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 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: ~ WHAT COLOR DO YOU THINK THIS DRESS IS ? ~

Posted: 27 Feb 2015, 7:34 pm 

Replies: 80
Views: 2,365


Here is a link to the BBC article and a photograph of the dress taken under normal everyday lighting conditions.
Under these conditions the sky is also seen as mainly blue like the dress,rather than gold :)

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-h ... s-31656935[/url]

 Forum: Television, Film, and Video   Topic: Deficit seen in American acting compared to British

Posted: 27 Feb 2015, 4:41 pm 

Replies: 43
Views: 1,519


British actors may have an edge at the moment where drama is concerned,but I find at least one area that American actors have always excelled is in comedy.The acting in shows like Frasier and The Big Bang Theory is first class.

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: ~ WHAT COLOR DO YOU THINK THIS DRESS IS ? ~

Posted: 27 Feb 2015, 4:27 pm 

Replies: 80
Views: 2,365


I'm really puzzled by this,as I don't see it as anything other than blue and black,but it's definitely an eye-opener on the subject of how we each perceive the world. The dress was bought here in Scotland and when appearing on the tv news in real life is clearly blue and black. An interesting slant ...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Drunk Driving

 Post subject: Re: Drunk Driving
Posted: 09 Dec 2014, 3:44 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 350


I've been lucky not to be involved in any accidents but in Scotland the drink/drive problem was so concerning that the law has just been introduced this week that the blood/alcohol limit is reduced so much that it might as well be zero -probably the way it should be everywhere.

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Bill Cosby

 Post subject: Re: Bill Cosby
Posted: 09 Dec 2014, 2:40 pm 

Replies: 139
Views: 4,626


This case has ominous similarities to that in the UK of Rolf Harris,who had been a well-respected family entertainer for over 30 years on British tv,presenting children's programmes and even being commissioned by the Queen to paint a portrait of her. When one woman pursued a historic case against hi...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why Russia is not declared war on Ukraine? I support Ukraine

Posted: 02 Oct 2014, 2:58 pm 

Replies: 47
Views: 10,415


Ukraine is pretty much Russian already. We should mind our own business. Not that Putin is a great leader, far from it. But they speak Russian, and their economy, what little of it exists, is completely dependent on Russia. They speak Ukrainian and Russia. I don't think Poland or the the Nordic sta...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: What did you think about local vs national patriotism?

Posted: 30 Sep 2014, 4:54 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 1,260


Personally I find patriotism and nationalism rather illogical,but I understand why people grow to have attachments both locally and nationally. In the UK the situation is complex,which was highlighted in the recent referendum.Both England and Scotland were ancient kingdoms so even though we have bee...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: How many Catholic are in UK?

Posted: 29 Sep 2014, 5:28 pm 

Replies: 10
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The proportion of Catholics in Scotland is slightly higher than in England and Wales.It's mostly people of Irish or Highland descent. Highlanders whose clans were based on islands especially were able to preserve their religion due to their remoteness,although some clans were Protestant to begin wit...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why are the English viewed through retrospective glasses?

Posted: 24 Sep 2014, 2:39 pm 

Replies: 53
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I think you're confusing 'Scots' with Gaelic,which indeed has nothing to do with English.' I'm afraid I'm not confusing the two at all. I'm saying that in its current form, Scots bears little resemblance to Old English. I find it rather strange that you so easily dismiss contributions from people w...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why are the English viewed through retrospective glasses?

Posted: 22 Sep 2014, 5:06 pm 

Replies: 53
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Yes ezbzbfcg2,I get what you're saying. To naturalplastic - in an earlier post you stated "....and England conquered Scotland.And then England crossed even wider oceans and conquered one fourth of the dry land on the planet forming the British Empire (Canada, India, Kenya, etc). But thats another st...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why are the English viewed through retrospective glasses?

Posted: 22 Sep 2014, 12:58 am 

Replies: 53
Views: 3,233


Originally they were seperate kingdoms,and seperate soverign nations. They all fought a bunch of wars with each other. Then England conquered both Wales and Scotland. I realise that's a version of history that even some of my fellow Scots believe,but the two nations were united firstly by the Scott...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why are the English viewed through retrospective glasses?

Posted: 22 Sep 2014, 12:43 am 

Replies: 53
Views: 3,233


... a) As the language we all speak is called English (ironically,the modern language is based on so many foreign words that the nearest equivalent to Old English is 'Scots',which is mostly seen now only in literature and song,e.g. Auld Lang Syne ) ... c) A minority of English people themselves hav...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why are the English viewed through retrospective glasses?

Posted: 21 Sep 2014, 5:48 pm 

Replies: 53
Views: 3,233


simply that the the UK is made out of different nations and it is accurate to say you are English if you are. I think you've hit the nail on the head there - if I'm called English instead of Scottish I don't feel insulted or anything,I just want to explain why it isn't accurate ! However,if someone...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why are the English viewed through retrospective glasses?

Posted: 21 Sep 2014, 5:34 pm 

Replies: 53
Views: 3,233


The Britain cricket team is called England Scotland does actually have its own international cricket team,which has played in the World Cup,although the team came about because it's mainly an amateur sport up here and only a few players have ever reached the standard to play for the 'England' team....

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why are the English viewed through retrospective glasses?

Posted: 21 Sep 2014, 4:22 pm 

Replies: 53
Views: 3,233


I think there are several reasons why the terms 'English/British' have been used interchangeably in error over the years. a) As the language we all speak is called English (ironically,the modern language is based on so many foreign words that the nearest equivalent to Old English is 'Scots',which is...
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