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Gordon Murray automotive has launched the lightest supercar to date the 2,174 pound or 986kg T.50. It's a mid rear engine coupé powered by a naturally aspirated 650HP 3.9L V12 Cosworth engine and a 6 speed manual transmission. Due to the aerodynamic design it doesn’t have vents or wings like usually found on most supercars, instead the car uses an electric fan in the back as active aerodynamics.
Gordon Murray also designed the McLaren F1 with the T.50 being its spiritual successor. Like the F1 it has a central driving position for optimal visibility and seating for three adults. Only 100 T.50s are going to be built. Gordon Murray Design is an engineering company in Surrey, UK since 2007.
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2020.05.08 18:40 MiniKun-T Links concerning Bill gates, Coronavirus, Virus's in general

They patented a vaccine for it in 2014, went live 2019-11-20.
The inventors still work for Pirbright today. Inventors: • BICKERTON, Erica Woking Surrey GU24 0NF (GB)• KEEP, Sarah Woking Surrey GU24 0NF (GB)• BRITTON, PaulDevon EX16 8NN (GB)
https://patents.google.com/patent/EP3172319B1/de
https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/1d/4e/4a/ac8914e765d645/EP3172319B1.pdf

This was obtained by the The Pirbright Institute whose stakeholders include Bill gates and WHO:
https://www.pirbright.ac.uk/partnerships/our-major-stakeholders
Bill gates "warned" us all about this in 2018https://www.sciencealert.com/bill-gates-warns-a-new-disease-could-kill-30-million-people-in-6-months

Lies have been told about when this research started:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-trials-uk-news/
"Work on the vaccine, developed by clinical teams at the University of Oxford's Jenner Institute and Oxford Vaccine Group, began in January.
On April 23, a potential coronavirus vaccine being developed at the University of Oxford began human trials."-----"Human trials on the vaccine have already started in the US - breaking records for the speed with which such trials can get off the ground. Healthy volunteers in America are being given the new-generation “genetic hack” after it bypassed standard animal testing as part of a highly-accelerated process. "
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51665497
"A vaccine would normally take years, if not decades, to develop. Researchers hope to achieve the same amount of work in only a few months.
**Most experts think a vaccine is likely to become available by mid-2021, about 12-18 months after the new virus, known officially as Sars-CoV-2, first emerged."**
The coronavirus was first discovered in 1965/6 in a patient with the common cold. Before that it was known to exist in animals as IBV.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3194943/
The coronavirus is found in people suffering from a common cold, influenza, pneumonia amongst other things. So if you've ever had a cold, you have had a strain of coronavirus. SARS was described as a more dangerous form of pneumonia....which is a more dangerous form of influenza(flu)....which is a more dangerous form of the common cold.... . This makes it pretty easy to fake a pandemic when everyone with a cold(plus it is possible to be infected with a viral strain without becoming sick) would test positive
.https://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-comment-on-different-types-of-testing-for-covid-19/
“The technique presently being used to test for the presence of virus is quantitative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction, or qRT-PCR. Strictly speaking it does not detect antigen but **viral RNA"**
Viral RNA: An RNA virus is a virus that has RNA (ribonucleic acid) as its genetic material. This nucleic acid is usually single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) but may be double-stranded RNA (dsRNA).
Coronaviridae/coronaviruses are Single-stranded RNA viruses.-----
This is like an evolving series of website articles related to each other:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/contagion-controversy-erupts/ 2011
"Working separately, they each hit on a combination of mutations (five, in Dr. Fouchier’s case) that makes H5N1 airborne (enabling it to spread readily between humans), without making it less deadly. "
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/exclusive-controversial-us-scientist-creates-deadly-new-flu-strain-for-pandemic-research-9577088.html 2014
" A controversial scientist who carried out provocative research on making influenza viruses more infectious has completed his most dangerous experiment to date by deliberately creating a pandemic strain of flu that can evade the human immune system. "
"Some members of the audience, however, were shocked and astonished at his latest and most audacious work on flu viruses, which follow on from his attempts to re-create the 1918 flu virus and an earlier project to increase the transmissibility of a highly lethal strain of bird flu."
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/exclusive-controversial-experiments-make-bird-flu-more-risky-poised-resume 2019
"Controversial lab studies that modify bird flu viruses in ways that could make them more risky to humans will soon resume after being on hold for more than 4 years."
"One of the projects has already received funding from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Bethesda, Maryland, and will start in a few weeks; the other is awaiting funding."
https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/university-of-cambridge-s-prof-jonathan-heeney-answers-call-from-bill-gates-to-transform-flu-vaccine-9083999/ 25 September 2019
" Prof Jonathan Heeney, head of the Laboratory of Viral Zoonotics at the University of Cambridge, is one of seven recipients so far of a $12million fund designed to make progress towards a game-changing **universal influenza vaccine**."
"Prof Heeney said his lab aimed to create a new vaccine candidate ready for human trials within two years." **This was september 2019, Now we are 05/20, vaccine supposedly ready for coronavirus in around 18 months. Combine that with all the other predictions and patents it's beyond suspicious**
"With predictions that a flu pandemic, like the one that struck in 1918, could kill 33 million people globally in just six months, the stakes could hardly be higher." **A prediction made by Bill gates remember**
"Among the other recipients (of the 12 million fund) announced are **Yoshihiro Kawaoka**"
Yoshihiro Kawaoka was the person from the last 3 websites for those who didn't read.
------------First you had pneumonia SARS, which misteriously dissapeared. https://bioethics.georgetown.edu/2016/06/where-has-sars-gone-the-strange-case-of-the-disappearing-coronavirus-by-robert-peckham/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC539564/
"The first phase started when a professor from Guangzhou, who had been treating patients with atypical **pneumonia** in a Guangzhou hospital in Mainland China, visited Hong Kong in February 2003. He stayed at the Metropole Hotel in Kowloon on 21 February. The professor **was already unwell** when he travelled to Hong Kong and on 22 February he was admitted to the Kwong Wah Hospital in Kowloon. Later he died. "

"From this first index case, 7 other people whose rooms had been on the same floor of the hotel contracted --pneumonia-- SARS, including 3 visitors from Singapore, 1 visitor from Vietnam, 2 visitors from Canada and 1 local person. Seemingly it was these 7 individuals who, having acquired the infection from the index case, transmitted --pneumomia-- SARS to Canada, Vietnam, Singapore, and elsewhere in Hong Kong. The local person was admitted to a teaching hospital, the Prince of Wales Hospital, at Shatin on 4 March 2003. From this patient the disease spread through that hospital, ultimately affecting over 100 medical and nursing personnel."

Symptoms of pneumonia
A cough, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, high temperature, feeling generally unwell, sweating and shivering.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus disease (Aka SARS2)?
Fever, cough or chest tightness, myalgia (< muscle pain), fatigue and dyspnoea (< shortness of breath) are the main symptoms reported.
High temperature == Fever; Cough == Cough; Difficulty breathing == Dyspnoea; Feeling unwell + Sweating and shivering == fatigue
The symptoms of viral pneumonia usually develop over a period of several days. Early symptoms are similar to influenza symptoms: fever, a dry cough, headache, **Muscle pain == myalgia**
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2020.05.04 02:10 PoeticScience A Complete Guide to Sonnets: A (Brief) History and How to Write Your Own

*Note that this is the exact same guide as the one in poetry_critics. I was asked to add it here too.

Introduction

Sonnets are a type of poem that follow very strict rules, and while you may ask yourself "why would I want to do that?", well it's very rewarding to know that even with all of the rules and restrictions you can make an awesome poem. Being forced to confine to syllable counts and rhyme schemes forces us poets to get very creative in finding ways to get our point across and I think it's a wonderful learning experience.
What is a sonnet?
You mean other than painful? A sonnet is the general term used for a 14-line poem that consists of a specific rhyme scheme and meter. Due to the meter it is read in ("iambic pentameter") there is 10 syllables per line, although you will find the occasional 9 or 11 syllable outlier.
Types of Sonnets:
There are a few different types of sonnets, but each follow the rule of 14 lines and 10 syllables per line. The difference is the rhyme scheme and stanza breaks. There are 4 main types of sonnets, which I will outline below. As with anything, the art has evolved and there are tons of modernized subtypes, but I'm only going to outline the original 4, or else we'd be here for ages.
The first one I will outline has the most history and thus is a decent bit longer than the others, but in order of appearance:
Petrarchan Sonnet
Shakespearean Sonnet
Spenserian Sonnet
Miltonic Sonnet

History

The word "sonnet" is derived from the the Italian word "sonetto" which is derived form the Latin word "suono", meaning sound. As you'd expect, the origins are Italian. The creation of the sonnet is attributed to Giacomo da Lentini, a 13th century lyrical poet who wrote poetry in the "Sicilian dialect". If you do not know, Sicily is the Island found in Southern Italy. It is still a part of Italy. (In fact, I'm half Sicilian, my grandparents immigrated from there!)
Although he is the creator of sonnets, Lentini is not the namesake of the earliest type of sonnet. That goes to Francesco Petrarch, who was considered the "perfecter of the form"
Fast forward to a bit to Elizabethen era England (1558 - 1603) where the Petrarchan sonnet evolved to become the next three forms: Shakespearean, Spenserian and Miltonic.
After being introduced to England by Sir Thomas Wyatt in the early 16th century, the Petrarchan sonnet was still being actively used throughout the entire Elizabethen era, potentially due to the Earl of Surrey, a man named Henry Howard, both wrote his own sonnets and translated many of the most famous Italian pieces.
Shakespeare himself comes into the picture about 100 years after the introduction of sonnets to England. Like Petrarch, he did not create his namesake sonnet, instead he was considered the style's "perfecter" which is possibly linked to his incessant use of the iambic pentameter (we'll talk about this later)
Another evolution was the Spenserian sonnet. A man named Edmund Spenser is the namesake: it is a Shakespearean sonnet with a more complex rhyme scheme.
The final one that I will talk about is the Miltonic sonnet, which was created by a guy with the most British sounding name ever: John Milton. It is nearly identical to the Shakespearean sonnet, but the content distinction is important enough to make a whole separate category.
Bear in mind, the Shakespearean, Spenserian and Miltonic styles all happened around the same time. Spenser died just before Shakespeare and Milton died right after.
An Iambic What??
It sounds more complex than it is, trust me.An iamb is one type of poetic "foot". Pretty much all poetic feet are two or three syllables in length. The "iambic" foot is two syllables long.
To determine if it's an iamb, check the stresses on the syllables. This is easiest done while reading aloud.
The pattern of an iambic foot is simple: one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable.
Say it out loud. It's helps me to exaggerate the stresses more than normal, but I have a disability that causes me to alter stresses so do what works for you.
Thus, to form a "pentameter" we need five iambic feet. We know this because penta is the greek root for five. We use greek prefixes to denote the number of feet. In ascending order from 1 - 10: mono- , di- , tri-, tetra- , penta- , hexa -, hepta- , octa- , nona- , decta-
You likely won't find anything higher than 10 feet. 10 feet is already odd, and I doubt you'll find a monometer or a diameter (NOT pronounced the same as the "diameter" in
How to determine the meter and foot?
I'll break it down into the steps I was taught:
Step 1. Read the text normally (out loud), but pay attention to where you naturally stress the words. Note you can just whisper-read, you don't have to act like you're presenting it to someone, unless you want to. Knowing the overall tone of the text also helps.
Step 2. Grab your pen! Cut each word into syllables. This doesn't take as long as you might think. Like this: AmImakingsense?
Step 3. Read the first line slowly and read aloud, make sure to exaggerate your stresses on the syllables. Word by word, mark whether you read the syllable as stressed or unstressed. If you feel that it's unstressed make a mark above that syllable that resembles a shallow, wide "U". If you are using a computer, use an "x". If you feel that it's stressed like me mark it with a left-facing slash "/".
Step 4. Find the pattern. Mostly [x /]? it's an iamb. Mostly [/ /]? it's a spondee. Mostly [/ x]? it's a trochee. [x x] is pyrrhic. If the pattern is more obvious every 3 syllables: [x x /] is referred to as anapestic and [/ / x] is dactylic. Don't worry about the names though, you just need to remember "iambic" as it's the most important and how to identify stresses.
Step 5. Average out the number of syllables per line. Do this by adding all the syllables in the entire poem and dividing it by the number of lines. Round to the nearest whole number. Divide this number by the number of syllables in the foot that you identified (either 2 or 3).
Step 6. Name the poetic meter! It goes iambic/spondaic/trochaic/pyrrhic/dactlyic/anapestic + prefix determined by final # in step 5 (mono for 1, tetra for 4, penta for 5, etc.) + "meter"
Try it:
Of these 5 sentences one is written in iambic pentameter and one of them is written in iambic tetrameter. See if you can figure out where the iambs are!
a) But soft! What light by yonder window breaks?b) Tell me not in mournful numbersc) And the sound l of a voice l that is stilld) Was three long mountains and a woode) Just for a handful of silver he left us
Well?
The iambic pentameter is a) this is a famous line in Romeo and Juliet!
The iambic tetrameter is d) It's from Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Renascence"
The rest are:>! b) is a trochaic tetrameter (from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha") c) is an anapestic pentameter (from Lord Byron's "The Destruction of Sennacherib") and e) is a dactylic pentameter (from Robert Browning's "The Lost Leader")!<

The Petrarchan Sonnet:

The Petrarchan sonnet, named after 14th century Italian poet Francesco Petrarch. Ironically, Petrarch did not invent this type of poem, that credit goes to 13th century Sicilian poet Giacomo da Lentini
It is broken into 2 parts: an "octave" and a "sestet". An octave refers to a stanza of 8 lines, the sestet refers to a stanza of 6 lines.
The octave always has the rhyme scheme of the dancing queen (as I call it). It goes ABBA ABBA. Each letter means a rhyme, so each "A" line ends the same, etc.
The sestet has a rhyme scheme of either CDE CDE or CDC CDC. The latter scheme is also sometimes referred to as the "Sicilian sestet" It is more common to see CDE CDE, however I prefer the other rhyme scheme, ironically, I am half Sicilian. This is easier to use in Italian due to Italian word endings being much more similar than in English.
Petrarchan sonnets typically present a "problem" or "proposition" in the octave, usually in the form of a question, and then a "resolution" in the sestet which is called the volta (which translates from Italian to "turn"). This form was also often used in 17th and 18th century England, even after the creation of the Shakepearian sonnet.

Often, Petrarchan sonnets do not have a stanza break between the preposition octave and volta sestet. I split them here for easier identification.
Petrarch's Sonnet 159 In what bright realm, what sphere of radiant thought Did Nature find the model whence she drew That delicate dazzling image where we view Here on this earth what she in heaven wrought? What fountain-haunting nymph, what dryad, sought In groves, such golden tresses ever threw Upon the gust? What heart such virtues knew?— Though her chief virtue with my death is fraught. He looks in vain for heavenly beauty, he Who never looked upon her perfect eyes, The vivid blue orbs turning brilliantly – He does not know how Love yields and denies; He only knows, who knows how sweetly she Can talk and laugh, the sweetness of her sighs 

The Shakespearean Sonnet

The Shakespearean sonnet is probably the most well-known of all, as well as the simplest to write in English. It was heavily inspired by the traditional Italian sonnet, and evolved throughout the Elizabeathen age to what we know it as today.
Many people believe Shakespeare invented the sonnet, however, as mentioned earlier, sonnets date back to the Italian Renaissance and the creator of the sonnet is credited to Giacomo da Lentini and considered to be "perfected" by Francesco Petrarch.
Shakespeare wasn't even the first Englishman to write sonnets! However, much like our pal Petrarch, he was considered the "master of the craft" and thus the style bears his name.
The format is slightly different: it is split into four parts, three quatrains (a group of four lines) and then a rhyming couplet at the end (two lines that rhyme with one another)
The rhyme scheme goes: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG and is written in "iambic pentameter" (unstressed, STRESSED)
See if you can detect the poetic feet in his works:
Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips' red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. I have seen roses damasked, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go; My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground. And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare. 

The Spenserian Sonnet

A Spenserian sonnet is identical to a Shakespearean sonnet, however, it makes use of a more complex rhyme scheme. It goes: ABAB BCBC CDCD EE. Personally I find the rhyme scheme awkward to read, but it certainly makes for some interesting poetry, since you only get 5 different rhymes to work with.
I've written many, many sonnets but this is the style I am least fond of. I find it clunky to read and write. It doesn't help that Spenser's works are written with different spelling than we use today. Everything is very phonetic though and you'll notice a lot of it is pronounced very similar to the modern equivalent.
Edmund Spenser's Sonnet LIV (54) Of this worlds theatre in which we stay, My love like the spectator ydly sits Beholding me that all the pageants play, Disguysing diversly my troubled wits. Sometimes I joy when glad occasion fits, And mask in myrth lyke to a comedy: Soone after when my joy to sorrow flits, I waile and make my woes a tragedy. Yet she, beholding me with constant eye, Delights not in my merth nor rues my smart: But when I laugh she mocks, and when I cry She laughs and hardens evermore her heart. What then can move her? if nor merth nor mone, She is no woman, but a senceless stone 

The Miltonic Sonnet

This type of sonnet is nearly indistinguishable to the rhyme scheme it chooses sonnet. In fact, if you came across a Miltonic with a Shakespearean rhyme scheme and an actual Shakespearean sonnet in a language you don't understand, you would not be able to differentiate them.
This is due to the difference being, well, the content of the poem.
Simply put: Miltonic is internal (feelings, struggles, etc.) and Shakespearean is more physical, as in to say the things/concepts that surround us, while Petrarchan is more spiritual/religious.
To be completely honest, most people would just call them Shakespearean/Petrarchan and not differentiate. People tend to be more familiar with Shakespeare, and the difference is so small that I only tell people who are interested in literature that my fave sonnets are technicallyMiltonic, not Shakespearean.
(Yes, my favourite are Miltonic in Shakespearean rhyme scheme)
An illustration of the difference
Many people are not entirely sure why we consider this another major group of sonnet, since sonnets are very much defined by structure. It's true that it copies a rhyme scheme of another established structure...(to be fair Milton did sometimes change it up to "stretch the limits of traditional structures")
However...
It sparked the idea of creating poetry about these concepts.
The traditional Petrarchan sonnet often had spiritual themes relating to catholic beliefs. (Repentance, holiness, love for the Christian God, sacrifice, etc.)
The Shakespearean sonnet....well if you didn't know, our old friend Willy Shakes was a rebel. He regularly wrote about lust, misogyny, homoeroticism, greed, infidelity, adultery and acrimony. In the 17th century, mind you.
Read the poem that is in the Shakespearean sonnet section "My Mistress' Eyes". Nearly every comparison there is to something material: a rose, coral, the sun AND it is a literal comparison: he compares her lip to coral -- it's not symbolism or metaphor, it's literally coral.
One of Milton's most famous works is the sonnet 19 "On His Blindness" (found below) in which he contemplates around the sad truth that he was going blind (which is true, Milton did go blind)
The most simplistic way to put it is Shakespeare is more simile and Milton is more metaphor. Wow alliteration!!
John Milton's Sonnet 19 When I consider how my light is spent, Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide, And that one Talent which is death to hide Lodged with me useless, though my Soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest he returning chide; “Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?” I fondly ask. But patience, to prevent That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need Either man’s work or his own gifts; who best Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed And post o’er Land and Ocean without rest: They also serve who only stand and wait.” 

Personal Examples

Most of my sonnets are based off of songs because my favourite way to write them involves intertwining lyrics with my own ideas. The title of the song and the artist are noted. I would add links to YouTube, but Reddit gets picky when I add links. They're very easy to find if you just copy + paste the sonnet titles into Google or YT. They are all good songs but most are indie artists; I recommend you check them out!

Petrarchan
Addict of the Gallery - Faithe MarieArt bleeds its colour through canvas and framePleasing the eye and provoking thoughtAttacks through brushes in forceful onslaughtPaints over tragedy and waits for acclaimif artistry is only made through painthen I’m addicted to the sufferingwhen sorrow can show it’s true colouringcarving ‘til only perfection maintainsBut, why turn something bad to something worse?scraps of failure build me to what I amisolation and loneliness make peaceI’d rather be alone and that’s how this worksreach for me and try to touch but you can’tthe complex mess of being a showpiece
Spenserian
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd“Hello?” Is anybody in there?a doctor is hovering over methis will ease the pain so you can beardisassociated from your agony
and relieved of all the anxietyeverything surrounding me is a blurProblems forgotten: relieved blissfullyan easy solution for a user
but the spotlight's on: I'm an abuserthere's no doctor, just a man with a viceIronic-- addicted to the curethe only medicine has quite the price
needing more to hide this thing I've becomekilling me slowly 'til I'm comfortably numb
Shakespearean
I am Not Nothing - Beth CrowleyNobody ever made me feel so cursedbut attachment and guilt kept me trappedWaiting to get better, but things got worseit was my fault whenever you snapped
words turned to bruises and pleas turned to shovesa relationship built on violenceAnd yet I believed when you called it “love”It’s time to let go of my reliance
Underneath my fear I find my voicetime to leave you behind and start againWho you chose to be was not my choiceI’ll rewrite my story with a happy end
You always told me that I was weakBut the bravest thing I did was leave
Song of the Abyss - Aviators (which is a song based on Knight Artorias' tragic story from dark soulsOld friend, the darkness has us trappedDo you feel it, decay is closing inI will save you, but that’s my final actFor deadly silence crawls upon my skin
My shield is sturdy but my strength will waneSave yourself while I hold back this monsterWhen shadows take me, I’ll spare you from the painMy will is strong but can’t last much longer
Corrupted beyond the point of rescueTo attempt to change my fate is hopelessFinish me honorably, I beg youFor I am but a slave to the abyss
Put me to rest while I still have my fameSucceed me when the world forgets my name
An Accidental Combination of Petrarchan and Shakespearean (I guess we can call this one Miltonic!
My Whole Family Thinks I'm Gay - Bo Burnham (a comedy song)I try to convince them to reassessbut every one of my peers now suspectsMaybe watching SpongeBob had side effectsPerhaps it comes down to how I dress
No matter what we’re doing it comes upNo one tries to keep the message hidden“Hey what’s up? Do you like kissing women?”I try my best but there’s no letup
“She doesn’t get guys, there’s no other way”Haven’t you guys figured it all out yet?It’s because I’m bitchy, not ‘cause I’m gayBeing the “gay friend” is still an assetNobody will change their mind what’s more to say?At least they’ll be cool when I leave my closet…
(Just so we're on the same page, this one wasn't written to be "good" by my standards, it's just something funny I did while coming to terms with my sexuality)

In Conclusion

Sonnets are intimidating. They are highly structured, rigorous and may seem limiting. However, they aren't as limiting as you might think; they force you to find alternative ways to adapt so you can effectively get your message across and are great for learning. Your first one will likely be very difficult, mine was downright torturous -- and wasn't good at all (imo) -- but I have improved drastically.
A thesaurus and rhyming dictionary are your friends. I recommend RhymeZone, where you can sort rhymes by syllable count, find near rhymes, define words, find in-context examples and it also works as a thesaurus.

Good luck! Feel free to ask questions and post your own sonnets below, I'll try to reply with a brief review.

