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  1. Jaguar, I actually agree with you for once My first thoughts were "this is an extreme way of printing money", "it's the parents whoy should be punished too" and "brainwashing". Who's to say that the kids aquiesce within weeks of getting there, but are kept on longer to get the money out of the parents? It's totally barabric.
  2. Wow, is telemarketing really that much of a problem in the US? Over here, we get cold-called maybe once every 6-8 wks. I always use the excuse that I can't speak French/German (even though I do to some extent) to get rid of them. It sounds like you guys get several calls a day. What a pain in the arse that would be.
  3. Just finished reading Lord of the Rings. Again. I like to read it once every few years, especially now as the films are out and I like to watch them and say "Oi, that's not in the book".
  4. Yes, George Peppard's character. Called "Cowboy" funnily enough.
  5. quote:Originally posted by Race Bannon IV: Believe it or not acclaimed director John Sayles, who is a personal favorite and directed Matewan and Eight Men Out, is responsible for the screenplay to Battle Beyond the Stars. Everybody's gotta start somewhere! I also believe George Peppard and Robert Vaughan maybe(?) appeared in it. It is based loosely on The Seven Samurai. IIRC, Robert Vaughan starred in The Magnificent Seven, also based on The Seven Samurai. Funny eh?
  6. quote:And an old Sci Fi movie where John Boy Walton was the hero. Not really John Boy but the Actor you know who. "Battle Beyond the Stars" I believe it was called. Richard Thomas is the actor. I only know cos it was on the UK Sci-Fi channel the other day. I didn't stop to see the end. Or the beginning for that matter.
  7. Oh dear But please don't confuse this with the suberbly ingenious League of Gentlemen. Is anyone screening it over in the US yet? If you like dark, surreal comedy, this is right up your street.
  8. I use an iMac at work. the damn thing crashes / locks-up about 3 times a day.
  9. I'll be logging onto Werner (the European server) next week. Look out for ÔÇáoeCuÔÇáÔÇáer in the 26th Airmobile outfit (VS)
  10. Ah, Planetside . Now that is one game I will definitely be getting. Bought Neocron, registered, paid, played a bit, got bored, uninstalled and cancelled my account. I have better and more interesting things to do
  11. What you might find interesting is the Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. Although probably aimed at a younger audience, they are excellent Fantasy books and well worth a read. Hell I enjoyed them a lot and I'm an old fat knacker
  12. Have you read the other Tolkien books? Silmarillion, Book of Lost Tales, Book(s) of Unfinished Tales? They give a great background to LOTR and the history of Middle Earth; where Sauron came from, who he was etc. The Lost Tales also have earlier transcripts of some ot the more popular Silmarillion stories such as the story of Turin Turambar and the tale of Beren and Luthien. Did you know Aragorn and Arwen are related and that Arwen is Galadriel's granddaughter (as well as being her 5th cousin)? Read the Silmarillion and you'll find out how.
  13. IceCold, the Spy Who Loved Me was Roger Moore's first Bond outing. They call me Paddy Pedantic
  14. Found the sp demo very Deus Ex-ish in atmosphere, which is a good thing. About 1/3 the way through the big download. The interface takes a bit of getting used to.
  15. Hmm, was McVeigh a muslim? And I think the Independent article was written with tongue shoved firmly in cheek. It's our British sense of humour, it's called IRONY. Basically, Europe has, potentially, more to fear from Middle East 'rogue states' due to the geographical juxtaposition. However, we see less of a threat than the American administration. Yet, if it came to it, we could handle it ourselves thank you very much. Such states are basically poor, third world nations lacking the resources or the manpower to threaten western civilisation as we know it. [ 08-12-2002, 04:33 AM: Message edited by: Paddy Gregory ]
  16. Received in email this morning ----------------------------- If you had bought £1000.00 worth of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth £49.00. With Enron, you would have £16.50 of the original £1,000.00. With Worldcom, you would have less than £5.00 left. If you had bought £1,000.00 worth of Stella one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the bottles for a 5p deposit, you would now have £107.00. Based on the above, current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle. -------------------------- Couldn't agree more.
  17. As always, I'm late on parade with this one. IMHO there is no-one more fanatical about the BC series than E5 (other than SC himself of course). Such fanaticism should be encouraged. OK, so he goes over the top with his opinions sometimes. So what? It's no big deal and is not hurting anyone. I really do think that his immaturity (sorry E5 but it's true) leads to a bit of impulsive behaviour now and again. He is French Canadian after all . Take a step back and think there's a lot worse going on than a kid expressing his opinions. If I had voted, it would have been to keep him. Banning should be reserved for absolute loose cannons, which he definately is not. That's my view for what it's worth. [ 07-25-2002, 03:50 AM: Message edited by: Paddy Gregory ]
  18. Did a bit of investigating, there's a whole slew of them and you can read them here some are really quite funny. Yeah I remember the thing SC posted. Similar, but now they seem to be going the 'official' line.
