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I have a BA Hons degree in typographic design and Masters degree in business administration. I worked in the publishing industry for 30 years as a setter, copy editor and proof reader, before moving into management. Now semi-retired.

My main interest areas are cookery, cricket, and reading/writing.


Jan
18
comment Financial ramifications of peerages created since the 19th century
@Drux I appreciate you're interested in hereditary peerages of the past but it's also interesting to know why hereditary peerages were stopped and replaced by life peerages. It's important to realise that peers automatically gain a place in the House of Lords (although that has been changed recently) and the reason for creating peers (by either labour or Tory governments) was to balance the numbers on either side in the House of Lords.
Jan
18
comment Financial ramifications of peerages created since the 19th century
@FelixGoldberg Given that it is entirely the Queen's prerogative to create Peers, the only new hereditary peerages created will go to Royals because they're pretty much exempt from anything the government might wish to do. Also see my reply to Drux, re the political motivation of peerage creation and why hereditary peerages were stopped by Harold Wilson's government.
Jan
18
comment Financial ramifications of peerages created since the 19th century
@FelixGoldberg However, with the accession of the Labour government of Harold Wilson in 1964, the practice of granting hereditary peerages effectively stopped. Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hereditary_peer
Jan
18
comment Financial ramifications of peerages created since the 19th century
@FelixGoldberg Yes they're recent, but importantly now constitute almost all peerages awarded. Very few if any hereditary peerages are now being awarded. Important distinction.
Jan
10
comment Why is the Commonwealth of England considered a Republic?
Yes, pretty much. A state without a Monarch is de facto a Republic in which power rests with the people or their representatives.
Jan
9
comment British way in construction of AFV
I suspect it's simple financial expediency. They'd rather invest money in other areas such as jet fighters rather than rather antiquated land warfare. Britain is an island, I don't think they expect land invasion anytime soon!
Dec
31
comment How much did helping the American Revolution cost France?
@FelixGoldberg I agree it needs more research, but there are a number of factors in play here. France's finances were already bad from fighting the seven years war, from rebuilding its destroyed Navy, from having a very poor tax collection ability etc. The losses incurred from the American War merely added to an already bad debt situation for them, which contributed to high inflation and ultimately the French Revolution.
Dec
22
comment Was Edward VIII of England forced to abdicate?
You asked if Edward was forced to abdicate - the answer is No. He abdicated because he chose to marry Wallis Simpson as per answer. If you meant something else, ask something else, people can't mind-read what question you meant to ask. He could not ascend to the throne and marry Wallis Simpson, the government wouldn't let him, so that question has been answered as well if you actually bothered to read the Wiki article.
Dec
21
comment Where does the tradition of Christmas gifts comes from?
Then it still doesn't address or answer the question as asked.
Dec
21
comment Where does the tradition of Christmas gifts comes from?
This is mere speculation and opinion and cannot be proven.
Dec
21
comment Where does the tradition of Christmas gifts comes from?
Not sure where you get the connection of the birth of Christ (that's what Christmas celebrates) with the polytheism of Romans!
Dec
20
comment Was Churchill a poor HR manager?
@FelixGoldberg I'm aware of that, but like Churchill, his interference hindered the war effort, not improved it. Russia was eventually successful, but that was down soley to the quality of some of their generals and their massive resources rather than anything to do with Stalin. Bear in mind when Germany invaded, they were utterly ill prepared and suffered many losses, despite Stalin knowing that it was likely to happen. He just hoped it wouldn't.
Dec
20
comment Was Churchill a poor HR manager?
@FelixGoldberg It's been a while since I read the books that contained references to Churchills leadership abilities and I'd have to re-read those sections to give you more specific answers. I do remember however, that he was a politician first and foremost and the second world war was won despite his interference rather than because of it. Re Stalin, he was just a dictator, his military leadership was non existent.
Dec
19
comment Was Churchill a poor HR manager?
@FelixGoldberg Wrong place at the wrong time, it was too heavily defended and there were other better options. Churchill was a poor politician and even worse military leader.
Dec
19
comment Was Churchill a poor HR manager?
I don't know whether Churchill was specifically poor at HR, but he did have poor judgement. He was somewhat gungho and didn't think through the implications of his actions aka Gallipoli was simply poor judgement, in other words he got it wrong.
Dec
16
comment Did “droit du seigneur” actually exist in medieval Europe?
@YannisRizos I can't see the point in asking and answering your own question. If he knew the answer to it, why did he ask it? If after several days the question had no answers and the OP decided to research the question and answer it, fair enough. But the answer appeared almost immediately after the question was asked, no-one else was given an opportunity to answer it. It just seems a convenient way to bump up his own rep to me.
Dec
16
comment How does Göbekli Tepe fit into the current picture of society development?
@Anubhav I'm not sure why you don't understand that comment. In mans evolution, first came the hunter gathers who were nomads that roamed hunting for their food sources. Nomads because they had no base, they kept moving. At some point they stopped being hunter gathers and became farmers - putting down roots in one place and growing food rather than roaming. The date of the Göbekli Tepe settlement puts it at about 500 years before historians assumed the switch from hunter gathers to farmers took place.
Dec
14
comment How does Göbekli Tepe fit into the current picture of society development?
What relevance are the Kwakiutl, Nootka, and Tlingit Indians to a society that lived in 10,000 BC? The time frames are many Millenniums apart! The Göbekli Tepe excavation shows a society living in one place 500 years before the first recorded instances of villages subsisting on agriculture and they're not living next to a sea full of fish! This find challenges pre-conceived notions of hunter-gathers switching to agriculture by at least 500 years, how can you say it doesn't change the picture much? What nonsense!
Dec
13
comment What Factors Have Led to the Duration of US Copyrights Continuously Increasing?
@StevenDrennon Excellent answer, right on the money.
Dec
12
comment Wiliam Wallace vs. Robert Bruce: Why Did One Win and One Lose?
I would question the validity of the opinion regarding inexperienced archers given in this answer. English longbow archers were trained from a very early age to shoot the English longbow, the muscles in the string arm needed to be significantly strengthened to draw the string to the required position, as well as the practiced ability to fire the arrow at the intended target rapidly and without thought. A longbow archer can either shoot a longbow or he can't, there is no 'inexperience'.