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Word of the day -- phreatic.
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Horace LaBadie
2018-05-20 17:54:29 UTC
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Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.

"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the zone of
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."

<https://abcnews.go.com/US/volcanic-activity-hawaii-prompts-evacuations-m
an-injured-lava/story?id=55304383>

"Large plumes of ash erupted from Kilauea on Saturday afternoon, as
well. The USGS told ABC News that the plume was another of the ongoing
phreatic -- steam-driven -- explosions that have been seen over the past
few days. The ash cloud on Saturday wasn't as high as ones earlier in
the week. "
Athel Cornish-Bowden
2018-05-20 18:33:32 UTC
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Post by Horace LaBadie
Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the zone of
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they talk
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
Post by Horace LaBadie
<https://abcnews.go.com/US/volcanic-activity-hawaii-prompts-evacuations-m
an-injured-lava/story?id=55304383>
"Large plumes of ash erupted from Kilauea on Saturday afternoon, as
well. The USGS told ABC News that the plume was another of the ongoing
phreatic -- steam-driven -- explosions that have been seen over the past
few days. The ash cloud on Saturday wasn't as high as ones earlier in
the week. "
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athel
J. J. Lodder
2018-05-20 19:41:28 UTC
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Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Horace LaBadie
Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the zone of
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they talk
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.

Jan
Sam Plusnet
2018-05-20 21:20:49 UTC
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Post by J. J. Lodder
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Horace LaBadie
Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the zone of
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they talk
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.
How about Laze?

"Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean, sending hydrochloric acid
and steam with fine glass particles into the air," the (Defense) agency
stated. "Health hazards of laze include lung, eye and skin irritation."
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Sam Plusnet
Horace LaBadie
2018-05-21 00:25:29 UTC
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Post by Sam Plusnet
Post by J. J. Lodder
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Horace LaBadie
Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the zone of
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they talk
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.
How about Laze?
"Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean, sending hydrochloric acid
and steam with fine glass particles into the air," the (Defense) agency
stated. "Health hazards of laze include lung, eye and skin irritation."
As with vog, that is a term I have heard before. Lava + haze.

Pele's hair is the special term for volcanic glass threads that is
native to Hawaii.
Dr. Jai Maharaj
2018-05-23 20:49:04 UTC
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Post by Horace LaBadie
Post by Sam Plusnet
Post by J. J. Lodder
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Horace LaBadie
Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea
eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water
in the zone of saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating
and expansion of groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here
they talk often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.
How about Laze?
"Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean, sending
hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into
the air," the (Defense) agency stated. "Health hazards of
laze include lung, eye and skin irritation."
As with vog, that is a term I have heard before. Lava +
haze.
Pele's hair is the special term for volcanic glass threads
that is native to Hawaii.
Pele's Hair is also a plant. The varieties I have seen are
similar to, or are, Spanish moss.

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti
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Colonel Edmund J. Burke
2018-05-24 13:54:20 UTC
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In article
Post by Horace LaBadie
Post by Sam Plusnet
Post by J. J. Lodder
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Horace LaBadie
Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea
eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water
in the zone of saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating
and expansion of groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here
they talk often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.
How about Laze?
"Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean, sending
hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into
the air," the (Defense) agency stated. "Health hazards of
laze include lung, eye and skin irritation."
As with vog, that is a term I have heard before. Lava +
haze.
Pele's hair is the special term for volcanic glass threads
that is native to Hawaii.
Pele's Hair is also a plant. The varieties I have seen are
similar to, or are, Spanish moss.
Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti
http://groups.google.com/group/alt.fan.jai-maharaj
Well, they had to call those things something.
David Kleinecke
2018-05-20 21:34:20 UTC
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Post by J. J. Lodder
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Horace LaBadie
Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the zone of
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they talk
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.
Groundwater hydrology as a practical engineering discipline
doesn't use the term "phreatic" (nor "vadose"). I wonder who
does.
Ross
2018-05-21 00:46:21 UTC
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Post by David Kleinecke
Post by J. J. Lodder
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Horace LaBadie
Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the zone of
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they talk
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.
Groundwater hydrology as a practical engineering discipline
doesn't use the term "phreatic" (nor "vadose"). I wonder who
does.
OED distinguishes two parallel usages:

1. Physical Geogr. Of...water in the zone of saturation
(below the water table), esp. that which is capable of movement.
Cf. vadose adj.
Citations 1891-1990

(and vadose (1894-1977) is "Of...underground water occurring above the
water-table")

2. Geol. Of...a volcanic eruption in which steam or mud is expelled
as a result of the sudden heating of underground water when it comes into contact with hot magma or rock.
Citations 1909-1991
J. J. Lodder
2018-05-21 07:44:42 UTC
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Post by David Kleinecke
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Post by Horace LaBadie
Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the zone of
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they talk
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.
Groundwater hydrology as a practical engineering discipline
doesn't use the term "phreatic" (nor "vadose"). I wonder who
does.
Phreatic site:uk gives about 23 kilohits,
referring both to vulcanology and groundwater tables and flow.
So it is used in English.
Perhaps not general usage, but certainly as technical jargon.

By contrast, phreatique site:fr gives ten times as many hits,
indicating a greater penetration into everyday language,
but still mostly specialist usage,

Jan
Athel Cornish-Bowden
2018-05-23 10:57:38 UTC
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Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the zone of
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they talk
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
Actually it rains less (less often, and in smaller quantities) than
people think. It just looks as if it might rain a lot of the time. It
may have changed with global warning, etc., but at the time the
statistics in Concise Oxford Atlas (2nd edn. 1958) were compiled the
wettest month of the year in London (October, 2.5 inches) was reported
to be drier than the driest month of the year in New York (January, 3.3
inches). If you want to find a major city where there is no rain at all
you need to go to Lima. However, for six months of the year it looks as
if it might rain.