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2020.05.04 01:15 PoeticScience A Complete Guide to Sonnets: A (Brief) History and How to Write Your Own

Introduction

Sonnets are a type of poem that follow very strict rules, and while you may ask yourself "why would I want to do that?", well it's very rewarding to know that even with all of the rules and restrictions you can make an awesome poem. Being forced to confine to syllable counts and rhyme schemes forces us poets to get very creative in finding ways to get our point across and I think it's a wonderful learning experience.
What is a sonnet?
You mean other than painful? A sonnet is the general term used for a 14-line poem that consists of a specific rhyme scheme and meter. Due to the meter it is read in ("iambic pentameter") there is 10 syllables per line, although you will find the occasional 9 or 11 syllable outlier.
Types of Sonnets:
There are a few different types of sonnets, but each follow the rule of 14 lines and 10 syllables per line. The difference is the rhyme scheme and stanza breaks. There are 4 main types of sonnets, which I will outline below. As with anything, the art has evolved and there are tons of modernized subtypes, but I'm only going to outline the original 4, or else we'd be here for ages.
The first one I will outline has the most history and thus is a decent bit longer than the others, but in order of appearance: Petrarchan Sonnet Shakespearean Sonnet Spenserian Sonnet Miltonic Sonnet

History

The word "sonnet" is derived from the the Italian word "sonetto" which is derived form the Latin word "suono", meaning sound. As you'd expect, the origins are Italian. The creation of the sonnet is attributed to Giacomo da Lentini, a 13th century lyrical poet who wrote poetry in the "Sicilian dialect". If you do not know, Sicily is the Island found in Southern Italy. It is still a part of Italy. (In fact, I'm half Sicilian, my grandparents immigrated from there!)
Although he is the creator of sonnets, Lentini is not the namesake of the earliest type of sonnet. That goes to Francesco Petrarch, who was considered the "perfecter of the form"
Fast forward to a bit to Elizabethen era England (1558 - 1603) where the Petrarchan sonnet evolved to become the next three forms: Shakespearean, Spenserian and Miltonic.
After being introduced to England by Sir Thomas Wyatt in the early 16th century, the Petrarchan sonnet was still being actively used throughout the entire Elizabethen era, potentially due to the Earl of Surrey, a man named Henry Howard, both wrote his own sonnets and translated many of the most famous Italian pieces.
Shakespeare himself comes into the picture about 100 years after the introduction of sonnets to England. Like Petrarch, he did not create his namesake sonnet, instead he was considered the style's "perfecter" which is possibly linked to his incessant use of the iambic pentameter (we'll talk about this later)
Another evolution was the Spenserian sonnet. A man named Edmund Spenser is the namesake: it is a Shakespearean sonnet with a more complex rhyme scheme.
The final one that I will talk about is the Miltonic sonnet, which was created by a guy with the most British sounding name ever: John Milton. It is nearly identical to the Shakespearean sonnet, but the content distinction is important enough to make a whole separate category.
Bear in mind, the Shakespearean, Spenserian and Miltonic styles all happened around the same time. Spenser died just before Shakespeare and Milton died right after.
An Iambic What??
It sounds more complex than it is, trust me. An iamb is one type of poetic "foot". Pretty much all poetic feet are two or three syllables in length. The "iambic" foot is two syllables long.
To determine if it's an iamb, check the stresses on the syllables. This is easiest done while reading aloud. Note where the stresses fall naturally.
The pattern of an iambic foot is simple: one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable. Take the word "window"
Say it out loud. It's helps to exaggerate the stresses more than normal.
Thus, to form a "pentameter" we need five iambic feet. We know this because penta is the greek root for five. We use greek prefixes to denote the number of feet. In ascending order from 1 - 10: mono- , di- , tri-, tetra- , penta- , hexa -, hepta- , octa- , nona- , decta-
You likely won't find anything higher than 10 feet. 10 feet is already odd, and I doubt you'll find a monometer or a diameter (NOT pronounced the same as the "diameter" in math)
So, we need 5 iambic feet. Each iambic foot is 2 syllables ---> we need 10 syllables.
Iambic pentameter is actually quite useful in writing as it mimics natural human speech patterns. As humans, we tend to speak in a very "iambic" way.
How to determine the meter and foot?
I'll break it down into the steps that I was taught:
Step 1. Read the text normally (out loud), but pay attention to where you naturally stress the words. Note you can just whisper-read, you don't have to act like you're presenting it to someone, unless you want to. Knowing the overall tone of the text also helps.
Step 2. Grab your pen! Cut each word into syllables. This doesn't take as long as you might think. Like this: AmImakingsense?
Step 3. Read the first line slowly and read aloud, make sure to exaggerate your stresses on the syllables. Word by word, mark whether you read the syllable as stressed or unstressed. If you feel that it's unstressed make a mark above that syllable that resembles a shallow, wide "U". If you are using a computer, use an "x". If you feel that it's stressed like me mark it with a left-facing slash "/".
Step 4. Find the pattern. Mostly [x /]? it's an iamb. Mostly [/ /]? it's a spondee. Mostly [/ x]? it's a trochee. [x x] is pyrrhic. If the pattern is more obvious every 3 syllables: [x x /] is referred to as anapestic and [/ / x] is dactylic. Don't worry about the names though, you just need to remember "iambic" as it's the most important and how to identify stresses.
Step 5. Average out the number of syllables per line. Do this by adding all the syllables in the entire poem and dividing it by the number of lines. Round to the nearest whole number. Divide this number by the number of syllables in the foot that you identified (either 2 or 3).
Step 6. Name the poetic meter! It goes iambic/spondaic/trochaic/pyrrhic/dactlyic/anapestic + prefix determined by final # in step 5 (mono for 1, tetra for 4, penta for 5, etc.) + "meter"
Try it:
Of these 5 sentences one is written in iambic pentameter and one of them is written in iambic tetrameter. See if you can figure out where the iambs are!
a) But soft! What light by yonder window breaks? b) Tell me not in mournful numbers c) And the sound l of a voice l that is still d) Was three long mountains and a wood e) Just for a handful of silver he left us
Well?
The iambic pentameter is a) this is a famous line in Romeo and Juliet!
The iambic tetrameter is d) It's from Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Renascence"
The rest are:>! b) is a trochaic tetrameter (from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha") c) is an anapestic pentameter (from Lord Byron's "The Destruction of Sennacherib") and e) is a dactylic pentameter (from Robert Browning's "The Lost Leader")!<

The Petrarchan Sonnet:

The Petrarchan sonnet, named after 14th century Italian poet Francesco Petrarch. Ironically, Petrarch did not invent this type of poem, that credit goes to 13th century Sicilian poet Giacomo da Lentini
It is broken into 2 parts: an "octave" and a "sestet". An octave refers to a stanza of 8 lines, the sestet refers to a stanza of 6 lines.
The octave always has the rhyme scheme of the dancing queen (as I call it). It goes ABBA ABBA. Each letter means a rhyme, so each "A" line ends the same, etc.
The sestet has a rhyme scheme of either CDE CDE or CDC CDC. The latter scheme is also sometimes referred to as the "Sicilian sestet" It is more common to see CDE CDE, however I prefer the other rhyme scheme, ironically, I am half Sicilian. This is easier to use in Italian due to Italian word endings being much more similar than in English.
Petrarchan sonnets typically present a "problem" or "proposition" in the octave, usually in the form of a question, and then a "resolution" in the sestet which is called the volta (which translates from Italian to "turn"). This form was also often used in 17th and 18th century England, even after the creation of the Shakepearian sonnet.

Often, Petrarchan sonnets do not have a stanza break between the preposition octave and volta sestet. I split them here for easier identification.
Petrarch's Sonnet 159 In what bright realm, what sphere of radiant thought Did Nature find the model whence she drew That delicate dazzling image where we view Here on this earth what she in heaven wrought? What fountain-haunting nymph, what dryad, sought In groves, such golden tresses ever threw Upon the gust? What heart such virtues knew?— Though her chief virtue with my death is fraught. He looks in vain for heavenly beauty, he Who never looked upon her perfect eyes, The vivid blue orbs turning brilliantly – He does not know how Love yields and denies; He only knows, who knows how sweetly she Can talk and laugh, the sweetness of her sighs 

The Shakespearean Sonnet

The Shakespearean sonnet is probably the most well-known of all, as well as the simplest to write in English. It was heavily inspired by the traditional Italian sonnet, and evolved throughout the Elizabeathen age to what we know it as today.
Many people believe Shakespeare invented the sonnet, however, as mentioned earlier, sonnets date back to the Italian Renaissance and the creator of the sonnet is credited to Giacomo da Lentini and considered to be "perfected" by Francesco Petrarch.
Shakespeare wasn't even the first Englishman to write sonnets! However, much like our pal Petrarch, he was considered the "master of the craft" and thus the style bears his name.
The format is slightly different: it is split into four parts, three quatrains (a group of four lines) and then a rhyming couplet at the end (two lines that rhyme with one another)
The rhyme scheme goes: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG and is written in "iambic pentameter" (unstressed, STRESSED)
See if you can detect the poetic feet in his works:
Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips' red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. I have seen roses damasked, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go; My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground. And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare. 

The Spenserian Sonnet

A Spenserian sonnet is identical to a Shakespearean sonnet, however, it makes use of a more complex rhyme scheme. It goes: ABAB BCBC CDCD EE. Personally I find the rhyme scheme awkward to read, but it certainly makes for some interesting poetry, since you only get 5 different rhymes to work with.
I've written many, many sonnets but this is the style I am least fond of. I find it clunky to read and write. It doesn't help that Spenser's works are written with different spelling than we use today. Everything is very phonetic though and you'll notice a lot of it is pronounced very similar to the modern equivalent.
Edmund Spenser's Sonnet LIV (54) Of this worlds theatre in which we stay, My love like the spectator ydly sits Beholding me that all the pageants play, Disguysing diversly my troubled wits. Sometimes I joy when glad occasion fits, And mask in myrth lyke to a comedy: Soone after when my joy to sorrow flits, I waile and make my woes a tragedy. Yet she, beholding me with constant eye, Delights not in my merth nor rues my smart: But when I laugh she mocks, and when I cry She laughs and hardens evermore her heart. What then can move her? if nor merth nor mone, She is no woman, but a senceless stone 

The Miltonic Sonnet

This type of sonnet is nearly indistinguishable to the rhyme scheme it chooses sonnet. In fact, if you came across a Miltonic with a Shakespearean rhyme scheme and an actual Shakespearean sonnet in a language you don't understand, you would not be able to differentiate them.
This is due to the difference being, well, the content of the poem.
Simply put: Miltonic is internal (feelings, struggles, etc.) and Shakespearean is more physical, as in to say the things/concepts that surround us, while Petrarchan is more spiritual/religious.
To be completely honest, most people would just call them Shakespearean/Petrarchan and not differentiate. People tend to be more familiar with Shakespeare, and the difference is so small that I only tell people who are interested in literature that my fave sonnets are technicallyMiltonic, not Shakespearean.
(Yes, my favourite are Miltonic in Shakespearean rhyme scheme)
An illustration of the difference
Many people are not entirely sure why we consider this another major group of sonnet, since sonnets are very much defined by structure. It's true that it copies a rhyme scheme of another established structure...(to be fair Milton did sometimes change it up to "stretch the limits of traditional structures")
However...
It sparked the idea of creating poetry about these concepts.
The traditional Petrarchan sonnet often had spiritual themes relating to catholic beliefs. (Repentance, holiness, love for the Christian God, sacrifice, etc.)
The Shakespearean sonnet....well if you didn't know, our old friend Willy Shakes was a rebel. He regularly wrote about lust, misogyny, homoeroticism, greed, infidelity, adultery and acrimony. In the 17th century, mind you.
Read the poem that is in the Shakespearean sonnet section "My Mistress' Eyes". Nearly every comparison there is to something material: a rose, coral, the sun AND it is a literal comparison: he compares her lip to coral -- it's not symbolism or metaphor, it's literally coral.
One of Milton's most famous works is the sonnet 19 "On His Blindness" (found below) in which he contemplates around the sad truth that he was going blind (which is true, Milton did go blind)
The most simplistic way to put it is Shakespeare is more simile and Milton is more metaphor. Wow alliteration!!
John Milton's Sonnet 19 When I consider how my light is spent, Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide, And that one Talent which is death to hide Lodged with me useless, though my Soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest he returning chide; “Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?” I fondly ask. But patience, to prevent That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need Either man’s work or his own gifts; who best Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed And post o’er Land and Ocean without rest: They also serve who only stand and wait.” 

Personal Examples

Most of my sonnets are based off of songs because my favourite way to write them involves intertwining lyrics with my own ideas. The title of the song and the artist are noted. I would add links to YouTube, but Reddit gets picky when I add links. They're very easy to find if you just copy + paste the sonnet titles into Google or YT. They are all good songs but most are indie artists; I recommend you check them out!

Petrarchan
Addict of the Gallery - Faithe Marie Art bleeds its colour through canvas and frame Pleasing the eye and provoking thought Attacks through brushes in forceful onslaught Paints over tragedy and waits for acclaim if artistry is only made through pain then I’m addicted to the suffering when sorrow can show it’s true colouring carving ‘til only perfection maintainsBut, why turn something bad to something worse? scraps of failure build me to what I am isolation and loneliness make peace I’d rather be alone and that’s how this works reach for me and try to touch but you can’t the complex mess of being a showpiece
Spenserian
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd “Hello?” Is anybody in there? a doctor is hovering over me this will ease the pain so you can bear disassociated from your agony
and relieved of all the anxiety everything surrounding me is a blur Problems forgotten: relieved blissfully an easy solution for a user
but the spotlight's on: I'm an abuser there's no doctor, just a man with a vice Ironic-- addicted to the cure the only medicine has quite the price
needing more to hide this thing I've become killing me slowly 'til I'm comfortably numb
Shakespearean
I am Not Nothing - Beth Crowley Nobody ever made me feel so cursed but attachment and guilt kept me trapped Waiting to get better, but things got worse it was my fault whenever you snapped
words turned to bruises and pleas turned to shoves a relationship built on violence And yet I believed when you called it “love” It’s time to let go of my reliance
Underneath my fear I find my voice time to leave you behind and start again Who you chose to be was not my choice I’ll rewrite my story with a happy end
You always told me that I was weak But the bravest thing I did was leave
Song of the Abyss - Aviators (which is a song based on Knight Artorias' tragic story from dark souls Old friend, the darkness has us trapped Do you feel it, decay is closing in I will save you, but that’s my final act For deadly silence crawls upon my skin
My shield is sturdy but my strength will wane Save yourself while I hold back this monster When shadows take me, I’ll spare you from the pain My will is strong but can’t last much longer
Corrupted beyond the point of rescue To attempt to change my fate is hopeless Finish me honorably, I beg you For I am but a slave to the abyss
Put me to rest while I still have my fame Succeed me when the world forgets my name
An Accidental Combination of Petrarchan and Shakespearean (I guess we can call this one Miltonic!
My Whole Family Thinks I'm Gay - Bo Burnham (a comedy song) I try to convince them to reassess but every one of my peers now suspects Maybe watching SpongeBob had side effects Perhaps it comes down to how I dress
No matter what we’re doing it comes up No one tries to keep the message hidden “Hey what’s up? Do you like kissing women?” I try my best but there’s no letup
“She doesn’t get guys, there’s no other way” Haven’t you guys figured it all out yet? It’s because I’m bitchy, not ‘cause I’m gay Being the “gay friend” is still an asset Nobody will change their mind what’s more to say? At least they’ll be cool when I leave my closet…
(Just so we're on the same page, this one wasn't written to be "good" by my standards, it's just something funny I did while coming to terms with my sexuality)

In Conclusion

Sonnets are intimidating. They are highly structured, rigorous and may seem limiting. However, they aren't as limiting as you might think; they force you to find alternative ways to adapt so you can effectively get your message across and are great for learning. Your first one will likely be very difficult, mine was downright torturous -- and wasn't good at all (imo) -- but I have improved drastically.
A thesaurus and rhyming dictionary are your friends. I recommend RhymeZone, where you can sort rhymes by syllable count, find near rhymes, define words, find in-context examples and it also works as a thesaurus.

Good luck! Feel free to ask questions and post your own sonnets below, I'll try to reply with a brief review.

Please do NOT repost ANY of my work without credit to u/PoeticScience. If you wish to post this guide somewhere else, you MUST ALSO link back to this post. Thank you.
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2020.02.29 11:13 losszeisi A list of good things to do in Metro Van!

speed dating in yaletown, do the sea to sky supercar experience, whistler bungee, take the ferry to random small islands with just your bike and a backpack, rat soup in gastown, go to richmond and sneeze profusely, pedicure at a top vancouver spa, go to that turkish bath spa, nude at wrecked beach, catfe, walk out with cat, pit night by yourself, fortune sound club on a saturday night, walk surrey's 108th stretch at night, stay at a surrey gangster biker hotel (look up hotels and look at cheapest), richmond steveston wrestle with seal, lucy eastside diner eating challenge, sunday afternoon tea at secret garden with yourself and a sex doll, richmond buddhist temple, join hare krishnas, go to a sikh temple, bike from ubc to downtown or other way, whistler ice vodka experience, winter hiking, heli-skiing, take a vancouver food tour (WORTH it!), cooking class, go on a suburb eating adventure (surrey - best indian food, richmond -best chinese) go to a comedy standup or improv show, go to whatever event rio is doing, join meetup and go to some random party event, do a crossfit, climbing, dance, yoga, cycling or some other boutique fitness intro class (classpass is also good for this.) go to the homeless market in downtown eastside and bargain, do an escape room or smash therapy, go to the bird sanctuary and throw rocks at canadian geese (dangerous), go to burns bog park in delta and antagonize the owls by pretending your hair is a squirrel (wear big wig), get laser hair removal (groupon), contribute to your RRSP, pay off your credit card, drop your debit card at london drugs downtown, shop at army and navy, go thrifting at talize in north delta, rent a boat in white rock and accidentally cross the US border, go to maple ridge and take a stroll downtown, download every dating app and right swipe everyone facebook message your ex, instagram your morning routine, marie kondo your home, quit your job, hire yourself, go to a psychic and make a life plan with them, go to cactus club burrard 2nd floor on a friday and slip the dj 20bucks and ask for aqua-barbie girl, make a personal shopping appointment at nordstrom, sleep overnight in your car at spanish banks parking lot, eat every meal in a different restaurant, line up for brunch at jam cafe on sunday, ride the whole skytrain and get off every stop, take the westcoast express till the end and be stranded, join the protestors, phone radio stations when they ask listeners to phone in, make guacamole.
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2019.12.31 20:02 demosthenes327 My Ranking of the HP chapters (Part 2)

