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Some Google Maps things

Story location: Home / bits-n-bobs /
18/Dec/2010

About a week ago or so, Emma was surprised to notice that Google Maps is incapable of calculating a route from Manchester to Buxton. It works if you type in a place within Buxton, and also if you choose to calculate a walking route.

Next, looking at the live traffic on Google Maps, I noticed the region of slow traffic seemed to be concentrated in a band across the middle of the country. When I checked the weather map on the BBC, it looked like this is where all the snow has been.

 

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Google Maps Ironbridge Anomaly

Story location: Home / bits-n-bobs /
16/Aug/2009

There appear to be some strange place names in Shropshire. I noticed these while checking the route to Ironbridge.

dummy

dummy

I hope there really aren't towns called Dummy2643 and Dummy2792.



Measuring Cups - weight conversions

Story location: Home / bits-n-bobs /
01/Apr/2007

Measuring cups and their volume, along with the equivalent weights - these are only applicable for general purpose white flour or granulated sugar.

Cups ml Oz Grams
1 236 4 110
½ 118 2 55
1/3 79 40
¼ 59 1 30

Other conversions

These may be found in various American recipes.

  • 1 cup is 8 fluid ounces of liquid or solid
  • 1 stick of butter is the same as 1 cup (i.e. 4oz or 110g)


Oven temperature conversion

Story location: Home / bits-n-bobs /
11/Nov/2006
Gas Mark ° C ° F
¼ 110 225
½ 130 250
1 140 275
2 150 300
3 170 325
4 180 350
5 190 375
6 200 400
7 220 425
8 230 450
9 240 475


Yorkshire vs Lancashire

Story location: Home / bits-n-bobs /
09/Nov/2006

Not quite the War of the Roses but a not-too-serious comparison between Yorkshire and Lancashire . In the interest of fairness I am taking the pre-1970's county boundaries, so I'll include Liverpool and Manchester as 'Old' Lancashire . As little research as possible has been conducted, only simple fact-checking to make sure I haven't mis-remembered anything important.

Yorkshire Lancashire Result
Countryside James Herriot Country Dark Satanic Mills Yorkshire
Food Yorkshire Pudding
Pontefract Cake
Wensleydale Cheese
Black Pudding
Eccles Cake
Lancashire Cheese
Draw
Beer Theakstons
Tetley
Stones
Sam Smiths
Thwaites
Cains
Boddingtons
J W Lees
Joseph Holt
Draw
Ye Olde stuff York (except Jorvik which is a rip-off) Err... some old buildings scattered around Yorkshire
Fun Scarborough Blackpool Lancashire
Big Cities Leeds
Bradford
Sheffield
Manchester
Liverpool
Lancashire
Films American Werewolf in London
The Full Monty
Kes
28 days later
The Parole Officer
Yorkshire (but it was close)
TV Comedy Open All Hours
Last of the Summer Wine
Royal Family
Phoenix Nights
Lancashire

It's a dead heat so far so I'll get Google to decide the winner.

Google search for Yorkshire Lancashire Result
"... is Great" 358 7 Yorkshire
"... is Crap" 2 0 Lancashire
"... is better than ..." 13 3 Yorkshire

It was close but it looks like Yorkshire wins on penalties.



Garfield's Birthday

Story location: Home / bits-n-bobs /
19/Jun/2006

Today is also Garfield's birthday. He's a bit younger than me (he was 'born' in 1978).

garfield with birthday cake



American Presidents

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24/May/2006

Presidents of the USA from 1789 to present.

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List of British Prime Ministers

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24/May/2006

British Prime Ministers, 1721-2006

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Eleanor Crosses

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27/Nov/2005

When Eleanor of Castile (wife of Edward I) died near Lincoln in 1290, her body was taken back to Westminster. At each overnight stop, Edward ordered a cross to be erected:

  1. Harby, Nottinghamshire (near Lincoln)
  2. Grantham, Lincolnshire
  3. Stamford, Lincolnshire
  4. Geddington, Northamptonshire (near Kettering)
  5. Hardingstone, near Northampton
  6. Stony Stratford (near Milton Keynes)
  7. Woburn, Bedfordshire
  8. Dunstable, Bedfordshire
  9. St Albans, Hertfordshire
  10. Waltham (now Waltham Cross) near Cheshunt in Hertfordshire
  11. Westcheap (Cheapside), London
  12. Charing (now Charing Cross)

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One for sorrow...

Story location: Home / bits-n-bobs /
24/Nov/2005

There are lots of version of the Magpie Counting rhymes. This one seems fairly typical:

One for sorrow, two for joy,
Three for a girl, four for a boy,
Five for silver, six for gold,
Seven for a secret never to be told.



The Ashes

Story location: Home / bits-n-bobs /
13/Sep/2005

England have won the Ashes. The last time this happened, in 1987, Coventry won the FA Cup. The world has changed a lot since then.

Other 1987 trivia:

  • Highest grossing films included: Three Men and a Baby, Fatal Attraction, Good Morning Vietnam
  • Johnny Logan won Eurovision with the song Hold Me Now
  • Best selling single was Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up


Oompa Loompa killed the radio star

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16/Aug/2005

Seperated at Birth?

Trevor Horn Oompa Loompa
Trevor Horn, of Buggles fame Oompa Loompa, as played by Deep Roy in the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film


Army, Navy and Air Force ranks

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22/Jan/2005

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Wedding Anniversary Gifts

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19/Oct/2004

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List of Phobias

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01/Jun/2004

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