Neil W

Neil W

  • Commented on Story time!
    My mistake: a groat is 4d, 3d is a thrupenny bit....
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    I recall an article in Dragon magazine in the early 90s about using various historic currency systems in D&D. I seem to recall that groats (3d, or 12 farthings) being approximately 10 times the smallest coin and half crowns (2s...
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    TV and film superheroes often find villains (regular, super and in between) in abandonded warehouse and factories, mostly because that's easiest to dress a soundstage for an interesting stunt/fight scene, but also because thematically a city that has vast industrial...
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    Joker McJokeface...
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    I think it was a D&D knock-off* I read rather than an official version that explictly suggested that a high level wizard should build a tower and dig a dungeon underneath, following which monsters will move in and every now...
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    "The way to make a small fortune in supervillainy is to start with a large fortune." I always assumed that most bat-villains were just doing what they loved (putting on masks, murdering people, maybe stealing diamonds or running an underworld...
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    Does the fact that KitKats, Penguins and Tim Tams are all chocolate biscuits make Paul McAuley's joke @72 more obvious? Batwoman came in about ten years ago I think, after my bat-comic days. She made a (live action) TV appearance...
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    This video clearly shows how the batmobile appears and disappears. 14 miles outside a Gotham City that looks very like Los Angeles....
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    Robert "The Bruce" Wayne, prominent local businessman, is known for being approchable and down to earth, even taking the train rather than driving or flying when he goes to visit his offices in Glasgow. Some overexcited villains decide that this...
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    Pigeon @40. Well quite. In mythical comic-book Glasgow*, people fight back against criminals even more than they do in real life. Only the most desperate and violent criminals continue, often losing touch with reality as they do so, taking on...
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    What was up with Tony Stark, the genocidal maniac with a large and well funded PR department who everyone thinks is a good guy because after making billions being the bad guy he repents? It's a mystery. Anyway, back to...
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    So anyway, Glaswegian Batman villains. Mister Freeze - Inspired by Lord Kelvin, tries to reach absolute zero, it goes wrong, gets caught up in the Ice Cream Van Wars in the 80s Calendar Man - No real change, but has...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Even weirder is that 110g is about a quarter of a pound, so a decagram would already be a recognisable amount to the British public, while allowing manufacturers to reduce the portion size by about 10% (possibly leaving the price...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The American Imperial system of weights & measures is the OLD British Imperial system from before the reforms that took place in the U.K. after the English Civil War. British Imperial measurements were standardised/orginate from/made official in the Weights and...
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    I agree with you; in fact the most likely version of the report that clears Trump et al of wilful wrongdoing would be the one that makes his team look like a bunch of idiots out of their depth, which...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Sure, here's another conceivable scenario: 1. Mueller's report, despite a. the meetings with Russian officials and businessmen by the Trump campaign; b. the ongoing attempts to build a Trump Tower Moscow and; c. the thing that would give the Russian...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "Brexiternity" The new word for the situation....
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    Can't believe the word "Brextension" hasn't caught on....
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    The good news is I have a super-leave MP so I'm very clear on where he stands. I voted for him in 2015 because the last poll I'd seen had him neck-and-neck with Farage in my constituency. Lesson learned. Anyway...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Oh, and with respect to the Parliamentary maces -- Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have at least one each ur-British Imperial maces devolved on the dominions as governmental legitimacy tokens with the ending of the Empire. Those would work by...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    MattS @1078 - Wow those guys sound like jerks. I was going to say that the description of the Hollow Earth in The Smoky God, or A Voyage Journey to the Inner Earth might be of use, but unfortunately I...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Glad to see the damming the Med plan getting so much criticism; presumably the lack of commentary on my plan to pour rising sea levels into the Hollow Earth suggests that it has fewer flaws....
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    It is the brexit thread, we're just waiting for our brexit dividend to show up so we can spend it on ill-thought out geo-engineering schemes. I'm planning to drain the excess water from rising sea levels into the hollow earth,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Take a look at the well-studied Sally Hemings; "white" in appearance (looked a lot like Jefferson's wife because child of Jefferson's wife's father), long-term ... whatever you call it when one party owns the other. Still a slave, children still...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Philip Hammond has all the charisma of … Gordon Brown. Yeah the only way he'd ever become a leader is if everything was on fire and you needed someone boring and competent to try to deal with things. And what...
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    is there a May replacement with a realistic chance of winning who might call another referendum? My conspiracy theory that this is all part of a plan so we will all sigh in relief and praise the abilities of Philip...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "weekend warrior David Davis" In his youth he was in the Territorial Army, who continue in civilian life during the week and train at the weekend. Equating the Territorials to the US National Guards or Army Reserve obscures as much...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The more I read of this thing, the more I think Trump is a fairly typical denizen for his world of high-flyers, and the only mistake he made was getting involved in politics, becoming over-exposed, and refusing to stop shooting...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I live in East Kent. Prior to 1992 there were hundreds of customs clearance agents in this area employing thousands of people in dealing with the import and export paperwork. Afterwards most of them went out of business*. If we...
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    John @234 Either you are misinformed or trying to mislead us*. Worse still your comment is neither amusing, interesting, enlightening or thought-provoking**. * The choice is between 1. a transition period in which the UK is still subject to some...
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