  1. The Whomping Willow (Book 2, Chapter 5) – Things Introduced: Filibuster’s Fireworks, Whomping Willow: This is a filler chapter. Harry and Ron’s flight to Hogwarts is a decent little romp, but in a real sense of plot, absolutely nothing happens.
  2. Will and Won’t (Book 6, Chapter 3) – Things Introduced: Inferi: This chapter we get to see what Harry is up to and how the wizarding world is reacting to the events at the Ministry. Namely, they all now begin to wonder if Harry is the “Chosen One.” This is the “Dursley Residence” chapter of Book 6. Dumbledore shows up to whisk Harry away but not before telling Harry that he has inherited all of Sirius’ belongings, including Kreacher.
Chapters That Aren’t Bad, But Nothing Really Happens or is Introduced (186-160)
  1. Nicolas Flamel (Book 1, Chapter 13) – Things Introduced: Sorcerer’s Stone, Locomotor Mortis!: Harry’s second game of Quidditch ever and even more indications that Snape is our main antagonist. Hermione is able to figure out that Fluffy must be guarding the Sorcerer’s Stone, but really this chapter is more filler than anything else.
  2. The Final Hiding Place (Book 7, Chapter 27) – Things Introduced: Nothing at all. This is a very short chapter. It follows the gang on their ride away from Gringotts on the dragon. Harry has a vision of Voldemort finally finding out that the gang is hunting horcruxes. Harry also reads Voldemort’s mind and learns that the final hiding place is Hogwarts. This is a chapter that exists only to move the characters towards the climax of the series. It’s short, but it’s decent.
  3. Number Twelve Grimmauld Place (Book 5, Chapter 4) – Things Introduced: 12 Grimmauld Place, Extendable Ears: We learn what the Order of the Phoenix is and we learn that they are trying to stop Voldemort and that the Ministry is denying Voldemort’s return and making Harry seem like a nutjob. Also, Percy sides with the Ministry and fought with Mr. Weasley. BUT, this is the chapter, more than any other, where Harry goes unreasonably teen angsty on his friends. It’s infuriating to read because his anger makes no sense and it so misdirected.
  4. The Knight Bus (Book 3, Chapter 3) – Things Introduced: The Knight Bus, Stan Shunpike: This is the chapter we learn about who Sirius Black is and what he is in prison for. Harry takes a ride on the Knight Bus, which is just ANOTHER way that wizards get around. This one seems extremely inconvenient as for some reason, magic has no ability to make the passengers not feel the speed and violent jerks of the bus. Weird.
  5. The Invitation (Book 4, Chapter 3) – Things Introduced: None to the max. This is the “Dursley Chapter” of Book 4. It catches the reader up on what’s been going on with Harry over the summer. Dudley is on a diet, Harry can send mail with Hedwig and the Weasleys send an envelope covered in stamps with a letter to invite Harry to the Quidditch World Cup. Nothing too important happens.
  6. Shell Cottage (Book 7, Chapter 25) – Things Introduced: Nothing Really: This chapter really is all about three things: Planning the Gringotts heist, The birth of Ted Tonks and harry being named godfather, and Bill warning Harry that goblins and humans have different notions of ownership and to be careful about the deal the gang made with Griphook.
  7. The Forbidden Forest (Book 1, Chapter 15) – Things Introduced: Centaurs, Firenze, Ronan, Bane: I know a lot of people seem to think this chapter is a really good one. I’ve read it a few times and I just can’t quite figure out what’s so great about it. Sure, it’s our first look into the forbidden forest, but we get many much more exciting times in the forest throughout the series. Further, it’s never really explained “what” exactly Voldemort is at this point. A slithering cloak? That’s where the movie went with it. Also, the whole “House Cup” points thing was a big part of this chapter and thankfully that whole side show pretty much began and ended with the first book. I know that the House Cup points were mentioned in nearly every book, but they never really took on the importance as they did in the first book and that’s a good thing. Those House Cup points seemed to be awarded so arbitrarily and unfairly throughout the series. Man, that was a weird concept. The only things of importance in this chapter was learning that Voldemort is still out there and meeting the centaurs.
  8. The Unknowable Room (Book 6, Chapter 21) – Things Introduced: Sectumsempra! (First Mention): Another plot moving chapter where nothing terribly important happens. The elves return and tell Harry that Malfoy has been going into the room of requirement (but if you hadn’t figured that out by now I just don’t know what to tell you). Harry talks to Tonks who still looks upset. Harry thinks she was in love with Sirius. Harry and Ron talk to moaning Myrtle who says she’s been talking to a boy in her bathroom who has been crying. Harry tries to get into the room of requirement several times without any luck. Harry sees the Sectumsempra spell scribbled in the half-blood prince’s potions book.
  9. The Sorting Hat’s New Song (Book 5, Chapter 11) – Things Introduced: Nothing: Things are very different at Hogwarts now that Voldemort is back and Dumbledore and the Ministry are at odds with one another. Definitely some tension this year. The Sorting Hat tries to make a rhyme about everyone coming together which it does when things are not all well in the wizarding world. Umbridge is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts (DADA) teacher. Seamus and Harry get into an argument in the common room because Seamus’ mother believes the prophter about Harry going crazy.
  10. The Lost Diadem (Book 7, Chapter 29) – Things Introduced: Again, sadly, nothing: The better chapters are mostly the ones that introduced new things and new ideas. The best part of this chapter is that the gang finally makes it back to Hogwarts and reunites with Dumbledore’s Army. More and more people begin to arrive into the room of requirement and the stage is set for the big battle of good vs. evil. Except that Harry doesn’t want to tell anyone about why it is they are there and he doesn’t want to fight. He wants to get the horcrux and get out. Again, another Harry of Harry’s selfishness, he literally cannot conceive of what has been going on with the rest of the world. We hear a few other tales of resistance to the dark order and then Harry relents and asks for help from the Ravenclaws. Luna agrees to take Harry to the Ravenclaw common room to take a look at the model of Ravenclaw’s lost diadem so that he can get an idea of what he’s looking for if the horcrux does indeed turn out to be the diadem.
  11. Snape Victorious (Book 6, Chapter 8) Things Introduced: Tergeo!: Tonks saves Harry from the Hogwarts Express after Malfoy got the drop on him. Hogwarts is under extra protection this year. Snape is finally granted the title of DADA professor. Slughorn is there to teach Potions. Harry is overly concerned about Malfoy and what he’s up to. It gets a little awkward when Hagrid shows up at the end of the chapter and the gang realizes that none of them are continuing with Care of Magical Creatures this year and Hagris doesn’t know this yet.
  12. Occlumency (Book 5, Chapter 24) – Things Introduced: Legilimens!: At Grimmauld place as the holidays are coming to an end, Harry learns that he has to take private occlumency lessons with Snape during the upcoming term. Snape and Sirius almost come to blows. Mr. Weasley returns from the hospital. The gang takes the Knight Bus back to Hogwarts and is guarded by Aurors due to Harry’s vulnerability. Harry asks Cho out on a Valentine’s Day date. Harry has his first occlumency lesson and hates it, but he finally realizes that the hallways he’s been seeing in his dreams is the hallway to the department of mysteries. In the common room, Fred and George introduce the headless hats. Just before falling asleep Harry gets a flash of Voldemort’s mind and realizes that Voldemort is really happy about something.
  13. Mad-Eye Moody (Book 4, Chapter 13) – Things Introduced: Eloise Midgen, Blast-Ended Skrewts: This is a background chapter. The gang settles into the first weeks of the new school term. Moody is introduced via turning Malfoy into a ferret. Eloise Midgen, one of two repetitive punchlines, along with Dawlish the incompetent auror, is mentioned for the first time here.
  14. Dobby’s Reward (Book 2, Chapter 18) – Things Introduced: Nothing: This chapter is the denouement of Book 2. It’s nice to see Dobby get freed and to learn that Lucius Malfoy was behind the whole plot to open the Chamber of Secrets. Really this chapter is more about the continuing and evolving relationship between Harry and Dumbledore. Harry learns a little more about his past from Dumbledore. The petrified students are healed. Hagrid gets let out of Azkaban. Things wrap up and return to a sense of normalcy.
  15. The Dream (Book 4, Chapter 29) – Things Introduced: Still Nothing: This is a two part chapter. First half is trying to unravel the secret of what happened to Mr. Crouch. The second half has Ron and Hermione training Harry for the Third Task. In divination, Harry falls asleep and sees through Voldemort’s eyes. He can see part of the plan and Wormtail’s failure taking shape but he doesn’t know what it means.
  16. Owl Post (Book 3, Chapter 1) – Things Introduced: Hogsmeade (Mentioned): This is a set-up and recap chapter. This book, like all the others, opens in the Dursley’s house. Harry hasn’t had the worst summer thus far but that’s about to change. We see some updates of the wizarding world and learn that the Weasleys won a sweepstakes and took a trip to Egypt to visit Bill.
  17. An Excess of Phlegm (Book 6, Chapter 5) – Things Introduced: There’s only so many ways to say nothing: This is the obligatory Weasley chapter of Book 6. It catches the reader up on everything. We learn that Bill and Fleur are engaged. Harry tells Ron and Hermione what the prophecy said. Mr. Weasley has been promoted. Everyone is in “mortal peril” according to Mrs. Weasley’s clock. Harry is made Quidditch captain and the gang gets their OWL results. It’s a decent catch-up chapter and a good read.
  18. Educational Decree Number Twenty Four (Book 5, Chapter 17) – Things Introduced: Oppression: Umbridge uses her power to disband all clubs. We find out that no one in the newly formed but yet unnamed DA could have blabbed because Hermione jinxed the sign-up sheet. That’s pretty sweet. Umbridge’s regime is in full swing which makes Malfoy very happy. Trelawney is put on probation. Umbridge is in Snape’s class. Sirius tells the gang that Umbridge and the Ministry is afraid that Dumbledore is trying to create an army of students to oppose the ministry. At the end, Sirius almost gets caught in the fireplace.
  19. The Ghoul in Pajamas (Book 7, Chapter 6) – Things Introduced: I’m done putting this tidbit in unless something is actually introduced: This chapter is spent at the Burrow in preparation for Bill and Fleur’s wedding. Harry tries to get Ron and Hermione to back out of their promise to go with him. They are having none of it and, in a moving show of their friendship and love, explain and show to him the steps they’ve taken to protect their loved ones if that never come back. They are aware of the risks and want to go anyway.
  20. The Hungarian Horntail (Book 4, Chapter 19) – Two part chapter. First, Harry is still despised by everyone in Hogwarts and is getting sick of it. Ron still won’t speak to Harry. Harry goes to the Three Broomsticks with Hermione while under the invisibility cloak. Hagrid tells Harry to meet him at night with the cloak. At night, Hagrid takes Harry and Madame Maxime to a clearing in the woods and Harry learns that the champions have to face a dragon in the first task. At the end of the chapter, Harry talks to Sirius in the fire and learns that Karkaroff was a Death Eater.
  21. Detention with Dolores (Book 5, Chapter 13) - This chapter starts with Harry angry that no one believes him. In the common room, Fred and George test the fainting fancies on first years. Hermione gets angry with them and threatens to call their mother. Then they go to the rest of the classes that we haven’t seen yet: charms, transfiguration, care of magical creature and herbology. In every class they hear about how hard this year will be because of OWLs. Some people believe Harry, like Luna and Ernie MacMillan, while others don’t. Harry has detentions with Dolores. She tortures him by making him write lines in his own blood. Harry finds out that Ron is trying out for keeper on the Quidditch team. Ron finds out about what Umbridge is doing. In the last detention, Umbridge grabs Harry’s arm and his scar burns. He thinks this is a sign. He finally gets back to the common room and finds out that Ron is the new keeper for the Quidditch Team. This is a long chapter and some stuff happens for the plot, but similar to many chapters in this book, it’s TOO long and plodding. The past three chapters could really have been a single chapter. Also, this is the chapter that has the normally very smart Hermione somehow thinking she can free the House Elves by knitting clothing for them. Clearly, only their masters can free them by presenting them with clothing, a point that has been made several times before and clearly it would be ridiculous is any person can free someone’s house elf by giving them clothes. That would be as dumb as the golden snitch being worth 150 points.
  22. The Quidditch Final (Book 3, Chapter 15) - We find out that Buckbeak is going to be executed. Hermione punches Malfoy for making fun of Hagrid. Hermione is starting to miss classes due to stress and she quits divination. Harry saw the grim and Crookshanks walking together on the Hogwarts grounds. The real purpose of this Chapter was to show the Quidditch final. Harry beats Malfoy to the snitch and Gryffindor wins the Quidditch Cup for the first time in 7 years. Not too much to expand the plot except the grim thing and Hermione quitting divination. This chapter exists to close out the Quidditch sub storyline in Book 3 and to show how stressed Hermione has become. Nothing new introduced. This book really felt the need to have an entire chapter about each of Gryffindor’s three Quidditch matches this school year. This, and the World Cup at the beginning of Book 4, is the pinnacle of Quidditch in the series.
  23. The Unbreakable Vow (Book 6, Chapter 15) - Harry has to ask someone to Slughorn’s party because a lot of girls are going to try to get him to go with them. Romilda Vane has even smuggled love potion in and is trying to spike harry’s drink with it. Eventually, Harry asks Luna Lovegood to go as friends. Ron and Lavender are attached throughout this chapter and Hermione tries to make Ron jealous by going to the party with McLaggen. At the party, harry talks to a few teachers and Slughorn tries to introduce him to some important people. Malfoy gets caught skulking about and pretends like he was trying to sneak into the party. Snape gets angry and he and Malfoy walk away. Harry sneaks off to follow them and hears them arguing in a classroom. Snape tells Malfoy about the unbreakable vow.
  24. The Lion and the Serpent (Book 5, Chapter 19) – Things Introduced: Protean Charm, “Weasley is Our King”: This chapter is really about the Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Slytherin. The Slytherin’s have the song “Weasley is our King” to taunt Ron and it works. Ron does horrible. Luckily Harry saves the day by catching the snitch. But, afterwards, Malfoy taunts Harry and the Weasley twins. They attack him. Umbridge sees this and due to educational decree 25, she is empowered to punish them. She bans them from Quidditch for life. Ron gets back to the common room after a long solo walk. The very last line of the chapter is “Hagrid’s Back.”
  25. A Very Frosty Christmas (Book 6, Chapter 16) – Things Introduced: Fenrir Greyback (First Mentioned): This entire chapter takes place at the Burrow. It’s really just the whole family gathering for the Christmas celebrations. Harry asks Lupin about the Half-Blood Prince and other things. They listen to Celestina Warbuck. Fleur is impatient. Ron gets a necklace from Lavender that is hideous. After Christmas dinner, Percy shows up with the minister of magic. Scrimgeour takes Harry around the property and asks him to make it seem like he’s working with the Minsitry. Harry refuses. Scrimgeour pushes him but Harry stands by Dumbledore. Percy stormed from the house after Fred and George played a prank on him. A long and fairly slow moving chapter overall.
  26. A Place to Hide (Book 7, Chapter 9) – Things Introduced: Expulso!, Thorfin Rowle: The wedding breaks up and everyone is darting one way or another. Harry, Ron and Hermione find one another and disapparate to the Muggle world. They go to a coffee shop but are quickly discovered by two Death Eaters. They fight the Death Eaters off and apparate to Grimmauld Place, where the discover the curses used to ward off Snape. They are trying to figure out what happened when Harry has a vision of Voldemort’s mind. He sees Rowle being punished and Malfoy forced to torture him.
  27. The Order of the Phoenix (Book 5, Chapter 5) – Another pretty boring chapter in the beginning of Book 5. This chapter we hear about what the Order of the Phoenix is up to. We understand that the ministry does not want to believe Dumbledore. Harry and the gang get to sit in on a meeting and they hear that Voldemort is trying to get his hands on a weapon of some sort. Sirius and Molly Weasley get into an argument but Sirius wins out because Harry needs to find out some of this stuff. It’s a decent set up chapter for Book 5 and beyond.
Chapters That Are Starting to Get Pretty Good But Are Mostly Just Plot Movers (159-118)
  1. Cornelius Fudge (Book 2, Chapter 14) – Things Introduced: Cornelius Fudge (First Appearance), Divination, Care of Magical Creatures: This is the lowest point for the characters in Book 2. Hagrid is taken away to Azkaban because of what happened in the past with Aragog. Dumbledore steps aside as headmaster after Lucius Malfoy pressured the school governors. Hermione gets petrified by the monster. Oh, and the Quidditch Cup is cancelled.
  2. Quidditch (Book 1, Chapter 11) – Things Introduced: Hermione’s Magical Blue Flames: This chapter is important because it really sets up Snape as the antagonist of the first book. Harry gets suspicious of him when he realizes that he got bit by Fluffy. The reader is also introduced to live action Quidditch, which is a lot of fun to read about…a few times. During the match, Harry’s broom is jinxed and Ron and Hermione see Snape muttering and not breaking eye contact with the broom. So the reader truly thinks Snape is the bad guy and then back in Hagrid’s hut, Hagrid starts letting some things slip about the trapdoor.
  3. The Portkey (Book 4, Chapter 6) – Things Introduced: Portkeys, Amos Diggory, Splinching, Apparition, Accio!, the Lovegoods: Wow, a lot of stuff was introduced in this chapter. It’s about time. These rankings are devoid of cool stuff in the bottom half. This chapter introduces a lot of concepts and people but really it’s only a brief chapter to show the group traveling to the Quidditch World Cup and nothing important really happens. Also, there are a TON of ways to travel in the wizarding world.
  4. The Advance Guard (Book 5, Chapter 3) – Things Introduced: Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Elphias Doge, Emmeline Vance, Sturgis Podmore, Hestia Jones, Metamorphmagus, Locomotor!, Disillusionment Charm: We are obviously introduced to a lot of people, with Tonks and Kingsley being by far the most important. This is the first real introduction to the Order of the Phoenix as a bunch of members come to the Dursley’s house to take Harry away after his very confusing summer. This chapter itself isn’t all that great as they just fly on brooms from Surrey to London. But I like meeting all of the new wizards and Kingsleys always been a favorite of mine.
  5. Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw (Book 3, Chapter 13) – Things Introduced: Cho Chang: This is our first actual sighting of Sirius Black! So that’s pretty cool. He’s still the deranged lunatic he’s been made out to be thus far. This chapter begins with Ron being disheartened about Scabbers apparently being killed. It moves to Harry showing off the Firebolt to the school. Then the match against Ravenclaw. Harry can’t help but feel attracted to Cho. He beats her to the snitch though. Ron is still really angry at Hermione, who is strating to really show the stress of her busy schedule. That night, Ron wakes up with Sirius Black standing over him with a knife. They find out that Black found Neville’s list of all the passwords and got access to Gryffindor tower.
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2019.10.19 23:23 cat_palace NEWSFLASH: JM Bullion acquires Provident Metals

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All orders that were placed before October 19th 12:00 pm Central will be processed as normal and will be shipped from the previous fulfillment center.
Additionally, all buybacks sold to Provident Metals after October 19th will need to be shipped to the new fulfillment center in Las Vegas. (Address is below) All buybacks in progress will process as normal and won’t require any additional attention.
7. New Lockbox and Wiring Instructions
Mail checks to:
Provident Metals Corp
Department 960589
Oklahoma City, OK 73196-058
Wiring Instructions:
Name: Provident Metals Corp Address: 6125 Luther Lane, #465
Dallas, TX 75225 Phone: 800-313-3315 Bank: Bank of Oklahoma
6242 E 41st St Tulsa, OK 74135
Routing # 103900036
Account # 312594056
Mail Buybacks to:
AMGL-BB
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6055 Surrey Street
SUITE 105 / Bay 15
Las Vegas, NV 89119
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Finally, we're thrilled to announce that we'll be reviving Provident's popular series program. We found a lot of success bringing series such as Zombucks, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and The 12 Labors of Hercules to market. While we won't be reviving these discontinued crowd favorites, we do plan to finish the Egyptian Gods and the Prospector series! So keep an eye out for some new and exciting developments with these series soon.

We are also continuing the World of Dragons series. The fifth dragon release is scheduled to be revealed and offered for purchase November 1st, with the sixth and final release on February 1st. But we are not stopping there—stay tuned as we are developing several more new series and programs. Buckle up, it's going to be spectacular!
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2019.10.18 19:56 RealReportUK Drove 2 new Mercedes on road and track (impressions not good!)

TLDR - New Mercs have no feel, and 664 lb/ft just makes you feel car sick.
Yesterday I had a very interesting day, I was lucky enough to be able to drive to and from a track in Surrey, UK in a brand new Mercedes GLE-Class 350d 4MATIC. And then on track I drove an SL63-AMG. I hated both cars with a passion. For reference my 2 daily drivers are a 2004 Jag XK8 coupe and a BMW e46 330ci.
First of all the GLE on the drive to and from the track:
- Getting in the car is like getting into a sort of futuristic tank. It feels massive. I instantly understood why many people who drive these cars are all over the middle of the road. It was surprisingly easy to place thanks to the high driving position, but the sheer size was eye opener.
- The dash was one of those full width double screen jobs, and it was horrible. It's obviously extremely impressive, and manages to have no glare, and it's even quite clear to make out a lot of things. But it's all touch screen, not even a button to turn on/off the radio. As a result it's so incredibly distracting that to even do the simplest task you have to take your eyes off the road and your hand off the wheel for far too long. There were some steering wheel buttons and voice controls so you could probably learn your way around that to alleviate some of those concerns.
The other problem with the dash was that it felt so misshapen and badly proportioned, and that added to the sense of it being a futuristic tank. There were none of the reference points that you would expect in the car to allow you to align yourself, like there was no separation at all between the drivers area and the center of the car. It was all one full width screen, and it wasn't pleasant.
Underneath that there were some gimmicky RGB mood lighting strips, and generally the whole thing felt very cold and soulless. It also felt like too much of a 'world car', like it was trying too hard to be impressive to Europeans, Americans, and the Chinese all at the same time, so it didn't really have an honest feeling identity.
- The engine, a 3 litre straight 6 diesel with around 300hp and 450lb/ft of torque was so bland. It made an indiscriminate hum which sucked any possible character out of the car. If it had made no noise that would be something, it it would have sounded like a clattery tractor that would be something, or even like a vacuum cleaner. But no, just a strange mixture of non-noises that you can't put your finger on. It pulled in a similarly bland and uninspired way. The car simply moved, and that was it.
- The steering was completely lifeless (what do you expect) and yet the wheel was an incredibly thick and chunky, squared off at the bottom and very small diameter sports steering wheel. This is a very odd combination in such a massive car. The steering was also very artificial feeling, like fancy computers were constantly trying to interfere with your steering angle. It was always adding more or less resistance to say 'no you're not steering perfectly where I want to go so I'm just going to get heavy for a second to slow down your input'.
- The suspension was very unpredictable. Sometimes it was incredibly absorptive, other times it would suddenly be stiffer. It was simultaneously soft, jiggly, springy, bouncy, crashy, incredibly smooth, zero body roll, and like sitting on a pogo stick all at the same time. I can not explain it, you'll have to drive one for yourself, the sensation is totally unreal. It's like it's not actually suspension but something else entirely, and whatever it is, it's not meant to make the car enjoyable to drive.
Anyway, now for the SL63 AMG on track. I did quite a few laps, a drag strip to emergency brake run a few times, and a skid pad. All great fun of course so I'm very glad for the experience. But the car:
- First of all, the interior felt so dated (it was a 2019 model). The steering wheel was the exact same as in the GLE, but a lot of other bits were literally straight out of the early 2000's. And it was that horrible era of Mercedes interiors where it was a like a taxi crossed with the world's most boring business person who likes fake carbon fibre trim. Also the seat was not even making any attempt to be in line with the steering wheel. You get used to that real quick on the move, but still ridiculous.
- The engine, my god, that is by far the fastest car I have ever driven. From a standing start you get some wheel spin, and then it literally pins you into your seat. It's 577hp and 664 lb/ft of torque. Let those numbers sink in for a moment. I do consider myself a proper petrolhead, I always have been. But I'm not joking, I felt physically sick after a few full throttle starts, and that's with me driving! The adrenaline was unreal.
- The gearbox is also amazing, instant shifts, does what you want it to do. From here though it goes downhill.
- The steering again is completely dead and lifeless, and it's far too light. Bearing in mind it's a heavy car, so having light steering means you really have no idea what the tyres are doing at all. Also that small thick wheel was very unwieldy.
- The suspension corners flat and level, but combined with the steering it just creates the most boring sensation you can imagine. After half a lap I was incredibly bored and incredibly dissatisfied. I could just tell straight away that I wasn't going to be able to extract any feeling whatsoever from the. Going faster just makes you go faster. There is nothing to be felt. No rotation (the tyres are massive), no feeling of getting to the limit (again see massive tyres), no sensation of weight transfer. Just a soulless right where it felt like the car was driving me. It was honestly a chore almost immediately.
- The brakes were horribly lacking in feel again. They were extremely capable and could stop the car from over 100mph with face-through-windscreen capabilities, but there was no modulation available at all. They were so over assisted that you were either braking, or you weren't. It's to the extent that when you try to come off the brakes, it almost feels like they don't want to release properly. I assure you they were functioning perfectly, it's just the pedal doesn't travel enough and there is no feel through the pedal.
- Then on the to skid pad, and what a let down. Now bearing in mind I really went for it. And the problem is not that it won't drift. On that special surface the problem is the opposite. With the traction off, even the tiniest of tiny blips will send the car into an instant 360, and having completely dead steering means not only can you not feel if you're catching the slide or not, even when you do catch it, it's completely and utterly boring. How ridiculous is that, I'm power sliding a car with that much power and torque and just instantly feeling bored and quite car sick.
- The only positive thing I can say about Mercedes. As I did a particularly violent spin right off the skid pad and onto grippy tarmac where I thought the car might roll (!), not only did the seat belt tensioners fire very rapidly, but a weird hissing sound emanated from somewhere for the duration. I was informed afterwards that this is a special frequency meant to prime your ear drums so that if the airbags go off, they won't damage your ear drums. That is some attention to detail right there.
- But actually a weird negative to mirror that positive, I didn't like that in both the GLE and the SL, when you first turn on the ignition the seat belts tighten to strangle you for a second to judge your size. That's quite a claustrophobic feeling.
So in conclusion, I can have more fun in my e46 and my XK8 within 20 feet on any journey than you can have in either a brand new luxury GLE or a bloody SL63 AMG going flat out and doing power slides.
I'm not joking, after getting into my Jag afterwards I was instantly like 'wow, this is what steering feel is. Feel the weight, feel the road texture. Throw it in to some corners, feel the back rotating. Listen to that glorious engine. And wow what do you know, 300hp and 300lb/ft is exactly the right amount of power to actually be able to enjoy the engine and rev it out, still feel like you're getting pinned in the seat a bit, still get into serious trouble, but not actually make yourself physically sick and crash instantly. And the engine sounds so sweet and beautiful, not just vulgar. And the suspension just makes either of those Mercs look like a joke. It's obviously the Jags ace card, and it's stiff when you think it will be stiff, and yet the faster and harder you drive the better it absorbs bumps. It gives real confidence and so much communication whilst feeling stable and confidence inspiring. It's only at low speeds where the Mercs absorb bumps better, but only because they turn into pogo sticks. At any speed though it's no contest.
And then, what's this, an e46 BMW. Listen to the glorious straight 6, almost as good as the sound in the Jag but in a completely different way. Feel the steering which is heavy at low speed and then starts to lighten as you go faster or lose grip, so that you feel telepathically linked with the front wheels. Feel the rotation as you throw it in to corners. And what's that, actual low speed ride comfort whilst not being bouncy? Unbelievable!
And the interiors of both of my cars put both of those Mercs to shame too. Anyway I could go on, but suffice it to say that between the horrible interiors, bland or over the top engines, lifeless steering and horridly sterile and uncommunicative chassis, I certainly didn't enjoy my time with either of those Mercs. I'm not sure whether they're gone backwards as a brand or whether it's the whole industry. But I suspect that Mercedes is probably the biggest offender out of any manufacturer right now for the problems I listed above.
Also I learned that I just don't want a car with that much power and torque. I know people might think I'm just trying to justify the relatively low power output of my cars to make myself feel better, but honestly, I'm not. I really didn't enjoy it at all, and I love driving. But in those cars, I just wasn't enjoying driving, not even for 1 second. It's literally enough to make me want to buy an MX-5 or an Elise as a sort of rehabilitation.
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2019.10.17 23:48 RealReportUK Drove 2 new Mercedes on road and track yesterday - Impressions not good!

