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(Daily Mail)   While your kid was playing with his toy trucks this Christmas, this kid was sorting shiat out under the UK government's Cobra Committee   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
    More: Cool, toy trucks, cobras, Christmas Day, Charlie Southcott, UK government, Royal Navy, Commodore, floods  
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2014-01-16 12:11:34 AM  
GI Joe was busy?
 
2014-01-16 02:41:33 AM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

That's one magnificent bridge.
 
2014-01-16 02:44:56 AM  
They should elect him prime minister.

or not.

I'm not really believing that nobody else thought of that.
 
2014-01-16 02:46:28 AM  
Does this make him Cobra Commander?
 
2014-01-16 02:52:19 AM  
I heard Tomax made chairman of that committee and Xamot turned green with envy.
 
2014-01-16 02:56:07 AM  
Hey, smart kid.
 
2014-01-16 02:57:56 AM  
COBRA!!

Knowing is half the battle!

/ the rest is red and blue lasers
 
2014-01-16 03:15:53 AM  
Getting an idea is easy.
Realizing that noone else is acting on theirs is the key to convince yourself to speak up.

/Kid learned that early on
 
2014-01-16 03:16:46 AM  
Why would they have COBRA in the UK?  I thought their health care was funded by the government, not by insurance.
 
2014-01-16 03:26:46 AM  
Simple yet brilliant.
 
2014-01-16 03:29:20 AM  
static3.wikia.nocookie.net
DOES NOT APPROVE!
 
2014-01-16 03:47:37 AM  

TomD9938: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x381]

That's one magnificent bridge.


Indeed. Much Googling reveals that is most likely the Calstock Viaduct, built 1904-1907.
 
2014-01-16 04:02:14 AM  

gfid: They should elect him prime minister.

or not.

I'm not really believing that nobody else thought of that.


Its the daily mail and for some reason i don't think a farking 10 year old knows all the logistics that it would take to get these cars. if this was true it would make the royal navy look like a bunch of idiots more then speaking to a 10 year old's intelligence
 
2014-01-16 04:15:53 AM  
It's COBRA: Cabinet Office Briefing Room A. Although in reality, that's more a media term. The official name is Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBR).
 
2014-01-16 04:16:56 AM  

Paris1127: TomD9938: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x381]

That's one magnificent bridge.

Indeed. Much Googling reveals that is most likely the Calstock Viaduct, built 1904-1907.



Good find.

Gotta find me a print of it that's suitable for framing.

farm2.staticflickr.com

Something along these lines.
 
2014-01-16 05:02:25 AM  

TomD9938: Paris1127: TomD9938: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x381]

That's one magnificent bridge.

Indeed. Much Googling reveals that is most likely the Calstock Viaduct, built 1904-1907.


Good find.

Gotta find me a print of it that's suitable for framing.

[farm2.staticflickr.com image 240x160]

Something along these lines.


We have a lot of bridges and viaducts like this in the UK.  There's a viaduct near Congleton which isn't that impressive to look at a single bit, but when you realise that it runs for ever, aslo a GIS of welsh viaducts (I was look for a specific one) brings up some wonderful examples.
 
2014-01-16 05:10:53 AM  
Whatever, he's still going to lose to Danny Larruso at the all Valley Karate tournament.
 
2014-01-16 05:25:32 AM  

gfid: I'm not really believing that nobody else thought of that.


Well, not quite "this" but....FTA:

Charlie and his serviceman dad Christopher, 44, had attended a Navy carol service where the two met the Royal Marine's Commodore Graeme Little.
When the Southcott's car was stranded days later, Charlie handed the commodore's card to a local councillor and suggested they borrow his boats.
Cornwall Council then contacted the Commodore and fleshed out Charlie's suggestion into a full-scale rescue operation.

So, they boy said something like, "We can't get home?  Why can't we use boats?"

Dad coached him on who to talk to, military/government took care of the rest. The dad had the credibility and the connections to get the idea through, but let his son do some of the speaking.

/overblown fluff piece

Nothing to say the idea hadn't already been discussed or in the works and they decided the boy would make for some good PR.

Additionally, the kid may grow up thinking he's "special" aka a spoiled child that think's he's above everyone else.

