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I think the Poms can get their act together. I Watched a lot of the game against Sri Lanka. The batsmen did a good job, Root was a star obviously- if Joe can inspire your boys and your bowlers can focus you are in with a chance.
I think it maybe a South Africa - India final.
I can see the hunger in those two teams.
Mate no offence taken. I saw that you we're laughing at yourself and laughed along. I am an Australian and I started this thread when the English were having a too good season and needed some teasing.
I'm currently in a situation where I can't move about much so it's either the history channel or World Cup cricket.
I posted a few pages back an explanation of cricket for baseball fans if you are interested. It's 3 different games played billions of people (What was the British Empire) plus some new countries.
I should restart my Australian Rules Football if you want something obscure and insane.
Charles- my commiserations for the current humble state of the English Men's team... ;-)
FPM... The rest of the world lets Murica exist for the entertainment value ;-)
Most importantly my hope that West Indian Cricket wasn't going to fade away has been restored by Chris Gayle's batting.
I have been surprised by India's form and attitude turn around as well as the skilled play by Ireland, Zimbabwe and Afganistan.
This is an excellent World Cup.
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Used a lot in Australia as well especially when talking about cricket.... You don't play 20-20, or limited over specialists in a test match.... It's horses for courses....
Tinfoil hat time......
Below is from wiki.
Aum Shinrikyo a Japanese Doomsday cult bought a sheep station (ranch) called Banjawarn in Western Australia (the empty part of Australia...terrifyingly, mind numbingly empty)
They used it to test the sarin gas that they released in terrorist attacks in Japan.
On the night of 28 May 1993 a mysterious seismic disturbance was detected in Western Australia and found to have emanated from south of Banjawarn.
The event sent shock waves through hundreds of miles of desert but was witnessed only by a few long-distance truck drivers and gold prospectors. They reported seeing a fireball in the sky and hearing a protracted low-frequency sound. The cause of the event remained a mystery, however.
The speculation on the seismic event was used by Bill Bryson in his book In A Sunburned Country (named Down Under in the UK) as a metaphor and an example of the world's lack of interest in Australia and its affairs. He points out that in 1997 there were just 20 articles in the New York Times on Australia (compared to, for example, 50 on Albania), and that this was a good year. He describes this as a shame, as Australia is "A country where interesting things happen,… all the time".
Bryson goes on to describe the seismic event at Banjawarn in detail, drawing on the NYT article, concluding that Australia is a country "so vast and empty that a band of amateur enthusiasts could conceivably set off the world's first non-governmental atomic bomb on its mainland and almost four years would pass before anyone noticed".
I still think Lamellar is the right way to go.
From Ultimate Combat:
Lamellar is a type of armor in which small plates of various types of materials are strung together in parallel rows using fine cord. Lamellar plates can be constructed from lacquered leather, horn, or even stone, though steel and heavier iron are most common. Lamellar armor can be crafted into various shapes, including partial pieces such as breastplates, greaves, or even entire coats. The properties of specific suits and pieces of lamellar armor are determined by their material.
I had a go at making a Linothorax (Lamellar) wearing hoplite - probably a Lochagos in rank (Commanding 80 or so men).
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HL also has a community that will give you suggestions and tips on how to implement them.
Eastern Armor can be used to cover this.
Just a thought...
Low end Linothorax = Lamellar cuirass +2
Europeans were very much into human sacrifice.
The Celts made it into an art form, from Wicker Men to triple death sacrifices.
The Romans......Gladiatorial games started out as a funerary ritual and turned into part of the mass marketing machine of the imperial cult.
The Spartans ritually disposed of unfit infants..
Also from Wiki
The blood eagle was a method of execution, that is sometimes mentioned in Nordic saga legends. It was performed by cutting the skin of the victim by the spine, breaking the ribs so they resembled blood-stained wings, and pulling the lungs out through the wounds in the victim's back. Victims of the method of execution, as mentioned in skaldic poetry and the Norse sagas, are believed to have included King Ælla of Northumbria, King Edmund of East Anglia, Halfdan son of King Haraldr Hárfagri of Norway, King Maelgualai of Munster, and possibly Archbishop Ælfheah of Canterbury.
The historicity of the practice is disputed. Some take it as historical evidence of atrocities fueled by pagan hatred of Christianity. Others take it as fiction: heroic Icelandic sagas, skaldic poetry and inaccurate translations.
The Stora Hammars stones are believed to date sometime between the 8th and 11th centuries AD, before Christianity was prevalent in Scandinavia. Further, since the alleged execution of Christian Kings all date between the 8th and 11th centuries AD, it would be incorrect to assume that the Blood Eagle was developed in retaliation to Christian practices.
