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    Re: Ukraine

    At the summit in Samarkand last week Putin was not late for his meetings.

    Putin is always late. He was 14 minutes late for the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace during his State Visit to Britain...
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    My remaining life is too short for Chomsky. Why anyone who is an authority on linguistics should consider himself able to pronounce ex cathedra on anything else is far above my pay grade. He can...
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    Re: Rumours

    Thank you for excellent answers.

    1. We agree

    2. It used to be considered a feature of Tianjin, but nobody knew why. The Flying Pigeon as you will know is a simpler version of the Raleigh...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Afaik, they met once, in Paris, quite soon after Zelensky was elected. The talks went nowhere.

    https://youtu.be/du2DjJEtc0k

    Unless you can point me to the transcripts of the lower level...
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    Re: Ukraine

    afaik Putin showed no interest in Zelensky’s attempting to reach a settlement. Now we know why.
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    Re: Ukraine

    +1.
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    Re: Rumours

    Well, I have spent a quarter of a century puzzled by these questions:

    1. Given that the bicycle light is unknown in China, how do people cycle in the dark in large convoys without ever hitting...
  8. Re: Quick notes about Norway while I知 still jetlagged.

    14 days in Norway? No wonder you are 田ashless! ;)

    (Sorry, could not resist. Wonderful country, but rather expensive!)
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    Re: Ukraine

    The BBC investigated advertisements reported on “Telegram” which purportedly were from Ukrainians trying to sell NATO arms supplied to Ukraine.

    Guess what…
    ...
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    Re: Islam's George Floyd?

    Should we start a new thread on events in Iran?
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    Re: Rumours

    I don’t like Davies’ manners, which don’t go well, here in this rather courteous backwater of the Internet, but his posts in this thread, subject always to the Old China Hand’s Proviso (“China is so...
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    Re: its not about the camera

    Here’s one of Hong Kong, taken by Jerry Souza, which illustrates elf’s point about depth of field - the actual depth of field here is about twelve miles:
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    Re: its not about the camera

    https://i.postimg.cc/cH816NtQ/0170-EAA5-DD79-4-C08-8-A8-E-DB5-C5558-CE46.jpg
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    Re: Ukraine

    One lesson that might be drawn from both the great wars of the last century might be “If you go to war with a democracy, be sure to win in the first few weeks.” The democracy will mobilise a far...
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    Re: Ukraine

    The end of Russia as a significant power is happening now. Russia started a war with Ukraine, a nation roughly one third of its size and with a roughly similar GDP per head, and Russia is not winning...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Fwiw:

    Big picture:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63016675

    And, two hours ago, a detail:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63021117
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    Re: its not about the camera

    My best effort at an iphone 10 snap:

    https://i.postimg.cc/pTSNVJdM/6-AE76-DD6-A906-4-F45-A987-C5-CA4-DAA8-BE6.jpg
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    Re: Ukraine

    https://i.postimg.cc/yWqwc69f/A1416-A9-E-00-BC-4384-993-B-1-B364-BCF19-F1.jpg
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    Re: Ukraine

    This is the fellow who was lecturing us on history. He seems to have missed 1941-45. A lot of men died bringing American and British aid to the Soviet Union in those years.
    ...
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    Re: Ukraine

    This is of course from the “Moscow Times”, still published in English and Russian but now published from Riga so you should make appropriate allowances:
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    Re: Ukraine

    Post 4818 covers all I have to say on the rights and wrongs of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I can’t see that any of the Russophiles here has controverted it.
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    Re: quirky boats we like or love

    Also Iraq:

    https://www.coraclesociety.org.uk/coracles/types/quffa
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    Re: Ukraine

    “Old duckboards” was a nickname for General Smedley Butler, USMC, some of whose writings I have, perhaps to the disappointment of our friend Davies, actually read. He was given the nickname by...
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    Re: Hilary Mantel RIP

    Quite a nice obituary in the Guardian, here:

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/23/hilary-mantel-author-wolf-hall-dies
  25. Re: Kicking in doors on tv or in movies

    Er…

    I had a schoolmate three years above me who read theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge. This was 1968-71. Pete was in the habit of opening doors by giving them a good kick. He did this to a...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Thanks Osborne.

