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3 hours ago, aphperspective said:

We still have one of those English Families (there are several others near here with the same attitude) living in my village. The land they have was given by Cromwell for "suppressing" the local population. The house is surrounded with a large stone wall (even got an electric gate fitted), they have no interaction with the village as such, sent their children away to private school (the local primary is renowned for being excellent). They come in my local pub about once a year when the daughter is home on school holiday and pretend to be "local", basically ignored by everybody, that them and us attitude still goes in here.   


It’s everywhere. It is not really about nationalism but about society and the class system. These old ruling classes continue to rule but they use the banners of nationalism to divide and conquer. Nowadays it is done in the guise of democracy through populism. Rewrite history- no problem. 😎. Fake news - eeezy.  If there is any upside to Covid-19, then perhaps it will see the demise of the populist liars. 

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On 03/08/2020 at 15:34, spacecadet said:

A bookcase shelf collapsed last night. I just watched it go, watcha gonna do? Get in the way?

The books didn't mind much, they transitioned to a stable 2 configuration after all. The worst thing was the dust.

It had happened about 10 years ago, same shelf, same books, except that time I lost a lot of 78s. A plastic support peg sheared. You 'd think I'd have repaired it properly with screws, but no. Just more pegs.

It's screwed on now. And quite a few books aren't going back, it's the recycling bin for them

Unless anyone wants a copy of "Children on a Farm", Encyclopedia Britannica, 1962, or a 1959 edition of Vogel's Inorganic Analysis. And a cat calendar.

 

I'm under constant pressure to sort out my room, which probably means throwing out my large collection of books which, in truth, are very rarely, if ever referred to. In the past I have been quite good, I discarded all of my University lecture notes years ago but still retain the textbooks. All of my personal work related stuff went soon after I retired, but again the books remain - Formulas For Stress and Strain by Roark, I was presented with on leaving my first proper job, and signed by my design office colleagues, I can't let it go. Books on programming a Z80 microprocessor have no further use, but, nerdily, they bring back happy memories. Lots of books on photography, mainly from the film era and never looked at. I don't think that there is a single  fiction book in my personal collection, which is a bit sad. Will I ever need to look again at Mathematics for Engineers, volumes 1and 2, well the grandson occasionally asks for help with his school maths, so maybe hang on to them etc. Two volumes of Engineering Thermodynamics one in imperial units and the other updated to SI, used to be my Bible, but not opened for years. They will all continue to gather dust until either they or I fall off the wall and cease to exist..

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15 hours ago, MDM said:

 

No Allan,  Edo is clearly referring to the Irish Potato Famine. While it might seem oversensitive on my part, I think jokes about disasters where over a million people died of starvation, primarily because of the greed of the ruling classes, are in bad taste. Similarly jokes about Irish stone walls do not go down too well with me as you might remember. Why stone walls one might ask? Well many of the stone walls in Ireland were built during the famine as relief projects in order that the starving native men who built them could be paid a pittance to keep them alive. Some would consider this to be the next step up from slavery. As a rich land-owning laird once said to me in all seriousness, there was no famine relief in those days (the 1840s).

 

I did not mention the potato famine.

 

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13 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

Yes, The Great Hunger. I've read the books. I'm sure Allan meant no harm, but it's a very dark subject for the Irish. 

 

Quite right Edo it was a light hearted remark and no mention was made on my part about the potato famine. Which incidentally I do know about and this is not the first time Mick has had a go at me about it.

 

Allan

 

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12 hours ago, aphperspective said:

We still have one of those English Families (there are several others near here with the same attitude) living in my village. The land they have was given by Cromwell for "suppressing" the local population. The house is surrounded with a large stone wall (even got an electric gate fitted), they have no interaction with the village as such, sent their children away to private school (the local primary is renowned for being excellent). They come in my local pub about once a year when the daughter is home on school holiday and pretend to be "local", basically ignored by everybody, that them and us attitude still goes in here.   

 

I agree it was a terrible time and an even worse thing for one nation to impose on another nation.

 

Allan

 

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19 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

I did not mention the potato famine.

 

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14 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Quite right Edo it was a light hearted remark and no mention was made on my part about the potato famine. Which incidentally I do know about and this is not the first time Mick has had a go at me about it.

 

Allan

 


I know you didn’t mention the famine. I was explaining to you what Edo meant. It seemed clear to me but you obviously did not understand what was meant. 
 

