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Just A Couple Of Things [Dec. 13th, 2016|01:43 pm]
Tony Grist
1. The first time I came across the phrase "sky fairy" I thought it amusing, the one thousand and sixty third time I thought, "This person has stopped thinking for themselves."

2. We should be thanking the striking rail unions for pointing up the absurdity and wastefulness of a system that requires millions of people to spend millions of hours travelling to and from work every day.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2016-12-13 09:15 pm (UTC)
In a wonderful piece of synergy, it seems that thousands of city banking jobs are under threat because of Brexit. That will relieve pressure on the trains.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-12-14 09:45 am (UTC)
On the one hand I don't want wish unemployment on anyone but on the other....
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[User Picture]From: qatsi
2016-12-13 10:18 pm (UTC)
A nice theory, but what would they all do instead? And if they are to travel, better for everyone if they did it by train rather than by car.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-12-14 09:51 am (UTC)
Work from home, live above the shop, live within walking distance of the work place...

We've created a society in which all the work places are concentrated in urban centres where nobody lives any more. It doesn't have to be this way.

My father used to run an international engineering business from a village in Kent. It can be done.

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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-12-13 11:34 pm (UTC)
Totally concur with the second statement.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-12-14 09:51 am (UTC)
Cheers.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2016-12-14 03:16 pm (UTC)
I had to look up sky fairy on teh internets. Same kind of sneering superiority we get from certain pundits when they talk about the people in flyover country who do the dance of the sloping foreheads.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-12-14 04:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly.

Ailz hadn't come across it either- so I suppose it's not as widely used as I thought it was.

I spend a lot of time on threads where religion is discussed.
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[User Picture]From: kamomil
2016-12-14 07:48 pm (UTC)
I have heard that term on Twitter. There have been studies, that say that humans are hardwired to believe in a god, so I think it's kind of futile to make fun of religious people.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-12-14 08:04 pm (UTC)
The thing is to believe in the best God you can imagine- the most inclusive, the least parochial.
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