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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    England objects to Japan going out in the quarter finals on a penalties shoot out.

    That’s what we do!
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    Re: Ukraine

    Stefan Korshak’s piece for 2nd December :

    https://medium.com/@Stefan.Korshak/dec-2-day-282-bakhmut-meatgrinder-uaf-training-luxembourg-speaks-ec4408a1fb29

    and 4th December:
    ...
  3. Re: Movies that have held up and those that don't

    Thank you!

    I remember going to see the Old Vic production in 1967, with my best friend and a very pretty blonde girl whom we both fancied.
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    Re: Ukraine

    Who is that jerk?
  5. Re: will hydrogen be the way forward

    In my industry we have started to talk of “green” hydrogen, made by electrolysis of water using wind or solar electricity (and correspondingly expensive) and “blue” hydrogen made by stripping carbon...
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    Re: Boiled wool

    I bought #2 son a French guernsey from the admirable Arthur Beale, on line. It’s one size too big and that pattern is no longer made so I have undertaken to shrink it one size…
  7. Re: will hydrogen be the way forward

    No.
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    Re: Ukraine

    I try not to comment on this nonsense but the « avalanche of arms sent to the region » was some modern hand held anti tank missiles, sent by Britain, so the Russian invasion was our fault.

    Only...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Perun on war in the winter:

    https://youtu.be/PI3PpsM3NOI
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    Re: Alex Jones' bad day

    That man doesn’t know what a bad day is.

    This man had a bad day.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert-Fran%C3%A7ois_Damiens
  11. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    I am trying to gently encourage her to review a few assumptions.
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    My niece likes this page:

    https://www.facebook.com/amat1917
  13. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    Marxism-Leninism is a thing.

    Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zhedong Thought is a thing.

    They are schools within the broad church of Marxism.
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    This was what I meant by “wolf warrior” stuff:

    It definitely happened; it was done by lower level Consular staff and it definitely sank the plans for a super Embassy on the site of the Royal Mint:...
  15. Re: The kitchen appliance that will not die.

    I inherited my parents’ Moulinex coffee grinder, bought c. 1965, in 1986. In 2009 one of the arms of the rotating coffee bean smasher broke, but it continued working just as well up to 2014 when the...
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    Re: Indonesia: no hanky-panky

    I’m just wondering if this Muslim rule of behaviour, made into a law, will apply to Bali, which is iirc Hindu?
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    “Wolf Warrior” nonsense, again.

    This puzzles me, because the regular Chinese diplomats whom I have known have been first class people. Very sound on the “line” but able to maintain their national...
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    I think that The Economist’s David Rennie is in Beijing and has been there since 2018. I stand to be corrected but I recall columns by him on the pandemic written very obviously by a résident lao...
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    Re: Indonesia: no hanky-panky

    Oddly, Djakarta is known for its red light district.
  20. Re: Preliminary NTSB report on Dallas B17 P63 crash.

    My natural curiosity will drive me to look at some report, even though I have dealt with shambolic instant answers in my own field. The one I choose is Juan Browne because his track record seems good...
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    Re: Ukraine

    One problem with hoping that the Russian people rise up and overthrow Putin is that Russians are not given to rising up and overthrowing their ruler.

    They have managed it just once, despite severe...
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    Re: extending the sailing season

    My experience of sailing every weekend through an English winter was educational in one respect; I learned how much of our summer sailing depends on the sea breeze, which we do not have at all in the...
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    That’s why I subscribe to Blancolirio.
  24. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    Post hoc, ergo propter hoc?

    But the two are not the same.

    Without Marx, Lenin might well have lived and died as an unknown, but Marx did not cause Lenin.

    Without Nietzsche, the Holocaust...
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    Re HRD’s post 54, above:

    I remember chatting, at a Queen’s Birthday party held by the British Embassy in Beijing around 2,000, to the China correspondent of the London “Daily Telegraph”.

