The "Useless Information" Thread

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  1. zstairlessone

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    In 1991, the 36" RCA CRT TV consumed just over 300 watts, where a 42" LCD TV consumes about 200 watts. Around 15% larger screen and 33% less power consumption.
     
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    The pop you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually a bubble of gas bursting.
     
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    AND . . .

    It scared my parents. I remember the great Elvis meltdown of '62. All that gyrating hip movement and dancing in jail. Drove granny nuts, too. Drove mom nuts, too.

    Dad loved Elvis, so he was controllable.

    We also had the 1910 Fruitgum Company, One Man Bands, and AM radio. All the good stuff is gone, so very sad.

    I aint nothing but a hound dog and I was the person in the kitchen with Dina strumming on the old banjo.
     
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    AND......

    For me Bob it was under the covers at night with a germanium crystal radio set I built myself, powered by an Ever-Ready 6 volt battery that weighed as much as my bike, listening to "Radio Luxembourg", a "pirate" radio station broadcasting off the coast of England. I believe it was an old lightship that had been put to better use. Aaaah.....memories.....
     
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    Hi Roy Rob, I haven't seen you around for a while. How have you been, it's great to see you here.

    I have a minor correction to your post.

    Radio Luxembourg was in Luxembourg 208 on the Medium wave. I too listened in bed under the blankets. The radio signal fluctuated dramatically. Do you remember the Pools man Victor Kayan? With his infra draw method. He hailed from that place near Bristol - "spelled K E Y N S H A M".

    The pirate stations were as you say in the North Sea on international waters. One set up base in an abandoned defence fort off the Essex coast. I think it was raided at a particularly low tide when the fort was connected with England by mud flats. Most likely I'm wrong here. Radio Caroline, with its own signature tune, lasted the longest. Tony Blackburn and his fictional dog, Arnold, was a DJ on her.

    It took the pirates to wake up the BBC and get them to bring out Radio 1 to meet the obvious demand for pop, rock etc music.

    I do remember one pirate station asking listeners to park up along the Essex beaches and to flash their headlights towards the pirate station when asked. That stunt became very popular :)

    As you say. .... Memories......

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  8. Roy Rob

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    Hi Richard yes it's been a while but I finally escaped from my alien abductors 8). Boy did you ever stir up some long unused RAM. Victor Kayan, Tony Blackburn, Radio Caroline. I think you are correct about the abandoned fort but I don't recall the raid. Workers Playtime at noon, the Archers, Max Bygraves on medium wave or was it long wave ? suddenly come to mind. Our old Baird TV had such a small round screen that my dad found an accessory lens that hung in front and magnified the picture. Programs were broadcast for just a couple of hours in the evening but a little longer on weekends. Do you still have the license police checking to see if you have a TV license?
     
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    I watched a movie a couple of months ago with Bill Nighy called "The Boat that Rocked". Must have been neat to have that growing up.
     
  10. Roy Rob

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    Hi zee, long time no zee 8). Was the movie about pirate radio stations on ships just outside territorial waters like ours were?
     

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