Posts by Bernie Vine

1) Message boards : Politics : Ukraine/Crimea (Message 1931025)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Oh yes I understand sarcasm, however I didn't see any in that post and have found over the years it is very difficult to get across well in the written word.
2) Message boards : Politics : Ukraine/Crimea (Message 1931017)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Chernobyl in a nutshell

When one of my all time favourite computer games makes it into politics I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

By the way this game has nothing to do with Chernobyl and I fail to see the relevance. Whereas on the other had this one does.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (111) Server Problems? (Message 1930995)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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There is a new thread 112
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens 2 - Originals only - any subject (Message 1930887)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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With the big orange ball still visible in the sky here in April (Apparently today some places in the UK may have the hottest April day for 70 years)

I deicded to go and have a sit in the park.

This is called the Queens Gardens and it right in the middle of Croydon.



It is well below street level as can be see by the busses on the left. The wall below the busses it what is left of the cutting wall of the rail line to Central Croydon railway station

What is strange is blue skies temperatures in the 70's and no leaves on the trees, only buds!!

I had been sitting there a while trying to get a good picture of a magpie, when I was aware I was being watched.



Now this is not a park I have ever fed squirrels in but they must be used to being fed.

As I always carry a few nuts in my bag(doesn't everyone?)

He/she was quite happy to accept several walnuts.



I now remember seeing the bus drivers(it is a bus stand) putting peanuts on top of of the wall.

It is such a small park right in the center of Croydon I was surprised to see squirrels there.


That's very pretty. What type of tree is that?


Gordon I know next to nothing about trees, my best offering is "A white one" :-)
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link # 95 (Message 1930817)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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foot
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1930754)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Easy, Google search for image and I got lucky.

You know Google takes all the fun out of things like that!!
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1930747)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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San Juan Capistrano?

So as an "upper left coast " person, I wonder how you would know that seeing as it is definitely a "lower left coast" place!!
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1930731)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Continuing on my "sunny " theme there is a brand new railcam out there



Yes that is an Amtrak train approaching.

Anyone care to guess the location. I had never heard of it!!

That is the south view.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens 2 - Originals only - any subject (Message 1930700)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Just to "rub it in" after my post in the weather thread, this is the tree outside my flats viewed from my kitchen window earlier

10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts X Spring Is In The Air (Message 1930696)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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For those of you in "colder climates" here is my kitchen window thermometer a few minutes ago.



It does record a couple of degrees high but seems like summer has come to south London (in April?)
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPHW CCLXVV (Message 1930657)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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I have just walked down to my local for breakfast, without a coat!!!

Now that is a win!!
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1929900)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Seems the train is now moving but listed as nearly 3 hours late.

No idea of the motive power.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1929889)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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A tweet from the Railcam UK site

@railcamlive
It is being reported that 60163 Tornado has failed and is currently awaiting assistance near Sandy. The tour will be dragged to Peterborough where 60163 will be removed and head to the NVR.


Not an auspicious start to the "Ten year tour"
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link # 95 (Message 1929788)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Vault
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens 2 - Originals only - any subject (Message 1929544)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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I love that stone wall along the foot path.

As Richard notes, there are rather a lot of them around this part of the UK.

I also quite like them.

Here is a closer look at a section.



This time of year the walls are useful in keeping lots and lots of these inside.



It seems the "northern" air and long walks is tiring me out early so I have not finished sorting my pictures from yesterday yet.

So hopefully more later.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1929375)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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On my visit to Cumbria, one place a train fan has to go is Carlisle, which I did yesterday.

This is a main stopping place for many passenger trains and a gateway to Scotland from the east of the country for freight.

The first interesting train was an old class 60, first operated by BR in the early 90's then by EWS and DB finally this one operated by COLAS

The last mainline diesel freight engine built in the UK.



And hauling logs, lots of logs.



