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A'Villan

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  1. Without a doubt. Was a real father figure for me. Been listening to him for the last 17 years, since my first year in high school.
  2. I started to look into it and had to pause as soon as I got to references of U106, R1b and L21 because it's simply beyond my comprehension as is. I might take some time to explore later on. There is certainly some accounts that align with what you've said in regard to DNA. Again though it's not something I've got a whole lot of insight into. Seems like a sound assessment as always mate.
  3. Hence my raising the question of whether English people are more Germanic than they are Celtic. My grandpa was around when the British royal family changed it's surname from one that represented Germanic origin (please correct me if I'm wrong). As for Australia, I'm not sure I grasp what you've said, but despite being far less populated, the vast majority of my friends and acquaintances themselves, or their parents or grandparents, were born overseas. Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, Egypt, Uganda, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran, Korea, China, Philippines, Japan, Somoa, Tonga, NZ. You name it basically. I'd say this is fairly true of Melbourne at least, and without a doubt Sydney, but perhaps not so much elsewhere. We share some history with the US, not just by being young and having connection to the country of origin for a family. Both colonised by the British at the expense of the native people. Australia had a white Australia policy. We've got high rise commission flats which are somewhat similar to 'the projects' over in the States, both are predominantly populated by blacks, the main difference is guns aren't bought off the shelf here. There is little to no remorse shown for what happened to the indigenous population, with a former Prime Minister Tony Abbott stating publicly that colonisation was good for the indigenous people, he was later appointed special envoy for indigenous affairs. Our parliament was formed by the rich men who immigrated for the gold (later known as the Gold Rush, just one 80km2 town producing over 50 tonnes of gold in 40 years) settled in a suburb called Toorak which today has a median house price of $4,000,000. Oops sorry went a bit off-topic there.. I think this quote is apt: "We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business" Patriotism and racism is just a distraction.
  4. Oh you are clever. Triumph weren't around in the days of Moses, so that's doubtful at best.
  5. Excuse me, you forgot the wife beater singlet (only during winter). We're more advanced than those ancient folk could ever dream of! Red pill moment for you, there was no bicycles in the olden times!
  6. This I can relate to, even if it wouldn't seem like it. My family immigrated to Australia during the demand for labour from European countries. I was born in Australia and I have never left. I don't walk around in my undies and sandals yelling "THIS IS SPARTA!"
  7. I know what you mean, but I can think of far worse than someone who evokes awkward feelings of anxiety and embarrassment. I'm half Greek, part Irish. Never in my life have I considered myself British, never will. Celtic, perhaps. With two of my middle names being 'Cuchulainn' and 'Finn' you might guess why. Aren't the English predominantly more Germanic than they are Celtic? Edit: I was just telling my brother a few days ago that I had done the research and that the places where our family spent their time in Greece were all once Spartan occupied territories (true story) and that if we went to WWIII or the streets became unsafe due to COVID-19 that we were sorted if we had each other's back. This was an attempt at humour, so I probably qualify for being someone who you can't find anything worse than. Lucky me! Ah well, at least my brother's girlfriend found it funny.
  8. I don't think anybody's ignoring. Certainly not in Jack's case. I'd say people are hyper-focused. When it gets to Adam Johnson and Karim Benzema levels of foul play that's when I think adoration and celebration for athletic ability should cease. Each to their own.
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    Do you read?

    I've been doing some Irish reading myself, with my last name going back to ancient Irish origins, and my middle name being 'Cuchulainn', I've always had an interest in her history. Some of the Irish mythology is quite enchanting, charming and romantic. Maybe that's something you could explore. In fact, I did a quick google for you, apologies if it's not apt: "Clíodhna was the mythical Queen of the Banshees, the female spirits of the Tuatha Dé Danannan, and forever will be associated with the southern part of Ireland and Cork in particular."
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    Dogs...

    Apparently dogs are very sensitive to affection (no sh!t sherlock!) so it's best not to heap all your kisses and cuddles during lock down onto them. You cause them severe anxiety when it comes to an end, because they don't know what to make of it. That's from some doctor of vet leading his specialist profession that you should listen to, because he was on the telly.
  11. Slides, crew socks, sports shorts, t-shirt, hoodie and if I have to leave the house snapback. Ain't sh!t changed. Imagine if I actually went into work at the psychiatric ward like that though. They probably wouldn't let me leave. On that note, THANK YOU to whoever it was who posted the story of Olof (or whatever his name was), the Russian guy who took LSD whilst still at work which coincidentally that day was at a psychiatric ward, as he worked for a linen cleaning company or something, and who got himself locked in the building, and consequently there was a Russian who spoke little English tripping on LSD banging on the door to a psychiatric ward to let him out. Poor fella, great story.
  12. With solitary confinement about to take place for the foreseeable future, I would like to think now is not the time to rue misfortune, rather to exercise creativity and innovation. So, some questions (just five) for the forum. I do not expect replies from anyone, but being a forum, feel free to share. Please be kind and considerate, to yourself first and foremost. I want to emphasize that having no answer to these questions does not make you any lesser than the rest of us, nor does it mean starting a dialogue is not for you. Remember the above quote, "The ending is nearer than you think, and it is already written. All that we have left to choose is the correct moment to begin" What adds meaning to my life? What puts me into a state of flow? What gives me gratification (not necessarily instant)? What causes stress and anxiety for me? What relieves stress and anxiety for me?
  13. My position at the psychiatric ward has been put on hold indefinitely. There is scope for me to work remotely, however the onus is on me to devise a system for that to work, whatever I come up with will need to be reviewed and approved by the hospital. I think I've come up with a pretty reasonable and practical way forward, however I fear that I will get the thumbs down. I put the ideas forward on Monday.
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