• Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Any advertising that relies on creating fear in order to sell products or engineer demand for new products. E.g. look at the history of listerine or toothpaste....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    May might not want to go down in history as presiding over the breakup but there are elements who would view this as a giant asset-stripping exercise with England being the bit that is actually worth something and the EU/Ireland...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Well then how about declaring war on on the Faroes and surrendering immediately to Denmark? Though why go to all the trouble of becoming independent and immediately giving it away?...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    I think Mary Gentle did Julie d'Aubigny (or someone very like her) in Sundial in a Grave. For unusual people try Dr Francia, dictator of Paraguay - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Gaspar_Rodr%C3%ADguez_de_Francia Also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_the_Supreme Also, Flavius Stilicho: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stilicho...
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