It had paused at the platform to change drivers and as it pulled away and the newly cut logs passed , there was this nice "earthy woody" smell, not quite what you might expect in a mainline station.

I had a walk round and found 57311 parked on the far side of the station.



It had the nameplate "Thunderbird" which reminded me that when Virgin trains first started running passenger services, the traction at the time was unreliable and they had several of these units stabled at various points to provide "rescue" and they were all named after characters in "Thunderbirds" this was originally "Parker"

Then Something quite unusual for a UK train-fan, a double header.



Not only that but one of the newer 68 class and an older 66, that was a first for me.

Time to get ready to catch a train to Settle perhaps more later.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens 2 - Originals only - any subject (Message 1929373)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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So my second day in the "Cumbrian Hills" did not go to plan. Firstly from sun on Monday it had turned to cold grey and rainy.

I had decided to go to Settle on the 9:48 Northern Rail service however when the 5:29 Leeds to Carlisle service had "traction problems" at Skipton and was cancelled I was not immediately aware what that meant. Because the service here uses only a couple of units, I suddenly realised that this train formed the 9:48 from Kirkby Stephen to Settle and when checking online saw that indeed it had been cancelled. This of course meant that the next train going anywhere would be the 10:34 to Carlisle.

So I decided I would go to Carlisle instead.

It was even colder and wetter in Carlisle than it had been in December 2014. I only took a couple of pictures. This is the Carlisle Castle.



I am not a fan of "grey skies".

By the time I had walked round the town to the cathedral I was about to call it a day.



One day I will have to visit Carlisle in the summer!!

I found somewhere to have lunch and warm up and the rest of my pictures will be in the train thread.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens 2 - Originals only - any subject (Message 1929075)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Still snow on them thar hills!

Depending on timing, I might have been walking on the canal towpath that parallels that 'local' train service as you passed.


I was on the 12:49 from Leeds, arriving Kirkby Stephen 14:32

Yes still snow, as you are probably aware, the woman who showed me in said that the weather has been awful till about last Thursday.

It was actually very pleasant when I walked down into the village.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens 2 - Originals only - any subject (Message 1929067)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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Well I have decided to have a bit of a break away from Croydon, about 250 miles away in fact.

After 2 hours on a Virgin East coast train, then another hour and a half on a "local" service I arrived.

This is the view "out the back"



And a bit further down the footpath to the village.



And this is home for the next 4 days.



Kirkby Stephen railway station in Cumbria. It is part of the Settle and Carlisle trust and while the station is still a working one, there is just a waiting room in the centre.

The rest has been made into two holiday "cottages". My front door is just to the left of the long red bench at this end. The tall windows are my living room windows that look out onto the platform. Some may remember I stayed here before several years ago, but all the linked picture were on P-bucket, so I will take and post some new ones.

Since I was here last they have installed a "train cam" so of all the train cams I watch this is the first I have actually appeared on.



Internet here is a bit slower than I am used to so took a while to upload those.

I will post a few more during the week.

Tomorrow I plan to revisit Settle.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part VI (Message 1928794)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bernie Vine
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This is for all Star Trek TNG fans!!

Do you wish you could be transported aboard the Enterprise-D?



Take a turbo lift



To perhaps the bridge.






Even visit Jean-Luc Picard in his ready room



Well you now can "virtually". A team are creating the Enterprise-D using the computer game engine Unreal4.

You download the free program and it works just like a 3D computer game where you can explorer the Enterprise-D deck by deck.

It is still a work in progress so a lot of areas are off limits, however places like the main shuttle-bay are impressive.




You can walk round all the shuttles there

The website is here:

http://stage-9.co.uk/

The download is 1.8Gb and it is a "zip" file that will need to be "unzipped" and will "unzip" to 8Gb

It is a graphic intensive program and will need a decent video card, my GTX1060 struggled a bit in some areas.

I will leave you with this shot , anyone guess who's quarters this is.



PS these are all screenshots I took this morning from within the simulation.


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