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Posts posted by Ullman

  1. 50 minutes ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

    Thanks for all your photographic efforts, OF.

    As you have previously noted, it is hanging out with the other spuggies and I can see that there is some brown, sparrow-like colouration showing through.  I think, therefore, that this is probably an example of leucism.  This is when there is some pigment abnormality.  The effect can be to have an almost white bird, but you wouldn't get the pink eyes that a true albino bird has.  This is because leucism only affects pigment in the feathers.

    For a bird, a sad, but inevitable, consequence of being albino or leucistic is that you stand out more when, for instance, your friendly, neighbourhood sparrowhawk drops by!  I hope your one survives!

    Did a search for leucistic  sparrows and there are quite a few images of them that look like the one in OF's pics. Think you're probably right.

  2. 5 hours ago, gingerjon said:

    I have to say this is why I found myself reading (and paying for) the FT and Economist. Most of it is not opinion and that which is is clearly marked. It helps but isn’t essential that on many - but definitely not all - issues we have similar beliefs even if they are more trusting of business than I will ever be. (For similar reasons, in normal times, I listen to the World Servic news in preference to anything else).

    I’ve pretty much given up on the sites that are filled with opinion-havers-for-coin.

    A mate of mine who was an unreconstructed Marxist used to buy The Economist every month. He reckoned it was the best source of objective information on British capitalism you could get your hands on.

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  3. 23 hours ago, gingerjon said:

    That reads to me that in about three weeks the French will have a lockdown broadly similar to ours in terms of outdoor exercise with the difference being access to training for professional athletes?

    Glad it's not just me struggling with the idea that it's somehow "A yardstick for the UK".

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  4. 16 hours ago, Wellsy4HullFC said:

    It's a sad day in our sport when a club worries about going under and some "fans" of the game feel the need to turn the knife.

    Sad day.

    I don't know enough about how the scheme operates to know whether Adam Pearson's criticisms are valid or not.

    What I do know is that most of the people using his comments to have a go at him will share my lack of understanding.

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  5. 3 minutes ago, Robin Evans said:

    I remember being at a summer bbq around 1996. The memsahib, after watching all three blokes there went and got her sphyg from the car and took the blood pressure of all three of us. John at 160/110 was the best of the three of us. I will remember my numbers.. 222/165 as long as I live. It's a wonder I didn't pop.

    All three of us sought treatment the following week.


    Bloody hell!

  6. On 22/04/2020 at 20:00, bobbruce said:

    How do you know you are vulnerable. When it says they died with an underlying condition sometimes the person doesn’t know they have/had an underlying condition. 

    Absolutely, one of the main risk factors is unmanaged hypertension. Many hundreds of thousands of Brits in the 35-59 age group fall into that category simply because they are blissfully unaware they have high blood pressure.

  7. 23 hours ago, Padge said:

    China doesn't just make them up, they have a committee meeting, pass the thoughts of the meeting to the 'government' and then get told what the figures are based on the figures they were given but adjusted for the 'truth'. It's a complicated process.

    Reminds me of my 25 years in the NHS.

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