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  1. @Chillidragon Unfortunately Mike just, and only just, beat me in replying on the previous thread. It locked down just as I pressed Submit. You mention Erse, is that the correct linguistic term for Irish Gaelic? My wife is of Donegal stock and objects to it being referred to as anything but Gaelic (Pronounced as Gay Lick) in Scotland the name of the native language is pronounced Gaaahhhlic. I Scotland in the past Erse was often used as a derogatory term by lowland Scots and English for Highlanders. It helps that to a lowland Scot it sounds like the part of your body you sit on.
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    necks may be broken
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    it'll still be wrong
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    and robbing you blind
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    chosen by your Alexa (I worry about those things)
  6. Help me prevent a murder...

    If the stain was near an edge you could lift the carpet at that edge, put some form of absorbent material, wadded kitchen paper etc. under it and flush the stain down through the carpet. If the paint is still moist and not fully cured you can use as much white spirit/turps substitute etc. as neccessary to flush it down and out. The problem with scrubbing the surface of the carpet is that you drive the pigment particles into the fibres of the carpet and once they are in there they aren't ever coming out again. I am fortunate in that I persuaded the missus that a charcoal grey/black shagpile carpet was ideal for the living room/dining room. On the odd occasion where I have dropped my brush while doing an oil painting or spilled a can of paint I just get the airbrush, fill it with thinners and spray/wash the pigment down out of the pile and through the backing of the carpet, job done! Whenever the time comes to pull the carpet up I am expecting the underlying floor to resemble an abstract painting.
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    the wilds of Amazonia
  8. Britmodellers' X Files

    It is an interesting tale Richard. I do sometimes wonder about the 'alternate realities' and 'quantum entanglement' possibilities. As I recall, many years ago, I saw a programme in which it was put forward that, given the size of the universe, it was statistically possible that there are many 'Earths' where the same things happen in a 'similar' if not exactly the same way. If you then factor in that the universe is even bigger than we suspected thirty years or so ago when I watched this programme it makes it highly likely that there are indeed the near identical Earth's elsewhere in the vastness of the universe. If we then add in quantum entanglement (Spooky action at distance as Einstein put it) where particles can behave and react to actions taken many many miles away then we have a method whereby the information can be transmitted across the vastness of space instantaneously. Alternatively there are the multi-verse ideas put forward by those studying the big bang and the possibility of leakage between universes. I once wondered if, perhaps, the stories that are written here on earth are histories elsewhere in a 'multiverse where "everything that can happen does" and likewise our own histories are someone else's novels. In this incomprehensibly vast universe anything is possible and nothing can be completely discounted.
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    and his dog breath
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    I do think that being Celts may have been on their minds as you say as that ties into their own theories of the time. There is still a great deal of interest in Celtic studies and Gaelic among the German, Swiss and Austrian nations when I think about it. From the account they certainly didn't seem to receive any kind of special treatment in the camps or during their forced labour. I used to come across many from the Teutonic areas when I frequented Gaelic forums and, indeed, one of the newsreaders for BBC Alba was a German fellow called Andreas Wolff who is originally from Berlin but now lives in Oban. I did find it somewhat galling at times being corrected on my Gaelic grammar by a Swiss or Austrian though They were basing everything on the solid foundations of published grammar rather than the colloquial grammar in general use in Scotland.
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    wailing and gnashing teeth
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    @Mike it is Cathartic, let it all out and all that @Chillidragon It is a pity that the changes to the Celtic language are not the result of natural evolution but rather adopting idioms from the dominant English language. I find it quite strange at times how recent the language has suffered it's decline. I have read a number of accounts that indicate that the Gaelic was the only language in some rural areas until the outbreak of the first and second world wars where those who went into the armed forces had to learn English and brought it home with them. In one account by a Scots islander captured when the Highland Division was forced to surrender at Saint Valery he notes that, when they arrived in Germany their captors made a point of separating Gaelic speakers from non Gaelic speakers. Not sure what the purpose was for the Germans but the language proved useful in escape attempts where the escapees were assumed to be migrant workers from some occupied country.
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    when it's coming back
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    Ah @Chillidragon I understand now, I didn't quite get it. I thought that the implication was that I was the Colonel Blimp character Dead languages, well I can speak an 'almost' dead language (Scots Gaelic) although the Scottish media would claim it isn't, it is certainly very much on life support. From an artistic point of view it is a beautiful language and, in my personal opinion, will eventually be shown to be one of the earliest languages, easily as old as Latin. The Gaels always claimed that it was the language spoken in the Garden of Eden. I just hope that enough recordings of 'proper' Gaelic are made before it disappears. Sadly Gaelic has tried to become modern in recent years with 'cool' shortening of the traditional manner of speaking which had previously been preserved for centuries. The one subject I loved in high school was Classical Studies. It was only in first year and so there was no qualification but it introduced me to Homer and the Greek legends which were really entrancing at the time. I have a copy of Homers Odyssey translated into Gaelic that I really must read.
