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paddyenglish Candidate | joined 13 November 2006 | 19 posts


Will anything change? posted 13 November 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionWill anything change? by paddyenglish, Candidate

it doesn't matter who you vote for the government always gets in.....old english proverb <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


new book posted 13 November 2006 in Author Q &amp; Anew book by paddyenglish, Candidate

Hi there i'm new to the forum and was wondering if you could answer a simple question you've probebly been asked a thouasand times before........ when is the next book coming out <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


new book posted 13 November 2006 in Author Q &amp; Anew book by paddyenglish, Candidate

hey man cheers, understood its gonna be some time just a little impatient for more of the greatness view post


Now listening to... posted 29 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by paddyenglish, Candidate

the fun lovin criminals,
tenacious D,
Mettalica
and janis joplin

thank god for the ipod <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Happy Holidays posted 29 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionHappy Holidays by paddyenglish, Candidate

personnally i have spent the entire season working......the pub trade is just fantastic at least i dont have to spend it with my family lol..... nxt week is the start of my time off when i will celebrate in good olde fashioned english style by drinking an elephants wheight in booze, then sitting down reading and recovering <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


The sovereign rights of a nation. posted 29 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionThe sovereign rights of a nation. by paddyenglish, Candidate

That really is a rather loaded question.....on the really basic level no one nation (if for the sake of argument we believe in the idea of nationhood) has a right to inflict dominance over another......though as can be seen throughout history this is not always the solution......
A few questions for examples, if we as a more powerful nation see a people being murdered wholesale by there government or armed forces do we not have a right to interfere?
when a majority of poeple are persecuting people in a country should we not try and help them?
If a country cannot cope with the strains put upon it by natural disaster should we not give aid?

Now a few historical examples to illustrate these.

During WW2 oriental members of the USA were put in consentration camps and perihad from mainstream society.
Britain is the only nation on Earth to have effected total genocide of an entire nationality of people.
The slave trade may have been around for thausands of years but the European nations made it into an international money maker.
The only country to use weapons of mass destruction on a foreign land were the Americans.
There have been more wars and death caused by the Christian religion than any other in the entirity of recorded history.

My point although a little convoluted, is this, there may be a need at times to interfere with other nations soveiregnty, though the decision for this is a moral one and should be made by those with a clear concience......i.e not really any nation or government i can readilly think of......we've all been a bit shitty to each other in the past.....putting it very lightly view post


Ok so I feel like ive read every good author in existence. posted 30 December 2006 in Literature DiscussionOk so I feel like ive read every good author in existence. by paddyenglish, Candidate

and what would be wrong with &quot;silly dry english humour&quot; Robert Rankin is the best cult auther in Britain at the moment......much preferable to pratchett in my opinion........but you have to start at the beggining as there are a lot of in jokes that run through the entire set........also Neil Gaiman kicks ass as does China Mieville......a bit out there but very worth it Peridido street station was one of the most refreshing reads i have had for quite some time, a liittle diffrent view post


Cloud Atlas posted 30 December 2006 in Literature DiscussionCloud Atlas by paddyenglish, Candidate

to the above critic
I personnally loved cloud atlas and the distinctive writing style Mitchell used in its creation.....it was one of those types of books that does not like to spoon feed the reader the overall underlying message, as in it is open to interpretation, by giving little sound bites of the peoples histories and surcumstance the reader had the ability to garner from the story that which one wanted.
But in the end what can anybody say, literature is about personnal taste in all its mediums I know some people who hate Tolkein for it's supposed simplisity. In the end I give a thumbs up to Mitchell and please try Ghostwritten before you nay say him as an author too much as I think it superior even though it's his first solo work <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


His Dark Materials series posted 30 December 2006 in Literature DiscussionHis Dark Materials series by paddyenglish, Candidate

I never read them when i was a child though i did read them a couple of years ago and I think they are great books, not just for children, although the simplisity in some parts does betray this, but for the more advanced reader also. In addition they are far superior to the Potter series which I hate with something on the line of religous fervency......think the flagulant movement <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> view post


Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn posted 30 December 2006 in Literature DiscussionMemory, Sorrow, and Thorn by paddyenglish, Candidate

Tad Williams is a great author in my personnal opinion and MS&amp;T deserve the time.
I just read the first book in the new series he started and although it may be a bit slow I know from experience that it will get going in the next book. Thats Shadowmarch view post


Anyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? posted 30 December 2006 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by paddyenglish, Candidate

I read American gods and really loved it, the mixture of mythology and fantasy in the weird cast appealed to me greatly. Also the Sandman graphic novels were amazing if a little short.

