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  1. Where's Allan Bell

    I'm not sure that democracy works very well if we say it's acceptable to harass elected representatives on their past work, even after they cease the "job" of representing their electorate. Having a workplace pension, whoever pays for it, doesn't give the entitlement to engage in personal abuse for the rest of their lives, any more than chucking stones through the windows of retired bank managers because of the financial crisis.
  2. Where's Allan Bell

    I'm not sure why the whereabouts of a private citizen is worthy of public discussion. He's no longer in politics and is entitled to as much privacy as the rest of us. Does the job description for a publicly-elected post include a warning that a lifetime of social media harassment is included with the post ? Are elected officials not entitled to a private life, even after they retire ?
  3. Facebook Political Groups

    So what are the bad things about him you don't like ?
  4. Facebook Political Groups

    So do you agree with the Onchan pest's rant on August 29th about pseudonyms ? Do you think that someone who had such a firm facebook opinion about pseudonyms would ever post under a pseudonym and expose themselves to accusations of hypocrisy ?
  5. Facebook Political Groups

    Autocorrect would never substitute "Lot's" for "Lots". It would be the other way around.
  6. Facebook Political Groups

    * "Lots", not "Lot's".
  7. How To Pronounce Manx Names?

    Is Bullshit your first language ?
  8. How To Pronounce Manx Names?

    I'm not using it as a noun, I'm using it as an adjective. Give up now, you are out of your depth even in your first language.
  9. How To Pronounce Manx Names?

    From the OED : https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/contemporary 1. Living or occurring at the same time. ‘the event was recorded by a contemporary historian’ 1.1 Dating from the same time. ‘this series of paintings is contemporary with other works in an early style’ 2 Belonging to or occurring in the present. ‘the tension and complexities of our contemporary society’ 2.1 Following modern ideas in style or design. ‘contemporary ceramics by leading potters’ NOUN 1A person or thing living or existing at the same time as another. ‘he was a contemporary of Darwin’ 1.1 A person of roughly the same age as another. ‘my contemporaries at school’ Origin Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin contemporarius, from con- ‘together with’ + tempus, tempor- ‘time’ (on the pattern of Latin contemporaneus and late Latin contemporalis). Pronunciation contemporary/kənˈtɛmp(ə)r(ər)i So if your ridiculous logic held sway, the OED would have to rewrite their first example to be "the event was recorded by a contemporaneous historian".
  10. How To Pronounce Manx Names?

    Sorry, TJ, this is disappearing into the usual well of ordure that happens to most threads when you get involved. Get a dictionary, look up "contemporary", and then consider visiting a psychiatrist.
  11. How To Pronounce Manx Names?

    I can see that you're attempting to contribute in your usual small attention-seeking way, but if you're being pedantic, it's considered bad English to start a sentence with "but". "Contemporary" is perfectly acceptable to use in the way I used it - generally "contemporary" is used when referring to people, "contemporaneous" when referring to events and facts.
  12. How To Pronounce Manx Names?

    Nope, you're wrong as usual. The word "contemporary" has two definitions, one of "living or occurring at the same time" and another of "occurring in the present time".
  13. How To Pronounce Manx Names?

    If you've read "most" of the works of Shakespeare, then by definition, you haven't read his complete works, so I'm not sure I get your point. If you're saying that his works "match anything ever written in any language" (a very grand statement,even the lost works that we have no surviving copies of, and by your own maxim - have you read them all ? :P) then we are in broad agreement, that he was a great writer in his own language. As an example of a less-regarded work, "Pericles" is widely regarded as pretty poor - much like J.K. Rowling, all of his works got enthusiastic responses from the public at the time, but were not particularly well-regarded by contemporary writers. Jonson described it as "mouldy" and "stale". In his early works, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" is widely seen as a little amateurish, but we can excuse this based on his inexperience - it seems to have been performed only rarely in his lifetime, and the first ever staged run of the play since Shakespeare's time closed after the first night. However, by his later work, more problems creep in - in modern times, on a Manx theme, Frank Kermode suggested that Shakespeare had become incomprehensible in his later works, that the language was more akin to "difficult poetry" that had to be read and puzzled over, rather than stage language that could be easily interpreted by an audience - look at the opening speech of "Measure for Measure" by Duke Vincentio, for an example. The one-time director of the National Theatre said he found Shakespeare confusing and difficult to stage for the same reason. "Ghastly rubbish" is probably a bit over-dramatic (perhaps thematically a bit like some of the bard's output), but I think it's worth re-evaluating Shakespeare without the romantic reverence that's been assigned to him since the 19th century. Without the rose-tinted spectacles that we put on when we hear a bit of middle English, he was a writer of greatness and of tediousness, but does that mean that English is inherently great, or just a tool well used by a witty, inventive genius ?
  14. How To Pronounce Manx Names?

    Thank you ! I was waiting for someone to say "what about Shakespeare ?", it's almost the expected response to any criticism of English Shakespeare is a great figure in English, and writes some of the most published works, but equally writes some ghastly rubbish - his "difficult" plays are notoriously bad. At best, he's right up there with the best poets and playwrights in any language, at worst a cynical propagandist. In world terms, is he better than Homer, Cervantes, Goethe, Pushkin, Dante, Lao Tzu in their native languages ? Shakespeare was an imaginative and inventive genius, but does his genius reflect the nature of English, or the strength of his own ideas, structure and imagination ?
  15. How To Pronounce Manx Names?

    "Two Manx fellas trying to out-manx each other with stretched vowel sounds" are speaking English, the Anglo-Manx dialect of English - not Manx, BTW. Personally, I think I'd rather sound like myself rather than a wannabe peasant putting on pretensions, trying to be something they're not. English is no doubt a beautiful language to those unfortunates who only speak it alone and have no fluent knowledge of another language to compare it to, other than an awkward bastardised mix of old German and Norman French, with a smattering of Indian, Greek, Latin, Chinese and various colonial scavengings. It has neither the nobility of Latin, nor the poetic flow of French, or the classicism of Greek. English itself is a peasant language - it didn't arrive with the Romans, or derive from the languages of the classics, it arrived with the Anglo-Saxon peasant immigrants from the Germanic North Sea coasts, and grew up in the filthy halls in which they slept on the floor and their children rolled in the filth with their animals. For hundreds of years after the Norman conquest, English wasn't the language of royalty, nobility, of trade, of the legal system, it was the language of the underclass, the peasant, of the underlings who grubbed in the fields whilst the French-speaking nobles and their King hunted deer in the forest. Don't get me wrong, it's a descriptive and colourful language, but English is no more noble than any other peasant tongue of the people. The insular character of the Brit, much like the character of the Japanese, imagines themselves as a class above, somehow divine, because of their isolation, and overlooks their humble origins in favour of the pretensions of jingoistic nationalism.