Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Yes, yes, I know - nowadays, the younger generation have no manners and the lower classes don't know their place!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Oh, indeed, but it's an important point in the context of reducing the ecological harm done by transport. My estimate is that we could cut the damage done by a factor of about two without actually cutting back on usage....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    The fancier classes in the old school liners were very comfortable, and even the ones I travelled in (and the Union-Castle line was NOT luxurious!) weren't bad. I can still remember the smell of hot seawater in the bath :-)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Sorry - I was referring to Welsh and Cornish in the last sentence, though you can call both dialects of Brythonic if you like. Incidentally, the oldest clearly documented kingdom in Britain was - guess where? Anyway, we are agreed...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    In my case, no :-) I have set up my browsing environment so that it is cleared multiple times a day. I was particularly keen to ensure that when I found that some thrice-damned Web pages were downloading crap that...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I stand corrected on the north! I always thought the boundary was further south. But what I said about the West Country is correct - it spoke Cornish (almost the same as Breton). Yes, the two languages are fairly closely...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    That assumes that the Tory MPs have enough sanity to exclude Patel from the short list, which is not what I am betting. If she gets on that, the tricoteuse of the Tory Party will vote her in with a...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Definition? There was no steenking definition (by anyone, as far as I know) for the first 100 years of the term 'near east' (and 80 years of the term 'middle east'). It was used ambiguously even in Britain in 1900...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I was trying to be, er, tactful .... Yes, I agree with you and MSB, and am extremely pessimistic about our future when Bozo is deposed - e.g. my guess is that (utterly obscene expletives deleted) Patel....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Which is to say that a hostile publication CLAIMS that about the Iranian leadership. It reeks to me of hostile propaganda - in this case, inflating the claims of a self-promoting charlatan to actual fact. While the Iranian leadership is...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    The Indian subcontinent. The abuse of the term Middle East to refer to the Near East started very early, but didn't take over completely until fairly recently....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Welsh(*) arrogance knows no bounds! The West Country and the far north of England were never Welsh-speaking. But I fully agree, as someone whose ancestry is mainly Celtic (including Welsh) - I have used it for decades to deflate the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Yes. The USSR was jointly responsible for the UN's dysfunctionality, but treating the General Assembly with contempt and emasculating many of the UN's sub-organisations was primarily the work of the USA with the UK's assistance....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Membership of the Arab League is irrelevant. Iranians and most Egyptians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese are not Arabs. But the main reason that it is racist is that it is used by the pro-Israel bigots (to be euphemistic) who say...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    The vetoes have little to do with it - yes, they were and are used mostly for cold war politics, and were set up by the victorious powers specifically for that use. The emasculation of the rest of the UN...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Balls. The Palestinians were offered a piffling amount in return for unacceptable conditions. And may I remind you that referring to the Palestinians and many of the near-eastern countries as Arab is racist?...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    And that's an over-simplification! I was unusual amoung my friends for supporting Israel's occupation of Palestine, Sinai and the Golan heights in 1967, as something they had no choice over, and said that it gave them the most wonderful opportunity...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I would have thought that was fairly obvious. Many supremos and countries regularly murder their own citizens, but very few regularly do so to other countries' ones, especially in the latter's home countries. The main exceptions are the USA and...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    No, I am not, and I am getting increasingly bored with the straw men and fallacious claims you are making. You should read what I said, more carefully, for the first. For the second, are you SERIOUSLY claiming that the...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Perhaps I should remind you that I am talking about alternating gait bipedal locomotion. Obligate hopping bipedalism MAY have developed in the presence of cursorial pack predators, though I don't think it has....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Let's ignore the straw man of the marine ape (which I know Verhaegen and others did propose); I am surprised that Heteromeles is using it, because it was debunked decades ago. What I was speculating on, which is also what...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I am afraid that you are simply wrong. You cannot do that, because the biomechanics does not work like that. The more the hip and legs improve for bipedal locomotion, especially in leg length, the worse they are for quadrupedal...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Yes. But, from experience, that is exactly the sort of confusion that arises when management briefs a technopeasant being given a mission. The former very often treats the latter as an unreliable ally, and doles out the minimum of relevant...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Simnilar, yes, but more the other way round. My point was that I could see a plausible inventive pathway from chimp-like activities up to modern netting, which (together with invertebrate gathering) would also have provided an evolutionarily plausible driver for...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Nothing to do with her sex. It's because she wasn't an archaologist or anthropologist; however, if you spoke to them privately, many agreed with her but were not prepared to oppose the quasi-religious establishment. That arose because the savanna theory...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    You are raising the spectre of Galloway Gallagher!...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Humans. The fish were driven up an inlet (using a line of people and relatively short net for the closure), and a few were scooped out before the net was closed. It's a known form of fishing in several parts...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    And still does in the UK - to take a (I believe non-evil) example: https://www.ampleforthcollege.org.uk/college/our-school...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    My wife has very similar issues, and uses the same solution....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I am no longer a Lavender Cowboy, but could still count them in a reasonable time....
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