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Old May 16th, 2014, 12:53 PM   #25161
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Old May 16th, 2014, 03:52 PM   #25162
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Old May 16th, 2014, 03:56 PM   #25163
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He isn't. Storm in a glass of water. If anything else the BBC is in trouble with its over the top political correct views. And we're used to a little controversy from good ol' Jeremy.
Minor linguistic point: Americans say "tempest in a teapot" and I would have assumed that the English would too. Or is that the Dutch-Austrian in you? I've seen the glass-of-water version in French.

Jeremy is an ass, and we're used to him being an ass, and he's (usually) amusing about it. I've seen headlines, and seen what he's supposed to have said. And this may be a rare instance when he might have gotten into more trouble here than in Britain. (We never, ever use that word. The version I grew up with, and I never knew there was another one, is "catch a tiger...") But wasn't there talk of "one more strike you're out"?
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Old May 16th, 2014, 04:26 PM   #25164
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Storm in a glass of water
Storm in een glas water

Almost the same
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Old May 16th, 2014, 05:03 PM   #25165
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Hey, Daniel, or whoever knows -

How much trouble is Jeremy Clarkson in?
Everyone has forgotten about it already, as I said they would. And I would use the same expression as Road did, well I don't think I'd actually say it, but it is what I'd used if I decided to say it.

And the word Clarkson used, whilst unacceptable here, was the way he would have learnt 'eeny miny miny mo' or however you spell that in those days, though I've only seen it in old books and the like.
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Old May 16th, 2014, 05:18 PM   #25166
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Jeremy is alright. Sometimes he speaks before he thinks, but that's what I like about him. He doesn't let political correctness get in the way. I own and have read a few books he has written, and he is actually a very intelligent and warm-hearted man.

BBC on the other hand are making one blunder after the other. Only the other week they sacked an elderly DJ who played a song from 1947 with the word n*gger in it. The DJ wasn't aware, but they sacked him anyway, causing a storm of protests. The BBC offered him his job back with an apology, but the DJ refused, as he felt humiliated enough as it is.
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Old May 16th, 2014, 05:20 PM   #25167
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So being an ass is sort of an act? His shtick, in American pseudo-Yiddish?
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Old May 16th, 2014, 05:27 PM   #25168
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So being an ass is sort of an act? His shtick, in American pseudo-Yiddish?
Of course it's all an act. If you get a chance, do read this book...



It's a wonderful bundle of short stories about his travels around Europe and the USA. Very honest, and very easy to relate to. I'm sure it's downloadable somewhere, and you get a whole new insight about the man.
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Old May 16th, 2014, 06:48 PM   #25169
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Old May 16th, 2014, 08:52 PM   #25170
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Yeah in Canada, we never learned inches system, but we use it all the time in my industry and colloquially

It's quite simple, it is often more simple than metric since things are not based on 10 but more convenient numbers. Example 12 inches per foot, so 1/2' is 6", 1/3' is 4", 1/4' is 3" and so on. 1/2 m is easy, 500 mm, but 1/3 m is 333.3333 mm sillyness. But now everyone has smartphone so why care?
this is ok when you must make thirds, quarters etc. but hell, in metric system all you need to know is 10. in imperial system you have inch, 12 inches is foot, 3 feet is yard, 1760 yards is mile (now i see there are some never-heard things like chains and furlongs inbetween, and numbers of 22, 10 and 8 in relation

btw, how you measure ver small lenghts? we can always put in relation mile - kilometer, yard - meter, inch - centimeter. but how to express less units? milimeters are really often used here in metric system. do you use [inch]x10^(-1) or what?
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Old May 17th, 2014, 12:51 AM   #25171
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“The transponder’s personalised signal would be picked up when the car passed through an intersection, and then relayed to a central computer which would calculate the charge according to the intersection and the time of day and add it to the car’s bill” - Nobel Economics Prize winner William Vickrey, proposing a system of electronic tolling for the Washington metropolitan area, 1959
In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.

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Old May 17th, 2014, 12:52 AM   #25172
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Old May 17th, 2014, 01:11 AM   #25173
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Road fatalities in the world, year 2010
http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A997?lang=en
San Marino is the only country in the list without fatalities.
The most dangerous country appears to be the small island of Niue, but just for statistical reasons, because 1 person died in a very small population. Maybe they won't have any road-related death in the next decade or so.
Russia obviously has the worst score in Europe, but surprisely, it's better than most African, Asian and Latin American countries. Probably the widespread use of dashcams in that country, which is almost non-existent elsewhere, contributed to exagerate the association of Russia with bad driving.
China has the highest overall number of fatalities, followed by India, Nigeria, Brazil and the United States.
Egypt, also known in Europe for terrible driving habits, surprisely, ranks quite well in the African continent.
Excluding microstates, that aren't rapresentative because statistics can be influenced by 1 or 2 accidents and because cars are rarely used in small islands, the safest countries (less than 5 deaths in 100k people) are Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Israel.
The most dangerous countries (more than 30 deaths in 100k people, also excluding microstates) are Thailand, Venezuela, Iran, Nigeria, South Africa, Iraq, Guinea Bissau and Oman.
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 01:24 AM   #25174
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btw, how you measure ver small lenghts? we can always put in relation mile - kilometer, yard - meter, inch - centimeter. but how to express less units? milimeters are really often used here in metric system. do you use [inch]x10^(-1) or what?
An inch is really the smallest unit used. Everything is in a fraction (not 10ths) of an inch. My metric wrenches are 6mm, 7mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, etc. Perfectly easy and logical. My imperial wrenches are 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2", etc. And my drill bits are 1/16", 5/64", 3/32", 7/64", etc.! It's just ridiculously harder to use. Especially when measuring something with a ruler that will typically have markings down to 1/16". Is that mark 3/8ths or 7/16ths? It's hard to easily tell.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 01:53 AM   #25175
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Talk about Jeremy Clarkson was far more interesting. I think he disclosed the length of his dick in inches once, but I can't quite remember.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 02:10 AM   #25176
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Something I'm not sure I care about, really....
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Old May 17th, 2014, 02:20 AM   #25178
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Or a polite way of saying one doesn't give a ****.

But why are you bringing it up? As it were.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 02:38 AM   #25180
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