TLDR - New Mercs have no feel, and 664 lb/ft just makes you feel car sick.
Yesterday I had a very interesting day, I was lucky enough to be able to drive to and from a track in Surrey, UK in a brand new Mercedes GLE-Class 350d 4MATIC. And then on track I drove an SL63-AMG. I hated both cars with a passion. For reference my 2 daily drivers are a 2004 Jag XK8 coupe and a BMW e46 330ci.
First of all the GLE on the drive to and from the track:
- Getting in the car is like getting into a sort of futuristic tank. It feels massive. I instantly understood why many people who drive these cars are all over the middle of the road. It was surprisingly easy to place thanks to the high driving position, but the sheer size was eye opener.
- The dash was one of those full width double screen jobs, and it was horrible. It's obviously extremely impressive, and manages to have no glare, and it's even quite clear to make out a lot of things. But it's all touch screen, not even a button to turn on/off the radio. As a result it's so incredibly distracting that to even do the simplest task you have to take your eyes off the road and your hand off the wheel for far too long. There were some steering wheel buttons and voice controls so you could probably learn your way around that to alleviate some of those concerns.
The other problem with the dash was that it felt so misshapen and badly proportioned, and that added to the sense of it being a futuristic tank. There were none of the reference points that you would expect in the car to allow you to align yourself, like there was no separation at all between the drivers area and the center of the car. It was all one full width screen, and it wasn't pleasant.
Underneath that there were some gimmicky RGB mood lighting strips, and generally the whole thing felt very cold and soulless. It also felt like too much of a 'world car', like it was trying too hard to be impressive to Europeans, Americans, and the Chinese all at the same time, so it didn't really have an honest feeling identity.
- The engine, a 3 litre straight 6 diesel with around 300hp and 450lb/ft of torque was so bland. It made an indiscriminate hum which sucked any possible character out of the car. If it had made no noise that would be something, it it would have sounded like a clattery tractor that would be something, or even like a vacuum cleaner. But no, just a strange mixture of non-noises that you can't put your finger on. It pulled in a similarly bland and uninspired way. The car simply moved, and that was it.
- The steering was completely lifeless (what do you expect) and yet the wheel was an incredibly thick and chunky, squared off at the bottom and very small diameter sports steering wheel. This is a very odd combination in such a massive car. The steering was also very artificial feeling, like fancy computers were constantly trying to interfere with your steering angle. It was always adding more or less resistance to say 'no you're not steering perfectly where I want to go so I'm just going to get heavy for a second to slow down your input'.
- The suspension was very unpredictable. Sometimes it was incredibly absorptive, other times it would suddenly be stiffer. It was simultaneously soft, jiggly, springy, bouncy, crashy, incredibly smooth, zero body roll, and like sitting on a pogo stick all at the same time. I can not explain it, you'll have to drive one for yourself, the sensation is totally unreal. It's like it's not actually suspension but something else entirely, and whatever it is, it's not meant to make the car enjoyable to drive.
Anyway, now for the SL63 AMG on track. I did quite a few laps, a drag strip to emergency brake run a few times, and a skid pad. All great fun of course so I'm very glad for the experience. But the car:
- First of all, the interior felt so dated (it was a 2019 model). The steering wheel was the exact same as in the GLE, but a lot of other bits were literally straight out of the early 2000's. And it was that horrible era of Mercedes interiors where it was a like a taxi crossed with the world's most boring business person who likes fake carbon fibre trim. Also the seat was not even making any attempt to be in line with the steering wheel. You get used to that real quick on the move, but still ridiculous.
- The engine, my god, that is by far the fastest car I have ever driven. From a standing start you get some wheel spin, and then it literally pins you into your seat. It's 577hp and 664 lb/ft of torque. Let those numbers sink in for a moment. I do consider myself a proper petrolhead, I always have been. But I'm not joking, I felt physically sick after a few full throttle starts, and that's with me driving! The adrenaline was unreal.
- The gearbox is also amazing, instant shifts, does what you want it to do. From here though it goes downhill.
- The steering again is completely dead and lifeless, and it's far too light. Bearing in mind it's a heavy car, so having light steering means you really have no idea what the tyres are doing at all. Also that small thick wheel was very unwieldy.
- The suspension corners flat and level, but combined with the steering it just creates the most boring sensation you can imagine. After half a lap I was incredibly bored and incredibly dissatisfied. I could just tell straight away that I wasn't going to be able to extract any feeling whatsoever from the. Going faster just makes you go faster. There is nothing to be felt. No rotation (the tyres are massive), no feeling of getting to the limit (again see massive tyres), no sensation of weight transfer. Just a soulless right where it felt like the car was driving me. It was honestly a chore almost immediately.
- The brakes were horribly lacking in feel again. They were extremely capable and could stop the car from over 100mph with face-through-windscreen capabilities, but there was no modulation available at all. They were so over assisted that you were either braking, or you weren't. It's to the extent that when you try to come off the brakes, it almost feels like they don't want to release properly. I assure you they were functioning perfectly, it's just the pedal doesn't travel enough and there is no feel through the pedal.
- Then on the to skid pad, and what a let down. Now bearing in mind I really went for it. And the problem is not that it won't drift. On that special surface the problem is the opposite. With the traction off, even the tiniest of tiny blips will send the car into an instant 360, and having completely dead steering means not only can you not feel if you're catching the slide or not, even when you do catch it, it's completely and utterly boring. How ridiculous is that, I'm power sliding a car with that much power and torque and just instantly feeling bored and quite car sick.
- The only positive thing I can say about Mercedes. As I did a particularly violent spin right off the skid pad and onto grippy tarmac where I thought the car might roll (!), not only did the seat belt tensioners fire very rapidly, but a weird hissing sound emanated from somewhere for the duration. I was informed afterwards that this is a special frequency meant to prime your ear drums so that if the airbags go off, they won't damage your ear drums. That is some attention to detail right there.
- But actually a weird negative to mirror that positive, I didn't like that in both the GLE and the SL, when you first turn on the ignition the seat belts tighten to strangle you for a second to judge your size. That's quite a claustrophobic feeling.
So in conclusion, I can have more fun in my e46 and my XK8 within 20 feet on any journey than you can have in either a brand new luxury GLE or a bloody SL63 AMG going flat out and doing power slides.
I'm not joking, after getting into my Jag afterwards I was instantly like 'wow, this is what steering feel is. Feel the weight, feel the road texture. Throw it in to some corners, feel the back rotating. Listen to that glorious engine. And wow what do you know, 300hp and 300lb/ft is exactly the right amount of power to actually be able to enjoy the engine and rev it out, still feel like you're getting pinned in the seat a bit, still get into serious trouble, but not actually make yourself physically sick and crash instantly. And the engine sounds so sweet and beautiful, not just vulgar. And the suspension just makes either of those Mercs look like a joke. It's obviously the Jags ace card, and it's stiff when you think it will be stiff, and yet the faster and harder you drive the better it absorbs bumps. It gives real confidence and so much communication whilst feeling stable and confidence inspiring. It's only at low speeds where the Mercs absorb bumps better, but only because they turn into pogo sticks. At any speed though it's no contest.
And then, what's this, an e46 BMW. Listen to the glorious straight 6, almost as good as the sound in the Jag but in a completely different way. Feel the steering which is heavy at low speed and then starts to lighten as you go faster or lose grip, so that you feel telepathically linked with the front wheels. Feel the rotation as you throw it in to corners. And what's that, actual low speed ride comfort whilst not being bouncy? Unbelievable!
And the interiors of both of my cars put both of those Mercs to shame too. Anyway I could go on, but suffice it to say that between the horrible interiors, bland or over the top engines, lifeless steering and horridly sterile and uncommunicative chassis, I certainly didn't enjoy my time with either of those Mercs. I'm not sure whether they're gone backwards as a brand or whether it's the whole industry. But I suspect that Mercedes is probably the biggest offender out of any manufacturer right now for the problems I listed above.
Also I learned that I just don't want a car with that much power and torque. I know people might think I'm just trying to justify the relatively low power output of my cars to make myself feel better, but honestly, I'm not. I really didn't enjoy it at all, and I love driving. But in those cars, I just wasn't enjoying driving, not even for 1 second. It's literally enough to make me want to buy an MX-5 or an Elise as a sort of rehabilitation.
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2019.09.03 12:10 btcxlab 13 facts without scientific explanation

13 facts without scientific explanation
Despite all the achievements of science, there are still many white spots in it. New Scientist magazine has published a list of mysterious phenomena that scientists are not able to explain.

1. Placebo Effect

Do not try to repeat this at home! For several days, you hurt someone several times a day. You reduce pain with morphine until the last day of the experiment, and then replace morphine with saline. And guess what is going on? Saline relieves pain.
This is a placebo effect: somehow, a composition from nothing can have a very powerful effect. Doctors have known the placebo effect for a long time. But besides the fact that, apparently, it has a biochemical nature, we do not know anything. One thing is clear: the mind can affect the biochemistry of the body.

2. The horizon problem

Our Universe is inexplicably united. Look at the space from one edge of the visible Universe to the other, and you will see that throughout the background the background of microwave radiation in space has the same temperature. This does not seem surprising until you remember that these two edges are located at a distance of 28 billion light years from each other, and our universe is only 14 billion years old.
Nothing can move at a speed exceeding the speed of light, so it is impossible for thermal radiation to travel between the two horizons and balance the hot and cold zones formed during the Big Bang, establishing the thermal equilibrium that we see now.
From a scientific point of view, the same temperature of the background radiation is an anomaly. It could be explained by the recognition that the speed of light is not constant. But even in this case, we are still powerless before the question: why?

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3. Ultra-energy cosmic rays

For more than a decade, physicists in Japan have been observing cosmic rays that should not exist. Cosmic rays are particles that travel in the universe at a speed close to the speed of light. Some cosmic rays come to Earth as a result of violent events, such as a supernova explosion. But we do not know anything about the origin of high-energy particles observed in nature. And even this is not a real secret.
When cosmic ray particles move in space, they lose energy when they collide with low-energy photons, for example, from cosmic microwave background radiation. However, cosmic rays with very high energy were discovered at the University of Tokyo. Theoretically, they could appear only from our galaxy, but astronomers cannot find the source of these cosmic rays in our galaxy.

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4. The phenomenon of homeopathy

Madeleine Ennis, a pharmacologist at Queen's University of Belfast, is a disaster for homeopathy. She opposed the claims of homeopaths that a chemical could be diluted to such an extent that the sample would contain almost nothing but water, and at the same time possess healing power. Ennis decided once and for all to prove that homeopathy is just talk.
In her latest work, she describes how her team in four different laboratories investigated the effects of ultra-diluted histamine solutions on white blood cells involved in inflammation. To the scientists' surprise, it turned out that homeopathic solutions (diluted to such an extent that, apparently, did not even contain one histamine molecule) worked the same way as histamine.
Prior to these experiments, no homeopathic remedy ever worked in clinical trials. But a Belfast study suggests that something is still happening. “We,” Ennis says, “cannot explain our findings and report them to encourage others to investigate this phenomenon.”
If the results turn out to be real, she believes, then the consequences can be very significant: we may have to rewrite physics and chemistry.

5. Dark matter

Take our best knowledge of gravity, apply it to the rotation of galaxies, and you will immediately find the problem: according to our knowledge, galaxies must decay. Galactic matter rotates around a central point, since its gravitational attraction creates centripetal forces. But there is not enough mass to create the observed rotation in galaxies.
Vera Rubin, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution of Earthly Magnetism in Washington, noticed this anomaly in the late seventies of the last century. The best answer physicists could give was the assumption that there is more substance in the universe than we can observe. The problem was that no one could explain what this "dark matter" is.
Scientists still cannot explain it, and this is an unpleasant gap in our understanding. Astronomical observations indicate that dark matter should make up about 90% of the mass of the Universe, and yet we are strikingly ignorant about what this 90% is.

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6. Life on Mars

July 20, 1976. Gilbert Levin is sitting on the very edge of his chair. At a distance of millions of kilometers from it, on Mars, the Viking descent spacecraft took soil samples. Levin's equipment mixed them with a substance containing carbon-14. Scientists participating in the experiment believe that if methane emissions containing carbon-14 are detected in the soil, then there should be life on Mars.
Viking analyzers give a positive result. Something absorbs nutrients, converts them, and then releases gas containing carbon-14. But why is there no holiday?
Because another analyzer, designed to determine organic molecules, which are necessary signs of life, did not find anything. Scientists made a confrontation and declared the discoveries of the Viking false positive. But is it?
Results from NASA’s latest spacecraft show that in the past, the surface of Mars almost certainly contained water and was therefore life-friendly. There is other evidence. “Each flight to Mars,” says Gilbert Levin, “provides evidence to support my conclusion. None of them contradict him.”
Levin is not alone in defending his views. Joe Miller, a microbiologist at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, reanalyzed the data and believes that emissions show signs of a circadian cycle. And this with a high degree of probability suggests the presence of life. Whether these scientists are right is still unknown.

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7. Tetraneutrons

Four years ago, six particles were discovered that should not have existed. They were called tetraneutrons - four neutrons that are in communication, ignoring the laws of physics.
A group of scientists from Caen, led by Francisco Miguel Marquès, shot beryllium nuclei at a small carbon target and analyzed their trajectories using detectors. Scientists expected to see four different neutrons fall into different detectors. Instead, they found only one flash of light in one detector.
The energy of this flare showed that all four neutrons fell into the same detector. Perhaps this is just a coincidence, and four neutrons accidentally hit the same place at the same time. But this is ridiculously unlikely.
However, this behavior is not unlikely for tetraneutrons. True, some may argue that according to the standard model of particle physics, tetraneutrons simply cannot exist. Indeed, according to the Pauli principle, in one system there are not even two protons or neutrons that could have the same quantum properties. The nuclear force holding them together is such that it cannot even hold two single neutrons, let alone four.
Marquez and his group were so overwhelmed by the results that they "buried" these data in scientific work, which indicated a certain probability of the discovery of tetraneutrons in the future. After all, if you start to change the laws of physics in order to justify the connection of four neutrons, chaos will arise.
A recognition of the existence of tetraneutrons would mean that the combination of elements formed after the Big Bang is not consistent with what we are currently observing. And, even worse, the formed elements become too heavy for space. “The universe would probably collapse before it expanded,” said Natalia Timofeyuk, a theorist at the University of Surrey at Guildford, UK.
At the same time, there is other evidence supporting the fact that matter can consist of numerous neutrons. These are neutron stars. They contain a huge number of bound neutrons, and this means that when neutrons gather in masses, forces that are still inexplicable to us come into play.

8. Anomaly Pioneer

In 1972, the Americans launched the Pioneer-10 spacecraft. On board was a message to extraterrestrial civilizations - a tablet with images of a man, a woman and a diagram of the location of the Earth in space. A year later, Pioneer-11 went after him. To date, both devices should already have been in deep space. However, in an unusual way, their trajectories deviated strongly from the calculated ones.
Something began to pull (or push) them, as a result of which they began to move with acceleration. It was tiny - less than a nanometer per second, which is equivalent to one ten billionth of a gravity on the surface of the Earth. But this turned out to be enough to displace the Pioneer-10 from its trajectory by 400,000 kilometers.
NASA lost contact with the Pioneer-11 in 1995, but until that moment, it deviated from the trajectory in the same way as its predecessor. What caused this? Nobody knows.
Some of the possible explanations have already been rejected, including software errors, solar wind and fuel leaks. If the reason was a certain gravitational effect, then we do not know anything about it. Physicists are simply at a loss.

9. Dark energy

This is one of the most famous and most intractable problems of physics. In 1998, astronomers discovered that the universe was expanding at an ever-increasing rate. Prior to this, it was believed that after the Big Bang, the expansion of the Universe slows down.
Scientists have not yet found a reasonable explanation for this discovery. One of the assumptions is that a certain property of empty space is responsible for this phenomenon. Cosmologists called it dark energy. But all attempts to identify her failed.

10. Tenth planet

If you go on a journey to the very edge of the solar system, in the cold zone of space beyond Pluto, you will see something strange. After passing the Kuiper belt - an area of ​​space abounding in icy cliffs - you suddenly see empty space.
Astronomers call this boundary the Kuiper rock, since after it the density of the cosmic stone belt sharply decreases. What is the reason? The only answer to this may be the presence of a tenth planet in our solar system. Moreover, in order to clear space from debris in this way, it must be as massive as Earth or Mars.
But, although calculations show that such a body could cause the Kuiper belt to exist, no one has ever seen this legendary tenth planet.

11. Space signal WOW

It lasted 37 seconds and came from outer space. On August 15, 1977, on a printout of a radio telescope in Delaware, the recorders drew: WOW. And twenty-eight years later, no one knows what was causing this signal.
The pulses came from the constellation Sagittarius at a frequency of about 1420 MHz. Transmissions in this range are prohibited by international agreement. Natural sources of radiation, such as thermal emissions from planets, cover a much wider frequency range. What was the cause of the emission of these pulses? There is still no answer.
The star closest to us in this direction is 220 light-years away. If the signal came from there, then it should be either a huge astronomical event, or a developed extraterrestrial civilization with a surprisingly powerful transmitter.
All subsequent observations in the same area of ​​the sky did not lead to anything. A signal like WOW is no longer registered.

12. Such inconstant constants

In 1997, astronomer John Webb and his team from the University of New South Wales in Sydney analyzed the light coming to Earth from distant quasars. On its 12 billion-year journey, light travels through interstellar clouds composed of metals such as iron, nickel, and chromium. Researchers found that these atoms absorb photons of light from a quasar, but not at all what was expected.
The only more or less reasonable explanation for this phenomenon is that the physical constant, called the fine structure constant, or alpha, has a different value when light passes through the clouds.
But this is heresy! Alpha is an extremely important constant that determines how light interacts with matter, and it should not change! Its value, among other things, depends on the charge of the electron, the speed of light and the Planck constant. Is it possible for any of these parameters to really change ?!
None of the physicists wanted to believe in the correctness of the measurements. Webb and his group have been trying for years to find errors in their results. But they still have not succeeded.
Webb's results are not the only ones confirming that in our understanding of alpha something is wrong. A recent analysis of the only known natural nuclear reactor operating nearly 2 billion years ago where Oklo is currently located in Gabon also suggests that something has changed in the interaction of light with matter.
The proportion of certain radioactive isotopes generated in such a reactor depends on alpha, and therefore the analysis of fission products preserved in Oklo soil makes it possible to determine the value of the constant during their formation.
Using this method, Steve Lamoreaux and his colleagues at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico suggested that alpha has decreased by more than 4% since it was in Oklo. And this means that our ideas about constants may turn out to be wrong.

13. Low temperature nuclear fusion (NTS)

After sixteen years of absence, he returned. Although, in fact, the NTS never disappeared. Since 1989, the US Navy laboratories have conducted more than 200 experiments designed to find out if nuclear reactions at room temperature can generate more energy than they consume (it is believed that this is possible only inside stars).
Guided nuclear fusion would solve many of the world's energy problems. It is not surprising that the US Department of Energy is so interested in him. In December last year, after a lengthy review of all the evidence, it stated that it was open to suggestions for new NTS experiments.
This is a pretty sharp turn. Fifteen years ago, the same ministry concluded that the initial NTS results obtained by Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons from the University of Utah and presented solemnly at a press conference in 1989 cannot be confirmed, and thus they are probably false.
The basic principle of NTS is that immersion of palladium electrodes in heavy water (in which oxygen is connected to the isotope of heavy hydrogen) can release a large amount of energy. The catch is that all generally accepted scientific theories believe that nuclear fusion at room temperature is impossible.
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2019.06.17 11:58 apple_kicks BBC Summary of what each candidate has promised so far in basic bullet points

Re-posting this comment for the curious or for anyone to share with others who might not be following every speech or promise. or willing to click through each point on the bbc website via this article. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48654729 In case this all sparks another election or just developing opinions on each.
The sections on the BBC website were Brexit, Tax and Education.
Also helps to double check https://www.theyworkforyou.com/ to see if they do what they claim to promise. Or their voting record on other issues and their conflicts of interest. added their profile to each name
bbc summary text of what's been said so far:
Gove https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/11858/michael_gove/surrey_heath
Hunt https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/11859/jeremy_hunt/south_west_surrey
Javid https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/24854/sajid_javid/bromsgrove
Johnson https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/10999/boris_johnson/uxbridge_and_south_ruislip
Raab https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/24815/dominic_raab/esher_and_walton
Stewart https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/24964/rory_stewart/penrith_and_the_border
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2019.02.07 17:02 PeteMcAuliffe Doing “The Knowledge” to become a London cabbie

September 2013, the industry I was working in was going belly up and it was getting harder to earn a living from due to Government restrictions on lawyers chasing after Ambulances. I'd also been trying my hand at Stand Up comedy for the previous couple of years though was in no danger of nicking Micky Flanagan’s place on any panel shows. The most I'd earned from a gig was £30 and that involved driving to Oxford and back from south London. It was on the way back from another gig I'd done in front of about 6 people in a pub on a Sunday night in Surrey I said to my missus “Sod this for a lark, I'm gonna do the Knowledge”.
I'd tried it 10 years before when I was working in the City but the fact I was working 60 hour weeks and trying to do it in a 4 litre Grand Cherokee Jeep that cost me 30 quid in petrol getting to Manor House station and back meant I put the kybosh on it after about 5 runs.
On the 5th of September 2013 I got my moped having passed the CBT a few days before and wobbled off at the speed of Hugh Grant round the back streets of LA to do the first few runs. I really enjoyed doing the Blue Book. Although I'm a born and bred Londoner there were parts of town I was very unfamiliar with. I loved looking at the grand houses on places like The Boltons, down Winnington Road and The Bishops Avenue and wondering if any of them could be afforded on cabbie wages.
In the early days, I was out one Sunday morning at the lights at the top of White Horse Lane. It was freezing, I was soaked and the hail stones were pinging off my crash helmet. A cabbie pulled up along side me, wound down his window and said “only the strong survive, you're doing the right thing son”. A great gee up and his words have stuck in my head ever since.
After a small accident on the moped and the fact it wasn't a very reliable machine at all, it took until May to finish the Blue Books, then it was onto pointing. I did the whole thing the Wizann way as having gone to Dean’s initial talk his methods made absolute sense to me. I started doing the Radius Maps in order but it wasn't until I was about half way through someone suggested doing them out of order to get me to different parts of town more frequently, which I wish I'd done from the beginning.
As I was coming to the end of the radius maps I joined a school down in Tooting, The Knowledge Practice. I thought I was clued up K-wise at this point, but got sat next to a fella called Steve who could get round the map so quickly it was unreal. School gave me a big kick up the jacksy and I used to come out of there buzzing some days that I was getting better and better at this point to point malarkey..
With my hippo campus getting bigger (which I swear was making my crash helmet feel tighter) I put in for my Map Test early in 2015 and got a date for May. Passed that with 86% and I was up for my first appearance on the 3rd of July. Some of the things I'd read and heard made me think I was going to be grilled by someone at TfL who was half human, half mythical beast.
As it turned out I was greeted by the absolute gent that is Mr Whitehead. 4 runs later and I walked out with a nice C and a few words of encouragement.
From then on my appearances went;
56s - Mr Ackrill C -. Sir did his best to put me off by having a West Ham mug placed on his desk in front of me (I'm a Millwall fan) but I just about managed to hold it together.
56s – Mr Whitehead C – Another C from Sir, didn't call as well as I liked though.
56s – Mr Gunning D – My last appearance of 2015. I thought I'd scored with Mr Gunning and was sitting there waiting for my card back to say I'd got my drop. Instead it had a big fat D on it and he'd scored me 7 out of 40. Bit of a kick in the back wheels but was determined to put it right in the New Year.
56s – Ma’am Chennels C – I was all over the gaff in this appearance and discovered a stutter I never knew I'd had. Still Ma’am scored me well and I got my drop, though I would have got a B if it wasn't for my gibbering. 28s – Mr McDowell C – I was convinced I was going to get ruined on 28s and despite me taking Sir round a lap of Great Windmill Street, Coventry and Rupert before finally heading north I called well.
28s – Ma’am Gerald C – Dropped some points around Brixton on my fourth run with Ma’am before she finally said “Lambeth Town Hall”. I was so nervous I blurted out “Lambeth High Street”. Ma’am looked at me like I was some sort of circus freak on a wind up before I corrected myself and said “sorry Ma’am, Brixton Hill”. I scraped a C, Ma’am gave me a few stern words of advice which I was grateful for. Thank you Ma’am.
28s – Mr Swire C – My favourite appearance, I could have happily sat there all day talking to Mr Swire. Sir based his questions on where I'd worked, where my wife worked, where I'd been on holiday, where my family were from. All off the top of his head. The cherry on top was my card back with a nice C on it. Thank you, Sir.
28s – Ma’am Chennells – all over the strasse again, gibbering like a fool but I somehow managed to get across to Ma’am that I had an idea of what I was doing. Ma’am gave me back my card and said “you had your drop to 28s on me, have your drop to 21s on me as well”. Thank you Ma’am.
21s – Mr Harvey C – My first meeting with Sir, another absolute gentleman. Scored 28/40 after calling an illegal on one run. Felt like there was a small chink of light at the end of the tunnel.
21s – Mr Whitehead C – my worst scoring appearance, called a right banana on one run but managed to scrape a C for my hat-trick with Sir.
21s – Mr Shaw D - didn't score with Sir after a right nause up calling Millwall to Dulwich Hamlet. Bearing in mind I'm a Millwall fan and I played for Dulwich Hamlet youth and reserve sides I was choked. I told Mr Shaw this afterwards and he gave me the sort of look Captain Mainwaring used to give Pike in Dad’s Army (though he stopped short of calling me “stupid boy”).
21s – Mr Thomas C – four bankers from Mr Thomas, in and out in a few minutes with the first point being asked as soon as my derrière hit the chair.
21s – Mr Harvey C – I'd had loads of messages of good luck and loose made plans to meet up with some friends later if I got a result. I even had the wife of one of my COPs light a candle in a church while they are away on holiday in Lanzarote for me. I was feeling the pressure a bit. Sitting there in the waiting room hoping the Knowledge wouldn't fall out of my ears I was called in by Mr Harvey. 4 runs later, wallop, that was it, I was done. Sir, an absolute gent as before, gave me the handshake. Thank you, Sir.
Sitting here writing this I still don't think it's sunk in. All the time I've been doing this, I've constantly felt proper “Knowledge Guilt”, that feeling we all get when you're not doing something Knowledge related. Knowledge Guilt kept me up on the map til midnight, got me out on the bike in the rain and got me to school when I didn't fancy it. Even now I’m thinking “I should be out on the bike/on the map/revising points”.
It has easily been the toughest thing I've ever experienced. I've run the London Marathon. I've seen Millwall lose at home to Palace on my birthday. I've been booed off stage at The Comedy Store by a rabid crowd. Getting a “D” from Mr Gunning or Mr Shaw was a much worse feeling, I felt gutted for days after.
If there's any advice I could offer, I would say “be careful who you listen to advice from”. If you're not sure about something, going and check it yourself. When I was on 28s I spent 10 minutes one morning listening to another K Head telling me what I should be doing in order to get this thing done. When he eventually paused for breath I asked him what stage he was at. “I've just failed my map test” he said.
Knowledge in numbers:
Appearances: 14
Points collected: 6,231 officially on the app. Though there were a lot of points I had that I didn't input into the app as I just knew them.
Journeys out doing runs/points: 521
“Knowledge Nods” to other K Heads on mopeds: 2673
“Knowledge Nods” not received back making me look daft: 382
Coffees in Pret on Great Peter Street: 182
Free coffees given to me in Pret on Great Peter Street (Pret staff are allowed to give out free coffees to people they like or think are good looking): 0
So that's me done. Whatever stage you're at, however you're managing to do this mad thing, keep your head down and keep cracking on.
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2018.08.28 19:38 HunchNeck grandson - Blood // Water

WHY CAN'T KELLEY DENHAM GET A FAIR TRIAL IN PERTH ONTARIO..

TRAIL UPDATE: 18/08/28.