In the 1990s I made regular visits of 2-3 days to London two or three
times a year, and I only remember one with significant rain.
Post by J. J. Lodder
so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.
Jan
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athel
Madrigal Gurneyhalt
2018-05-23 11:21:33 UTC
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Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
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Post by Horace LaBadie
Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the zone of
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they talk
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
Actually it rains less (less often, and in smaller quantities) than
people think. It just looks as if it might rain a lot of the time. It
may have changed with global warning, etc., but at the time the
statistics in Concise Oxford Atlas (2nd edn. 1958) were compiled the
wettest month of the year in London (October, 2.5 inches) was reported
to be drier than the driest month of the year in New York (January, 3.3
inches). If you want to find a major city where there is no rain at all
you need to go to Lima. However, for six months of the year it looks as
if it might rain.
In the 1990s I made regular visits of 2-3 days to London two or three
times a year, and I only remember one with significant rain.
Yes, but London is on the dry side of the country and it still rains one
day in three. In the West and North West it's a very different picture,
well in excess of the national average of four days in every ten. It's
not for nothing that they say in Lancashire that if you can't see the
Pennines it's raining and, if you can, it's going to rain.
HVS
2018-05-23 12:03:21 UTC
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Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by J. J. Lodder
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Horace LaBadie
Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the zone of
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they talk
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
Actually it rains less (less often, and in smaller quantities) than
people think. It just looks as if it might rain a lot of the time. It
may have changed with global warning, etc., but at the time the
statistics in Concise Oxford Atlas (2nd edn. 1958) were compiled the
wettest month of the year in London (October, 2.5 inches) was reported
to be drier than the driest month of the year in New York (January, 3.3
inches). If you want to find a major city where there is no rain at all
you need to go to Lima. However, for six months of the year it looks as
if it might rain.
In the 1990s I made regular visits of 2-3 days to London two or three
times a year, and I only remember one with significant rain.
Post by J. J. Lodder
so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.
Jan
Pretty silly to think that "England" relies on rain/run-off sources of
water rather than wells, as it depends entirely on what part of England
you're talking about.

Parts of the north have run-off reservoirs, but one look at the limescale
build-up on kettles in these parts -- south of London; main water sources
artesian wells in a chalk-based landscape -- tells you we ain't drinkin' no
rainwater.
--
Cheers, Harvey
CanEng (30yrs) and BrEng (34yrs),
indiscriminately mixed
Athel Cornish-Bowden
2018-05-23 17:11:32 UTC
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Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the zone
of
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by J. J. Lodder
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Horace LaBadie
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they talk
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
Actually it rains less (less often, and in smaller quantities) than
people think. It just looks as if it might rain a lot of the time. It
may have changed with global warning, etc., but at the time the
statistics in Concise Oxford Atlas (2nd edn. 1958) were compiled the
wettest month of the year in London (October, 2.5 inches) was reported
to be drier than the driest month of the year in New York (January, 3.3
inches). If you want to find a major city where there is no rain at all
you need to go to Lima. However, for six months of the year it looks as
if it might rain.
In the 1990s I made regular visits of 2-3 days to London two or three
times a year, and I only remember one with significant rain.
Post by J. J. Lodder
so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.
Jan
Pretty silly to think that "England" relies on rain/run-off sources of
water rather than wells, as it depends entirely on what part of England
you're talking about.
Parts of the north have run-off reservoirs, but one look at the limescale
build-up on kettles in these parts -- south of London; main water sources
artesian wells in a chalk-based landscape -- tells you we ain't drinkin' no
rainwater.
With the very notable exception of London, I think most of the big
cities in England do drink rainwater, even if they need to steal it
from the Welsh.
--
athel
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2018-05-23 19:46:51 UTC
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Post by J. J. Lodder
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Post by Horace LaBadie
Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the zone
of
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by J. J. Lodder
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Horace LaBadie
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they talk
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
Actually it rains less (less often, and in smaller quantities) than
people think. It just looks as if it might rain a lot of the time. It
may have changed with global warning, etc., but at the time the
statistics in Concise Oxford Atlas (2nd edn. 1958) were compiled the
wettest month of the year in London (October, 2.5 inches) was reported
to be drier than the driest month of the year in New York (January, 3.3
inches). If you want to find a major city where there is no rain at all
you need to go to Lima. However, for six months of the year it looks as
if it might rain.
In the 1990s I made regular visits of 2-3 days to London two or three
times a year, and I only remember one with significant rain.
Post by J. J. Lodder
so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.
Jan
Pretty silly to think that "England" relies on rain/run-off sources of
water rather than wells, as it depends entirely on what part of England
you're talking about.
Parts of the north have run-off reservoirs, but one look at the limescale
build-up on kettles in these parts -- south of London; main water sources
artesian wells in a chalk-based landscape -- tells you we ain't drinkin' no
rainwater.
With the very notable exception of London, I think most of the big
cities in England do drink rainwater, even if they need to steal it
from the Welsh.
London was well equipped even in Roman Times [tm].
That Time Team series you guys blessed me with
had much of 2 programs on Roman Wells in Londinium, circa 71 AD.
(Slightly post-Boadica)

The well and its surprises in the 35 Gresham St episode,
and recreating the mechanism in a special episode a couple years later.
Season-and-Episode are in my history at home, so watch this space.

/dps
Paul Wolff
2018-05-23 21:14:18 UTC
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Post by Horace LaBadie
Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the
of
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by J. J. Lodder
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Horace LaBadie
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
Actually it rains less (less often, and in smaller quantities) than
people think. It just looks as if it might rain a lot of the time. It
may have changed with global warning, etc., but at the time the
statistics in Concise Oxford Atlas (2nd edn. 1958) were compiled the
wettest month of the year in London (October, 2.5 inches) was reported
to be drier than the driest month of the year in New York (January, 3.3
inches). If you want to find a major city where there is no rain at all
you need to go to Lima. However, for six months of the year it looks as
if it might rain.
In the 1990s I made regular visits of 2-3 days to London two or three
times a year, and I only remember one with significant rain.
Post by J. J. Lodder
so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.
Pretty silly to think that "England" relies on rain/run-off sources of
water rather than wells, as it depends entirely on what part of England
you're talking about.
Parts of the north have run-off reservoirs, but one look at the limescale
build-up on kettles in these parts -- south of London; main water sources
artesian wells in a chalk-based landscape -- tells you we ain't drinkin' no
rainwater.
With the very notable exception of London, I think most of the big
cities in England do drink rainwater, even if they need to steal it
from the Welsh.
Most water is rainwater, isn't it? There's a diagram at the URL given
below which shows how rainwater hydrates this village after slow
filtration through the chalk downs until it hits the Upper Greensand and
oozes out in the many village springs - several oozy trickles can be
found in my garden. I think the residence time in the chalk is about 30
years. The graph showing the well level at Plentys refers to the indoor
well in the house three doors up the road from me.