The previous incident when I had a go at you as you put it is when you made a stupid Irish joke about stone walls. I expect you know what I mean when I say stupid Irish  joke but in case you don’t then I mean the type of joke that implies the Irish are stupid. Well that genre of joke is no longer socially or politically acceptable. It leads to a form of national stereotyping that can be very upsetting for the recipients at the lighter end and can have far more serious consequences if taken as reality. I don’t think anyone who knows me will accuse me of being stupid (in the IQ sense) so it is not a personal thing for me but I do find this type of national stereotyping offensive.
 

I had a go at you because you were displaying a high degree of ignorance about this and if you think I was being over the top then you have learned nothing. If you have not come across the term unconscious bias then I recommend you check it out. This is an excellent example. I know there was no malice intended but that is not the point here. 

 

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34 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

I agree it was a terrible time and an even worse thing for one nation to impose on another nation.

 

Allan

 

 

To the Irish, what happened during The Hunger, was not so different from what happened to the Jews in Nazi Germany. These are big, prickly subjects to those involved. But I know you didn't mean anything bad in your remark, Allan.

 

Let's move on, shall we?

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2 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

To the Irish, what happened during The Hunger, was not so different from what happened to the Jews in Nazi Germany. These are big, prickly subjects to those involved. But I know you didn't mean anything bad in your remark, Allan.

 

Let's move on, shall we?


Sure thing Edo. I know there was no malice intended at all but as I explained in my last post the issue of unconscious bias remains as a hangover from the past. I have experienced this many times over the years. So yes let’s move on. 

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6 hours ago, MDM said:


Sure thing Edo. I know there was no malice intended at all but as I explained in my last post the issue of unconscious bias remains as a hangover from the past. I have experienced this many times over the years. So yes let’s move on. 

On a last footnote next year I qualify for my Irish passport, already got the forms partially filled ready to go on the day. 

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20 minutes ago, aphperspective said:

On a last footnote next year I qualify for my Irish passport, already got the forms partially filled ready to go on the day. 

 

Goodonya. Maybe we could meet for a coffee and a chat next time I'm in West Cork. It's been 5 years since I've been so once it becomes easy to travel it is high on my agenda of places to visit again. I miss the mountains of Beara. 

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8 hours ago, MDM said:

 


I know you didn’t mention the famine. I was explaining to you what Edo meant. It seemed clear to me but you obviously did not understand what was meant. 
 

The previous incident when I had a go at you as you put it is when you made a stupid Irish joke about stone walls. I expect you know what I mean when I say stupid Irish  joke but in case you don’t then I mean the type of joke that implies the Irish are stupid. Well that genre of joke is no longer socially or politically acceptable. It leads to a form of national stereotyping that can be very upsetting for the recipients at the lighter end and can have far more serious consequences if taken as reality. I don’t think anyone who knows me will accuse me of being stupid (in the IQ sense) so it is not a personal thing for me but I do find this type of national stereotyping offensive.
 

I had a go at you because you were displaying a high degree of ignorance about this and if you think I was being over the top then you have learned nothing. If you have not come across the term unconscious bias then I recommend you check it out. This is an excellent example. I know there was no malice intended but that is not the point here. 

 

 

Hi Mick I fully understood what Edo meant. I was just having a bit of fun with Edo in my post which he seems to have taken as it was meant.

 

I hope I have never or will ever imply that the Irish are stupid. I have a few Irish friends, you included, and I hope our friendship is not damaged by this discussion.

 

I know you enough from our meetings to know you are certainly NOT stupid. The first time this was discussed with you I hope you did not think I was stupid, naive maybe, But I am much more enlightened now since that point in time. That is why I say that I knew what Edo was talking about.

 

I am now finished replying to any other posts regarding this subject. Thank you for listening.

 

Best wishes my friend and I hope you are progressing more to full health after your brush with the virus. I do miss our meetings.

 

Allan

 

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1 hour ago, MDM said:

 

Goodonya. Maybe we could meet for a coffee and a chat next time I'm in West Cork. It's been 5 years since I've been so once it becomes easy to travel it is high on my agenda of places to visit again. I miss the mountains of Beara. 

Absolutely next time your down near Skibbereen give me a shout. (Castletownshend is my village) But Skib is the nearest town. This area was devastated by the famine, there is a very good museum dedicated to it. 

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1 hour ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Hi Mick I fully understood what Edo meant. I was just having a bit of fun with Edo in my post which he seems to have taken as it was meant.

 

I hope I have never or will ever imply that the Irish are stupid. I have a few Irish friends, you included, and I hope our friendship is not damaged by this discussion.

 

I know you enough from our meetings to know you are certainly NOT stupid. The first time this was discussed with you I hope you did not think I was stupid, naive maybe, But I am much more enlightened now since that point in time. That is why I say that I knew what Edo was talking about.

