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    "It doesn't really matter all that much of course..." When I lived in a place that had ten or so flats opening off a communal stairwell, the people who did the maintenance for the communal area would never change the...
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    Eeeeerrrrrrrr.... well, let me try to order those: Radio - basically I don't. The trouble with radio is it's just too relentless. There seems to be some near-universal delusion that if you leave the carrier unmodulated for more than a...
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    Re (2), obviously I can't speak for Charlie, but my own experience is that the popular "modelling failure" description is too simplistic. It's more a case of the "closer to home" things are, the harder it gets. Knowing what's going...
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    Errrr.... well sort of but no not really :) It's a "perpetual motion machine of the first kind", ie. just something that trundles on on its own for ever and ever, rather than one "of the second kind", which supplies...
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    Only you can answer that... But for myself, I will say that if I could push a button and switch it off, I would not do it. I'm used to being the way I am, and at no time have...
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    I get the impression you can emulate it a lot more successfully than I can! I was never screened either; it was presented to me at the time as "we're taking you to a special doctor to see why you're...
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    I take your point in the general case, but as regards that specific instance, when I said "military exercise" I meant it literally. The most undesirable thing that school inflicted on us was to compel everyone in the year before...
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    It's also a language which is peculiarly inaccessible to non-speakers from any European-or-thereaboutsish country because the standard Latinate/Germanic euro-toolkit doesn't work. I would hazard a guess that crossing the barrier the other way is less difficult because you grow up...
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    I went to several different schools over the years, and they all had their different strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps the most consistent factor between them all was that Thursday was always the day with the most undesirable combination of lessons...
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    Surely it's that childminding-to-factories transition that is the original reason behind the correlation between female/male teacher ratios and age of the kids. At the beginning it is very much about looking after babies, as they get older it changes to...
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    You mean schools doing "foreign exchange"? Nope. I don't know whether they really have stopped doing that, but even if they have, the timescale is back to front. People who voted Leave are mostly old enough that it would have...
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    That all does sound like a very good idea, but I would sound a couple of cautionary notes. The first is illustrated by the following, which by coincidence was posted earlier today by an ambulance paramedic on another forum. C&Ped...
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    Yeah, that does sound really shit. My own school experience was decidedly mixed, and a lot of stuff went in one ear and out the other, but I did learn stuff which I continue to find useful every day, principally...
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    He didn't, and that belief I'm pretty sure didn't gain traction until later. Didn't that crop up on here quite recently? The timing for the spread of the disease and its recognition doesn't fit. And the Virgin Queen... wasn't. Unmarried,...
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    Certainly the Victorian era gave it quite a boost, but as Charlie and you noted, it was still thoroughly entrenched before that. Also, it wasn't just a phenomenon of the sons-sent-to-public-school classes; it applied across all social strata, with suitable...
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    Diagnosed as "semi-autistic" at age, errr, 6 or 7 or so, whatever that means in terms of current understanding. No followup; didn't find out until some time in my teenage years when everyone else went out for the evening and...
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    I'm not aware that anything "happened" in the sense of some sensational event that rewrote everybody's standards. I think it's just a case of divergent cultural evolution, facilitated by the water barrier. I've never encountered anyone who seriously thinks that...
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    No. That national characteristic has been around for far longer than such concerns have been relevant. Simplistically stated, any contact between adults beyond a handshake has sexual overtones, so you just don't hug or kiss anyone you're not shagging. There...
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    I used to do similar in the Vale of York where there was sometimes a layer of night fog that stopped abruptly three feet above ground level, so the windscreen was above it and the headlights below. On the back...
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    Oh, Scottish pound notes are a perennial joke. Exactly what the legal position is I don't know, but they are kind of renowned for causing a commotion in some English shops that don't understand that in practice you can just...
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    You're not wrong there......
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    One of my global blocks is on the <audio> and <video> HTML5 tags, and others are on the CDNs of every new video hosting site I encounter. On the extremely rare occasions I actually want to watch a video I...
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    "FB is so fucking ubiquitous that not using FB is getting to be like refusing to use email" Personally, I find Arsebooklessness to be less noticeable these days than it was some years ago. I did long ago have an...
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    "...should realise that how hard that is depends on..." ...personal bloodymindedness, as Charlie seems to be hinting, is one you missed out :) A lot of the objections people have raised seem to depend on conflating having internet access and...
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    "Teachers long ago were told to not physically interfere with any child - this includes anything medical. Also - lawsuits." So what is this - hysterical crap dictating that any physical contact with a child, even accidental, is incontrovertible ground...
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    Well, with Debian unstable the whole deal is you are supposed to expect it to be unstable, and willing and able to deal with breakages :) Debian stable, on the other hand, is just as dependably stable, if sometimes a...
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    Well, Charlie's blog does tend to attract an unrepresentatively clued-up segment of the population... Elsewhere I encounter people like my sister who just ignores it, or the chap who discovered his kids had been playing some game which involved them...
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    "...better off teaching the nippers the pros and cons of the mobile as a tool now so they can at least be partially prepared for whatever twisted devices the future brings." Except that's pretty much the opposite of what actually...
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    Well, that parents even give kids phones at all I count as another piece of insanity. It would have been out of the question to be given any present as expensive as a phone, no matter what it was. "Big...
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    "I cannot believe they're getting away with this shit in 2017. *looks at UK Parliament taking on Henry VIII prerogatives*." I get the impression that a lot of people are kind of stunned by the endlessness of the succession of...
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