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    puffing on a stogie (Can't beat a good cigar)
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    Aye John, my mother was tickled pink I guess I was a little different from the average kid I got on much better with adults and never really got on well with other kids, most of whom I disliked intensely and the rest I tolerated. I did occasionally overhear adults saying that I was an 'old soul' or at least that's what I thought they said I agree with a lot of what Troy said. I was useless at school, hated it. I loved talking to the teachers but the school work was dull and rotten. I particularly enjoyed talking with my Physics teacher on various science subjects that I had seen on telly such as String theory and quantum mechanics. We could spend an entire double period talking about such topics but the actual course work sucked the life out of you. The other kids loved it as they didn't have to do anything while we blethered away. I wish Physics had been taught in a different way as I only did it to 'O' grade and only achieved a band 3 pass, the syllabus just left me cold and I didn't study it. I got on well with the teachers and we would have some great and interesting conversations about whatever subject caught our attention but the rest of it was a waste of time. I wish it had been different as, now, I find physics fascinating although admittedly it is still the quantum theory, relativity and such that really attract my attention. History is so much more interesting and I would go so far as to say that a lot of what was taught to me back then was extremely simplified or half truths and even downright lies. Even mathematics is more interesting if you study it outwith the confines of the school syllabus.
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    Oh there are plenty of them about. I had one many years ago who you could always get an appointment with as no-one wanted to see him. I had jumped out of a lorry and suffered what was apparently damage to the sciatic nerve meaning I couldn't put weight on my right leg. I went to see him and he said " I have considered your condition and I believe it is due to the hunched over position you adopt as a motorcyclist" I said "but I had never had any problem until I jumped out of the lorry" he replied "I'm telling you it's the hunched over position on your motorbike" to which I said " That's funny as I have a chopper and it has a laid-back reclined riding position" and he shouted at me "I'm telling you it's your motorbike". I had never suffered anything like it in years of riding motorbikes of both the laid back custom style or the hunched over sports style. He had decided he knew what was responsible, despite all the evidence pointing to what really caused it and wasn't prepared to tolerate the peasant patient doubting his esteemed, expert opinion. I sometimes think perhaps that, if you have a decent analytical mind and aren't prone to hypochondria, you are better served doing research on whatever ails you and, if you can, treat yourself. What has really come as a shock to me in recent years, with my wifes' complex medical problems and being made to watch 'Monsters inside me' which my wife loves, is just how many illnesses there are out there that are hard to detect, there are no treatments for or even thorough understanding of. It strikes me that we are tinkering with things like genetics when we don't fully undestand some of the basic mechanisms of the human body, it's illnesses and diseases.
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    the new gallantry medal
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    ? Lost me I'm afraid, are you a GP? Have I offended you?
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    I don't honestly know, no-one ever challenged me about it, or my refusal to wear school uniform. Odd when I look back now that the school authorities always left me alone. Maybe I was invisible or something
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    Here's another pet hate. GP's who have no people skills. My local GP is a nightmare. He is German and is notorious locally. My stepdaughter asked to see a doctor last night as her throat was really bothering her (she has been unwell recently with a cold or virus) and this is about the fourth time that she has wanted to see a doctor in over eight years which tells you how much she likes doctors so she must have been feeling bad. When she went in (my wife accompanied her into the consultation) the doctor apparently barely glanced into her throat said "just a cold" and dismissed her. No treatment, no advice, nothing! I think he bases his manner on the 'Doc Martin' character but aims for more 'hard edged'. Thing is he is not alone, over the years I have met a number of doctors who have been about as much use as a chocolate teapot and act like little gods rather than public servants. In fact I would go so far as to say that I can count the number of times I have had a successful outcome from seeing a doctor on the fingers of one hand and yet these guys are earning so much that they are forced to work part time to avoid the top tax bracket while the rest of the NHS crumbles into the dust. Nowadays I generally avoid going to the doctor. If I thought I was liable to actually die I may attend a hospital but Doctors, nope no way!
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    it'll only embarrass you (especially if it is one of those Hawaiian ones, can't take them anywhere)
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    The 12-13 statistic for girls did come as a surprise to me as it stated that this was younger than it was historically where I had thought that was the norm when I was a teen in the 80's. Myself I was about 11 at puberty, first in the Secondary to have a beard, now there's a surprise given my username Hmm, just scanned an article in the Guardian and it says that a study (Not sure when this study was carried out) shows that the age for puberty to start in girls was approximately 10 and a half in 2010. According to the article researchers arrived at an average age of 16.6 years for onset of puberty in girls in 1860 dropping to 14.6 years in 1920 and then down to 13.1 in 1950 and the article says that boys typically lag one year behind girls.
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    The odd thing is that the same report says that, due to improved diet and healthcare, puberty is happening several years earlier these days. Girls are going through puberty at around 12-13 and boys commonly at age 10 now. You would think that both sexual and mental maturity would occur at the same time. All we need is a horde of ten year old fathers who are being sexualised by social and traditional media without the maturity to keep it in their pants and fifteen years before they will be mature enough. Lord help us all! Imagine a father who hasn't even left primary school yet
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    live on centre stage