Posts by Graham Middleton


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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : You all question me...and I am OK with that. (Message 1532762)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Hi Mark,

I can understand your sentiments, and appreciate your frustration.

I also like your poetry. :-)

However, do be careful of giving ammunition to others who may be looking for it...

All the best

Graham
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday Julie (Message 1525821)
Posted 47 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Indeed, Have a great day, Julie.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time v3 (Message 1521205)
Posted 60 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Is it to do with trains, specifically permanent way maint.?
4) Message boards : Number crunching : It is official! 15th Seti Anni Shirts are a go. (Message 1520244)
Posted 63 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Mine have arrived today, lovely.

Many thanks Uli and Chris S
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us a Caption #56 (Message 1513549)
Posted 78 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Now that should stop the squirrels getting the bird food at last!
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us a Caption #56 (Message 1509269)
Posted 89 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
This is NOT a cure for water on the tes***le!
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : James' Puns O Fun 3 (Message 1509268)
Posted 89 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
iris my case.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The story game (Message 1508598)
Posted 91 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
but they missed.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : James' Puns O Fun 3 (Message 1505713)
Posted 98 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Well, I guess that's about the sighs of it, then!
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time v3 (Message 1505533)
Posted 98 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
OK, I'll get in before someone else....

Bris?
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1501524)
Posted 108 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
A friend sent me this & I thought it might be appropriate here...




You think English is easy? I think a retired English teacher was bored.

THIS IS GREAT!

Read all the way to the end

This took a lot of work to put together!



1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time v3 (Message 1500250)
Posted 111 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Ok, candorchasma is soo close, I'm giving it.



Very close celttooth, but not clocks so candorchasma got there first.



My Information says it is for placing and replacing jewels in watches.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1500245)
Posted 111 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
I think I can sign in, sign out, sign on, sign off, sign for, sign away.

Can sign up, too. But can I sign down?



Only if you're deaf.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time v3 (Message 1500136)
Posted 111 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
I think you could spend hours and hours with this tool.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time v3 (Message 1500133)
Posted 111 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Nothing to do with hair or film.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time v3 (Message 1499797)
Posted 112 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Does an electrician use it?

Not an electrician, but another skilled craftsman would.

Electronics, perhaps?

Or more of an artisan?


Not electronics, but some users of it could class themselves as artisans.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time v3 (Message 1499771)
Posted 112 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
How big is it?



As far as I know about 8 inches long.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time v3 (Message 1499770)
Posted 112 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Wire crimper?

Doesn't look like any wire crimper or stripper I ever used.

Looks more like a medical instrument to me.



Not a Mediical instrument
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time v3 (Message 1499769)
Posted 112 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Wire crimper?



Not a wire crimper
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time v3 (Message 1499768)
Posted 112 days ago by Profile Graham Middleton
Does an electrician use it?


Not an electrician, but another skilled craftsman would.


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