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Magic Fills the Air

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  1. Not strictly on TV, but I finally got around to watching 'The Hollow Crown' on DVD last night which was first broadcast by the BBC in the summer. I watched the first episode, Richard II with Ben Whishaw. His performance, the whole production left me speechless. Even if you don't like Shakespeare I would urge you to watch this. It's so captivating you can't take your eyes away from the screen.

  2. Wow, Jimmy looks very sexy in this ad, but doesn't he always? :wub: He definitely has that iconic look about him. The double-breasted coat really suits him, and looks very expensive.

  3. Near Leek? Have you ever walked The Manifold Valley?

    I'm about half-an-hour away from Leek. I don't think I've walked The Manifold Valley. I did lots of walks in the Peak District when I lived in Sheffield (I lived on the side that borders the Peak District). I'm not sure where exactly, except it was bloody hard work but worth it for the views.

  4. I love public transport. When I used to live in Sheffield the public transport system was probably one of the best in the country outside of London. I was particularly fond of the Supertram - cheap, clean and very efficient. I never needed to use a car when I could walk everywhere or hop on a bus or the tram.

    Living out in the countryside, the public transport isn't as great, but it has imporved recently with more regular buses running into town. I don't drive, but my other half does so we have a car.

  5. And pray tell Magic what has been placed on top of the said Ryvita? Cheesy Wotsits now there's a snack that is so weird to eat. They just disappear in you mouth. Best not go to the dentist after a bag of those golden nibbles?

    Today it's just Dairylea and some cherry tomatoes, and a couple of pickled onions on the side. :)

  6. There seems to be a collective psychosis in the US. A term which has been used a lot in past few days.

    Someone mentioned the Brits being uncivilized with regards to fox hunting. This is now banned. In fact the UK has one of the best records for animal welfare.

    There's so much insanity in this thread I will leave you yanks to fight it out amongst yourselves.

  7. Well, that certainly wasn't disdainful or preachy.

    No wonder we broke away to form our own country.

    I'm always struck by the irony of people calling out the US about human rights, and say nothing about places like Saudi Arabia, North Korea, China, Sudan, Syria, and I'll get tired of typing all the countries who have true issues concerning human rights.

    The United States is one of the most, if not the most, civilized countries in the world.

    Incidents like this one notwithstanding, when you take into consideration the size of our population, the vastness of ethnic and racial diversity of that population, the amount of liberty we have, and the amount of overall good we contribute back to the world, we are easily the most civilized nation on earth.

    It's much easier to have harmony when the ethnic and racial diversity of a nation is relatively low, as in many Asian countries.

    Tangential Analogy Alert!

    The reason Mac computers are known for being more stable than their Windows counterparts is because Apple uses proprietary software, they design practically every program that runs on the Mac.

    Whereas Windows must accommodate a practically infinite number of third-party programs and applications, with compatibility issues making it much more susceptible to conflict and crashes.

    Such is the case with countries like Singapore, or Japan, or South Korea.

    The are the Mac nations of the world, while the United States is the Windows of the world.

    END Tangential Analogy Alert!

    This is what makes the United States the most civilized nation on earth.

    We have an infinitely more diverse yet homogenous society than most any other on earth, and there's a whole lot of us, and we still make it work.

    So all of your preachy suggestions and comments are taken with the proverbial grain of salt.

    You should take a long hard look at how the rest of the world sees the US right now. Civilsed isn't a word being used very much.

    Thanks for the textbook analysis of American culture.

    When I mentioned human rights I was talking about those children's fundamental right to life as opposed to your civil right to own a gun. Which is more important?

  8. Gun ownership/control is one on the most important issues in American politics today, and it's a shame that we can't have an intelligent debate about it on this forum without resorting to immature name-calling.

    One member mentioned on here that London is like the US. Another member seems to think that the UK is a safe house for terrorists, with terrorist attacks occurring on a frequent basis. I can't express how wrong they are. Everywhere in the UK, I believe, is safer than most parts of the US (the most recent atrocity that sparked this debate happened in quiet and safe community). There are fewer terrorist attacks in the UK than there were in the 1970s or even the 1980s when the IRA was at its most active. Britain has one the best intelligence services in the world which keeps this country a safe place to live.

    I have some experience of staying in America, albiet limited, but I'll share it with you anyway as I feel it's relevant. I have spent all my life, 34 years, living in the UK and I've never seen or heard a single gun, and I grew up in the countryside. In 1990, aged 12, I spent a month in the US. The night we arrived someone down the road to where we staying was shot dead in their home. I was shocked. The following week we did some shopping in, I think, Walmart and next to an aisle of cuddly toys there was a huge display of guns. I was appalled and disgusted.

    I would like to go back to the US and have a more positive experience, and maybe, if the government successfully changes the laws on gun ownership, I will.

    With regards to the issue of so-called assault rifles, I find it hard to believe that any sane government would make it legal to acquire such a weapon. They might as well legalise the sale of anthrax for human consumption.

    I read in The Gurardian newspaper here that 85 people a day are killed by guns in the US and more than twice that number are injured by them. Some members here will probably point out that more people are killed in road traffic accidents, and that would be true. The point is they are 'accidents', rather than motivated violent attacks. Statistically you are far more likely to end up dead if you own a gun.

    The second amendment in the Constitution, about the right to bear arms which has been widely debated on here, is intended to safeguard the people or the state, depending on how you interpret it, against a tyrannical government. The problem is left in the hands of the individual each person gets to define 'tyranny', and this threatens the democracy and freedom upon which America as a nation is built. Indeed, the whole purpose of government is so people can live unarmed, civilian lives and not live in a constant state of fear. I would recommend that some members here look up Thomas Hobbes' 'Leviathan'.

    The US needs to understand the distinction between civil rights and human rights, and recognise that the latter are more important than the former.

  9. I love my Christmas tree, and getting out all my decorations. I have a traditional colour theme of gold, red and and green. The only thing I never look forward to is untangling the tree lights. Mr. Magic normally deals with them, and then I get to do the fun bit. It took him nearly 2 hours to get them untangled this year. Then when we switched them on they didn't work! There was a loose bulb, and they are now on the tree looking very 'magical'. :)

    I also have a wreath. I made my own wreath this year which was lots of fun.

  10. ^ Because it's enshrined in their Constitution, Joe. But the last time I checked, only adult MALES had the right to bear arms. So I don't know what went wrong here.

    And that's the problem with having a codified constitution. Some aspects of it become outmoded and require change. It's very difficult to implement these changes if they are enshrined in the Constitution.

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