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Jaster
647377.  Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:37 am Reply with quote

Wow this is the Geoff Carter I used to work with!

(Oddly in Telecomms , why are there so many archeologists and Geologists working in Telecomms ?)

 
Jenny
647529.  Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:10 pm Reply with quote

My husband is reading a book called Britannia, about Roman Britain, and came up with something I thought QI. The book was written in the 60s so might be outdated though.

The US government is infamous for veering from one military tactic or objective to another with a change of President. The same thing happened in Roman Britain.

Hadrian had his wall built - it was just about complete and and was garrisoned to provide a separation between the Selgovae and the Brigantes. No sooner did they get that finished than Hadrian died in 138AD. Then Antoninus Pius takes over as Emperor, and undertakes an entirely different policy - to take back the Lowlands of what is now Scotland by building the Antonine wall and taking all the garrisons off Hadrian's Wall. Then (although there is little evidence for this) it seems that the Brigantes started causing trouble again, and they had to withdraw back to Hadrian's wall because they had stretched themselves too thin to keep control. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose (can't do the accents but you know what I mean).

 
mckeonj
647553.  Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:53 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose (can't do the accents but you know what I mean).

You can get accented vowels like this on a regular keyboard; just hold down the Alt Gr key (just right of the space bar) and type the vowel - voil!

 
Jenny
647563.  Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:05 pm Reply with quote

I don't have a Gr key - there is an Alt key to the right of the space bar but that doesn't do it. Then there is a key that brings up the same menu I get with a right mouse button click, and then there is a Control key.

 
Efros
647674.  Sat Dec 19, 2009 6:08 am Reply with quote

This thread brought to mind an album by Mike Neville called 'Son of Geordie' which had a mock history of the Geordie culture (?) tracing its roots back to Hadrian who 'was an Eyetalian Spaniard... poor bugger'. the same album maintained that Mary Queen of Scots had her head chopped off by a man wielding a 'gnarly git choppin' axe', it was also the first or should that be fust time I had heard the Geordie scout and Custer joke concerning '"War drums?", "Why no man they wur theirs!"

 
Efros
647675.  Sat Dec 19, 2009 6:10 am Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
I don't have a Gr key - there is an Alt key to the right of the space bar but that doesn't do it. Then there is a key that brings up the same menu I get with a right mouse button click, and then there is a Control key.


You only get Alt Gr on US international keyboards, US keyboards have two alt keys.

 
soup
647683.  Sat Dec 19, 2009 6:58 am Reply with quote

Efros wrote:
Jenny wrote:
I don't have a Gr key - there is an Alt key to the right of the space bar but that doesn't do it. Then there is a key that brings up the same menu I get with a right mouse button click, and then there is a Control key.


You only get Alt Gr on US international keyboards, US keyboards have two alt keys.


Sounds about right, the keyboard I am using now (bought in Scotland made by a Californian company [Genius]) has one Alt key and one AltGr key

 
gerontius grumpus
647875.  Sat Dec 19, 2009 4:12 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
I don't have a Gr key - there is an Alt key to the right of the space bar but that doesn't do it. Then there is a key that brings up the same menu I get with a right mouse button click, and then there is a Control key.


I think you're meant to growl as you press the Alt key. Perhaps it should be Alt Grrrr..

 
gerontius grumpus
647905.  Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:07 pm Reply with quote

Come to think of it, I'd quite like a keboard with a Grrr key, quite useful in a grumpy kind of way.

 
Jaster
648928.  Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:46 am Reply with quote

Mine has n "Any" Key ....!

 

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