At today's trial adjournment application hearing decision the judge stated that though it would be in Kelley's best interest to have a lawyer present at her trial the judged denied the application and reasons for the application in regards to any new information or contradictory testimony that conflicts with information in the criminal proceedings uncovered by the College of Social Work's investigation into a complaint made by FCSLLG's project manager Margret Row and FCSLLG's lawyers (Fasken) in the civil proceedings in which recently Miss Denham was dropped as a defendant in the $75 million dollar class action suit leaving FCSLLG the sole defendant in the suit.

The Perth crown's office after stalling setting a trial date for nearly a year and then cancelling the first trial date one week before it was supposed to begin claimed that trial had been cancelled weeks before the trail date as a joint request from the defense and the crown's office which was and is a flat out lie..

The crown then stated he was unaware of any new evidence uncovered by the College investigation and that he was unaware the College had completed a year long investigation of their own into the matter to which Miss Denham had only just recently received a very interesting disclosure from with many relevant documents and testimony from the breach the police investigation and crown had failed to include in the criminal case and FCSLLG had failed to turn over to the court and the crown appeared to be totally unwilling to look any further into the matter of other documents and testimony that might be relevant though he did say he had a duty to review the case if new information did become available.

Kelley's lawyer after the first trial date had been canceled left the case when Kelley was unable to afford the added costs of the many many delays and final cancellation of the first trial date that was set that her lawyer had been available for.

The judge's reasoning to deny the application was the case had already inconvenienced the court for two years and Miss Denham's application and inability to just go out and find and retain another lawyer who specializes in these kind of cases was just untimely and that he could not see how any new information uncovered by either the much lengthier College investigation or the class action that conflicts with the crown's case would be relevant in the criminal case against Miss Denham and any evidence from those two parallel proceedings would remain separate from the criminal trial and Kelley will not be allowed to use any of it in her criminal defense..

Hmmmm... Any conflicting evidence or evidence contrary to the crown's case isn't relevant?

The system has gone from protecting the CAS to protecting a totally corrupt crown..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxtYUH_DC6s

UNPRECEDENTED HACK: TRIAL UPDATE: 18/08/21

Kelley's trial confirmation hearing yesterday was adjourned till next Tuesday to hear an application for a trial adjournment that would allow Kelley's new lawyer time to prepare for trial.

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UNPRECEDENTED HACK: TRIAL UPDATE: 18/08/14.

Can Kelley Denham get a fair trial in Perth Ontario?

Well, here's how things stand now.

Whether or not Kelley Denham will have a lawyer for her trial is now contingent on the judge approving an application for an adjournment made by a lawyer willing to take her case that sites a lot of case law and new discoveries among other things and she is not available for the date currently set for the trial to start ..

The Perth crown who justified refusing a request to share the criminal disclosure with class action lawyer Sean Brown by claiming he was protecting Kelley's right to a fair trial is opposed to the application.. It seems like protecting a defendant's right to a fair trial has a very convenient on off switch..

Before the actual application was made the judge stated there would be no more delays.. Not once in two years has Kelley asked for a delay till now and the judge has bent over backwards to accommodate the crown on the behalf of FCSLLG.

"Ontario's Family and Children's Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville is reporting going over budget $792,292 in what they're calling a budget shortfall then claim to be the victims in a ransomware attack...
FCSLLG : Annual Report 2016–2017.
Over the course of this year, one unexpected challenge the agency is still managing is related to a whistleblower informing the public to unprotected client information on our private website hosted on a US server (about as far from an internal server as you can get) that the agency was using as a sharing platform with other unnamed agencies and to make it easier for board members to access without a password. This challenge has remained an ongoing issue.
The costs associated with this breach and a totally unexpected massive increase in the costs of placements in group homes for the 198 children currently in our care led to an un-forecasted shortfall of about $792,292, though most of the increase is in the still mounting costs of stalling tactics, dirty tricks and corrupt lawyer fees in the upcoming $75 million dollar class action lawsuit - and this after many many years of generating enormous surpluses that we feel more than makes up for this unfortunate situation.

Representing the Children's Aid Society (FCSLLG) in the class acton is Fasken, formerly Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, an international business law firm with approximately 700 lawyers and offices in Vancouver, Surrey, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City, Beijing, London and Johannesburg.

We continue to collude and collaborate with appropriate partners in the cover up and will continue to do so until all aspects of this matter are secretly resolved in the months ahead.
Any parties interested in reading the technical reports provided by FCSLLG's own expert on what really happened may not request or view the technical documents and you'll just have to take our word for what happened till it's revealed in the lawsuit.

There has also been much change in our management team with about half of the service managers being recently demoted and transferred away from front line positions.
Our leadership development activities are geared to prepare internal succession after no one answered our job "opportunities" ad, and all new managers have been in direct services with our organization – thus there is change but also continuity.

Over the past year a few employees have retired, some are off on maternity leave or suddenly left extended vacations while others have left to pursue their careers elsewhere like rats fleeing a sinking ship.
About 70% of our Family Services workers have less than 2 years of experience with the organization or anything beyond a general two year diploma in social work. The agency's other service functions have proven more stable though we're unable to say what they are.
Also the agency has preemptively requested that the Ministry of Child and Youth Services conduct a financial review.
FCSLLG : Annual Report 2016–2017:
https://www.fcsllg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/FCSLLG-Annual-Report-2016-2017.pdf
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"Ministry CyberSecurity Experts Swoop in to Add Security, Plug Holes and Wipe Malware."
Lemay says his agency didn’t pay up. He says it used an offline backup of computer files to get the agency up and running again in about eight hours.
Lemay says the ransomware attack cost his agency $100,000 to fix, an expense covered by his agency’s “cyber insurance.”
https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2018/02/22/ransomware-attacks-hit-two-ontario-childrens-aid-societies.html
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"Family and Children's services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville faces $75 MILLION DOLLAR negligence suit."

The criminal trial had been previously scheduled to happen through August 8th to the 18th but was canceled after the Perth crown was forced to admit the alleged victim of the hack was unprepared to go to trial and testify after Kelley refused the second of four offers to plead guilty for a slap on the wrist and one request to sign an agreed statement of FCSLLG's version of the facts presented by the crown.

Lemay admits the report was on the FCSLLG's website but says it was hidden behind several layers of security including a password given only to the organization's board of directors.

"We suspect it was a hack. It might not have been a sophisticated one," says Mr. LeMay, the organization's executive director and I suspect that is the case," he adds.

"The court process will determine whether there was negligence or not." I think that's the ultimate question.

According to the suit, the personal information of the 285 clients was compiled into an electronic file, prepared for the service’s board of directors on new cases arising between April and November of 2015, but was not properly secured on the agency’s network.

This made the list publicly available to anyone, they said, and in her affidavit Denham explained how she came into possession of the sensitive and confidential documents.

She said she found and clicked on an unrelated document on the website intended for the public. She deleted a portion of the URL, and she was taken to a directory of folders with documents, within which she found the document with the names of local families.

She said she was never asked a username or password and was never faced with any security measures that impeded her ability to access the documents.

She said she attempted multiple times to advise the agency the confidential documents were available on the public website, beginning in February 2016, but the documents were still publicly available by late April 2016. This is when she decided to post the location of the report on the Facebook group where she claims she posted an image of a hyperlink, which was deleted by the group’s administrator within hours.

By Sabrina Bedford, The Recorder and Times
Friday, December 15, 2017.

http://www.recorder.ca/2017/12/15/fcs-faces-negligence-suit

Lemay, who had retired in 2014, said there was a previous breach of the agency in February which did not involve the release of confidential information. The person responsible was a children’s aid client who has been embroiled in a campaign against the agency, including posting hours-long YouTube videos of her interactions with members of the staff.

Lemay said a third party had been called into tighten security on the agency's own website hosted by a US server that deletes all logs every 30 days and not the board portal as had been claimed, but declined to discuss details because the matter is before the courts.

Why not ask the ministry's cyber security experts for help?

Lemay says the report in question is not "typical" of the work FCSLLG does or the documentation it keeps. He also says the organization has no reason to believe any of its other clients had their personal information compromised.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/family-children-services-facebook-personal-information-1.3546788

WHEN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR FCSLLG RAYMOND LEMAY SAID HIS AGENCY HAD MULTIPLE LAYERS OF SECURITY PROTECTING THEIR CLIENT'S INFORMATION DID HE MEAN FCSLLG EMPLOYS SOMETHING LIKE THIS DEVICE?

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In 1976 the Law Reform Commission, formed by the Minister of Justice endorsed a working paper, The Meaning of Guilt – Strict Liability. It endorsed that negligence should be the minimum standard of liability for regulatory offenses.

Also addressed was what the court termed “public welfare offenses” which is part of the English common law. There was a bit of crossover between the absolute liability offense and the public welfare offense. An example given by the court was the Alberta Highway Traffic Act which provided that a judge could find a violator not guilty if the offense was “committed only by accident or misadventure and without negligence and --->>> could not by the exercise of reasonable care of precaution have been avoided.”

"Family and Children's services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville faces $75 MILLION DOLLAR negligence suit."

By Sabrina Bedford, The Recorder and Times
Friday, December 15, 2017.

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Lemay admits the report was on the FCSLLG's website but says it was hidden behind several layers of security including a password given only to the organization's board of directors.

"We suspect it was a hack. It might not have been a sophisticated one," says Mr. LeMay, the organization's executive director and I suspect that is the case," he adds.

"You have to go through the back door. You have to be looking for this," he says. (Funny how Mr Lemay just assumes Kelley was looking for "it" when she found the list with her name on it.)

"The court process will determine whether there was negligence or not." I think that's the ultimate question.

WELL MR. LEMAY YOU CAN'T HIDE ANYMORE - IT'S TIME TO PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS AND GET ON THE STAND AND FACE CROSS EXAMINATION.
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According to the suit, the personal information of the 285 clients was compiled into an electronic file, prepared for the service’s board of directors on new cases arising between April and November of 2015, but was not properly secured on the agency’s network.
This made the list publicly available to anyone, they said, and in her affidavit Denham explained how she came into possession of the sensitive and confidential documents.
She said she found and clicked on an unrelated document on the website intended for the public. She deleted a portion of the URL, and she was taken to a directory of folders with documents, within which she found the document with the names of local families.
She said she was never asked a user name or password and was never faced with any security measures that impeded her ability to access the documents.
She said she attempted multiple times to advise the agency the confidential documents were available on the public website, beginning in February 2016, but the documents were still publicly available by late April 2016. This is when she decided to post the location of the report on the Facebook group where she claims she posted an image of a hyperlink, which was deleted by the group’s administrator within hours.

http://www.recorder.ca/2017/12/15/fcs-faces-negligence-suit

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2018.07.14 06:00 daterxies This is not the post game support i hoped for.

With it being officially 1 month after release, i decided to quick compare it to how planet coaster was supported post launch 1 month. Planet coaster which is over 2 years old is almost bypassing the amount of people playing JWE.
PCCU JWE 7/12 - 5580
PCCU Planet Coaster 7/12 - 5336
Here is a list after 1 month of JWE added content and patch notes (For PC)
1.2.1 update Stability fixes. 1.3.3 update notes Updated NVidia Aftermath to support additional platforms. Fix to help diagnose Xbox One stability issues. Fallen Kingdom update : New Content Added new dinosaurs with unlocks from Fallen Kingdom film: - Indoraptor - Baryonyx - Stygimoloch - Carnotaurus - Allosaurus - Sinoceratops Added new dig sites to support new dinosaurs - Smokejack Clay Pit, Surrey, UK - La Colonia Formation, Chubut Province, Argentina - Xingezhuang Formation, Shandong, China - Updated some existing dig sites for the new dinosaurs Added new character bios and unlocks to the InGen database: - Iris Carroll - Benjamin Lockwood - Franklin Webb - Maisie Lockwood - Zia Rodriguezo - Eli Mills - Ken Wheatley - Gunnar Eversoll Fixes and Improvements Various stability fixes Various performance improvements Localisation updates and text fixes Controller layout screens added Animation improvements Audio additions 4x4 AI improvements Various hit check and pathing improvements Dinosaur ragdoll enhancements Dinosaurs will now fight on steeper slopes Various UI fixes and improvements Fixed helicopters falling out of the sky on loading Fix for Dinosaurs stuck in panicked and terrorising states Contracts now show the correct progress General contract fixes Helicopters now try their best to avoid monorails Dinosaurs try to avoid fighting underwater Dinosaur Ingen DB Bio fixes Prevention of medicating dead dinosaurs Logo added to the red ranger vehicle 
and here is Planet coaster, 1 month after release....
1.1 All content from the 1.1 free Winter Update now available in all challenge parks (including pre-existing saves). Arctic sandbox and challenge maps from the 1.1 free Winter Update have been enlarged. Improvements to Snap Alignment on 4m curved wall pieces. Batteries have been fitted into the Festive King Coaster Mascot fairy lights and are now visible in game The "set lighting" button for time of day is now saved and applied when re-loading a saved park Fix added for Launched wing - Cloud runner rollercoaster train audio not working Fix added for Mute option on shop radio not working Arctic Hard challenge mode refund rate is now consistent Fixed bug in starting setting for Tropical Easy Challenge parks **************Winter update******************* New Management Features Ride prestige rating visible for rides and coasters on their information panel Prestige reflects the overall appeal and value of a ride to guests Reputation status visible for rides and coasters. As rides get older, their reputation can diminish and affect their prestige rating Ride reputation decay added to medium, hard and harder challenge mode maps, as well as new career mode levels in Festive King Coaster's Crackers Added guest thoughts for ride reputation decay Added notifications for ride reputation decay Date opened field in the ride information panel displays Ride Reputation on scenario or challenge parks that support ride reputation decay Reputation is in 1 of 5 states: 'new', 'deteriorating', 'old', 'reviving' and 'classic'. The state is determined by the time since the ride was first opened. Park Management Staff Lists - Added an "All staff" view Staff Lists - Added ability to change salary, increase training level, assign roster, view workload and fire Attraction Lists - Add the ability to change ticket price, and change the ride status (open, close, testing) Shop/Facility Lists - Add a column which shows whether or not the shop is synced, and add the ability to change the shop status (open, close) Sensibly colour the Open/Test/Close and profit/loss columns, making it easier to see what is happening at a glance. Add workload indicator to staff information panel New rides/coasters Rides Collider – Retro, SciFi ride that has 20 swinging gondolas on what is essentially a horizontal Ferris wheel that rises to an angle of 87 degrees. Bumpin Derby - Traditional bumper car ride Track Ride Sleigh Ride - Winter themed track ride Transport Ride Iron Horse - New Steam Locomotive New scenarios Add 3 new scenarios to the game under "Festive King Coaster's Crackers" Festive Funland - Set in our festive-themed park, spruce up your winter wonderland with seasonal scenery and draw in the merry crowds! Cavenerous Coasters - Set in a dark grotto and with no terrain sculpting and a loan to start you off, bring success to your park Back from the Brink - This abandoned parked is in a real mess; negative cash, huge loans and a ludicrous layout. Turn it around! New location Arctic now available in Sandbox and Challenge mode New scenery New Festive theme Gingerbread wallset Icing decorations 140 new scenery pieces Christmas Trees Baubles Candies and Sweets Snowmen Gifts and Presents 7 x new shops and signs Gulpee Soda Pipshot Juice Pipshot Smoothie Pipshot Water Pizza Pen Cosmic Cow Icecream Missy Good Dougnuts Camera Fix for 'Dynamic' Camera losing the coaster track and widgets when banking underground Ride Camera UI now remembers the settings you last used Make the camera slightly better on the terrain skirt Hide guest beards when in Ride Camera Improved "Kick Flip - Default Camera 2nd Ride Cam" to be more cinematic Stop you being able to tunnel underneath the terrain Coasters Added 11 new coaster blueprints Screamer - The American Arrow Lycanthrope - Werewolf The Hunt - Pioneer Frenzy - Rage Trail Blazer - Aethon Impulse - Invincible Red Steel - Iron Fury Harbinger - Malice Unchained Rebel - Mine Train Whirlwind - Spiral Twister - Enigma Duck moments no longer add to nausea Rolling rapids additional cars disappear if the first one falls off the track Don't explode trains that are stopping at station. Angle indicator added to the slope and curve track construction widget Length indicator added to the track construction widget Improvements to supports by adding dog-legs and sloping supports Supports not previewing when moving an elevated ride over its prior position Pioneer car's rear wheels now align to the track Improvements to the Invincible support set Fix high-speed coasters creating gaps in their heatmaps Fix Invincible coaster cable lift holding trains at set speeds even downhill Coaster train resets if it stalls near or at the station after a reverse launch. Use a scrolling UV on the chain lift to match the speed of change Dive Drop Holding Section does not seem to generate very high levels of fear during the pause Fixed a LOD pop on the Magic Katz wheels Changed wording for G force labels in testing tab to suggest acceleration instead of force Wooden Coaster now has a Auto tunnel size slider 'Launched - Hydraulic' coaster - Added ability to tunnel both spline 2 and the reverse launch. Added stairs to catwalks Improvements to the Hyper coaster when longer than 30m Fixed heat map problem with multiple trains. Trains now only start testing when they leave the station. Second and subsequent trains were starting prematurely which added incorrect values in the heat map Fixed issue where multiple train flying coaster trains default to the down position when loading a park Fixed Lift hill EFN boosts being applied across a whole coaste log flume, not per lift hill. Flourishes play less often for guests who were only just excited, playing more often when guest gets more excited Fixed for issue where coaster track supports will appear and go through the station when placing the Entrance and Exit Lift hills now less nauseating Added a drop shadow to the heat map labels to make it more visible against a white background Fix issue where changing number of cars/trains on a coaster causes station and adjoining track to be unhighlighted. Increased maximum downward slope value for the 'Invincible' coaster cable lift to -80° Reduced the size of the Magic Katz head so the forward facing ride cam is no longer obscured Decrease max fear boost for ducks to 2. Flat ride Insanity art improvements, added a ladder. Better harnesses, and slight textural tweaks. Increased default station length of 'powered track rides' from 12m to 16m to make placement of exit and entrance gates easier Rolling River and Choppers Creak have increased max slope decline angle and set a downhill speed value Choppers Creek (Log flume) mid sections of the drop now have 2-20m range in 1m increments, making it much easier to align the splash section to the floor. Fixed hybrid coaster supports behaving incorrectly when near vertical and banking. Rides Fix issue when placing a Hyperspin ride where the queue has no queue time but guests don't get on ride Fix issue where a new queue tries to go back onto the ride when building the entrance near the control booth Fix bug where changing a ride's entrance may invalidate entrance's original location Guests Reduced clipping when guests walk into toilets Fix seams found where necks connect to body Adding "lamb chop" facial hair to male guests Fixed Guest cash spent stats not taking into account refunds Increasing the number of guests who visit gift shops Made the different gift items have different popularity - Balloons > Hats > Momentos Added 2 new hats to the avatar and hat shops - Elf and Reindeer Fixed issue when changing from open state to testing with guests seated on a flat ride they will remain on the ride while in test mode Staff Added Festive King Coaster as an available entertainer Staff placement - Multiple staff members of the same type can be placed at the same time. Staff info popup shows the tasks counts of the previous month rather than the current month. UI HUD now shows date-of-month by default and time-of-day on mouseover, rather than vice versa. Prebuilt coaster blueprints now show the correct cost in the browser Using F5/F9 to load the quicksave/quickload menu now returns the player straight to gameplay rather than to the parent settings menu. Don't disable the path cursor on invalid path, just leave the path cursor as is Coaster trigger panel is now dynamic and can be longer Fix a bug where the help popup wouldn't update when switching between selecting a transport or tracked ride. "Ride X has not been tested" notification no longer appears if it's an unfinished coaster. "Coaster x is incomplete", for when the player isn't editing an incomplete coaster and a certain amount of time has elapsed. Added a "Delete Path" button to the path system (similar to you holding the DEL key) Ability for you to Sync Prices in your shops The left hand UIs (help, notification list, challenges, objectives) and the park management ui will now close the other when one opens Added a "Recently Used" sub-category to show recently used Add notification for when player has completed a single objective in a difficulty tier Adding a tooltip for the UI scaling. Fix for multi select ceases to function after deleting selected items Fixed issue where Controls Menu resets to the top when mousing over Edit icon Fixed coaster objectives not completing if the required value has been rounded up Bottom browsers now have (rebindable) keyboard shortcuts - 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 0 and i (Park Management → Multi Selection) Added a "Go to Steam Workshop" button in "My Blueprints" Can now rename stations of Transport Rides Added some new Statistics to the Park Management → Misc Statistics Fixed statistics for Queue Time reported incorrect data Localisation and Text Removed an apostrophe from the Loading Screen tip "You can change the ticket price of a ride on its Finance tab" German - Fix word-wrapping on Help UI with long words Scenery improvements Planet Coaster sign 14 now has colour option The Fairytale Fountain thumbnail now matches the model Fix texture issue on Classic Brick Pillar 1m tall Fix texture issue on Modern Wall 1m Slope Added colour option to Panel Curved Wall 2m and 4m Clockwork tower scenery object missing geometry/backface cull Added 2 new flower shrubs with colour options Fixed icons for Wooden Doors/Windows Fixed incorrect thumbnail for Rough Brick 4m Station Surround 2 Fixed waterplanes under the environments so its not visible when you dig in the expanded areas Fixed Vendors feet can be seen coming through the base of the shop Audio Mix pass on the entire game to achieve that rides / coasters up close are louder but are more quiet further away. This is intended to help with creating audio theme-ing a little away from louder areas. All in all over 800 bugs, mix tweaks and optimizations have been made to the audio of Planet Coaster since release. Added audio to new particle effects, new rides, menu's and blueprints. New music tracks: Planet Epoch, Planets Collide, The Joy in Us All, SleighRide Audio code has been optimized, is more responsive and runs faster. Added audio option to play soundtrack only when the game is paused. Fixed previously broken triggered sound effects. Increased music streaming buffers to combat music cutting out, this might increase latency. *.flac files are now supported by the custom-user music. Current list of file-types supported is : .mp3 .ogg .wav .wma .aac .m4a .flac Custom user music is louder on coasters. Guests on coasters now respect EIN values and will scream when frightened and laugh when excited. Thanks to forum community for bringing this to our attention! Guests on coaster individual animations have audio now. Bespoke Harness sounds for Coasters. Coasters can be heard much further throughout the park. Coaster crashes more audible. Guests on coasters will fatigue over time and scream a little less. More dynamic rides will keep them louder, rides that are constantly at a high speed will tire their vocal chords. This is not a game-play changing feature, just restricted to audio. More variation between different coaster manufacturers and secondary systems such as brakes and chain lifts. Intro movie now respects audio settings. Individual guests on rides can now be heard on the closest ride. Triggered soundeffects and park speakers need to be pointed for maximum effect as they are loudest from the front. This helps with sound-effects on indoor rides being less audible through walls. Triggered soundeffects will be louder depending on how loud the game is, in practice this should helps when using them on coasters. When quitting the game, audio now gracefully fades out instead of being cut. A little festive surprise in the main menu theme (no worries, we'll change that back before summer ; ) When activating the Steam overlay, the game audio is muffled to help audibility when watching tutorials. When a steam train goes up or down a hill, the steam-whistle blows. This feature can be used to "script" where a train is audible in the park. Vendors cash machines now make a sound when accepting an order. Like their voice it subtly changes depending on their mood. When selecting guests, staff or mascot, they are "contacted" and will communicate back their current mood in an emote. When rides break down, the unique ride start/stop sound can be heard breaking down also. Game volume has been raised slightly. Stability Fix crash when unsubscribing from multiple Workshop items quickly Fix memory leak in heatmap data cache. Optimisations Optimisation coaster music system to use less memory Improvements in the path rendering system on big parks Cleanup of structure of existing art assets for memory savings Setup coaster supports to use the streaming system Improved loding logic on coaster supports Performance improvement when you're moving a new path piece around lots of existing queue paths More optimisation to the park management screen to reduce delay when opening it Optimised memory usage. Ensured better sharing of common assets. Improved granularity of large asset packs to separate infrequently used resources. Revised connectivity of asset packs to reduce memory usage in high asset usage situations. Improved performance. Reviewed model LOD’s to ensure optimal rendering of low LOD assets. Improved load times for parks and blueprints. Reviewed connectivity of asset packs to ensure packs better represent the objects that use them. Speed up loading times by caching database queries Tutorials New "advanced simulation" tutorial ************ 1.0.4********************* Fixed issue with particle effects which could hang the GPU causing a crash. *************** 1.0.3 **************** No notes? Minor fixes ************* 1.0.2 **************** Stability/crash fixes Functionality fixes "Don't block station" option doesn't always work for Monorail Chinese / Japanese / Korean fonts look unclear when using Community Translations Selecting Hard Challenge actually loads Hard Challenge Rather than Medium Text fixes "Kerb" is now "Curb" in American English "Total Research Spend" is now "Total Research Expenditure" *********** 1.0.1 *********************** New blueprints ​New shops/facilities blueprints for all 5 themes New scenery blueprints for all 5 themes New coaster blueprints ​Added a "harder" challenge mode ​Crash fixes/stability improvements Optimisations Bug fixes Loading an old park will not reset your custom music Fix black artefacts on HD4000 machines Fix mouse issues on Windows 10 Insider Fix heatmaps when a train falls off the track Fix Priority Pass attendant animation issue Reduced CPU/GPU usage when the game is minimized Excitement, fear and nausea values now appear on coaster blueprints tooltip Tacos icons now appear in Guest Inventories correctly Fixed lights on dark ride in "The Creature Awakens" Allow guests to stand at different heights on raised queues/paths Guests re-equip balloons when leaving rides Fix issue where control rebinding's were not being reapplied if you cancelled out of a change Fix harness animation on Canyon Runner Star Studded Career achievement fix Guests now enter toilets/first aid centrally rather than clipping into the building Guests with nothing to do leave the park rather than idling on the spot Improved performance when editing terrain around water bodies QoL improvements ​Coaster auto-avoid now ignores terrain when auto-tunnelling is selected Clicking a notification will now rotate the camera to focus on the affected facility/exit/entrance Height markers now appear when building downhill more often Community translations now support overriding the games font, allowing support for East Asian languages where characters were previously not included. Escape now exits the main menu 
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2018.02.12 23:17 caskr Gaming PC around £1700?

