Really Monica, would you have me be anything other than my usual abrasive self?
Actually I do check out posters’ profiles before loading a round into the breech, so to speak. There’s nothing on Liam’s profile that tells us he’s a ‘juvenile’ (other than his style of writing, which is hardly conclusive nowadays).
It would help if youngsters would post their ages or dates of birth; that would go a long way towards triggering our characteristic forbearance!
However, I now know that he has volunteered elsewhere that “im only 16 and still in school!”
Now I don’t know about you Monica but I would expect the average 16-year-old at least to have noticed along the way that (the full benefit of Galileo’s posterity notwithstanding) the sun does appear to go round the earth near enough seven times a week.
>>It would help if youngsters would post their ages or dates of birth; that would go a long way towards triggering our characteristic forbearance!<<
However, that's not something ET encourages. While it would be nice to know more about some of the young 'un's here, the problem is that if they reveal too much about themselves, they become obvious targets for internet predators. (And I don't mean aggressive debaters either.) That's why we don't ask them to reveal too much about themselves.
I don't think that's very nice, Ernie and Monica. Maybe there's a backstory here, but from the surface, he's a 16-year-old who asked if Liverpool had a blackout at the time the Titanic took her final plunge.
Intriguing thought...true or not.
And I'm not sure why it was met with such hostility.
Well, Jon, I don't think it was hostility as such. More bewilderment. Why should the light conditions in Liverpool have any bearing on conditions thousands of miles away? They aren't connected - are they? Not rationally, at any rate. If you do think they are connected in some non-rational way, then you can discuss this in Spooky in General Titanica.
Last night at about 9 o'clock, the Corporation supply of electricity failed in Liverpool. The whole city was in darkness for twenty minutes, and the tramcars were stopped for over half an hour.
The cause is stated to be due to a breakdown at the generating power station.
(The Times, Tuesday April 16, 1912, p. 10, Col. F)
* The next month the Bootle Corporation accepted the tender of Messrs A. Reyrolle and Co., of Hebburn-on-Tyne, for the supply and erection of high and low tension switching gear.
It may be that the blackout was simply caused by excessive demand and the failure of predictive planning and pre-positioning of adequate plant.
This has of course happened in recent years in New York (subsequently blamed unfairly on Canada) and London.
The populace in both cases also initially wondered whether there was a connection with a recent disaster - albeit one involving "man-made" massive loss of life through the evil of Al-Qaeda.
Something about supposedly spooky coincidences with blackouts that turned out to be not so coincidental. Liverpool had a power failure, but it was a brief one and it was all over with long before the Titanic even met the iceberg.