It’s my own fault really. Because I like to see different sides to an argument before making up my own mind (see Rule 9 below) then I am unfortunately exposed to comments from people whose opinions are badly argued, uninformed, prejudiced, immature and just plain stupid. And this does annoy me at times.
I like to think that the 55 rules below are ones that I at least try to stick to when commenting online. I wish other people would too, even though a few of my ‘rules’ are actually opinions. Some of the rules are not so much rules for debate, more rules you should live by if you want me to value your opinion. Put it this way, the more of my rules that you break, the less highly will I rate your opinion.
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I wondered what could be so horrific that it would cause the Google Streetview van to flee in terror.
This is the location:
If you paste those coordinates into a Google search box, it will take you to the location I'm talking about. Click on the map. Drag the little yellow man to the blue line that ends just south of the bridge to switch to Streetview.
Then turn so that you're facing north.
This Christmas I made an effort to do some creative stuff.
Most of the creative stuff is directly related to that same roleplaying campaign. First of all, a pair of maps (hand-drawn, using dip pen, assorted calligraphy and cartographical nibs and drawing ink and using handmade paper from Nepal). The first (of Numenor) is a direct copy of a Tolkien map, the second is of a non-canonical Numenorean colony in the east which I wanted to do in the same style.
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And this was a damned good song. I really like the Bowling for Soup cover version too, but I've decided to present the original to you. Here's the video:
You may recognise the girl in the video as Lysette Anthony. She was quite the British starlet at the time. There was a sitcom with the bloke out of Boon and the woman who played Marjorie in To The Manor Born (the name of the sitcom escapes me) and she was also in a few historical dramas featuring young ladies in tight corsets breathing in and out a lot. The photographer David Bailey called her "The Face of the Eighties". Her career seems to have dried up since then and she's apparently been living on benefits in a grotty part of London.
If a political party vows to defend the welfare state against "neo-liberals", to defeat the "dictatorship of the markets", cut the retirement age to 60 and realign "taxation against capital and in favour of workers", it's a left-wing party isn't it? So why do people still call the French Front National a “far right” party?
The draft syllabus for Politics AS and A level looks to be very robust. A level politics under this syllabus would actually be a good preparation for a Politics degree rather than the somewhat wishy-washy A-level subject it currently is.
Someone asked me the other day if we had any "politically incorrect" board games in stock in the Shop. I had to admit that we didn't. I'm all for tweaking the sensibilities of the terminally politically correct, but I think even I would draw the line well before this point.
What does the galaxy need most after the destruction of the Second Death Star? A Central Bank. (I would actually love it if this is the plot for Episode VII, but then I liked all the stuff about taxation of trade routes in Episode I…)
The genius of Tusk. (And isn’t Christine’s hair truly tragic in that photo?)
Chairman Mao "on balance did more good than harm". I love Michael Portillo’s expression of horror/incredulity/hilarity in this clip. Remember people, if Labour win the next election, this woman will probably have an important job in government.