Grant

Grant

  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I remember the Hawkwind tour when Spirit of the Age was the new release. They were supported by a little known band called Motorhead. The 70s is 45 year past and a foreign country. The Sun had page 3 with...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I'm not sure what specific knowledge you mean. In the 1300's a group of polynesians turn up on two large landmasses well suited to colonisation, start hunting, start some agriculture and continue doing what extended-family tribal groupings have done all...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Good point, but he does come fully stocked with the cruel disregard for others....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Isn't the Mekon now a government minister?...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    I think I missed something back there. Was there a suggestion that Greg, Dawkins and others cannot comment on religion because they have not studied, in depth, every known religion or belief system. By that logic no one can comment...
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    Interesting discussion. Too many threads to respond fully, but a few observations. Positivism was an attempt to distinguish between ideas supported by objective evidence and those without evidence. Kuhn and Popper between them modified it somewhat but, when it comes...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Yes, but Eagleton's comment only rings true if you make the assumption that the fine detail of any religion has any meaningful content. Centuries of effort was spent, by a variety of people, trying to generate an interpretation of the...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    I would suggest that you are only a freedom fighter (and the thuggery even potentially justifiable) where the people struggling have no vote and where civilians are not deliberately targeted. And yes, I believe the unionists were/are every bit as...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Given that the Irish Government had convicted McGuinness of membership of the IRA, it would have been pretty wry to then have a him as president. The GFA and Sinn Fein participation gave him a thin veneer of respectability, though...
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    I was booked to go there April 2019 but my wife ended up in hospital and then booked again for April 2020... Have heard its nice but I have no first hand experience......
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    If you are in England and want stones, then Stonehenge is nice but they are a bit distant unless you book for the expensive "Circle Experience" where you wander among them (as you were permitted to do 40 years ago)....
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    While I can see that a Monarchy is daft in the 21st century and the government needs to be purged of any religious affiliation (Bishops in the Lords and EIIR as Head of the CoE), I would be horrified to...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    For those lacking context... Waltham Abbey, on the Essex/Herts/Middlesex border and adjacent to the M25. Where the working classes went when Thatcher killed the industry in east London and hope started to vanish. But at least not yet as bad...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Nope. It just means he is pissed because he is taking longer than expected to win. Its something to wave to encourage everyone not in Ukraine back to off while giving them an excuse to cave in to his demands....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Oops. Meant "biggest country". Apologies....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Its the biggest planet on the planet. How do you "hem them in"? How many times zones does it cover? To mangle the Nelson quote about the French - they know there are people out there more successful and happier...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Yep. Sold the Royal Ordnance Factories, closed all the MOD research labs (save 1), stripped the army down to the size of an Wembley match crowd, dumped most the navy, employ more squadron leaders than they have squadrons and keep...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    Its not going to see publication for a year or two, but I am currently writing a chapter of a book on what it was like to work at a Royal Ordnance Factory in the 1980s. We made the best...
  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    I'm keenly awaiting the arrival of mine from Transreal too. Happy to deprive Amazon....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    The UK lost a lot of its capability in about 1990. The nuclear engineering dept at QMC got closed down and the MOD site at Winfrith threw wheel-barrows of cash at the team there to retire and generally piss off....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Sometimes called "june bugs". Guess when they come out?...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I must admit that my read of it was that there were people in The Laundry trying to do the "right" thing while also continuing to survive the New Management. I read Bob, Mo, Mhari and the others being the...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    The idea of an uncrewed U2 is nice. No heavy people, support hardware or even cockpit.The weight benefit would be considerable and that would up the altitude and duration or allow more imaging types to be employed at the same...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I think its one of the "pillars" of their faith. So its obligatory and not a matter of conscience between you and your deity of choice. You are, in effect, forced to comply, which nudges you toward accepting other restrictions...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I can't say Ramadam looks especially thoughtful to me. To an outsider its very little different to Lent, but with a harsh authoritarian edge - as its obligatory. Theres little to be learned from fasting - most of us have...
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    Oh. Thats worth knowing. Had never occurred to me. I thought they all did something like "The first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox" type tricks for festival dates. At my age I am amazed I...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Apologies to all. I thought Hannukah was a solstice festival rather than a lunar festival. Sorry....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Happy christmas/solstice/yule/hogmanay/saturnalia/hannukah/new year* everyone. *delete as applicable/to taste...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I think the problem is they only want to do the fun bit of the job. To write code, call themselves developers and creatives and all the rest of it without doing the dull bits that make it easier for...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I think the decision was strongly influenced by a few people at work who had management's ear and were heavily into the latest "hot and sexy" gamechanger - AI etc. So we were encouraged to use licence fee alternatives like...
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