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    Quote Originally Posted by scooterscot View Post
    Well the water was rising above my ankles
    That's Scottish weather for you...
    His heart is in the right place - shame we can't say the same about his brain...

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    Quote Originally Posted by darmstadt View Post
    And where was all his important work performed? Mmmm, an European organisation in...Switzerland.
    what do you expect in a country that didn't even invent cuckoo clocks? They have to import experts, if the world ever needs an expert on how to paint your letterbox just the right colour I bet they will appoint a swiss chappie.
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    I ordered some light bulbs a wee while ago from Switzerland (fancy ones like, don't ask) about €170 worth. They were custom made. Anyways when DHL delivered the goods I was given a €45 import tax invoice before the goods could be handed over. But still I buy the odd thing from that way... nearly always because they specialise in that area or the quality is amazing.

    I'm sure the UK can turn things around from a low wage economy to a high quality high wage export industry in a few months. Dyson will be returning his manufacturing base to England as quick as a whip, just you wait. And wait. And wait...
    London : 'we're holding a referendum to leave the Eureopean union

    EU: 'OK'

    Scotland: 'we're holding a referendum to leave the UK union'

    London: ' Oh no you're not'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleGorilla View Post
    The a World Wide Web provides information, connectivity, knowledge, entertainment to millions. By your logic it is terrible, because it is also useful to criminals.

    The world is not black and white.

    All nations have a past. Look at Germany, Switzerland, USA, Spain, Cambodia etc.
    Well actually modern Germany was formed in the 17th ish century. So they have as much history as the yanks.

    You want history look at the UK, Italy, France.

    Maybe the Greeks too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by original PM View Post
    Well actually modern Germany was formed in the 17th ish century. So they have as much history as the yanks.

    You want history look at the UK, Italy, France.

    Maybe the Greeks too.
    What about the Arabs? Didn't they have a big influence on our alphabet and numbering system?
    If people like Rupert Murdoch, Nigel Farage, George Galloway, Nick Griffin and Marine Le Pen want Britain to leave the EU. Where does that put you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by original PM View Post
    Well actually modern Germany was formed in the 17th ish century. So they have as much history as the yanks.

    You want history look at the UK, Italy, France.

    Maybe the Greeks too.
    UK has only been around since 1707, though that is earlier than Germany which was 1871 so you're only wrong by about 200 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darmstadt View Post
    What about the Arabs? Didn't they have a big influence on our alphabet and numbering system?
    Indeed the Islam religion was very science savvy till about the 11th/12th century

    I think

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    Quote Originally Posted by VectraMan View Post
    UK has only been around since 1707, though that is earlier than Germany which was 1871 so you're only wrong by about 200 years.
    Ok England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland all have unique cultures brought into being over the last 3000 years.

    The UK is just a political and economic construct.

    Which as far as I can tell in general respects those cultures and differences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darmstadt View Post
    What about the Arabs? Didn't they have a big influence on our alphabet and numbering system?
    You mean the 'Hindu - Arabic' numbers?

    Arabic numerals

    The Indian numerals discussed in our article Indian numerals form the basis of the European number systems which are now widely used. However they were not transmitted directly from India to Europe but rather came first to the Arabic/Islamic peoples and from them to Europe. The story of this transmission is not, however, a simple one. The eastern and western parts of the Arabic world both saw separate developments of Indian numerals with relatively little interaction between the two. By the western part of the Arabic world we mean the regions comprising mainly North Africa and Spain. Transmission to Europe came through this western Arabic route, coming into Europe first through Spain.

    Also remember Alexander the great invaded most of the known world and spread knowledge on the way, one wonders how much impact he had?
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    I want to see the hand of history on his collar.

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