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Consumer affairs / Re: Best heater for a small office
« Last post by Duffield1 on Yesterday at 01:51:58 PM »
Okay, so we've moved house (again) and I now have a new office being built - but have the same issue.  I'm in the office most of the day  when the house is empty, so there's no point in putting central heating into the office

What would be my best option for heating economically?  To add to the mix below, IR heaters seem a cost-effective alternative.  Apparently, these heat the items in the room rather than radiating heat, and I have plenty of wall space.  Should I be considering IR heating?
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The Debating Lounge and Speakers' Corner / Re: Has street grafitti got any value?
« Last post by moonzero2 on 10 October, 2018, 09:50:50 PM »

Fully agree, Heels
Like you, I may not actually like it but I do admire the technique and skilled brush handling. With such skills it's a shame the painter didn't go for something a lot less tacky. I can't help thinking that someone should give the artist a well aimed  thump round the ear and explain that there is more to be gained from subtlety than crassness. Probably never happen though.

While art galleries make a mint on unmade beds and half a pickled sheep, I wouldn't hold my breath.
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If you have a Kindle Amazon have it for 0.75 or 0.49 as a stand alone short story.
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Just a quick and serious correction to my earlier post... This is written with me on my knees...I managed to make no fewer than 2 very serious errors in a short 14 word sentence!  I can only apologise to any one who has tried to find the book and say a) well I did read the book 50 years ago when I was 17 and b) my memory isn't much cop at the best of times.

Back to business. In my post (of August 18th) I was talking about an amazing book by HG Wells (first error!) that foresaw how technology will irresistibly take over communications and make people into introverts and zombies. 

The book was actually authored by EM Forster!

And not only did I get the author completely wrong, I even got the title of the book wrong!

It wasn't called 'When the Machine Stops' - It is called "The Machine Stops". By EM Forster. Not by HG Wells. I feel like an idiot and apologise unreservedly.

EM Forsters' book really is a chilling read and a gripping one. It is also totally modern to read even now, 109 years after it was written. It doesn't read as old fashioned.

Ebay have it for 3.24. And it will scare your knickers right off.
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The general idea with betting is to make your bet when the odds are longest . This takes some skill . For example : Michelle Obama has said that she won't be a presidential candidate but she could change her mind between now and 2020 . If you were to bet now the odds would be much better than after the mind change .

Thanks for the tip Cosmos. Have you ever thought of being Intelligent Answers resident tipster? Could be a nice side line.
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[I wouldn't say suddenly, P-K , they've been offering bets on Politics for a few years now . Not surprisingly they're usually right ; by that I mean the candidate with the shortest odds usually wins the presidential race . Wrtest odds usually wins...ith two years to go you can be sure those odds will change in the meantime .

Yeah but...
If Ladbrokes are usually right because the candidate with the lowest odds usually wins...who decides those odds? Erm...the nice gents down at Ladbrokes. Nifty circular scam or what?

The general idea with betting is to make your bet when the odds are longest . This takes some skill . For example : Michelle Obama has said that she won't be a presidential candidate but she could change her mind between now and 2020 . If you were to bet now the odds would be much better than after the mind change .
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History / A strange fact about Waterloo Bridge? Or not?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 01 October, 2018, 03:08:51 PM »
I was up in London a couple of days ago and the highlight of my trip was sitting nattering to an old geezer I met in a riverside pub. Turned out he was an old Thames boatman and he regaled me with tales of life on the Thames river 40, 50 years ago.

One of the most astounding things he said was that Waterloo Bridge originally was going to be called the Strand Bridge but for some reason the name got changed to Waterloo Bridge - But that all the boatmen always called it 'The Ladies Bridge' because it was mainly built by women welders etc during World War Two!

Built by women during World War 2?

My question is...Was he talking a load of tosh? Or is there any historic proof that Waterloo Bridge really was built by women? If he's right it'll absolutely change how I feel about that bridge every time I see it.

I really want him to be right. But is he? Did women build Waterloo Bridge?
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[I wouldn't say suddenly, P-K , they've been offering bets on Politics for a few years now . Not surprisingly they're usually right ; by that I mean the candidate with the shortest odds usually wins the presidential race . Wrtest odds usually wins...ith two years to go you can be sure those odds will change in the meantime .

Yeah but...
If Ladbrokes are usually right because the candidate with the lowest odds usually wins...who decides those odds? Erm...the nice gents down at Ladbrokes. Nifty circular scam or what?
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So Tec, empathy is a deeper form of sympathy where you don't just feel sorry for someone, you actually 'live' their sorrow?

Does empathy apply to happiness? Where you don't just feel sorry for someone, you actually 'live' their happiness?

Or does empathy only relate to bad times?

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To be sympathetic means to know that someone is sad / distressed etc
To be empathetic means to understand how they feel. To put yourself in their shoes.

That's my understanding..

However there's a good graphic here:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/hide-and-seek/201505/empathy-vs-sympathy
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