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by Aravar
Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Margaret Thatcher 1925-2013
Replies: 45
Views: 18611

Oh, and she privatized the railroads. Worst Decision Ever. No. She. Did Not That was done under John Major and she was, IIRC, not in favour herself. As a regular user of the railways both pre and post privatisation my own view is that they have improved, albeit not very much. Certainly the quality ...
by Aravar
Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Tolkien Movies: The Road Goes Ever On
Topic: Alatar's Spoiler Thread
Replies: 65
Views: 22957

I saw it last night, 2D only, and pretty much agree with Alatar's [or should it now be He Who Cannot Be Named For Copyright Reasons?] review. While The Hobbit has never held the place in my heart that LOTR has, there were far fewer things that niggled me than any of the LOTR films. I didn't find Rad...
by Aravar
Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:40 pm
Forum: Tolkien Movies: The Road Goes Ever On
Topic: A self imposed media blackout
Replies: 12
Views: 6724

I'm taking the same approach as Alatar. Only a few more days. I'm reading the book again in preparation.
by Aravar
Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Discussion about the U.S. Constitution and government
Replies: 11
Views: 10116

Nor is good and ill one thing for Americans, and another thing for Europeans. It is for us, and SCOTUS justices more than anyone, to discern what is good and what is ill. If they find examples in foreign decisions that help them make that determination, more power to them, so long as they don't abr...
by Aravar
Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens—non-spoiler discussion
Replies: 339
Views: 110040

I wonder if the problems with John Carter have put them off that set of stories and pushed them towards Star Wars?

Hopefully, as Joss Whedon is working on the Avengers they may be able to get him to do Star Wars (hopefully with a cast includgin Nathan Fillion, Morena Baccarin, Jewel Staite etc)
by Aravar
Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Les Miserables - The Movie of the Musical
Replies: 5
Views: 6131

A friend of mine was going to be an extra in it: they were filming in Portsmouth Dockyard, but he changed his mind.
by Aravar
Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: John Carter (2012)
Replies: 92
Views: 29717

I saw it recently on blu ray and thoroughly enjoyed it: in fact it's inspired me to read the books.

My inner purist is, of course, revolted by Dejah Thoris's costume in the film ;)
by Aravar
Tue May 15, 2012 2:53 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Middle-earth [formerly LotR] in New Media
Replies: 451
Views: 258318

I saw the LOTR Lego sets at a Lego Show a couple of weeks ago. Rather foolishly I didn't have my camera with me. They all look good, although the Helm's Deep one looked a bit small: room for some creative addition. I wold hope that the Helm's deep one would be around £100-120 given the size of the b...
by Aravar
Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Middle-earth [formerly LotR] in New Media
Replies: 451
Views: 258318

Lego.com now has a few pictures up of the minifigs. It doesn't appear to have pictures of the sets, yet.
by Aravar
Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Middle-earth [formerly LotR] in New Media
Replies: 451
Views: 258318

Given the amount I've spent on Star Wars Lego, I don't think my bank manager will cope.
by Aravar
Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: Most annoying character in literature?
Replies: 77
Views: 65311

Annoying supporting characters, you can simply skip over, like pages of descriptions of the flora of a valley. Yeah, it's got flowers, we get it. :D Skip? With the Feegles trampling would be better. I don't find most of the Song of Ice and Fire characters annoying, only Sansa Stark. She cannot, rea...
by Aravar
Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: Most annoying character in literature?
Replies: 77
Views: 65311

I'm not short, not blue, and not in any way Scottish?
by Aravar
Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:32 am
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: Most annoying character in literature?
Replies: 77
Views: 65311

There are many YA books I would never read, even if stranded on a desert island with no other reading material. Any book with vampires, zombies, or a bleak dystopian future is out, too. I look at the TV guide and wonder: what the hell is this all about? The "supernatural" rules and IT SUX...
by Aravar
Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:24 pm
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: Most annoying character in literature?
Replies: 77
Views: 65311

This is a stupid question, but who is "Emma?" The heroine of Emma, by Jane Austen. Austen said something along the lines of that she had created a character that only she would like. Cathy in Wuthering Heights is pretty annoying. Tom Brown in Tom Brown's schooldays is also annoying to me,...
by Aravar
Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Legalized Slaughter of Horses for Human Consumption?
Replies: 92
Views: 31339

To say that horse is considered a delicacy in France is to make it seem like a "special" food. In fact it's a routine food: go to any supermarket and you'll find packets of horsemeat in with the beef and the other meat.
by Aravar
Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Capital punishment
Replies: 528
Views: 188764

"Volunteer" is the colloquial term used in capital (postconviction) practice to describe an inmate who has chosen to "volunteer" for execution before all of his appeals have been decided against him. Possibly one of the most famous examples is Timothy McVeigh. For an in-depth lo...
by Aravar
Mon Nov 14, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Occupy Discussion
Replies: 206
Views: 50006

Without veering too far from the topic (I hope), I think, Aravar, that there is a major dissonance between our positions. I, truthfully, do not think it is 'silly' to claim that an hour of a street cleaner's life has any less value, intrinsically, than an hour of a brain surgeon's life (to take ext...
by Aravar
Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Occupy Discussion
Replies: 206
Views: 50006

I think there are a number of reasons for a high RPI, for example quantitive easing (currency devaluation). Ultra low interest rates are... problematic. They may favour some home owners, but affect pensions adversely. They are very much a poisoned chalice; an action of last resort to try and mainta...
by Aravar
Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:31 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Occupy Discussion
Replies: 206
Views: 50006

[The fact that today the link between benefits, that safety net for the most deprived, linked to the RPI for its raises, are under threat because RPI has hit 5%, is symptomatic of the cancer we're fighting. The poor get shafted, whilst the rich are being consistently rewarded... for being rich. Thi...
by Aravar
Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:48 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Occupy Discussion
Replies: 206
Views: 50006

What gets me is how these salaries and bonuses end up getting approved by shareholders. It's their company, it's their money, yet they vote to pay millions of it in one year to one person. Mainly because the shares are held by large groups of institutional investors, so that the votes are bing made...