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Topic: CN Tower Becomes World's Tallest Free-Standing Structure (1975)
Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 5:21:57 PM
There is no mention about lightnings in the article. I found a website with an answer: "The CN Tower in Toronto, completed 40 years ago, is hit by lightning about 75 times a year." Which is less than I thought.

https://ecle.biz/cn-tower-struck-lightning-3000-times/

There is a nice video on youtube "CN Tower hit by lightning 15 times"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blgJE0sOdco
Topic: Book Titles
Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 5:30:04 PM
I always thought the book was first, but it seems movie was first and the book was later made from screenplay (and I even couldn't find a decent book cover).
But anyway, to add to a sci-fi series of posts:

E.T. by Melissa Mathison.




Btw, good find, Dragon. The history of it seems to be a bit complicated.

"Note: This page presents quotes from both published editions of Heinlein's most famous work. The edited first edition of 1961 (FE) contains some memorable quotes that are not in the longer "Uncut" ACE/Putnam edition of 1991 (UC), based on his original manuscripts, because a few significant lines were actually added, rather than trimmed down, during the editing process of the first edition."

Wiki - Stranger in a Strange Land
Topic: Book Titles
Posted: Monday, February 4, 2019 1:39:55 PM
Amberville - Tim Davys

Topic: Brexit solution?
Posted: Monday, February 4, 2019 4:50:23 AM
I really thought there would be efforts to repeat the referendum, at least maybe until December.
But it seems a hard brexit is what is going to happen, and some previously unimagined things are considered.


Hard Brexiters say only acceptable way forward is to remove backstop.
Topic: Brexit solution?
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 3:54:19 PM
Thanks for the answer, Ash Lingua. That's too bad. I am reading Timothy Snyder's The Road to unfreedom, there are interesting facts (not speculations) about Russian involvement in the whole Brexit thing in the book.
Topic: Brexit solution?
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 3:37:10 PM
Thanks for explanation, Ash Lingua. I didn't hear about DUP.
My sister with brother-in-law live in Tallaght and I know they visit Belfast ZOO regularly, Giant's Causeway too, and always have some pounds in the purse.
They take for granted there is no border too.
So May is in a very difficult situation. I understand she has very little support in her own party.
Topic: Brexit solution?
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 2:12:18 PM
I know this may sound ridiculous or even heretic, but didn't it occur to any British politician to propose to let go Northern Ireland and solve the seemingly unsolvable problem with the Irish border? From where I live it seems like a rather logical solution. I don't know anything about pros and cons, that is just an idea. Your thoughts?
Topic: Book Titles
Posted: Monday, January 28, 2019 3:29:44 PM
Dracula - Bram Stoker (what else?)

Topic: Book Titles
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 2:55:41 PM
Stranger in a strange land - Robert A. Heinlein

Topic: Learned
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 2:36:30 PM
Atatürk wrote:
It is a learned and practiced art.

Is "learned" pronounced as the past form of "learn" in the above?


No, it isn't pronounced like "learnt" if it is an adjective. It is pronounced (lûr′nĭd), rhyming with (I cannot think of a better example) legged (also adjective).

Take a look at an excellent site A Free Online Talking Pronunciation Dictionary. The Free Dictionary has (lûr′nĭd) too.

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