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    Movie/TV awards 2019-2020 thread

    There is no indication that Ruby(or her father Storbrod) is anything other than poor white- had she been anything else it would have come up in the book.
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    Royalty Thread #11: Putting the "Fun" in Dysfunctional

    Remember that a lot of these "rules" aren't really rules- just stuff that is made up from rumours and old anecdotes, and a few are just common sense when you live in a fishbowl. I wouldn't believe most of them- and many of them are contradicted when you look at what they actually do, as has...
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    Royalty Thread #11: Putting the "Fun" in Dysfunctional

    Well there is soap and there is soap. I have given soap as a gift before- nice crafty handmade scented stuff. You can't assume the gift was a Dove bar or Pear's or the house brand from Sainsbury's (if such a thing exists).
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    The Places that You Find Beautiful

    I have never been there, but have flown over quite low (old flight paths to Vegas used to go right over, and you were often already descending), and it was absolutely spectacular from the air.
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    The Places that You Find Beautiful

    Cornwall in general- I have hiked on the South West Coast path several times. There is a spot on the north coast between St Ives and Zennor that you can only get to by foot that took my breath away, with the cliffs and the ocean below and the headlands in the distance.
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    Monty Python's Terry Jones, R. I. P. at 77

    This makes me sad. I was lucky enough to attend the live show in London a few years ago, and it was obvious he was struggling with his lines. He did great, though, under the circumstances and it was a fantastic show. So glad we were able to attend as there will never be another!
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    Interview with Kristina Astakhova

    Well "Let it Go" from Frozen isn't about forgetting past wrongs- it's about releasing your inner (female) powers. ;) So maybe not quite the right song for him. Maybe for her though.....
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    Rene Auberjonois (Odo in Deep Space Nine) has died at 79

    It's been a bad week for the Star Trek world, with the passing of Marina Sirtis's husband Michael Lamper, and Robert Walker Jr (Charlie X in TOS) as well.
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    As the Page Turns (the Book Thread)

    Re Oxford and Cambridge- yes there was certainly discrimination against women for the first few decades after women's colleges were founded in the nineteenth century- women were not allowed to obtain degrees until the 1920s (at Oxford), although they could attend classes and sit exams before...
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    When You Were A Child

    A Paleontologist, then an archaeologist. I still think either would be really cool.
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    Jeffrey Epstein's death by apparent suicide, conspiracy theories/investigations, and legal aftermath

    There's an interesting podcast which goes into some details about the credentials of the coroner who said it could have been homicide rather than suicide. It muddies things a bit more, but it's a good listen. https://www.behindthebastards.com/podcasts/an-update-on-our-old-pal-jeffrey-epstein.htm
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    Nancy Pelosi Announces Impeachment Inquiry

    There's a new podcast out about the impeachment process- about 15 minutes an episode, updated more or less daily. It's quite informative. https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/HSW8906694400?selected=HSW5338376390
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    As the Page Turns (the Book Thread)

    I love the Icelandic writer Yrsa Sigurdardottir's mystery series, so I thought I might enjoy one of her novels on my past trip to CA and SC. But I found The Undesired so bleak and depressing with its plot of child abuse and infanticide that I couldn't finish it- something I rarely do. So I...
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    New Agey alternative medicine -- does any of it work?

    While a lot of it goes beyond the scope of this thread- there is a great podcast which involves investigations of fringe science/medicine/paranormal/religion stuff. They investigate by participating, and have tried various things out- salt caves, urine therapy (gross!), various diets and even...
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    Las Vegas, Nevada to host 2019 Skate America!

    Taxis aren't too bad, actually- the surcharge of $3 only applies to being driven anywhere FROM the airport.
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