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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Here's one candidate...https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Pelerin_Society
  4. 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.
  5. It'd depend on whether there's enough to make a pie http://www.cooks.com/recipe/qj6vx39k/field-mice-pie-old-time.html
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. Rule 34 says they don't exist or I looked in the wrong places Probably the latter
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. My favourite London Underground annoyance are the persistent announcements that the network is currently operating a good service. It's never normal service, never poor, always 'good'. Even on the most horrendous days, the announcer will rattle off a list of three or four lines which are f**ked up in some way, then tack on 'the rest of the network is operating a good service'. It's obviously a ham-fisted attempt at crude subliminal brainwashing; intended to influence the helpless audience's perception and memory of the London Underground Experience. I fear it may only be a matter of time before other s**t service providers roll out their own versions. On the basis that it's much cheaper to incessantly tell people they're receiving a good service rather than actually delivering one.
  12. Whenever the subject of life's little annoyances comes up I like to reflect on the first century stoic philosophy of Epictetus... Whether Epictetus' philosophy can withstand the challenge of a weekend Lidl shop, I'm not sure. I keep trying though.
  13. Go on, have a guess... Met thumbed through Oyster card data up to 22,000 times in 4 years You can try and use an unregistered PAYG card but London Underground tries all sorts of little wheezes to get you to register it. The appetite to track is clearly manifest. And if you ever top up an unregistered card with a debit card rather than cash, it's nailed down good and proper.
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