Here is a list of all the postings Prop Nut has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Cheap attempt to trick.|
Why is it rude? Any form of purchase is subject to 'Caveat Emptor'. When you pay by credit card in a shop or restaurant, most people know not to let it out of their sight. If you pay by cheque, you know not to leave it blank and to draw a line after the amount in words to avoid it being falsified. If you buy online, you need to be aware of the boxes you are ticking and read the small print. If you are prepared to go to a shop that sells exactly what you want and pay in cash, fair enough, but be prepared for the shop to check the notes for forgery for their own protection. Don't we live in enough of a nanny state as it is?
|Thread: Model Radio Workshop/Mike Ridley|
I'd like to endorse that. Mike's service is superb.
|Thread: Dropped my new DX6 and it's broken!|
Wow! Great service from Horizon Hobby.
|Thread: Pete Lowe, RCM&E columnist|
So sorry to hear this awful news. Pete's column was always one of the first I turned to and I had the greatest respect for his gentle humour and skill as a modeller; the sort I always wanted to be but know I never will. Heartfelt condolences to Janet and all his loved ones.
|Thread: Why the Vacuum???|
We had a Dyson that was forever breaking cables at the outlet (£40 a time to get fixed) and was very heavy to carry upstairs. The repairer said he loved Dyson because he made his living from them, and recommended we get a different make. As soon as I see the Dyson name it turns me off whatever he's pushing.
|Thread: brake fluid as paint stripper.|
I've used Wickes Non-Methylene Chloride Paint and Varnish Stripper to good effect on thick, hardened paint over various plastics. It's very benign, so you can use it safely and it doesn't harm the surface of the plastic.
|Thread: No wonder model shops are closing down.|
Not in my experience. I went to buy an expensive kit from a model shop in a North Yorkshire town that shall remain nameless, and the proprietor managed to complete the whole transaction without saying a single word. It made a visit to B&Q seem like model customer service. He seemed more concerned that every one who entered was a potential shoplifter and followed them around like a... well, Yorkshire terrier. But, like a mug, having driven 80 miles there, I still bought the kit and handed over my hard-earned, albeit reluctantly.
The Typhoon is at least equal to the F-22 and, probably, marginally better. But the real contest is with the current generation of Russian fighters and the proposed Sukhoi T-50.
|Thread: Maths and English|
Learning should be lifelong, but basic grammar is a building block to literacy in the same way as mental arithmetic is to numeracy, to be taught in the early days of education by teachers and parents. Many avid readers in adult life are still poor spellers because they do not look at the words they are reading with an intention to educate themselves better. I must admit I always thought of schools as maintaining educational standards but, from what you say, it seems that they play only an incidental part and it's really down to parents and wider society to do so.
The fact that language changes over long periods of time is no excuse for what is generally considered to be poor grammar at a given time, otherwise it would be unteachable. The whole point of language for communication is that it is standardised, or you end up with dozens of different dialects, each incomprehensible to all but a few, as in some third-world countries. My grandfather, born in 1884, considered 'you was' to be incorrect; 130 years later, it is still considered incorrect. That's a long time-frame.
Whilst waiting in M&S, at the weekend, while my wife tried on some clothes, I noticed that the sign outside the changing rooms said 'Maximum amount of items allowed is four per customer'. I asked my eighteen year-old grand-daughter (A Grade English Language GCSE) who was with me, to tell me what was wrong with it, but she couldn't. I pointed out that it should read 'maximum number of items...' and had to explain the difference as she did not understand it. This particular grammatical error is made by people at all levels of education; I heard it most recently a few days ago, used by a university professor on the TV programme 'The Secret Life of Four Year Olds'. The most commonly repeated example is 'the amount of people', when it should be 'the number of people'. Of course, the educational establishment will trot out the usual excuse for their failure to teach correctly by saying that English is a living language.
|Thread: Seagull Flight Box|
I don't think Great Mate is made anymore, but you may find a used one. It's the single best accessory I ever bought.
|Thread: Language Timothy!|
Swearing is very rarely heard in my club, but it's strange how it can become part of the culture of some groups - female as well as male. I started to watch '10,000 BC' on Channel 5, but one foul-mouthed individual was enough for me to turn it off for good. Sometimes swearing can be in context, but this uneducated man used it gratuitously and spoiled what could otherwise have been something worth watching.
