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We seem to have a lot of new members joining, and they are all welcome. However, only a few of them seem to be posting. I wonder if they are concerned about their English, and the possibility of being criticised. Posting here isn't the same as posting on the Bitcoin Talk English boards.  On Bitcoin Talk, the use of a badly structured sentence, or the misuse of English words can lead to criticism by senior members. This forum has been created to help you with your posting, and to build posts that will avoid adverse comments.

We can't help you if you don't post anything. So dive in and we'll provide the life jackets and the water wings.

English historical notes / Upper case letters
« on: July 14, 2018, 03:31:03 PM »
Why are majuscules ( capital letters ) referred to as "upper case"? The phrase comes from the early days of typesetting, when a page was constructed from individual letters set in a printing frame.  The letters were kept in cases, and the more frequently used minuscule letters were kept in a case or tray that was kept on an easily accessed lower shelf. The less frequently used majuscules were kept in a case on an upper shelf.

English historical notes / What is a hamburger?
« on: July 12, 2018, 04:22:02 PM »
Well, we all know what a hamburger is, but how did it get its name. Not surprisingly, it seems to have come from the city of Hamburg in Germany, but its evolution stsrted in Asia. You can read more about it in this article from 'Today I found out' -

I've got some dollars sitting in a domain name sales account, and I can withdraw those in Bitcoin. It usually takes two or three days for the coins to arrive, and the exchange rate is pretty good with no fees. It probably takes up to three days because they batch the payments to reduce costs. Obviously I want to get as many coins for my dollars as I can, so I have to guess the short term price movement over the next week or so. Every time I think I'll claim the money, the graphs seem to show that Bitcoin is still in a bear market. I think the price will be substantially higher at the end of the year, but I keep trying to optimise the purchase. I'm coming to the conclusion that I should just claim the coins, and ignore any further drop in the price.

General Discussion / English marketing phrases
« on: July 10, 2018, 05:27:57 PM »
I'm pretty stressed about the current activities of our unicorn politicians, and their machinations to attempt to avoid leaving the EU.  I've got quite a few domain names for Brexit, but I wanted to try to find a possibly catchy marketing phrase, and I noticed that one of my names is (sorry, there isn't anything on the site yet ). All of the publicity about a fake, or non-existent departure refers to it as a "soft Brexit", but all of the so called deals have a lethal sting concealed in them, and I think " soft wasp " sums it up. This led me to think of some of the marketing phrases used by large companies that try to promise benefits to their customers, but actually have a contradictory alternative meaning.

Every little helps

This is a slogan used by a major UK supermarket chain, and this retailer has been prosecuted several times for relabelling out of date products. It has also been called to task for charging more than twice the price for a 1Kg pack than they charge for a half Kilo pack. At the same time, they display messages such as "bigger pack, better value". The consumer thinks that "every little helps" means that small savings on their shopping will help the family budget. In fact they are more expensive than many other supermarkets, and the extra pennies that they make from their more expensive "special offers" add up to a steady increase in their annual profits. Every little bit extra paid by their customers helps them with their record growth.

Computer and the Internet / The dangers of 5G communications
« on: July 10, 2018, 01:58:55 PM »
I'm starting to become concerned about the imminent arrival of 5G technology. It is likely to improve my Internet connections quite dramatically, but at the expense of my health and privacy. Do you guys think it is a good thing?


I couldn't stop watching this video. It discusses the life of ants, and their evolution from wasps. It also contains gems. such as the Aborginies who use the antbiotics secreted by bull ants to help to heal cuts.

Warning - it goes on for about 50 minutes.

Suggested improvements / I've deleted the Italian board
« on: July 03, 2018, 04:10:19 PM »
There has been no interest there, and no posts since I created it.

As the old saying goes - "use it, or lose it. "

Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies / Multifunction mining hardware
« on: June 28, 2018, 08:44:32 AM »
Bitcoin is getting some bad press at the moment as a result of the massive requirement for electricity. Entrepreneurs have started to address this issue, and they are creating dual purpose mining products. Heaters and air conditioners are the obvious two applications, and it will be interesting to see if any others start to appear.

Running your own Bitcoin node is the safest way to look after your coins in my opinion. But there is a major disadvantage in doing this. The storage requirement is not as big a problem as the download of the blockchain. I'm trying to think of ways to start a pruned node by linking to a remote blockchain.

Members fast chat / It is starting to echo in here
« on: June 28, 2018, 08:34:48 AM »
Things seem to be a bit quiet now that summer is here. I should be on the beach by the sea that is near to me, but there seems to be too much work on the 'net. Brexit and the impending economic collapse are starting to get interesting.

I'm interested in traditional habits and foods that promote a healthy lifestyle. For example - chicken soup is often referred to as 'Jewish penicillin', and Jamaican grandmothers have been using over-ripe bananas to cure a wide variety of minor ills. I eat raw lemons, and that includes the peel, for the healthy minerals they provide. Also, I let onions sprout in a tray, and then I eat the green shoots and discard the spent bulb.

Have you got asny tips to keep Fit to Talk members fit to talk?

General Discussion / My van has passed its government test
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:28:32 AM »
Every year in the UK, motor vehicles that are over 3 years old have to pass a government test. This covers emissions, braking, mechanical safety, lights, seat belts and many other things. It is designed to ensure that all vehicles used on the public highway are safe. My van is a twin wheel 3.5 tonne version, and it falls into the class 7 category, and the tests for these vehicles are a lot stricter than those for cars and light vans. I thought they would find a few things wrong with it, and it was going to cost me money, but it passed without even an advisory.

Do you have these vehicle tests in your country?

This X22 report discusses the way that the central banks attempt to 'retain control of the narrative'.

X22Report - Episode 1591a - Published on 13 Jun 2018

I'm getting quite a few applications for membership from apparent forum spammers, and I'm having to reject them without any research. Trying to discover a relationship with the Bitcoin Talk forum can be quite difficult, and I cannot afford the time at the moment. If you are rejected, then you will receive an email, and you are welcome to re-register in accordance with the registration rules.

You will need to use your exact Bitcoin Talk member name for registration. This is to avoid possible false accusations of plagiary, and because the project was set up specifically to help members of the Bitcoin Talk forum to improve their English language posting. You will also need to supply a valid email address, as you will need to confirm your application if it is approved. If you do not confirm within 7 days, your application will be cancelled. We do not use emails for spamming or for any purpose other than registration for this forum. This is required to help reduce the number of potential spammers in the forum.

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