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Rimmer last won the day on April 29 2016

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About Rimmer

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    1991

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  1. Car fuel. When empty isn't empty

    My missus always hands her car over to me with no fuel in it ... I know what H&A have been through!
  2. Bitcoin - someone explain it to me

    I can explain it here .... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulip_mania I can't see this lasting for a number of reasons. For a currency to have universal application it must have some core elements, namely Scarcity, Backing, Reference, Portability, Tradability and Stability. This is year 9 economics. 1. Scarcity - Bitcoins can be replicated as long as you have access to the code that defines the "value". If you can replicate the code to create additional Bitcoins (which you can), then the currency reduces in value. The code that creates the currency is available to a select few who have replaced the regulators and can act as a QE intermediary. 2. Backing - currency has to have some inherent backing of a central authority to ensure its value. For example, a $20 note is a promissory exchange note which is underpinned by the Reserve Bank of Australia, the £20 by the Bank of England.... etc etc. If things go a bit wrong with the economy and the currency crashes, theoretically, the underpinning authority should give you $20 or £20 worth of equivalent value for that promissory note. Bitcoin doesn't have this - it relies on trust of those that have them to exchange them for things of equal (or greater) value. But, what happens if there is a crash in Bitcoin value and all that is left are some hard drives with 101010000111001010101010001010.... on it? Simply, there is nothing underpinning the currency. 3. Reference - the currency has to be referable against a point of value, most usually gold in most Western economies. This is to ensure that the currency has referable value. Theoretically, you could take the same $20 or £20 and exchange this with the central bank for an amount of gold to the value of $20 or £20. Bitcoin has no backing. 4. Portability - the currency must be portable. It doesn't need to be in cash, but can be in the form of a cheque, or an exchange of virtual cash through cash machines / POS devices. I don't know much about the portability of Bitcoins - and I would say that this is the most easily overcome limitation - but there are not too many people readily accepting Bitcoin at the moment. 5. Tradability - refer to comments about portability above. A few coffee shops and the occasional trader doesn't make a universal currency. However, traders have set up a mechanism for trade, but I believe that is praying on the inherent vulnerability of the bitcoin as a currency. Refer below for more... 6. Stability - Anything with this sort of lack of stability is a concern. Traders are getting in on this as they see the value rise and will milk it for all its worth, then dump it when the preceding 5 points become apparent. That is what they are doing now - calculating when to dump it and run without being burned. I'd like to say there was an alternative, global, safe and secure currency system and get all tree-hugger hippy about it, but regulation exists for a reason; to ensure the stability of the society and the way in which it is funded. Bitcoin is a nice idea, but the lack of control, opportunity for speculation and openness to abuse is scary. I wouldn't invest in Bitcoin if I was investing at the moment.
  3. Helmets - Should we have to wear them

    I love the argument over here about choice and am happy to entertain the argument. However, they "choose" to wear one when racing! Our Club has banned anyone from training with us if they don't helmet up. I may not have been able to type this if not for a helmet and some pretty nasty stacks. I'm not saying it has saved my life, but given the state of some of the helmets I've wrecked, better the helmet than the head. My head, my choice to wear one ... and I do.
  4. What gets on my quince....

    Howard applied Rule # 1 of litigation - only ask the question that you already know the answer to! That, and the method of determining constitutional change is so 1890s ..... If SSM was a constitutional issue, it would never have been passed!
  5. What gets on my quince....

    She has realised, as have most Commonwealth countries that the concept of a Constitutional Monarchy has evolved throughout the last 70 years and is accepting of it. As she was with Canada, the Caribbean states and most of Africa. She also has the wisdom beyond most world leaders as she has seen what chaos, corruption and suffering has been brought by self-determination in some countries - specifically the African states. As for Australia, I voted Yes to a Republic, as I saw this as a chance to determine our own affairs. The fault for the failure of this lies in the Pro-Republic movement as they were a sh1t-show of celebrities and half-baked self-promoters (Eddie McGuire and our current PM) who failed to challenge John Howard sufficiently to ask the question that was going to get up. Also, if you're ever in doubt as to Eddie, go back and read his entry in the manifest where he shoehorns the Collingwood Football Club into the pro-Republic materials - the man is an idiot! I am still a Republican for Australia, but for the UK where I work, I am so pro-Monarchist given the current sovereign as she is the voice of reason and stability amongst another group of celebrities, half-baked self-promoters and sex pests otherwise known as Her Majesty's Government.
  6. What gets on my quince....

    Accept what you say and you're right that all a lot of them had to do was be the one in 15,000,000 sperm that made it through to the egg of the right person at the right time. However, I'm going to disagree with you on one point. The Queen. She's 91 and was involved in the assent of over 3,000 pieces of legislation last year. She reads them all and grills the Prime Minister on their impact. She also made a speech to the Commonwealth on her 21st birthday .... "I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong". She's in this job for life and has a commitment and work ethic beyond all. As for the other moochers, they should get jobs, be off the payroll and protection list.
  7. What gets on my quince....

    Come to think of it .... People. People get to me.
  8. What gets on my quince....

    People who talk loudly on phones, whether it be in the Office, in the park, on the bus / train, in the supermarket. Have some decency and take your boring, mundane conversation elsewhere .... WE DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT!
  9. In my defence, my nickname came from my brother. His name is Ramsay. He got the nickname Rammer, which was also forced onto me when I went to the same College at Uni. It became confusing with two "Rammers", so I became Rimmer. I was also being ironic with the comment. Bleaching and labiaplasty is the ultimate form of vanity and lack of self-awareness!
  10. Russia goneski

    The issue becomes complicated when they train with other squads.... I go skiing in Sjusjoen, just outside of Lillehammer which has the most consistent snow for XC skiing in the world. All the clean squads train there - Norwegians, the Finns, the Swedes, Danes, Latvians .... and the Russians. I cannot say that everyone is clean or dirty, but it makes it hard to prove that a nation-state is clean if they're all mixing together...
  11. How do I approach my manager

    Have already chipped in privately and you have to admire the boy for taking the initiative and making the approach. Your suggestions are valid and will ensure one person stands out in a sea of people on the night. Remember, "right now" is always the answer as to when you should do more training at work!
  12. What gets on my quince....

    Those who do understand and are close enough should ask something like "are you doing okay" or "need anything" and mean it and be ready for hearing whatever you are going through. Those who aren't close enough or don't understand should stop pretending, give you some space and allow you to grieve. Am sorry to hear of your loss.
  13. Don't knock it until you've tried it!!!!
  14. Russia goneski

    "...Russian athletes who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag...." Going to be a small flag, then!
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