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Frederick The Monk
56724.  Fri Mar 03, 2006 9:54 am Reply with quote

Sounds like I should cancel the QI Russian Roulette evening.

 
Flash
56750.  Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:45 am Reply with quote

In any case it's only wowsers who spin the chamber before every turn. In tournament play you pass the revolver round a circle, and squeeze the trigger without spinning. This means that the sixth person gets a guaranteed result, if it gets round to him.

 
Frederick The Monk
56760.  Fri Mar 03, 2006 11:09 am Reply with quote

So it's always best to play first?

 
MatC
56764.  Fri Mar 03, 2006 11:13 am Reply with quote

Seventh, surely.

 
Flash
56765.  Fri Mar 03, 2006 11:14 am Reply with quote

Actually I was just trying to work out the optimal position. First is good, obviously, but so is sixth because it's likely that someone will already have scored an own-goal before it gets to you. I think you want to avoid the mid-section, probably.

 
eggshaped
58578.  Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:20 am Reply with quote

Extreme kite flying from Pakistan - anyone who causes injury or death with their kites this weekend may face prosecution under anti-terrorism laws.

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Already it's banned for all but 15 days of the year but a provincial minister warned kite-flyers this week that any who cause injury or death with string made from metal or coated with glass could be tried under anti-terrorism laws.

Kite-flying in Pakistan and neighbouring India often involves aerial duels in which participants try to bring down each other's kites using string coated in a sticky paste of ground-up glass or metal.

Every year, Pakistani media report dozens of deaths and injuries caused by kite flying, mainly of children and motocyclists whose throats are sometimes cut by metal or glass-coated string.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/08032006/80-132/fly-kite-pakistan.html

 
Flash
58589.  Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:56 am Reply with quote

That sounds quite promising, don't you think?
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Complete ban on Kite-flying Demanded in Punjab
Pakistan Times National News Desk

LAHORE: Kite-flying have resulted in the killing of 460 persons and injuring many thousands since 1995 after it was declared as a seasonal festival in the province.

This was observed by speakers while addressing a protest demonstration organized by Kite-flying Effeectees Committee against this deadly sports in front of Lahore Press Club on Sunday.

They demanded a complete ban on kite-flying to avoid further killings and injuries of innocent people.

Plea to Government

Chairman of the committee Haji Mian Rafi urged the Chief Minister Punjab Ch. Pervez Elahi to take personal initiative in this regard.

He said that life of citizens has become miserable due to frequent electricity tripping and cutting of throat incidents owing to kite-flying, specially on Sundays.

Vice Chairman Akram Ullah Khan Kakar, Sajid Majeed Mughal, Syed Imran Baghi, Sufi Mian Arshad Nadeem Qureshi and other office-bearers and members of the committee also spoke on the occasion.

They said that the government should fix responsibility of human and financial loss due to kite-flying and register cases against the persons involved in it so that they could face the law for this crime.

Demonstrators were carrying playcards and banners inscribed with slogans against kite-flying

http://www.pakistantimes.net/2004/08/30/national4.htm

 
Flash
58591.  Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:58 am Reply with quote

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Up to nine people have been killed and dozens injured during an annual kite-flying festival called Basant in the Pakistani city of Lahore. Three people were electrocuted when banned metal wires they were using to fly kites - or catch stray ones - fell onto electric power lines.

A young girl's throat was slit by a stray metal kite string stretched across a road, witnesses said. At least two more people fell from roofs during the spring festival. Two men were also reportedly killed when they were hit by cars while trying to catch stray kites.

Despite a ban on firing guns, several people were injured by stray bullets.

Officials at a Lahore hospital said 42 children and 60 adults had been treated for kite-related injuries, the AFP news agency reported.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3491057.stm

 
Flash
58595.  Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:09 am Reply with quote

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From mid-January to mid-February the clear blue skies over Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat in India, and Lahore in Pakistan, come alive with the gaiety and colour of paper kites in all hues, shapes and sizes. Kite flying in the Punjab is associated with Vasant Panchami the onset of spring. It is also commonly known as Basant. The yellow of mustard flowers and the Amaltas trees is the first colour to be sighted after the severe winters of the north. Traditionally, on this day- 5th of the lunar month of Magh children and women wear yellow and men folk in Rajasthan wear yellow turbans. Spring heralds new beginnings and the colourful kites in the sky are a statement of this joyous awakening. Basant had its beginnings as a Hindu festival but as different religions came to India they participated in the joy of the occasion and Basant became a truly secular festival the kites in the sky know no boundaries. Many a musical raga and raagini have been inspired by Magh (Spring). Poets have penned romantic verses, and artists, both of the past and contemporary, have painted the Basant skies.