 

I am now finished replying to any other posts regarding this subject. Thank you for listening.

 

Best wishes my friend and I hope you are progressing more to full health after your brush with the virus. I do miss our meetings.

 

Allan

 

 

OK Allan. It is time to move on for sure. I know there was never any malice intended from you. I just wanted to be clear that I wasn’t having a go for no reason the last time. The national stereotyping that the Irish have been subjected to over the years has often been very damaging and it is not just harmless banter. This sort of stereotyping is widespread, often going way beyond nationalities in fact and used as a form of control over the masses by those who crave power with potentially very serious consequences. I will stop there. 
 

Anyway no worries. Let’s move on. Do take care and avoid any brushes with the virus 😀. I can definitely say it felt more like a head-on collision with an elephant and still does at times although there is light at the end of the tunnel I think ( unless I am seeing the headlights of a fast-approaching train 😎). 

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1 hour ago, aphperspective said:

Absolutely next time your down near Skibbereen give me a shout. (Castletownshend is my village) But Skib is the nearest town. This area was devastated by the famine, there is a very good museum dedicated to it. 


Sounds great Andy. I look forward to it. Hopefully sometime next year. I have not been down that part of West Cork since I was a kid going to football matches with my father and uncle when on holidays in Beara. 

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I've decided that it's not worth trying to grow basil out of doors in these parts. I planted a couple outside but in the shelter of the south facing side of the greenhouse. They haven't died, but neither have they prospered, a pathetic effort.  In contrast, that which I have in the house, on a south facing window ledge, is growing like a triffid. No home made pesto for us this year.

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On 31/07/2020 at 16:23, Cal said:

 

Is it actually on the upswing or are numbers appearing higher because more people are being tested? 1 in 1000 is 0.1% and so is 1000 in 1,000,000, but the latter sounds better if you state it out of context without the percentage. Which is exactly what is happening here - I wonder why?

 

We are having to deal with the same hysteria now in England, Greater Manchester now on "lockdown" again with people being banned from seeing people from other households. It's utterly ridiculous and becoming like something out of a dystopian novel. I wouldn't be so wound up about it if it were actually something to be deeply afraid of but it isn't - the virus has a 0.2% mortality rate *of people that get it* and here at the moment you have a 1 in 4000 chance of even catching it in the first place. 

 

The average death rate here for the last few months has been no higher than it was last year. Yet the utter buffoons that run this country still insist on wrecking it over this overblown threat. What is the end plan I wonder? Just keep "locking down" until every case vanishes? Because this will probably come back around every year like the cold and flu does, and if they think we are "locking down" every time it does they have another thing coming. The fact that the majority of supermarkets and police have outright said they won't/can't police the wearing of masks is a de facto vote of no confidence in our government. Not to mention the utterly devastating long term effect this will have on the development of young children who have now had to live a sizeable proportion of their lives isolated from others, the hit on mental health and the effects falling GDP will have on crime etc.

 

They can stick their lockdown up their ar*e.

 

EDIT: I misspoke above about the 1/4000 chance of catching it. This 1/4000, I am told, is the chance of simply /finding/ someone with the virus. You then have to catch it from them, which is a less than 100% chance. Far less.

 

From very easily google-able statistics, using the world population number and those who have died from covid worldwide, the mortality percentage works out as 0.008641%. Why are we scared of this again?

It's stupid comments and views like this that are exacerbating the problem.  Cases of C19 are on the rise and will keep rising as long as people think in this moronic way. 😡

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56 minutes ago, Colblimp said:

It's stupid comments and views like this that are exacerbating the problem.  Cases of C19 are on the rise and will keep rising as long as people think in this moronic way. 😡

Just realised there's a connection with another thread and another odd set of opinions. Not someone especially amenable to facts or reason. Or even obeying the law apparently.

At least saying that jpegs are better than RAWs can't actually hurt anybody.

 

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35 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

Just realised there's a connection with another thread and another odd set of opinions. Not someone especially amenable to facts or reason. Or even obeying the law apparently.

At least saying that jpegs are better than RAWs can't actually hurt anybody.

 


There is a bit more latitude for opinion in the raw versus jpeg thing (although I have been a raw evangelist for a long time and I recall helped you to see the light yourself 😀). 
 

With Covid-19 there is no debate. It is a potentially devastating disease and, as I said above, can have very serious long term effects even in the young and previously healthy, in addition to death of the very vulnerable. There is an excellent programme on the BBC iPlayer at the moment which highlights the long term effects  in the case of one of the presenters - a previously fit doctor who has developed ongoing serious fatigue and potentially fatal heart problems. 

