrow chav type folks that talk horsepower and torque curves. Definitely not a big part of the GC crowd stuff.

A fantastic record. I am not entirely sure if you would brag about having the fastest steam car around. Isn't that kind of like making an updated version of the musket? Or having the fanciest outhouse?

[Smile] [Wink] [Razz]

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quote:
Originally posted by CommanderShroom:
quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
In the greatest spirit of "because it's there", a British team has broken the land speed record for steam-powered cars. I don't know if it has made the foreign news, but in the UK we take this sort of thing seriously.

Link

It went throughout a lot of the car sites I am a member of. Basically the lowbrow chav type folks that talk horsepower and torque curves. Definitely not a big part of the GC crowd stuff.

A fantastic record. I am not entirely sure if you would brag about having the fastest steam car around. Isn't that kind of like making an updated version of the musket? Or having the fanciest outhouse?

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Ah but a lot of critical modern day stuff relies on steam technology. Pushing the envelope to make it more efficient with this car will no doubt improve the efficiency of large marine engines, nuclear powerplants and making tea. All of which are vital.

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Icon 1 posted September 04, 2009 12:40      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
A fantastic record. I am not entirely sure if you would brag about having the fastest steam car around. Isn't that kind of like making an updated version of the musket? Or having the fanciest outhouse?
This was never meant to be a pissing contest, more a celebration of Britains glorious inventiveness and eccentricity.
We do also hold the absolute land speed record, in case you were unaware. link

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