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    And what "Elderly Cynic" says about Cornwall, and Scilly and Channel Islands also applies to Scotland....
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    Ah, at least one of us has misread the other. I thought you were making a point about homelessness never being voluntary, and you were actually making one about the low waged and involuntarily homeless also being disenfranchised?...
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    How did you translate #593 from my "not every homeless person wants a permanent address" to your #594? I didn't mention their backgrounds because I respect their privacy too much to even ask, but they look too old to be...
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    On your general comment, I've known a couple of these people well enough to say that, for these individuals, being of no fixed abode is genuinely a matter of their personal choice, and they are sufficiently itinerant that they couldn't...
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    That may have been me; If so, then prior to recent statements on this blog my experience (YMDV) was that "glasshouse" is a US term in horticulture (as noted, "hothouse" refers to a structure that is also permanently heated)....
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    1) Some women do at least sometimes wear heels in the office and/or for commuting. Even in a management post like Mo's where it's sometimes necessary for organisational culture reasons there's no absolute guarantee that every woman will wear heels...
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    Mo and Bob have both been to university, and both work in the UK civil service in "office based jobs", but depend on their incomes from that employment. That makes them "lower middle class". No post-school education and a job...
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    The true, pure source of all this comes from the Gojira. Correction inline. ;-)...
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    Don't you mean "Minvera Livingstone Second Winter Lesser Black-Backed Gull"? ;-)...
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    I've seen a similar figure to the 40kg (say 88lb) quoted for a normal British infantry loadout circa "Gulf wars"....
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    I'd say that's the unreliable narrator again. Yes there is a reveal, but before that point Bob believes that he's the agent....
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    At this point I assume that Bob and Mo will find some way to achieve rapprochement. It would be too easy and obvious at this point to write them apart. And well, when was the first time that OGH actually...
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    Bob is good enough to be taken seriously as the Bond figure in Jennifer Morgue. You what!!!? **SPOILER** Bob is the "Bond girl", not the agent....
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    Well, if it was Sasha I'd want to know their nationality before even attempting to guess their sex....
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    e.g. 'glasshouse' means 'jail' in Scotland Not really; a glasshouse would specifically be a military prison (term originates from the glass roofed military prison at Colchester in Essex) unless it was contextually obvious that the speaker had used the USian...
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    Thanks for that. My reservation was because I didn't know much more than that it happened about pre-industrial tin extraction. My underlying point was that mining for metal (ores) BCE did not necessarily (or ever?) use metal tools....
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    Indeed; I'm less familiar with "Neolithic/Bronze Ages" tin mining than copper mining, but in period copper mining was performed using stone rather than metal digging tools (based on archaeology of mines that operated in period but not during the Iron...
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    Also @Elderly Cynic, @Anonemouse With musical ability (include voice here) there's also the question of listener's preference. Personal Account:- My cousin Jamie is a piper. Not technically the best piper I've ever heard, particularly here in the UK where humidity...
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    anything before that date is automatically Bronze-Age You do realise that the transitions from Neolithic to Bronze and Bronze to Iron Age are periods when both technologies were known and used rather than sharp cut-overs at $date? I'd suggest that...
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    Same would apply to US bases in Germany; You could be born on one of them, of a US citizen, and be eligible to become POTUS....
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    You mean "is millennia and still counting" (for Xtianity). Justification - "The Epistles of the Apostle Paul" are letters to separate churches in $place collected. There have been schisms, unions and discussions about same between Churches in the last 5...
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    And, in a case of truth mirroring snark (or vice versa), I just saw an interview with Helen Marten (this year's Turner Prize winner). Timeline:- Gregory Muir made post. Interview was shot. I saw interview. I read the post....
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    I wouldn't even go as far as "NATO could have expanded into the Baltics"; I'd say that NATO would not have accepted the Baltics as members if they had not actively and freely applied to join. (Side note - This...
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    What I meant was that "unreliable narrator" is not necessarily the same as "narrator who is deliberately misleading the narrated to"....
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    the next novel is (provisionally) narrated by Mhari, who is not at all who Bob sees her as (and not entirely as Mo views her, either). Which is, at least potentially, how I sometimes view an "unreliable narrator"; they report...
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    I actually prefer the British cover, and yes I can see the built-in joke....
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    And, indeed, that most programmers regard standards as "very good things indeed" which is why we have so many of them! Equally, we tend to have ways of working around most of them, even if it's just saying "The development...
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    On the "site speed" issue, I live on the "UK information B-road" (US I think it's a country road across farmland) and loading time normally stays under 10s per 1_000 comments. Up to 500 comments it's fast enough to be...
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    I presumed that the period represented part-time work, rather than block leave (whether through maternity leave or long-term sick leave)....
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    My father lost all the premiums paid in, when an out of state life insurance company went out of business some decades ago I'm confused. How can this happen more readily simply because the HIC has, say, an FL...
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