<https://www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/water.htm>
--
Paul
Richard Tobin
2018-05-23 22:11:55 UTC
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Most water is rainwater, isn't it?
I suppose there might be some water that has recently arrived on
earth and hasn't rained yet.

-- Richard
Mark Brader
2018-05-23 23:03:12 UTC
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Most water is rainwater, isn't it?
I suppose there might be some water that has recently arrived on
earth and hasn't rained yet.
Sure. All you people driving cars are making it all the time,
for one thing.
--
Mark Brader, Toronto "I don't have *any* minions any more."
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Snidely
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Just this Wednesday, Mark Brader explained that ...
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Most water is rainwater, isn't it?
I suppose there might be some water that has recently arrived on
earth and hasn't rained yet.
Sure. All you people driving cars are making it all the time,
for one thing.
The drivers themselves are also making water (from carbohydrates,
innit?), but isn't it likely that the carbohydrates were made from
water that had rained? I suppose that it isn't really an unreasonable
restriction to only count as "has rained" such molecules that the
hydrogens and the oxygen were previously joined and are now rejoined.

/dps
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Killing a mouse was hardly a Nobel Prize-worthy exercise, and Lawrence
went apopleptic when he learned a lousy rodent had peed away all his
precious heavy water.
_The Disappearing Spoon_, Sam Kean
HVS
2018-05-24 12:46:53 UTC
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Post by Horace LaBadie
Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the
of
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by J. J. Lodder
Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Post by Horace LaBadie
saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
Actually it rains less (less often, and in smaller quantities) than
people think. It just looks as if it might rain a lot of the time. It
may have changed with global warning, etc., but at the time the
statistics in Concise Oxford Atlas (2nd edn. 1958) were compiled the
wettest month of the year in London (October, 2.5 inches) was
reported to be drier than the driest month of the year in New York
(January, 3.3 inches). If you want to find a major city where there
is no rain at all you need to go to Lima. However, for six months of
the year it looks as if it might rain.
In the 1990s I made regular visits of 2-3 days to London two or three
times a year, and I only remember one with significant rain.
Post by J. J. Lodder
so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.
Pretty silly to think that "England" relies on rain/run-off sources of
water rather than wells, as it depends entirely on what part of
England you're talking about.
Parts of the north have run-off reservoirs, but one look at the limescale
build-up on kettles in these parts -- south of London; main water
sources artesian wells in a chalk-based landscape -- tells you we
ain't drinkin' no rainwater.
With the very notable exception of London, I think most of the big
cities in England do drink rainwater, even if they need to steal it
from the Welsh.
Most water is rainwater, isn't it?
Indeed -- but when speaking of water for human use, there's a useful
distinction to be made between rainwater/run-off (rivers, lakes,
reservoirs) and groundwater (extraction from below ground), even though
groundwater inevitably started life as rainwater.
Post by Paul Wolff
There's a diagram at the URL given
below which shows how rainwater hydrates this village after slow
filtration through the chalk downs until it hits the Upper Greensand and
oozes out in the many village springs - several oozy trickles can be
found in my garden. I think the residence time in the chalk is about 30
years. The graph showing the well level at Plentys refers to the indoor
well in the house three doors up the road from me.
<https://www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/water.htm>
Prezackly. In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on the
grounds that it all started as such.
--
Cheers, Harvey
CanEng (30yrs) and BrEng (34yrs), indiscriminately mixed
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2018-05-24 13:18:11 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on the
grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather in
what must be extremely hard water?

NYC regularly wins "best tap water in America" contests, because it's piped
from distant reservoirs in the Catskills, and the city owns and keeps
uninhabited vast acreage around them. But many cities aren't so lucky, but
the soap companies don't seem to alter their formulations for local
conditions (as the gasoline companies do with their product).
charles
2018-05-24 13:37:14 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply relies
heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on
the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather in
what must be extremely hard water?
NYC regularly wins "best tap water in America" contests, because it's
piped from distant reservoirs in the Catskills, and the city owns and
keeps uninhabited vast acreage around them. But many cities aren't so
lucky, but the soap companies don't seem to alter their formulations for
local conditions (as the gasoline companies do with their product).
far more important is the correct blend of tea for hard water areas.
--
from KT24 in Surrey, England
"I'd rather die of exhaustion than die of boredom" Thomas Carlyle
Paul Wolff
2018-05-24 13:45:22 UTC
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Post by Peter T. Daniels
In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply relies
heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on
the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather in
what must be extremely hard water?
NYC regularly wins "best tap water in America" contests, because it's
piped from distant reservoirs in the Catskills, and the city owns and
keeps uninhabited vast acreage around them. But many cities aren't so
lucky, but the soap companies don't seem to alter their formulations for
local conditions (as the gasoline companies do with their product).
far more important is the correct blend of tea for hard water areas.
Our water softener has a by-pass to permit hard water still to be drawn
for making tea to my wife's requirements.
--
Paul
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2018-05-24 13:43:34 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on the
grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather in
what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water softener.
It's called Harvey.
Post by Peter T. Daniels
NYC regularly wins "best tap water in America" contests, because it's piped
from distant reservoirs in the Catskills, and the city owns and keeps
uninhabited vast acreage around them. But many cities aren't so lucky, but
the soap companies don't seem to alter their formulations for local
conditions (as the gasoline companies do with their product).
--
Paul
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2018-05-24 13:56:56 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on the
grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather in
what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water softener.
It's called Harvey.
How appropriate!
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Post by Peter T. Daniels
NYC regularly wins "best tap water in America" contests, because it's piped
from distant reservoirs in the Catskills, and the city owns and keeps
uninhabited vast acreage around them. But many cities aren't so lucky, but
the soap companies don't seem to alter their formulations for local
conditions (as the gasoline companies do with their product).
HVS
2018-05-24 14:34:38 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants
in the garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as
"rainwater" on the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather
in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water softener.
It's called Harvey.
Cool. I don't seem to have the equivalent effect on our water, alas.
Post by Paul Wolff
Post by Peter T. Daniels
NYC regularly wins "best tap water in America" contests, because it's
piped from distant reservoirs in the Catskills, and the city owns and
keeps uninhabited vast acreage around them. But many cities aren't so
lucky, but the soap companies don't seem to alter their formulations
for local conditions (as the gasoline companies do with their product).
--
Cheers, Harvey
CanEng (30yrs) and BrEng (34yrs), indiscriminately mixed
charles
2018-05-24 14:37:53 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply relies
heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on
the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather
in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water softener.
It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
--
from KT24 in Surrey, England
"I'd rather die of exhaustion than die of boredom" Thomas Carlyle
Madrigal Gurneyhalt
2018-05-24 15:01:46 UTC
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Post by Peter T. Daniels
In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply relies
heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on
the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather
in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water softener.
It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
Imaginary?
Paul Wolff
2018-05-24 18:42:42 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply relies
heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on
the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather
in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water softener.
It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
Ah yes. I know I've heard of that imaginary rabbit, but never cottoned
on to its significance. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit? The Curse of the
Wer(e)-Rabbit? Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Harvey? What's up, Doc?
Probably none of the above.

Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to anyone.
--
Paul
charles
2018-05-24 20:31:44 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous
plants in the garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as
"rainwater" on the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to
lather in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water
softener. It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
Ah yes. I know I've heard of that imaginary rabbit, but never cottoned
on to its significance. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit? The Curse of the
Wer(e)-Rabbit? Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Harvey? What's up, Doc?
Probably none of the above.
Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to anyone.
a sherry brand name (Bristol Cream) - any others?
--
from KT24 in Surrey, England
"I'd rather die of exhaustion than die of boredom" Thomas Carlyle
Paul Wolff
2018-05-24 21:08:19 UTC
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Post by HVS
In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous
plants in the garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as
"rainwater" on the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to
lather in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water
softener. It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
Ah yes. I know I've heard of that imaginary rabbit, but never cottoned
on to its significance. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit? The Curse of the
Wer(e)-Rabbit? Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Harvey? What's up, Doc?
Probably none of the above.
Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to anyone.
a sherry brand name (Bristol Cream) - any others?
How about water softeners? <www.harveywatersofteners.co.uk>
--
Paul
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2018-05-25 09:38:22 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous
plants in the garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as
"rainwater" on the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to
lather in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water
softener. It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
Ah yes. I know I've heard of that imaginary rabbit, but never cottoned
on to its significance. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit? The Curse of the
Wer(e)-Rabbit? Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Harvey? What's up, Doc?
Probably none of the above.
Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to anyone.
a sherry brand name (Bristol Cream) - any others?
Harvey Wallbanger? They're too sweet, though.
Peter Duncanson [BrE]
2018-05-25 10:52:28 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous
plants in the garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as
"rainwater" on the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to
lather in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water
softener. It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
Ah yes. I know I've heard of that imaginary rabbit, but never cottoned
on to its significance. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit? The Curse of the
Wer(e)-Rabbit? Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Harvey? What's up, Doc?
Probably none of the above.
Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to anyone.
a sherry brand name (Bristol Cream) - any others?
Harvey Wallbanger? They're too sweet, though.
<smile>

There is no connection between the brand name Harveys and the Harvey
Wallbanger cocktail.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Harvey_%26_Sons

John Harvey & Sons is a brand (trading name) of a wine and sherry
blending and merchant business started by John Harvey (the second)
in Bristol, England in 1796. The business within 60 years had
blended the first dessert sherry dubbed 'cream' which has changed
little since 1880 and is known as Harveys Bristol Cream.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Wallbanger

The Harvey Wallbanger is a mixed drink made with vodka, Galliano,
and orange juice.
--
Peter Duncanson, UK
(in alt.usage.english)
CDB
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Post by Paul Wolff
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a
water softener. It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an
imaginary rabbit.
Ah yes. I know I've heard of that imaginary rabbit, but never
cottoned on to its significance. When Hitler Stole Pink
Rabbit? The Curse of the Wer(e)-Rabbit? Flopsy, Mopsy,
Cotton-tail and Harvey? What's up, Doc? Probably none of the
above.
Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to
anyone.
a sherry brand name (Bristol Cream) - any others?
Harvey Wallbanger? They're too sweet, though.
<smile>
There is no connection between the brand name Harveys and the Harvey
Wallbanger cocktail.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Harvey_%26_Sons
John Harvey & Sons is a brand (trading name) of a wine and sherry
blending and merchant business started by John Harvey (the second)
in Bristol, England in 1796. The business within 60 years had
blended the first dessert sherry dubbed 'cream' which has changed
little since 1880 and is known as Harveys Bristol Cream.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Wallbanger
The Harvey Wallbanger is a mixed drink made with vodka, Galliano,
and orange juice.
I had one once in Toronto in the '70s, at a party where they were
genially forcing them on everybody.

I find HBC a bit sweet too, but I was responding to what I took to be
a minor challenge to the group from Charles, to name other uses of
"Harvey" than for water-heaters and sherry.
HVS
2018-05-25 14:36:49 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous
plants in the garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as
"rainwater" on the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to
lather in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water
softener. It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
Ah yes. I know I've heard of that imaginary rabbit, but never cottoned
on to its significance. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit? The Curse of the
Wer(e)-Rabbit? Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Harvey? What's up, Doc?
Probably none of the above.
Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to anyone.
a sherry brand name (Bristol Cream) - any others?
Also a long-established, independent brewery in Lewes, East Sussex --
https://www.harveys.org.uk/

