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The Planets

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Part Three- Earth

In this third part of a series of nine articles, today  we look at the planet Earth.

The Prologue:

It’s round(ish), not flat.

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The Earth and the far side of the moon on July 5, 2016, also featuring Typhoon Nepartak over the Pacific Ocean, imaged by NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite, about 1.5 million km (930,000 mi) from Earth,  One of my personal favourite pictures, told you I like “specialist sites”

Throughout this series, I would like to give a huge H/T to NASA.  www.nasa.gov.  I have used other sources as well, such as  www.space.com  and www.earthsky.org  which is a great site for showing you where to look.

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The Flat Earth Society

Firstly a hat tip to the Flat Earth Society, their website is: https://www.tfes.org/  also for Wikipedia, see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_flat_Earth_societies

I thought it about time that we all knew something about The Flat Earth Society, (TFES).  I write this article not in jest, you can make your own mind up.  Those that have not blocked a regular poster, Behold a Pale Horse (BaPH), will have seen his oft quoted “Ain’t no such thing as space bro”.  I asked him to write an article, but I suspect this will not happen, so I thought I would do some research and lay out for you what their basic beliefs are and a little bit about them.

Modern flat Earth societies consist of individuals who promote the idea that the Earth is flat rather than an oblate spheroid.  Such groups date from the middle of the 20th century, although some adherents are serious and some are not.  Those who are serious are often motivated by pseudoscience or religious literalism.

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The Planets

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The planets of our solar system

Part One – Mercury

In this series of nine articles we shall look at each planet in our solar system, starting with Mercury and working out to Neptune, but I shall also include the dwarf planet Pluto as we have some wonderful pictures and more information about it.

To give an idea of the size, you can see here that Mercury is a bit bigger than our Moon:

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*Special* Christmas Nibbles for those occasions where you simply wish they wouldn’t come

GP’S 2017 ADVENT CALENDAR OF CUISINE

OK everyone, it’s that time of year when you see *friends* and those *family* members you do not really like very much come round yours.  To keep face, and pretend you don’t hate them at least, you must offer them something to eat and drink.  I see from the articles we have so far for the ‘Going-Postal.com Advent Calendar of Cuisine’, that they cover some delicious meals and drinks.  In these difficult circumstances, you do not want to be wasting good food and drink on these people.  The solution therefore is to provide some special *drink* and *food*

Regarding drinks, many of us will have won a raffle prize or two where it is a bottle of sparking urine or similar.  Keep these, and tell your guests they are in for an international treat.  Explain that as you are on a strict diet, you cannot partake of this yourself.

So here is a couple of  *nibbles* that you can prepare, in some cases weeks in advance, some can be frozen or kept in the fridge and they should last until Christmas has finally finished, which we will know about, as the shops will be stocking Easter Eggs, except they will now be called *Holiday Chocolate Eggs* to avoid offending people who are not of a Christian religion, but will of course offend all those who are of a Christian religion.  I digress:

Starter:

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Cider – Milling the stuff

I currently have a project role at Heineken, based at the Cider Mill in Hereford.  It really is a great company, with terrific people.  Even though I, like many others, are contractors, they treat us as part of the team, with all the benefits of being a Heineken employee.  As a Test Manager, I know bugger all about brewing beer, or milling cider.  (Cider is milled, not brewed).

I am going to write this article over the course of milling our cider, so day one was 22nd  November.

Anyway, our project being new to the Cider Mill site in Hereford, was invited to spend a few days, over a few weeks, to mill and vinify some cider, the old fashioned way.  The first day was bloody hard work.

The recipe starts with “take 1,500kg of apples”

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Here we start with around 500kg each of Dabinett, Yarlington and Brown Snout varieties, from orchards around the area.

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The Queen – God Bless Her

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You may have seen in the news recently (well every bleeding hour of every day on a 24/7 rolling news bollocks MSM station) that there is to be a royal wedding.  I wish the couple all the happiness possible.  I just wish the MSM would not have 24/7 wall to wall coverage.

The other day, I was not reading the comments, like we don’t, and I noticed many posts were actually against the Royal family, though in fairness, most were kind about our current Queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and indeed prince Philip.

In her capacity as queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II is styled “Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith“.  Monarchs take a Coranation to this effect.

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Emigrate to a New Planet

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By ESA – European Space Agency & Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research for OSIRIS Team

Stephen Hawking:  “Earth is a wonderful place, but it might not last forever.  Sooner or later we must look to the stars.”

I saw this article Humans-could-reach-Mars-in-ONE-HOUR  and it got me thinking.  Do we colonise other planets because of mass over-population or because we have to as our planet may become uninhabitable, or just because we can.

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Postcard from Combe Martin and Ilfracombe

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For about 10 years now my wife and I an our now 12-year-old son, several older children, and countless grandchildren, come down to the John Fowler holiday camp in Combe Martin, in North Devon, we always stay in a mobile home/caravan thingy.  For those not aware, John Fowler holiday parks are much more peaceful and quiet than “In your face Butlins”.  There are two sites here, the lower one is very hilly, best one is called Sandaway.  They also have a site in Ilfracombe. Proper hotels and other camp sites are here as well.

Due to the narrowness of the valley, the village consists principally of one single long street which runs 2 miles (3.2 km) between the Valley Head the sea, it is a myth it is one of the longest high streets in the UK, but we never like to let facts spoil the story.  Anyway, I like a nice long thin one.

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The Moon – With Phil the Test Manager


Following some discussions with various esteemed posters, I was most shocked to find some still think that man has never landed on the moon.  Sadly I am not just talking about Behold a Pale Horse either.  During researching this article I note that opinion polls taken in various locations have shown that between 6% and 20% of Americans, 25% of Britons, and 28% of Russians surveyed believe that the manned landings were faked.
The problem is finding proof.  If you post a picture it is easy to say “Photoshop”, or a video the nay-sayers will argue it is “CGI”.  Indeed, it is very hard to prove many things.
I thought rather than just cover the hoax theories, which are all debunked; I would educate myself, and perhaps others, with a little bit about our moon, before discussing the hoax theories.
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