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by tubataxidriver
September 21st, 2009, 6:58 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Off Kilter - BBC4 - Jonathan Meades
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Off Kilter - BBC4 - Jonathan Meades

Did anyone see the BBC4 feature "Off Kilter" presented by Jonathan Meades last night? You can watch it on iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00mqlzz/Jonathan_Meades_Off_Kilter_Episode_2/ Very amusing stuff looking at the effect of Calvinism on life in the Outer Hebrides. Religion as a ...
by tubataxidriver
September 19th, 2009, 5:45 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Cheddar Gorge 7
Replies: 73
Views: 8758

Re: Cheddar Gorge 7

Well, here goes then.

"Dear ...
by tubataxidriver
September 7th, 2009, 5:12 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Christian themes in school at Christmas
Replies: 31
Views: 5076

Re: Christian themes in school at Christmas

In the UK the Government have gone over the top on league tables of school performance and many fairly questionable initiatives. Hence schools are tempted to focus on meeting the targets rather than on teaching (the two aims should coincide but they don't). An example of this is the target for schoo...
by tubataxidriver
September 6th, 2009, 9:57 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: The book title game
Replies: 1176
Views: 91937

Re: The book title game

The Devil Rides Out - Dennis Wheatley again - and a good Hammer film too.
by tubataxidriver
September 6th, 2009, 9:54 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: What's your favourite...?
Replies: 52
Views: 8597

Re: What's your favourite...?

Beano. Dundee's finest. Bash St Kids, Lord Snooty etc. Classic stuff.

Favourite cheese?
by tubataxidriver
September 6th, 2009, 9:45 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Christian themes in school at Christmas
Replies: 31
Views: 5076

Re: Christian themes in school at Christmas

When you talk about teaching to the test, are you referring to the A levels or something different? This is in England (Scotland is significantly different), and refers to GCSEs (taken at 16) and A-levels (taken at 18), which have become much more straightforward exams - largely multiple choice and...
by tubataxidriver
September 6th, 2009, 5:06 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Evolution of the domestic dog
Replies: 40
Views: 3592

Re: Evolution of the domestic dog

I like Hundovir's picture of the wild Anatolian sheep, which shows them with their natural defence mechanisms, i.e., stonking great horns and a wary attitude. I used to look after a small flock of Soay sheep, which are supposedly the closest we have as a domesticated breed to a wild sheep. The size ...
by tubataxidriver
September 6th, 2009, 4:49 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Christian themes in school at Christmas
Replies: 31
Views: 5076

Re: Christian themes in school at Christmas

I must have gone to a different sort of school, then. Although public sector, the ethos was to educate widely and bring people on by making them think, encouraging respect but making them question. We even had an "atheism vs religion" debate for the whole school between two respected teachers, one a...
by tubataxidriver
September 5th, 2009, 9:23 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: The original book thread
Replies: 406
Views: 48114

Re: The original book thread

I read most of the R L Stevenson and the R M Ballantyne books when at primary school. I liked Coral Island particularly. I recently re-read Treasure Island, as I have a small, rather fusty-smelling Victorian pocket copy, which adds to the atmosphere. I was rather surprised at how short the book was ...
by tubataxidriver
September 2nd, 2009, 5:03 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Word Association game
Replies: 19227
Views: 857424

Re: Word Association game

Term
by tubataxidriver
September 1st, 2009, 9:44 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Word Association game
Replies: 19227
Views: 857424

Re: Word Association game

mistake
by tubataxidriver
August 31st, 2009, 10:27 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Word Association game
Replies: 19227
Views: 857424

Re: Word Association game

Critical
by tubataxidriver
August 30th, 2009, 1:39 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Should 13-year-old be allowed to sail solo around the world?
Replies: 49
Views: 7038

Re: Should 13-year-old be allowed to sail solo around the world?

Initially I thought it was likely to be largely down to pushy parents, but the recent news reports suggests that the whole family is sailing mad and that she has herself been sailing alone since the age of 10. Clearly she has the motivation and (probably) the skill to do this, but does she have the ...
by tubataxidriver
August 30th, 2009, 1:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: What is the truth behind 9/11?
Replies: 140
Views: 11304

Re: What is the truth behind 9/11?

Nirvanam wrote:If it was fire related, then why aren't the organizations that certified those steel frames (was it UL?) not under trial for certifying them wrongly? Just to close this point off, I would expect that many aspects of the design and make-up of the buildings were certified by a variety ...
by tubataxidriver
August 28th, 2009, 4:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: What is the truth behind 9/11?
Replies: 140
Views: 11304

Re: What is the truth behind 9/11?

There was a thorough technical enquiry into the 9/11 collapses. I know several of the NIST scientists and engineers involved and would trust them not to be swayed by any supposed establishment cover up or other conspiracy. As regards the collapse mechanism, this was fire-related.
by tubataxidriver
August 27th, 2009, 10:44 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 228
Views: 26841

Re: Mornington Crescent

Hmmm ... Rule 221b ... how irregular, and most definitely a three-pipe move. Therefore it must next be ...

Strand
by tubataxidriver
August 27th, 2009, 10:22 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Releasing convicted prisoners on grounds of compassion
Replies: 32
Views: 6156

Re: Releasing convicted prisoners on grounds of compassion

I remember that Ernest Saunders of Guinness infamy was jailed for his crime, claimed Alzheimer's disease and was released after 10 months, and then went on to make a complete and miraculous recovery before going back into business at a senior level. Cynically, a clever plan to get out of jail that w...
by tubataxidriver
August 24th, 2009, 11:45 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Mystery Objects
Replies: 75
Views: 9946

Re: Mystery Objects

Unfortunately I was away on holiday when the badger skull was set as the challenge, but fortunately had the opportunity to watch some live badgers on the banks of the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire (until they noticed us, that is).
by tubataxidriver
August 24th, 2009, 10:42 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Releasing convicted prisoners on grounds of compassion
Replies: 32
Views: 6156

Releasing convicted prisoners on grounds of compassion

Well, what do people think of the currently popular trend amongst our politicians (north and south of the border) for releasing notorious convicted prisoners on compassionate grounds, when they are ill? My personal view is that Ronnie Biggs should have been let out, but Al-Megrahi not. My main reaso...
by tubataxidriver
August 16th, 2009, 6:00 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 94974

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

If you look at the Tear Fund report on Churchgoing in the UK there are several interesting categories they use for the rest of us, like "Open Non-Churched", "Closed De-Churched". This document would be seen in business terms as purely a marketing document, and this is a market segmentation to aid th...