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9 years ago
Briffits
Two things occur to me, for parochial schools they sure study the OT a great deal. Our instruction was almost entirely NT. Secondly, the schools must be considerably more relaxed today than in my day. Answers like that would have been taken as deliberate insults to scripture and resulted in beatings. The nuns had no discernible sense of humor, nor tolerance for the natural confusion of children.
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9 years ago
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I enjoyed those Carol. Reminded me of some humor by Leo Rosten, author of The Joys of Yiddish, I read probably four decades ago, in which he discussed puns, spoonerisms, malapropisms and other plays on words. Only one of them fits the topic. Today's Sermon: The evils of drink, with hymns from a full choir. Some of the others were pretty good as well: Today's special: barely soup He clung to t
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9 years ago
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So yours was the 14th then? Mine was the 15th. Briffits
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9 years ago
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Canny timing Guy, you get an entire year of springs and summers. Briffits
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9 years ago
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ananda wrote: > Lewis Carroll is giving you a BIG cheshire cat grin for your > nice metrical rhythms. It's a song by Neil Young.
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9 years ago
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Vacation tips for the tea party.
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9 years ago
Briffits
Hi Geoff, You pre-date me by about a year and a half. I think this was my first post. Briffits
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9 years ago
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Citizen Attorney wrote: > surprised avatar didn't win best picture. The academy was out to prove it wasn't completely driven by box office success, even though it is, and further that it was willing to overlook rules violations for politicking to pick the film in question anyway, plus Avatar needed no help. Cameron and Bigelow were once married and he's already won, so it was her turn, just
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9 years ago
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carolb wrote: > I enjoy reading the online Daily Mail for laughs, especially > when it turns up yet another instance of the Political > Correctness brigade gone stark raving mad. > > The latest incident? A young woman is forced to produce ID in > order to buy a slice of quiche. You couldn't make this stuff > up! But this was obviously not store policy, merely some nutty
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9 years ago
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robyn wrote: > That sounds good. Would there be films under the heading of Sci > Fi? I suppose, but I would call it science fiction rather than sci fi and the best of them would be more accurately termed, dystopian. As someone once put it, I've seen the future and it doesn't work. Briffits
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9 years ago
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ananda wrote: > Well.. what might we call it then? Dark social satire, with > some great humor along with the tragedy and ultimate hope, > disguised as sci fi? The stuff I like, I've always termed speculative fiction, as it has more to do with human issues than futuristic technology. Ursula Le Guin called Dick "a homegrown Borges". Briffits
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9 years ago
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I saw District 9. What I liked about it was all the plot elements it left unanswered, such as an explanation for the aliens' arrival. btw I hate the term sci fi. It's like prog rock. I can't understand why anyone with any affection for the creative work in question would saddle it with such an unappealing handle. Briffits
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9 years ago
Briffits
Howard Zinn didn't change my world view, which was already well established before I came across his book, A People's History of the United States, but he did give me a context for some of my views. He put the lie to the notion of historical objectivity, an oxymoron if there ever was one. His was the first history I'd ever come across which categorically stated it's subjective nature up front. As
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9 years ago
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Sangreal Sea wrote: > Interesting! Montreal is a great place for beer; and its really > the rich European presence here that passes on those > traditions. Unfortunately many of the 'mainstream' North > American beers have gone the way of the McDonald's French fry Yes, Unibroue is from Montreal or thereabouts isn't it? They brew superb ales. Budweiser is based on a similarly named C
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9 years ago
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NetWorkAngel wrote: Woodward was the naive, virginal police officer in The Wicker Man wasn't he? I can't recall his other roles, but that had to have been a difficult one to pull off with any authenticity and under quite difficult circumstances. I recall him saying that the goats, in the cages above him, were terrified and peed all over him when the wicker man was set aflame, but that it was so
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9 years ago
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Diomede wrote: > Recently and through no provocation at all on my part, this > particular cat of mine has demonstrated or "shown" its > affections (if I can call it that), by purring profusely, > licking my face (and even my lips of occasion), just prior to > my waking up some mornings. Cats are individuals, they don't all behave in exactly the same way and yes that is
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9 years ago
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Sangreal Sea wrote: > Hey Briffits, > > Yeah I know what you mean. Stella, compared to browns like Leff > or blacks or even other green bottled beer is pretty mild. I > guess it depends on my mood, although I tend towards Grolsch, > Carlsburg or Heinikin for green bottled Euro beer. As for > Becks, I understood that was a German beer? Along with "Saint > Pauli Girl
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9 years ago
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I was worried that this was impacting the unique Belgian abbey ales and such, but it's only Anheuser-Busch. I didn't know they made Becks and Stella Artois, no wonder I find those so lacking in flavor. Briffits
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9 years ago
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This must have been right after Ochs killed himself. I never noticed before how much Melanie's phrasing is reminiscent of Sandy Denny. It's a heartfelt version, but I prefer the way Ochs sang his own songs. Briffits
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9 years ago
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ananda wrote: > Can you say why you thought of a snail for this one, Lenny? > Thanks. Sue Its head hangs from its "foot" and it leaves a trail. Didn't seem to fit the riddle completely, but it was the closest thing that came to mind. Briffits
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9 years ago
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Though dubious about the sponsorship, I found this surprisingly touching and effective. Briffits
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9 years ago
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A snail is what comes to mind. Briffits
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9 years ago
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brucenyc1 wrote: > You could think 'em up while listening to Bach's art of the > Fugue-which apparently you could turn upside down and play it > the same. Escher. I think Escher was employing what is called poetic license there. If the piece was played backwards the counterpoint would, I think anyway, maintain the same relationship, but would not progress the same way, unless every m
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9 years ago
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Citizen Attorney wrote: > thats a good one. what about the beatles song helter skelter > didn't something happen when you played it backwards? Maybe in Manson's head, but I don't think he was relying on it being played backwards, though I could be wrong. A palindrome reads the same backwards and forwards, backward masking of a recording doesn't qualify. Briffits
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9 years ago
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carolb wrote: > > "Able was I ere I saw Elba" - said Napoleon. Yes, that's the most famous one, but he wouldn't have said it. Briffits
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9 years ago
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"Peel's foe, not a set animal, laminates a tone of sleep" - Peter Blegvad Now that's a palindrome!
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9 years ago
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Nebankh wrote: > Thanks for the nomination Naveen, but I don't read all the > boards or even all the posts on the boards I do frequent :-) If > I had to read them all I'd lose the will to live! Yeah, Jaq, I'd hesitate to promote anyone I liked for that same reason, and on the other hand, wouldn't want to suggest those I don't like for fear they'd use the role as a bully pulpit. What t
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9 years ago
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Then there's this: Cooper: Surefire cure for a hangover, Harry. You take a glass of nearly frozen unstrained tomato juice, you plop a couple of oysters in there and drink it down, Breathe deeply. Next you take a mound, and I mean a mound of sweetbreads. Saute 'em with some chestnuts and Canadian bacon. Finally, biscuits, big biscuits smothered in gravy. Now this is where it gets tricky, you're g
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9 years ago
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Hair of the dog: C'malong, Dexter, I know a formula that's said to pop the pennies off the eyelids of dead Irishmen.
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9 years ago
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michael seabrook wrote: > can anyone recomend a good one, anytype, sports personalities, > travellers, people who spent time in prisons or comedians. My Last Sigh - Luis Bunuel, really well (and not ghost) written Sleeping Where I Fall - Peter Coyote Bad Boy of Music - George Antheil Are three which spring to mind. Briffits
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