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  1. Cameron's adviser, Lynton Crosby, is in the pay of big tobacco, hence the delay in the plain packaging stuff. Don't know how to feel about it, slight benefit to me via the age old Etonian mate's system... They really are all scum, worldwide.
  2. Anything skinny..maybe a few more folk would try them. Been enjoying some very good Du Gourmet recently, that would make a nice tubo.
  3. Ahhh, whipes nostalgic tear from eye...those were the days..
  4. RIP. One cool cat, and an influence to many guitatrists over the years with his fingerpicking style. Special Edition is a great collection, just for a taster of the man
  5. Yeah, don't know if it's the same with Australia, but over here people are sending their kids to Mandarin lessons, ready for the next leaders of the world!
  6. Yep, looks like you're correct, acording to Wiki...I stand corrected! Language Percent of World Population Mandarin 12.44% Spanish 4.85% English 4.83% Arabic 3.25% Hindi 2.68% Bengali 2.66% Portuguese 2.62% Russian 2.12% Japanese 1.80% German 1.33% Javanese 1.25% Others 61.17%
  7. In an earlier response to this thread, I mentioned that there are negatives to the pervasive spread of the English Language, I recall talking to a Norwegian who explained that many young Norwegians are leaving out much of the punctuation in the Norwegian language, as it is not used on the net. It would be sad to see these languages that English is constructed from be assimilated. I used the word "advantage" to suggest that much of Europe can speak at least two languages, their own and English, and often one or two more depending on their proximity to others. This is an obvious useable skill as compared to we native English speakers who have been known to only speak English...and when faced with a non English speaker, we just reapeat our English, but louder! I've seen it happen a lot.
  8. Agree with some people above, in that I have always been amazed, and thankful, at the high levels of English spoken throughout the world, even in the middle of nowhere, someone speeks English. Often demonstrated on boards like this. I think these people have an advantage over we native English speakers, in that they also have at least one other language.
  9. Wrong. I am a bit of a pedant when it comes to the English language, though my speling ain't always gud! Many people have substituted "of" instead of "have". ie; "I should of seen that" instead of "I should have seen that" it is often needlessley added, ie; "I jumped off of the step" instead of "I jumped off the step". But one great aspect of the English Language is it's natural evolution, incorporating words from other languages, ie; barbeque forn Native American, bungalow from India, and leviathon from Hebrew. It is a changing language, built from various European and Scandanavian languages. So maybe some changes are not such a bad thing. It also adopts words and forms from other English speaking countries, ie the USA and Australia. It can be negative in some ways, as many languages are being eroded by the English language use in technology and industry, so it's probably not good to be too prescious about it, as other languages suffer due to it's world wide use.
  10. 12/13...was 50/50 on the wrong one, but jumped the wrong way. Also got my age wrong.

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