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Re: Are you ready for Brexit?

February 25th, 2020, 8:43 pm

I possess a kilt, sporran and all the works! Takes forever to put it all on.
Wonderful - so some constraints with the leather straps and gear, but some freedom too!

On my first trip, went out from London to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond.... and up to Oban.

Arrived in an October hurricane with gale force winds and torrential rain - could barely stand up, leaning hard into the wind on the walk to the hotel.

Fantastic! And then you warm up with a glass of single malt made right there in Oban.

Loch Lomond, for those who have not been there, or the Trossachs. 

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February 25th, 2020, 8:54 pm


Since we had our Brexit in 1776, the wounds have healed for the most part.

The Colonists wanted independence from Great Britain because the king created unreasonable taxes, those taxes were created because Britain just fought the French and Indians. England decided that since they fought on American soil, then it was only fair to make Colonists pay for it.

The English colonies in North America experienced a fast development during the eighteenth century. An unremitting stream of European immigrants provided economic growth and caused a widening political and cultural gap with the old country. The British view that the colonies' only purpose was to provide raw materials for the homeland and to pay taxes met with increasing opposition from the colonists. However, this resistance resulted in even more oppression by the British crown.

After a series of incidents, in 1776 it came to an exchange of fire between armed colonists and the British army. The shots that were fired at Concord and Lexington 'resounded throughout the world'. They heralded the American independence that was declared on July 4, 1776 by a number of prominent colonists (the Founding Fathers). Six years of war were to follow before the British gave up the fight.

For a number of reasons, the Dutch States General tried to remain neutral in the conflict between the rebellious American colonies and Great Britain. War with Great Britain was to be avoided because the British fleet was stronger than the fleet of the Dutch Republic. Dutch merchants also had a vested interest in avoiding a conflict with the British. As long as the Netherlands remained neutral, Dutch merchants could deliver goods to the American rebels on a large scale. Dutch gunpowder, arms and other goods were shipped to the rebellious provinces, mostly by way of the island of St. Eustatius.  

Stadholder William V was connected by family ties to the British royal house and therefore took the British side. However, the same did not hold for the groups of citizens who called themselves Patriots and who wanted to put an end to stadholder's power. They regarded the events in America as a shining example.
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February 25th, 2020, 9:01 pm

Rulers have think carefully when they pick and choose how to levy and enforce taxes.

People have strong feelings about very practical, not to say essential, things like stamps and tea!

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February 25th, 2020, 9:12 pm

But when they started to print paper money, that took the biscuit. (Saw it on Pawn Stars)

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February 25th, 2020, 9:20 pm

But when they started to print paper money, that took the biscuit....
And next thing you know, there is a little revolution and once that dies down, we find an orderly gathering of quants on Wall Street, May 1792.

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February 25th, 2020, 11:35 pm

A few years later things got a little restless in Texas.

As a 3-year old I liked this song but I tended to get my C's and F's mixed up and my accent was rhotic like Bernie Sanders(*) (true story)
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Rhotic varieties of English include the dialects of Scotland, Ireland, and most of the United States and Canada. Non-rhotic varieties include most of the dialects of modern England, Wales, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In some varieties, such as those of some parts of the southern and northeastern United States,rhoticity is a sociolinguistic variable: postvocalic r is deleted sometimes but not always, its probability depending on an array of social factors such as the speaker's social class or ethnicity or the degree of formality of the speech event.

The prestige form of English spoken in Ireland is rhotic and most regional accents are rhotic although some regional accents, particularly in the area around counties Louth and Cavan are notably non-rhotic and many non-prestige accents have touches of non-rhoticity

BTW is Nantucket noted for its rhoticity? 
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February 26th, 2020, 12:02 pm

Re: Nantucket accent

If you go back to its days as a fishing village, possibly, but accents there vary now, although hearing a Brooklynese accent would not be that common.

See OT for a new ode to Nantucket
 
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February 27th, 2020, 12:03 am

I've acquainted an Irish guy recently. Intriguing accent :-)
 
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February 27th, 2020, 1:08 pm

You probably won’t be aware of this but tea has got political, yet again. A Tory MP was photographed with some Yorkshire Tea, a particularly delicious brand. The left are now boycotting this brand. (I’m drinking it as fast as I can!)
That was no ordinary MP; it was the current occupant of #11 Downing Street.
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February 27th, 2020, 4:44 pm

I’d love to see @sulaAlice (the Sue in “Sue, you’re shouting at tea”) and @YorkshireTea being interviewed.

And it’s interesting that the right didn’t lose it when Magic Grandpa was similarly photographed with the same brand of tea a few years ago. It’s almost as if lefties just like being angry. Any excuse. If that’s the case then there’s no pleasing them and they should be ignored.
 
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February 28th, 2020, 5:10 pm

I've acquainted an Irish guy recently. Intriguing accent :-)
Which part, of Ireland?
The Irish and Dutch are ubiquitous.
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Re: Are you ready for Brexit?

February 28th, 2020, 6:04 pm

Not in Ireland.
 
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February 28th, 2020, 7:22 pm

People are emigrating to cheaper countries such as Canada, UK, NZ, NL etc.
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Re: Are you ready for Brexit?

March 1st, 2020, 6:39 pm

“We will save your country from Germany. Hundreds of thousands of our citizens will die. All we ask in return is to be able to eat our own fish.”

“Non.”

Negotiating with France.

But I have to say that fish is an unusual hill on which to die.
 
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Re: Are you ready for Brexit?

March 1st, 2020, 11:42 pm

I think the real price for helping France was booting it out from Middle East?
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