Sandbox (4)

Sometimes very active discussions about peripheral issues overwhelm a thread, so this is a permanent home for those conversations.

I’ve opened a new “Sandbox” thread as a post as the new “ignore commenter” plug-in only works on threads started as posts.

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  1. Allan Miller: It’s the same with mimicking accents – putting on an African or Indian accent is – ahem – beyond the pale, whereas no-one bats an eyelid if you “do” Liverpudlian or Canadian, eh?

    Just heard that Hank Azaria doesn’t want to voice Apu any more. Which is up to him, but I find a bit disappointing. Shows like the Simpsons play with stereotypes. Their British ones are pretty dire, but don’t bother me. I don’t feel Apu is any more offensive than Groundskeeper Willie.

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  2. stcordova:
    Jesse Waters pointed out last night that the one guy who is absolutely loving the fact Megxit is getting so much attention right now is Prince Andrew. Ha!

    Are you doing gossiping in your spare time? 😉

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  3. Just glanced at traffic statistics and I see the “unique daily visitors” parameter has moved into the 200’s the last couple of days, having not done that since last September. Reports of TSZs death (including some pessimism from me) have been exaggerated!

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  4. Alan Fox:
    Just glanced at traffic statistics and I see the “unique daily visitors” parameter has moved into the 200’s the last couple of days, having not done that since last September. Reports of TSZs death (including some pessimism from me) have been exaggerated!

    What was the highest ever?
    What was the average during the busiest times at TSZ?

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  5. J-Mac: What’s the appeal?

    It’s a distraction from real problems in the world, of which there are many.

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  6. stcordova: It’s a distraction from real problems in the world, of which there are many.

    I prefer sports, a good book, socializing etc.
    I guess we are all different…
    I personally find the following the so-called celebrities quite shallow and the royal family especially, as it is in their best interests to cultivate the fairy-tail image of princes and princesses away from the real life and their stained past of barbaric history…

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  7. J-Mac: What was the highest ever?

    Unfortunately there’s not a complete record. You can see what there is by clicking on hits in the dropdown from statistics and choosing “All”. Suppress “visits” and all is revealed. Busiest was 16.11.2015 with 1,360 visitors

    What was the average during the busiest times at TSZ?

    Again, information is incomplete but 400 to 500 daily visitors possibly.

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  8. Although Meghan Megxit is leaving the UK’s Royal family, she’s started a monarchy of her own of which she is the chief Drama Queen. Ha!

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  9. Alan Fox: Unfortunately there’s not a complete record. You can see what there is by clicking on hits in the dropdown from statistics and choosing “All”. Suppress “visits” and all is revealed. Busiest was 16.11.2015 with 1,360 visitors

    Again, information is incomplete but 400 to 500 daily visitors possibly.

    I thought so…Is it done by IP?
    If that’s the case, I use probably 4-7 different IPs.
    Some people visiting TSZ could use one or two of the IPs on the same day…

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  10. J-Mac: Some people visiting TSZ could use one or two of the IPs on the same day…

    Now 4G coverage is universal where I live, I might glance at TSZ when out and about at spare moments but I’m usually logged in which would, I imagine, mean I only count once even if I’ve connected via several IP addresses. I guess if someone wanted to boost the figures, they could.

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  11. stcordova:
    Although Meghan Megxit is leaving the UK’s Royal family, she’s started a monarchy of her own of which she is the chief Drama Queen.Ha!

    What if Brexit turns out to be some sort of success?

    If you talk to people in the most impoverished areas in USA, who had no prospects, or jobs, and now they do, would they say Trumpexit is going to be bad or good for them???

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  12. J-Mac: What if Brexit turns out to be some sort of success?

    Depends how you measure it. If you’re a disaster capitalist, it’s an opportunity. If immigrants annoy you more than a thriving economy, likewise. But if you’re a farmer, a fisherman or working-class – all groups tending to vote heavily for it – it ain’t gonna work out well financially, IMO. Plus it will screw the NHS.

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  13. Allan Miller: If you’re a disaster capitalist, it’s an opportunity. If immigrants annoy you more than a thriving economy, likewise. But if you’re a farmer, a fisherman or working-class – all groups tending to vote heavily for it – it ain’t gonna work out well financially, IMO. Plus it will screw the NHS.

    Well, that hypothesis is now up for testing.

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  14. Alan Fox: Well, that hypothesis is now up for testing.

    Yep. As comedian James Acaster said (he managed to make it funny!) he half-hoped Johnson would get his wish. If it goes well, we win; if it goes badly, at least we can watch the bastard squirm.

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  15. Allan Miller: Depends how you measure it. If you’re a disaster capitalist, it’s an opportunity. If immigrants annoy you more than a thriving economy, likewise. But if you’re a farmer, a fisherman or working-class – all groups tending to vote heavily for it – it ain’t gonna work out well financially, IMO. Plus it will screw the NHS.

    I agree.
    It’s crossed my mind that (other than having an accidental handpoppet in the office, like US) perhaps UK has more profound aspirations; to be viewed at least as “the third world power”? Or, as some think, US’ closest ally?
    What do you think?
    Alan Fox?

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  16. Alan Fox: Well, that hypothesis is now up for testing.

    It’s hard to measure success but low unemployment and high demand for real estate are usually good indicators…
    Where I live, biddiing wars are a norm…

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  17. J-Mac: I agree.
    It’s crossed my mind that (other than having an accidental handpoppet in the office, like US) perhaps UK has more profound aspirations; to be viewed at least as “the third world power”? Or, as some think,US’ closest ally?
    What do you think?
    Alan Fox?

    Part of the problem is that the country is not a unit, so can’t have aspirations, more a fight over the steering wheel. The closer to 50/50 we split, the less certain the steering, hence 4 years of paralysis. We’ve got a majority government now, but they only got 43% of the vote, and are claiming a mandate from a narrow 4 year old poll.

    Cosying up to a flake like Trump is a huge mistake IMO. We’re vulnerable, and he’s already threatening us. Whatever trade we may do over 3000 miles, it always makes more sense to look to our neighbours. If it goes well I’ll be astonished.

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  18. Allan Miller: Part of the problem is that the country is not a unit, so can’t have aspirations, more a fight over the steering wheel.

    Nether was Nazi Germany…
    Reasons for more unity can be “cooked”; antiterrorism, anti-immigration, islamophobia, xenophobia, anti-religious movement…

    Trump needs allies now, not enemies… He also needs a conflict: i.e. Iran

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  19. Emerging from the stone age! Tempest Gloria dumped an unprecedented amount of rain on my little corner of the World, one consequence of which was a landslide toppling a pylon supplying electricity to our village. A day-and-a-half without it tests the ingenuity.

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