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  1. Friday Funny .

    We seem to change politicians here often and yet, we're still neck deep
  2. Mate you lost me.... But you have me laughing!! Here is Australia those who use them call them "Bum bags"
  3. R7 MK3 HIGH FIDELITY RADIOGRAM Having a high fidelity audio setup is great. Having a high fidelity audio setup that looks as good as it sounds? That’s the dream. A dream inhabited solely by the R7 MK3 High Fidelity Radiogram. Coming in either a walnut wood or grey lacquer finish, this home audio unit boasts a classic mid-century design on the outside and a broad range of cutting-edge tech on the inside. The third generation of the R7 features a dedicated turntable input, a CD player, super high resolution aptX HD Bluetooth receiver, Spotify Connect integration, and switchable analogue and digital inputs. Whatever your preference in format, this unit can play it in high fidelity through its two 140mm dual concentric drive units and 200m integrated active subwoofer. As of right now, no price has been released. These are expected to end up at dealers starting in October.
  4. ‘Murder on the Orient Express’: New Trailer Has Hercule Poirot Trying to Find a Killer 20th Century Fox has released a new Murder on the Orient Express trailer. Based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name, the film follows famous detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) as he tries to solve the murder of one of the passengers aboard the Orient Express. This continues to look like a fun and stylish murder mystery, and the work that Branagh does here as director with cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos really seems to elevate the material. Indeed, things could get claustrophobic quickly when you have a bunch of characters talking on a train, but it looks as though Branagh has found ways to keep the visual palate dynamic. Moreover, the cast is terrific and Daisy Ridley fans will no doubt be excited to see the actress in her first post-Star Wars: The Force Awakens role here.
  5. You Don't Sit Inside McLaren's Wild Gran Turismo Concept Cars: they're just video games you can actually die in. So when car designers get a chance to play around in the gaming world, it's a chance to be free of the rules that govern so much of what we drive. The latest Gran Turismo concept comes from McLaren, and it radically reimagines how a person would even operate a car. This is the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo. You can download it next month when the new Gran Turismo Sport drops for the PlayStation 4. In the game, it uses a hybrid twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that puts out a totally reasonable 1,134 horsepower and 426kg-ft of torque. The idea is it's what a new Ultimate Series racing car could look like after 2030. The really crazy thing here is the seating position — or laying position, I guess. The driver lays prone inside the car, on their stomachs, facing forward and with arms outstretched to grip a steering wheel. They call it a "motorcycle" driving position, but you'd lay even flatter than that. Here's a video: That sounds bizarre! And it would clearly be a lot to adjust to. Driving is a total body experience, and I'd wonder how this would feel, how different driving dynamics might be, if a driver was inserted into the car this way. But hey, it's not real, nor will it likely ever be. But it does look awesome, and gives us a very different way to think about human-machine interactions in racing cars. Gran Turismo Sport arrives October 17.
  6. The Producer Behind 'It' Is Bringing The Japanese Mecha Phenom 'Ma.K' to The Big Screen It producer Roy Lee's next project is a little bigger than creepy clowns hiding in sewers — literally bigger, because it's a plan to bring the far-future Japanese robo-epic Ma.K to live action for Warner Bros. Also known as Maschinen Krieger and, in its earliest form, SF3D, Kow Yokoyama (who will produce the movie alongside Lee) and Hiroshi Ichimura's scifi mecha series ran in the pages of tabletop gaming magazine Hobby Japan in the mid-1980s, but Yokoyama's futuristic designs — blending traditional mecha styles with the aesthetic of real-world armour from the First and Second World Wars — are best known in Japan and the rest of the world through the myriad model kits that have been based on them since Ma.K came to a close. The series, set thousands of years in the future after a fourth world war has wiped out most of humanity, leaving the survivors to flee their now-uninhabitable planet for a generation before coming back to slowly recolonize mankind's homeworld. And, you know, devolve into factions that occasionally fight each other with bipedal tanks and giant robots, as you rightly should. Yokohama's designs definitely make for the sort of mecha we don't really see on the big screen on a regular basis, so it will be interesting to see how they're brought to life here.
  7. Maria's Path Of Destruction Across Puerto Rico And The US Virgin Islands Is Heartbreaking Hurricane Maria is currently churning off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, leaving behind historic levels of destruction in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and several Caribbean nations. Recovery and cleanup efforts have already begun, but as grim new photographs show, these tropical islands have their work cut out for them. The eye of Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico yesterday, lashing the US territory with Category 4 winds of 200km/h and knocking out power across the entire island. "Months and months and months and months are going to pass before we can recover from this," Felix Delgado, mayor of the northern coastal city of Catano, told The Associated Press. He isn't exaggerating. Puerto Rico is a battered vestige of what it was just a few hours ago, with vegetation stripped from trees, hundreds of houses smashed to tinder sticks, and streets filled with the flotsam and jetsam left behind by catastrophic floods. Earlier, the storm blasted through the US Virgin Islands, passing west of St Croix and delivering winds as high as 145km/h. Puerto remains under a flash flood warning on Thursday as the tail-end of the storm threatens to deliver another 10 to 20cm of rain on top of the 89cm already delivered. At least one person is dead, and a woman and two children were rescued from a boat that went missing off Puerto Rico, according to the US Coast Guard. Maria is being blamed for at least 18 deaths so far: 15 in Dominica, two in Guadeloupe, and one in Puerto Rico. Whole of #PuertoRico without power https://buff.ly/2hiSleS #twitter Found on fb how the phone tower in #GuayamaPR looks. This is one of the reasons why I'm anxious for news. #HurricaneMaria #PuertoRico Dogs helping cows jn my beautiful island of enchantment #ToqueDeQueda #maria #puertorico #prayforpuertorico #maria #HurricaneMaria The hurricane couldn't have come at a worse time for the US territory, which is in the midst of a debilitating debt crisis. With an infrastructure in an already depleted state, there's no way of knowing how long it will take Puerto Rico to bounce back from Maria, or where it will get the resources to do it. "Puerto Rico is in very, very tough shape. Their electrical grid is destroyed. It wasn't in good shape to start off with, but their electrical grid is totally destroyed," said President Donald Trump today before a UN meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Trump said he'll work with the island's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, and said he'll visit the "absolutely obliterated" island at some point in the future, though no date was specified. The ravages of #HurricaneMaria in #StCroix #USVirginIslands In the US Virgin Islands, home to about 110,000 people, the situation was just as desperate. The White House, as it did for Puerto Rico, has declared the islands a disaster area to make room for federal funding. The storm knocked out electricity and most mobile phone services across the US Virgin Islands. Most radio stations are down and many roads remain impassable, according to Reuters. Estimates suggest about 70 per cent of buildings were damaged in St Croix, a city with a population of 55,000. The National Hurricane Center reports that Maria is currently 215km southeast of Grand Turk Island. It may strengthen in the coming days, but it's unlikely to hit the US mainland. Tropical storm winds could start hitting the central Bahamas beginning late Friday local time. And there are still seven weeks left in this year's Atlantic hurricane season.
  8. Great analogy! I stand corrected
  9. crocs heading south

