There’s a beauty to wood which can’t be matched by other materials. Wiggia sends these pics from Pinterest:
At first I thought the Scottish gentleman had a point:
It’s a numbers game. England has 170K registered senior players. Scotland 12K, Ireland 25K, Wales 23K, Italy 17K. Taking into consideration the number of players England have available from England , Tonga etc it must be a disappointment that they are not able to beat a team with Scotland ability by more than 20 points.
… but then I thought it through and found this at the Roar, a heavily pro-AFL site: Continue reading
The theme so far today has been insanity from on high but it need not be the on-highs – it can be a bog standard auto company too:
Renault wants to make your commute as chill as possible. Assuming your route is “protected” (free of pedestrians, cyclists or lane changes), the French automaker has a few tricks up its sleeve to make gridlocked traffic less of a hassle. Once you engage automated driving mode, the Next Two prototype releases scents to calm you down, adjusts cabin lighting, kicks the seat back and activates massage motors to melt away the day’s stresses.
The company purposely designed these features to activate at below 19MPH (30KPH) — about half of Audi’s cap — to take the frustration out of bumper-to-bumper traffic. With the push of a button though, the reins are back in your hands and everyone’s safety is up to you.
Home. Let’s check:
Football: Newcastle go down but no shame. Sunderland down too. Liverpool are amazing. Haven’t seen the summary – was it Gerrard feeding those two up front? Is Gerrard being played in the right position at last?
Rugby: Welsh dismantled. The real game – 20 nil but the dominance was much more. Why can England play rugby but not cricket or football?
For those interested and who’ve been wondering about the build situation, it’s fourfold – other things laid on me, the weather, the drying up of the last lot of money and some design adjustments [necessary to comply], meaning I need another order.
Hopefully, within days I’ll be able to get back to it and get it finished.
In the pic above, ignore the hull, as mine is straight-sided and at its widest underwater. The point of the pic is the rig. If you can imagine the three masts in the pic a bit further forward and three identical sails of that type, [called a standing lug], then that is how it will be on shorter masts than you see here. Forget that little sail above – the masts are short.
These lug sails can be attached at the lower front corner [the tack] to the mast or boom or can be made free and brought round to the side rail on the edge [the gunwhale] and then the sail acts as a square rigger.
So, imagine a square sail with the top diagonal instead of square, the tack is attached to the mast below and the yard at the top leans forward almost as you see but more upright. That’s the simple rig. And the rig determines mast position and that determines cabins below, front deck and cockpit aft. They’ve all been built so conversely, the rig cannot now change.
Sorted a double rail system above and that will let me finish the deck in a week [weather permitting]. Once that’s done, it doesn’t matter what the weather does.
So it is going ahead. Pics will be coming.
Newcastle United 0 Sunderland 3
Meanwhile, the mad keen Man U supporter at work who predicted 3-0 now van Persie and Roons are back – cough.
All eyes on Monday.
Someone has made fake London Underground signs, and whoever did it is a ruddy genius.
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