• idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    All sounds incredibly positive and exciting @pedant @bluesqueakpip

    @thane16 Thanks for asking, and I hope you and yours are all ok. Savon Manor is looking rather unkempt. This is partly because we haven’t looked after it in the cold weather, and partly because we barely look after it anyway.
    What is more, the groundsman (aka Mr Savon) has an…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark

    Hilarious, and bang on. She reminds me of Kathy Bates in Misery.

    And it seems she’s survived yet again. Perhaps she’s handcuffed herself to the radiator?

    @janetteb

    I cringe thinking about the UK’s international reputation at this point.

    Although I’m a passionate Remainer, I cling steadfastly to my belief that Remainers and Leavers…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Ah, David Lidington. The man who insisted in Parliament (when he was Minister for Europe) that there would be no need for a double majority – or indeed any kind of threshold – because the referendum was “advisory.”

    And who now, in spite of clear evidence that the whole thing was riddled with fraud, continues to treat the marginal outcome as an…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16 Thanks for the little @ragnarok. It did make me laugh. πŸ™‚

    @mudlark and @scaryb (amazing to see you back, by the way.)

    We got our turkey from a really great local butcher. It was massive and got its own oven. (We’ve got a tiny kitchen, but 50% of it is one of those “range” things with two ovens.)

    Mr Savon is the chef in our house, and…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    Happy New Year one and all, and I hope your festivities have been thoroughly brilliant.

    We had a few hiccups here at the Manor. A heavy Christmas cold, a β€œkerthunk” in the car chassis at the exact least convenient time a chassis could possibly kerthunk, and – worst of all – giblets undetected in the turkey!

    Still, a good time was had by all. The…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    Thank you @craig (and @jimthefish.) Running and modding this site must take a considerable amount of time and energy, especially recently!

    I absolutely love this forum because it’s open to all while maintaining standards of civility and intellectual rigour, and a genuine sense of community.

    It’s sad but no surprise that occasionally commenters…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @mudlark I’ve enjoyed learning from our discussion and it would be nice if I could find some point of disagreement just to carry it on! But I think we see eye to eye and I just got a bit fixated on the common ancestor idea. πŸ™‚

    @pedant

    Ha ha, from my perspective, Middle English is a good example of what I’m talking about because it entailed such…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @pedant I see what you’re saying. I think we’re probably on the same page but maybe the problem is my understanding of the word convergence.

    My take is this: If you put two different groups of people together, speaking different languages, the people will want and need to communicate, as you say.
    So the first generation will establish a very…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Thanks for that @craig, yes that’s really interesting. I was convinced the Scottish vote made a big difference just because I’d heard it said so many times. I would add that I was joking and I don’t believe for a second there should be any onus on Scottish voters to take the English into consideration at the ballot box. In fact I think the idea is…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @mudlark It’s a fascinating topic. Apologies, I misunderstood your original point about the German-ness (or not) of the Grimm tales. And thank you for your response. You have me curious about those ancient Irish tales πŸ™‚

    I take your point (and agree) that the similarities between myths can be explained in terms of the cross-fertilisation that you…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @mudlark That’s fascinating. I always thought the Grimm tales were regional folklore.

    I was introduced at uni to the enormous contribution that Jacob Grimm made to linguistics and philology. His work was on Indo-European languages (similarities in vocab and predictable, systematic differences in phonology.) He helped cement the hypothesis that…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    This episode for me is the gift that keeps giving, it’s so rich with allusions.

    Thanks @nerys for your post. πŸ™‚

    @cathannabel I absolutely love Gide, The Vatican Cellars and The Counterfeiters being among my all-time favourite books. Haven’t read Theseus though, so that’s really fascinating thank you.

    I totally see your point and agree, @mudlark,…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @craig She sounds incredible. πŸ™‚

    @kevinwho Thank you for sharing those bittersweet and beautiful words. I really like your take on Doctor Who aswell.

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @pedant I suspect your keyboard has a delete key and so I deduce that Finger The @Cumquat is precisely as obscene as you intended. πŸ™‚

    Sounds like a good game, let’s play.

    *dons Poirot moustache* ‘Ello mah leetuhl Ehngleesh chuhms…

    No hang on, that’s Eurotrash.

    I have a couple of suspects in mind, but how do we know the culprit would come…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    Seconded @kevinwho. Well said.

    Welcome, @bluffme. πŸ™‚

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @craig @cathannabel @kevinwho

    I’m so sorry. I can’t imagine how it must feel to lose a partner or parent. I wish I knew the right words to say. Language is rubbish sometimes.

    “if it seems we’ve wandered too far afield from the episode”… or maybe right to the heart of it?

    Such a beautiful photo, Craig. I hope you get your dream tonight.

    Hugs…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @cumquat

    “this propensity to civility and this use of reason in the development of an argument”

    Oh come on now that’s a bit strong. Did it never occur to you that some of us on here might not be the polite, reasonable people you take us for? Maybe we’re just really, really incompetent trolls.

    I come on here with every intention of trolling. It…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    Just back from holiday and caught up with episode 9, and what a corker it was. I loved this. Taking the fairy tale right back to its grizzly folkloric roots. (I really enjoyed your post detailing the fairy tale elements @bluesqueakpip.)

    I can’t believe how quickly my reservations about this series have melted.

    Hanne: from the Hebrew Channah,…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @blenkinsopthebrave @whisht Ha ha thanks for the props. Idiot Heights would be far more apposite but what’s the point of the internet if you can’t dress yourself up with a bit of fictional grandeur? How about Whishtminster Palace? πŸ™‚

    @mudlark A bit late, but I just want to add my voice to those wishing you well. Hope your nose is causing no…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    Things are a bit stupidly chaotic here in Savon Manor. If I had time to spare, I’d be able to explain why I started out fearing I might hate this new series, but have now really started to get into it.
    In bullet points…

    • The new music has grown on me.
    • Β None of the companion characters wear their heart on their sleeve Γ  la Moffat. But t…

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