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  1. What? I know it's all meant to be subjective, blah blah blah, but I'm amazed how anyone could not be bowled over by that album on first hearing? Stone cold classic. Took me a long time to get into Dylan now that I think about it.
  2. I rated The Hissing of Summer Lawns back then ('75?); that'll be my natural maturity. I can think of plenty of albums that've gone the other way - good then, shite now - but struggling to think of t'other way round. I hated Dark Side of the Moon for years, but that was less to do with the quality of the content and more with the hair-length of the group.
  3. Goes to show, it's not easy to stage a successful military coup in the social-media age if the government has a reasonable degree of popular support. Time was you just had to seize the building of the state broadcaster. Things have changed.
  4. Ach, cheers Goozay; I should've checked that as I had a vague mental niggle as I was typing that summat wasn't right. Lord, I detest Jack Straw.
  5. I like this 'theoretical precedent' concept; opens up whole new scope for counter-factual historians ... Off the top of my head, I can think of two examples of Britain ceding split territory (Ireland & India), both arguably attempts to prevent massive bloodshed. No doubt there are others. Still, I'd've thought that most post-colonial violence was due to Britain ceding artificially unified polities created from previously disparate elements. Anyroad, I only chucked Shetlands into the mix as an example of possible difficulties for the post-EU ref. Scottish independence situation which, I'd say, is fundamentally greatly strengthened. As I said, it's just a matter of how it's played.
  6. Can you explain it? I find it confusing. I don't think the Wee Blue Book's claim that 12-mile territorial waters are all that an exclave can claim makes sense given that Angola's oil fields are 40km+ off Cabinda.
  7. It's difficult to set a precedent when that precedent never occurred. As it's the TAMB, we should all consider the Rev Stu's view on 'local' referendum results : Q: “But what happens if Orkney and Shetland decide to stay in the UK, or to become independent themselves?” A: Orkney and Shetland are legally part of Scotland, and no more entitled to their own “local” referendum result than Falkirk or Peterhead or Sauchiehall Street... The Wee Blue Book
  8. Yes. It'll be interesting to see how Sturgeon plays it. The EU referendum result is a very strong card but not the easiest to play. Among many other reasons, basing independence on refusing to accept the democratic decision of a single polity sets an interesting precedent in the event of Shetland, for example, voting No in Indy 2.
  9. Yup, which I imagine isn't a bad way to start in May's position. I'm quite impressed. Osbourne out. Gove put in a very difficult position if he's offered a post later today. Johnson given the one high-ranking cabinet post that is most subservient to the executive rather than parliament (for historical constitutional reasons when the monarch had free rein over foreign relations while parliament held the purse-strings - Cook was powerless when Blair decided to pile into Iraq). It's also the one post that he can bollock up without directly affecting most voters (assuming he doesn't initiate open warfare with Russia - and I imagine he and Putin might get on quite well). He's basically comes across as the bloke that foreigners have a soft spot for, the eccentric Englishman. He's the Hugh Grant of politics: personable, easy to under-estimate, and likely to be caught being blown by a prozzie in the back of the ministerial Daimler. So Gove's guns spiked; Fox and Davies given the job of sorting out the mess they campaigned for; Boris in place to add to the gaiety of the nation - not bad for your first day in a job.
  10. You really need to see a doctor about that ...
  11. It's an example of an immigrant doing a job that no Briton would touch ...
  12. Many thanks all. I've parcelled the info up and passed it on (without going into too much detail regarding the Avon Skin So Soft debate). Much appreciated.
  13. In the interests of absolute accuracy, I believe that one of the home nations didn't actually get into the group stage ...
  14. Just heard that an American colleague is slack-packing the West Highland Way with his son next month. Any useful tips I can pass on, especially regarding midge protection? Ta.
  15. It's understandable (and I realize you're not saying you subscribe to it). One problem with it is that the Establishment had a recent opportunity to engineer a poorly performing referendum campaign and plumped for Gordon Brown's vow. Many were waiting for a Yes-related outrage, it was predicted by some on here. This one looks like a lone cvnt. It will make voting Leave all the harder however.