 

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14 hours ago, MDM said:

 

With Covid-19 there is no debate. It is a potentially devastating disease and, as I said above, can have very serious long term effects even in the young and previously healthy, in addition to death of the very vulnerable. There is an excellent programme on the BBC iPlayer at the moment which highlights the long term effects  in the case of one of the presenters - a previously fit doctor who has developed ongoing serious fatigue and potentially fatal heart problems. 

 

 

If you can access iplayer it is a must watch programme. Very interesting but also very sobering. 

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On 07/08/2020 at 07:56, Thyrsis said:

 

If you can access iplayer it is a must watch programme. Very interesting but also very sobering. 

 

Yes and one of the most sobering thoughts is that so much is currently unknown about what is actually happening in the body. It was made clear in the programme that the consultants and researchers don't know what is causing these unexpected effects on organs other than the lungs and they don't know what the ultimate consequences will be for people experiencing long term effects. And it is clear that it is not just the elderly or those with serious underlying conditions that are at risk. This is not just going to miraculously disappear no matter what people wish and, even with vaccines, life is not just going back to normal anytime soon.

 

 

 

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My bad thing today was rather fun in a way. I take a crosstown bus to some of my cat-sitting. It stops right in front of my building but on these weekends the block is closed off for outdoor dining. I made a point of finishing with cats in time to get the last bus before the street would close. It came very late but I expected to be able to get off at my stop. We hadn't gone more than a block when the street ahead of us was unexpectedly blocked off and the driver had to turn north. I heard her speaking on her phone trying to get instructions. The West Village is a very difficult area to navigate in a big bus. The streets are very narrow and there are often delivery vans double parked. It sometimes amazes me that the drivers manage to get through on the regular route. So she was checking out the streets as we went to see if she could make the turns. She was quite possibly new on the route. I have sometimes had to help drivers navigate because they have been put on the route without ever having traveled it. I was the only one on the bus and I had an idea what she could do but it was hard to communicate because they are protecting the drivers from the virus by having a plastic divider blocking the front section and riders get on and off at the back door. It is free. If I could have been next to her talking to her I might have helped but she was wandering on her own (in a giant bus) on our tiny streets. She headed back south and I expected her to turn where she could have been back at the terminal but she may not even have recognized the street if she is new to the route. She was passing it by so I had her let me off and she went downtown on her own. I wonder where she is now? On the way home I saw that the street that was blocked had a lot of fire trucks on it. I don't think it was a big fire. Nothing on the news. So that was my adventure for the day.

 

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Another in my continuing series of potato disasters (Sorry Edo)

 

Potato problems, tuber showing slug or wireworm damage in variety Red Rooster, England, UK Stock Photo

 

Not sure if it is wireworm or slug damage. Fortunately I had lifted most of the crop before too much damage was done. The positive, organically grown is good to eat for both bugs and humans. It pays to plant and lift early at our allotments.

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On 06/08/2020 at 17:52, MDM said:


There is a bit more latitude for opinion in the raw versus jpeg thing (although I have been a raw evangelist for a long time and I recall helped you to see the light yourself 😀). 
 

 

 

He's being intentionally inflammatory because he has no rebuttal for the points I made where in some cases the OOC jpeg has a better appearance than the OOC raw, and can therefore be advantageous if you didn't intend to do any extensive processing to the image as it was captured successfully in camera. The fact that I use no less than 90% of my raws and often extensively process them oddly never comes into it as like anyone with an agenda he couldn't risk making his campaign look like it has no foundation.


Instead of actually debating with me the points I raised, he continuously takes what I say out of context and simplifies it to make it look like he is some kind of hero. Should've been a reporter for the BBC.

 

As the for the rest of the post about me "not being amenable to facts" - what a load of bollocks. My post about COVID is the only one in this thread actually containing stats. If stats scare you or upset your narrative I'm sorry but that's not my problem. People have become far too scared of this virus and think that it makes them virtuous, and because of that virtue they shun and belittle anyone who isn't scared by it.

 

Keep misquoting me to deliberately make me the bad guy and I'm just going to keep reappearing.

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Your post on Covid-19 was so misguided it is hard to believe you are defending what you said on the basis of so-called stats. I am sorry but to me you are not worth the time of day. Adios.

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On the 7th August I set off early morning for North Norfolk to catch high water for a stock session. It was brilliant. However, before 6am on the way out and within three miles of home I was recorded by a speed camera for doing 35mph in a 30mph zone. Today I have received notice of prosecution, but when all is resolved I wonder how many images I will have to sell to cover the penalty!! Can't argue with the camera - I was driving the car!! Not a good start to the day. GRRR!

Jim 😩  

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