Tom Downie

  • tomd replied to the topic Netflix recommendations in the forum Chat Forum 6 hours ago

    I enjoyed the Irishman, but I watched it in 3 sittings almost like a mini series. I think I’d have struggled in a one-er. The characters were interesting and a bit mysterious which I liked. The bit where he’s giving the guy a kicking is funny – it looks like something out of Still Game. High quality content for not a lot of money.

  • tomd replied to the topic Favourite Store in the UK in the forum Chat Forum 1 day ago

    Trago Mills.

    I’ve never seen anywhere that attemps the depth and breadth of that place. Kitchen ware to carpets, shotguns to spices, kids clothes to cross bows, car parts to christmas tat.

    They do things in every pack size. One bog roll, 4 bog rolls, family pack and *** off giant bale of bog rolls. Tiny 200g tub of swarfega, medium tub and giant…[Read more]

  • tomd replied to the topic Outdoor clothing repair. North West in the forum Chat Forum 1 day ago

    If you’ve no luck locally these guys do a lot of business by post. I used to live near their factory and they are well regarded.

    https://www.scottishmountaingear.com/repair-service

  • This week’s Economist has an interesting take ok it. Basically that it’s the final fulfillment of Marx’s predictions that Capitalism would consume all traces of the feudal system. The British monarchy being one of the last outposts of the old system.

    So there you go, Harry and Megan – agents of the revolution.

  • tomd replied to the topic When to start with balance bike in the forum Bike Forum 2 days ago

    I tried to get our eldest on to one too soon (just before she was 2). Didn’t really get very far with. Put it away until she was 3 and she got going on very quick and hasn’t looked back. Progressed to pedal bike in 9 months.

    Her little brother is taking an interest at about 20months so will get him going. Little sister will be a while yet.

    I…[Read more]

  • Our inherited flat roof extension has a GRP roof. I think it’s about 20years old and sound but one of the main pluses for me is that is easy to DIY repair. I’ve done a couple of patches and covered a hole where I removed a redundant flue. It was easy to do with a automotive repair kit + suitable pigment and the patches have held no problem. I’m…[Read more]

  • tomd replied to the topic Deeds – boundaries, fences etc in the forum Chat Forum 4 days ago

    I don’t think there is usually anything explicit. My house (also 1950s) has a boundry diagram but it doesn’t help with who owns a fence and we have 5 neighbours so it is complicated. I think it’s one of those things that’s best sorted ammicably. We replaced a rickety old fence last year, arguably it was a 50/50 with the neighbour but he DGAF about…[Read more]

  • tomd replied to the topic A religious question… in the forum Chat Forum 4 days ago

    No one is going to excuse bigotry or insidious discrimination based upon which political doctrine they happen to support, but as soon as it’s based on religion, it becomes more legitimate.

    Environmental extremists like XR use bigotry and pass moral judgement on people and infringe upon their rights.
    On both sides of the B**** debate you have p…[Read more]

  • Timely thread resurrection for me as well, I’m just about to hit go on a move North, most probably Stirlingshire. Useful comments on the schools, that’s somewhat put my mind at ease because it’s been a big worry. Daughter loves her school here so the thought of messing that up is difficult. Also on the developments in Dunblane / BoA as those were…[Read more]

  • tomd replied to the topic A religious question… in the forum Chat Forum 5 days ago

    For those of you that are bang up for suicide, is it wrong to intervene if you are aware of someone else trying to commit suicide? Near where I live there is a cliff that folk like to jump off, several a year. If I see someone go up there looking a bit worried should I let them get on with it or intervene?

  • I think we are at a stage where if you choose a commute that requires you getting on a plane, that should be considered with the social disdain of a smoker or drink driver. Such wanton environmental vandalism is costing lives.
    +1

    I’m a bit terrified what you’d consider appropriate retribution for someone who flew on holiday. There is a really…[Read more]

  • tomd replied to the topic A religious question… in the forum Chat Forum 5 days ago

    How about a belief purely based upon what a person feels? Are you saying that should be dismissed as bunkum?

    A lot of people would say “yes” but what they means is “yes, but only when it conflicts with one of my own beliefs for which I hold no evidence for beyond my limited experience”. See the recent coffee thread, tupperware thread, this…[Read more]

  • tomd replied to the topic A religious question… in the forum Chat Forum 5 days ago

    I kind of admire your absolute certainty on things like this TJ. It’s funny though that often people who state that the the scientific method is superior to everything don’t actually follow that method for almost all the decisions they make.

  • tomd replied to the topic A religious question… in the forum Chat Forum 5 days ago

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    Tomd
    One of these proofs please

    Kant’s moral argument for the assumption of the existence of God.

    Another interesting one is Kierkegaard who is paradoxically a Christian that believes in God but makes a fantastic reasoned argument about why trying to prove Gods existence is a waste of time.

    I think what you’re really asking for is…[Read more]

  • tomd replied to the topic A religious question… in the forum Chat Forum 5 days ago

    I cannot think of any secular group who do this – and its pervasive with the organised religions. Its so pervasive it becomes normalised. the only one I know of that forbids this is Sikhism. Maybe Buddism as well?

    Current obvious elephant in the room is the Chinese Communist Party. I believe Marx and Lenin were quite clear on religion but it h…[Read more]

  • tomd replied to the topic A religious question… in the forum Chat Forum 6 days ago

    Agree with that Cougar, because you’ve taken the effort to define it as the Abrahamic God. It still isn’t categorical because there are many other rational or empirical proofs of god that have nothing to do the Abrahamic Religions.

    I think your also misrepresenting why Dawkins is open to the possibility of the existence of God. It isn’t purely…[Read more]

  • tomd replied to the topic A religious question… in the forum Chat Forum 6 days ago

    Yeah that’s not really so much a fallacy ridden mess as bias ridden mess. It assumes for one thing that you’re even capable of understanding god, let alone describe it using the tools available to you in the current English language. It also assumes that the only acceptable proof of God is empirical.

    I have really hard time pulling apart religion…[Read more]

  • It kind of makes sense, they connect places in the UK that no one else does and where driving or trains would be an unholy nightmare. Some off the top of my head…

    Inverness to Stornoway
    Teesside to Aberdeen
    Glasgow to Southampton

  • tomd replied to the topic A religious question… in the forum Chat Forum 6 days ago

    Onewheelgood – there are quite a few issues with it.

    It assumes all kinds of things about the nature of God, along the lines of a monotheistic religion. Not to mention the obvious questions about the nature of the penguin. Where did it come from? What, if anything,caused it?

    It’s a switcheroo from God to a penguin. It would be a good argument…[Read more]

  • tomd replied to the topic A religious question… in the forum Chat Forum 6 days ago

    She can pray (only temporary remedy during the prayer) but she must be strong in her mind too (guard her mind strongly) as any sense of fear or weaknesses will cause more problems.

    You might not realise you’re doing it, but that’s the same form of dodgy argument Believe in god because bible/Bible is the word of god.

    Prayer with sufficient…[Read more]

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