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
Mostly gaming and youtube/netflix and rarely Photoshop
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
I don't want to go too over board so somewhere around £1700-1800(GBP)
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
Later this month(Feb) or Early next month(March).
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
I'm more familiar with Intel rather and AMD. Due to using Gaming laptop from 770m era, i do not own any Keyboard. However the Keyboard can be excluded in the budget. Oh and GTX 1080? (I already have a monitor, the budget is strictly for desktop only)
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
UK, Surrey
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
I will not be re-using any PC parts.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
I'm not very knowledgeable in that area, so ill skip this for now. Lets be simple.
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
SSD please, for that fast boot speed. Dont think i can go back to HDD again for my windows. Oh and i would like my build to include a wifi card.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Black and simple design will be nice. I do fancy a window on the side. Saw Cosair Carbide 400C, and it looked really nice. So something like this?
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
I will look for this my self. i already have a windows 8.1 so ill use this for now.
Extra info or particulars:
Thank you so much for looking this up for me :)
I just had enough with my Jet Loud laptop and wanted to move on. I would really appreciate something quiet and able to play on highest graphics settings. I do not need 4K but being able to run the highest in 1080 or slightly higher will be amazing. If you think the budget is too low or i can build something powerful cheap, i'm up for any suggestions.
Thank you again :)
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2018.01.27 01:33 randomj77 A Very Late Half Season Prospect Report

Hi all.
Firstly apologies for the lateness of this write-up. I've been pretty busy with life and school so I could not make my original deadline for game 41. If you haven't seen my first prospect check-in you can find it here although it obviously out of date now.
I feel it is important to add as a disclaimer that obviously I am far from a professional scout, nor have I really seen any of these players in action outside of a few games here or there. This means that the basis of my analysis is points which obviously don't always paint the full picture for a player, but its all I have to go on.
Anyway without further ado, let's take a look at some prospects.

AHL

It has not been smooth sledding for the Comets, as the team has been more or less buried under a mountain of injuries. It seems like half the team at any given time is made up of players on tryout contracts. Despite this adversity, the Comets have managed to keep their heads above water, thanks in part to some excellent goaltending, and stellar play from the players still in the lineup. The Comets sit 4th in the Northern Division.
Guillaume Brisebois (D 66th overall 2015)
Height: 6’3 Weight: 190 Hometown: St. Hilaire, Quebec
Age: 20
GP G A Pts
40 1 6 7
It has been a pretty promising campaign for Guilamme Brisebois. The first year pro has added 5 more assists since our last check-in and leads the Comets in games played with 40. Brisebois has been thrown directly into the deep-end, partially out of necessity, and he's performed admirably given the circumstances.
Michael Carcone (RW undrafted, signed 2016)
Height: 5’10 Weight: 170 Hometown: Ajax, Ontario
Age: 21
GP G A Pts
35 9 7 16
After a sluggish start, Michael Carcone has really picked up the pace. He's added 8 goals and 6 assists since the last check-in. As one of the few healthy Comets through the wave of injury, Carcone's improved play is definitely a part of why the Comets have managed to hold a positive record despite their bad luck. Carcone has provided the Comets with some solid secondary scoring, and he's shown some good growth in his game.
Cole Cassels (C 85th overall 2013)
Height: 6’1 Weight: 180 Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
Age: 22
GP G A Pts
36 4 11 15
Are we finally seeing the emergence of Cole Cassels? At the time of the last write-up, Cassels had one solitary point, and I questioned whether he even had a future in the organization after this season. Since then, he's put up 4 goals and 10 assists in 28 games. The third-year pro has struggled to adapt to the American League after ending his junior career with a Memorial Cup win, but his 14 points are already a career best for Cassels. This hot streak is a long time coming for the Hartford native and it's really nice to see some signs of life at least from Cassels. If you remember the son of former Canuck Andrew Cassels missed the start of his season with an upper-body injury sustained during pre-season. I'm not getting my hopes too high yet for Cassels, but this improvement is an exciting development, to say the least.
Jalen Chatfield (D Undrafted, Signed 2017)
Height: 6’0 Weight: 188 Hometown: Ypsilanti, Michigan
Age: 21
GP G A Pts
39 0 5 5
Without access to any real advanced stats, it's very difficult for me to discuss a player like Chatfield, since he plays a very defensively sound game and doesn't make much noise in the offensive zone. The first year pro left the pre-season with much fan-fair after playing a stretch of very excellent games. If not for a very crowded blueline, I wouldn't have been surprised if Chatfield would have been given a few NHL games at the start of the season. He's still looking for his first pro-goal, but if the Comets official Twitter is to be believed, Chatfield has been starting on the top pairing along with veteran blue-liner Patrick Weircoch for the past while which obviously is a very good look for the young defender. Chatfield is an attractive option for the team going forward on the blueline, especially if Chris Tanev gets moved out of town since they play a very similar style of game. Overall a very promising start for the young Michiganian.
Thatcher Demko (G 36th overall 2014)
Height: 6’4 Weight: 195 Hometown: San Diego, California
Age: 21
GP W L OTL SV% GAA
28 16 7 3 0.929 2.28
If you ask me, Thatcher Demko has been the Canucks' prospect MVP this season, and yes I know Kole Lind and Elias Pettersson exist. The second-year pro has been the deciding factor in keeping the Comets afloat despite all their struggles. Demko's save percentage and goals-against average sparkle, especially when compared to his pipes partner Richard Bachman's rather ghastly 3.34 GAA and 3.34 SV%. Demko is top ten in SV% (4th), GAA (7th) and wins (5th) in the AHL, and it's just recently been announced that he, along with Reid Boucher, will be Utica's representatives at the AHL all-star game this coming Sunday and Monday. Utica is actually the host city of the game this year, so that should be extra fun for Demko to play in front of home fans. I think most people expected Demko to be good, being such a high rated goalie, but I'd bet that few expected him to be this good this early. Demko is developing at an extremely fast rate, and it is honestly not that far outside the realm of possibility that he ends up as Vancouver's starting goaltender by the end of next season. Everyone should be very exciting for this young man's future.
Nikolay Goldobin (RW/LW 27th overall 2014, Acquired 2017)
Height: 5’11 Weight: 185 Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Age: 21
With Utica:
GP G A Pts
22 7 18 25
With Vancouver:
GP G A Pts
14 2 2 4
Probably one of the most debated players in the Canucks or.nganization, the middle frame of the season certainly had its ups and downs for Goldobin. Not long after the last check-in, the injury bug hit Vancouver even worse, and Goldobin was called up. There were some good things and bad things that I saw during Goldy's 14 game stint in the NHL, which is a career high for him in terms of games played. The young Russian's talent is obvious, he's got great hands and clear offensive instincts. One needs to look no further for an example of Goldobin's offensive talents than his absolute beauty of a goal against the Kings, where he had Norris winner Drew Doughty searching for his jockstrap in the rafters after Goldobin walked him. That goal is going to be on end of season highlight reels across the country and was definitely the best moment of Goldobin's last NHL stint. There were definitely problems with Goldobin's stint as well. He still struggles defensively, he can tend to look invisible sometimes, and he certainly took a shift or two off here and there. Coach Green certainly didn't mince his words when he commented on Goldobin's poor practice habits early into his call-up. Speaking of, Travis clearly doesn't have a very long leash on Goldobin and he frequently found himself watching the game from the press box or riding the pine in the third period. While this is certainly frustrating for many fans, who see his tantalizing offensive game and want to see what he could do with a lot of ice time, in my opinion at least the tough love is good for Goldobin's game. Consistency has been Goldobin's biggest problem and he needs to learn to round out his game if he wants to be a full-time NHL player. Coming into the bye week with a lot of injured players returning to the lineup, Goldobin was sent back down to Utica, in order both to make room and to keep getting Goldobin ice time during the week-long break. I imagine that once some roster moves are made during the trade deadline period, Goldobin will find himself back up with the big club, but in the meantime, he needs to keep working at his game in Utica. Since returning to the Comets, Goldobin has factored in 4 of the 5 games he's played, so clearly, he's got a fire under him.
Joe Labate (LW 101st overall 2014)
Height: 6’5 Weight: 205 Hometown: Eagan, Minnesota
Age: 24
GP G A Pts
31 6 5 11
It's been an up and down season for Joe Labate. The oldest Canucks draft pick left in the system, at age 24, Labate probably is what he is at this point. What Joe Labate is, in my mind at least is a big bodied, gritty forward, who will probably, unfortunately, remain an AHL/NHL tweener. Labate suffered an injury much like seemingly everyone else on the Comets earlier in the season. Labate's 6 goals tie him with his goal total from last season in a few fewer games, and he is on pace to pass his last season's point totals, although he only played about half the season due to his extended stay with the Canucks. Labate's biggest attribute, however, is his, well... bigness. Labate leads the Comets in penalty minutes by quite a considerable margin, and he's clearly using his physicality and size to his advantage. I don't know what the future holds for Labate, his age is quickly fazing him out of the "prospect" classification, but due to his size and toughness, he might be a decent piece to hold onto as a depth player.
Yan-Pavel LaPlante (LW 62nd overall 2013, signed 2016)
Height: 6’0 Weight: 183 Hometown: Chateauguay, Quebec
Age: 22
GP G A Pts
5 0 1 1
Things have gone from bad to worse for Laplante, as he actually has not played a single game since our last check-in. According to this tweet by Comets play by play voice Andy Zilch, Laplante has suffered an upper-body injury and is out for an indefinite amount of time. Laplante has one more year under contract with the Canucks after this one, hopefully, it will one where he can actually play.
Zack MacEwen (C Undrafted, Signed 2017)
Height: 6’4 Weight: 202 Hometown: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Age: 21
GP G A Pts
37 4 16 20
While Demko may be my MVP, Zack MacEwan gets my vote for the biggest surprise of the season. The hulking centre from PEI was a big question mark heading into the season, having just been signed along with Jalen Chatfield as an overger out of the Q. So far though, MacEwan has been one of the Comets best players, and as one of the Comets few healthy players during the injury-pocolypse that was the month of December, he played a major role in keeping the team in the hunt. Due to the injuries, MacEwan found himself playing a pivotal role on the team, anchoring the first line. MacEwan has been on the first line since late December with a revolving door of linemates, although with Michael Chaput returning to the Comets, I imagine MacEwan will be bumped down to the second line. MacEwan could actually have a few more goals than he currently does as well, he's fourth on the team in shots on goal, and is shooting currently at a very low 6.1 percent, meaning that if his shooting percentage averaged out, you'd see a few more goals from MacEwan at least. All in all, a very impressive showing from the rookie, who's quickly proving the naysayers wrong.
Evan McEneny (D Undrafted, Signed 2014)
Height: 6’2 Weight: 201 Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
Age: 23
GP G A Pts
11 2 5 7
It's a tough time for Evan McEneny right now as just one season removed from his break-out year he's suffered a knee injury that will keep him on the sidelines for five months. This means that his season is effectively over. The Ontarian has one more year left on his contract, so hope is not lost for the young defender. This is now the second season that McEneny will likely lose to injury as his 2011-12 season with Kitchener lasted just two games before injuring this very same knee. Some bad luck for sure.
Griffen Molino (C Undrafted, Signed 2017)
Height: 6’0 Weight: 185 Hometown: Trenton, Michigan
Age: 23
GP G A Pts
25 2 3 5
Yet another Comet affected by injury, Molino has just recently gotten back from a lower-body injury after missing a few weeks. The speedy winger has not really factored on the point sheet too much picking up a goal and 3 assists since our last check-in. Molino has never been a very prolific scorer even back in college, so his somewhat poor counting stats aren't super surprising. Molino is one of the few Comets prospects with NHL experience, so even though he is a first-year AHL player his experience with the Canucks last season will likely help him. Thanks to his 5 game audition last season, Molino's only got this year left on his contract, although he will still be an RFA. I don't think Molino's overall ceiling is that high, however, it's never a bad thing to have a player with his kind of speed in the organization, especially in the new speed orientated NHL.
Ashton Sautner (D Undrafted, signed 2015)
Height: 6’0 Weight: 195 Hometown: Flaxdale, Saskatchewan
Age: 23
GP G A Pts
36 2 8 10
Now in his third AHL season, Ashton Sautner is on pace for his best statistical season. The defender was actually once a fairly decent scorer in the WHL with Edmonton, although you'd never know it by looking at his AHL numbers so far. Sautner was one of the many Comets to go down with an injury in December, but I believe he is back now, although it can be hard to figure out since the Comets don't tweet anything outside of their starting lineup. It's always good to see an improvement from a player, hopefully, Sautner can keep it up.

ECHL

There aren't many prospects on the Canucks' ECHL affiliate, just the two defenders. In Kalamazoo's first season back affiliated with the Canucks after only one year away, the team is doing okay. They are above 500 and currently sit fourth in the central division.
Anton Cederholm (D 145th overall 2013)
Height 6’2 Weight: 210 Hometown: Helsingborg, Sweden
Age: 22
AHL:
GP G A Pts
12 0 0 0
ECHL:
GP G A Pts
11 1 2 3
Due to the mountain of injuries with Utica, Cederholm made his AHL debut in November. The big Swede went pointless in his 12 games, and was reassigned back down to Kalamazoo on the 19th. Cederholm has never been anything close to an offensive defenseman, and scouts have wondered if his footspeed is good enough for today's game. I keep the tone of these write-ups mostly positive, since I like any good fan want all of our prospects to succeed but after so much time since being drafted with such little real successes, I have to wonder if Cederholm doesn't just pack it up and go back to home to Europe after this season ends. He has previously played in the SHL last season after being loaned there by the team.
Mackenze Stewart (D 186th overall 2014)
Height: 6’4 Weight: 215 Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Age: 22
AHL
GP G A Pts
2 0 0 0
ECHL
GP G A Pts
26 3 6 9
Perhaps one of the most unique prospects in the Canucks system, the seventh round pick has intrigued and confused Canucks fans since his draft day. I say this both because of his incredibly unlikely personal journey to being drafted, and because despite his very low numbers and perceived little upside he was given an ELC. Indeed Mackenze Stewart, who's name's lack of an I confuses even further, has a very scrutinzed figure in Canucks prospect watchers. For those who are unaware of Stewart's story, he was deaf until getting a life-altering surgery to restore his hearing later on in his childhood. Because of his impairment, Stewart didn't begin playing organized hockey until the age of 12, much later than almost anyone who has made it as far as he had. In that way, the fact that Mackenze Stewart is a professional hockey player at all is nothing short of remarkable and a great example of what perseverance and hard work can do. Stewart's story gets even more intriguing when you consider that his last season's point totals were a career high for him, not just for the ECHL but for as long as his statistics have been recorded. This means that Stewart recorded more points his first season in the ECHL last year than he ever did throughout his entire junior career. Not only that, but Stewart is on pace to beat his last season's point totals. This is a very interesting trend, throughout his career Stewart continued on a slow but steady path of improvement. The Calgarian is still a very long shot from ever suiting up for an NHL game, but his continued progression is very fascinating to see. If Stewart does continue to defy the odds and somehow makes it, I think he'll be one of the greatest stories in recent memory.

CHL

Matt Brassard (D 188th overall 2017)
Height: 6’2 Weight: 197 Hometown: Barrie, Ontario
Age: 19
Playing with: Oshawa Generals (OHL)
GP G A Pts
45 11 19 30
Matt Brassard is having a pretty good season. The seventh rounder from this most recent draft is on pace to pass his last season point total. The Barrie native has been extremely solid for the Generals, leading the team in defensive scoring and being second in plus/minus. Brassard's 30 points are actually good for 11th in scoring among defensemen in the OHL. So far its been a very optimistic start for Brassard, especially for a seventh round pick. Since Brassard will be 20 by the end of the year, he will be eligible for the Comets next season should the Canucks want to sign him
Cole Candella (D 140th overall 2016)
Height: 6’1 Weight: 196 Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
Age: 19
Playing with: Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
GP G A Pts
46 3 23 26
After an injury shortened draft season, and an adismal draft +1 year, Candella was a struggling prospect coming into this season. In the offseason he found himself dealt from the Hamiliton Bulldogs to the Sudbury Wolves, which was predictied to be a better team before the season began. It seems that the Wolves have been a pretty good fit for the Mississauga native, he's already put up a career high in points this season, despite the fact that his team is one of the worst in the OHL. Nice to see some improvement from the 19 year old.
Michael DiPietro (G 64th overall 2017)
Height: 6’0 Weight: 200 Hometown: Amherst, Ontario
Age: 18
Playing with: Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
GP W L OTL SV% GAA
36 21 12 1 0.920 2.59
Michael DiPietro is following up a storybook season with an even better season. The Spitfires starter has put up his best save percentage so far, and is almost certainly going to surpass his number of games won this season as well. DiPietro's absurdly good 9.20 save percentage is tied for first among goalies who have played in at least 20 games and his goals-against average is also good for third in the OHL. The reigning Memorial cup winners have lost a lot of the talent from last season so they are not likely to be as competitive, as Windsor currently sits fourth in the West Division. This actually more impressive for DiPietro as he has less support from the team in front of him. Most assumed that DiPietro would be one of the goalies for Team Canada at the World Juniors, although unfortunately he was cut. Luckily, DiPietro is still eligible for the team next year, and he is much more likely to make the team now that Carter Hart, who played spectacularly for Canada will no longer be eligible.
Jonah Gadjovich (LW 55th overall 2017)
Height: 6’2 Weight: 209 Hometown: Whitby, Ontario
Age: 19
Playing with: Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
OHL:
GP G A Pts
22 15 11 26
Canada (WJC):
GP G A Pts
7 2 1 3
It's been a very good season for Gadjovich. He's been signed to his first NHL contract, got to represent his country, and continued to play very well for Owen Sound. The big winger has missed quite a few games, first with an injury early in the season, then due to the World Juniors, and now because of an illness. Because of these missed games, it's unlikely that he will catch his lofty point totals from last season, but with how many milestones Gadjovich has achieved this year, I'm sure it doesn't bother him too much. As I mentioned before, Gadjovich got the chance to wear the red and white this winter, he was the only Canucks draft pick that made the team out of the three that were invited. He played a mostly defensive role for Canada, although he did manage to put up three points and help bring the gold back home to Canada. With Jonah being signed to an ELC, don't be surprised to see him in the AHL as soon as next season.
Kole Lind (C/RW 33rd overall 2017)
Height: 6’1 Weight: 178 Hometown: Shaunavon, Saskatchewan
Age: 19
Playing with: Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
GP G A Pts
38 24 42 66
Kole Lind is having a monster season, although if you're reading this you're probably well aware as Lind has been the 1talk of the Canucks corner of the internet. The Saskatchewan native is currently tied for 10th in league scoring and is riding a 16 game point streak. Not surprisingly Lind leads the Rockets, who are also first in the BC division in scoring. Lind's point totals would likely be even higher if not for a bought of mono he faced earlier in the season. Lind was a hopeful for Team Canada, but unfortunately, he was cut from the team. While surely disappointing for Lind, the cut just seemed to piss him off. Lind play picked up considerably since being cut, in fact, he scored a hat trick his first game back since training camp. That's the kind of push back you want to see.
Brett McKenzie (C 194th overall 2016)
Height: 6’1 Weight: 194 Hometown: Vars, Ontario
Age: 20
Playing with: Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
With North Bay (OHL)
GP G A Pts
31 9 14 23
With Owen Sound (OHL):
GP G A Pts
9 2 3 5
A runner-up for the OHL MVP award, some were assuming that McKenzie would be playing in Utica this season so it was a bit of a surprise when the centre was sent back to the OHL. This season has been a regression for McKenzie, after scoring at a point per game pace last season for North Bay. McKenzie was recently traded from the struggling North Bay to Owen Sound, and he was for a time at least playing on a line with fellow Canucks prospect Jonah Gadjovich as well as with Vegas first-rounder Nick Suzuki. It's a bit disappointing to see that McKenzie has been regressing, especially considering he's in his last year of junior when most players have their statistically best years.
Jakob Stukel (LW 154th overall 2016)
Height: 6’0 Weight: 192 Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia
Age: 20
Playing with: Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
GP G A Pts
47 22 15 37
It's been an average season so far for Jakob Stukel. The Surrey native is seemingly a very streaky scorer, although he has been trending downwards pointwise since his draft year, which obviously isn't a promising sign. Calgary is not a very good team this season, currently sitting third last in the league. One good thing for Stukel is that he is leading his team in scoring, meaning that both of our prospects in the WHL are leading their respective teams in scoring.

USA

Adam Gaudette (C 149th overall 2014)
Height: 6’1 Weight: 182 Hometown: Braintree, Massachusetts
Age: 20
Playing with: Northeastern University (NCAA)
GP G A Pts
24 17 19 36
There have been a lot of prospects to get excitied about this season, and it's lead Adam Gaudette to maybe take a step out of the spotlight in the minds of the collective Nucks fans consciousness. While Pettersson, Lind, and Demko's performances have left us floating on a cloud of optimism never felt in this city before, Gaudette has still continued to do his thing. The Massachusetts native has shot up the depth chart since being drafted in the 5th round back in 2015. Now in his third collegiate season, he's been one of the best players in the NCAA. Gaudette leads both his team Northeastern, and the entire NCAA in scoring and is currently a candidate and presumably is going to be a finalist for the Hobey Baker award for the best colligate player. Gaudette was a strong consideration for USA hockey to play on the Olympic team in South Korea although he ultimately was not chosen. With Gaudette now in his third year, the team really needs to try to sign the centre now, to avoid the possibility that he could depart the organization through free agency after his fourth season.Of course, nothing is official until the ink is dry, but Gaudette's recent comments on TSN 1040 should put any major fears of Gaudette leaving to bed as Gaudette repeatedly mentions his desire to play for the team that drafted him, and even went so far as to say that he would be open to signing a contract this season. Meaning that we could see Adam in a Canucks jersey before the end of the season.
William Lockwood (RW 64th overall 2015)
Height: 5’11 Weight: 172 Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Age: 19
Playing with: University of Michigan (NCAA)
GP G A Pts
16 4 7 11
USA (WJC)
GP G A Pts
3 0 0 0
It was a great start to the season for Will Lockwood, he was leading his university in scoring, and then he was selected to the US world junior team. He was getting some attention at the tournament as well, until in the outdoor game against Canada Lockwood went down hard and looked to be hurt. Lockwood wouldn't play again in the tournament, and then was diagnosed with a seperated shoulder shortly after the tournament ended. He had previously injured his shoulder and thus couldn't play during the Young Stars tournament. This is a tough blow for Lockwood, who was performing quite well this season. His shoulder injury is expected to end his season.
Jack Rathbone (D 95th overall 2017)
Height: 5’10 Weight: 177 Hometown: West Roxbury, Massachusetts
Age: 18
Playing with: Dexter School (USHS)
GP G A Pts
0 0 0 0
Cape Cod Whalers U18 (MHSL)
GP G A Pts
8 4 0 4
Rathbone's high school season has yet to begin, so he's returned to his midget team. Rathbone's situation does confuse me a little bit. He's decided to stay at home one more year in part to remain close to his little brother with autism, and thus I guess his high school team has allowed him to play for them again, despite the fact that I'm almost certain he's no longer in high school. 4 goals in 8 games is alright, he's playing major midget which is probably the lowest calibre of the leagues that all the Canucks prospects are in. Rathbone will be attending Harvard next season, so that will give us a much better picture of the kind of player that he is.

