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by etoile
December 6th, 2013, 11:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Nelson Mandela RIP
Replies: 28
Views: 2253

Re: Nelson Mandela RIP

I remember the reports at the time of ANC activities. The 'necklacings' and bombings in public places. Amnesty sent observers to the trial but could not adopt Mandela as a 'prisoner of conscience' because he would not renounce violence. His legacy is the transformation during the imprisonment, that ...
by etoile
December 5th, 2013, 2:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The purpose and manner of forums
Replies: 20
Views: 2887

Re: The purpose and manner of forums

I'm sure it is evident to the administrators I haven't responded to any negative PM, and have never sent one of a negative nature. I believe in keeping things out in the open if not nipped in the bud. I think I understand what you mean, etoile, an aggressive "off forum" intrusion into your...
by etoile
December 5th, 2013, 11:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The purpose and manner of forums
Replies: 20
Views: 2887

Re: The purpose and manner of forums

ii ?? Are you seconding my comment, etoile? :D Called away. This was what I intended:- Seems an appropriate place to raise the point as any. I have a problem with using the PM (personal message) as a negative tool. I'm sure if someone had a disagreement at work or down the pub, they wouldn't consid...
by etoile
December 5th, 2013, 10:43 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The purpose and manner of forums
Replies: 20
Views: 2887

Re: The purpose and manner of forums

Seems an appropriate place to raise the point as any. I have a problem with using the PM (personal message) as a negative tool. I'm sure if someone had a disagreement at work or down the pub, they wouldn't consider following someone home to reignite it. That would be unlikely to have a positive outc...
by etoile
November 28th, 2013, 5:19 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Communicating feelings. Quiz.
Replies: 21
Views: 3571

Re: Communicating feelings. Quiz.

I got the same as you Tetenterre. In my defence I apparently am borderline prosopagnosia ("face blindness"). it's very embarassing as people think I am rude when I don't recognise them. And a bit scarey for me, because I have to just accept they are who they say they are. Sounds utterly f...
by etoile
November 28th, 2013, 4:52 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Communicating feelings. Quiz.
Replies: 21
Views: 3571

Re: Communicating feelings. Quiz.

Context has an important place in recognition - the cashier from the work canteen, whom I saw every working day and cracked jokes with, went totally unrecognised when I met her in a pub, even when she greeted me by name! I once smiled at and sat behind my own Mum on the bus. Neither of us realised ...
by etoile
November 28th, 2013, 4:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The Sun Tzu approach to childcare
Replies: 6
Views: 1021

Re: The Sun Tzu approach to childcare

You have a FATAL misunderstanding of how things work. INTENTION is everything, and you CAN detect it. This myth that you cannot know another's intentions has been propagated by those who would wish to be judged by their acts and have their intentions, those being ill, remain out of sight. The point...
by etoile
November 28th, 2013, 10:51 am
Forum: Education
Topic: Christmas shoebox appeals.
Replies: 4
Views: 1558

Re: Christmas shoebox appeals.

Ah! Sorry about that. It's been mentioned on a few occasions in various threads . Thank you for this. I see you searched for Samaritans Purse and picking through some of this there is mention of Operation Christmas child. It has been an education! Utterly unaware of these organisations. I have no i...
by etoile
November 27th, 2013, 12:28 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Christmas shoebox appeals.
Replies: 4
Views: 1558

Re: Christmas shoebox appeals.

Alan H wrote:We have discussed this previously: Christmas shoebox appeals., but it's appalling it's still happening. And I take your point about the environmental impact of this.


Thanks A.H. that link brings up this thread and I got nothing on a search of the topic. Point me in the right direction?
by etoile
November 27th, 2013, 11:43 am
Forum: Education
Topic: Christmas shoebox appeals.
Replies: 4
Views: 1558

Christmas shoebox appeals.

I don't know if I intend this as just a rant or a plea! If you don't already know about this types of charity, it involves wrapping a shoe box in gift wrap and filling it with a mix of essential items (toiletries, hats, gloves) and play items (pencils, notebooks, cuddly toy) and usually a contributi...
by etoile
November 26th, 2013, 12:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The Sun Tzu approach to childcare
Replies: 6
Views: 1021

Re: The Sun Tzu approach to childcare

Don't be so naive! Princess Di spotted a trend and jumped on the bandwagon and made great mileage out of it --- and is still doing so, decades after her demise I don't think Diana is capable of doing much since 'her demise'! :). I don't think performing a selfless act or being 'a seeker of celebrit...
by etoile
November 24th, 2013, 11:18 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Call their bluff?
Replies: 14
Views: 1143

Re: Call their bluff?

Reading a brochure in the library about the Curriculum for Excellence (Scottish school's curriculum), the brochure claims that "the benefits for your child" are Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens, Effective Contributors. The last 2 in particular say to me tha...
by etoile
November 23rd, 2013, 2:19 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Shelter's Wake up Cameron petition
Replies: 4
Views: 1170

Re: Shelter's Wake up Cameron petition

Done.
by etoile
November 23rd, 2013, 2:12 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanism and parenting
Replies: 35
Views: 4800

Re: Humanism and parenting

Many children brought up in a 'safe' monocultural bubble have little idea how to relate to others who think differently unless with the suspicion and hostility they've been taught by their parents. That's a hugely important point. The conflict resolutions, the ability to compromise all big lessons ...
by etoile
November 23rd, 2013, 9:14 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Call their bluff?
Replies: 14
Views: 1143

Re: Call their bluff?

I do absolutely agree that some 'projects' under the umbrella of charity have a touch of vanity project about them. It can redirect scarce resources from those that may make a difference. We will all define these very differently. My own bête noire is the sponsored run because the run activity itsel...
by etoile
November 19th, 2013, 2:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Death
Replies: 15
Views: 1253

Re: Death

I like your post Jaywhat. It is touching and poignant. While after a certain age we are all bound to experience loss due to death I can certainly identify with a sense of loss of a significant person in my life not from their death but due to other changes. Are well, lifes a ***** and then you die.
by etoile
November 12th, 2013, 3:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Don’t Do It Like Dimbelby!
Replies: 15
Views: 1279

Re: Don’t Do It Like Dimbelby!

The tattoo softens my perception of him somehow. Immature of me I know.

anaconda wrote:...as for reflections on Russian or any other culture, give me Louis Theroux any day.


There was also an 'Unreported World' episode by another Theroux (Marcel) about Sobchak.
by etoile
November 11th, 2013, 4:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Don’t Do It Like Dimbelby!
Replies: 15
Views: 1279

Re: Don’t Do It Like Dimbelby!

Yep, pantodragon, I would imagine that any number of documentary series by a semi-fossilised BBC 'big name' would be less than illuminating. Maybe they offer a reassuring, know what your going to get, presence. Stephen fry reported from Russia in his series 'Out There' looking at laws and attitudes...
by etoile
November 11th, 2013, 3:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Don’t Do It Like Dimbelby!
Replies: 15
Views: 1279

Re: Don’t Do It Like Dimbelby!

Yep, pantodragon, I would imagine that any number of documentary series by a semi-fossilised BBC 'big name' would be less than illuminating. Maybe they offer a reassuring, know what your going to get, presence. Stephen fry reported from Russia in his series 'Out There' looking at laws and attitudes ...
by etoile
October 31st, 2013, 11:45 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Misogyny
Replies: 16
Views: 3619

Re: Misogyny

But I was more curious about the opener to the thread. Joss Whedon as deserving of a special accolade for contributions to gender equality. Well, I guess no more special than the ones you have mentioned, I don't really think too much about it, just thought it was a nice gesture aimed at a deserving...

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