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Have you ever thought about maybe owning in the future a kind of pet you've never had before?

My parents were always very much dog people, and almost until his death my dad enjoyed a dog as his constant companion. It's not really practical for me to have one at present, as I work full time quite a distance from my home. I've always thought I'd like to have a dog in retirement. But just lately I've had a mind switch and started thinking it may be nice to have a sweet, playful little house cat. I've never owned or lived with a cat but I know quite a few cat ladies, most of whose pets are home bodies, and there are some very pretty miniature breeds out there, such as the Singapura and the Scottish fold. My wife's favourites are actually rodents, but I have a feeling she would feel more at home with a cat curling up in her lap purring than with a dog yapping for its next walkies.
on Jan 22, 2017 at 18:15:55
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Apparently marc62, one use of that Twitter account in the future will be to present 'alternative facts'.
on Jan 22, 2017 at 18:07:51
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Readlei, I feel sure you would be welcome to join the more than 7,000 other citizens of Hong Kong who now call Scotland their homeland.
on Jan 22, 2017 at 17:15:05
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This reminds me of an old joke: "Where does your pet gorilla sleep?" "Wherever he likes".

Sadly we don't have a dog, but if we did I have a feeling it would have claimed our front room sofa for its own by now. My parents always used to keep a basket in the kitchen for their various dogs.

I hope no CF members are going to answer that their dog sleeps outside. Even a working dog, on a sheep farm say, should have a comfortable bed indoors.
on Jan 22, 2017 at 15:34:33
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I'm a little surprised to see I haven't answered this yet. No rankings but very wide ranging - a lot of '70s stuff, ranging from New Seekers to Deep Purple, via Dr Feelgood, glam rock, Abba and Queen; '60s classics (including the entire Motown catalogue) and early '80s following close behind; quite a lot of classical stuff, the famous ones everyone knows; '20s-'30s US and French jazz; some Broadway/West End show tunes; and witty comedy acts like Spike Jones, Tom Lehrer and Fascinating Aida (which has very little to do with opera).

Is that enough?
on Jan 22, 2017 at 15:25:53
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What's weird about lentils? I love them.

Of course, if you at them mixed with ice cream, say, or soaked in brandy, that would be weird!
on Jan 22, 2017 at 06:50:45
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Who else flyboyg1 - The Newbeats!
on Jan 22, 2017 at 06:39:29
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Here's one for the conspiracy theorists, possibly those with a belief in the paranormal.

I must say I do not seek to suggest any similarity in their political beliefs or policies, but in their bodily stance, their facial features, their hand gestures, their total self-belief, and their bombastic style of public address, I have long been struck by the similarity I see between Donald Trump and former Italian leader Benito Mussolini.

Trump was born on 14 June 1946. Mussolini was murdered a little over one year earlier, on 28 April 1945. Moments before his death, Mussolini made the following chilling prediction:

"If you kill me now I will come back at the head of a far more powerful nation in need of a leader, and you will feel the arm".

Where are Mulder and Scully when you need them?
on Jan 21, 2017 at 12:09:11
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Whichever it was, it was powered by electricity, so I'm moving this to the Electronics Channel.
on Jan 21, 2017 at 14:36:24
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None of what President Trump said in his 'America first' inauguration speech yesterday surprised me. Of course it is natural, even laudable, that a new leader, who has stated his intention to unite a divided nation, has declared that his greatest priority is that country's national interests. But at the same time we cannot ignore that by its own efforts, through foreign policy goals pursued over many years under administrations formed by both major parties, the USA has become the leader and main driving force of what is loosely termed the western alliance. Perhaps I am reading too much into the predictably nationalistic first words of a new leader, but I think that looking between the headlines of what Trump said there is much there for the world to worry about during the anticipated four years of his presidency.

"We've defended other nations' borders, while refusing to defend our own." America's NATO allies will be feeling very nervous today, and I especially fear for the future security of the Baltic states. In the perspective in recent months of speculation around NATO's future, it seems hardly surprising that the European Union's leaders are taking the first tentative steps toward much closer coordination of the member states' military forces, perhaps with even a long-term view to formalising a unitary pan-EU defence force.

"We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs." Of course, nothing startling there. But in the context of all the talk there's already been about tariff hikes and tearing up existing agreements, and in particular the view stated in recent days by Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci that the US would win a trade war with China, this approach could presage tough times ahead for the global economy.

"We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth." Okay, maybe a little more encouragement there for the NATO allies, but forming new alliances sounds interesting. Remember, Trump can only absolutely rely at this point in having, at most, four years in office. Eradicate Islamic terrorism in that time? Do we perhaps hear the not too distant roar of US tanks across the sands of Da'esh territory, or even Al Qaeda's stronghold in Yemen? Of course, the former would be made that much easier if one of the new alliances was with the Russian regime Trump seems to regard so warmly, completely reversing existing policy in Syria and joining Russian forces in defending the presidency of Bashar al-Assad rather than trying to remove him from office. After all, there is no doubt that President Trump admires strong leaders.

There is an old Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times". I have a feeling that, in the spirit of those words, the entire world will find life rather more interesting over the next few years.
on Jan 21, 2017 at 07:17:06
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