ObAUE. I suspect that anyone who has never heard "Lewes" spoken as a place-
name would almost certainly default to the wrong pronunciation.
--
Cheers, Harvey
CanEng (30yrs) and BrEng (34yrs),
indiscriminately mixed
b***@shaw.ca
2018-05-25 05:29:26 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply relies
heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on
the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather
in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water softener.
It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
Ah yes. I know I've heard of that imaginary rabbit, but never cottoned
on to its significance. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit? The Curse of the
Wer(e)-Rabbit? Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Harvey? What's up, Doc?
Probably none of the above.
Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to anyone.
Harvey is the name of a play, and of a 1950 movie with James Stewart.
It's a comedy, mostly, about an amiable drunk (Stewart) who is friends
with an invisible six-foot, three-and-half-inch pooka, a creature
from Celtic mythology who seems to fill the trickster role and has
been portrayed as a very large upright rabbit. I haven't read or seen
the play but in the film, various people in Jimmy Stewart's
world gradually start to believe Harvey is real, and develop
relationships with him. I think it's essentially a defence of
whimsy and eccentricity.

bill
Madrigal Gurneyhalt
2018-05-25 11:03:58 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply relies
heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on
the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather
in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water softener.
It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
Ah yes. I know I've heard of that imaginary rabbit, but never cottoned
on to its significance. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit? The Curse of the
Wer(e)-Rabbit? Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Harvey? What's up, Doc?
Probably none of the above.
Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to anyone.
Harvey is the name of a play, and of a 1950 movie with James Stewart.
It's a comedy, mostly, about an amiable drunk (Stewart) who is friends
with an invisible six-foot, three-and-half-inch pooka, a creature
from Celtic mythology who seems to fill the trickster role and has
been portrayed as a very large upright rabbit. I haven't read or seen
the play but in the film, various people in Jimmy Stewart's
world gradually start to believe Harvey is real, and develop
relationships with him. I think it's essentially a defence of
whimsy and eccentricity.
That's a very reductionist assessment. The play earned Mary Chase
a Pulitzer Prize!
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2018-05-25 13:59:07 UTC
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Harvey is the name of a play, and of a 1950 movie with James Stewart.
It's a comedy, mostly, about an amiable drunk (Stewart) who is friends
with an invisible six-foot, three-and-half-inch pooka, a creature
from Celtic mythology who seems to fill the trickster role and has
been portrayed as a very large upright rabbit. I haven't read or seen
the play but in the film, various people in Jimmy Stewart's
world gradually start to believe Harvey is real, and develop
relationships with him. I think it's essentially a defence of
whimsy and eccentricity.
That's a very reductionist assessment. The play earned Mary Chase
a Pulitzer Prize!
That doesn't necessarily reflect absolute quality of the work, but only
its status compared with other productions that season.

I don't know how often the Pulitzer committee declines to make an award
in a particular category, but remember that Sinclair Lewis (and he wasn't
the only one) declined the award for one of his novels on the grounds
that it reflected nothing more than commercial success. He did not,
however, decline the Nobel Prize for Literature some years later.
Peter T. Daniels
2018-05-25 13:54:54 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply relies
heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on
the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather
in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water softener.
It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
Ah yes. I know I've heard of that imaginary rabbit, but never cottoned
on to its significance. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit? The Curse of the
Wer(e)-Rabbit? Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Harvey? What's up, Doc?
Probably none of the above.
Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to anyone.
Harvey is the name of a play, and of a 1950 movie with James Stewart.
It's a comedy, mostly, about an amiable drunk (Stewart) who is friends
with an invisible six-foot, three-and-half-inch pooka, a creature
from Celtic mythology who seems to fill the trickster role and has
been portrayed as a very large upright rabbit. I haven't read or seen
the play but in the film, various people in Jimmy Stewart's
world gradually start to believe Harvey is real, and develop
relationships with him. I think it's essentially a defence of
whimsy and eccentricity.
The last time it was on Broadway, the Stewart role was taken by Jim
Parsons (back before he was even "an actor who happens to be gay," which
was his status one or two summers later when he was in *The Normal
Heart*; this season he is a member of "a cast of nine out-and-proud
openly gay actors," including, surprisingly, Zachary Quinto, in the
first Broadway production of *The Boys in the Band* on its 50th
anniversary), and the invisible rabbit was widely interpreted as
representing (gasp!) homosexuality rather than alcoholism. (The odd
thing is that Parsons was happily partnered even before *The Big Bang
Theory* started its run a decade ago, and I expected for years that
Sheldon Cooper would eventually discover same-sex attraction, but it
didn't happen in that direction.)
Madrigal Gurneyhalt
2018-05-25 14:05:07 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply relies
heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on
the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather
in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water softener.
It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
Ah yes. I know I've heard of that imaginary rabbit, but never cottoned
on to its significance. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit? The Curse of the
Wer(e)-Rabbit? Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Harvey? What's up, Doc?
Probably none of the above.
Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to anyone.
Harvey is the name of a play, and of a 1950 movie with James Stewart.
It's a comedy, mostly, about an amiable drunk (Stewart) who is friends
with an invisible six-foot, three-and-half-inch pooka, a creature
from Celtic mythology who seems to fill the trickster role and has
been portrayed as a very large upright rabbit. I haven't read or seen
the play but in the film, various people in Jimmy Stewart's
world gradually start to believe Harvey is real, and develop
relationships with him. I think it's essentially a defence of
whimsy and eccentricity.
The last time it was on Broadway, the Stewart role was taken by Jim
Parsons (back before he was even "an actor who happens to be gay," which
was his status one or two summers later when he was in *The Normal
Heart*; this season he is a member of "a cast of nine out-and-proud
openly gay actors," including, surprisingly, Zachary Quinto, in the
first Broadway production of *The Boys in the Band* on its 50th
anniversary), and the invisible rabbit was widely interpreted as
representing (gasp!) homosexuality rather than alcoholism. (The odd
thing is that Parsons was happily partnered even before *The Big Bang
Theory* started its run a decade ago, and I expected for years that
Sheldon Cooper would eventually discover same-sex attraction, but it
didn't happen in that direction.)
What's surprising about Zachary Quinto?
Peter T. Daniels
2018-05-25 14:29:03 UTC
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply relies
heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on
the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather
in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water softener.
It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
Ah yes. I know I've heard of that imaginary rabbit, but never cottoned
on to its significance. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit? The Curse of the
Wer(e)-Rabbit? Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Harvey? What's up, Doc?
Probably none of the above.
Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to anyone.
Harvey is the name of a play, and of a 1950 movie with James Stewart.
It's a comedy, mostly, about an amiable drunk (Stewart) who is friends
with an invisible six-foot, three-and-half-inch pooka, a creature
from Celtic mythology who seems to fill the trickster role and has
been portrayed as a very large upright rabbit. I haven't read or seen
the play but in the film, various people in Jimmy Stewart's
world gradually start to believe Harvey is real, and develop
relationships with him. I think it's essentially a defence of
whimsy and eccentricity.
The last time it was on Broadway, the Stewart role was taken by Jim
Parsons (back before he was even "an actor who happens to be gay," which
was his status one or two summers later when he was in *The Normal
Heart*; this season he is a member of "a cast of nine out-and-proud
openly gay actors," including, surprisingly, Zachary Quinto, in the
first Broadway production of *The Boys in the Band* on its 50th
anniversary), and the invisible rabbit was widely interpreted as
representing (gasp!) homosexuality rather than alcoholism. (The odd
thing is that Parsons was happily partnered even before *The Big Bang
Theory* started its run a decade ago, and I expected for years that
Sheldon Cooper would eventually discover same-sex attraction, but it
didn't happen in that direction.)
What's surprising about Zachary Quinto?
I'd never heard that he was gay.

