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Posted on: Nov 15 2018, 08:52 AM


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QUOTE (newres @ Nov 10 2018, 02:43 PM) *
I saw that earlier. A bit of a scam really.

Of course it is, give anybody a chance to reduce their personal tax burden and they're going to take it. I can see that, YOU can see that, HMG apparently can't.
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Posted on: Nov 14 2018, 08:12 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Nov 14 2018, 07:28 PM) *
He’s just some bloke though. Like you or me. Why is what he says of interest? Why does it anger the gammon? He’s no one. Him being a Labour Party member is of no more significance than what football team he supports. I don’t start making ridiculous claims about Boris Johnson because some Tory party members burnt a model Grenfell Tower. It’s idiotic. You’re being managed and manipulated.

You're the one said he was 'fictional'. Not me.
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Posted on: Nov 13 2018, 09:54 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Nov 13 2018, 09:37 PM) *
You must mean every paper except the Guardian then. Anyway you said he was fictitious, except your Literature degree failed again and you spelt that wrong as well!

Aaron Bastani is a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway University and a student activist. He co-edited Fightback! and blogs at Open Democracy and Radical Dandy as well as his channel he's also a writer and critic for the Guardian (where else) and is regarded widely as one of Corbyns 'attack dogs'. So he appears to be fairly representative of Labour.

It's been reported widely, as has the backlash. I've read some of his other stuff and a lot of it is offensive, apparently he tried to lay the blame for Salisbury on the Israelis. Why does that not surprise me?
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Posted on: Nov 12 2018, 07:15 PM


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Or maybe you were thinking about Robert Fisk who wrote last week : "The poppy has become a symbol of racism – I will never wear one again" in the independent. That "fictitious bloke" maybe.
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Posted on: Nov 12 2018, 07:11 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Nov 12 2018, 06:34 PM) *
Incidentally, who’s trying to ban Remembrance Day? Is it the same ficticious bloke that says poppies are racist?

You mean Aaron Bastani, The owner of left-wing website Novara Media who posted a video to the page's 25,000 YouTube subscribers just days before Remembrance Day.

In the video, he said “We all know about the poppy appeal. It’s something that is a bit of a joke for people on the left.”

He also said “I feel the poppy appeal is grotesque. I think it has triumphalist militarism to it, which, A, doesn’t really fit with Britain’s military position in the world anymore. And ‘B’, it’s racist, right? It’s white supremacists - I think.”. He went on to mock a man who built a World War One trench in his garden.

Mr Bastani said “We’re going to start with a man who has literally reconstructed a World War One trench in his front garden - and it is of course, on a housing estate.

“The only thing that is missing is chlorine gas. What a f****** muppet.”

That fictitious bloke?
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Posted on: Nov 10 2018, 02:50 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Nov 10 2018, 02:44 PM) *
Surprised you didn’t hold out for a blue one.

Red was the closest I could get to 'gammon' pink.
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Posted on: Nov 10 2018, 09:28 AM


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BBC News - Government-subsidised plug-in cars may never have been charged
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46152853

Really? And they're actually surprised? Morons.
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Posted on: Nov 10 2018, 02:50 AM


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Needed to renew mine as it was getting close to expiry, anyone else used the online service? Bloody marvelous!
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Posted on: Nov 10 2018, 02:49 AM


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Double post.
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Posted on: Nov 9 2018, 06:11 PM


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Good article here from the beeb.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46124467
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Posted on: Nov 9 2018, 04:00 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Nov 9 2018, 03:08 PM) *
But why feel the need to mention them.

Cos it came up as part of a discussion. We have a shared interest in boats. It was everybody else who made a big thing of it.
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Posted on: Nov 9 2018, 02:58 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Nov 9 2018, 02:48 PM) *
Ironic really from the bloke that boasts about a yacht and a Range Rover Sport.

Except, I've seen both. and as he's already said it's too small to be a yacht, he's always called it a boat I think.
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Posted on: Nov 9 2018, 10:54 AM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Nov 6 2018, 10:58 AM) *
A road to Damascus moment! Yup, Walter's got his own business, a literature degree, probably a doctorate in political science as well, you ask him he's either got it, done it or knows it. He's the reason Google exists frankly. Still, so long as it makes him happy where's the harm. smile.gif

Pretty much sums him up.
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Posted on: Nov 8 2018, 03:33 PM


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That, seems, unbelievable really.
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Posted on: Nov 8 2018, 01:13 AM


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QUOTE (Strafin @ Nov 5 2018, 09:37 AM) *
I'd put money on him still being here...

This forum is rubbish because it is unmoderated, has very few subscribers and contributors, and those who do take part aren't interested in learning anything or debating anything. It is just a bunch of gammons venting and they have found a place where they can do that and get a certain level of agreement.

I am sure that even the most annoying, argumentative and angriest people on here (individually perceived), are actually ok in real life. In fact I have met some of you so I know you are. So take everything with a pinch of salt, be empathetic and lets all stop having a go all the time.

"The meaning of that term - gammon - is unknown to me. If it means that I grow a little too fervid, or perhaps even hyperbolic, in extolling my native land, I admit the full justice of my remark,”
“I am proud of this free and happy country. My form dilates, my eye glistens, my breast heaves, my heart swells, my bosom burns, when I call to mind her greatness and her glory.”


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Posted on: Nov 5 2018, 02:11 PM


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QUOTE (Strafin @ Nov 5 2018, 11:31 AM) *
Well we can agree on something there!

