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Wednesday, April 04, 2007


Haven't had time to blog for a while, partly because last week I was away at NUS Conference. More on that later when I write my blog for Live!, but moments of note include Ben and I jamming a minibus between the floor and ceiling in a multi story car park. The most important thing to bear in mind is that the height restriction barrier was set way too high, otherwise we wouldn't have attempted such an audacious parking feat. I guess it was appropriate that in Blackpool, the home of the humble stick of rock, that we got stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Big news yesterday when a modified French TGV train broke the world speed record for a train on conventional rails and was only within 6km/h of the overall record set by a Japanese Maglev train (which doesn't have to deal with pesky friction). It's times like this when I realise that I really am a bit of a geek. I've been avidly consuming the wikipedia entries about the TGV, high speed trains and even finer details about the construction of high speed tracks.

Geek or no geek though, this stuff is really cool. Check out this footage of the world record attempt. It's in French, but it's not too difficult to get the gist of what is going on. For instance when the guy shouts that it is "extrêmement spectaculaire" he is saying that it is "totally sweet" (literal translation). Best stuff is about two minutes thirty from the end.

The speed in km/h is displayed in the top left.


At Wednesday, April 18, 2007 4:42:00 PM, Blogger Tim said...

Seriously, did you crash the minibus?! How is Fellwanderers going to go away with the bus now?!

I have to say, you weren't the first to do it. One week after the new bus arrived another outdoory club drove it into (literally) Sainsbury's.

And we did laugh!


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