  19. Got this in my Inbox today, anybody else seen or received it? ------------------------------------------------- MR. GEORGE EDIALE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES FEDERAL SECRETARIAT IKOYI, LAGOS-NIGERIA. EMAIL: [email protected] DATE: JUNE 05, 2002 Attn: Patrick Gregory ( Dear Sir, RE: URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL I am Mr. George Ediale, the Director and Funds Co-ordinator of the Finance/Contract Department of the FEDERAL MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES. Terms of Reference. My term of reference involves the financial management and disbursement of proceeds from petroleum products and also the award of contracts to multinational companies. My office is also saddled with responsibility of screening categorization and prioritization of projects embarked upon by this Ministry as well as feasibility study for selected projects and supervising the project consultants involved. A breakdown of the fiscal expenditure by this office as at the end of the fourth fiscal quarter of 2000 indicates that this Ministry paid out a whooping sum of US$736M ( Seven hundred and Thirty Six Million United States Dollars) to successful contract beneficiaries. The Ministry is now compiling beneficiaries to be paid this second quarter of 2001. The crux of this letter is that the finance/contract department of this Ministry deliberately over-inflated the contract value of the various contracts awarded. In the cause of disbursements, this department has been able to track down the sum of US$41.5M (Forty One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) as the over-invoiced sum. This money is now lying and floating in the Ministry's domiciliary account with the Apex Bank, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). My colleagues and I now want to quickly transfer this funds to a safe nominated account for possible investment abroad. We are not allowed as a matter of Government policy to operate any foreign account because of our status as Civil/public servants. Hence the need to solicit for your account to transfer this fund into. We have also evolved a sharing formula as follows: (1) 25% for the foreign account owner (2) 70% for I and my colleagues (3) 5% will be set aside to defray all expenses both locally and internationally during the course of this transaction. Furthermore, we shall be relying on your advice as regards investments of part of our share in any blue-chip Company in your country. Be informed that this business is genuinely and 100% safe considering the high-powered government official involved. Send your private fax, telephone numbers and your mobile telephone if any and same of your Bank and Account number. This is to facilitate easy communication with you. Contact me strictly by email. Looking forward to healthy business relationship with you. Sincerely, MR. GEORGE EDIALE NOTE: PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE THE RECEIPT OF THIS MESSAGE, THANK YOU.
  20. In reply to the title of the thread, the answer looks like 'No'. And another thing, how can an opinion be 'amateur'. An opinion is an opinion, whether you get paid for it or not. Maybe you mean misinformed, or maybe any opinion which is contrary to your own you deem as 'amateur'. [ 06-06-2002, 12:34: Message edited by: Paddy Gregory ]
  21. Like I said, it happened to my sister-in-law in Manchester. It would be tough for me to seek my own justice........... Then again, my wife is from Northern Ireland and I'm sure her sister knows people, who know people, who know other people who would jump at the chance at a bit of indiscriminate Brit-bashing............
  22. Having seen a couple of news items recently, I really have come to the conclusion that justice and policing suck. Big time. Did you hear about the unemployed guy who was retrieving golf balls from a lake and reselling them? Jailed for 20mths or something for theft. I mean, wtf? As far as the Golf club and its members are concerned, those balls were lost forever, fair play to the guy for a bit of ingenuity (and he WASN'T claiming unemployment benefit or anything). Then you compare this to something which happened to my sister-in-law a couple of weeks back; she was driving down the Motorway round Manchester and she cut up some guy in a Range Rover or something (she drives a beat up Renault 5), well he comes up right behind and she thinks he's going to ram her. what he does is pull up alongside, reach over into the backseat, wind down the window and throw a hopusebrick, A FRIGGING HOUSEBRICK! at her windscreen. Fortunately, it only caused a minor crack. Not being content with this, he pulls up along the other side, gets another brick and throws it through her rear window, completely shattering it! Now she's obviously shaken up, but her friend is with her, so she's able to keep her calm. Luckily they get the number of the car and immediately call the police. Get this, rather than going round to the guy's house to arrest the f*cker, they call him up and ask him about it. well, he tells them that he has his own builing business and that his employees often use his car and that he couldn't be sure who was driving it at the time, but would 'ask around'. Basically, the police tell my sister-in-law that there is probably very little they can do about it, unless they can find out who exactly was driving the car at the time. I was so bloody angry when my wife told me about this, what if she had been killed? What if there were kids in the back? What if it had caused a major accident? He'll probably get off scott-free and the poor golfball diver gets put in the clink. There is NO justice! I'm so angry about this, I'm shaking as I type. I'm tempted to go over there with a few friends and several cricket bats and beat the living sh*t out of this piece of crap lowlife.
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