Europe

Rodrigo Abols (C 184th overall 2016)
Height: 6’5 Weight: 192 lbs Hometown: Riga, Latvia
Age: 22
Playing with BIK Karlskoga (Allsvenskan)
GP G A Pts
7 2 3 5
with Orebro HK (SHL)
GP G A Pts
26 0 0 0
After 26 games of being a non-factor for Orebro, Abols was reassigned down to the Allsvenskan. He's faired quite a bit better down there than he was up in Orebro. He's tied a career high in points in a men's league with 5, although the last time he played in a men's league it was for Dynamo Riga in the KHL, so the calibre was probably a bit higher. Abols, who was a standout at Canucks training camp three years ago has certainly struggled to adapt to the pro game, after coming over from the QMJHL. The Latvian currently plays on the worst team in the Allsvenskan.
Jonathan Dahlen (C 42nd overall 2016, Acquired 2017)
Height: 5’11 Weight: 176 Hometown: Ostersund, Sweden
Age: 20
Playing with Timra IK (Allsvenskan)
GP G A Pts
31 20 17 37
We go from the worst team in the Allsvenskan to the best as Jonathan Dahlen's Timra IK is dominating Sweden's second tier and is looking likely to be promoted back to the SHL next season. The person spearheading this domination has been Dahlen, who despite missing seven games due to mono leads his team scoring by a fair margin. Dahlen was reportley given multiple offers to sign with SHL teams but he's chosen to remain in Timra. It's more than understandible why he would chose to do this, as he surely wants to see how far this team can go. The former Senators draft pick was traded to Vancouver for Alex Burrows and has been a very solid player in his native Sweden. Look for Dahlen to make his North American debut next season.
Kristoffer Gunnarsson (D 135th overall 2017)
Height: 6’1 Weight: 205 Hometown: Boras, Sweden
Age: 20
Playing with: Frolunda HC (SHL)
GP G A Pts
38 0 0 0
If you came expecting points this entry and Kristoffer Gunnarsson are not for you. His career professional points total in 2, which he recorded last season in the Allsvenskan. Despite his total lack of offense, the big bodied Swede is clearly doing something right as he 's managed to stick with Frolunda without being sent down, something he's struggled to do at other points in his career. Gunnarsson is far away from the spotlight in Frolunda as he shares the blueline with likely 1st overall pick (and possible future Canuck) Rasmus Dahlin.
Lukas Jasek (RW 174th overall 2015)
Height: 6’00 Weight: 165 Hometown: Trinec, Czech Republic
Age: 20
Playing with: HC Liberec Bili Tygri (Czech)
GP G A Pts
38 7 9 16
With HC Benatky nad Jizerou (Czech 2)
GP G A Pts
4 1 3 4
Lukas Jasek has just kept on chugging. The Czech forward did have a bit of a slip, and was sent down to the Czech second league, but has since been called back up to his top league team. According to key Canucks prospect watcher Ryan Biech, Jasek has looked like a completely different player this season, much more improved. Jasek was one of Canucks Army and other advanced stat sites favourite prospects so it is interesting to see that he is slowly improving. Jasek could still very much be a hidden gem.
Olli Juolevi (D 5th overall 2016)
Height: 6’2 Weight: 182 Hometown: Helsinki, Finland
Age: 19
Playing with TPS Turku (Liiga)
GP G A Pts
25 6 11 17
With Finland (WJC)
GP G A Pts
5 1 3 4
After a difficult start to the season, the 2016 5th overall pick has made big strides in his first year playing against men. Juolevi is currently third in defensive scoring for TPS, and thanks to his late start as well as the World Juniors has played some 20 games less than some of his teammates. The rookie is currently being coached by former Canuck Sami Salo, who recently appeared on Vancouver radio and was optimistic about Juolevi's progress this season. As mentioned, Juolevi also represented Finland at the World Juniors in Buffalo where he finished (hehe) tied for third in scoring and looked good alongside Finland's very stacked blueline. The World Junior tournament has been a Jekyll and Hyde situation for Juolevi, in his first tournament he played incredibly well, and his performance helped to raise his draft stock. In his second tournament, he served as the captain for Finland, however both he and his country had an absolutely disastrous tourney, finishing at the bottom of their division and having to play to avoid being relegated to the second tier. After that national embarrassment, Juolevi came into this year's tournament with mixed expectations, he'd been stripped of the captaincy and didn't even wear a letter for Finland, which is disappointing but not surprising as surely the Finnish team wanted to distance themselves from their last performance. From what I saw of Juolevi, he didn't play as well as his first tournament, nor as poorly as his second. I think this performance is more indicative of Juolevi as a player. He looked confident and poised, he was steady in his own end and was effective on the breakout. While there were a few glairing defensive errors, all in all I thought he was one of Finland's better players. Juolevi was in consideration to make Finland's Olympic team as well, although he was ultimately not selected.
Petrus Palmu (RW 181st 2017)
Height: 5’6 Weight: 179 Hometown: Joensuu, Finland
Age: 20
Playing with: TPS Turku (Liiga)
GP G A Pts
44 11 13 24
Petrus Palmu is having a pretty decent season, especially as a rookie. As I mentioned, Salo recently discussed both Juolevi and Palmu on the radio, and while he did have some good things to say about Palmu, he also mentioned that he needs to work on consistency. Palmu is top 5 in scoring in the Liiga and is seventh in scoring on TPS. So all in all, really not a bad season thus far for the Finn.
Elias Pettersson (C 5th overall 2017)
Height: 6’2 Weight 161 Hometown: Ange, Sweden
Age: 19
Playing with: Vaxjo Lakers (SHL)
GP G A Pts
31 13 25 38
With Sweden (WJC)
GP G A Pts
7 5 2 7
There isn't much I can possibly say about Elias Pettersson that hasn't already been said. Petterssson has been one of the most discussed topic in the collective Canucks zeitgeist. The Swedish centre has absolutely tore up the Swedish league, and he's scoring at a historic pace for a rookie. Before the World Juniors, Pettersson was actually leading the SHL in scoring, but obviously since he's missed so many games because of the tournament he's no longer leading the league. He's still however fifth in scoring despite missing some games. Pettersson also plays for an incredibly stacked team, as Vaxjo is first place in the SHL with a considerable 16 point lead over the second place team. Pettersson also looked incredible for Sweden at the World Juniors. Playing on the top line with Rangers prospect Lias Andersson and Buffalo prospect Alex Nylander, the three of them pulled team Sweden all the way to the Gold medal game where they ended up losing in a heartbreaker to a last minute goal by team Canada. That top line lead the way in scoring, and all three finished with 7 points in 7 games, which lead the team. Like Gaudette and Juolevi, Pettersson was considered but not selected for the Olympics. Couldn't ask for a better season so far from the 2017 5th overall pick, and it's going to be very exciting to see what the future holds for this young man.
Nikita Tryamkin (D 66th Overall 2014)
Height: 6’7 Weight: 265 Hometown: Yekaterinburg, Russia
Age: 23
Playing with: Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist (KHL)
GP G A Pts
49 9 16 25
In his first season back home after leaving the Canucks, Nikita Tryamkin has been having an amazing season. The mammoth Russian defender left many fans heartbroken after he decided to return to his native Yekaterinburg instead of re-signing in Vancouver. Tryamkin has found a new level to his game, exploding offensively like he never has before. He leads his club in defensive scoring and also wears the A for the team. Funny enough, one of the things that Vancouver was criticized for was trying to make Tryamkin a meaner more physical player and that was pointed to as a reason why he left, however he leads his team in penalty minutes by a massive margin, already having over 100 PIM. In fact, he leads the entire KHL in penalty minutes. This is an aspect of his game that has never been there before, and it must be a little frustrating for management to see that he has seemingly found his meanness after being so critical of the team for trying to make him this type of player. Tryamkin played in the KHL all-star game and was a consideration for the Russian err excuse me.... Neutral Athlete from Russia Olympic team but was not selected. Now you may be thinking, well randomj77 this is great for Tryamkin but what does it have to do with the Canucks outside of making me feel sad? Well, hope is apparently not all lost as Tryamkin's agent and KHL manager has stated that he would possibly have an interest in returning to Vancouver someday. Additionally many perceptive fans have noticed that Tryamkin does keep tabs on the Canucks on Instragram, and will like a post or two occasionally. It's far from a sure thing, but I along with many fans hold hope that our big Russian baby will return to us someday.
Dmitry Zhukenov (C 114th overall 2015)
Height: 6’00 Weight: 178 Hometown: Omsk, Russia
Age: 20
Playing with: Omsky Yasterby (MHL)
GP G A Pts
17 4 12 16
With Avangard Omsk (KHL)
GP G A Pts
10 1 0 1
Since being sent down, Dmitry Zhukenov has been an extremely effective offensive player. The Omsk native was a QMJHL star last season but opted to return home rather than remain in North America. He struggled to find his footing with Avangard but since being sent down to the MHL (the Russian AHL) he has gone nearly a PPG. It's good to see that Zhukenov has been able to perform at a professional level, although only time will tell if the team will be able to convince him to come to North America.
Hope you enjoy my write-up, it took a little longer than expected to finish, but hey hopefully it provides a bit of extra Canucks content during the lull of the All-star break. Please note that I wrote this over multiple days so I think the AHL stats are already 2 games old, but I didn't want to wait any longer to post. I believe all other stats are up to date as of 4:30 PST on January 26th.
Thank you so much for reading if you made it this far!
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2018.01.19 11:32 ALazyFoxMulder [Unresolved Murder] Blair Adams: A Question of Keys [Longread]

Overview

Taken from Unsolved Mysteries
Real Name: Robert Blair Adams Case: Suspicious Death Location: Knoxville, Tennessee Date: July 11, 1996
Details: Blair Adams was a thirty-one-year-old Canadian resident who was found dead in the parking lot of a Knoxville, Tennessee hotel on July 11, 1996. Scattered around his body was nearly $4000 worth of mixed Canadian, American, and German currency. His death was later discovered to be caused by a blow to the stomach. His friends and family would like to know the events that resulted in his death.
Authorities found that in the days before his death, he acted very strange, claiming that people were trying to kill him, and traveled thousands of miles before arriving in Knoxville. First, according to his family, he began suffering from mood swings. He also started having trouble sleeping. When his mother asked what was wrong, he said that he couldn't tell her about "it". On July 5, 1996, he took out all of the money in his savings account, along with thousands of dollars in jewelry, gold, and platinum. On July 7, he went to the Canadian-American border, but was denied crossing because he was a single man with a large amount of money, which fit the profile of a drug trafficker.
The next day, he arrived at his work, a construction company in Surrey, British Columbia, and quit his job. That afternoon, he spent $1600 on a round-trip airline ticket from Vancouver to Frankfurt, Germany. His flight would leave the following day. However, just hours after buying the ticket, he went to a friend's house. He said that he needed to get across the border because somebody was trying to kill him, his friend said that she was unable to help. Then, the next day, July 9, he turned in his tickets, rented a car, and was able to cross the border and go to Seattle.
He left his rental car at the airport. He then bought a one-way ticket to Washington, DC. This was strange to investigators because the one-way ticket cost twice as much as a round-trip ticket. After arriving in DC on July 10, he rented a white Toyota and went to Knoxville. This was also strange because he did not know anyone in the area.
He arrived at a gas station at 5:30PM and told the attendant that his car wouldn't start. The attendant told Blair that he had the wrong keys, so he was stranded in Knoxville. A mechanic took Blair to a hotel and made a lasting impression on the manager. He acted nervous, walking in and out of the lobby a total of five times before getting a room. Afterwards, he went out of the hotel and was never seen alive again.
Twelve hours later, his body, which was naked from the waist down, was found in a parking lot about a half mile from his hotel. There were several strange clues at the scene. His pants had been removed in a pulling motion and were turned inside out. His socks were also turned inside out. His shoes were off and his shirt was ripped open. Along with the $4000 in various currencies strewn around his body, there was also a fanny pack filled with jewelry, gold, and platinum next to him. Perhaps the most strange clue at the scene was the key to Blair's white Toyota, which he had apparently lost hours earlier.
The cause of death was a violent blow to his stomach. The weapon, possibly a club or a crowbar, also sliced open his forehead. He did put up a fight; his attacker ripped tufts of hair from his head and he had defensive wounds on his hands. Investigators recovered one long strand of hair from his hand, believed to have belonged to the killer. Certain injures also seemed to indicate that he was sexually assaulted.
Blair's odyssey had come to a violent end, and although authorities believe that the danger Blair thought he was in was imaginary, he was murdered, just as he had feared. To this day this mysterious case remains unsolved, but Blair's family hopes that one day someone will be able to tell them the circumstances of his death.
Blair was killed on July 11, 1996, near Interstate 40 in Knoxville. Authorities believe the fatal attack occurred at around 3:30AM; a construction worker claimed to have heard a scream coming from the parking lot at that time. Interestingly, he believed that it was a woman's voice.
Suspects: None known; police at first suspected that Blair's murder was a robbery gone wrong. However, that was ruled out because none of his money or valuables were stolen. They also looked into the possibility that it was drug-related. However, no evidence was found to support that either. Finally, they looked into the possibility that he may have been killed by a prostitute or pimp. However, they could find no evidence that he had ever used a prostitute.
Results: Unsolved. Investigators have exhausted most of their leads in the case but are still working on it. DNA was recovered from the hair found in Blair's hand. However, a match has not been found. Recently, Blair's mother was re-interviewed. She claimed that he traveled to the American South to visit the Olympic Games. It is unknown why she never told investigators about this before.

Additional

On December 25, 2005 an individual going by the alias “Nerdgurl” posted the following information at Sitcoms Online and proclaimed to be a friend of Blairs at he time of his murder.
Nerdgurl states that Blair was from White Rock, BC and “about six months before his death he went to work in Germany.. while there he met a young gal (like 17 or 18) He had a intense fling with her and then came back to Canada. I have no idea what happened to my friend, but have always had the feeling that the people in Germany had something to do with this.”
And in a second posting on June 5, 2006:
“Blair was working in construction in Germany. He was there I think about 4 months. He took with him a guy that he was trying to help get off alcohol and drugs. I think the guy that went with him soon started drinking when they got to Germany. A few of my friends think the family of the gal in Germany had something to do with his death. Although I think it would be an incredible feat to get to him, as they would have had to follow him very closely to end up in Tennessee. Especially all the attempts he made to get across the border, how would you follow someone closely if you were stuck in a few border line ups? This is what I know about the last day or two of his life. I saw him a couple days before he started to "make an escape". Someone told me that he had a plane ticket to Germany and went to the airport, I don't know why he didn't get on the plane. I understand that he took all his valuables and tried to cross the border into the US. And because he had a lot of cash on him and was acting pretty nervous he was denied entry. So he contacted a friend to see if she would drive him across the border, she refused as she has a couple of kids and didn't want to get involved with transporting someone who was denied entry. Story goes that he tried a few more border crossings and finally got in. I knew Blair pretty well, but he did harbour a few secrets and he had lots of trouble with drugs and alcohol. He turned his life around but I get the nagging feeling that it may have been something or someone from his past that was catching up to him. I also believe that the girlfriend in Germany was too young and perhaps something strange happened there as he was suppose to be working there for 2 years, but came home after a few months.” - Nerdgurl
On January 21 of 2012, a new poster “Kareen1970” who also claims to have known Blair adds a few other pieces of information, namely that Blair also cashed in stocks and bonds and never returned to the bank to collect his money, that he and Kareen1970 had often travelled over the border where border officials gave Blair “ a hard time”
Kareen also reveals that the car he travelled to Vancouver Airport in has never been found.
“I believe the killers were at the Vancouver airport, I believe they boarded the plane with him in Seattle, I believe they were at that gas station in Knoxville. I think they were waiting for him outside of that hotel and, I believe they tortured him, beat him, sodomized him and put his body on display. I also believe there was more evidence left behind for the poice to track than they are saying. Blair was clean and sober when he died but that doesn't mean his hands weren't muddied. He was a bi-sexual, horticulturist living in Germany where the underground sex world is notorious and BC Bud is in high demand. I have intimate knowledge Blair, Germany's underworld, and I am also no stranger to police corruption, to which I have not ruled out in this case, as of yet.” - Kareen1970
Kareen also gives some insight into what those around him believe happened and his intentions in Germany
“Blair was my first boyfriend back in 1983. We remained friends throughout his life and, I consider him to be a guardian angel for me. When my mom called me to tell me what she was reading in the morning newspaper, we both said at the same time, "He saw something". He roamed into the wrong backyard, opened the wrong closet door, looked in the wrong deep-freeze. Something wasn't supposed to be privy to him and they didn't trust him to keep his mouth shut. So they shut it for him. What he was doing in Germany besides brick-laying is beyond me. I think he intended on making a new life there, working with his step-dad, finding a girlfriend and, trying to fit into a foreign society doing what he does. I speculate that he might have been mixed up in either growing or dealing marijuana. That, or his sexual deviancies lead him into a very dark and dangerous world that he wasn't prepared for.” - Kareen1970
And finally on January 12, 2013 “MegtheEgg86” reveals:
“I contacted Knox Co about the case about two years ago. A deputy sergeant got back to me and said it WAS determined to be a homicide and by all accounts Blair had no mental issues or illnesses prior to his death”
In September of last year Travis Dorman revealed new details on the case in an article for Knox News which is an excellent read and should be consumed in it’s entirety.
Of particular interest is information on the crime scene:
“The killer beat Adams, an autopsy found. The fatal blow ruptured his stomach, and he died of septic shock. A weapon — possibly a club or crowbar, Davenport said — sliced open his forehead. He put up a fight. His attacker ripped tufts of hair from his head. Adams' hands were bloodied as if he held them up to defend himself. One was cut deep, and blackened like it had been "forcefully knocked to the pavement," Davenport said. Investigators recovered a long strand of someone else's hair from that hand, the only significant piece of physical evidence in the case. Certain injuries indicated he had been sexually assaulted, Davenport said, but there was no DNA evidence, and it wasn't clear when the assault occurred. Authorities tested pieces of rebar from the construction site but failed to locate the murder weapon. Although Adams had grappled with addiction in the past, toxicology reports showed no drugs or alcohol in his system. He had not officially been diagnosed with any kind of mental illness. The only person who reported hearing anything out of the ordinary was a security guard at a nearby business. He told detectives he heard an abrupt scream around 3:30 a.m. and believed it to be a woman's voice.” - Travis Dorman
And information of the woman that Travis was involved with in Germany and his time in the country:
“Adams worked in late 1995 for his stepfather's prefab construction company, S.S. Cedar Homes, on an assisted-living facility near Frankfurt, Germany. He met a woman there while attending a party in November, and the two began dating. She told detectives that Adams was a gentleman, whereas some — including a man he worked with in Germany — portrayed him as an abrasive and confrontational character who occasionally got in fights. Although Adams told several people he feared for his life, he specified to his German girlfriend and at least one other friend that he dreaded violence from former coworkers who had recently returned from Germany. Three days before his death, at a travel service, a subdued Adams shelled out nearly $1,700 in Canadian cash for a round-trip flight to Frankfurt. He requested a refund the same day, explaining that the person he was going to visit had gotten sick. His German girlfriend wasn't expecting him.” - Travis Dorman
Dorman also highlights some confusing statements made by Blair’s mother, Sanda Edwards, and her husband, Blair’s step-father, owner of S.S. Cedar Homes:
“In a recent phone conversation, Edwards described her son as ‘kind' and ‘ambitious,’ and said she didn't believe he suffered from mental illness in the weeks before his death. She said Adams had once been romantically involved with a male roommate. ‘They acted a little strangely and giggled a lot and it was kind of odd, but then he went back to a heterosexual relationship after that,’ she said. She claimed Adams traveled to the South to attend the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta — information never relayed to authorities. The games began July 19, eight days after Adams' body was discovered more than 200 miles away in Knox County. Edwards didn't explain how she knew her son's destination, how he ended up in Knoxville, or why she never told police. ‘That was the whole point of his trip,’ Edwards said before hanging up the phone.” - Travis Dorman
And lastly
“Other calls to Edwards' home were answered by her husband, who grew angry, called chances of solving the case "remote as hell," and said, ‘We're not going to open that can of worms again.’” - Travis Dorman

