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Leeds Eco Estate

Looks like a 1960s council estate with cladding & some pitched roofs added

Dec 16, 2017 at 11:48 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

@mikeh, Dec 16, 2017 at 6:04 PM

Robert C: There are 10 types of people in the world.....those who understand binary and those who don't.

Very good.

Dec 16, 2017 at 11:47 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

@Robert Christopher, Dec 16, 2017 at 4:40 PM

[1] Imperial units were tailored for cooking in the kitchen, not surprisingly! [2] When the first metric cook books appeared the amounts specified were daft: something like 142.5g of flour and 71.25g sugar - hardly values that could be remembered, like 4 oz flour and 2 oz sugar.

[3]And when we learnt to do sums with stones, lbs and oz, or even £sd we were using different bases, without knowing how difficult it was, or how useful it would be when using binary!

1. Not heard that before, is it fact?

2. Yep. Much easier to remember imperial recipes: pastry - 8oz flour, 4oz butter/marg, 2oz sugar

3. Agree, made numeracy much better. I still use inch, foot & yard and pounds & stones - they feel more natural, eg last metacarpal ~1"

We were taught binary and octal at primary school. Today that would be child abuse.

Dec 16, 2017 at 11:46 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

@Ross Lea, Dec 16, 2017 at 10:44 AM

As a scientist and engineer, of course I applaud the use of the metric system but I think the imperial system called for and trained mental agility. e.g. how much would I pay for 6oz of apples at 2s and 4 pence a pound.

+1 Metric works at work - eg spanner/socket sizes. Some humour too: 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" Sq drive etc and Tyre sizes :)

A challenge: quote someone a price excluding VAT and ask what VAT inclusive price is.

Dec 16, 2017 at 11:42 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

@Pcar What do you reckon to this ?
I am pretty sure that there is no concrete evidence tying Thomas Mair to Britain First
The obvious reason is that, if there was the MSM would be all over it like a rash.
Yet activists often tweet "Look here he is in a BF photo with a banner"
Well yes there is no doubt that Golding tweeted a photo featuring a bloke in a baseball cap
and that a better copy existed on their website when it was archived by wayback on 14th Oct 2015
But there is no concrete evidence that baseball cap man is Mair
Although Tom Pride claims that neighbour said it was his link is dead
See also comments on John Ward Blog

Dec 16, 2017 at 9:29 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

@stewgreen, Dec 15, 2017 at 10:28 PM

I previously tweeted
"Background music makes docos #NotClear2Hear
Arty doco makers , respect the diversity of audience, hearingwise "

Well said. Applies to Drama too - I often have to use subtitles.

Dec 16, 2017 at 8:08 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

@tomo, Dec 15, 2017 at 8:53 PM

Numbers can be a confusing distraction without some grasp of the scales involved - the ability to guesstimate and work towards a real "working" number is important - as is the ability to spot and subsequently find errors in arithmetic. Innumeracy really is a curse that's not far behind illiteracy.

I know of one very talented (really!) maths teacher who was promoted because he was so effective at communicating and instilling numeracy that his other teaching colleagues perceived him as a menace!

Not directly related ... but it is in a way .... this http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12733793 minor kerfuffle shows the lengths that some literate/numerate people in a society will go to to defend their "scribe" status and patronise the hell out of a public that they perceive to be thick and illiterate...

Yep, I guesstimate eg prices frequently it's close enough to make informed choice.

Mr Cox: your programmes are meant to be educational first, not an entertainment experience.

PS: School day insert "after assembly: hymn, prayer and announcements" before "first"

Dec 16, 2017 at 8:08 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

@Harry Passfield

Death of Heinz Wolfe is announced. Would that the likes of Brian Cox, who is not fit to lace the man's shoes, could be as humble - let alone as academic.

+1

I liked Heinz, he looked like a boffin and was great at explaining & educating without being patronising or political; had a sense of humour too.

Compare: Great Egg Race vs Robot Wars

Dec 16, 2017 at 8:07 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

Gove/Harra
#1 There are only 11 responses to Harra's Tweet
#2 He would claim he's just stating Goves' line
#3 You'd expect questioing like why isn't incineration mentioned ?
#4 Where are the risk assessment that action is based on ?
#5 What game is Gove playing ? ..well telling activists what they want to hear is a easy-life tactic, cos it doesn't need to be matched by action.
#6 It's a different tack from truthtelling , which does get problems solved.

Dec 16, 2017 at 7:42 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Robert C: There are 10 types of people in the world.....those who understand binary and those who don't.

Dec 16, 2017 at 6:04 PM | Registered Commentermikeh

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