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    Where in the world?

    Post by patpending on Thu Feb 19, 2009 1:45 pm

    I understand we can all see the link "Who is online" http://www.mguk.org/viewonline.htm which shows where our IP address appears to be located.

    And a big hello to ZTSteve*, who tonight joins us from Oxford's famous Botanical Gardens! (I'm in the Cardboard City by Waterloo Station...) Wink

    *EDIT not ZRSteve of course...Wink
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by ZTsteve on Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:05 pm

    patpending wrote:I understand we can all see the link "Who is online" http://www.mguk.org/viewonline.htm which shows where our IP address appears to be located.

    And a big hello to ZTSteve*, who tonight joins us from Oxford's famous Botanical Gardens! (I'm in the Cardboard City by Waterloo Station...) Wink

    *EDIT not ZRSteve of course...Wink

    Oxford? How bizarre. I thought I was in West Sussex, but that must be an illusion caused by lack of alcohol.
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by ZTsteve on Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:01 am

    Looks like I am still in Oxford, while Windy is in central London at the end of Westminster bridge!

    I assume this is something to do with the ISP we each use, mine being Pipex (Tiscalli).
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by Windy on Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:29 am

    ZTsteve wrote:Looks like I am still in Oxford, while Windy is in central London at the end of Westminster bridge!

    I assume this is something to do with the ISP we each use, mine being Pipex (Tiscalli).
    Thanks Steve, I was wondering where I was and the map does not work on this computer with a mobile connection - of course the only time you are likely to need it is when your mobile!
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by patpending on Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:49 am

    and hello to our guest in the middle of the road in Bern. Not you, is it, Windy? Wink
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by ZTsteve on Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:28 am

    I see we have an anonymous user browsing the site from the USA. Hello USA!

    And patpending is now shown as being in Surrey, near Leatherhead. That sounds surprisingly plausible, considering I am still in Oxford! Shocked
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by patpending on Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:28 am

    ZTsteve wrote:...And patpending is now shown as being in Surrey, near Leatherhead. That sounds surprisingly plausible, considering I am still in Oxford! Shocked
    yes, not far from the Services' rest home at Headley Court nor from the murderous curves of the Mickleham Bends... I bought my satellite receiver in Leatherhead...

    (eat your heart out, "I left my heart in San Francisco!") Wink

    Meanwhile, Fantomass is in ulica Gubina in SW St Petersburg...
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by ZTsteve on Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:41 am

    patpending wrote:
    ZTsteve wrote:...And patpending is now shown as being in Surrey, near Leatherhead. That sounds surprisingly plausible, considering I am still in Oxford! Shocked
    yes, not far from the Services' rest home at Headley Court nor from the murderous curves of the Mickleham Bends... I bought my satellite receiver in Leatherhead...

    (eat your heart out, "I left my heart in San Francisco!") Wink

    Meanwhile, Fantomass is in ulica Gubina in SW St Petersburg...

    Would they be the 'Deceptive Bends' of 10cc fame? I heard they had a studio near there once upon a time. May have been called Strawberry Studios South, or I might have imagined that...
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by patpending on Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:23 am

    ZTsteve wrote:Would they be the 'Deceptive Bends' of 10cc fame? I heard they had a studio near there once upon a time. May have been called Strawberry Studios South, or I might have imagined that...
    well, I must wiki that.

    EDIT yes wiki says Strawberry Studios South was in Dorking.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry_Studios

    No reason for "Deceptive Bends" though...



    TBH I had thought 10cc were from Kingston-upon-Thames ("Dreadlock Holiday" was supposed to have happened in that Kingston) but heard they came from Stockport.

    "Strawberry" stamped in the run-off groove was always a guarantee of a quality pressing TBH...

    The Mickleham Bends are known as "The Mickies" by motorbike riders...I can just see it now "honest, officer, I just swerved to avoid this gigantic salmon-pink marker in the middle of the road"...Wink

    EDIT Clearly "Deceptive Bends" was a road sign! Idea

    These vehicles are passing through the village long before today's bypass was created. On

    the fast A24 dual-carriageway road, signs once warned of ˜deceptive bends". The rock band

    10cc, who owned a recording studio in nearby Dorking, may well have seen these signs

    when they named their 1977 album "Deceptive Bends"


    http://www.francisfrith.com/search/england/surrey/mickleham/mickleham.htm
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by richardk on Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:12 am

    Well I've fooled the system.....here I am almost in the grounds of the Tower of London and it thinks I'm in Newbury or somewhere west of Londinium.
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by ZTsteve on Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:00 pm

    EDIT Clearly "Deceptive Bends" was a road sign!

    It was, and they were! I used that road a few times in those days (70s..80s?). At that time it was a real dual carriageway, with two lanes heading south as well as north. Now the southbound carriage is marked as single lane to stop people in a hurry trying to overtake... I imagine this has the effect of slowing all traffic. It certainly gives more scope for correction if you take a bend a bit too fast...

    As far as I recall, the first 10cc studio (later ...North) was in Stockport.
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by Windy on Sat Feb 21, 2009 5:16 pm

    ZTsteve wrote:I see we have an anonymous user browsing the site from the USA. Hello USA!
    Was anonymous anywhere near Bennington Vermont?