I was waiting for Colbert to ask him how he got along with Parsons,
given Sheldon's continual ragging on Quinto's version of Spock.
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply relies
heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on
the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather
in what must be extremely hard water?
With similar water, I eventually bought and installed a water softener.
It's called Harvey.
Please tell the connection between a water softener and an imaginary rabbit.
Ah yes. I know I've heard of that imaginary rabbit, but never cottoned
on to its significance. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit? The Curse of the
Wer(e)-Rabbit? Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Harvey? What's up, Doc?
Probably none of the above.
Harvey is a brand name in England, if that's not obvious to anyone.
Harvey is the name of a play, and of a 1950 movie with James Stewart.
It's a comedy, mostly, about an amiable drunk (Stewart) who is friends
with an invisible six-foot, three-and-half-inch pooka, a creature
from Celtic mythology who seems to fill the trickster role and has
been portrayed as a very large upright rabbit. I haven't read or seen
the play but in the film, various people in Jimmy Stewart's
world gradually start to believe Harvey is real, and develop
relationships with him. I think it's essentially a defence of
whimsy and eccentricity.
The last time it was on Broadway, the Stewart role was taken by Jim
Parsons (back before he was even "an actor who happens to be gay," which
was his status one or two summers later when he was in *The Normal
Heart*; this season he is a member of "a cast of nine out-and-proud
openly gay actors," including, surprisingly, Zachary Quinto, in the
first Broadway production of *The Boys in the Band* on its 50th
anniversary), and the invisible rabbit was widely interpreted as
representing (gasp!) homosexuality rather than alcoholism. (The odd
thing is that Parsons was happily partnered even before *The Big Bang
Theory* started its run a decade ago, and I expected for years that
Sheldon Cooper would eventually discover same-sex attraction, but it
didn't happen in that direction.)
What's surprising about Zachary Quinto?
I'd never heard that he was gay.
I was waiting for Colbert to ask him how he got along with Parsons,
given Sheldon's continual ragging on Quinto's version of Spock.
He very publicly outed himself in 2011 but but his closet had hardly
been securely closed prior to that.

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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in
the garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater"
on the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather
in what must be extremely hard water?
Some; the dishwasher uses a lot of dishwasher salts, but I'm not sure of the
detergent my wife uses.

In the case of shampoo, I think we've just got used to shampoos that aren't
particularly lathery.
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NYC regularly wins "best tap water in America" contests, because it's
piped from distant reservoirs in the Catskills, and the city owns and
keeps uninhabited vast acreage around them. But many cities aren't so
lucky, but the soap companies don't seem to alter their formulations for
local conditions (as the gasoline companies do with their product).
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CanEng (30yrs) and BrEng (34yrs), indiscriminately mixed
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in
the garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater"
on the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather
in what must be extremely hard water?
Some; the dishwasher uses a lot of dishwasher salts, but I'm not sure of the
detergent my wife uses.
In the case of shampoo, I think we've just got used to shampoos that aren't
particularly lathery.
We have a water softener because our well-water is very hard. When I
forget to buy and add salt, shampoo doesn't lather very much. My wife
complains that I should inform her when I do add salt after the tank
has run out for a few days. She over-uses shampoo and fills the
shower stall with suds if I don't inform here.
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants
in the garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as
"rainwater" on the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather
in what must be extremely hard water?
Some; the dishwasher uses a lot of dishwasher salts, but I'm not sure
of the detergent my wife uses.
In the case of shampoo, I think we've just got used to shampoos that
aren't particularly lathery.
We have a water softener because our well-water is very hard. When I
forget to buy and add salt, shampoo doesn't lather very much. My wife
complains that I should inform her when I do add salt after the tank
has run out for a few days. She over-uses shampoo and fills the
shower stall with suds if I don't inform here.
I could get away with forgetting to tell my wife something like that.

Once.
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Cheers, Harvey
CanEng (30yrs) and BrEng (34yrs), indiscriminately mixed
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on the
grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather in
what must be extremely hard water?
NYC regularly wins "best tap water in America" contests, because it's piped
from distant reservoirs in the Catskills, and the city owns and keeps
uninhabited vast acreage around them. But many cities aren't so lucky, but
the soap companies don't seem to alter their formulations for local
conditions (as the gasoline companies do with their product).
I'd like to see NYC's tap water compared with Honolulu's.