    I...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Stefan Korshak:

    https://medium.com/@Stefan.Korshak/nov-30-day-280-bakhmut-battles-sneaky-saab-margaritas-nuremburg-deam-2e41a4d3410e
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    Re: Update on life as I know it

    Thanks for that, Chad.
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    When she was a ten year old moppet we used to tell each other that she would surely break hearts one day. So far the cracking sound is heard only from would-be beaux who complain that she “ghosts”...
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    The issue, if it was an issue (she can do anything except Morris dancing and falling in love with an idiot, so far as her uncle is concerned, and she seems uninterested in either possibility,...
  30. Re: So I deleted twitter but ......

    One of his best. And I’ve yet to see a bad one.
  31. Re: Movies that have held up and those that don't

    Seven Samurai.

    On Golden Pond.

    The Seventh Seal.

    The Cruel Sea.

    Das Boot.
  32. Re: Lydia Spivak is 98 years old!

    Crikey!

    Thanks for posting that.
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    Re: Ukraine

    Parliament punch-up: Huge fight erupts among MPs in Ukraine legislature - YouTube

    10 years ago.

    Ukraine parliament scrap: 2 MPs brutally fist fight over bill - YouTube

    7 years ago.
  34. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    For your reference, I’m here:

    https://i.postimg.cc/x1Nv5MK1/36134-EB1-9689-4681-B3-FE-0-A15-C2-F92-D11.jpg
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    Margaret’s new socmed profile picture:

    https://i.postimg.cc/SKQPjgBv/359-AF2-F0-F6-EE-4-F8-E-AB9-D-85-F8-FBD7-CE8-F.jpg

    Men’s cotton shirt and ladies’ nylon slip from the ukay-ukay (second hand...
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    The latter. She knows that I am was myself taught by Sir Simon as I drop his name whenever I can!
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    We are having a lengthy chat about the giants who dominate modern thinking - she’s read Bertrand Russell’s “History of Western Philosophy - with particular reference to Adam Smith, Daniel Ricardo,...
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    VPNs are extremely widespread in China - see my post above on tunnelling out of the Great Firewall.

    In fact they are so very common that I assume they are tolerated as long as people don’t do it...
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    Thanks HRD.

    I can understand and follow your comments, which « feel right » to me, although I haven’t been to China since the Covid-19 thing started.

    Same goes for Dave Hadfield’s comments.
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    Brilliant. And very « Beijing » with that style of repartee.
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    Most people in China are unaware of other vaccines.
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    Re: Schroedinger's cat

    I have just learned from a BBC radio programme that Schoedinger was a paedophile who groomed young girls and wrote about it in his diary.

    No longer cool.
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    Re: Ukraine

    This is outstanding.

    Thank you for posting it.

    We can see that the social media are the single most important cause of the global outbreak of stupidity.
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    Re: Diesel Heat Clones

    Thanks Dave! I had no idea that Navigator made diesel stoves!

    I have been looking to instal a diesel stove - and knowing their solid fuel stoves this is the obvious choice!
  45. Re: Movies that have held up and those that don't

    I have seen almost all the films listed above and I agree with almost everything written so far on this topic.

    May I add:

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance
    Gone with the Wind
    Snow White and...
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    I agree with George. and with Tom.

    The most likely consequences of the sort of rather gleeful reporting that almost all western news outlets are going in for at the moment is that the Chinese...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Stefan Korshak quotes Goethe:

    https://medium.com/@Stefan.Korshak/nov-26-day-276-power-to-the-people-migs-and-swamps-nato-knock-off-63815e60b267
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    Oh, I think an adjustment to the policy is likely to be along shortly.
  49. Re: Patrick O'Brian is unreadable dreck

    Either of the Andrews will do here.

    Brexit is built on a past that never happened. Alcuin would have understood it.
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    The current excitement in China

    I’d welcome HR Davies’ opinion here.

    I am not of the opinion that the street demonstrations are significant.

    Chinese people like French people like a chance to have a demo, they always have. I...
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