It's only Walter gets upset anyway. Comes of using daddies computer I suppose.
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Posted on: Nov 3 2018, 09:26 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Nov 3 2018, 10:27 AM) *
All winterised now, still on the market. Had one or two lookie Lou's but nowt serious yet. You?

Craning it out tomorrow and putting on a cradle. Scrub off and put a big 'for sale' notice on it. How about a pint before Xmas?
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Posted on: Nov 3 2018, 05:34 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Nov 3 2018, 04:29 PM) *
Makes him sound like a windie pace bowler, wink.gif One would have hoped that these little online forums would be a refuge from the realities of life but not when mud gets slung at you from someone you don't even know.

I take the same view of our little friend as Napoleon had of Talleyrand.
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Posted on: Nov 3 2018, 09:55 AM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Nov 1 2018, 11:45 PM) *
If everyone was to simply block Newres and deny the troll the attention he craves he'll eventually wither and die. Simple. I suspect he's just some boy with his dads computer and a fevered imagination. laugh.gif laugh.gif tongue.gif

I tend to agree with you on that one chap! Anyhoo, how's the boat? Any progress?
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Posted on: Oct 27 2018, 06:46 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Oct 27 2018, 05:25 AM) *
Whereas you’re the subject in one of Dostoevsky’s novels.

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QUOTE (newres @ Oct 27 2018, 05:25 AM) *
I’ve no need to make things up or to go Googling to try to make myself look clever.


Really? laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

Google will be sending you a bill soon!
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Posted on: Oct 26 2018, 10:37 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Oct 26 2018, 08:45 PM) *
Never read Chaucer? tongue.gif

Why? Are you mentioned? Ah yes, here it is; 'The Walters Tale'.
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Posted on: Oct 26 2018, 06:26 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Oct 26 2018, 03:11 PM) *
Yes old son, I suspect you are well used to the smell. laugh.gif

No point in me trying to prove anything. I'll leave that to Dorothy Parker. tongue.gif

We can agree good literature stands the test of time - hence declining popularity.

So, to recap. No evidence or facts from you, just the good old OTE sneer when someone at least try's. And an attempted argument based on little more that opinion, lies and bull****. Way to go, no wonder this countries in trouble.
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Posted on: Oct 26 2018, 06:23 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Oct 26 2018, 06:32 PM) *
If you actually believe that, you are a ******* moron.

Making full use of that Literature degree I see.
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Posted on: Oct 25 2018, 11:05 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Oct 25 2018, 06:50 AM) *
Mind, even when they were current, the authors mentioned weren't considered writers of the first rank; save amongst their followers.

Really, "Nabokov's Lolita (1955), his most noted novel in English, was ranked fourth in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels;Pale Fire (1962) was ranked 53rd on the same list, and his memoir, Speak, Memory (1951), was listed eighth on the publisher's list of the 20th century's greatest nonfiction. He was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times."
Doesn't sound, "not first rank" to me.

Sontag,
1978: National Book Critics Circle Award for On Photography
1990: MacArthur Fellowship
1992: Malaparte Prize, Italy
1999: Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, France
2000: National Book Award for In America
2001: Jerusalem Prize, awarded every two years to a writer whose work explores the freedom of the individual in society.
2002: George Polk Award, for Cultural Criticism for "Looking at War," in The New Yorker
2003: Honorary Doctorate of Tübingen University
2003: Peace Prize of the German Book Trade (Friedenspreis des deutschen Buchhandels) during the Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse).
2003: Prince of Asturias Award on Literature.
2004: Two days after her death, Muhidin Hamamdzic, the mayor of Sarajevo announced the city would name a street after her, calling her an "author and a humanist who actively participated in the creation of the history of Sarajevo and Bosnia." Theatre Square outside the National Theatre was promptly proposed to be renamed Susan Sontag Theatre Square. It took 5 years, however, for that tribute to become official.On January 13, 2010, the city of Sarajevo posted a plate with a new street name for Theater Square: Theater Square of Susan Sontag.

Also rated by the Guardian as #16 in their best 100 non fiction list, Not too shabby. Highly regarded as one of the great essayists of modern times.

And as for Art Of War, its nice your colleague could confirm that overnight. However its not on the mandatory list, rather it's on the recommended list, a shortened list of recommended as below;

The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Attacks! By E. Rommel

Clausewitz, Carl von. On War. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1984.
This is a war classic that sets the standard for books on the art of war.
Hart, B.H. Liddell. Strategy. Plume; 2 revised edition, 1991.
This book is a classic work on strategy that rivals Clausewitz.
Sumida, Jon Tetsuro. Inventing Grand Strategy and Teaching Command. The John
Hopkins University Press, 1999.
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Posted on: Oct 24 2018, 11:57 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Oct 24 2018, 08:34 PM) *
Arguably asking if Newres has read those 'authors' is really like asking a student of modern warfare why they didn't concentrate on the War of Jenkins Ear, or the Russio Japanese War.

Arguably yes, however I would contend that great literature transcends the bounds of time and is therefor as important today to literature as it was fifty years ago. Your argument would have us believe that William Shakespeare is an irrelevancy.

As for military studies? well, the Russo Japanese war is of intense interest to all scholars, the first war in modern times when an Asian power defeated a western or European power? Incredibly important. One of the first things any student of war will be given to study is 'The Art Of War' By Sun Tzu, as relevant today as it was then. And I can also tell you that the first things drummed into you as a pilot are, Altitude is King, beware the enemy in the sun and never fly in a straight line. All lessons learn't in WW1. Why? because battlefields change, weapons change but tactics never change.
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