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Post by Nolic » 16 Oct 2019, 06:02

The "Crown Jewels" incident was raised by Alan McKewan, self styled expert on everything. He "reluctantly" let it be known that he was party to secret information that they were housed in Skipton, not Clitheroe, Castle during the war. Nolic
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Post by Stanley » 16 Oct 2019, 06:16

Comrade, If THIS is to be believed, whatever happened to them it was a very amateurish affair!
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Post by Tripps » 15 Nov 2019, 13:10

Jean Fergusson who played Marina in Last of the Summer wine for twenty five years has died.

I have a tape somewhere in which she played Hylda Baker, and sounded more like Hylda than Hylda did. I'll dig it out.
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Post by Stanley » 16 Nov 2019, 04:09

I missed that David. Thanks. Brilliant characterisation, always appreciated.
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Post by Big Kev » 27 Nov 2019, 09:53

RIP Gary Rhodes, one of my food heroes.

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Post by Cathy » 27 Nov 2019, 22:33

Clive James . Author, Poet, Presenter, Larrikin.
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Post by Stanley » 28 Nov 2019, 03:19

I noted both departures. Especially sad about Clive James, everything he did was enjoyable. RIP.
Jonathan Miller as well. Such a talented man.
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Post by Tripps » 28 Nov 2019, 10:54

It has to be said - though all deaths are regrettable, I am unmoved by the loss of all three of these people. however 'de mortuis nil nisi bonum' as they say, so I'll say no more.

However Clive James has made a cottage industry over the last five years or so, of giving interviews in which he describes his state of 'dying' . In fact after watching one - I bought his book 'Unreliable Memoirs' which I've just retrieved. Partly read as are most of my collection.

I like the fact that the announcement came after his funeral.
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Post by Stanley » 29 Nov 2019, 04:19

Clever bugger. You made me look that up!
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Post by Tripps » 29 Nov 2019, 20:14

Tripps wrote:
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I bought his book 'Unreliable Memoirs' which I've just retrieved
I've dipped in and it's impressive. I'm reading about his time at Sydney University, and I am reminded of Both Uncle Bob (Bliss) and Stanley at Lancaster by the style and content of his degree course. He is super intelligent - he'll tell you that himself. :smile:

I'm warming to him - especially as he is a fully paid up 'climate change sceptic'. He did an essay on it in 2016 which is worth a read. Global Warming

When a numpty like me has such thoughts, they are easily brushed aside, but when Clive James says it - a different matter entirely. :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 30 Nov 2019, 02:59

your opinion is as valid as anyone else's David. Stop being modest!
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Tripps wrote:
29 Nov 2019, 20:14
I'm warming to him - especially as he is a fully paid up 'climate change sceptic'. He did an essay on it in 2016 which is worth a read. Global Warming
I enjoyed the read. Not so much as a climate change sceptic but more of a sceptic of sceptics. Richard Feynman also said "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool". also a theory is only correct until facts prove it wrong.

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Post by Tripps » 30 Nov 2019, 11:18

As I said 'I'm a numpty' what do I know. Feel free to ignore anything I say. :laugh5:
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also a theory is only correct until facts prove it wrong.
I would see that as ' a theory is only correct when facts prove it right'. ?? :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 01 Dec 2019, 03:13

David, the most reliable method of judging is how well the theory stands up to attack. Facts can never unequivocally prove a theory is right. Newton and Einstein could both testify to that!
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Post by plaques » 01 Dec 2019, 08:57

The obituary of a theory is when the facts are totally indisputable. Darwin's Theory of Evolution is a good example. As time and science moves on it has now stopped being a theory and is considered as one of the basic truths of nature. Only the Creationists believe that the fossils were seeded by the Devil to give the illusion of Earth's great age. Similarly they insist on still referring to Darwin's theory.

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Post by Tizer » 01 Dec 2019, 11:45

My suspicion is that Clive James was well aware of climate change and its dangers but he had more fun, more challenge, more self-promotion (and perhaps more money) out of trashing it with his usual sharp wit than if he'd simply admitted that it was happening. Likewise, Bill Bryson does something similar - publishers prefer dissension, it sells more books! :smile:

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Post by Tripps » 01 Dec 2019, 12:18

Tizer wrote:
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publishers prefer dissension, it sells more books!
I can see why you say that - but it was published as an essay by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, who seem to have the copyright, not in a book for sale. I'm not sure what else he wrote on the topic either for or against. It's also dated 2017 just two years before his death, and whilst he was gravely ill (as he reminded us at the time, and in the essay) - being kept alive by the skills available locally at Addenbrookes. A bit fanciful, but perhaps It's akin to a death bed statement.

I think I'm leaning towards it being what he actually believed- especially since it reinforces my own thoughts. :smile:
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Post by Julie in Norfolk » 04 Dec 2019, 18:42

RIP Bob Willis. Well played.
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Post by Stanley » 05 Dec 2019, 03:23

Bob Willis, he took no prisoners!
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