Neil W

Neil W

  • 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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    This is the explanation from my cousins, big Aussie Rules fans from Perth (also Aussie Rules country), who have a genial contempt for anything from the East coast of Australia....
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    Actually I can answer that. New South Wales and Queensland are big into Rugby (though more Rugby League than Union). Because of this Victoria and South Australia have to be different and so prefer Aussie Rules. Or perhaps VIC and...
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    Charlie @162 - I know some of the retired women who make up the backbone of our local election staff and they need about six weeks notice to train/schedule/book-and-kick-the-flower-arranging-course-out-of-the-hall* to make sure it runs as smoothly, transparently and fairly as...
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    Kenneth Horne: Now if you're like me you've heard a lot about Brexit but don't really know what's going on. So when I heard about some people who'd looked into it I popped round to find out what the BONA...
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    david17675david, please, you've been invited to give a light-hearted dystopian Brexit plan. The best way to make your point is to lay out an obvious satire, then reveal the twist that by changing one or two key facts it would...
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    JohnK @73 No remainers will be allowed in... Thanet... Goddammit I held my nose and voted for Mackinley to stop Farage getting in and this is all the thanks I get. (I should note that Mackinley has a very sweet...
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    De-decimalisation does not go far enough. We need to repeal the 1824 Weights and Measures Act (the establishment of the Imperial weights and measures system) and go back to traditional methods. For example wet (fresh) herring was counted by the...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Dumas being a member makes sense as one of the things that seems to get dropped from adaptions of The Count of Monte Cristo is that the Count likes to partake of Hashish (which, apparently, he learned from the Old...
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    Martin @785. Not only do I not endorse the fictional C.C.'s suggestion, but when I paid attention to sports in the late 80s and early 90s it seems that the prevailing theory was that one should abstain from sexual activity...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I have in fact mis-remembered. In the novel Scaramanga is reputed to be "... an insatiable but indiscriminate womanizer who invariably has sexual intercourse shortly before a killing in the belief that it improves his "eye." (N.B. A belief shared...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I'm more interested in the possibility that James Bond was gay and all the dolly birds were a disinformation operation because of the attitudes of the time. Pretty sure the psychologist's report on Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden...
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    You put your passport in the slot & a scanner looks at your face, while you try to look in the correct direction, at a bright panel ( & in mycase with my glasses off & blinking ... ) Yeah,...
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    The thing is, I don't think that this would actually save time. It doesn't save you time. It lets the security staff sit in their comfortable offices drinking coffee rather than having to actually interact with you in a polite...
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    I know more than one child who owes their existence to biological parents in adjacent rooms and a turkey baster travelling between them....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    JSBurbidge I have a number of languages (including Latin, Greek, and Anglo-Saxon)... grs1961 Various children of my friends studied Latin at high school back in the 1990s, with the intention of it being taught as a usable and conversable (is...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Don't get me wrong, you can't grab (for example) a grad student who is working on 15th century manuscripts (more than 60% Latin from memory) and talk fluently to our Pomepeian centurion who has turned up unexpectedly. But assuming both...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Latin's a dead language, and only a handful of people (mostly in the Roman Catholic Church and some university classics programs) speak it with any fluency. A lot of people know Latin words, because it's the underlying vocabulary in much...
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    Amazon is very keen for me to write a review of The Inexplicable Affair of the Mesmerising Russian Nobleman by Neil Willcox. Every time I order copies they send me an email with the header line "Neil Willcox, did 'The...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    It's fantasy. If you can willingly suspend disbelief to accept fairies and elves and orcs and dragons ... why not suspend it to accept an unchanging empire? 1. We all have different places where our disbelief is strained. 2. "What...
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    As an aside does anyone else ever cringe reading fantasy books where the Empire had been in place for a thousand years with little change, the same family line providing rulers, the Empire's boundaries unchanging, the language ubiquitous and frozen,...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Why conflict? It's another way of setting up an argument, and it allows the author to prove that the hero's view is the correct one, and have the readers approve and enjoy that "their side wins". I hear you though...
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    True about the precision; the manual suggested that you should spend at least two and a half or even three guineas on your sextant and make sure that all the joints are firm and without slippage. Buying a cheap sextent...
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    For reasearch earlier this year I read an 18th century navigation manual, the sort that's three quarters log and trig and astronomical tables*. I've occasionally wondered if there was a reason 18th century navigators didn't use slide rules. * meanwhile...
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    Elderly Cynic @76 WHY do we consider this a death? Can the death be undone? If someone dies and no camera sees it, must it be an open verdict? Greg @77 Sayers has some absolutely fantastic inquests. Modern coroners usually...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Essentially, human society in that future has no legal obligation to either the Bugs or Skinnies, and it's still trying to figure out what the moral issues might be. Meanwhile, if the unified Earth has gone a hundred years without...
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    I've sat in on a few inquests, something I recommend to anyone interested in what happens after an unexpected death*. Usually the coroner outlines the questions an inquest is supposed to answer: WHO has died WHERE did they die WHEN...
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    "So, this book—why's it got to be about a murder?" I think it's helpful for this question to be asked. Books whose answers appear to be: - "It's book six of a series about a homicide detective." - "What else...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    New MacGyver does have a swiss army knife*. The show sucks because; 1. We saw the best tricks in Original Brand MacGyver and the new one doesn't have anything as good; 2. Having Google in front of you means you...
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