    If so then it was probably our latest member - proscriptus.

    Good to see the motoring journalists keeping themseves properly informed of the facts Wink

    Although since proscriptus hasn't said hello, it could be anyone...
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by patpending on Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:24 am

    Windy wrote:
    ZTsteve wrote:I see we have an anonymous user browsing the site from the USA. Hello USA!
    Was anonymous anywhere near Bennington Vermont?

    If so then it was probably our latest member - proscriptus.

    Good to see the motoring journalists keeping themseves properly informed of the facts Wink

    Although since proscriptus hasn't said hello, it could be anyone...
    proscriptus is from Vermont, I PMd him yesterday to say hello and asked him to do the same.

    Though that leaves the "anonymous guest from Southern California"! Smile
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by patpending on Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:16 pm

    we have someone from Breda (NL) here tonight.

    Hello!
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by Windy on Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:45 am

    Just spotted a "Bot", located at NASA busy browsing our site cheers
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by patpending on Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:07 am

    Windy wrote:Just spotted a "Bot", located at NASA busy browsing our site cheers
    just so long as our avatars feature no propellers whatsoever NASA won't be interested, though...

    ...ah. Laughing
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by ZTsteve on Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:34 am

    Just to add to the confusion, I am currently on holiday in Madeira (where it is raining cats and dogs!) but my location shows up as Viseu in the centre of Portugal.

    Madeira is in fact a part of Portugal, although it is off the west coast of Africa.

    I wonder if I will return to Oxford when I land at Gatwick...
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by patpending on Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:04 am

    ZTsteve wrote:Just to add to the confusion, I am currently on holiday in Madeira (where it is raining cats and dogs!) but my location shows up as Viseu in the centre of Portugal.

    Madeira is in fact a part of Portugal, although it is off the west coast of Africa.

    I wonder if I will return to Oxford when I land at Gatwick...
    and French Guiana in South America is actually a department of France IIRC.

    Wonder if users from Cayenne show up in Paris? Laughing

    So here's a new holiday game - "did you have a nice time in Madeira? what was it like?" "Don't know really, I spent my time online looking at satellite maps of Portugal"...

    Let me know what it was like when you get back, Madeira is one place I would love to go!
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by ZTsteve on Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:11 pm

    patpending wrote:
    ZTsteve wrote:Just to add to the confusion, I am currently on holiday in Madeira (where it is raining cats and dogs!) but my location shows up as Viseu in the centre of Portugal.

    Madeira is in fact a part of Portugal, although it is off the west coast of Africa.

    I wonder if I will return to Oxford when I land at Gatwick...
    and French Guiana in South America is actually a department of France IIRC.

    Wonder if users from Cayenne show up in Paris? Laughing

    So here's a new holiday game - "did you have a nice time in Madeira? what was it like?" "Don't know really, I spent my time online looking at satellite maps of Portugal"...

    Let me know what it was like when you get back, Madeira is one place I would love to go!

    It is a lovely place, except when it rains. Which it has done all day today.

    One downside is the Euro exchange rate, which is a lot worse than it was the last time we came here five years ago. Shocked

    On the other hand, there was no Wi-Fi then. Cheers
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by patpending on Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:09 am

    jeg snakke ikke norsk

    so will the guest who has logged in from Oslo please stand up in English? Very Happy
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by patpending on Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:42 pm

    e buona sera al nostro invitato(?) di Torino!

    una città molta bene per le macchine inglesi!

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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by ZTsteve on Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:57 am

    This thread is turning into patpendings foreign language class study Thumbs Up
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by patpending on Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:35 am

    ZTsteve wrote:This thread is turning into patpendings foreign language class study Thumbs Up
    it's not encouraging our visitors to say hello, though! Wink

    (in fact our visitor from Turin is here again!)
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by ZTsteve on Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:18 pm

    I saw a Google Bot earlier. I wonder what language he speaks...
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by Windy on Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:10 pm

    ZTsteve wrote:I saw a Google Bot earlier. I wonder what language he speaks...
    Google Bots are language independant, they understand all words of all languages, however they do recoginse which language a website is using and will offer to translate it into any of the 41 languages supported by the Google translation Bots: http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/090227-080514

    Goes looking for a Bot smiley...
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by patpending on Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:05 am

    Windy wrote:...Goes looking for a Bot smiley...
    well, I'm not googling for that...! Rolling Eyes

    in the meantime, ciao again to Torino... Laughing
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by patpending on Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:17 am

    and who's that on the Inverness Golf Course in SE Denver, Colorado? not too far from Ardmore, OK...
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by ZTsteve on Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:30 am

    Hello to Anonymous from Moscow!
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by DillTheDog on Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:15 am

    Apparently I'm either sitting in Reading scratch while the rest of the hosue seems to be in Peterborough (looking out the window anyway), or I'm in Turin ! Ciao, ha bisogno del passaporto? cheers
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    Re: Where in the world?

    Post by patpending on Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:34 am

    meanwhile, cin dobre (?) to our visitor from Warsaw!

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