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'yorz
1274836.  Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:20 am Reply with quote

new attempt to post link

You should have typed an = in stead of ] :-)

 
Baryonyx
1274842.  Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:39 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Has anyone here been to Gibraltar? It is the least flat territory in Europe, slopier even than Liechtenstein in the heart of the Alps. (Unsurprisingly, the slopiest "full sized country" in Europe is Switzerland.)


I vaguely remember being told once by the BBC that Spain was Europe's most mountainous country. Not equivalent to least flat I admit, but I wondered perhaps what alternative measure one would use to calculate Spain's 'mountainous-ness'.

 
Dix
1274864.  Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:00 am Reply with quote

'yorz wrote:
new attempt to post link

You should have typed an = in stead of ] :-)


How odd. I tried both versions and got nowhere. Must have been another typo :-)

 
Bondee
1274891.  Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:52 am Reply with quote

crissdee wrote:
Bondee wrote:
........biggest wind turbine.........at 195m.


Is that measured to the "hub" or to the highest point the rotors reach? Either way, that sounds like a biggie!


It's the height of the blades at the top of their stroke, known as the "tip height". In a turbine this size it's measured from "wave (or water) level" because they're usually installed offshore.

 
suze
1274906.  Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:09 pm Reply with quote

Baryonyx wrote:
I vaguely remember being told once by the BBC that Spain was Europe's most mountainous country. Not equivalent to least flat I admit, but I wondered perhaps what alternative measure one would use to calculate Spain's 'mountainous-ness'.


Number of mountains, possibly? Spain is twelve times the size of Switzerland, so it wouldn't be surprising if it had more mountains but also some big flat bits (the ones where the rain mainly falls, I suppose). Big flat bits are not a heavily populated category in Switzerland.

 
GuyBarry
1274911.  Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:29 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Spain is twelve times the size of Switzerland, so it wouldn't be surprising if it had more mountains but also some big flat bits (the ones where the rain mainly falls, I suppose).


Thank heavens for Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rain_in_Spain

Quote:
Spanish rain does not actually stay mainly in the plain. It falls mainly in the northern mountains. In Spanish, the phrase was translated as La lluvia en Sevilla es una maravilla (The rain in Seville is a miracle). The lyric about Hertford, Hereford, and Hampshire contains an implicature (but not an entailment) that hurricanes ever occur at all in these areas. This implicature is false, as the only hurricane force (≥64 knot) winds that do occur in these areas (in Britain) result from extratropical cyclones, which differ from hurricanes in their causes and dynamics.


I hope that was intended to be funny.

 
suze
1274941.  Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:41 pm Reply with quote

Oh yes, I was just being silly. I know little of Spanish geography beyond Barcelona and the Canary Islands, but big flat bits are in fairly short supply in those areas as surely as in Switzerland.

Of the relative precipitation and topography of the rest of Spain, I have no useful knowledge.

 
GuyBarry
1274942.  Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:47 pm Reply with quote

I wasn't referring to your contribution, I was referring to the anonymous Wikipedian who thought it necessary to point out that the lyrics to the song weren't to be taken literally!

 
Spud McLaren
1274945.  Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:57 pm Reply with quote

I'd suggest it was Babbage, were he not a little to early for Wiki.


Last edited by Spud McLaren on Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:27 pm; edited 1 time in total

 
cornixt
1274998.  Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:12 am Reply with quote

I was once laughed at for living in a house on the only hill in Norwich. Firstly, it was the side of a valley, so the opposite of a hill, and secondly, there was an actual hill nearer the city centre that was almost as steep.

 

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