    Davies hasn’t been here long. We had a terrific thread on US colonial adventures, a little over one century after the Spanish American War, in which Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling,...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Truly remarkable.

    I had not realised just how precocious young Hiram Ulysses Grant was.
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    Re: Ukraine

    That’s excellent.
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    Re: Eleonora sinks in Spain

    Good.
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    Re: Russia is a dangerous place

    Umm. Thanks.
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    Re: Islam's George Floyd?

    Alas, I fear that these courageous women and girls will be brutally treated by the regime.
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    Post of the week!
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    Re: One China?

    An invasion of Taiwan would be difficult. Not impossible, but difficult.

    I think that a blockade of Taiwan by sea would not be hard to do, and a blockade by air could be done at the cost of lives....
  34. Re: Give Meagan a break fer cryin' out loud!

    Fwiw, there is also a vicious anti Kate-and/Wills faction coming up with equally vile nonsense. Years ago there was endless pre-socmed nonsense about Princess Margaret and about Prince Philip. We...
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    Re: One China?

    The National Museum. Which has all the contents that were once in the Forbidden City.

    For my Mainland Chinese friends, there is Chinese culture untouched by the Cultural Revolution - tea houses,...
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    Re: One China?

    Taiwan is a lovely place to visit because it is wealthy, civilised and has almost no tourism. Everyone I have ever met there has been polite and helpful to a stranger. This is probably because it is...
  37. Re: Give Meagan a break fer cryin' out loud!

    Don’t be silly.
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    Re: One China?

    Right; this is what I understand:

    1. There is One China
    2. This being so, the province not currently under central administration will not declare independence.
    3. This being so, the central...
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    Re: Ukraine

    I don’t find “appeasement” - although it must be avoided - the most helpful notion, here. I think we have to go up a level, so to speak, because “appeasement” was itself a type of response to...
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    Re: Ukraine

    The Financial Times estimates the number of men now serving Russia in Ukraine as between 150,000 and 190,000.

    Mobilising the Reserves adds around 300,000.

    Russia has been buying drones from...
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    Re: Ukraine

    This may be helpful:

    https://i.postimg.cc/FRjNxbM4/C0-FCFE57-7-E90-4-B78-A6-BA-2-E032239-D7-CF.jpg
  42. Re: Bronze Chainplates for Deadeyes

    https://www.classic-marine.co.uk/product/chainplate-gunmetal/
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    Re: Ukraine

    I think the idea that Putin ordered a sort of ォ blitzkrieg サ operation to overthrow the Ukrainian government within three days, securing Hostomel airport using paratroops, etc., that this failed and...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Russian men between 18 and 65 are banned from leaving the country. Since there are almost no flights, trains, or ships and visas are needed, this doesn’t make much difference!
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    Re: Ukraine

    One wonders if the notorious Russian logistics will be able to handle anything like that many men on active service.
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    Re: Ukraine

    I understand that the mobilisation and the plebiscites in the occupied parts of Ukraine are related because in Russia mobilisation is only permitted where there is a threat to Russia. Call the...
  47. Re: Give Meagan a break fer cryin' out loud!

    I do not understand the hostility shown by some towards the Duchess of Sussex.

    But it may go back beyond living memory:

    Hark! The herald Angels sing!
    Mrs Simpson stole our King!

    Slender,...
  48. Re: The chess scandal continues....

    I do not see any other way to do it.
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    Re: Ukraine

    I am seeing reports that the Kremlin press corps have been briefed to expect a statement to the nation by Putin and Shoigu tonight.

    Presumably this will be the announcement of a referendum in...
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    Re: Ukraine

    https://medium.com/@Stefan.Korshak/september-18-day-207-bridges-and-bullseyes-trophies-and-pows-carrot-shortage-in-the-russian-fd706f16052e
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