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Forum: Military 16 January 2010, 10:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 12,329
Posted By Billy Beccles
It was written in 1940. Britain declared war on...

It was written in 1940. Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939. The BBC used to broadcast apparently meaningless messages which were in fact meaningful instructions to the resistance...
Forum: Language 01 November 2009, 10:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 30,984
Posted By Billy Beccles
According to my 1981 Collins dictionary, the...

According to my 1981 Collins dictionary, the guinea fowl came to England by way of Turkey, was consequently called the turkey cock and then lost its name to the American Thanksgiving fowl. I can...
Forum: Language 06 September 2009, 06:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 61,215
Posted By Billy Beccles
It got mispronounciated to smithereens by the...

It got mispronounciated to smithereens by the barbaric Romans, rather like the word orator which they also stole from the Greeks. In the sense of steering, there was another noun, kubernetes, which...
Forum: History 08 August 2009, 03:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 21,304
Posted By Billy Beccles
I can't get in touch with Baldur von Blodheim,...

I can't get in touch with Baldur von Blodheim, but I've got a saxophonist (http://bassic-sax.ca/blog/?m=20090304) here who'd like to say hello and offer his thoughts:



Curiousity whetted, I...
Forum: Crime 23 May 2009, 01:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 26,722
Posted By Billy Beccles
We're right out of transgendered robbers. Would a...

We're right out of transgendered robbers. Would a transvestite burglar (http://www.wigantoday.net/latest-north-west-news/Crossdressing-burglar-jailed.5296160.jp) be an acceptable substitute?


...
Forum: History 13 May 2009, 08:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 86,719
Posted By Billy Beccles
Further to the notes of m'learned colleague...

Further to the notes of m'learned colleague Mycroft, I would point out that Bombay was founded and named by the Portuguese (http://www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/trading/bombay/history.html) so...
Forum: NFBSK 18 April 2009, 10:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 85,128
Posted By Billy Beccles
Ken Livingstone, in the running to be mayor of...

Ken Livingstone, in the running to be mayor of London, remembers the press attacks (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/surfing-the-media-maelstrom-1069828.html) from when he became...
Forum: Questionable Quotes 19 February 2009, 09:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,452
Posted By Billy Beccles
There's a couple of blogs flogging the exact same...

There's a couple of blogs flogging the exact same words, but in the comments section of topix (http://www.topix.com/forum/ps/gaza/T3DUKJ7TQK7MDAVO2), some wiseacre asks for authentication and is...
Forum: Military 24 October 2008, 04:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 26,058
Posted By Billy Beccles
United Kingdom The peace of cod which passeth all understanding

That's all you know, hippies.

1940 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Iceland),


1958, 1972 and 1975 (http://www.britains-smallwars.com/RRGP/CodWar.htm)


And another thing: When...
Forum: Fauxtography 27 August 2008, 07:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 21,627
Posted By Billy Beccles
I want McCain to change his first name to Mahatma.

I want McCain to change his first name to Mahatma.
Forum: Food 22 June 2008, 02:45 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 128,829
Posted By Billy Beccles
Absolotl Preposteros. Nobody should...

Absolotl Preposteros.

Nobody should complain in Greece about rodent infestation until they find a rat bone in their chicken salad. Which is what a friend was telling me about one day in in 1986...
Forum: History 21 June 2008, 09:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 20,078
Posted By Billy Beccles
I have on file the series of the unfurling of the...

I have on file the series of the unfurling of the Red Flag over the Reichstag, which I found so long ago that I've forgotten where I found it, which is a damn pity. It is a damn pity because I might...
Forum: Glurge Gallery 27 April 2008, 06:51 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 99,454
Posted By Billy Beccles
That's the very one, Richard. Do you know, I have...

That's the very one, Richard. Do you know, I have been referring to Kirk Anderson as Kirk Elder these ten years. It's a ridiculous thing to do, and if you think I'm going to change now, you're very...
Forum: Religion 27 April 2008, 06:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 32,828
Posted By Billy Beccles
Is 'Let Him Who Is Without Sin Cast the First...