/way to go dad
 
2014-01-16 05:43:39 AM  

Feed_The_Walrus: TomD9938: Paris1127: TomD9938: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x381]

That's one magnificent bridge.

Indeed. Much Googling reveals that is most likely the Calstock Viaduct, built 1904-1907.


Good find.

Gotta find me a print of it that's suitable for framing.

[farm2.staticflickr.com image 240x160]

Something along these lines.

We have a lot of bridges and viaducts like this in the UK.  There's a viaduct near Congleton which isn't that impressive to look at a single bit, but when you realise that it runs for ever, aslo a GIS of welsh viaducts (I was look for a specific one) brings up some wonderful examples.


The Pontcysyltte on the Llangollen canal is well worth a google. Breathtaking. Went over it in a narrowboat.

/no hot-linking on phone, sorry :-(
 
2014-01-16 06:09:07 AM  
So his idea was to use ferry the cars across the river on boats? WOW!
 
2014-01-16 07:24:17 AM  
Yeah, how is this "genius" and not "farking obvious"? The kid's not a brilliant tactician, the military is just stupid.
 
2014-01-16 07:25:39 AM  
COBRAAAAAAAA!
 
2014-01-16 08:23:49 AM  
It was so simple a ten year could think of it. The problem they had was finding a ten year old.
 
2014-01-16 08:25:22 AM  
Yeah, but what they didn't tell you is that the kid was able to evolve all of his water pokemans on the route they took down the river. farkin' genius.
 
2014-01-16 09:11:39 AM  
I remember some British kid being asked what his wish would be (if everyone got 1).

-Well, sir, I think it would be lovely if for one day, everyone's farts were visible.

Smart kid. Remind us of what we have in braaaaap common.

That kid and this one should get together.
 
2014-01-16 09:20:49 AM  

untaken_name: I heard Tomax made chairman of that committee and Xamot turned green with envy.


*shakes gloved fist at you*
 
2014-01-16 09:50:46 AM  
OMFGhespro:Its the daily mail and for some reason i don't think a farking 10 year old knows all the logistics that it would take to get these cars. if this was true it would make the royal navy look like a bunch of idiots more then speaking to a 10 year old's intelligence

You're the reason the cars would still be sitting there.
Send the boat, pick up the cars, drop them off, go back to work.  End of logistics.
It's the general population of absolute morons, the ones that make everything harder than it is, that this article really speaks to.

Get off your ass, put down your phone, and go do something.
 
2014-01-16 10:43:56 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

I... was... once... a... MAN!
 
2014-01-16 11:00:17 AM  
They couldn't find this guy?
www.actiontoys.com

/actually had this one
//memories....(sigh)
 
2014-01-16 01:48:58 PM  
Needs Ride of the Valkyries music.
 
2014-01-16 08:22:59 PM  
So using boats to get something out of water is now genius in the uk? That explains a lot actually.
 
2014-01-17 02:27:26 AM  

AgentPothead: So using boats to get something out of water is now genius in the uk? That explains a lot actually.


What does it explain? If it makes sense to someone who calls himself AgentPothead, then it must be true. It's not like the U.K., as we non-potheads correctly capitalize and punctuate it, ever produced any world changing geniuses or anything.
 
2014-01-17 06:55:17 AM  

Abacus9: AgentPothead: So using boats to get something out of water is now genius in the uk? That explains a lot actually.

What does it explain? If it makes sense to someone who calls himself AgentPothead, then it must be true. It's not like the U.K., as we non-potheads correctly capitalize and punctuate it, ever produced any world changing geniuses or anything.


Wow, someone's defensive.

Also clueless.

Go worship the queen some more.
 
2014-01-17 01:59:12 PM  

Abacus9: AgentPothead: So using boats to get something out of water is now genius in the uk? That explains a lot actually.

What does it explain? If it makes sense to someone who calls himself AgentPothead, then it must be true. It's not like the U.K., as we non-potheads correctly capitalize and punctuate it, ever produced any world changing geniuses or anything.


Seriously? You guys read 1984 and thought it was an instruction manual. You're entire population not only acts, but actually LOOKS, like a bunch of inbred white people.
 
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