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by Octavious
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: A Star Wars Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 604

Re: A Star Wars Thread

One does not simply warp into Endor
by Octavious
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: The Matriarchy in Full Swing
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: The Matriarchy in Full Swing

A fellow fan of Margaret Thatcher, eh Major? Good man!
by Octavious
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: World War I
Replies: 30
Views: 1026

Re: World War I

@ seniac

It depends how you spin it. You could say the Grand Fleet had the Germans trapped in port, or you could say that the outnumbered German fleet kept the entire Grand fleet occupied for the duration of the war, while German u-boats decimated British shipping.
by Octavious
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: World War I
Replies: 30
Views: 1026

Re: World War I

Naval dominance? The Royal Navy hadn't fought a significant engagement since Trafalgar. We had a lot of shiny boats crewed by a lot of shiny sailors skilled in the art of keeping everything shiny at all times. We couldn't fight for toffee. When the Germans, with all the seafaring pedigree of Swiss m...
by Octavious
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: World War I
Replies: 30
Views: 1026

Re: World War I

I don't think that the war had much of an impact on the Empire. It was evident from South Africa and the Boer War that it was on its last legs. A relatively minor colonial skirmish and Great Britain struggled to find enough troops to fight it. Empires were no longer a profitable enterprise.
by Octavious
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: World War I
Replies: 30
Views: 1026

Re: World War I

Speaking from a purely selfish perspective, Britain's entry into the war was part of an important series of events without which I would not exist. So, huzzah for the war!
by Octavious
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 22
Views: 1020

Re: What are you reading?

GNU Sir Terry
by Octavious
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 22
Views: 1020

Re: What are you reading?

I've been about to read Gormenghast for around a decade now. Maybe this is the year...
by Octavious
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Multiculturalism Ruins Nations
Replies: 101
Views: 5981

Re: Multiculturalism Ruins Nations

It seems appropriate here to point out the the 'classic Nation-state' model lead directly to the game of diplomacy - via the wonderful experience of two world wars. Nation states can not be trusted to live peacefully next to each other... Is what the above logic would conclude. And yet those same n...
by Octavious
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Wikileaks, Assange, and sexual assault
Replies: 15
Views: 653

Re: Wikileaks, Assange, and sexual assault

One wonders if you'd use the dementia insult against a younger president. Fine to disagree with the chap, but let's avoid straying into ageism. More to the point, who gives a damn? Not every issue has to be seen through the prism of Trump. Let's discuss the implications on Brexit, why not? Or, even ...
by Octavious
Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Diplomacy club
Replies: 55
Views: 1992

Re: Diplomacy club

Very true. It needs the big knife. Mind you, schools aren't what they used to be. I flirted with teacher training a few years ago and spent a couple of weeks at Plymstock Comprehensive (coincidentally my parent's old school) to get a feel for it. I was shocked. The teachers all wore shirts and ties,...
by Octavious
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Diplomacy club
Replies: 55
Views: 1992

Re: Diplomacy club

I am extremely curious about the type of school Seniac went to, with head boys and where something called "the intellectual diversions" club could actually exist :p. The game of choice in our school was Mercy, which for the uninitiated was where two pupils face each other, put their hands together w...
by Octavious
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Wikileaks, Assange, and sexual assault
Replies: 15
Views: 653

Re: Wikileaks, Assange, and sexual assault

I imagine that most of the global community couldn't care less. Whether or not he's an arse is irrelevant. Unlike on webDiplomacy, in the real world being an arsehole isn't a crime, and deserves no greater or lesser punishment than having to live with yourself. When it comes to extradition, the wate...
by Octavious
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Wikileaks, Assange, and sexual assault
Replies: 15
Views: 653

Re: Wikileaks, Assange, and sexual assault

That awkward moment when you realise that you've locked yourself in an embassy for most of a decade to escape a maximum sentence of five years...
by Octavious
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: The Matriarchy in Full Swing
Replies: 3
Views: 566

The Matriarchy in Full Swing

In yet another example of the tyranny of the matriachy that infests the UK, a serial drink driver has been spared gaol because she happens to be a woman. Summing up the judge, Sarah Buckingham, said "If Miss Parry was a man, there is no question it would have been straight down the stairs, because t...
by Octavious
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Will GOT last season live up to the hype..
Replies: 20
Views: 976

Re: Will GOT last season live up to the hype..

Bran stumbles out of bed and finds himself walking to a waterfall where he sees Hodor having a shower, and realises that he's dreamt everything that happened since he banged his head falling out of a tower.
by Octavious
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Birds and Diplomacy
Replies: 7
Views: 233

Re: The Birds and Diplomacy

Diplomacy has a pretty strong moral compass, I'd say, and people who stray from it are widely vilified by the community. Consider how people who regularly CD are shunned. Same for those who NMR. Consider how people who cheat are treated with genuine anger by the rest of the community, regardless of ...
by Octavious
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 140
Views: 4541

Re: Brexit

That's a fun little conspiracy theory. Here's another. The entire Brexit horlicks was created by the deep rooted need in the heart of every Brit to have something to complain about. As observed by Gilbert and Sullivan over a century ago: Oh, don't the days seem lank and long When all goes right and ...
by Octavious
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 140
Views: 4541

Re: Brexit

Equally no side can be seen to have “won” this fight, to avoid the losers resentment. If there were two sides I might agree, but there are not. Those who voted for Brexit with trade deals and an end to freedom of movement in mind won't be any less resentful because Remainers are pissed off two. To ...
by Octavious
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 140
Views: 4541

Re: Brexit

Whatever is done can be dressed up as a victory for both Brexit & Remain, No it can't. That's just a political fantasy. A customs union fudge will be seen as a betrayal by most Brexit voters and a disaster by Remain voters. Both sides will be united by anger against the politicians. There is no opt...