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  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    I always think of names they won't give ships when I see Royal Navy 'noun' ships HMS Vulnerable HMS Enfeebled HMS Defenceless The favourite Culture ships I came up with include ROU Forcible Insertion of Unlikely Object [d]ROU Are you...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Hopefully RL will not provide you with too much grim meathook material - or if it does, it mostly affects the U.S. ;-0 Can't wait to read Empire Games, when I finally get my clammy hands on the U.S. Also...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    TO BE CONTINUED (once the anti-depressants kick in) Everything should be fluffy bunnies, unicorns and infinite mince pies by then, surely...? *increases dosage* *waits* *hopes* *nopes*...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Oh, what a gruesome alternate universe. Isn't it George VII that Charles Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl├╝cksburg-Mountbatten intends to reign under? I think Charles III, would be safer...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    A handful of gruesome atrocities in the West pale into insignificance compared to deaths of Muslims in sectarian violence, and Western [mostly, but not exclusively US] military violence. The Nazi sympathisers of the self-styled 'alt-right' have kept promising a Muslim...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    When I think of my childhood, I think of this John Cooper Clarke poem. Give him scars and khaki to wear Remove his balls, he'll go anywhere He doesn't speak, he doesn't dare Death sneaks, he isn't scared Minus balls,...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Have you not heard of a concept called the Overton window? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window Or the saying that 'the only difference between heresy and orthodoxy is the passage of time'? Political ideologies adapt over over time, and libertarianism has NEVER mapped onto...
  • Commented on The Day After
    All politicians betray their supporters, their electoral base, eventually. How will Trump's extremist, sociopathic, and presumably well-armed supporters react to such a betrayal? It's hard to assassinate a President nowadays, but civilians are the softest of soft targets....
  • Commented on The Day After
    I think mass deportation and 'the wall' will become aspirations rather than policy - it's what he will do outside of the USA that worries me. There will be few domestic comebacks for Trump from his foreign policy Will he...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    The former is just an opiate -- a bit weaker/slower to take effect than the morphine it is metabolized to Yes, my mum's on the 30mg version of cocodamol... but the latter is the work of the devil and would...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Luckily I don't I have that problem [hypertension], but my Doctor still won't prescribe diclofenac with my antidepressants, except as the gel [which is cheaper OTC anyway] I have my diminishing stockpile of tablets that I infrequently resort to. Dirk...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    The only upmarket watch that's ever tempted me http://www.bremont.com/collection/ep120/ep120 I could afford one too, just. Decided to stick with a Casio F-91W instead. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casio_F-91W...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Medicinal speedballs...hmmm Anything that would ease my mother's arthritic suffering would be devoutly wished for. All my problems (bar depression) can be solved with OTC NSAIDs. So far. I still think aspirin is a superior drug to paracetamol, ibuprofen etc....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I think a bottle of Oramorph to every sufferer of chronic pain would solve a lot of the NHS's problems, if only they would prescribe the stuff. A 500 ml bottle every three months, perhaps? In a similar fashion, a...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I haven't ironed an item of clothing since the 20th century. The only customer-facing job I have ever had was in an independent record store (so no dress code) and if you wear a suit to sign on at the...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Thank you. I hope, that when event inevitably occurs, it's not too traumatic or complex for you and your family....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Of course, for much of the last 200 years, shooting a Zulu/Sepoy/German* was the greatest rite of passage, which as result of decolonization, the end of standing armies and Germany joining NATO is rather frowned upon** nowadays. Re: cptbutton @167,...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I do, thank you, yes. He'd been in hospital three times this year, had type 1 diabetes for 40 years, a stroke and a broken hip - he seemed to be so much better than he had been that morning,...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Which is meaningless. Government leaflets are not binding on parliament. There is no schedule, paragraph, or clause compelling parliament to do anything after the result. Unlike the indyref Act, or the PR Act Try reading the Act of Parliament http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/36/contents/enacted/data.htm...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I don't think you really become an adult until both your parents are dead - and mine tenaciously refuse to shuffle off this mortal coil I think its peculiar that less than 48 hours after typing and posting this, one...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    So by that formulation, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (wife, six children, well-paid job, Christian) is not an adult, whereas von hitchofen (none of those things, non-deist) is. I don't agree, and I suspect he wouldn't either....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Granted, I find myself using swear words realising that Radio 2 now plays the music of my youth, not that of my parents. At least Radio 2 don't play Metallica, Front 242 or Orbital terribly often, so I can convince...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Things I don't have: A mortgage. A spouse of either sex. A car (or indeed a driving licence). A job commensurate with my education level (but hey, at least I have one. For now). Children. Ambition. A high boredom threshold....
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    I was about the same as paws4thot - during my childhood and teens I lived near a submarine signalling station - which would have been hit by a multi-megaton ground- AND air burst in the first few minutes of WW3...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    So far no mention of Charles 'Mad Jack' Howard, 20th Earl of Suffolk, 13th Earl of Berkshire, GC, FRS? So I will! Stealer of deuterium oxide from under the noses of the Nazis, and amateur defuser of thirty-four Luftwaffe bombs,...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    I find background chatter intensely irritating, but thankfully the job I do for six hours a day is sufficiently repetitive and mind-numbingly tedious for it not matter all that much - but it still annoys and distracts me. Doing creative...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Isn't the indyref2 plans and the projected negotiations by Scotland's First Minister just "change you plans or the puppy gets it" politics? Annul the results of the June referendum and call another (if you must), or goodbye United Kingdom. Scotland...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    The majesty of British Sovereignty at work UK ELITES: "We want to leave the EU!"/ "We want to stay in the EU!" EU: Oh. Please Stay. UK Electorate Vote To Leave UK ELITES: Actually, there's no hurry. EU: FUCK OFF....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Extrawurst! The Wurst of all possible worlds?...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Virtually every law passed since 1973 [43 years of evolving legislation and regulatory frameworks] has been related in some way, however tangentially to our membership to the EEC/EC/EU - vast segments of English and Scottish law will have be re-written,...
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