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Minx



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:00 pm    Post subject: You know you're getting old when.... Reply with quote

"It's sad" said my husband, "when you read that the first woman in space is celebrating her seventieth birthday today".

Sadder still when, like me, you immediately respond with "What??? Valentina Tereshkova?" Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember her. I was at school and it was the first proper Russian name we learned, and, as you say, you remember it for life Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And she was reportedly space-sick *all the time* whilst in orbit....
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and the first space dog was?.......
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laika - a stray found on the streets of Moscow.

She was launched in Sputnik 2 - the spacecraft did not separate properly, causing some of the heat-resistant covering to detach. As such, the dog probably died shortly afterwards due to heat and stress - her heart-beat was apparently four times that of normal during the max acceleration stage of the flight.

Her early death was kept from the Russian public for many years - the official line was that she died of oxygen starvation days after launch - S2 was never planned to be retrievable, the plan being to kill the dog with poisoned food around seven days into the mission if she survived that long. Then again, there's still controversy today as to whether Yuri Gagarin was in fact the first Russian cosmonaut - there have been stories about an earlier one who died.
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Minx



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, sadly, here I go again. Leika, or Laika, I guess.

But can anyone tell me where I put the car keys when I came back from the shops yesterday?????

I thought not! Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I see our local Vicar and think how young he looks.

When I go upstairs and then can't remember why.

When people of my age look old.

More?

Ian.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
and the first space dog was?.......


Grommit ?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:20 pm    Post subject: getting old! Reply with quote

When I am singing away to a song on the radio and they say "that was recorded some 50 years ago"! I do still remember the words though!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minx wrote:
Well, sadly, here I go again. Leika, or Laika, I guess.

But can anyone tell me where I put the car keys when I came back from the shops yesterday?????

I thought not! Shocked


My mum phoned me on her mobi in a panic because she couldn't find it Shocked

PS She was sober Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cherskiy wrote:
.... As such, the dog probably died shortly afterwards due to heat and stress - her heart-beat was apparently four times that of normal during the max acceleration stage of the flight.
......the plan being to kill the dog with poisoned food around seven days into the mission if she survived that long.


Damn. wish I hadn't asked now.. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
Cherskiy wrote:
.... As such, the dog probably died shortly afterwards due to heat and stress - her heart-beat was apparently four times that of normal during the max acceleration stage of the flight.
......the plan being to kill the dog with poisoned food around seven days into the mission if she survived that long.


Damn. wish I hadn't asked now.. Crying or Very sad


The Russians seemed to have had a thing about putting dogs in harm's way - during WW2 they trained a pack of dogs (through starvation) to associate food with tanks. The idea was to strap explosives to these poor animals and make them run under German panzers where the bombs would be detonated remotely.

This crazy idea actually worked for a while - records indicate some 300 tanks were either disabled or destroyed outright. However, a group of dogs managed to run amok during one particular battle and forced the retreat of an entire Russian tank regiment - the dogs couldn't distinguish the difference between a T-34 and a PzKpw IV.... needless to say after that debacle, the 'dog division' was disbanded.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

another reason for me to dislike the human race.... Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait until I tell you about the 'Bat Bombs'.... Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, please, I'll have nightmares..... Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The worst thing I've found about getting older (I'm a sprightly 42 by the way!) is realising that although the mind and spirit is willing, sometimes the body just isn't up to the challenge it's been set Sad

I think it's best described in the phrase, "His brain is writing cheques his body can't cash!" Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was in my twenties I used to pick up my Gran every Sunday and drive her back to our house for lunch. Every time I parked the car outside our house she would berate me because I had parked the car next to the kerb, making it (more) difficult for her to struggle out of the car. I used to mutter "thanks for the lift dear" as I attempted to haul her out of the passenger seat.

Today we are going to look at a new car and what am I taking with me? A tape measure.... so I can measure the height of the seat from the ground. The highest one gets my vote, (I suspect it may be the Ford Fusion - ugly though it may be) as I am sick of wallowing around like a beached whale trying to to haul myself out of our old Fiesta. With many cars today, getting out is just like taking a step sideways. Grrreat! Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They make films like Apollo 13 and you can remember the real event.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another tell-tale sign of rapidly approaching advanced years syndrome is when you find yourself starting sentences thus:

"Well, when I was a kid...."

I've caught myself using this more and more Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"You know when you're getting old when"

you hit 50 as far as I'm concerned. I didn't even mind being 49 but 50 is a psychological miletone in my opinion.
I feel I can hear the clock ticking and plans for the future have taken on a little more urgency now!
My older mate once told me he'd noticed physical signs at 45 but I can't say that applied to me particularly, but I think I'm more aware of what can go wrong doing physical work so maybe a little less ambitious taking risks!
I have a hard time being surrounded by younger people who really don't know who the heck I'm talking about sometimes! I mean today, I mentioned Charlton Heston to blank faces all around! Ben Hur? never heard of it... Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They were just Apeing you onto another planet! Wink Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have to get down on your hands and knees to retrieve something you've dropped, you check to make sure there is something available closeby with which to haul yourself back up again!! Sad
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