Read all that China M has put out to, of the same ilk as Gaiman (in that there both new, creative and obviously borderline insane <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> ) view post


Any horror fans here? posted 30 December 2006 in Literature DiscussionAny horror fans here? by paddyenglish, Candidate

CLIVE BARKER.......far better than King, he's origanal, deeply disturbing, and will kick the bounds of decency square into touch.....start with his earlier stuff, the books of blood are fantastic, though also read the abarat series which is new one he's doing at the moment 2 books and counting, there aimed at children aparently, but if i had kids i wouldnt let them any where near it. to illustrate my point there as removed from children lit, as the Potter books are from decent reading <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> basically read everything he's ever done, i'm sure there's a bad one in there somewhere but i cant remember it. He did the books for Hellraiser, Candyman (which is an adaptation of a short story from the books of blood, and night wish)

James Herbet is another gud un, though a bit lighter reading and not always scary, bit cliched in parts to,,,,,,though the rats trilogy is a damn good read.

Richard Laymons done a few good books i've read cant remember the titles though and he's more a chiller writer than horror.

my friends made me read the Rice interview with a vimpire etc series to, personnally i dont like gay porn literature but if that's your thing it is a must

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shadowmarch posted 30 December 2006 in Literature Discussionshadowmarch by paddyenglish, Candidate

i read it and really liked it though as with all Tad's books of the trilogy and more kind it's just getting going with the first i hope, the next ones out in March i believe view post


Anne Rice- over discriptive thinly veiled gay porn? posted 30 December 2006 in Literature DiscussionAnne Rice- over discriptive thinly veiled gay porn? by paddyenglish, Candidate

I must say yes, as you can see this is a loaded question, i was forced to read these books by people i trusted with literary opinions, now they are definately off my x-mas card list, i read the first and thought that if she took out half the descriptive useless meandering devises she'd only have 20 pages of a book left, &quot;they get better&quot; i was told lies all lies.

of course this may only be my opinion, but i would like to know what you all think, if you've read them that is.....and if not DON'T view post


The sovereign rights of a nation. posted 05 January 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionThe sovereign rights of a nation. by paddyenglish, Candidate

hey there
first off it was an aboriganal island people near Australia in the 19th century

It was Christian european nations that invented the concentration camps, the Spanish in South America during colonial times and the British in Africa being two big examples of same.
My point about the Christain religion being the biggest cause of all wars is a well documented historical fact, going back a lot further than industrialisation just take the example of the crusades, the colonisation of the Americas, the invasion of the Indian territories, ad infinitum.
industrilisation meant that wars among other Christian nations became more common and more about economics than actual faith.

and finally i have no idea either as to when or how intervention is just or how it should be justified , like most educated people that don't believe everything the government tells them I can see when these interventions are wrong sometimes before the fact but more often that not after the true consequences of these missions become aparent, both on a moral and political level......just look at the instability in Iraq that both Britain and the US have to answer for or Afghanistan. view post


Happy New Years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! posted 05 January 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionHappy New Years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by paddyenglish, Candidate

My resolution is to put my degree to some use and stop wasting my time with crappy jobs <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


No more Elves. Innovative, Violent and Thought-provoking. posted 05 January 2007 in Literature DiscussionNo more Elves. Innovative, Violent and Thought-provoking. by paddyenglish, Candidate

Try the Thomas covenant series its damn good and quite depraved view post


Any horror fans here? posted 05 January 2007 in Literature DiscussionAny horror fans here? by paddyenglish, Candidate

I'v read quite a bit by King and you're not missing much i think he's a bit cliched after the first couple.....makes good films though view post


The sovereign rights of a nation. posted 05 January 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionThe sovereign rights of a nation. by paddyenglish, Candidate

ok i think this may be getting more on to the point of which religion has caused the most wars but......
Christianity is a new religion in many respects compared to many world beliefs but i am certain that it has been used for a reason (possibly as a justification after fact in some cases but not as many as some people may think) for more armed conflicts in the recorded history of the world between two or more nations than any other religion, I must stress here in recorded history......
In addition to this the power of the Catholic church pre reformation cannot not be undermined......before the 15th Century Kings of Europe would walk barefoot through the snow to chastise themselves before the ruling pope, and going to war without the permission of the Vatican was not something they did lightly.
However I'm not trying to say here that other religions dont and have not caused wars and massive forms of expansion and conquest at periods in time, just that the Christians, as far as modern day historians know have done it more.......
But let's face it we are all shitty to our neighbours, and if we cant be to them we start shitting on our own. view post


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