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I can't see landlines disappearing. They are still integral to many large businesses, and many households still like to have them. They have become a form of style icon, with the 1970's style 'cheese block' and digital models which look like the old dial phones becoming popular again.
on Apr 24, 2017 at 09:24:15
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I am mightily relieved that Macron made it to the second round. He still has a lot of questions to answer, about his experience, his policies and, frankly, who he really is, but I believe he was the only candidate with a strong chance of beating Le Pen in the second round. In my view her election would be a disaster both for France and for Europe.
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In 'the old days' it was easy to recognise a war - one country, or group of countries, attacked another, or people in one part of a country attacked other people in the same country. Now we live in a very different world, and I have no doubt that the current wave of global Islamic terrorism can and should be regarded as a war with what might loosely be termed the Western Alliance. Some commentators suggest this could be considered the Third World War, and I feel there is some resonance to that. Perhaps the scariest thing is that so many of the terrorists openly live among the communities they attack, and it doesn't take a trained army these days, just one fanatic who can hijack a truck, or has access to a gun, a machete, or knowledge of making a bomb from everyday components…

I find it sad though that many people seem to find it easy to condemn the entire Muslim world as consisting of psychotic murderers, bent on the destruction of Western civilisation. 95% of followers of Islam (at a conservative estimate) are just like you and me, good, considerate, law abiding people who just want to live in peace with the fellow human beings and, in many cases, probably exchange Christmas gifts and Easter eggs. Just as Black September did not represent all of the Arab world, and Bader-Meinhoff didn’t represent all the German people, so Da’esh and Al Qaeda represent a tiny proportion of Muslim opinion.

I well understand the feelings of the people of France, your country has suffered most cruelly from heinous terrorist atrocities isabel10. But today I have flown into Paris, scene of a recent terrorist incident (and where the airport train station was initially closed on my arrival due to a security alert), and I’m travelling on to Marseille St Charles station, closed for a while yesterday due to a security scare. I don’t anticipate any more problems or hassles than on any previous trip to France, and I know the French people are proud, strong and resilient, and will stand firm against the extremists’ threats to their security, regardless of which candidate eventually wins the presidency.
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Sounds good sipoly, I'll be meeting a French friend from this site a few days from now, my first CF face-to-face.
on Apr 22, 2017 at 00:15:09
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This is the first morning I've looked at the site before 4am. (And the last unless I'm ever dumb enough to again book a flight at a ridiculous time of the morning!)
on Apr 22, 2017 at 00:13:32
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"I'm also not keen on beards and moustaches" - hrrumpph!
on Apr 22, 2017 at 00:11:21
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My sympathies to both of you for your sad loss. I am profoundly grateful that I have never personally had to deal with the trauma of a loved one dying while still young (though my wife has).

In fairness to isabel10, I read her comments not as placing blame on a god she does not believe exists, more asking if you did have religious faith and this awful event happened would you still feel able to commit yourself to the service of your god.

I think this sort of loss could influence people in different ways, depending on their initial standpoint. An irreligious person could turn to a god, seeking answers as to why this terrible thing has happened; or they could simply continue in their atheistic stance feeling that this is just one of the perils of life and the evolutionary process.

On the other hand, a religious person could see their god as cruel and uncaring for inflicting this untimely death on their loved one and consequently turn away from their religious beliefs. Or they could find comfort in their god, and possibly the thought that (s)he has taken their loved one to serve the deity in a different way.

Though I do not share your faith readlei, I like your attitude, the straightforward position I would expect from a member of CF for whose views I have the greatest respect. That your god did not 'do' this to the person, it is something that sometimes happens in human existence, and there is no reason for it to negatively influence your faith.
on Apr 21, 2017 at 03:00:39
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Thanks for the offer flyboyg1 - maybe someday...

Chuck Berry.

Pomegranate or Mango?
on Apr 20, 2017 at 07:23:50
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I suppose I asked for this isabel10, when I asked female members to comment in your similar topic about women.

As the ladies have so far seemed reluctant to comment here I'll take the plunge. While I am not personally attracted in a romantic sense(!) to other men, I do have opinions on the sort of men I consider to be attractive. I suppose it could be summed up in the cliche 'a man's man'. Examples might be Kevin Spacey and George Clooney in the USA, and for British readers someone like John Terry (setting aside his allegedly questionable attitude towards certain other players of Afro-Caribbean ancestry). Perhaps if I were female I would think differently, but I simply cannot see the attraction of the modern 'metrosexual' boy band type with a quite effeminate appearance. And not the boorish, arrogant, bigoted John Wayne type either.

In terms of personality, not really any difference from my preferences in women - intelligent, sophisticated, liberal minded, with a balance of a serious mind and a sense of fun.
on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:44:32
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In fairness, I can understand that golf is probably a lot more fun to play, especially with friends, than it is to watch, especially with recent changes to the rules to speed up the game and make it a little less frustrating to players.
on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:35:30
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