* Posts by Pen-y-gors

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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Energy for Agriculture and Forestry?

The article conveniently notes that renewables are a small proportion of total energy use, once we factor in transport etc. But what about all the solar that agriculture and forestry use to grow crops? If you're looking at total energy use, shouldn't that be included as well?

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Encourage renewables?

It's important for governments to encourage renewables, although sadly it seems that our present 'green' government is so keen on renewables they're killing off virtually all financial support for them, presumably because their chums in the City can't cream off enough of the cash.

And the article talks a lot about wind and solar, but why the heck are we still so slow with sorting out serious tidal power in the UK? Some of the best tidal ranges in the world, out of sight (on the whole) and very predictable.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy

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Gravy?

"Two countries separated by a common language"

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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WTF?

In what strange alternate universe would anyone think that connecting the car radio to the brakes was a good idea?

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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Totally wrong!

A Smidgin is several kg - more or less depending on breakfast time.

(I suppose I should explain that Smidgin is the name of one of my sweet little pussycats - who is rather under-sized following a difficult birth - I'd upload a piccie but ElReg doesn't do piccies)

I actually have a theory that the word is actually "Smidgín" and is derived from the Gaelic -een endings for a small thing. Probably totally wrong....

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Invisible updates?

I could probably live with this, PROVIDED that the update process is changed so that it happens invisibly in the background and doesn't lock my pc for 30 mins with a 'windows is updating, 10% complete, installing update 3 of 29" message just when I try and reboot to give a presentation to a customer! Is that so difficult?

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Ideal solar system for SECOND EARTH found – and it's just 186 light-years away

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So....

all we need is for Elon Musk to invent a warp drive and away we all go. Or perhaps we should send the B Ark first.

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Horrifying MOCK BACON ABOMINATION grown in BUBBLING VATS as ALGAE

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Grimbledon Down?

Nu-Food?

I think not...

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Spring cleaning time

Although my Win7 laptop is way over the minimum specs, I'll be buying a new one (probably early next year, once all the Win 10 bugs are ironed out) Excellent chance to remove all the crap, upgrade software etc. And drivers...I had an old Shuttle box that worked fine with Ubuntu (several releases ago), tried updating Ubuntu and the embedded video would no longer work. One dead Shuttle, and I can't be bothered to try and install another distro.

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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Experts?

"Experts predict problems of this type will become more commonplace as cars rely more and more heavily on digital technology"

You really don't need to be an 'expert' to predict that!

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Hacking Team's snoopware 'spied on anti-communist activists in Vietnam'

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Prison?

Surely there is some way for these evil scum to end up in prison? They must have broken some laws somewhere - ten years in a Colombian jail is too good for them!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chopstick-collapsing Spam musubi

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Re: Spam in Scotland

Spam fritters were bad enough - but our local chippie in Guardbridge (near St Andrews) back in the Seventies used to deep fry meat pies (no batter). They'd cut them in two and pour out some of the fat before serving, so they weren't entirely unhealthy!

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Oxford Uni unearths 800-year-old document to seize domain names

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Embedded names?

I think they're on dodgy ground once they start saying that the domain includes the name of the complainant - Oxford University will shortly lose its domains to the Ford motor company...

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US senate committee wants Twitter, Facebook to report 'terrorist' posts

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Possibly not so bad?

"obtains actual knowledge of any terrorist activity . . . shall provide"

So if they don't monitor and read everything, then they won't know anyway, so no need to report.

And as it refers to 'actual knowledge' then if there is a terrorist incident (bomb in Kabul?) and anyone mentions it in a tweet or post then they MUST report each and every post. That should slow up the NSA

Politicians should not be allowed to draft or amend the wording of legislation - they always get it wrong.

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Google yanks fake Android battery monitor

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Re: Follow through ...

"advise everyone that downloaded the app that they have been proned..."

YOU! Lie flat on the floor NOW!

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Indian DEITY plans 14 Exabyte cloud storage rig

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Wonderful!

Many of their citizens don't have clean drinking water, sanitation or adequate housing, but they've all got a Gigabyte of cloud storage. Job done. Treble lassis all round.

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Planet killer: Ex-army officer's Welsh space-rock mission

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Fascinating!

That's a definite place to include in the day trips when I go on my hols later this year - got a fortnihjt in a brewery in the Marches (not kidding - cottage in yard of the Three Tuns brewery in Bishops Castle. What more is needed for a perfect holiday: excellent beer, WiFi, nice little eateries and a trip to the Armageddon Avoidance Centre)

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Export control laws force student to censor infosec research

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Easy PhD

"I have made some wonderful discoveries about infosec vulnerabilities, but if I pout them in my thesis and tell you about them the CIA will have to kill you. Please send diploma to my usual address...

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It's the hottest day of the year. So check out John Lewis' Xmas tech range!

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Food processors...

"food processors that also do the cooking for you"

Isn't that called Dominos?

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Operations?