"Look up there ? in the sky! " cried Conn. ?The grey man! It is he! The grey man with the single terrible eye" ..... "Look! He rides the winds and races along the clouds. He swindles. He fades into the void! He vanishes!"
Robert E Howard.
Yes Queensland state elections.... The conservatives went from 73 Seats to Labors 9 seats... To 39 Seats for the Conservatives to 44-45 seats for Labor.
The Premier (American equivalent of Governor) lost his seat.....
This will have a run on effect in Federal politics.... We could be looking at the Australian PM being replaced by his own party because he is so unpopular.
As ugly as a hat full of a%*@~~+*s.
Hes got a head on him like a half sucked mango seed.
A few tinnies short of a slab.
About as useful as a one legged man in a arse kicking contest.
All froth and no beer.
All over the place like a drunken spider.
Bangs like a dunny door in a storm.
Bum nuts (eggs).
Champagne lifestyle on a Beer budget.
Couldn't organise a fart in a chilli eating contest.
Fit as a mallee bull.
Flat out like a lizard drinkin.
Given birth to a politician.
Goin to drain the one eyed trouser snake.
Got a head like a diseased rice bubble.
Hava optic at this.
I'm off - like a bucket of prawns in the hot sun.
Mad as a cut snake.
Sweating like a pregnant nun at confession.
Wouldn't shout if a shark bit him.
Full as a centipede's sock drawer
Go off like a frog in a sock
He needs that like a third armpit.
May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down.
Jessica Price wrote:
You'll forgive me, I'm sure, if I'd prefer to hear directly from female Australian gamers about their experiences before declaring Australian game milieus a bastion of inclusivity.
Shifty is not claiming it's perfect... It is different with different problems to the U.S. Experience.
That is why we scratch our heads at some of the complaints we see coming from the U.S.
It's ingrained into the national character that all Australians should be tough, self sufficient, and have a healthy disrespect for Authority and those that set themselves above others.
Australian women fought and continue to fight hard for equality Utopia Girls is an excellent documentary on how Australian women were first in the world to achieve equal representation.
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
No problem Comrade.
Oh my gosh.... SBS should still have season 1 on catch up TV.
Tell me you have seen Italian Spider-Man.... It's by the same guys and also free on YouTube.
DM Under The Bridge wrote:
I have played with guys with poor hygiene - one had a mental illness and we had to work hard to get him to take his medication and look after himself. The other his parents were abusive and neglectful - we (mostly his flatmate)had to teach him how to wash his clothes, cook a good meal and other social niceties. So I do my best not to be judgemental.
When I was young D&D was a refuge for a lot of young men - for a few hours you could escape from social isolation, your own social inability, bullying, your lack of physical prowess.
I guess it is a similar experience for some of those people today, although WoW (and the alike) has also offered an even more threat free environment.
A lot of them carry issues of low self worth and low self esteem and that leads to the neglect of themselves thier health and hygiene.
As the RPG industry becomes more socially acceptable, I can see a movement to cordon off and move on those who don't fit the fashionably geeky profile. It's sad but that's the way the world is.
That is why I prefer Rolemaster... Rapier versus lightly armoured opponent = deadly not so much so against an armoured opponent.
Chengar Qordath wrote:
The Armenians and Belgians would like to differ with you in regards to less terrible for civilians.
Núrn was a semi-arid place due to its close proximity to Gorgoroth and consisted mostly of short grass landed plains, fertile enough to support farming to support the armies of Sauron, as opposed to the arid plateau of Gorgoroth, which is north-west of Núrn.
The Dwarves farmed the valleys and in the case of the Lonely Mountain traded extensively with Dale. That is why Dale was so rich.
Charon's Little Helper wrote:
The thing is if you asked JRR why such and such used axes he would have a history and a background to the weapon. The industrialisation thing is a tangent - interesting but a tangent. The whole point is world building.
It annoys me to no end when people repeatedly flagellate this deceased equine.
No Golarion is not based on the historical past of Earth.
It like Hollywood and the pulps does draw its flavour from historical earth... That is why there are pyramids and Arabian and Viking analoges Golarion.
For some people the history of weapon development is important to the internal consistency of their campaign.
Looking to historical equivalents is the only route people have to provide the background they require.
If you asked JRR or GRR for the history of a type of weapon, I am sure they would be to give you a 10 page essay on where it came from. That is why they are the the masters of world buildin.