The Power Of The Press ...
Sunday 11 December 2022
... to deceive its readers!
The above item popped into fbb's ambit via the ever (un)reliable interwebnet. The author (Erta Karpazli) writes about the depressing state of public transport in the Bromley area.
I suppose one thing IS true; the places mentioned are (probably?) 16 miles from a London Underground station. But the rest is ignorant drivel.
Here are Keston Mark and Locksbottom on a map extract.GREEN road with lots of PALE ORANGE built-on areas nearby. Streetview shows a busy junction at Keston Mark ...
No. But they do run to Orpington National Rail station.ten minutes, not the ninety minutes mentioned in the article. Or you could go in the other direction to Hayes (Kent) station.
Don't always believe what you read on-line.
That's Just The Point ...
On the real railway they are called "turnouts" and in America, "switches". They are usually long with a very gentle "shallow" curve
fbb has always had trouble with points. His first toy train was supplied with Triang Mark 2 track.were those mysterious terminals for? Certainly not an electric point motor. fbb could never figure it out, despite a sheet of instructions.
But the corners were far too sharp. Even higher quality points are significantly compressed compared with reality.
Nickel silver, is a copper alloy with nickel and often zinc. The usual formulation is 60% copper, 20% nickel and 20% zinc. Nickel silver does not contain the element silver. It is named for its silvery appearance, which can make it attractive as a cheaper and more durable substitute. It is also well suited for being plated with silver.
But this copper is a 'salt" of copper and does not conduct electricity. Hence the little toy trains don't run very well.
Cleaning the rail-head is easy, but cleaning mucky fishplates is impossible. fbb is on his second full packet of replacements with the third bag being a likely purchase.
But slowly (VERY slowly) the rebuilt layout is beginning to look like a layout (a very tatty layout but getting better).
Famous last words!
It is a bit like a giant Airfix kit!
Tap On : Tap Off - Technology Thwartedhrough a cat.under!
Thus the Mr Tubbles doppelganger will have his rest!
Tomorrow, we go to a place you may never have heard of. fbb certainly hadn't. But here is a clue!So that's it, then, a bit of a puzzle!
Advent Calendar Day 11
Kaleidoscope of Kings
The background is not a happy one. Four books of the Bible tell us about the Monarchy; 1 and 2 Samuel (which are mostly about David, hence the name) and 1 and 2 Kings which are about Kings.
After three Kings : (Saul - failure, David - mostly a success : Solomon - success at first but) the Kingdom split into two. Just to confuse us the northern lot were then called Israel OR Samaria and the southern lot were known as Judah.
In 721 BC Assyria captured and obliterated Israel (or Samaria, take your choice.)
In 597 BC Babylonians destroyed Judah and too the fittest into exile.
So not the best advert for the Monarchy!
"This us what a King will do," Samuel warned. And he does go on a bit so this is just a sample!
"This is how your king will treat you," Samuel explained.
He will make soldiers of your sons
Your sons will have to make his weapons
Your daughters will have to make perfumes
He will take your best fields
He will take a tenth of your grain
He will take your servants
He will take a tenth of your flocks.
When that time comes, you will complain bitterly because of your king,
he people paid no attention to Samuel, but said, "No! We want a king,"
And over time kings did everything that Samuel had railed against!
Substitute "ruling politicians" for kings and they still do.
Generally when (if?) the Kings stuck with God and His morality and purposes, things went well. When the kings strayed, then things went wrong; culminating is obliteration and exile.
Here is Solomon praying at the start of his reign ....
Give me the wisdom I need to rule your people with justice and to know the difference between good and evil. Otherwise, how would I ever be able to rule this great people of yours?"
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this, and so he said to him, "Because you have asked for the wisdom to rule justly, instead of long life for yourself or riches or the death of your enemies, I will do what you have asked. I will give you more wisdom and understanding than anyone has ever had before or will ever have again.
And if you obey me and keep my laws and commands, as your father David did, I will give you a long life."
Spot the pattern.
Of course, Solomon's predecessor, King David is an integral part of CHRISTmas.
Next Brabazon blog : Monday 12th December