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Re: Explain your avatar

#421 Post by Gottard » September 18th, 2010, 9:05 pm

Latest post of the previous page:

loz2286 wrote:My avatar is an English longbowman. One of my hobbies is archery and I particularly shoot English longbow.
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Re: Explain your avatar

#422 Post by Fia » September 18th, 2010, 10:14 pm

Alan H wrote:Not sure whether you're admitting you have never heard this version...
Yup. Never heard it till I youtubed earlier. I honestly thought it might be a celtic take on Robin Hood riding through the Geln. But then TV is a wholly insignificant part of my life. Please forgive my ignorance, but I'm happy that way :D

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#423 Post by Alan H » September 19th, 2010, 1:04 am

:laughter:
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Re: Explain your avatar

#424 Post by Dave B » September 19th, 2010, 1:10 am

Fia wrote:
Alan H wrote:Not sure whether you're admitting you have never heard this version...
Yup. Never heard it till I youtubed earlier. I honestly thought it might be a celtic take on Robin Hood riding through the Geln. But then TV is a wholly insignificant part of my life. Please forgive my ignorance, but I'm happy that way :D
With you there, Fia - whether Robin rode through a geln or not!

Gave up my TV licence four years ago and never missed it! Maybe watch the iPlayer or 4OD once a month if there is something I happen to hear about and really want to see. Still getting warning letters from the TVL people though.
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Re: Explain your avatar

#425 Post by Dave B » September 21st, 2010, 7:23 pm

Right, new avatar.

This, for those who do not recognise it, is the helmet found at Sutton Hoo - that fabulous Anglo-Saxon ship burial of Raedwald, king of the East Angles when he died in 624. His name means "Counsel Rule", think of it as "Wise King" or something like that.

I always wonder whether these people "grow" into their names. All A-S names have meanings (place-names included), Alfred (the Great) was Aelfred = "Elf Counsel", his first son was Edward, Eadward = "Fortune Guard". But my favourite was Alfred's daughter, Aethelflaed, "Noble Beauty".

She may have actually looked like the back end of a horse, but that does not matter. Aethelflaed lived up to her heritage. She married the Lord of Mercia and did so well in diplomacy and battle that she was elected "Lady of Mercia" on her husband's death - a female battle leader in an age when women were expected to keep in the background. She also put Gloucester back on its feet after the Vikings and the locals had turned a once proud Roman colonia into a virtual slum. She died at Tamworth in 918, whether from wounds or her age - possibly over 50, astonishing for one who led such a life in those times - is not recorded. Despite her accomplishments the monks who wrote the histories sort of mentioned her in passing.

Noble women did learn to use the saex, the large utility knife that all free Saxons wore (and which gave them their name) and used it to peel apples and despatch enemies! They would also possibly learn to use a light bow, this was a dangerous age when every hand was needed to hold a weapon to defend themselves and the family.

This may have been the "Dark Ages", but it was a time of superb metal craft, of poetry, of education and invention of all kinds. Alfred was a man of his time, a stern ruler, a dedicated Christian, a scholar, an inventor and a man who could look and plan well beyond his own life. We would not be English had it not been for the foundation he established, we would be speaking a variety of Old Norse or Old Danish (with Norman French - but the "Normans" were descended from "Norsemen" themselves!)

Sorry, got a bit carried away there, but I will let it stand. You might just get the idea I have done a little looking into this period!
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Re: Explain your avatar

#426 Post by Nick » September 21st, 2010, 8:02 pm

Alfred was not so good on the cake front, though....

Interesting post, Dave. Thanks. Is it just me or does your avatar look as if he's wearing shades...?

And as for growing into names, St Werburgh's mother, (or perhaps grandmother, I can't quite remember) who was married to the King of Kent, and is thus something of a local historical Big Cheese, was called St. (inevitably!) Sexburga.

Did she grow into that? :shock:

The mind boggles. :D

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Re: Explain your avatar

#427 Post by Dave B » September 21st, 2010, 9:00 pm

Sexburga :laughter:

The translation is quite boring unfortunately. So we won't bother!

No shades, just shadows. Hmm, but there might be scope for a little artistic licence here . . .
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#428 Post by Fia » September 21st, 2010, 10:23 pm

I'm popping in here awaiting an explanation from Lifey, who appears to be morphing into an maniacal Cheshire cat, and it's rather scary :exit:

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#429 Post by Ken H » September 21st, 2010, 11:48 pm

Fia wrote:I'm popping in here awaiting an explanation from Lifey, who appears to be morphing into an maniacal Cheshire cat, and it's rather scary :exit:
I was just going to post about Lifey's avatar myself. He must have his halloween face on!
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Re: Explain your avatar

#430 Post by Nick » September 21st, 2010, 11:54 pm

Or maybe he just looks like that..... :exit:

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Re: Explain your avatar

#431 Post by loz2286 » September 22nd, 2010, 12:37 am

Dave B wrote:Sexburga :laughter:
Can I have fries with that? And a Coke?

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Re: Explain your avatar

#432 Post by Nick » September 22nd, 2010, 12:50 am

loz2286 wrote:
Dave B wrote:Sexburga :laughter:
Can I have fries with that? And a Coke?
Certainly! Do you want to go large? :D

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Re: Explain your avatar

#433 Post by Marian » September 22nd, 2010, 4:30 pm

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Bah humbug!
Transformative fire...

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#434 Post by Val » September 22nd, 2010, 4:43 pm

You are all too late. I P.M.d lifey about his avatar and he is looking into another one. Both of them are Alistair Simms by the way. I have asked for Simms in his guise as the Headmistress of St. Trinians. Any advance on that?

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Re: Explain your avatar

#435 Post by Val » September 22nd, 2010, 11:20 pm

I like the new avatar Lifey

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Re: Explain your avatar

#436 Post by getreal » September 22nd, 2010, 11:22 pm

Alistair Sim seems to have gotten a bit hairy, Val!!
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Re: Explain your avatar

#437 Post by Nick » September 22nd, 2010, 11:42 pm

Speaking for myself, I see nothing wrong with that.... :wink:

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Re: Explain your avatar

#438 Post by Ken H » September 24th, 2010, 6:04 pm

I think Lifey is de-evolving. Maybe listened to DEVO too much...
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Re: Explain your avatar

#439 Post by bobb » October 5th, 2010, 4:58 pm

Now I've managed to produce an avatar, Maria tells me I have to explain it (if I'd known this site would be such hard work..................). Basically, it was the only image on my hard drive at work that was small enough to conveniently use.

As all you clever folks will have realised, it is a graph of the normal distribution.

Let's assume we all fall into the green section - but what is the parameter on the x-axis? Alcohol intake or height would do it for me, but you will all have to decide for yourselves.

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Re: Explain your avatar

#440 Post by Marian » October 5th, 2010, 8:26 pm

Why do we have to assume we're all in the green? I take great delight in being outside the norm. I've decided that I'm going to shave half my head and turn the other half purple. Just because I can. :D

Ok, for me to fall into the green, the x-axis would have to be....let me think...uh, I'll have to get back to you...

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Re: Explain your avatar

#441 Post by Nick » October 5th, 2010, 8:58 pm

*Nerd alert*

As it depicts a normal distribution curve, being somewhere in the green would indeed make you somewhat outside the norm, as you would (as far as I can see from the avatar) be at least one standard deviation from the mean,and possibly as high as three. More than three is not "outside the norm", but away with the fairies.
Marian wrote:I've decided that I'm going to shave half my head and turn the other half purple. Just because I can. :D
Ah! Maybe you are beyond the green.....

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