Is 'Let Him Who Is Without Sin Cast the First Stone' Biblical?

No. Guess how I know. Go on, guess.

I read the Bible, that's right. And in the Bible (Yes, the King James, do you take me for...
Forum: Glurge Gallery 25 April 2008, 02:53 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 99,454
Posted By Billy Beccles
Diolch yn fawr. When I said Jean MacColvin,...

Diolch yn fawr.

When I said Jean MacColvin, I meant Jean McConville (http://www.rte.ie/news/2006/0707/mcconvillej.html). The sharper-eyed will notice that the linked article refers to Mrs...
Forum: Glurge Gallery 24 April 2008, 03:21 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 99,454
Posted By Billy Beccles
There was a Catholic woman, I think called Jean...

There was a Catholic woman, I think called Jean McKinney, whose son was murdered by the IRA in 1978 for robbing one of their social clubs (whist drives for Armalites was often a popular night out),...
Forum: Military 24 April 2008, 03:13 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 101,408
Posted By Billy Beccles
She quotes Beyond The Fringe, she's heard of The...

She quotes Beyond The Fringe, she's heard of The Jenguin Pennings, she knows Les Fourmis...sodding Ada, there's only one conclusion. She's my daughter. I always say blood will out. I wonder if her...
Forum: Disney 02 March 2008, 09:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 26,205
Posted By Billy Beccles
William Hakvaag explains it so much better than...

William Hakvaag explains it so much better than the Torygraph ever could (http://www.lofotenkrigmus.no/e_akvarell.html):



(There is definitely room, I think, for a programme called Stash In The...
Forum: Entertainment 03 February 2008, 09:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 38,454
Posted By Billy Beccles
The night I appeared as Macbeth...

The night I appeared as Macbeth (http://monologues.co.uk/004/Night_I_Appeared_As_Macbeth.htm)

I acted so tragic the house rose like magic
The audience yelled "You're sublime"
They made me a...
Forum: Glurge Gallery 03 February 2008, 09:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 79,685
Posted By Billy Beccles
Remarkable: a story that is both economical with...

Remarkable: a story that is both economical with the truth and prolix with the bollocks.

Eddie Rickenbacker: American Hero (http://www.press.jhu.edu/books/title_pages/3189.html) is the result of...
Forum: Questionable Quotes 26 November 2007, 12:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 10,828
Posted By Billy Beccles
If you ferret around in the RTE archives...

If you ferret around in the RTE archives (http://www.rte.ie/laweb/ll/ll_t09b.html) you will find under the rubric "The Ireland That We Dreamed Of" that Dev spoke of But no comeliness and no dancing...
Forum: History 22 October 2007, 02:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 85,151
Posted By Billy Beccles
"To be an Indian from Trinidad is to be...

"To be an Indian from Trinidad is to be unlikely...this word 'Indian' has been abused as no other word...;almost every time it is used it has to be qualified. There was a time in Europe when...
Forum: History 14 September 2007, 03:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 17,150
Posted By Billy Beccles
For your first point, Andrew, the obituary of...

For your first point, Andrew, the obituary of Rudolf Vrba (http://www.guardian.co.uk/secondworldwar/story/0,,1752845,00.html) is instructive. The Swiss newspapers had the story in June 1944. I think...
Forum: NFBSK 10 September 2007, 12:43 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 115,348
Posted By Billy Beccles
Oh yeah, and another thing. The shift in meaning...

Oh yeah, and another thing. The shift in meaning of the word **** over this side of the Atlantic also encompasses a verb: to defeat, to beat, to humiliate...Ach du lieber Gott, I've just spotted the...
Forum: NFBSK 09 September 2007, 11:09 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 115,348
Posted By Billy Beccles
I don't really mean to be picking on you this...

I don't really mean to be picking on you this evening Eddy, but...

Mrs Beccles and I went to see Harvey Fierstein oh my sainted Aunt Agatha, we went in August 1999 that is eight years ago, why...
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