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Thread: I am halfway through watching the excellent Ken Burns documentary on the US Civil War

  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Sir C View Post
    Lord no. What about Agincourt? Waterloo? Proper battles, between proper armies, about proper issues. Not grubby little untrained oiks firing pop guns at each other and missing. Rubbish.
    Slaughter in record numbers, Sir C. Plenty of claret.....

    I dont think you can define 'proper issues' solely as wanting to vanquish the french (noble though that may be)

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    Slaughter in record numbers, Sir C. Plenty of claret.....

    I dont think you can define 'proper issues' solely as wanting to vanquish the french (noble though that may be)
    Yes, but look what they've ended up with. They fought a war for that?

    No, the whole continent is best ignored, I would say.
    Last edited by Sir C; 11-13-2017 at 02:05 PM.

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by Sir C View Post
    Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elvis' American Trilogy, Johnny Cash, the Zac Brown Band? Certainly, these are charming consequences of whatever local unpleasantness the Land Of The (Un)Free put itself through. The details of this conflict seem to me, though, immaterial in all respects.
    Hang on. Iím pretty sure I remember you dressed up in a Confederate uniform once, you massive racialist.

  4. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by Burney View Post
    Hang on. Iím pretty sure I remember you dressed up in a Confederate uniform once, you massive racialist.
    Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by Ash View Post
    The same can be said for any economy dependent on low labour costs. One of the reasons this country has flat-lined on productivity is that there is no incentive to develop more efficient capital when there is an inexhaustible supply of cheap, imported labour.
    Hmmm. That argument is effectively countered by the Industrial Revolution, though, a.

    We were unprecedentedly inventive whilst also paying the workers fķck all.

  6. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by Sir C View Post
    Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
    That’s right. There was a rather unfortunate moustache involved, wasn’t there?

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by Burney View Post
    Thatís right. There was a rather unfortunate moustache involved, wasnít there?
    Was there? I don't remember a moustache. It was over 10 years ago, I believe. The sword was good.

  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by Sir C View Post
    Was there? I don't remember a moustache. It was over 10 years ago, I believe. The sword was good.
    Yes. You grew it special, I think.

    Could you have done any damage with the sword?

  9. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by Burney View Post
    Yes. You grew it special, I think.

    Could you have done any damage with the sword?
    Could you two take your homosexualist semaphore to a private board. I'm sure the damage his 'sword' would have done to your a'hole would have been considerable b.

  10. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by Burney View Post
    Yes. You grew it special, I think.

    Could you have done any damage with the sword?
    Really? I have no memory of such a growth. Surely a stick on one would have been easier.

    The impetuosity of youth, I suppose.

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