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  1. I've never seen any Hopper "In real life", but for many years Nighthawks was the wallpaper on my PC, it's lovely.


    As a university student I went to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and all the paintings were breath taking, but there was something about his paintings of the yellow house in Arles that really moved me. It is also one of those which I often mention when explaining the difference between seeing a painting and seeing a picture of a painting.

    The way those paintings capture a feeling of "place" is something that I have never really experienced when looking at anything else.


    I also really like René Magritte's work, but when we visted the Musée Magritte Museum in Brussels I didn't get the same feeling of the difference between reproductions and the original works.

    M.C. Escher's works in the museum in The Hague were the same, gorgeous, engaging, interesting, but fundamentally not that different from the online versions which are easy to find.


    My wife's favourite was this Monet called "Camille" which is in the Bremen art museum. When you see it close up, the quality of the cloth on that dress is something spectacular.



  2. 10 minutes ago, alexunterwegs said:

    I'm just talking about the Single Market and Customs Union like Switzerland or Norway.  

    Yeah but I think the whole point is the UK position is so weak right now that the EU has no incentive to offer something like Norway or Swiss model.

    The 'Norway' model that was always touted was based on the UK being part of the EEA, this option is not available to the UK because both Iceland and Norway have said they would exercise their veto's to stop this.

    The Swiss model of being in the in the 'single market' but not the EEA or EU only works because CH is part of Schengen.

    I really don't see any way for the UK to get back inside the tent even a little bit without them signing up to the Euro and Schengen, and both of those are currently still 'red line' issues for both major UK parties.

    Now the Tories are U-Turning so fast we could probably solve the energy crisis by attaching a turbine to the PM, but I can't believe they will come to rest on an EU facing seat for another few years yet.

    I think we need at least one non-tory parliament to try to 'make Brexit work' and when they fail then the political classes might have the balls to do the right thing.

    I'm sure that eventually the UK will want to join (or the EU will be replaced by something bigger and better) but I can't see that being much before 2030.




  3. 5 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

    I hope that stores that do this have elevators for those who need them.


    In ours they have switched off 1/2 the escalators and the elevators are still on. It really just means that you are always at one end of the shop when you go up or down, but the escalators are at one end and the elevators the other so it's not real inconvenience.



  4. I think a number of the eastern European nations and possibly also Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece might insist on the UK also joining the Euro if they were to be allowed back in, similarly I can see France and Germany insisting on them joining Schengen. I suspect a few of the other smaller/newer members would want to flex the 'Veto' powers to get some concessions too, so I'm not sure it will be as easy as you think murphaph.

    There will be a cost to the UK for re-joining you can be sure of that.




  5. See the problem is all those options like "Norway" or "Swiss model" or even a simple customs union are poison to the current shower in charge, the most likely long-term solution they can come up with is some kind of "Singapore on Thames" type model. Extra friendly to the rich and the corporate, screw the poor they don't matter.

    And by the time they are forced from power in a few more years time, there will be nothing left to rescue.

    Not that I think the current Labour party could fix this shitshow even if they took over now.

    Brexit was an absolute disaster and every possible mitigation was ignored or actively fought against.

    Every concession from the EU was taken as weakness or a dirty-trick and now a large percentage of the EU think that letting them back in would be poison and they would fight against it.



  6. I'm working from a machine translation, but if I understand this page properly..


    It's possible to have an electric system that can be also operated by hand.

    Alternatively there is this page:-


    Which seems to offer solar powered electric shutters so I guess that might meet your requirement too.



  7. 9 minutes ago, yourkeau said:

    "x years of ... experience"



    My dad once commented that when interviewing people it is important to understand the difference between "x years of experience" and "1 year of experience x times".

    Some people really don't learn anything new after the first year or so.


    I totally agree with you, I think the whole degree/masters/doctorate program as it stands today is a bit dumb but just replacing it with years of experience and/or years of study isn't gonna work.

    You do need people to actually have learned something from their time and to do that you probably need some sort of qualification gate at the end of each stage.

    Once you agree on that there seems little harm in retaining the traditional titles.



  8. 4 hours ago, murphaph said:

    Hasn't this thread kind of run its course?

    That happened a long time ago, but the powers that be have all fucked off and so there is little anyone can do about it except move on and not participate.

    I'm like you though and I can't seem to put it down. We should just leave them to it.



  9. Hmm it seems to me that your permit becomes invalid if you leave for a reason which is "not temporary" or you leave for more than 6 months.


    Detail seems to be here

    Unofficial English translation here:


    It looks like you can ask for more time if you need it though which would be the ( or within a longer period set by the foreigners authority ) part of clause 7.


    So if you need to go for more than six months, why not just ask?



  10. On 03/10/2022, 17:53:32, Acton said:

    Is there an Irish on-line shop for meat products? Like pork pies etc?Do they even make pork pies in Ireland? I haven't found anything.


    I recently bought some stuff from these guys they were a bit more expensive than I would like, but the bacon, sausage and black-pudding were great.

    The stuff arrived quickly, was well packed and still very cold. Tasted great.

    There was a minor problem with my order (one of the things I wanted was sold out) but they emailed me and were super friendly and nice in the conversation about how to handle it. All in all it was a positive experience, but not something I will do too often because of the cost.



  11. Littlefeather represented Marlon Brando at the 45th Academy Awards in 1973,
    this was her speech to the academy.



    My name is Sacheen Littlefeather. I'm Apache and I am president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee. I'm representing Marlon Brando this evening, and he has asked me to tell you in a very long speech which I cannot share with you presently, because of time, but I will be glad to share with the press afterwards, that he very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry – excuse me... and on television in movie re-runs, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee. I beg at this time that I have not intruded upon this evening, and that we will in the future, our hearts and our understandings will meet with love and generosity.

    Thank you on behalf of Marlon Brando. 





  12. 2 hours ago, jeba said:

    I wouldn't regard that rudeness


    Yeah but rude is for the 'receiver' not the giver to decide.

    The closest you can get is to say 'It is impossible to be unintentionally rude to jeba' which again explains a lot.

    I now understand why you get quite  so pissy when you think someone is attacking you, the idea that it might be accidental rudeness doesn't occur to you. If it triggers the 'rude' bone then it must have been intentional.


    If you found that rude, it wasn't my intention, and to be clear here is some intentional rudeness, Fuck Off, the idea that one can't be unintentionally rude is bollocks.



  13. 31 minutes ago, jeba said:

    Is there such a thing as unintentional rudeness?   Not in my book.

    That really is interesting. If every time you are rude on this board is deliberate then my opinion of you has gone down significantly.

    I think you are just wrong here jeba.

    It's quite possible to do something culturally inappropriate because of a lack of knowledge.

    Classic example would be eating with your left hand in India, it's rude, but easy to do accidentally if you don't know.







  14. 1 hour ago, Jonny said:

    You mean he wrote some words to go along with an old Stevie Wonder song. 



    No I mean he wrote a rap song I liked.  The point about rap is the "words".

    Obviously Stevie Wonder wrote a banging tune and some good words for passtime paradise, but the lyrics and the rap parts of Gangster Paradise meant something. It is quite possible for something to be derived from something else (like Gangsta Paradise clearly is) and still be good (Which again).