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A Crumpet Maybe?
A Crumpet Maybe?
Back at CORPS HQ, Steve Harris enters Flagg’s office. A somewhat stressed General Cruise sits with General Flagg. Colonel Harris salutes as General Cruise prepares a greeting of his own. Flagg: At ease, Colonel. Please, take a seat. Cruise: Would you like some tea? Steve looks at Cruise peculiar, silently thinking that he would have thought that General Flagg's CORPS team could afford a more elegant serving tray. Steve: Uh, no thanks, General Cruise. Cruise: Hmph. I thought all Brits liked tea. A crumpet maybe? Steve: I’m fine, General. Thank you. Flagg: Colonel, we have a bit of a situation occurring and the CORPS needs the help of Action Force. Steve: Alright. What can I do for you? Flagg: Well, I don’t know if you have the authority to grant the CORPS what we need, but I can not stress the urgency enough that we acquire contact with whom is necessary. Steve: Uh, sir, I can’t imagine why there would be any difficulties in contacting Action Force through the normal connections. Cruise: We don’t have time for formalities here, Colonel. We needs what we need and we have to have it immediately. Steve: I’m sorry sir… I don’t think I follow. Cruise sneers. Flagg: What General Cruise is rather tactlessly trying to say is that we need to get in contact with the Doctor. Steve: Uh, look, I’m sorry General, but you can’t just get a hold of the Doctor. He sort of just… shows up. Cruise: Oh, don’t give me that crap, Harris! You can’t get away with anything these days, not with all the reality shows on TV, and as we all know, ‘Doctor Who’ is not just merely some low-budget British attempt to make sci-fi, it’s real! Now, I’ve never watched it myself, the damage it’s mere premise does to my triangles is unthinkable, but I have researched it online and I know that the guy has a phone on his ship that is contactable from any point in time, so cut the crap Colonel and give us that number! Steve: General Cruise, I simply do not have that number. Cruise: Well if you don’t, who does? Steve: Well… sir, with all due respect, that information is top secret. Cruise: What? What did you just say? Flagg: Tom, just calm down. Colonel Harris, it is a matter of global importance that the CORPS acquire that phone number. Steve: With all due respect, General, I simply do not have that information. If you really want that information then I suggest you contact Action Force headquarters. I’m sorry, General. Cruise: You’re sorry, huh? Flagg: I appreciate your frankness, Colonel Harris. Dismissed. Steve gets up and exits. Cruise: So what are we gonna do now?
Gaping at weeds. Rhododendron lanigerum Tagg from the Tsangpo Gorge, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Gaping at weeds. Rhododendron lanigerum Tagg from the Tsangpo Gorge, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
"... if ever I travel again, I'll make damned sure it's not with a botanist. They are always stopping to gape at weeds!" This is what the Fifth Earl of Cawdor, John Duncan Vaughan Campbell (1900-1970) wrote about his forays into south-eastern Tibet in 1924/1925 with Frank Kingdon-Ward (1885-1958) to find semi-legendary waterfalls. Kingdon-Ward was an adventurer, botanist, naturalist, explorer, sometime spy for the British India Office. He travelled and explored in Tibet and the Arunchal Pradesh, India; in the deepest gorge on earth, that of the Tsangpo River, famous for 'Shangri-La', in Assam, Myanmar, the Himalayas more generally. His numerous botanical specimens went mainly to the Royal Botanic Garden at Edinburgh. In the case of this marvellous Rhododendron - first introduced to western gardens in 1928 - it was described there by the versatile keeper of plants and expert on botanical methodology, Harry Francis Tagg (1874-1933) in 1930/1931. Indeed, Kingdon-Ward - active as he was - stopped to gaze at the plants he collected. With regard to the Rhododendrons of the high-altitude Himalayas he'd noticed their drooping leaves and remarked upon them. Why do they droop so? The present-day Edinburgh Garden says this drooping is a physiological adaptation to conserve moisture through transpiration loss: the droop reduces the surface of the stomata on the bottom of the leaves. But another elegant explanation has been suggested by the fine botanist from Virginia, USA, Erik Tallak Nilsen. He carefully studied Rhododendrons from the Appalachian Mountains with a similar droop. His double explanation is rather different than Edinburgh's. First, this curling and drooping prevents membrane damage of the leaves through the high irradiance - very bright light - at the high altitudes of Appalachia (and certainly of Tibet). Less of the leaf is exposed to direct sunlight. Secondly, it seems that horizontal, flat leaves thaw more rapidly than curly, droopy ones. Rapid thaws and sudden freezes raise havoc with leaf membranes; thus the leaves have a modicum of protection when they curl and droop. Isn't this all fascinating?! 'Lanigerum' means 'woolly' and the reference is to the underside of the leaves. Wool for humans, too, of course: in the cold of Tibet and the Appalachians. in late Winter and the chills of Edinburgh as well, a woolen scarf if not underwear is highly recommended for botanists, professionals and amateurs alike. Maybe the Earl of Cawdor just got cold waiting around for Kingdon-Ward in that Winter of 1924-25...

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