|Thread: Paid tuition|
My club has a free training scheme, which I was glad to make use of some years ago. However, I found it difficult to progress when the duty instructor changed every week, and when each one had his own way of doing things. So, I paid for a couple of intensive consecutive Saturdays at ATS (as it then existed), having the same instructor throughout, and made very rapid progress - albeit at quite a financial cost. In my opinion, effective instructors need to be taught the techniques and methodology of instruction, especially when imparting skills, and I count myself lucky to have been trained in such by the armed forces. I am hopeful that if a BMFA 'academy' comes off, instructors can themselves be taught to a consistent national standard.
|Thread: Maths and English|
One thing I learned at school was that the teacher is always right - even when he's wrong, he's right! However, when my grand-daughter took the 11 Plus in 2010 it was almost identical to the one I took in 1959, in the form and content of questions. It is mainly a test of verbal reasoning, so results or degree of difficulty should not differ markedly from one generation to another. One of the exam boards states that some of the questions test logical deduction skills or ability to decipher codes, but most require a good vocabulary and strong basic maths skills.
The question of comparative GCE pass rates is a vexed one. There is widespread belief, even amongst teachers, that grade inflation has distorted them for decades and, from a practical viewpoint, why has it been necessary for many employers to provide additional tuition in maths and English to supposedly highly-educated graduates? Anyone who has recruited newly-qualified staff in the last twenty years will know the difficulty of finding any who can write a letter that makes sense and is spelt and punctuated correctly.
As I have no desire for detention or lines, this is the end of my contribution on the subject. No doubt to the relief of many!
That's as I was taught it Martin, along with many other things that have stayed with me throughout my life. My CofE primary headmaster taught two classes in one long room; one group were about to do the Eleven Plus, the other were in the year before. He would do some lessons with both classes, then set work for one whilst he taught the other, then reverse the process. He had a very high pass rate and must have worked his socks off whilst making it all look very easy. It took me twenty years to realise just how much I owed him.
Children haven't always learned multiplication tables at school. In 2003 there was a Channel 4 programme called 'That'll Teach 'em', where a group of teenage boys and girls were taken back to education in the 'fifties. One of the girls was predicted to get an A grade at mathematics in her real school, but struggled with the maths syllabus of the 'fifties. She was astounded when a teacher explained the four times table to her, as she had never been taught it, or any other, at school or at home. She was delighted and went round exclaiming 'It really helps to do maths when you know the tables'.
In the same series, the group were given an 11 Plus paper to do, without being told that's what it was. Afterwards, when asked what they thought they had taken, they mostly said it was an O Level exam! They were devastated to find that most of them couldn't pass an exam at sixteen that pupils of the 'fifties and 'sixties took at ten or eleven.
|Thread: Have a Rant|
'The HMS' is one to make me grind my teeth, along with 'moped'. Every police officer, TV reporter and journalist seems to refer to scooters as mopeds. As with HMS, they don't think about what they're saying. A moped is totally different from a scooter and gets its name because it is propelled by both a small motor (mo) and pedals, as a bicycle, (ped) - a scooter has only an engine.
And why do so many supposedly educated people use the grammatical nonsense, 'one of the only'? Either something is 'the only', or one of several.
|Thread: no wonder the model shop is a dying breed|
For LMS to survive, they need to adapt to changing market conditions. I know that's more easily said than done, but it applies to all areas of business. Our major supermarkets have had things their own way for decades and have thrived on it. Now, in a changing market where many customers prefer to shop every day, as we did sixty years ago, and with the arrival of discounters like Aldi and Lidl, the likes of Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury etc have to respond to those new conditions, too. They won't just roll over, they are already fighting back, and so are many LMS. I use a handful who are characterised by selling from retail premises and online, have very competitive prices and P&P, and an extremely efficient service. For me, it beats the cost of driving to a shop and finding parking, and I really don't miss the so-called personal contact, which has always been greatly over-rated, in my opinion. Change or die!
|Thread: Hobby on the Move|
As Ken says, it's off topic, but his point about pubs closing in the North East is the opposite of the South and Midlands. Marston's Brewery are opening a new pub every two weeks, and the new-build rate is accelerating. Obviously, they're not like the old-style pubs, but they must be doing something right to attract such a big customer base.
I never missed Sandown, because it was the first major show of the year and I thought it was well-organised and seemed well-attended by both trade and visitors. I had no idea numbers had fallen off so badly, nor do I have a clue as to why. The Much Marcle show seemed well-attended, last September, but maybe the economics work better for the LMA.
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