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Re: Why?
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Trotter wrote:
Yes it does


Anyone of course has the right to be offended by something or not approve of something. My point was about the human tendency to make presumptions regarding what the dead might think (if they weren't dead). IMHO, this process involves attributing our own opinions to the dead in order to bolster the validity of said opinions. Surely it is enough to say "*I* do not approve", rather than "Tolkien would not have approved" and let that opinion stand on its own merit.

In the case of this bridge, given the utter and total crap that his been (willingly) licensed in Tolkien's name, I hardly think a bridge (which is presumably a useful thing to those who will cross it) is worth getting too worried about. I imagine the estate would weigh in and kill their party anyway.

Just my two-cents (or pennies) - it isn't my intent to offend any of the living

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Posted on: 2011/7/16 22:22


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Dior wrote:
Terrible...I don't think Tolkien would have approved.

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I always smile a bit at comments about whether [insert name of arbitrary dead person] would have approved of something. I tend to think that we should worry less about what we imagine the dead might think about something and concentrate on what the living think. Once you die, you lose the right to approve/disapprove of anything from that point right until the end of the universe. I suspect that one of the best things about dying is you no longer have to give a toss.

Personally, I couldn't care less who the bridge is named after. No one is harmed, either way, so what does it matter?

Stu

Posted on: 2011/7/16 3:39


Re: The Wonders of eBay
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But these tapes are a LIMITED EDITION - They must be worth having. And it also seems like these tapes (or "readins") were minted in 1859, so they are very early examples of the art.

Posted on: 2011/7/11 10:12


Re: Book Depository to be acquired by Amazon
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Sadly, the chances of the OFT doing anything other than rubber stamping it are absolutely nil. I'm not sure if the OFT or the old MMC *ever* prevented any monopolies being formed.

Posted on: 2011/7/6 16:24


Re: Book Depository to be acquired by Amazon
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It is a shame as reducing competition is a bad thing. I imagine Amazon will be dropping the free shipping it currently has to Australia once they have absorbed BD.

Realistically, Amazon is so big that it will always be able to consume anyone else that is a threat, just by virtue of having such deep pockets. Equally, I guess it sets a precedent for would-be businesses. If you can get the venture capital to set up a just-about-breaks-even site that gets big enough to be a thorn in Amazon's side, they will be forced to give you a giant pile of money to disappear.

Posted on: 2011/7/4 22:54



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