I'm not sure that the Falklands was the only time the Vulcans flew in anger - we were out in Aden in the early/mid sixties and I have vague memories of Vulcans being used around then to drop small loads of conventional weaponry on recalcitrant tribal villages up in the hills of Yemen (plus ca change...)

Very sad to see her grounded. Lived at Scampton and Waddington for 5 years in my teens, and the house shook as they took off and the engines pointed straight at us. Even had a holiday job for two summers at Scampton scrubbing them - there's a lot of wing to clean when you only have a small brush!

Could we have a Kickstarter whip-round to raise the dosh to bribe someone to keep issueing air-worthiness certificates?

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Bear of little brain is confused...

I am of limited intellectual powers. Could someone please explain how this can work?

1) I am in the contact book for some one who uses Win 10, using my regular e-mail address of [email protected]

2) my laptop comes in range of my poor deluded Win10 user

3) What on earth is there that connects my laptop (called numerouno) with a user account of eljefe to the e-mail address in the contacts list on the Win10 box?

Let's hope they switch it off by default before release date. And then kill it entirely

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Tech Mahindra posts profit warning: The end for Indian outsourcing?

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Circlehealth

"10-year deal with CircleHealth which operates a network of NHS and private hospitals"

Help, Nurse, my pacemaker isn't working properly.

Have you tried switching it off and on again?

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Sky bangs on Ofcom's door – demands BT competition probe

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Without supporting Sky in any way...

('cos Murdoch is 100 times more of a shit than BT)...

Openreach do need a kick up the arse.

We were originally due to get FTTC last December. Then they moved it to March. Then to June. Then in early June they moved it to September. (Although the boss told the local AM that it would be Xmas - left hand/right hand?) At this point correspondence revealed that there was a problem in installing new cabinets, allegedly a question over whether they could install them on a trunk road(WTF?) How could they get to three weeks from live date and suddenly discover they hadn't actually installed the cabinets? We've had Openreach engineers digging up roads for months! Where on earth do Openreach get their 'project managers'?

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'Please, choose to be a good citizen and DON’T ask Siri about 9/11'

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Silly people

If they tried to use the calendar in a logical, natural way, and referred to dates as DDMM e.g. 11/9 or 11th September then they wouldn't have a problem. Don't get me started on the lunacy of displaying dates as mm/dd/yyyy. And how about using 999 as an emergency number?

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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Re: 23:44

That's obviously the problem, they were using sensible units: clearly something was expecting standard US units of inches per day

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Will a datacentre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

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Let's be realistic

The 'brain' behind any car-control software MUST reside on the vehicle, preferably in triplicate, with fail-safe options by default. Same thing for aircraft or any fast-moving, life-threating objects. Connection to a datacentre is fine for the occasional software or map data update, but that's it. We won't see 5G outside London, Brum and the Northern Powerhouse until at least 2086 anyway.

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

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Free keyboard?

Does it come with a free keyboard and mouse that will attach to a phone?

Not specifically a criticism of M$, personally I find that phones are really, really rubbish for any sort of serious data entry or manipulation, even with 6-7 inch screens (or bigger) - those on-screen keyboards really suck. Okayish for typing a text or an e-mail, but a report in Word/Docs/OpenOffice? No thanks

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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Re: Popcorn time!

"Same route cause..."

You think they took a wrong turning somewhere then?

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Self-inflicted

Undoubtedly a crap bank, but don't think the twitterer @Victoria Hicks can really blame Natwest for her having 3 kids - no money, yes, but 3 kids?

Or maybe they offer a wider range of sercvices than I thought.

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4 new twists that push the hacker attack on millions of US govt workers into WTF land

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Re: And the idiots in Congress responses have been...

of course they're saying stupid things. They're all being blackmailed by the Chinese and forced to say them!

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

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Pockets?

Does the bikini come with a waterproof pocket for the smartphone that receives the messages?

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Indie review of UK surveillance laws: As you were, GCHQ

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Yeah, but...

"Modern communications networks can be used by the unscrupulous for purposes ranging from cyber-attack, terrorism and espionage to fraud, kidnap and child sexual exploitation."

And so can the 'royal' mail - are they planning to open every letter?

And so can cars and bicycles - are they planning to track every vehicle and put CCTV inside?

And so can old-style dead-letter drops - are they planning to have a plod watching every tree and litter-bin in every park in the country?

Terrorists and kiddie-fiddlers have to eat - are they planning to track every purchase of food?

No? Then why is modern communications technology any different?

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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Re: What a great idea

Obviously they won't do anything - government policy for years (for all shades of government, but particularly the current lot) has been to give councils a long, long list of things they MUST do (house people, care for the elderly, educate children etc) but then starve them of funds to do them, so anything that isn't totally life-threatening doesn't get done - and that usually includes road repairs.

I think the theory has been that if we cut government services and functions(except surveillance), and thus cut taxes, people can choose how to spend their money and buy services themselves from private companies. Unfortunately I don't see how I can choose to spend my money on pot-hole repair. Are we expected to go out with our own bucket of tarmac and big boot to stamp it down? Or have a whip-round down the street and pay to get Wimpey's in with a steamroller?