Of course, it all depends on what one means by "best". The
city water in Honolulu is rainwater that has flowed around
awhile in lava tubes (essentially glass pipes). It is close
to the theoretical lower limit for contaminants.
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on the
grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather in
what must be extremely hard water?
NYC regularly wins "best tap water in America" contests, because it's piped
from distant reservoirs in the Catskills, and the city owns and keeps
uninhabited vast acreage around them. But many cities aren't so lucky, but
the soap companies don't seem to alter their formulations for local
conditions (as the gasoline companies do with their product).
I'd like to see NYC's tap water compared with Honolulu's.
Of course, it all depends on what one means by "best". The
city water in Honolulu is rainwater that has flowed around
awhile in lava tubes (essentially glass pipes). It is close
to the theoretical lower limit for contaminants.
People usually report that drinking distilled water is unpleasant. Sounds
like that might be what they have.
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on the
grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to lather in
what must be extremely hard water?
NYC regularly wins "best tap water in America" contests, because it's piped
from distant reservoirs in the Catskills, and the city owns and keeps
uninhabited vast acreage around them. But many cities aren't so lucky, but
the soap companies don't seem to alter their formulations for local
conditions (as the gasoline companies do with their product).
I'd like to see NYC's tap water compared with Honolulu's.
Of course, it all depends on what one means by "best". The
city water in Honolulu is rainwater that has flowed around
awhile in lava tubes (essentially glass pipes). It is close
to the theoretical lower limit for contaminants.
People usually report that drinking distilled water is unpleasant. Sounds
like that might be what they have.
Around 90 parts per million if I recall correctly. A long
way from distilled. Water picks up that much contaminant
from pipes and other distribution apparatus.
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous
plants in the garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water
as "rainwater" on the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to
lather in what must be extremely hard water? NYC regularly wins
"best tap water in America" contests, because it's piped from
distant reservoirs in the Catskills, and the city owns and keeps
uninhabited vast acreage around them. But many cities aren't so
lucky, but the soap companies don't seem to alter their formulations
for local conditions (as the gasoline companies do with their
product).
I'd like to see NYC's tap water compared with Honolulu's.
Of course, it all depends on what one means by "best". The
city water in Honolulu is rainwater that has flowed around
awhile in lava tubes (essentially glass pipes). It is close
to the theoretical lower limit for contaminants.
People usually report that drinking distilled water is unpleasant. Sounds
like that might be what they have.
Around 90 parts per million if I recall correctly. A long
way from distilled. Water picks up that much contaminant
from pipes and other distribution apparatus.
A chemist friend tells me that really pure water
is the most corrosive liquid know to mankind,

Jan
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous
plants in the garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water
as "rainwater" on the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to
lather in what must be extremely hard water? NYC regularly wins
"best tap water in America" contests, because it's piped from
distant reservoirs in the Catskills, and the city owns and keeps
uninhabited vast acreage around them. But many cities aren't so
lucky, but the soap companies don't seem to alter their formulations
for local conditions (as the gasoline companies do with their
product).
I'd like to see NYC's tap water compared with Honolulu's.
Of course, it all depends on what one means by "best". The
city water in Honolulu is rainwater that has flowed around
awhile in lava tubes (essentially glass pipes). It is close
to the theoretical lower limit for contaminants.
People usually report that drinking distilled water is unpleasant. Sounds
like that might be what they have.
Around 90 parts per million if I recall correctly. A long
way from distilled. Water picks up that much contaminant
from pipes and other distribution apparatus.
A chemist friend tells me that really pure water
is the most corrosive liquid know to mankind,
I don't think I believe that. What is your friend's evidence?
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous
plants in the garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water
as "rainwater" on the grounds that it all started as such.
Do you have special soaps and detergents that are formulated to
lather in what must be extremely hard water? NYC regularly wins
"best tap water in America" contests, because it's piped from
distant reservoirs in the Catskills, and the city owns and keeps
uninhabited vast acreage around them. But many cities aren't so
lucky, but the soap companies don't seem to alter their formulations
for local conditions (as the gasoline companies do with their
product).
I'd like to see NYC's tap water compared with Honolulu's.
Of course, it all depends on what one means by "best". The
city water in Honolulu is rainwater that has flowed around
awhile in lava tubes (essentially glass pipes). It is close
to the theoretical lower limit for contaminants.
People usually report that drinking distilled water is unpleasant. Sounds
like that might be what they have.
Around 90 parts per million if I recall correctly. A long
way from distilled. Water picks up that much contaminant
from pipes and other distribution apparatus.
A chemist friend tells me that really pure water
is the most corrosive liquid know to mankind,
I don't think I believe that. What is your friend's evidence?
That it is very hard to make ultrapure water,
and to keep it ultrapure.
It will be contaminated by almost anything it comes in contact with.
Wikip has a long article about it,
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrapure_water>

Jan
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A chemist friend tells me that really pure water
is the most corrosive liquid know to mankind,
I don't think I believe that. What is your friend's evidence?
That it is very hard to make ultrapure water,
and to keep it ultrapure.
It will be contaminated by almost anything it comes in contact with.
How does any of that make it corrosive?

-- Richard
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A chemist friend tells me that really pure water
is the most corrosive liquid know to mankind,
I don't think I believe that. What is your friend's evidence?
That it is very hard to make ultrapure water,
and to keep it ultrapure.
It will be contaminated by almost anything it comes in contact with.
How does any of that make it corrosive?
And how would it compare with ultrapure H2SO4? (Oil of vitriol, I
believe it was once called.)
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Jerry Friedman
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A chemist friend tells me that really pure water
is the most corrosive liquid know to mankind,
I don't think I believe that. What is your friend's evidence?
That it is very hard to make ultrapure water,
and to keep it ultrapure.
It will be contaminated by almost anything it comes in contact with.
Wikip has a long article about it,
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrapure_water>
I couldn't find corrosive in there; other than about impurities that can
cause trouble.