A Theory

There's many theories on this case, ranging from a mugging or sexual encounter gone wrong, even that his death was an accident or, bizarrely, suicide. However, to me, it would seem that there is yet even more to this than meets the eye, and yet once the facts are presented and considered, the conclusion doesn’t seem that mysterious at all.
The theory that he was followed all the way from Canada is often dismissed as improbable, however it is the only conclusion that I believe can be drawn, but not perhaps in the way we’ve believed it happened.
The key here is the socks and the "sexual assault"
Now if Blair Adams had been robbed, then he wouldn't have been in possession of his valuables, if he'd merely had an altercation with the wrong people, his body wouldn't have been in the state of undress it was, the same going for an altercation with a prostitute or pimp.
David Davenport, a former Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent and Jefferson County sheriff who is now the chief of the Knox County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Unit believes that there was a sex act in a car, that there was an altercation and Blair was hit in the head and thrown from the car, the front bumper striking him and causing the fatal blow. Davenport believes that Blair was in the vehicle with a prostitute and perhaps a pimp, which perhaps indicates that the strand of hair found in Blair’s hand is female, something that there seems to be no report on.
However, is it likely that under fear of his life and extremely agitated, Blair would seek a sexual encounter with a prostitute? It also completely fails to explain the disarray of the clothing and the contents of his pockets being strewn around.
While Blair being in a vehicle is certainly possible, as is the bumper dealing the fatal blow (Knox County Sheriff Jimmy 'J.J.' Jones believes it was a kick), the motive does not hold water.
The state of undress is evidence of the body being searched. Standing over the body, the assailant searches the fanny pack and pockets, not finding the item they are looking for they discard them. Believing the item may be secreted on the body they pull open the shirt, then pull the pants down, then remove the socks to check if the item is present.
The shirt being torn open could have happened in a fight, the pants being down could have been a sexual assault or, again, have happened in a fight, yet there is no reason for his shoes and socks to have been removed and the socks to have been turned inside out, not unless the assailant was searching for something. There are few other possibilities where the socks are concerned and this is key evidence that gives validity to the theory his body was searched.
Now we come to the sexual assault. While Blair had been anally penetrated, there was no DNA. This is because the assailant checked the anal cavity for the concealment of the item they were looking for. It wasn't a sexual motivated assault - it was a search.
Now if you're willing to beat a man, strip him and perform an anal search, the item is clearly highly important to somebody, it is also clearly small enough to potentially secrete within socks or the anus. Logically, the anus is the last place you'd search for any item you were trying to recover, so I would presume the item either wasn't found at all or was in that final place they looked.
Given the already immense effort to recover the item, it isn't logical that the perp would stop if they hadn't found it. The next place of call, if they'd been watching him, would be the hotel room, as they wouldn’t have known he’d never entered. There doesn’t appear to be released evidence to suggest anyone tried to access the hotel and his hotel card was amongst the possessions that were found by the body, so my presumption is that the item had been found. Which, given the theory already suggested about the “sexual assault” would suggest that whatever item was being searched for was indeed secreted in the anus, it’s violent removal causing further injury after the initial probing search.
Whether this theory on the anal injury is taken as true or not, the fact stands that the only reason you would remove socks and shoes in that manner, open the shirt and pants could be a search of the body.
Given that robbery has already been eliminated as a motive, the fact that there was a targeted search of body indicates that Blair was deliberately targeted by persons unknown who believed he had an item that they required. He apparently didn’t know anyone in Tennessee which can only lead to the conclusion that he wasn’t paranoid on this matter and he was indeed followed from Canada. That is not to say that the victim wasn’t in an immense state of panic, anxiety and paranoid for his safety.
It’s a mistake to believe that his poor mental state and genuine threats to his life cannot coexist.
The injury to the stomach would also not have killed Blair outright, the search would have happened while he was still alive. The murderer couldn’t have known the severity of the internal injury they’d caused. Leaving him alive and open to discovery, the possibility of hospitalization if discovered, is suggestive that murder wasn’t the primary motive, recovery of the mystery object was the primary objective. Having felled Blair, the assailant could easily have ensured his death by beating him about the head, strangulation, stabbing or any other method. The assailant doesn’t seem to have been armed with anything that was used to target him such as a knife or gun, except a blunt force object. This wasn’t the work of a professional hitman ordered to kill his target, it was a recovery operation gone wrong.
Additionally, it might be interesting to know whether there was any determination made as to the age of the stomach injury.
Blair’s official cause of death was septic shock stemming from the injury to his stomach. Now this is interesting as I’ve never known a case of septic shock that would have killed the patient in such a short span of time. While the mortality rate for septic shock is high, it is treatable if there’s early enough medical intervention. I would theorize that this injury should not have killed Blair within the timeframe we’ve been presented with, that being an attack at 3:30am with the body being secured by first responders at 7:30am, a mere four hours later.
Any type of bacteria can cause septic shock. Fungi and (rarely) viruses may also cause the condition. Toxins released by the bacteria or fungi may cause tissue damage. This may lead to low blood pressure and poor organ function. Some researchers think that blood clots in small arteries cause the lack of blood flow and poor organ function. Septic shock can affect any part of the body, including the heart, brain, kidneys, liver, and intestines. Symptoms may include:
  1. Cool, pale arms and legs
  2. High or very low temperature, chills
  3. Light headedness
  4. Little or no urine
  5. Low blood pressure, especially when standing
  6. Palpitations
  7. Rapid heart rate
  8. Restlessness, agitation, lethargy, or confusion
  9. Shortness of breath
  10. Skin rash or discoloration
  11. Decreased mental status
Of particular interest is the restlessness, agitation, confusion and decreased mental status.
Given that Blair’s mental state appears to get worse the closer we get to his death, I would hypothese that his condition, beyond legitimate concern for his life, was increased by the fact he was already suffering from sepsis when he entered Knoxville.
“The in-ICU and in-hospital mortality rates were 37.2 and 45 %, respectively, and remained consistent over the study period. Among 244 patients deceased in the hospital, 78 (32 %) died within the first 3 days of ICU admission (early deaths) and 166 (68 %) died thereafter (late deaths) in the ICU or in the hospital” - Timing and causes of death in septic shock by Fabrice Daviaud, David Grimaldi and Frédéric Pène
I’m not a medical professional so this may not tally, but the suggestion that Blair’s fatal injury either occurred in Washington DC on Wednesday July 10 prior to his run to Knoxville or even as the event that triggered his fleeing Canada on Friday July 5 1996, might want to be considered, but as he was discovered on the 11th, that would likely be too long.
Blair Adams was attacked twice - the blow to the head happened in Knoxville, but by this point he was already suffering from septic shock from a previous attack some days earlier. His situation and belief that his life was under threat prevented him from seeking medical treatment.
As I say, I’m not a medical professional and there is no details on a verified age of the injury. When the fatal blow was delivered doesn’t impact the events to any great degree as the assailants and motive all remain the same.
The key to solving this case doesn't lay in Knox County, it lay in British Columbia. Now, to follow a man all the way from British Columbia to Tennessee is a difficult task, particularly as Blair already believed he was being followed and no doubt took precautions and crossed the border. Therefore the suspect would need some skill in surveillance - a private investigator, a bounty hunter, ex-military or ex-police perhaps. Somebody you might employ to recover an item that you believed had been stolen or that you needed as a matter of priority. Yet, as I shall speculate further, whether he was followed from Canada might be open to debate.
Getting deeper into speculation, obviously when you think of things that one might hide in the anus, drugs is the first thing that comes to mind. That the perp would even consider searching the anus brings up indications of the type of criminal we may be dealing with and circumstantially suggests a drugs angle. Border security raised a flag on Blair, suspecting him of being a drugs mule given the cash and valuables in his car, we know he’d had drug issues in the past, however, this doesn’t tally with the evidence of the socks - nobody would believe that drugs would be secreted in socks to the value that would make all this worth while, only something flat would potentially be under the foot.
Blair Adams had become mixed up in something back home in Surrey. His demeanour changed and he refused to tell his mother what it was that was bothering him, at no point did he contact the police over his concerns about a threat to his life. This is all suggestive that he was involved in something that would have placed himself under criminal suspicion, or he didn’t trust the police. His worry and demeanour suggest equally he was uncomfortable with whatever he was involved in and potentially he was involved under duress.
While his behaviour during this period may indicate a mental break, I would suggest that having become involved unwillingly in criminality, having had his life placed under threat, his actions can be placed down to legitimate anxiety for his safety, efforts to evade pursuit and efforts to nullify the threat.
His possession of so many valuables may be suggestive of an attempt to buy somebody off, which again leads back to the theory that the individual following him was a hired enforcer who Blair believed might be susceptible to money. Had the money been for a drug deal for example, it would have all been in cash. This of course means we’re now looking beyond the murder and murderer and for an individual with the clout and means to pay for this pursuit. We are getting into the realms of organized crime.
Eliminating the possibility that the search was for drugs, but not the involvement of the drug trade, I present a theory.
I discount the theory that the case is revenge for Blair’s involvement with the girl in Germany as this doesn’t tally with the search that was performed on the body, however I do believe that his time in Germany and the girl play a part and there is some connection to that country.
My gut feeling is that the item in question might have been a key. A small object, that could have been secreted in any of the places our murderer searched. Indeed, many bunches of keys were spread around the body. So what kind of key is valuable enough to somebody to make all this worthwhile - a safety deposit box. We know that Blair had a safety deposit box of his own so was known to use this facility. Could he have stolen a key to a safety deposit box from the wrong person? Or perhaps have a second box of his own with something valuable inside? Or somebody believed he had?
When Blair stopped at the gas station, he was in a state of confusion, he was trying to start the car with the key to a Nissan, presumably his previous hire car. The attendant informed him he had the wrong key and he should check his pockets, Blair refused to do this. Now this can be explained thus - having an important key in his possession, under a state of paranoia, panic and anxiety, a gas attendant starts to insist you check your pockets for a key, all while you believe you are being watched, this could have been taken the entire wrong way and instilled more paranoia.
However, why would you not simply return the item when your life was threatened for it? This is where the theory falls down for me momentarily.
Second is that there is some matters of note regarding his work. You wouldn’t believe that his construction work could raise any flags, yet there are a few, particularly as pertains to Germany. Blair, a construction foreman, began leaving the job site unlocked, quitting without getting his paycheck and stating that he "didn't know if he could carry on here.”
An unusual statement, that could be taken either as he didn’t believe he was personally up to the job or equally that that he was conflicted morally over something happening at his workplace.
Adams was the foreman of a family-based construction firm that worked in Canada and Germany. He had been set to work for two years on a project in Germany, yet returned after only four months and there are reports of his being involved with a girl there. He spoke of his fear of violence from co-workers who had returned from Germany. His immediate thought when he seeks to flee the country is to fly to Frankfurt.
Frankfurt is the drugs capital of Germany. Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, and Paris are major European hubs for transshipping drugs to foreign markets. Frankfurt's international airport is a hub for global drug smuggling and other high-speed transport links within the city make it one of the most attractive hubs for smugglers in the world. Surrey, BC meanwhile is a city that holds a long reputation of low income, drug dealing and gang violence.
An individual with past drug involvement who has died in mysterious circumstances in possession of a large amount of cash, one who had plans to travel to Frankfurt, who refuses to tell friends, family and the police of what he’s involved in, for me raises alarm bells of the drug trade loud and clear.
A 2013 article by Canadian CBC states that China and Germany are responsible for the largest amounts of drugs seized on their way into Canada, 348 busts with a street value of $1.4B. Back in 2006, CBC reported a man from Surrey, Timothy Woo, was convicted of being involved in the first Canadian/American drug smuggling tunnel between the two nations.
“Surrey, B.C. has long been a centre of a gang turf war over drugs and it keeps getting worse.” Reports Global News while CTV reports on a $4.5-million drug bust, one of largest in Surrey history and Daily Hive reports yet another incident in the area, as 8 people were arrested in Surrey and Langley on drug trafficking and organized crime charges.
“We have an issue that goes beyond police – it involves the entire community. It involves parents, schools, prevention programs, and community involvement. For our part, we are working day and night to suppress both the violence and drug trafficking in Surrey.” - Supt. Shawn Gill
While I don’t suggest any of the modern cases are linked or the involvement of any of the men highlighted, these incidence, a small selection of many in Surrey, serve to show the presence over many years of a major drugs issue in Surrey and British Colombia.
My speculation is that individuals at his workplace were involved in the drugs trade between Frankfurt and Canada, either directly as mules, through the use of equipment such as trucks (which might explain his leaving the sites unlocked) or through money laundering. Blair “dreaded violence from former coworkers who had recently returned from Germany” and under duress was coopted into this scheme, feeling uncomfortable and gathering evidence of the operation which he secreted in a safety deposit box at the same place he normally used. He was discovered and warned off, perhaps in a way that made him distrustful of the police or concerned for his own liberty, I suspect he may have unwisely trusted somebody with the information of his scheme. This is a family-run business, perhaps individuals don’t want any genuine harm to come to him, perhaps they’re concerned about whether the information could be discovered if he’s harmed, either way, at this point he’s not in any actual danger despite threats made against him that he wholly believes. In many ways he seems to have been protected, despite the threats, while in Canada. He then tries to quit the company which made the individuals involved fear he may be about to expose them, leading them to put a tail on him.
I suspect that the girl he was involved with in Germany was perhaps related to a significant figure at the Frankfurt end of scheme. While Blair is said to have been bisexual, I don’t believe this has any bearing on the case and his death is in no way linked to his sexuality. His involvement with the girl in Germany was unwanted via those around her and he was forced to return to Canada, hence he worked only four months in Germany as opposed to two years. This already gives Blair a vendetta against the gang, perhaps he unwisely tried to blackmail someone into allowing him to see the girl. There is no information as to whether the woman in question is a German or American national.
Realizing that Blair is in the wind and exposure of the entire scheme is now on the table, the German end of the operation take-over dealing with him, having lost confidence in their Canadian counterparts to deal with this. The gang attempt to use the German girl to lure Blair out and he’s persuaded to head to Germany to meet her. He leaves the evidence in the deposit box as a precaution to it being lifted from him and because he believes that if he comes to harm, law enforcement will find the key he’s carrying in his anus and will trace it back. Becoming distrustful of the situation, Blair refuses to fly to Germany and instead they will meet somewhere he considers safe, neither Germany nor Canada. They agree that she will fly into Washington DC and meet with him, perhaps under a promise to allow the two to continue their relationship in exchange for the key. Hence yet more reason he never involves the police. Blair is tailed to Vancouver Airport where the gang recover his car to search it, once he’s on the plane to Washington the operation is handed over to those who’ve flown in from Germany.
Once he gets to Washington, it becomes obvious that the girl is in fact not present, only heavies, and he flees, upon which he is spotted and is followed. If the stomach injury was inflicted prior to Knoxville, I would favor it happening here. No handover is made and it’s credible that the girl in question might not even have known she was being used as bait. This means he is followed not from Canada, but from Washington, a much easier endeavour. Knoxville was not his final destination. His general trajectory south would be consistent with a run for the Mexican border. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that his body is found at a construction site.
I do not however discount the theory that it was a simple case of being followed from Canada, but if the tailing only happens from Washington, not only is it a much easier job, but it eliminates any possibility of Blair losing his pursuers at the border.
What perhaps has to be considered is that our murderer is a woman. With a woman’s scream being heard at 3:30am, the strand of long hair that we presume to be female in Blair’s own hand and, while not wanting to sound sexist, the fact that Blair’s own hair was torn out in clumps, something more commonly associated with women fighting, leads to the suggestion that a woman was perhaps involved in the assault. I originally considered that perhaps the German girl was in fact with the assailants, explaining the scream and strand of long hair left in his hand, yet the police have identified the woman and no doubt eliminated her from the case on account of her not being in the country at the time.
I believe this began as a domestic dispute over Blair’s relationship with the girl in Germany. Given the relationship of the girl to a “Mr Big” in the operation, he was forbidden from seeing her after relatives objected, his history of drug and alcohol abuse, bisexuality and reported age difference don’t put this beyond the realm of possibility. Blair threatened to blow the whistle on the whole operation if he was denied seeing the girl with whom he’d had an intense and passionate relationship. I will refrain from pointing a finger, but the fact that the construction company is “family-run” is highly important when you consider the fact he wasn’t harmed in Canada when a “hit” would have seemed most opportune and also the theory that the pursuers didn’t mean to kill Blair, rather simply retrieve the object in his possession and perhaps rough him up a little. I expect his death was an unfortunate schism between two branches of an operation, with the German end putting pressure on the Canadian end to do something about the loose cannon.
The rest then falls into place.
The quite strange statements given to Travis Dorman by Blair’s mother and step-father are suggestive. What “can of worms” does his step-father refer to? Why does the mother tell what she must know is a lie? While it wouldn’t be unknown for a family to want to bury the past and forget a very upsetting time in their lives, there is a difference between wanting to forget and telling untruths. Has somebody silenced the family? Or do they know more than is being let on?
A can of worms indeed.
The conclusion I draw is that Blair Adams died accidentally after a beating that began as a domestic dispute amongst those involved in the international drug trade.
There is a lot of speculation here admittedly and a number of leaps, particularly as pertains to the drug trade angle, in many ways it might even be fantastical, yet these are the things I feel confident on

Points

  1. Blair did not have a mental breakdown inconsistent with the very real threat to his safety
  2. His movements were not random
  3. The “sexual assault” was a search of the anal cavity
  4. His pursuers believed he was in possession of an item they needed recovered
  5. This item was not drugs
  6. However the case is linked to the drugs trade out of Frankfurt
  7. Blair’s relationship with a girl in Germany is also important as is what happened in that country
  8. The answer lay in Surrey, BC and not Knoxville
  9. The fatal blow to the stomach that induced septic shock was administered sometime prior to the attack on the morning of July 11, 1996
  10. His death was not the primary motive of the pursuit or attack(s), his death was not intended
This post was updated to add details on septic shock
Post note: User px13 excellently raises the issue that a key alone might not have been enough to access a safety deposit box.
The question that the item was a key is merely a gut feeling based on three points of circumstantial evidence. That being the keys strewn around the body as if they’d been checked, the incident at the gas station and the fact that if the perp believed the item could be in the socks, the item must be flat and able to be secreted under the foot.
Taking this into account, the possibility that the key could have been for a private safe, another lock box or something else entirely is also very possible.
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2017.12.29 22:10 119169 Back to the future: 2007 season recap

Dear /formula1,
It is almost New Years Eve, and these last few December days are exactly the days to reflect back on the previous season, and speculate on what might happen in the upcoming season. The 2017 season was intense, with a strong championship battle between a red and a silver team, that actually ended up with quite an anticlimax. However, I would like to take you back into the past, ten years to be exact, to yet again a championship between a red and silver team, that did however end up going down to the wire, and might be one of the most dramatic championships in the last few decades, albeit for completely different reasons than the on-track ones. I might be affected by this year being my first one following it actively, but I think the excitement it absolutely warranted. So please, feel free to take a seat a bit closer to the hearth, and let me take you back to the year 2007…
June 2007, Surrey, the United Kingdom
It is a mild, although rainy pre-summer day (thank you UK), when a woman walks into a copyshop that could be literally anywhere else in the world, and it would not make a difference. She carries a hefty stack of papers, around 780 to be precise, and asks to scan them and burn them onto a CD. So far nothing out of the ordinary, right? Also, what has this to do with F1 racing, I hear you think? Well, this small and seemingly insignificant event happened to unleash the biggest controversy the sport had ever seen at that point. Bear with me…
Drivers and teams
After the 2006 season, some major changes took place in the driver lineups. The most eye-catching switch was obviously the transfer of double and reigning World Champion Fernando Alonso from the Renault team to the McLaren-Mercedes team, at that point still the de facto works team of Mercedes. After long deliberation, where even Mika Häkkinen was allegedly in the running for a seat, McLaren decided to partner the Spaniard with the young rookie Lewis Hamilton. This complete shake-up of the lineup came about after Juan Pablo Montoya’s exit halfway through the 2006 season to NASCASR, and after Kimi Räikkönen made the switch to Ferrari, in order to replace the dethroned king Michael Schumacher who, after half a decade of domination decided to hang up his helmet and retire. Theories still circulate that Schumacher never intended to retire, but instead was pushed out by political games by Luca di Montezemolo; however, that is a story for another time. Räikkönen was partnered at Ferrari by Schumacher protégé Felipe Massa, who had already been at the team. In response to their star leaving for McLaren, Renault decided to give the up-and-coming Heikki Kovalainen a chance to fill Alonso’s shoes, decided to stick with Giancarlo Fisichella in the second Renault. Honda kept their Button – Barrichello pairing, while at BMW Sauber they chose for the continuity as well with Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica, after the latter had replaced WDC Jacques Villeneuve during the previous season. Toyota went with Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher, while Mark Webber replaced the Austrian Christian Klien at Red Bull Racing, becoming teammates with David Coulthard. Alex Wurz filled up the vacancy at the Toyota-powered Williams team, together with Nico “Britney” Rosberg. Further down the field Toro Rosso went with Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi, while Honda sister-team Super Aguri went with Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson. Last but not least, Force India precursor Spyker F1 was challenging in 2007 with a pairing of Adrian Sutil and Christijan Albers.
Season start
At the Australian Grand Prix it was, not unexpectedly, Ferrari and McLaren at the forefront. Räikkönnen qualified on pole, with Alonso second and Heidfeld third, and Hamilton starting fourth in his debut race. The race itself was relatively problem-free for the Finn, who went on to claim victory in at his Ferrari debut. The podium was completed by Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. It was these drivers again forming the podium, with Alonso leading Hamilton, and Räikkönen in third. Massa finished a disappointing sixth, after qualifying on pole. His revenge came at the Bahrain GP and the Spanish GP, where he both won after qualifying on pole. Although Hamilton had not won a race yet until then, Hamilton was doing a great job at keeping Alonso honest, who brought home the second McLaren one-two of the season. Hamilton’s reward came finally at the Canadian Grand Prix; after a long and eventful race, with four safety cars, two disqualifications and one of the biggest crashes in the modern era, he scored his maiden win at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve and with this, also gained the lead in the championship. Heidfeld finished second and Wurz finished third after an impressive drive from 19th, scoring Williams’ only podium of the season. Up until this point, most people assumed that a 22-year old rookie would not immediately challenge double world champion Alonso for the title; however, with Hamilton taking the championship lead, reinforting his aspirations, the possibility for a rookie title was a real one. Although there was still a lot of racing to be done, the McLaren drivers occupied the first two places in the standings, with the Ferrari drivers in third and fourth, closer to the places beneath them than those above them.
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER THE CANADIAN GP
Place Driver points
1 Hamilton 48
2 Alonso 40
3 Massa 33
4 Räikkönnen 27
5 Heidfeld 26
Mid-season – the drama commences The period around July and August proved to be pivotal in the season, where suddenly multiple issues surfaced, and the racing took a backseat. In the aftermath of his Canada crash, Kubica was replaced with their third driver for the US GP, a 19-year old German lad by the name of Sebastian Vettel, who subsequently became the youngest points scorer in F1. However, this was overshadowed by the announcement on June 17th that Ferrari had filed a complained with the Italian district attorney against Nigel Stepney, a chief mechanic who had been part of the so-called ‘dream-team’ during the Ferrari domination years. Although there was formally no specific reason given, it was alleged that this had to do with a powder residue found in the Ferrari’s fuel tanks after the Monaco GP. The story took a twist when on the 3rd of July, Ferrari announced that it would file a case with the Modena tribunal regarding theft of technical information against Stepney and Mike Coughlan, a McLaren engineer. In addition, Ferrari formally dismissed Stepney after an internal investigation. Stepney responded to this claiming that he was the victim of a “dirty tricks campaign”.
So where does Coughlan come into the story? Well, remember the woman in the copyshop? This turned out to be Coughlan’s wife Trudy, and the document turned out to be 780 pages of highly sensitive and top-secret Ferrari information, passed to Coughlan by Stepney, who had been unhappy at Ferrari following a reorganization at the team. On the 26th of July, the FIA found the McLaren in breach of the sporting code by possessing Ferrari classified information but also ruled that they did not actually use any of this information in their designs, and thus decided not to penalize McLaren. Furious, the Maranello team lodged an appeal, to which Ron Dennis, McLared team principal, replied that the Italians were giving a false version of events. In addition, he claimed that Ferrari used an illegal floor device during the Australian GP that year, and that any information in their possession was merely the result of Stepney acting as a whistleblower. The appeal would be served on the 13th of September.
In the meantime, Lewis Hamilton won the Unites States GP, Kimi Räikkönen brought home the first Ferrari one-two of the season in France, and also won the British GP in Silverstone. The subsequent European GP held at the Nürnburgring was one for the record books; due to torrential rainfall, a big number of drivers spun or had to pit after the first lap, except for one driver: Markus Winkelhock. Winkelhock was driving the Spyker due to Albers’ sponsor money drying up, and decided to pit after the warm-up lap for full-wets while everyone else was on intermediates. This did mean that he had to start the race from the pitlane, but it also allowed him to stay out in the tricky conditions, and found himself in first place by the end of lap two. After multiple spins and even an incident where Liuzzi almost hit the Safety car, race control decided to red flag the race and because of this, Winkelhock has the honour of being the only driver in history to start from last ánd first place in the same race. After the gigantic clusterfuck that was this GP, Alonso emerged victorious, with Massa in second and Webber in third. This GP also marked the end of Scott Speeds F1 career; after disappointing results and an alleged physical altercation between in and team manager Franz Tost, he was replaced for the remainder of the season by Sebastian Vettel.
The Hungary controversy
The Hungarian GP of that year was the most controversial of the year. While no one expected Hamilton immediately challenge for the title, the last person to expect that was Alonso. As such, when Hamilton compromised Alonso’s qualifying by not letting him past, the Spaniard retaliated by staying in the pit box unnecessarily long. This caused time to run out for Hamilton, who could not complete another flying lap as a result, gaining Alonso a 5-place grid penalty for the race. In the following argument between Dennis and Alonso, the Spaniard tried to blackmail Dennis into granting him preferential treatment by threatening to disclose emails between him, Coughlan and third driver De La Rosa containing information about the Ferrari cars; this meant that the information did not only pass past Coughlan, but that even the drivers had access to it. Instead of letting himself be blackmailed, Dennis disclosed this information to the FIA himself and, upon hearing this, they re-opened the case and called all three McLaren drivers to court as witnesses. As a result of this, McLaren were fined $100 Million, and were excluded from the 2007 Conctructors’ championship, effectively handing the WCC to Ferrari. The drivers were however allowed to keep their points, and as such the title race was still on.
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER THE HUNGARIAN GP
Place Driver points
1 Hamilton 80
2 Alonso 73
3 Räikkönnen 60
4 Massa 59
5 Heidfeld 42
Season showdown
At this point, it seemed like the championship would be a two horse (heh, get it?) race between the two McLaren drivers. With the two Ferrari’s being two race wins away from the top spot with six races to go, surely they did not have much of a chance left? Well, nothing could be further to the truth. The Turkish GP was won by Massa and, while Alonso won the Italian GP on Ferrari’s home turf, Räikkönnen started a seemingly impossible comeback. A second place in Turkey off the back of a second place in Hungary as well was followed by a third place in Italy, a win in Belgium, a third place in Japan and another win in China. It is at this race that Hamilton’s inexperience showed; on worn tires, he accidentally he lost his car in the gravel trap at the pit entrance, and retired. This put the championship upside-down again, since instead of clinching the title, he allowed Alonso and Räikkönen to catch up. Although Hamilton was still leading with 107 points, Alonso was closely behind him with 104 points, and the Finn only mathematically still in the race with 100 points. In addition to being very excited, it also gave commentators and analysts a big headache, since there were multiple scenarios possible with different outcomes. With third or higher, Hamilton would be guaranteed of the championship; Alonso needed to win the race with Hamilton fourth or lower. However, the mission was even more impossible for Kimi Räikkönnen, who depended on both Hamilton and Alonso in order to win the title. The objective was clear: only by winning the race he would still have a chance to win…
SPOILER ALERT
… which is exactly what he did. Bad luck struck Hamilton during the opening laps, when his gearbox got stuck in neutral, and by the time he has reset his car, he found himself in last place. By the time he caught up to the pack, the only salvageable result was seventh, while Alonso finished third. Räikkönnen won the championship by a single point over Alonso and Hamilton, the last Drivers’ Championship Ferrari would win to date, and Kimi’s only.
… And this guys, is my memory of one of the greatest F1 seasons in history, and I hope I have been able to shine a light on one of the most complicated and dramatic seasons ever. Thanks for reading!
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