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Now you're talking !

We have common ground. Most, if not all, of the rascals have the kind of fault lines to which you refer. I am as sure of that as I am of anything.

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Looks like the chickens are coming home to roost in the Public Schools exam system. I see the Heads are asking for a tighter scrutiny of examiners-even though they must have been aware of the flaws for years-it was common knowlege that this sort of thing went on at private schools twenty years ago at examiners meetings I attended but nothing was done about it.

It's Radley College and another Eton subject this time. I was offered a job at Radley in the 1980's but turned them down as the terms and conditions didn't suit me. Quite glad I didn't work there now.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/08/30/exclusive-radley-college-emerges-fourth-public-school-caught/

And the Tory chair of the education select committee is asking if they should retain their charitable status

https://www.conservativehome.com/thecolumnists/2017/08/rob-halfon-is-it-time-to-get-rid-of-charitable-status-for-private-schools.html

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Yes, they appear to have caught the disease. They've caught that which has been the norm in State schools for donkey's.

On a matter of accuracy; chairs cannot speak, chairman can. If that offends your feminist instincts, I can assure you that the term is all inclusive.

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From the Oxford English Dictionary
Chair:

NOUN

1A separate seat for one person, typically with a back and four legs.
1.1the chair
short for electric chair

2The person in charge of a meeting or of an organization (used as a neutral alternative to chairman or chairwoman)
‘she's the chair of a research committee’

2.1 The post of a chairperson.
‘he was due to step down after a three-year stint in the chair’

And before you say it is a modern PC alternative, it was first used in this context in the 17th Century.

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If you're the type to rely on the OED then you'll be the type to rely on Wiki !

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Wiki is the source of all knowledge and fact, can't go wrong with it....

Interestingly it's been suggested here that you are, shall we say, the wrong side of 50, but we never knew you were an artist too.....

From wiki:
"John Green (painter) (died 1802), American-born Bermudian painter"

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'The proof of the pudding....'

Wiki can't spell. The 'i' in Bermud(I)an is superfluous. It's Bermudan !

Yes, I am an artist specialising in pastoral scenes from the Kent hop gardens.

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Tell that to a Bermudian: http://www.thebermudian.com/

I guess they didn't go to a good enough school to know what to call themselves.

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One mans Bermudan is another's Bermudian.

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Speaking as one hailing from Bermuda, Bermudan is just wrong. We refer to ourselves as Bermudians. Thanks.

"Bermudan" NO - Bermudian YES! Despite what Webster's and other dictionaries say, there is no such word as "Bermudan" - and never has been. The correct word is Bermudian - like Bostonian or Canadian or Floridian. (You would never say Bostonan or Canadan or Floridan, just as you should never say Bermudan). Bermudians were recognized in official English documents from 1612. Even ships have been officially named Bermudian. In the Quebec & Gulf Ports Steamship Company service to Bermuda from New York from January 1874 until after World War I, its last steamer was the S.S. Bermudian, which became a troopship following the outbreak of the war. It was such a favorite ship with Bermudians that to this day the name Bermudian remains on a Bermuda tug. Multinational yachts people know the expression Bermuda rigged - never "Bermudan" - when they compete in famous races".

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Compellingly comprehensive answer.

I'll stick to my guns in one respect; nautical usage. Sailboats rigged in the Bermudan style are referred to as just that - Bermudan.

I was about to throw MacMillan Yachtsman's Handbook at you but on checking I see that they refer to Bermudian rig !!

However, I'm not yet walking the plank or rolling in the scuppers. My own very excellent sailing bible without which I wouldn't put to sea: Boatowner's Handbook by John Vigor, page 88, refers to the 'Bermudan mainsail'.

Honours even.

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Hot off the press ! Looks as tho' Mutti has her back to the wall. Could be tanks to Warsaw and the Stasi to Istanbul ! The latest has it that Mrs Merkel aka Mrs Merton, is battling with both erstwhile enemy Poland and erstwhile ally Turkey.

The Poles are having a bit of an internal shindig with their judiciary - independence of - and the Turks are rounding up potential anti Govt. troublemakers aka dissidents.

Mutti doesn't like it and is threatening all kinds of EU mayhem in retaliation. You'd think she ran the joint. Just a second.....
And what is that Swiss rag Der Bund up to while all this is going on ? Publishing an article critical of the actions of GB during the Brexit talks as tho' that is any but the remotest concern of the land of cuckoo clocks and Swiss roll !

To think that there are still useful idiots somewhere out there who think that GB's future well being should lie with the EU. As my friend and pupil Richard Littlejohn is often heard to comment:
"You couldn't make it up".

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If you are indeed a friend of that idiot, and not just the fevered imagination that comes from a Sunday bottle of wine, then perhaps you can tell him from me I'm with the late Michael Winner on his character.

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Who gives a fig for what you think or, for what Winner thought ? Littlejohn; unfortunately for you, has the ear of the people and the backing of the best selling tabloid.

You exhibit the classic paranoia of the left. If it dissents from your world view - close it down.

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Yet again John you have completely exaggerated my position in your pursuit of your own agenda. I have never suggested that anything is is closed down. The best way to challenge any position is to point out the inconsistancies and innacuracies. That is so easy to do with the Heil.
As we have discussed before, the fact that the Fail is the best selling tabloid does not mean that it is right or that most right thinking people support it's position. He might think he has the ear of the people, but it is a small percentage of the population that actually read it and probably a smaller percentage who agree with it. The question I ask is ... are those people worth listening to? Of course, but I reserve the right to repudiate their (and your) positions if they are wrong, or based on sloppy research or journalism or prejudice

Oh, and yet again, I am a Centrie, not of the left. Further left than you I'll agree, but then that would be true of a large percentage of the population

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Stories like this **** me off

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/exclusive-watch-as-british-tourists-are-abandoned-on-hurricane-island-as-us-airlifts-its-citizens-to-safety/ar-AAryB2x?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp

WTF should the US rescue them, they are British etc and on holiday / living abroad, they are NOT the USA's problem and if the USA elected to take them, then what about the natives of the islands or elsewhere, do you suddenly say, we will take you because you are British and sod the rest? Places on vehicles does not equate to places on aircraft and if you fill the aircraft tasked with the job with other nationals, what happens if an American gets left behind because of no room, or do you then go through the scenario of trying / having to force a pax off to allow the US citizen on board!

You have to have a clear cut plan to evacuate your citizens and draw a line under that, other wise you will be bogged down in a major airlift to empty the islands with the legal and financial obligations that come with your actions, plus you will then have to find somewhere to house them, and sort out immigration at your end.

End of the day you either have a joint policy in place or your Country arranges evacuation of their own citizens as did the Dutch and US, just because you are not born to the islands does not give you a God given right to escape before those that are and probably are in a more desperate state of affairs housing wise. You move to somewhere with a known risk you have to take the good with the bad.

It does also beg the question, if they knew the storm was coming, why didn't they purchase their own tickets to leave ahead of the storm, instead of expecting others to come and get them.

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Tony,

These stories abound because there is little sense of individual responsibility. It's someone else's fault. It's not my fault. Hold on a while, have a fag, someone will be along to pick up the bits.

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".....there is little sense of individual responsibility. It's someone else's fault. It's not my fault."

How true - sums up our age.

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All 'data' that claims to represent man made or natural climate short term climate change will be either invented or fraudulent.

Short term climate change, for either reason - depending on the definition of short term - is, next to impossible to forecast.

Long term climate change - depending on the definition of long term - is impossible to forecast. The time scale of the process could well encompass several millennia.