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We aren't really concerned about ranking restrictions here. The main purpose of the community is to help members to improve their English posting skills, and to enable them to join and start good discussions in the Bitcoin Talk forum.

Suggested improvements / New image hosting site for members
« on: September 16, 2018, 03:53:31 PM »
I've created an image hosting site for members of the Fit to Talk project.
It needs a bit of customising, but when I've done that, you will be able to post your travel pictures, and discuss them here on the boards. When you have joined, you will be part of a group called "fitters". At the moment I've only loaded one image, but this is the gallery index page.

Let me know what you trhink of the idea.

When a US treasury matures, the US government just send you the money. Some of the treasuries are not being renewed, and the released money is being invested elsewhere. Russia nnd China have tripled their investment in gold over the last couple of years, and yet the price hasn't risen. This would seem to indicate a manipulated market, and at some time the lid will have to blow off.

I believe that the same thing is happening with Bitcoin, but on a much reduced scale. The supply of "real" Bitcoin is very limited and small (by world standards), and this leaves the way open for massive price rises.

Global political discussions / The Antonov 225 lands inOakland California
« on: September 16, 2018, 07:43:36 AM »

The AN225 was manufactured in the Ukrain by the state owned Antonov State Company, and it is the world's largest cargo aircraft. It is frequenty chartered to send aid to disaster zones and for famine relief, and it has been pretty busy recently. It is good to see that sometimes humanitarian aid can rise above petty political squabbling.

General Discussion / Now BMW introduces the riderless motorcycle
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:14:32 PM »

There has been a lot of recent publicity about driverless cars. Now BMW has introduced the riderless 'bike. I'm having some difficulty in understanding a use for this, apart from the experimental research aspect of course.  For me, riding a motor cycle is a pleasant experience as well as an efficient means of transport. Sending a motor cycle off on its own doesn't seem to have any practical purpose, and if I'm sitting on one, then I want to have complete control.

Introduce yourself / Re: Hi
« on: September 12, 2018, 02:48:32 PM »
Welcome to fit to talk English, and please use this place as a discussion forum to practice your English. Posts don't have to be about crypto, we are interested in local customs, politics and food here.

General Discussion / Re: I really find english language too complicated.
« on: September 12, 2018, 02:45:17 PM »
Although I have studied English, I still consider myself to be dumb.
I don't understand why English is so complicated, especially for someone with my perspective.

English is the language of the English, and it evolved from many other languages. The Latin origins come from the Roman occupation, and some of the word uses have historic origins. For example the Norman invasion introduced new words to describe food. The Normans were the only people who could afford to eat meat, so words like beef, pork, ham, veal and mutton came from the old French. Words related to animal husbandry came from the language of the Saxon serfs.

Global political discussions / Will the IMF SDRs be the new global currency?
« on: September 11, 2018, 03:16:22 PM »
The IMF ( International Monetary Fund ) is the only central bank without debt problems, and they have already created SDRs ( Special Drawing Rights ). It is likely that as the local central banks collapse, the SDRs will become the International trading currency. There will still be local currencies such as the dollar, but the US will no longer be able to create these, but will have to obtain them from the IMF. The IMF has created two SDRs - oSDR, or the official SDR, and the mSDR, the market SDR. These can be traded between nations, and also are available to the globalist organisations such as NATO. It is a move towards a single global currency, and will be followed by other globalist power grabs, such as universal taxation.

That is the plan anyway. Will it happen, or is it possible to avoid being forced down this path?

Country specific news and discussion / Kingston Black English apples
« on: September 11, 2018, 02:33:11 PM »
The Kingston Black is one of the old varieties of English apples. Its sharp bittersweet taste made it perfect for the manufacture of cider, and this is how it achieved its alternative name of Taunto Black. Taunton is a rural town in the county of Somerset, and is at the centre of the traditional cider making region. Regrettably England was forced to burn many traditional apple orchards when the UK joined the European Union. One result of this is that much of the modern cider is derived from French apple pap, rather than the superior old English varieties. Kingston Black is such a perfectr apple though, that many trees have survived, and are being used by small local breweries such as Barrow Hill.

Historic note - Some of the original cider presses had lead frames, and the acid apple juice made a toxix liquid as it flowed over the lead frames in the presses. This could lead to brain damage and other illnesses amongst the cider drinkers. One reason that the rich didn't suffere from this was the social habit of visiting spa baths. The weightlessness of floating in the water, coupled with the drinking of the spa water released to toxins in the body via urine. Although this also resulted in the loss of beneficial minerals as well as the toxins, these minerals were replaced by the spa water.

Country specific news and discussion / Why were bagpipes invented
« on: September 10, 2018, 03:21:11 PM »
Scotland is a country in its own right, and it has a proud warrior history. It may not surprise you that the bagpipes were invented as a weapon of war. The intention was to instill fear into the opposing army, and it probably worked. Their warriors were know as "The women from hell" as the kilted army entered the fray accompanied by the wail of the bagpipes.

English historical notes / Who is Mr Tambo?
« on: September 10, 2018, 03:14:47 PM »
Mr Tambo is the end man in a minstrel troupe, and he would usually be playing a tambourine.

Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies / Re: Bitcoin Price Speculation Thread
« on: September 06, 2018, 07:00:34 PM »
I think it is interesting that it has periodic extreme pice movements, and they happen fairly sharply. These are followed by periods of consolidation. It is so obviously manipulated, that it is difficult to take a view that is shorter than a year in my opinion.

The United Kingdom and the European Union / Re: Wonga have collapsed
« on: September 01, 2018, 07:17:32 AM »
Good job too. I think at one time they were charging interest rates of uop to 3,500% pa. They caused the breakup of familes, suicides, and an increase in petty crime such as shoplifting.

New members fast chat / Re: Start here.
« on: September 01, 2018, 07:15:00 AM »
Diamonds and rust sounds about right for me at the moment. Here is the original Joan Baez track -

I'm giving away my age here. :)

I see that silver is being used to pay for food in Venezuela, and Maduro has introduced a gold backed note for payments. In Victorian times, Britain used a silver three pence piece, and I think it was 98% silver. At today's silver price, the coin is worth about 1, and they are selling on Ebay for around 1.50. That sounds like a useful coin if fiat Sterling drops dramatically. The UK also has gold soverigns and Brittanias for higher value transactions. The Britannia is worth around 1,000.

Many other countries used to use gold and silver coins, and they are still being minted in a number of them. Will we start to see these coins being used alongside the new crypto-currencies as fiat money starts to be brought down by the bankers?

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