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  1. I trained as a primary teacher later in life for those reasons and the witchy business no small issue.Having said that I didn't ever get a hint of a suggestion that I'd met my future wife in a Year 7 class.
  2. Sim was a mentor figure and offered a home to a lot of youngsters from difficult backgrounds, including his wife. To my knowledge, none spoke against him. I don't believe that anyone has proved that any of those relationships crossed any moral line. If anyone's looking for Cole-related allegations though, I'd imagine that'd be the way they'd go. Montgomery's relationship with a 12 year old Swiss boy comes to mind as well as maybe being something similar.
  3. Nuggets Mahoney

    THE GREAT BIG FAT GREEK THREAD

    No disagreement with your post but, after the fall of the yeoman-backed Republic, the Roman Empire chugged along with paid soldiers/ mercenaries and plutocrats for another 400+ years and reached it's peak during that time. Though, no doubt, it's final evaporation was at least partly due to people no longer wanting to fight or be taxed for its continuation. It took a while though. Off the top of my head I can't think of a single Emperor overthrown by a civilian mob. What arguably did for that system in the end was not revolt but, as I think you're getting at, people declining to participate.
  4. Nuggets Mahoney

    THE GREAT BIG FAT GREEK THREAD

    Maybe OT but it wasn't the mobs the (successful) Roman Emperors were concerned with keeping sweet. Their priorities were the army and the landowners, in that order.
  5. Here's one candidate...https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Pelerin_Society
  6. Personally speaking, I've got issues with the tax credit system. However, I am neither envious nor jealous of the net beneficiaries and don't blame them for acting rationally when being offered incentives to behave in a certain way. I do have negative feelings towards the creatures who created those incentives and how those incentives are funded. But those feelings aren't of envy or jealousy either.
  7. Nuggets Mahoney

    Uk Returns To Inflation

    It'd depend on whether there's enough to make a pie http://www.cooks.com/recipe/qj6vx39k/field-mice-pie-old-time.html
  8. Nuggets Mahoney

    Uk Returns To Inflation

    I've never met anyone with an allotment who's kidding themselves that it works out cheaper than buying veg from a supermarket.As already mentioned though, quality and variety of produce is potentially better, for some veg markedly so, and some veg which are expensive or hard to find in supermarkets are a cinch to grow in season. Plus if you're a drinker and develop a taste for DIY 'country' wines you can cruise into the black, easy. On top of that, without going overboard with delusions of 'Good Life' self-sufficiency, being a little more closely involved with something as fundamental as your own food production is good for the soul IMHO.
  9. As much as the stoic philosophy itself, the thought that (unsurprisingly) people were annoyed by the same things 2,000 years ago helps me to at least try to put day to day irritations into perspective. A selection of additional aphorisms, attributed to Epictetus and suitable for framing as motivational posters, available here. and +1 on giving short shrift to tw@tty people, invariably friends of friends, not friends, who indulge themselves at strangers' expense in group meals ('who are those two ****s I don't know at the other end of the table ordering chateaubriand?'). I think Epictetus would have been OK with that position, sort of...
  10. Rule 34 says they don't exist or I looked in the wrong places Probably the latter
  11. My first thought was 'I bet Stephen King has', a quick google of 'stephen king devil train' and Bob's your (imaginary) uncle and Fanny's your aunt...
  12. Which got me thinking of which was the most traumatising spectacle of animals in distress I was treated to in the 1970s - the scruffy, hacked-off polar bears in London Zoo? the sad looking elephants in the circus at the Roundhouse? probably the dolphins in the fortunately short-lived London Dolphinarium on Oxford Street... All of which whimsy is merely a preamble to a very sweary Doug Stanhope making light of animal 'trainers' being eaten by their captives...
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