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  1. 1 minute ago, gingerjon said:

    I'm honestly not sure what DNA evidence proves either way.

    I think the main conclusion is that the historical evidence, the archaeological evidence, linguistic evidence and the DNA evidence don't match up very well.

    Also that the people of the Mendip Hills and the Fens haven't had too much outside DNA since the end of the last Ice Age ?

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  2. On 11/25/2018 at 6:47 PM, gingerjon said:

    The same people who gave us our language and who were, in 1016, consolidating into a powerful unified kingdom were within 50 years facing a genocide that would wipe their entire culture out.

    A genocide that left us all speaking English? One that statistical DNA analysis shows is barely detectable in the genetic make up of England's population? (Although, to be fair, the genetic evidence suggests that the Anglo-Saxon invasion in the first place was mostly people already living here adopting a new culture rather than a large population change.)

    Couple of new housing estates being built on the edge of the village where I live. Both turned up quite a lot of Anglo Saxon remains. They were running free tours of the digs on Saturday - estimated around 500 people came to have a look round.

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  3. 7 hours ago, Copa said:

    I did 10k in 44 minutes a few years ago but really bad plantar fasciitis put an end to my running. I still really miss it and wonder if I should sign up to my local park run but I’m worried the pain will return.

    Plantar fasciitis should be reasonably preventable - arch strengthening exercises etc. Once you've got it, it does seem to be one of those things that takes forever to heal though.

  4. 3 hours ago, gingerjon said:

    There are a couple of teams round here who, because of the reality of where their ground is and what can be done with it, play on pitches that fall beneath regulation. As a result they can't enter the full FA competitions nor be promoted from intermediate to 'senior' football.

    In this case, Cambridge City owned a ground in the north of the city which was worth many millions - a lot of money for a non-league club. They sold that in 2006 to property developers and after a few years bought a landfill site and adjoining farmland in a village near where I live. They were eventually able to get planning permission to build a stadium + community sports facility on the site (long saga involving a greenbelt site, permission granted then withdrawn, appeals etc.) but have yet to start building, although it seems like all the funding etc. is in place.

    This FA Cup match was played on a college sports pitch, probably all that needed to be done was to try to get the college groundsman to hastily paint some new lines. Beating your local rivals from the division above in a cup game and then being ordered to replay at their ground because the pitch size was wrong... could be a bit of a grudge match.

  5. I've been up and down Ben Nevis, Snowdon & Scafell Pike in the past couple of years with my teenage sons and we had a few days walking in the Andes last year.

    Pretty nice feeling when they're off to university, thinking back to the times when it felt like you had to drag them outside away from the computer or console.

  6. 57 minutes ago, tonyXIII said:

    Is this just normal market fluctuations or is someone manipulating the price? I ask because the price of oil is Putin's 'achilles heel', though he probably doesn't care as he wouldn't suffer personally.

    Not really my area. But the FT says it's dropped 40% since June, still double what it was a couple of years ago. FT reckons it's simply production unexpectedly up and demand unexpectedly down (fears of global trade war) and that Russia will suffer quite a lot at this level.

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  7. 50 minutes ago, ivans82 said:

    Usual crack . Barrel of crude oil is apparently at it`s lowest in years , yet petrol prices stay the same .

    Oil price is nowhere near its lowest in years, that's completely wrong.

    It's fallen 10% in a week though, expect prices at the pump to come down pretty soon.

  8. On 6/20/2018 at 2:57 PM, DavidM said:

    I haven’t . Last one was Moscow and St Petersburg . Really hits you when you go to these places 

    I was working in Moscow a few years ago and went into the Kremlin (amazing that you can just turn up and walk round) and one of the very striking things is that all through the communist era, they kept the Orthodox churches inside. There is one church in particular where Stalin & the communist leadership went to pray, at the point where the Germans were less than 20 miles from Moscow

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  9. In our current temporary office, some rooms use a VOIP system where you can dial anyone worldwide in the company with their 5-digit phone number, but outside calls you need a '9' for. Other rooms you don't need the 9, but you can't use any of the internal numbers. When we first moved in, there was no indication which was which. We now have post-it notes on the phone.

  10. 10 minutes ago, MattSantos said:

    Any plans?

    Yes, but they don't sound so exciting when written down. Mostly stuff I already do, but without the time pressure of having to fit it round 50+ hours per week working/thinking about work/commuting. Open question is whether this is an "interval" or "act 2."

    Running/walking (I want to run the new Hebridean way - 156 miles across 10 islands), but there's loads of other long distance trails I fancy. Gardening (& cooking stuff from the garden) & plenty of craft type stuff I want to make. Musical instruments to play & get better at. Many things I want to learn more about - especially astronomy, archaeology, not to mention several languages I want to improve. Written a couple of technical books in the past, one of which was quite successful and there's a couple more books I'll use this time to write & publish. There's also some hobby electronics & software projects I want to do

    My wife & I have done a lot of travel in the past,  so don't have a "bucket list" of places to visit, but some slower paced travel is definitely on the agenda once our youngest is at university.

    Those goals are all selfish ones. There's some voluntary groups & charities I currently help out with, but there's some interesting groups locally putting engineering & programming skills to work for things like development projects in the 3rd world, might be good to see whether I have anything to contribute there.

    If you're genuinely interested in retiring "early" check out


    Anyway, apologies for hijacking ckn's diary ?

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  11. 7 hours ago, MattSantos said:

    12:45 and wondering what to do for me dinner.

    I'm wondering whether i can retire at 40.

    Probably not.

    I'm planning to take a year (maybe a bit more) off work, starting in a few months. Can afford to do it, and I figure I'll  be able to do a lot more adventurous/outdoors stuff in my forties than when I hit 67.

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  12. 8 minutes ago, bowes said:

    Dewsbury Celtic seem to have a long history given they’re listed in the Heavy Woollen District League above 

    Think they claim to date back to the 1870s, under the name Dewsbury Shamrocks, and switched between football and rugby at various points.

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