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Glass door to the ancient past FOUND ON MARS

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Rock-boffin?

Now that's a pretty cool job title!

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Typical short-sighted approach

Power source will run out in 2025, after less than 50 years operation! If they'd thought ahead and bunged in an extra ounce or two of plutonium it could have gone on to the end of the century. Pah! Penny-pinchers!

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Elon Musk's $4.9 BEELLLION taxpayer windfall revealed

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Re: Comparing with a 'competitive' project

Exactly. And at least Elon Musk is actually delivering what he promises, at a much lower price than the US govt/NASA seem able to. This situation should be compared to the private finance deals that the Tories give to their chums, which usually cost several times what they would cost when done by a competent government department, and rarely (if ever) actually deliver anything useful.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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I'm confused

by all this talk of 'apps' - I run Windows 7 on one machine and Win 8.1 on another. Both run programs, not apps. (win 8.1 boots to desktop and has a start menu installed, so it looks very similar to win 7). I have no idea what to do with those silly coloured squares that sometimes appear under Win 8.1 - they don't seem to serve any useful purpose.

My phone and tablets use android - they run apps.

How would I run a check Windows 10 app on a windows 7 machine, which only runs programs?

I'm looking forward to getting a new laptop in a year vor so, with Win 10 installed from scratch, and hopefully without any of these silly 'apps', or Office 365.

</grumpy old sod mode>

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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Indeed, where are the police?

Sounds as if it was okay to ride naked through Canterbury on Sunday. What would happen if I do the same today, or tomorrow? Would the Peelers pull me over? And if this is okay, then why do the police keep arresting that poor bloke who is trying to walk around naked, but is spending most of his life in jail? Where's the consistency? Is it legal to be naked in public or not?

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Germany licks lips, eyes new data gulp with revised retention law

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I love loopholes

Who will be the first citizen with nothing to hide terrorist to register as pastor of the North East Westphalian Independent Jedi Free Church?

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High-flying LOHAN fan raises ale-filled tankard

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Tankards, meh!

Proper beer is drunk from a straight glass - could we have a Lohan branded one please? And of course no need to worry about sinistrals and dextrals.

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NASA sending five-metre THERMO-HAMMER to Mars

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InSight?

How did they get Insight as an Acronym of Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport - I reckon it's IEUSIGAHT

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Death-to-passwords FIDO Alliance finds a friend at DOCOMO

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Not good...

It was bad enough having muggers chop off your fingers so they could use fingerprint recognition systems, now they'll need to gouge out your eyes as well! This is getting pretty mediaeval

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Galapagos volcano's MILE-HIGH WALL of FIRE menaces SUPER-RARE iguanas

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Protecting wildlife is very important.

and usually trumps all other considerations - economic benefit etc. Can't they take out an injunction against the volcano?

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Cheesy video shows ex-Gooners pronouncing 'Huawei'

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Chanting

Presumably the "sound of Emirates chanting" is the muezzin at the top of his minaret in Abu Dhabi

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Will Hay: Britain's bumbling star of the screen and skies

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Astronomy

I remember going for an interview at UCL (back in the seventies) which was held at their observatory out at Mill Hill - originally Will Hays place. Impressive selection of equipment (well, I thought so at the time - Hubble it wasn't). It must have been wonderful when it was built, out there in the countryside north of London. By the seventies it had a dual carriageway right on the doorstep, laden with massive lorries rumbling by and shaking everything up, and the sodium streetlights everywhere were a bit of a problem too. At optical wavelengths the site was pretty well useless. Pity.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bog-standard boxty

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Re: Buttermilk

Making your own buttermilk from double cream is a) expensive b) laborious and c) time-consuming. Not good when you're just back from the pub.

An alternative that I use when making soda bread is natural yogurt, possibly diluted with a splash of water to make it runnier. The important thing is that it's slightly acidic to work with the baking soda. Easier than double cream!

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Re: breaking news : european dna

Na, I always thought it was the English had all that Saxon DNA

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Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act

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Encouragement?

Given that the Merkins are still happy to say that it's okay to spy on non-merkins, could we encourage them to mend their ways, at least in Europe, with some legislation that explicitly states that privacy rights etc do not apply to US citizens? So it would be perfectly legal to use a long lense to stream video from the US ambassador's bedroom, to bug the phones and hack the voicemail of visiting US actors and military etc.

What's sauce for the goose...

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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It's wonderful, but...

Why on earth are they grounding it? I appreciate that relying on elderly technicians isn't an option, but have they never heard of 'apprentices'? Perhaps get the elderly experts to train their successors? If they can keep the Lanc, Hurricane and Spitfire flying, which ar a lot older, why not train new technicians to keep the Vulcan flying?

The Vulcan is one of the most impressive aircraft ever built, in Britain or anywhere. Is it really 'The Spirit of Britain' to ground it without trying to train a new generation of people to maintain it?

(Actually, I rather fear that it IS the 'Spririt of Modern Britain' Pooh!)

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