Chess and Bees

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Post by John Upham » Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:57 pm

Much to the delight of his loyal fan base Ray has written about bees in

https://www.thearticle.com/chess-and-bees :lol:

Next week, we are promised pearls of wisdom concerning lawn tennis and Formula One motorsport. :roll:
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Re: Chess and Bees

Post by Alan Walton » Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:31 pm

I think this title is missing a r

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Post by Paul Habershon » Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:41 pm

John Upham wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:57 pm
Much to the delight of his loyal fan base Ray has written about bees in

https://www.thearticle.com/chess-and-bees :lol:

Next week, we are promised pearls of wisdom concerning lawn tennis and Formula One motorsport. :roll:
Things are looking up. In mentioning Jonathan Penrose's 87th birthday and ten British Championships, Ray (the Keene Bee?) refrained from saying how many times he has beaten him.

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Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:24 pm

I found that article really interesting, and it brought back memories of translating Virgil (or Vergil if you prefer).

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Post by John Upham » Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:32 pm

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:24 pm
I found that article really interesting, and it brought back memories of translating Virgil (or Vergil if you prefer).

For a bonus point : Who did Virgil Tracy commemorate ?
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Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:42 pm

"Who did Virgil Tracy commemorate ?"

Gus Grissom?

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Post by JustinHorton » Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:59 pm

At one of these august events, Professor Michael Crawford, in his persona as Director of The Institute for Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, based at London’s Imperial College
Your regular reminder that this Institute has no apparent physical, financial or other organisational existence, that it claims to be based at Imperial College but is not, and that Professor Crawford is a frequent recipient of large sums of money from the laughable Brain Trust charity run by his friend Ray Keene.
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Post by Neil Graham » Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:41 am

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:42 pm
"Who did Virgil Tracy commemorate ?"

Gus Grissom?
That's correct. All the Tracy brothers (Scott, Virgil, John,
Gordon and Alan) were named after U.S. astronauts.

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Post by John Upham » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:28 am

Neil Graham wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:41 am
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:42 pm
"Who did Virgil Tracy commemorate ?"

Gus Grissom?
That's correct. All the Tracy brothers (Scott, Virgil, John,
Gordon and Alan) were named after U.S. astronauts.
Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom tragically lost his life (together with Ed White and Roger Chaffee) on the launch pad for Apollo One on January 27th, 1967 during an avoidable oxygen fire. One of the worst (if not the worst) space program accidents.
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Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:42 pm

"Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom tragically lost his life (together with Ed White and Roger Chaffee) on the launch pad for Apollo One on January 27th, 1967 during an avoidable oxygen fire."

Yes - I think that was the first one (that we knew about anyway...)

I remember some astronaut at a press conference being asked if he worried about the enormous cost of the space programme. His answer was along the lines that he knew they accepted the lowest priced tender for everything and he was more worried about that!

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Re: Chess and Bees

Post by Alistair Campbell » Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:59 pm

Neil Graham wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:41 am
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:42 pm
"Who did Virgil Tracy commemorate ?"

Gus Grissom?
That's correct. All the Tracy brothers (Scott, Virgil, John,
Gordon and Alan) were named after U.S. astronauts.
The Mercury Seven. They featured heavily in the 1983 movie "The Right Stuff" and more tangentially in "Apollo 13"

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