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    I never claimed that Iran is a bastion of liberty, but that the propaganda produced by its bitter enemies is largely a pack of lies I immediately thought of this incident, which was broadcast widely at the time. I get...
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    Fortunately as technical, not production ... in a factory in Bellshill. I can now smile and mention that Ferranti's ATE Group where I spent my summers interning, had its production and most of its technical staff based in a factory...
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    Minor nit - it's Calton Hill... The scurrilous allegation was that the Dear Leader (Salmond) had his eye on the Governor's House being the Presidential accommodation post-Independence, so you'd have to fight him for it....
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    Who? WHO? We'd better stop there, young man, or this will get Messi... I will confess to be a heretic apostate, and to have failed in my devotions to the Great God Wendyball. I just had to learn the litany,...
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    Next, you'll be saying you've never heard of Johan Cruyff or Total Football......
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    Ahhh, but the Daily Heil is firmly aimed at selling middle-class consumer eyeballs to advertisers. So, put bluntly: poorer, working-class, working mothers don't count - except as a "bad example" for non-working middle-class housewives, who are thus reassured that they're...
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    Errr... yes. While it's more "equal rights" than property law, it used to be that for female service personnel, pregnancy was grounds for automatic dismissal from the UK Armed Services. Until 1990. Until then, women could also apply for discharge...
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    While there are differences, they are mostly minor... ;) Minor little things such as, oh I don't know, "What are the Ten Commandments?" Because it varies slightly from Christian sect to Christian sect, and between Christianity and Judaism. OK, the...
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    I thought it was "Imperial Earth"... ?...
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    On the bright side, they did not seek to use CAPITAL LETTERS to emphasise the IMPORTANCE of their MESSAGE! Oh, and eleventy ;) You could have been naughty, and quoted an appropriate Surah or Sutra back at them... assuming, of...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Well, if you can backronym wombat into something useful... What, you've forgotten the "Weapon of Magnesium" backronym for the old 120mm recoilless Battalion Anti-Tank gun? WOMBAT (link)...
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    Could be worse... There were the Arabis-class sloops: HMS Buttercup and HMS Pansy. Having that written on your cap tally could be fun on a run ashore...or not (the RM being noted for occasionally doing their runs ashore in drag,...
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    I'm not arguing that you need to gain the center to win, i'm arguing the gaining the center, while vital to win well, is not enough Ah, I see what you were getting at now. I suppose it depends...
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    Am I too cynical to suggest that IndyRef2 was busy achieving the same aim for both May and Sturgeon, without the need for murderous nutjobs? Both leaders end up looking good to their Party Faithful, and the resulting media storm...
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    Many people would have us believe that the only way to win an election in the UK is in the 'center', History would tend to suggest that there are as many on the convinced Left as on the convinced Right,...
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    Nice to see that your Science Festival venue is within walking distance of the pub......
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    I couldn't resist: ROU I'm all out of bubblegum ROU Contact, Wait Out GOU How do you plead? VFP Meep-Meep LCU We are the Pilgrims, master GSV Innocent Pawn in Great Game of Life and for those Ninja Space Monks......
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    When I hear the USS Wreck-Your-Life is offshore, now they have my attention HMS Revenge; HMS Vengeance; HMS Truculent; HMS Fearless; HMS Intrepid... Naming after Naval heroes, fair enough - USS Farragut, HMS Anson. Naming after politicians is just tacky...
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    For a Scottish MP in leadership, it translates to policies that do not benefit Scotland (except perhaps indirectly) So... Prime Minister Gordon Brown making sure that those two aircraft carriers would be built in Rosyth (hundreds of jobs in his...
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    The fact that particular individuals of Scottish origin have held goverment office at Westminster does not mean that "Scots have had a say" - that is a part/whole logical fallacy. Unless you misunderstood what I meant by 'Scots' as the...
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    That's interesting to hear you say that; I can only apologise by saying that until now, my reactions have been coloured by encounters with less evidence-based opinions (one colleague insisted that helmets were unnecessary, and that true safety came from...
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    Your post @472 was quite clear: "With the Westminster first-past-the-post majoritarian Parliament it means Scots have had no say at all in the many years the Westminster government represents a different preference to the Scottish vote." Your words were "no...
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    So; you accuse me of racism after I point out a flaw in your argument. When I suggest that you're being a bit chippy, you cry "ad hominem". Interesting piece of hypocrisy there; you might even say, a bit chippy......
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    And there is strong evidence that (except for very high-speed and extreme offroad cycling), the increased risk of being knocked over wearing a helmet counteracts the (very marginal) protective aspect. That's a population average, so some people will be safer...
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    I've always worn the same colors (but not uniforms, of course) as those of the the local polizei when cycling... bright yellow reflective jackets When you look at most commercial "high-visibility" kit for use on building sites and roads, it's...
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    I genuinely fail to see how it's racist to count those Scottish MPs, or MPs representing Scottish constituencies, who "had a say" when they occupied the great offices of the UK State. That, and your comment about "geographical separation", would...
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    By your reasoning, Edinburgh is "geographically separate" from Midlothian - there's a County border on the map, and inside is Edinburgh and outside isn't. In other words, emotive nonsense. Most reasonable people would take "geographically separate" to mean "separated by...
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    Alas: the current system is already gerrymandered to fuck in favour of the Tories Are you sure? Comparison of the 1992 and 2001 elections wouldn't support that claim, rather the opposite. Looking at the Gallagher Index for UK elections, it...
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    It is a geographically, historically and politically separate nation. ;) Ooooh, hyperbole. Love it - I must have missed that huge body of water underneath Hadrian's Wall. Beware that "geographically and historically separate" bit, or you give the Shetlands cause...
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    Context: I spent a decade cycling around Edinburgh as my primary mode of transport - and unsurprisingly, I'm a firm believer in helmets, lights, high-visibility clothing, and following the Highway Code. I try my hardest to be bike-aware and bike-friendly...
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