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    some07791

    Im a big Pale Ale fan. There are too many excellent US (specifically WA and OR) Pale Ales to mention. Likewise some good Pale Ales from my birth country (UK), specifically Twisted Thistle from Edinburgh. Here in NZ I have to say (amongst others) Tuatara APA.

    Posted in: What’s your favorite beer?

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    If it id proven that the Qataris were bribing then the world cup should go to whoever came second in the bidding process. not sure who that was, Australia?

    Posted in: Anti-Qatar World Cup campaign blasted as 'racist'

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    M3x3 - Having also lived in multiple countries in the commonwealth I have multiple constants - my family, my childhood friends, to name but a few. Being away from them doesn't diminish them for me, nor any brit that I know. Some old woman in a palace that ive never met isnt 'in' my life. Taking coins? hmm...

    Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in this day and age?

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    Jimmy Jr - you know nothing of England, clearly. Society wont collapse into civil strife if the monarchy goes. Even most die hard monarchists appreciate they the royals are just people, and in their view, just the best political system in a lot of non-perfect options. Nobody in England will suddenly develop the desire to kill the man down the street just for opposing views on the monarchy.

    Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in this day and age?

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    Well said, Jimizo.

    Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in this day and age?

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    It seems that there are two camps here - those that view it in light of their upbringing and the society they live/lived in and see it as a common courtesy. On the other hand there are those that that are (perhaps?) more objective and view giving up seats to able bodied females but not able bodies males as sexism (nobody so far has tried to argue its not sexist..)

    I dont think anybody denies that giving up seats to the inform, aged, pregnant or otherwise disadvantaged is common courtesy.

    At the end of the day, its a matter for the person giving up the seat.

    Posted in: Is a man giving up his seat to a woman on a train or bus an outdated form of respect?

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    It might be common courtesy but its also sexism.

    There are many of us who strive for the equal treatment of all able bodied. The discrimination against men shown by those who value 'common courtesy' is a step backwards in the fight for equality.

    Posted in: Is a man giving up his seat to a woman on a train or bus an outdated form of respect?

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    some07791

    Yes it is outdated.

    Able bodied women are no more deserving of a seat than able bodied men. Giving up a seat should be based on need only.

    I try my best to treat everyone equally, regardless of sex or race etc. I also try to be polite, which giving up a seat when its necessary (sick, pregnant women, old) and holding doors for everyone.

    I dont see how everyone can be equal and yet at the same time men are expected to treat women better without any reason (age, pregnancy etc..)

    Posted in: Is a man giving up his seat to a woman on a train or bus an outdated form of respect?

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    mighty england

    Hahaha.

    I do agree with Bura, it is their best team in ages. I think the qtrs are possible. Likely? Im not so sure. Overall, this world cup is shaping up to be quite an interesting competition.

    Posted in: Okazaki thinks Japan can reach World Cup quarterfinals

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    However if you are European and have never set foot in the UK or paid a scrap of taxes there you are welcomed with open arms.

    Thats it Nat, dont mention the reciprocation - that UKers can walk in to other EU hospitals and get treatment in the same way. Nigel will be happy with you.

    Posted in: Hospitals: UK vs Japan - Length of stay, language, birth, kids and pain relief

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    As someone with a foot in both islands (dual national) this is nice development. Hopefully this establishes the relationship as a partnership or equals to move forward.

    As a republican Im impressed with the queens actions. An apology and objective review of the current state of relations from a british monarch has a lot of meaning.

    To see SF men at this dinner shows how much NI has moved forward. Hopefully this can continue.

    Posted in: Queen hosts Irish president on 1st UK state visit

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    Drop them NZ. You are far better than 'subjects'

    Posted in: Baby George has royal play day in New Zealand

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    Blundies over williams anytime..

    Posted in: Visitor from Down Under

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    The American influence is, by and large, positive. It historical contribution to the world, likewise.

    With the Europeans remaining divided its going to be the USA which guarantees a better future world.

    There are problems with America, not least a general inability of its citizens to accept that America is anything but the best in all things, but its morals and compass are pointing in the right direction.

    It aint perfect, but none of the competitors come close.

    Posted in: America's waning influence in the world

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    Very weird situation.

    It all seems a bit farcical (and tragic.) Convicted, acquitted then re-convicted?

    On the other hand, all you can do is trust Italian justice.

    Posted in: Amanda Knox's murder conviction upheld in Italy

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    ** The governments of both countries wouldn't need to put in too much effort to demonize the enemy, Jimizo, very pertinent point. Expanding on that, i think the difference is that the Chinese goventment has used and whipped up this feeling (through education and propaganda) whereas the Japanese animosity is largely a reaction to the anti-Japanese feeling that the Chinese govt has been encouraging.

    Could it be the case that the Chinese goverment takes things too far and the chinese people demand a strike on Japan whch the Chinese goverment couldnt get out of? It only an anecdote, but all the mainland chinese that i know and have ive spoken to about this would support military action in support of reclaiming the Senkakus.

    I think the world just needs to hope that China really is too integrated economically with Japan (and the rest of the world) and that this makes it impossible for military action.

    Posted in: How likely is a Sino-Japanese clash?

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    “The way the Japanese think about the East China Sea now is like how they thought about northeast China. They didn’t stop at the northeast, they kept heading south to Shanghai and even Southeast Asia,” Li said.

    Wow, the propaganda in China must be really good. Japan has done nothing to indicate it wants to expand. It just wants to maintain its control of the senkakus.

    China isnt so good at misdirection.

    Posted in: China steps up appeal to West in Japan propaganda battle

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    I think they need to do more, in fact, these men and women sacrificed a lot for our freedoms and of course we have every right to go anywhere where there is an existential threat that could harm US citizens or interest and deal with it accordingly.

    So bass, does that work in reverse? Do other countries have every right to go into the USA in the event of an existential threat that could harm their citizens and deal with it accordingly?

    Movies like this are chest-thumping propaganda. They are good for a bit of escapism but the involvement of the US government (Defense Department) means the government sees the recruiting potential of these movies.

    Posted in: 'Lone Survivor' film a brutal tribute to Navy SEALs

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    some07791

    The original idea of Santa was that he was white as he was a product of anglo-dutch-german imagination/myth.

    The modern santa can be whatever the local community identifies with. He is, after all, not real. Santa is for kids and if the local audience of kids is mostly black then make santa black. Let the myth develop with modern morality and ethics.

    Posted in: In diverse U.S., Santa Claus has many faces, races

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    some07791

    A thug and criminal lauded by many cockneys.

    Posted in: Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs dies at 84

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