We've known that for a very long time; what Columbus discovered was that the spherical Earth was much larger than he anticipated.
Yes, Columbus didn't actually go around the Earth anyway, so he proved nothing about the roundness of the Earth. What he did discover was America.
As for the size of the Earth, I've seen amazingly accurate calculations made in the ancient world using some very clever techniques. Basically, measure the angle from straight up that the sun is simultaneously at different points whose distance apart is known. Assuming a spherical world, the rest is just maths. But there's nothing like trying it out to see.
Question for those with more UK experience than I. Is twat (rhyming with bat) used over there to refer to genitalia, or is that way of saying it reserved as an insult?
As in, would "I fingered her twat" (rhyming with hat), mean digital foreplay, or flipping the bird at her angry wannabe boyfriend, or pointing at her accomplice in a lineup?
Just want to add, I don't love the place, and accept many of the general criticisms of mall shopping. The reason I don't buy much there is because the selection is not good, and not different to other malls. I'm just trying, as always, to see both sides of the argument, to see that the mall does actually provide a public good, and its popularity is because it serves the limited range of things that it does quite well.
Heh, I expect you're right, and find it not unlikely that transport planning in this city is more geared towards moving facilities to bus routes than moving routes to facilities.
In my experience, most shoppers I see are typically carrying very little, except, of course, those coming out of the supermarket.
Sure, and those people can surely face the 500m walk to the major transport corridors on either side, or 800m to the train, if they don't live near the 3 lines that already stop directly at the mall? You'll easily walk these distances shopping in town centers, which many are touting as in some way superior to malls.
Edit: If more people caught the bus to the mall, I'm sure the bus companies could be persuaded to run more routes. But they don't, so they haven't. Yeah, the mall could have been closer to the train line when it was made decades ago and no-one used rail. But it isn't. I really don't see that as an argument to squeeze this particular mall. If they can get the increased custom from people in cars, and will make the parking to accommodate those people, no one has lost anything, except for people who have to use those roads, probably because they live near there.
Edit: I must also add, St Lukes is my favorite choice when going to a Event cinema. There is always very close free parking.
There's a hell of a long way to go before gridlock. I haven't even seen that in the busiest period around Christmas, or during rush hour.
Not being on a "transport corridor" just doesn't seem like that much of a crime for a place that is designed for cars. You can get there using public transport, but that's always going to be about as much hassle as ... using public transport to go shopping is. There are 3 bus lines that stop there, all of which intersect the Western Rail Line and of course cross a lot of the busier commuting routes.
So I'm still drawn back to my first thought that the only people who have any reasonable gripe with the place are residents whose access to roadways is diminished by increased traffic, and loss of street parking during very busy times.
But a couple of tons of metal landing at high speed in downtown Tokyo would certainly present a threat to the political stability of the region.
I don't think it's very likely. At all. But given that the N Korean leadership seems a little unstable right now, who knows?
It would be tantamount to a declaration of war, and Japan would kick their arse with or without direct US military support. It's not going to happen.
Word. I got pissy when Stirling Sports turned into just another fashion outlet.
I actually don't usually buy anything more from St Luke's than groceries, and something to eat. Most of my 'shopping' is wandering around looking at things I have no intention of paying retail prices for, making myself aware of new features, holding the thing in my hands, making measurements etc. Then I tend to jump on the 'net and deal-hunt.
Except at Christmas, if I've left things too late, then it's a one-stop shop, if you can get in. But lately, having a highly organized wife, I've done most of my shopping weeks in advance, with more research, less impulse, and have generally found Christmas to be a much more enjoyable season as a result.