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  1. Hello all Clearing out a bunch of books for the charity shop box, wondered if anyone might interested in these two.. "The Gold Sovereign" by Michael A Marsh, Golden Jubilee Edition, published by Cambridge Publications "The Sovereign: The World's Most Famous Coin" by Daniel Fearon and Brian Reeds, published by Bonhams - this book has a price guide that is obviously out of date Both are in good condition, see below £8 each plus postage? The money will go to charity.
  2. This is a great reminder that it is important to be aware of your surroundings when you are in bear habitats, and also be prepared. For example, when I worked in Canada, I was told to carry pepper spray (to distract a bear long enough to run away), wear "bear bells" on my backpack (little jingly bells that warn bears when you are nearby- they don't like to be surprised), and to learn how to identify bear droppings so I could tell what types of bear are in the area. In Canada, there are two main types of bears- black bears and brown (grizzly) bears. Black bears are small, avoid humans, and eat plants and small animals. Their droppings contain seeds and grass and small bones. Brown bears and large and aggressive. Their droppings contain bells and smell of pepper. 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🐻
  3. I think I visited that stall when I went. I bought a few US state quarters to complete my collection 😊
  4. I thought we were supposed to imagine no possessions
  5. I saw that same story on the Beeb : https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48392141 I did wonder exactly why they're doing it. It doesn't take up much space and the Royal Mint can't be short of cash- I mean, they literally have a licence to print money 😁 I'm thinking of buying it myself. It would look nice with the others
  6. Haven't had one of these for a while- 2007 Tercentenary of the act of union £2. I've already got a couple of these so this is a swapsie if anyone wants it
  7. There's a loopy American wannabe-politician called Stan Jones who is also famous for turning himself blue by drinking colloidal silver. Apparently gullible quacky people think that because silver has antibiotic effects, if they drink it then it will miraculously cure all ills. Perhaps the two of them should have got together and formed a real-life Blue Man Group.
  8. The original article is behind the Times' paywall (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/little-can-be-achieved-by-simply-staring-at-the-sun-cg6tt5kqlqm). Part of it is reproduced here https://www.netweather.tv/forum/topic/2671-weather-eye/page/38/ ("Little can be achieved by simply staring at the sun"). It's not much more than standard journalistic guff about someone who got something wrong. the Met Office get worse flak on a daily basis. Corbyn trying to shut it down is the mark of a sore loser- the same reaction as when the British Chiropractic Association tried to sue a scientist who called them out for their daft beliefs. As the saying goes, the way to win an argument is with a better argument, not the suppression of ideas. Weather forecasting is a big deal for shipping companies, agriculture etc. If his methods of forecasting were as successful as he claims, by now he would either be the most successful weather forecaster in the world (or would possibly have had a horse's head in his bed from the Met Office). In reality it seems his methods are no more accurate than my mum's wonky knee hurting when it is going to rain. A scientist maybe but not a climate scientist. Brian May has a PhD in astrophysics but I wouldn't necessarily trust him if he made some loopy prediction based on staring at the sun either.
  9. Piers Corbyn- who has no qualifications in climate science- threw a hissy fit when a journo wrote an article that was critical of his work and he forbade further publication of his work without his approval. That is not the action of a "real scientist". I wouldn't trust him with anything related to climate change any more than I'd trust his brother with a country's economy.
  10. I've got one of those- see below. I don't really collect 50ps but I do have a few gaps in my £2 album I'm happy to swap it for: 2002 Commonwealth Games- Wales 2011 King James Bible 2011 Mary Rose 2012 Olympic handover
  11. I've seen dealers selling these at London Coin Fair. There are some dealers that specialise in ancient coins e.g. Silbury Coins http://www.silburycoins.co.uk I've thought about buying a few Roman or Greek coins to mix in with my own collection of modern coins to confuse archaeologists of the future when they find my buried hoard 😃 I would especially love to have a Greek tetradrachm featuring the Athenian owl. Maybe when I've got a spare few hundred quid...
  12. With that much silverware I'd probably be calling some of the places in the London Silver Vaults https://silvervaultslondon.com and seeing if they'd give me a reasonable price
  13. In case anyone might still be interested, I received some of Ollie's fantastic bricks today and made a post about it in the "Today I received" thread, together with some pictures...
  14. Today I received some silver building blocks from forum member @OlliesSilverBars. Recently I posted that I had bought some blocks made by Monarch, but was a bit disappointed that they don't interconnect with real Lego bricks. In another thread someone mentioned that Ollie's bricks do, so I bought some to test that out for myself. As the pictures below show, the bricks arrived nicely packed in little black bags, and are the same size as standard 2x4 Lego bricks. They even have the tubes underneath that give Lego bricks their "clutch power" but on the silver bricks they aren't full size. But they do indeed stack with real Lego bricks so it's possible to make a structure mixing up the silver and actual Lego. Being hollow, the bricks are lighter than the solid 1oz Monarch blocks. Of course, the presence of such treasure inevitably draws attention from the criminal fraternity, although small-time criminals are likely to make blunders when in pursuit of their nefarious activities that are likely to bring them to the attention of the law. Better hope the king is feeling merciful...
  15. I'd go for Turing too, but he's favourite to be on the next £50. I'll go for my local Hampshire hero, Gilbert White. He's basically the founding father of naturalism and his book, The Natural History of Selborne, has been in print since it was first published in 1789. It would also be a good complement to the Jane Austen banknote since Selborne is a short pony-and-trap ride from Jane's house at Chawton. Sheldrake was a scientist once, but certainly isn't any more.