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  • Mudlark replied to the topic Smile

    @Craig

    Not long ago I, too, lost a couple of posts, but in both cases it was after I tried to edit out typos. It has made me a bit more cautious about trying to do any editing after initial submission, but so far there has been no further problem.

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    @JimTheFish<b></b><i></i><u></u>

    I think the ££-joke is probably meant to signify a sense of humour … and a sense of humour signifies autonomous intelligence

    That makes a lot of sense and, although I didn’t consciously note it at the time, it may have been something which registered subliminally as supporting my conclusion that the…[Read more]

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    @Bluesqueakpip

    Valid point. I wasn’t being entirely serious, but my detailed agricultural knowledge for what it is worth is in part that of an archaeologist/historian and in part derived from youthful observation of more traditional practice.  Such of my extended family and their friends who were farmers and whom I knew were in a rather different…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @zeyra

    I am very sorry that the fear of terrorism appears to be having such an affect on your life, because that is precisely what the terrorists want: to create an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear in the population. The best way that ordinary people have of opposing them is to carry on living as normally as they can, rather than cowering in…[Read more]

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    @pedant

    Experience has taught me that placards are a very unreliable metric.

    True, but experience plus placards are a bit more reliable. I have been living here for long enough, I think, to be able to gauge the temper of this ward and this constituency.

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    @Pufferfish

    I wasn’t aware of that fact. How wonderful!

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @Zeyra

    Yes, I have been following the election, as I follow politics in Europe generally, although I am probably not as well informed as I ought to be. The newspapers and TV news programmes in Britain don’t cover French elections quite as extensively or in as much depth as they do elections in the USA, which is regrettable.  We in England are…[Read more]

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    @Pufferfish

    Thanks for that. I assumed that it was a variant of Keziah and that it had an appropriate significance, but the only work of reference I have to hand wasn’t very helpful, since it gave the meaning as cassia without reference to the primary significance.  Strange, because in general it seems to be informative and fairly reliable on…[Read more]

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    @thane15

    No, I don’t think you got hold of the wrong end of the stick I proffered though, as you see from the above, posted almost simultaneously with yours, I took them to be sentient from the first, and that the Doctor, whether he foresaw it or not, did them a favour by removing a layer of conditioning which was preventing them from realising…[Read more]

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    When I wrote post #56698 above I don’t think I had drunk enough coffee, because I meant to clarify the sense in which I was using ‘intelligence’. It was probably evident from the context, but if not, I meant conscious, self-aware, sentient as well as capable of reasoning, but as machines – dry brains, not wet brains, as the Doctor put it.

    I have…[Read more]

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    @tardigrade @thane15

    The Doctor talked to and about the emojibots and the vardies as if they were intelligent, although whether they were supposed to be independently intelligent or together formed a composite intelligence wasn’t entirely clear, and in that light the reboot could be seen as a liberation.

    I understood the vardies to be some form…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    @Zeyra

    In what I wrote above there was a sentence in which I omitted a word which made nonsense of what I wrote and so, bearing in mind that English is not your first language, and in case you were confused, the fourth sentence should have begun: ‘I too, had a tendency to day-dream in class and let my mind wander … ‘

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    @Zeyra

    You are certainly not alone because I, also, was not very good at maths – even though I did in the end manage to narrowly pass the necessary examinations.  I loved physics and the biological sciences; chemistry not so much, but that may have been partly because my teacher in that subject was not very good at her job. The deficiency in…[Read more]

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    @Whisht

    A promise he’s kept by staying on Earth for 50 years.. so made around 1967? kinda the time he first regenerated…. purely coincidental I’m sure….

    Coincidence or not, the same thought struck me some time ago.  William Hartnell’s last appearance as the Doctor was in November 1966 in The Tenth Planet, after which he regenerated, and The Tenth…[Read more]

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    @pedant

    The cyberman special edition, from the Under Gallery, perhaps

    That suggestion gives me an excellent excuse to view it again and have another close look – but any excuse for a re-watch suffices :-)

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    @nerys @thane15

    I agree with you on the subject of Donna. Of all the AG companions so far, she was the one I most warmed to, with Rory and Amy coming second (in no particular order).  On present form, though, I think even she may be superseded by Bill, who displays a delightful combination of earthy practicality and wonder, and probably has the…[Read more]

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    @geoffers

    do any of our resident eagle-eyed art people know what the huge wall painting is, in the very furthest background

    It’s The Raft of the Medusa, painted by Gericault in 1818/19 currently in the Louvre.  A bit tricky to make out at first, because it’s been stood on its side and there are various objects in the way, but identifiable if you…[Read more]

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    @Juniperfish

    Strictly speaking, the Doctor and Bill are not going back to the Victorian era. At the time of the frost fair of 1814 George III was still technically king, though in a somewhat precarious state of health – hence the Regency, his grand daughter Princess Charlotte, at that time second in line to the throne, was still alive and…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    @zeyra

    what is the average age here ? Just being curious

    I’m not sure what the average is, but there are people here of all ages, from those in their teens like yourself, to a few like me who whose status is verging on the antique.  What ever our age, experience and other interests, what we all have in common is the love of Doctor Who and a desire…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Pilot

    @Missy

    Hang in there!  If my experience is anything to go by the dry eye does clear up eventually.  The first eye to be done was much the worse affected and the syndrome lasted about six weeks. With the other eye it was, as I said, only a problem first thing when I woke in the morning.  Hypromelose, incidentally, is the active ingredient in the…[Read more]

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