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I'm thinking of something other than Anglo-Saxon or Celtic languages . Anything in Old Norse (in any of its dialects) for example?
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Any other languages use something similar?
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Consumer affairs / Re: Are there any GOOD side effects of a tornado?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on Yesterday at 05:52:21 PM »
Yes I take your point...but tornadoes rip up everything willy-nilly. Man could tear down a tree that was blocking light and scatter a 1.50 packet of seeds and, hey ho, you've got your blueberry orchard. And it'd be a blueberry orchard in the right place.

I have lived through three serious typhoons in Hong Kong and all they are is destructive b**stards. End of.
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Consumer affairs / Re: Is there any proof that feng shui actually works?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on Yesterday at 05:45:35 PM »
Put simply, no.  It is just the placebo effect - good things happening will be attributed to feng shui, but there is absolutely no way of knowing that having a piece of furniture in a different place has caused a physical change in the world - other than possibly avoiding stubbed toes.

Well, I hesitate to disagree but my experience of feng shui is a bit different. When I went to take charge of a Young & Rubicam advertising agency in Hong Kong years ago, the outgoing English Managing Director told me that when they moved in to their current brand new glossy offices 3 years earlier they started losing business hand over fist. Haemorrhaging. Couldn't understand why.

Then the Chinese Financial Director suggested they call in a feng shui shaman friend of his and, after a lot of expensive thought and consideration, the feng shui man said "Rebuild the front door and angle it to the left so it faces the sea (ie Hong Kong Harbour) and the mountains beyond Kowloon and put two carved stone lions either side of the door".

Which they did...and business started booming. Coincidence? Probably. But it makes you think.

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History / Re: Why is a dead lion an integral part of Britain's oldest brand?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on Yesterday at 05:15:04 PM »
What an excellently thorough answer. It does bring up a follow up question...

Having emptied all those tins of the delicious stuff, what did your dentist say?
  Givnup

Aaaargh!
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History / Re: Has anyone ever discovered any fossilised parasites ?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on Yesterday at 05:12:45 PM »
Nice answer Jacques but I don't think mozzies count as parasites. Bliddy nuisances, yes. But parasites, no.

I define a 'parasite' as... "An organism that lives on (or in) and feeds on an organism of a different species and causes harm and eventually death to its host." Such as lice, ticks, mites, flukes, tapeworms and other prehistoric nasties.

Mozzies just bite for a while and fly off, they don't live on and feed on an organism of another species until they kill it.

Have any prehistoric fossilised parasites ever been found?
Such as 30 metre long tapeworms inside Tyrannosaurus Rexes? Or dead fossilised giant lice the size of skateboards crawling in the fur on fossilised Woolly Mammoths?
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Well, has it?  Is there really a potent curse associated with the play Macbeth?  Or is it just an old wives' tale?  Has the 'curse' of Macbeth ever actually killed or maimed anybody?
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History / Re: Has anyone ever discovered any fossilised parasites ?
« Last post by jacquesdor on Yesterday at 01:52:26 PM »
Wasn't a mosquito found inside some amber ? Preserved rather than fossilised, but since the amber is a fossil, I think the mossy was too ? Or am I working on the plot to a well known film? DNA and all that.
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History / Re: Why is a dead lion an integral part of Britain's oldest brand?
« Last post by siasl on 21 June, 2018, 11:32:58 PM »
What an excellently thorough answer. It does bring up a follow up question...

Having emptied all those tins of the delicious stuff, what did your dentist say?  Givnup
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Consumer affairs / Re: Ransom strip liabilities
« Last post by Duffield1 on 21 June, 2018, 04:03:16 PM »
Solicitor is waiting for searches to come back - the title plan is a bit peculiar.  I do like the idea of a pavement toll-booth, though...
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