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Old December 10th, 2014, 09:45 PM   #29301
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Just got back from London. Fish&chips + stout at the Two Chairmen was something to remember... thanks Road_UK
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Old December 10th, 2014, 09:52 PM   #29302
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No, potatoes are called 'kartupeļi', 'bimbaļi', 'buļbas', 'tupeņi', 'pampaļi', 'zemes pupas' and similar. Zemliki or maybe zemlikas sound like they could mean the straw that was used as a pillow centuries ago. But it's only my suspicion.
Potatoes are ziemniaky in Polish and zemiaky in Slovak. And they come from under in October .

What do you mean with our "spalis"?

'kartupeļi', the Russian/German/Polish as well
'buļbas', Belarussian

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Old December 10th, 2014, 09:54 PM   #29303
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2:18 p.m. (my time): Road_UK unsubscribes from thread.
27 minutes later: Spinoza, who was thinking of leaving the thread a week earlier...comes back and thanks Road_UK for pub recommendation.

Will Road_UK see thanks, or will they be like two ships passing in the night? Stay tuned....

Seriously, you could both just not read the posts that you find uninteresting or silly.

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Old December 10th, 2014, 10:01 PM   #29304
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Seriously, you could both just not read the posts that you find uninteresting or silly.
To know if a post is uninteresting or silly, I have to read it first. But I can't un-read it afterwards.
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Old December 10th, 2014, 10:05 PM   #29305
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2:18 p.m. (my time): Road_UK unsubscribes from thread.
27 minutes later: Spinoza, who was thinking of leaving the thread a week earlier...comes back and thanks Road_UK for pub recommendation.

Will Road_UK see thanks, or will they be like two ships passing in the night? Stay tuned....

Seriously, you could both just not read the posts that you find uninteresting or silly.

I only came back because you peeked.

There are only posts here that I don't find interesting at the moment. The entire Slavic population has decended on this thread in order to compare words between their neighbouring countries, leaving people who have nothing wih these languages being bored to tears. It's the same in the International Border Crossing thread, where all attention is turning east. I tried to post a pic of the odd European or American border crossing, but it swiftly moves over to the Balkans again, usually resulting in mumbo-jumbo.
Now, are we making this forum, and indeed this section together? Or is this section strictly reserved for ex-communist countries only now?
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Old December 10th, 2014, 10:06 PM   #29306
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EDIT: What follows is for Spinoza (if applicable to both). Road, have a glass of Pays d'Oc. Or try a change of subject.

Well, I think Road_UK's issue is this discussion of exotic names for the months that started a day or two ago in a (currently locked) thread.

It takes much less time to see that so-and-so is still talking about names of the months in [fill in Eastern European language of your choice] and ignore the post if you're not interested in that than it does to read it carefully.
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Old December 10th, 2014, 10:08 PM   #29307
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Just got back from London. Fish&chips + stout at the Two Chairmen was something to remember... thanks Road_UK
My pleasure, G. Glad your're back, so we can balance this section a little again
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Old December 10th, 2014, 10:10 PM   #29308
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Rolleyes.

(And when did I peek?)
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Old December 10th, 2014, 10:11 PM   #29309
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EDIT: What follows is for Spinoza (if applicable to both). Road, have a glass of Pays d'Oc. Or try a change of subject.

Well, I think Road_UK's issue is this discussion of exotic names for the months that started a day or two ago in a (currently locked) thread.

It takes much less time to see that so-and-so is still talking about names of the months in [fill in Eastern European language of your choice] and ignore the post if you're not interested in that than it does to read it carefully.
I, and ideed a lot of others, are opening threads we are subscribed to, hoping to find some interesting stuff. Click on this thread, and you get to find out the translation of the word potatoe in a zillion languages. You get my point?
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Old December 10th, 2014, 10:16 PM   #29310
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Hmmm.

Reminds me of the early days of Outlook, when every time an e-mail arrived you'd get a pop-up in the middle of your screen asking if you wanted to read it now. (It was opaque, too, and wouldn't go away until you clicked yes or no....in later versions, they made it sort of fade away if you ignored it.) So everyone started automatically clicking yes. That's how my workplace got its first computer virus.

Personally, figuring out how to disable the damn thing did wonders for my sanity. (Whether said sanity has lasted is another matter.)

The moral of that is (said the Duchess), you don't have to open the thread every time you're told there's something new on it.
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Old December 10th, 2014, 10:17 PM   #29311
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I like a clean User CP
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Old December 10th, 2014, 10:21 PM   #29312
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I'm not subscribed to any threads here.

I look at H&A all the time and currently have Infrastructure and Mobility general developments (in case anyone stalks, I mean sees, any interesting license plates), the BECafe and KoffieshopNL minimized. I use "refresh all" so they, well, all refresh and I can see at a glance if anything's new. And so much happened on BECafe in the middle of the night my time I'm waiting until later to catch up. (You've been warned....)
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Old December 10th, 2014, 10:29 PM   #29313
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The moment you are putting a word or two in a thread and submit, you are subscribed. Because I divide my time over this section and the Dutch section (so do you now, who knew your Dutch is that good ) and some German and French threads as well, I stay updated through my CP, which is particularly handy for guys like me who are always on the road and use this forum through an Android app rather a lot. So I make an effort to visit the treads I am subscribed to, only to get confronted with this:

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No, potatoes are called 'kartupeļi', 'bimbaļi', 'buļbas', 'tupeņi', 'pampaļi', 'zemes pupas' and similar. Zemliki or maybe zemlikas sound like they could mean the straw that was used as a pillow centuries ago. But it's only my suspicion.
(no offence intended, poster)
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Old December 10th, 2014, 10:54 PM   #29314
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I think it's time to stop talking about how different things are said in different languages. Let's start a new topic. For example metric vs imperial system, ethnic minorities without stable residence or place names that have funny (sexual) meanings in another language.
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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 December 10th, 2014, 11:32 PM   #29315
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For example metric vs imperial system,
Yesterday I visited National Physics Laboratories near London. And this is what I found...


Eh. Brits.
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Old December 11th, 2014, 12:44 AM   #29316
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In 1844 we were probably still using measurement units different from city to city...
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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 December 11th, 2014, 01:29 AM   #29317
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sorry, I meant Gornji Lipovčani, i have been google-earthing it.
but now i see that actually village Mostari is the closest to the centre (62 km from each).

i was also completely wrong pointing the closest Hungarian place as Bábocsa, and closest Bosnian as Gradina Donja, while it should be Gyekenés in Hungary and Bosanska Kostajnica in BIH.
I know, Croatia is long, but it isn't much wider than Slovenia. :P Wikipedia mentions the Austrian incentre, but there's no damn word about this point in Slovenia anywhere, and I googled all villages around it and nothing, which is outright pathetic. I'm pretty sure there's no monument there either, because there's no photo there in Panoramio or Flickr.

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Old December 11th, 2014, 02:17 AM   #29318
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I know, Croatia is long, but it isn't much wider than Slovenia. :P Wikipedia mentions the Austrian incentre, but there's no damn word about this point in Slovenia anywhere, and I googled all villages around it and nothing, which is outright pathetic. I'm pretty sure there's no monument there either, because there's no photo there in Panoramio or Flickr.
Amateurs

The geographical center of Bulgaria is a place called Uzana in Stara Planina



Monument:


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Old December 11th, 2014, 03:07 AM   #29319
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That's the geometric centre of Bulgaria, not the farthest point from the border. We have that as well.


PS: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italia_..._geografica%29
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Old December 11th, 2014, 04:08 AM   #29320
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You're such a xenophobe
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