Pshurely that's very dangerous homeopathic material!
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Bah, and indeed, Humbug.
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A chemist friend tells me that really pure water
is the most corrosive liquid know to mankind,
I don't think I believe that. What is your friend's evidence?
That it is very hard to make ultrapure water,
and to keep it ultrapure.
It will be contaminated by almost anything it comes in contact with.
Wikip has a long article about it,
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrapure_water>
I couldn't find corrosive in there; other than about impurities that can
cause trouble.
Pshurely that's very dangerous homeopathic material!
Hm. Has anyone ever tried to poison a homeopath by giving them a very,
very tiny amount of a vitamin?
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Jerry Friedman
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Seen for the first time in coverage of the Kilauea eruption, phreatic.
"Phreatic -- relating to or denoting underground water in the
of
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saturation (beneath the water table).
(of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of
groundwater."
I never heard the word before coming to France, but here they
often of the nappe phréatique on the news.
From Greek "phrear", a well.
The reason you find it in France is no doubt
that it is not raining there all the time, like in England,
Actually it rains less (less often, and in smaller quantities) than
people think. It just looks as if it might rain a lot of the time. It
may have changed with global warning, etc., but at the time the
statistics in Concise Oxford Atlas (2nd edn. 1958) were compiled the
wettest month of the year in London (October, 2.5 inches) was
reported to be drier than the driest month of the year in New York
(January, 3.3 inches). If you want to find a major city where there
is no rain at all you need to go to Lima. However, for six months of
the year it looks as if it might rain.
In the 1990s I made regular visits of 2-3 days to London two or three
times a year, and I only remember one with significant rain.
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so harvesting ground water from wells or sources
really is very important to at least some of them.
Pretty silly to think that "England" relies on rain/run-off sources of
water rather than wells, as it depends entirely on what part of
England you're talking about.
Parts of the north have run-off reservoirs, but one look at the limescale
build-up on kettles in these parts -- south of London; main water
sources artesian wells in a chalk-based landscape -- tells you we
ain't drinkin' no rainwater.
With the very notable exception of London, I think most of the big
cities in England do drink rainwater, even if they need to steal it
from the Welsh.
Most water is rainwater, isn't it?
Indeed -- but when speaking of water for human use, there's a useful
distinction to be made between rainwater/run-off (rivers, lakes,
reservoirs) and groundwater (extraction from below ground), even though
groundwater inevitably started life as rainwater.
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There's a diagram at the URL given
below which shows how rainwater hydrates this village after slow
filtration through the chalk downs until it hits the Upper Greensand and
oozes out in the many village springs - several oozy trickles can be
found in my garden. I think the residence time in the chalk is about 30
years. The graph showing the well level at Plentys refers to the indoor
well in the house three doors up the road from me.
<https://www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/water.htm>
Prezackly. In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on the
grounds that it all started as such.
How do you manage to grow them at all? Do you have them insulated from
the surrounding soil by a waterproof shield?

You can tell how much I know about horticulture from the fact that I
referred to the oleanders that grow abundantly around here as
rhododendrons until I was corrected by my granddaughter, then less than
three years old. She was very keen on oleanders, and, at least in
theory, I knew perfectly well that rhododendrons wouldn't grow on
limestone soil.
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athel
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relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on the
grounds that it all started as such.
How do you manage to grow them at all? Do you have them insulated from
the surrounding soil by a waterproof shield?
You can tell how much I know about horticulture from the fact that I
referred to the oleanders that grow abundantly around here as
rhododendrons until I was corrected by my granddaughter, then less than
three years old. She was very keen on oleanders, and, at least in
theory, I knew perfectly well that rhododendrons wouldn't grow on
limestone soil.
"You cannot grow rhododendrons in a Chalk Garden." The one line I remember
from our high school production of *The Chalk Garden*. I played the elderly
judge. The movie version was on TV the night before our performance, and we
asked Mrs. Whedon whether we should watch it. She said it wouldn't do any
harm. I was portrayed by Maurice Evans.

I believe both rhododendrons and oleanders are poisonous.

FLlW's Fallingwater is in the midst of a rhododendron forest. He liked
their being evergreens.
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relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on the
grounds that it all started as such.
How do you manage to grow them at all? Do you have them insulated from
the surrounding soil by a waterproof shield?
You can tell how much I know about horticulture from the fact that I
referred to the oleanders that grow abundantly around here as
rhododendrons until I was corrected by my granddaughter, then less than
three years old. She was very keen on oleanders, and, at least in
theory, I knew perfectly well that rhododendrons wouldn't grow on
limestone soil.
"You cannot grow rhododendrons in a Chalk Garden." The one line I remember
from our high school production of *The Chalk Garden*. I played the elderly
judge. The movie version was on TV the night before our performance, and we
asked Mrs. Whedon whether we should watch it. She said it wouldn't do any
harm. I was portrayed by Maurice Evans.
I believe both rhododendrons and oleanders are poisonous.
Oleanders are and may also cause rashes by contact. Rhoddies and their
cousins azaleas are not on the toxic plants list though.
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In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water supply
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relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous plants in the
garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as "rainwater" on the
grounds that it all started as such.
How do you manage to grow them at all? Do you have them insulated from
the surrounding soil by a waterproof shield?
You can tell how much I know about horticulture from the fact that I
referred to the oleanders that grow abundantly around here as
rhododendrons until I was corrected by my granddaughter, then less than
three years old. She was very keen on oleanders, and, at least in
theory, I knew perfectly well that rhododendrons wouldn't grow on
limestone soil.
That's the oldest meaning of "rhododendron". The last citation in the
OEd is from 1716.
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"You cannot grow rhododendrons in a Chalk Garden." The one line I remember
from our high school production of *The Chalk Garden*. I played the elderly
judge. The movie version was on TV the night before our performance, and we
asked Mrs. Whedon whether we should watch it. She said it wouldn't do any
harm. I was portrayed by Maurice Evans.
I believe both rhododendrons and oleanders are poisonous.
Oleanders are and may also cause rashes by contact. Rhoddies
Typo, or do you really rhyme it with "toddies"? I've heard the nickname
pronounced as a homonym for the employees of a rock band who set up its
equipment.
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and their
cousins azaleas are not on the toxic plants list though.
"The" toxic plant list? They're on many of those lists, including this one:

http://ucanr.edu/sites/poisonous_safe_plants/Toxic_Plants_by_Scientific_Name_685/
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Prezackly. In this part of the country (north Hampshire), the water
supply relies heavily on aquifers in chalk downs, and the ericaceous
plants in the garden wouldn't thank me for classifying all water as
"rainwater" on the grounds that it all started as such.
How do you manage to grow them at all? Do you have them insulated from
the surrounding soil by a waterproof shield?
Almost always in pots, alas.
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You can tell how much I know about horticulture from the fact that I
referred to the oleanders that grow abundantly around here as
rhododendrons until I was corrected by my granddaughter, then less than
three years old. She was very keen on oleanders, and, at least in
theory, I knew perfectly well that rhododendrons wouldn't grow on
limestone soil.
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Cheers, Harvey
CanEng (30yrs) and BrEng (34yrs), indiscriminately mixed
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