Martin

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  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Meanwhile, congratulations on all the good news :)...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    ...areas where male life expectancy is 15-20 years less than average for the rest of the country Be careful with this, though. As a "for-instance", Midlothian used to have an appalling life expectancy, recently much improved - because the coal...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    MeToo... In my case, it was picking up "Iron Sunrise"/"Singularity Sky", and going "hmmmm"; then buying "Halting State", and going "Right, I'm buying everything else that this author has written". Given that I was already a Le Carre / Deighton...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Listening to a Belgian MEP on the BBC R4 "PM" programme yesterday; he's a member of their Brexit steering group. His take was you could potentially have two extensions: * A short, one-month extension that would allow the Government to...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Rockall[1] is too small (it's quite literally a rock, it's tiny), they wouldn't survive long enough for true misery to set in. St.Kilda, that's the answer. Or maybe Inchkeith, so we can keep an eye on them. [1] Apocrypha: I...
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    You're far politer than me. If pushed by the religiously challenging (I used to sit next to a Young Earth Creationist at work), I ask exactly why the Norse Gods are superstitious nonsense, while the Middle Eastern God isn't... But...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Atheism is a militant religion intent on destroying all other religions. How so? I'm an atheist, and yet I have taken part in non-denominational services (even read the lesson) - just one of the jobs that come your way as...
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    Anyway, the problem with atheism that I have is that I have yet to hear a self-avowed atheist define what this god thing is that they don't believe in. Definitely not the Nicene or Apostles' Creed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicene_Creed Simply put, no...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I forgot to mention the ever-present fault line that runs down Europe, of Catholicism versus Orthodoxy. There's a reason that the Serbs and the Croats went at each other with such fervour, up to and including rape, torture, murder, and...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    ...Regarding your belief that mass-murder and pogroms indicate a lack of Christianity... And before you bring out the tiresome claim the "Hitler was a Christian" I again ask you to consider the facts... As others point out, while Hitler may...
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    Agreed - they were both really enjoyable. CVA as a caper movie, GJARC as a damn good book. The current Penric novellas are also enjoyable; like Greg, I really enjoyed "Paladin of Souls"... ...reading LMB was probably the point at...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The other scary scenario is... For me, the scary scenario is when each side decides to disperse its strategic deterrent out of its primary bases, to keep it intact in the face of any surprise attack. You now have weapons...
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    The Corbyn thing is especially bad because no-one is holding the right to the same standard. Not sure about that. Remember the whole debate about whether Pinochet should be extradited to Spain? He was detained in the UK. What about...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Jeremy Corbyn doesn't, that is pose for a photograph with a wreath to commemorate dead members of Black September. The press told you he did, the reality is somewhat different. The C4 "Fact Check" goes into some detail about what...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Similarly, your irrational hatred of Corbyn is taking the side of the likes of Netanyahu. Yes, there is some anti-semitism in Labour, but less than in the Conservatives, and almost all of the accusations are NOT about that but about...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    So you're saying that, at 15 she was old enough to travel abroad without a responsible adult accompanying her This made me smile. Yes, a 15-year-old should be perfectly capable of this, although we seem more nervous as a society...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I agree with the main thrust of what I think you're saying (he says, covering himself with caveats) although I might disagree with how you say it. Hate begets hate; revolutions eat their young. I agree that there is a...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    ... and the rightists who just split off from Labour to go die in the wilderness (because they're (a) idiots and (b) have no stomach to work for control over party policy from within). Does your opinion on this change...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    ...not sarcasm. AIUI, they decided that there were easier ways to launch a D-21... Anyway, the M-21 was a two-seater A-12 rather than an SR-71 - which basically drives an oxcart through any claim that we were ignoring the A-12...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The other (favourite?) competitor to replace the Collins-class was the Japanese Soryu-class submarine - at 4200t submerged. So the Suffren isn't unique. By comparison, the Royal Navy's last class of conventional boats was the Type 2400, aka Upholder-class - described...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    You don’t need a B-71, after all, you’ve still got the B-70. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_XB-70_Valkyrie Regarding bomb-bay and doors on a “B-71” - that wasn’t what killed high-altitude supersonic bombers; it was the introduction of credible SAM systems. Flying high and fast...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    ...and more besides. Apparently, because of the transition from vertical cable to tow cable, the acceleration for the passenger is within reason. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PErEsNhDmo8...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    What's lacking is the sense of urgency, though Which is probably why Lockheed-Martin gave the project to its Skunk Works... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_Compact_Fusion_Reactor...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    and because of bolloxed-up cycle path conversions in previous decades they can't run on the former urban rail track out to Leith and Ocean Terminal All the plans I remember from when they were proposing the tram system, included later...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    when it was Jenkins in particular who called for the realignment of British politics which crushed an entire generation. Alternatively, it was Benn, Scargill, and the like who crushed an entire generation, by behaving so appallingly badly that they...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Nope, Joseph Kennedy, aka “Joey the Parrot” to the Unionists. He arrived in NI in 1988? On a “fact finding” tour, and managed to get himself captured on film telling a soldier to “go home (to Britain)”; and receiving the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The mistake is to assume that the “Boston Irish raising funds for PIRA through Noraid and sending guns to the Belfast Brigade” narrative of the 1960s and early 70s held true throughout the Troubles. It didn’t. It became less operationally...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I really hope you’re right. It’s interesting that when discussing potential trouble, you only mention Republicans. I rather suspect that the nightmare scenario isn’t a strengthened IRA splinter group, but instead those organisations that have “Ulster” in their names... The...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    There's a loose connection with my post @947 - namely, that Jeremy Hardy was firmly in the "Northern Ireland is part of Ireland" camp, and supported a few "unjustly convicted" types. No, not those poor sods in the Guildford Four...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    ;) Ahhh, then we could hear Shakespeare in the original ;)...
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