    Only problem is that a drunk fella doesn't bite half your torso off while you're poking him
  10. What is it with Americans and their obsession with Fanny packs
  11. crocs heading south

    Yes, I stand by my policy mate. If you're referring to the picture with the Croc and the green water... Long gone are the days where I'd spend weeks camping and swimming in Freshwater rivers here.Don't know why, perhaps paranoid, but things have changed over the past 30+ years.
  12. Formula 1 - 2017

    F1 demo rules changed by FIA to allow current cars to be used Formula 1's rules have been tweaked to help its new owners pursue their plans to organise more demonstration events similar to July's F1 Live event in London. The FIA World Motor Sport Council has formally approved a change which will allow teams to run current 2018 machinery, or year-old 2017 cars, in demo events next year. The change will make it easier for teams to run their current cars away from race weekends and official test sessions next year, but only at events organised by the commercial rights holder. F1's rules contain tight restrictions on the testing of current cars, which are officially defined as those built to the regulations of the previous season, the current season, and the following season. Previously, teams have only been allowed to run two demo days with current cars between the last race of the season and the end of the calendar year, for no more than 15km, and "at the sole discretion of the FIA, and with the full knowledge of all competitors". In effect such days are for teams who may want to celebrate a world championship victory at the end of the season, something that Mercedes has done in the past. Despite the rules being opened up for next year, the 15km limit has been retained, and it is specified that "no such demonstrations may take place on track configurations currently approved for use by Formula 1 cars". Because of the restrictions teams have always done other demonstration runs with older cars, which is why the most recent machines used at the London event were from 2015. Force India and Haas did not take part in London as they did not have available machinery - Haas does not have a two-year old car - while Renault and McLaren used historic cars. Often finances or logistical issues such as a change of engine supplier make it impractical for teams to main two or three-year-old running cars.
  13. Formula 1 - 2017