In Punjab, kite flying is a rooftop sport. The rooftops of inner cities turn into virtual arenas of kite flying competitions on Basant. In Rajasthan and Gujarat kite flying gathers a frenzied momentum on January 13, also celebrated as Makar Sankrant the day the sun changes direction and starts to move towards the northern hemisphere. In Lahore it is a 24-hour spectacle it pioneered night kite flying using strong beams and white kites. Little wonder that Lahore is the official kite flying capital of Pakistan. It is where Basant is celebrated with unmatched passion and zeal. There is no official Basant day here there is an entire Basant season of kite flying accompanied my rooftop dinners, dances and fun. It is a sort of Octoberfest, a local Mardi Gras or the Rio Carnival minus the revealing dresses. The streets, parks and the roof tops especially are filled with cries and cheers of "Bo Kata" or Kite down, followed by drums rolls.


and:

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Only in 1998 did the team from Hong Kong defeat the Jodhpur "Fateh Sagar Kite Club" [score 4-2] In all the other years Indian teams have held the crown.

http://www.the-south-asian.com/March2002/Basant_the_kite_festival_of_south_Asia.htm

... which potentially links to the Indian Dribble hockey question, and the stuff about the paucity of Indian Olympic medals.

 
eggshaped
59620.  Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:08 am Reply with quote

Pakistani officials arrested more than 1000 people for flying kites in Lahore last weekend.

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The kite-flying ban was largely ignored in Lahore despite a large police presence in the sprawling city to enforce it.

Police estimated about 500 people received minor injuries during the festival, some from sharp kite strings and others from stray bullets or pellets fired into the air to celebrate the festival.

There was one death -- of a young man shot dead by another in an altercation over a kite duel -- compared with 19 reported last year.

 
Flash
59635.  Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:36 am Reply with quote

Mentioned yesterday: The Duckworth Scale measures the riskiness of activities:

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A retired statistician has invented a new scale for assessing the risks involved in various activities and has arrived at some interesting conclusions.

Dr Frank Duckworth, who already has a method for scoring in cricket named after him (the Duckworth/Lewis method), and devised the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), presented a paper entitled "A Simple Scale of Risk to the Public" to the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) recently.

The scale which is logarithmic, like the Richter scale for earthquakes, grades one's risk of death from activities ranging from washing up to playing Russian Roulette. It starts at zero for living on planet earth for a year, to a maximum of eight for certain death (by playing Russian Roulette with six bullets or jumping off the Eiffel Tower).

The scale has produced some surprising statistics - smoking 40 cigarettes a day for a 35 year old male (7.1 on the scale) is almost as dangerous as playing Russian Roulette with one bullet (7.2).

From The Sum, July 2000. Described as "another Sum exclusive", even though this is issue number 1.

 
Flash
59636.  Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:38 am Reply with quote

Quote:
The Duckworth Scale

8.0 Suicide Russian roulette (six bullets)
Jumping off Eiffel Tower
Lying in front of Flying Scotsman

7.2 Russian Roulette (one game)

7.1 Continuing smoking cigarettes
(male aged 35 - 40 a day)

6.9 Continuing smoking cigarettes
(male aged 35 - 20 a day)

6.7 Continuing smoking cigarettes (male aged 35 - 10 a day)

6.4 Deep sea fishing (40 year career)

6.3 Rock climbing over 20 years

5.5 Accidental falls (new born male)

5.5 Lifetime car travel (new born male)
Dying while vacuuming, washing up, walking down the street

4.6 Murder (new born male)

4.2 Rock climbing (one session)

1.9 100 mile car journey (sober middle aged driver)

1.7 100 mile flight

1.6 Destructive asteroid impact (in the life-time of a new born male)

0.3 100 mile rail journey


Source: The Guardian

 
Flash
73690.  Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:49 am Reply with quote

It says in the current FT (#211) that Lahore has now banned kite-flying altogether, even during Basant. The sources cited for this statement are Australian newspapers (Sydney Morning Herald, 13 March and The Australian, 14 March), and the report also contains an assertion that the 'real concern' isn't safety but Muslim and nationalist opposition to what is a pre-Muslim and Indian custom.

I know nothing about this other than what I read in these newspaper reports, but I must say that they have a general air of being written by people who are interpreting 2nd-hand information. For example, the only justification offered for the assertion about it not really being a Health & Safety issue is that they could just ban the glass-encrusted string and that would make everything safe - whereas those of us who have been following this thread know (or think we know) that most of the accidents are caused by people falling off rooftops, running in front of cars, and snagging power lines. So I may have to go to Lahore to really nail this one down.

 
jeorge
769210.  Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:43 am Reply with quote

Frederick The Monk wrote:
Wait a minute, this looks dangerous - Elevator surfing!


Just the sound of it makes it definitely dangerous!

 
Zebra57
769422.  Fri Dec 24, 2010 2:37 am Reply with quote

Welcome to QI Forum jeorge

 

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