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Everything posted by La_Dolce_Vita

  1. Children are taught to be heterosexuals from a very young age given the stories that they read of men and women falling in love and getting married, etc. Disney films are one example. Sexuality isn't all about sex. Homosexuality has never had any mention until recently.
  2. Generally interchangeable? They are the same but one is a term used more in American and the other in Britain; they aren't different terms for the '.' depending on its use.
  3. But it's perfectly correct when it is used as a title. Yeah, I hear the reflexive pronoun everywhere. People think that saying 'you' is too informal and abrupt. It gets worse when that thinking changes 'me' to 'myself'. Your 'please don't hesitate...' sentence is everything wrong about writing. I mean, it's such a dreadful cliché. It's partly used just as a lazy filler and partly because people think you should use it. I think one of the worst business letters I've seen has at the end, 'Thanking you in anticipation of your consideration of this...'.
  4. I'm OK with some aspects of language change but using 're' almost seems as if it is being used because it ought to be and that sort of thinking should be challenged, shouldn't it? Like people getting in the habit of trying to sound fancier by using 'prior to' instead of before or 'utilise'. I don't like the pretentiousness. I assume it is happening here. And, setting aside meaning, it isn't easier to read than alternatives, so why is it happening? But yes, if it is becoming increasingly common then I think at SOME POINT you have to give up. Commas in addresses? I thought that was a moder
  5. It's just 're' means 'in the matter of'. If someone uses it to means 'in regards to' or 'about' then it is just not correct. But why not use 'about' if that's what is meant? Besides, 're' isn't English so it doesn't make for instant intelligibility. As an aside, hats off to the person writing Hansard, as I doubt that's easy.
  6. I know this isn't a big problem of the world today but I was looking at Hansard today and was surprised to see that the Proceedings question titles often have 're' in them. Is this a very modern thing that has come from the world of corporate business minutes and work e-mails? It just doesn't seem right to me at all. I have a bit of a conservative take on what should and should not be in writing but 're' seems really out of place for something like Hansard. It's not standard English when it is supposed to mean 'about' or 'in regard to'. Am I being too fuddy-duddy about it?
  7. Oh god. What is it with this Island? This is along the same sort of lines as public art in my opinion. Could it not go in Union Mills where they were born, as there is no public art and are no statues there https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-europe-isle-of-man-50350002?__twitter_impression=true
  8. Where were or when will be the bonfires, as everything seems to be just fireworks. Was there anything in Peel?
  9. I used it for giving my location to the Control Centre/Police HQ here when I found an injured sheep (and needed to let the farmer know) and they very efficiently worked out where I was straight away. I was impressed.
  10. Was it because it was unnecessary? I mean, you would literally curse someone in other ways rather than be profane.
  11. Is there no way that the House of Manannan can be reorganised to put the new stuff in? If needs to be updated but I imagine that would cost a bomb.
  12. No, I don't agree. I think this is just how you have found value living in the place. If it was just towns and villages I'd have left a long time ago. What makes the Island for me is its hills, glen, and beaches.
  13. You would know that I know that old cairns exist for a few reasons. My presumption with the mention of those specific cairns is that they were the work of government to show a clearer path. If not, I have less of a problem with them but again can still see the point of those who would want nothing on the land for aesthetic reasons. I am able to differentiate the achievement from the result, however, and the result is of principal importance because that is what the community is left with for a long time.
  14. Apologies, I was specifically referring to the countryside when I said nature. But leaf mulch? I wouldn't say it was ugly. And you think a grassy hill is ugly? But those buildings have been around for a long time and have been accepted as part of the culture and history of the Island. Though not to say that someone wouldn't have a point in wanting rid of them if they preferred to have a naturally beautiful landscape. Though Milner's Tower, as far as I am aware, was built using money from the community so presumably had a fair bit of community support (though accepting that, I t
  15. A cairn is just a pile of rocks so I'd have less of a problem with that and maybe it is helpful to have markers (though I've never been there - is it just government molly-coddling?). But yes, I can certainly see the point of view of removing them when they don't belong. I think they could give the wrong impression of them being very old, such as being very old markers or burial sites. A cairn is not quite like this though. Here we have something trying to be done for purely aesthetic reasons. And unlike a cairn, the Three Legs is purely symbolic and value-filled political symbol.
  16. I agree with Slinkydevil. There is a peculiar thing on this Island where almost any form of public art is accepted as a good thing. I do not see how this is an improvement at all. Yes, it is just a hill with grass and I think that it looks beautiful just the way it is. I doubt many would say that the scenery is ugly. Nature is very rarely ugly, I think. But when someone puts up images, symbols, or sculptures then it certainly enters into the realm of opinion of what is attractive or not. On land that is shared by land, I think it is a little arrogant to presume that
  17. I think this is very poor form when I am here asking a simple question.
  18. Hello, I am just posting this on behalf of a friend: DreamCacher is seeking Buskers to take part in Battle of the Buskers on Strand Street this Saturday, 12th of October between 11am-5pm to raise funds for this local charity and the community it supports. The idea is to fill the street with sound and entertainment, with the general public voting for their favourite performers with the change they donate to the collection buckets at the feet of the performers. Throughout the day we are hoping each performer will play for around three one hour sets, and the location they are po
  19. Hello, can anyone please recommend a person or company who could do t-shirt printing at short notice (i.e. ready for the weekend)? Are the two shops on the Promenade, viz. Promenade Embroidery... and Promenade Shirts, different companies? Thank you LDV
  20. I've only been looking on here within the last month. Thank you though. xxx
  21. A cow shed is a baaieagh, so the translation looks right.
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