    Massa column: Vettel too forceful in Singapore GP start Felipe Massa reflects on a challenging Singapore Grand Prix and offers his view on the controversial accident between the Ferraris and Max Verstappen at the start. I had been expecting an uphill weekend in Singapore, which was confirmed in many respects, but I left the track with the satisfaction that we were at least close to finishing in the top 10. As seems to be the rule for everyone in Singapore, we experienced a weekend full of unforeseen events at the Marina Bay circuit. In my case it started with a poor qualifying. On my final lap in Q1, I made a mistake by touching one of the walls on the track. It was a moment that cost me between six and seven tenths, and meant I failed to make it through to Q2. I do not think we would have been able to get in to Q3, but I was sorry not to have been able to deliver fully on the potential we had available. On Sunday, the weather forecasts proved correct, as shortly before the race the rain arrived – and got more intense as we got closer to the start. It meant a tough choice deciding on which tyre to begin the race. The wet qualifying at Monza, a track which does not have great grip, showed that the full-wet was the thing to have. I felt we could potentially find ourselves in similar conditions in Singapore, as the streets there are normal public roads that were unlikely to give you great traction in the wet. The only major difference to Monza was the temperature, but I thought that starting from the back on the full wet tyre would be less risky – especially in the first laps. That then would give me a chance to gain some positions on those who had taken more chances with the intermediates. My tyre choice seemed obvious, but within a few moments I realised that my evaluation was not the right one – because my times were slower than many of my midfield rivals. I didn't even have great chances to win positions in the opening corners because those ahead of me on intermediates had the best tyres from the very first few metres. Once the times had stabilised, and the team had noted the different pace of the tyres, the safety car came out for Daniil Kvyat's crash and I thought it would be a good time to switch to the intermediate tyres. I told the team over the radio, but they told me to stay out on the track, as they wanted to try and avoid an extra stop for intermediates and move me straight onto dry tyres. Even though I was not convinced about the choice, I kept going. I obviously gained some positions over those who had pitted for fresh intermediates, but once the race got going again my rhythm was really slow. It was really hard to find a decent race pace, and suddenly I found myself dropping off the pack by 20 seconds in just three laps. When I finally pitted for intermediates, on the first lap out, I was five-and-a-half seconds quicker than my previous best lap – and from that moment on the race pace was good. Unfortunately, the previously lost ground could not be recovered and in the end I failed to get into the top 10 before the chequered flag. Williams Martini Racing did at least get four points thanks to Lance Stroll's good finish, holding back Renault's push in the constructors' championship, so that was the best news of the weekend. Startline crash After the race, I noticed the great stirring in the paddock because of the startline crash. I have to say that I didn't see anything in the first moments of the race, since there was just a wall of water in front of me. Since then I have had the chance to watch the start on television, and I think Sebastian Vettel was just a little too forceful when he tried to defend his lead – which triggered everything else happening. Of course Max Verstappen is still young, but in the end I do not think he made any mistake. When you are like Sebastian and get to this stage of the world championship, and you are still fighting for the title, it all gets very complex. I would have thought that Sebastian would have only wanted to cover Lewis Hamilton – since they are alone in their battle for the crown. An F1 season has plenty of episodes like this. Sometimes they are insignificant, but at other times – especially when your rival's competitiveness is very close - they are the very things that can make the difference in the end. I still remember what happened in Singapore 2008. It was one of the most unlucky races of my career, and I will never forget the weight it had on my season.
  14. Formula 1 - 2017

    FIA defines Halo load test rules for F1 2018 cars Formula 1 teams can finalise the specification of their 2018 chassis after the FIA confirmed details of how the new Halo cockpit protection device load test will be conducted. Full details of the Halo, which will be introduced in a grand prix for the first time next season, and the loads expected on that the chassis mountings had been shared, but teams were waiting on how the push test will be applied. This impacts how the loads will be distributed through their chassis, and the complication is that the test cannot be conducted with a real Halo fitted, because it would fail before the chassis mountings. The delay in defining the test has caused frustration for some teams, particularly those whose level of resources mean that key design parameters must be frozen early. But after talks with the teams, the FIA has now defined the test and amended the technical regulations accordingly, with the changes ratified when the World Motor Sport Council met in Paris on Thursday. Regarding the test, the FIA says a dummy structure must be used in place of the Halo. For each test, peak loads must be applied in less than three minutes and be maintained for five seconds. After five seconds of application there must be no failure of any part of the survival cell or of any attachment between the structure and the survival cell. The nature of the load and the way in which it is applied, is detailed in the regulations. The FIA added that all static and dynamic load tests must be performed with the secondary roll structure (whether dummy or otherwise) removed. Meanwhile, the World Motor Sport Council also ratified changes to the technical regulations that instigate improvements to chassis strength and wheel retention systems for 2018. Regarding engines, the FIA has brought forward the deadline in which manufacturers must inform the governing body of its intention to supply engines from May 6 to January 1 of the preceding year. The next World Motor Sport Council meeting will be held on December 6 in Paris.
  15. Formula 1 - 2017

    Haas F1 deny favouritism after team orders at Singapore Grand Prix Haas F1 has denied rumours of favouritism after using team orders to let Romain Grosjean past Kevin Magnussen at the Singapore Grand Prix. Magnussen was on the cusp of scoring points in the race after letting Grosjean through and felt that the decision that Haas took could have cost him a points finish. The Dane's race however, ended prematurely when an engine issue forced him to retire while Grosjean went on to secure his seventh points finish of 2017 by finishing in ninth. Haas F1's Guenther Steiner made it clear that any issue over the decision had been cleared up after the race: “We spoke with the drivers after the race about the situation because we have to clean the air when we make these decisions," he told Danish Broadcaster BT. “I think we took the right one. “We talked and cleaned the air. That’s what I do with the boys. At least they did not drive into each other or anything else stupid. “Perhaps we hurt some feelings, but we explained why and that was accepted.” Steiner also denied the rumours of favouritism: "There is no favouritism. Romain and Kevin are equal, but during the races we make certain decisions from the pitwall. “We can be wrong, but I do not think we were here,” he added,

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