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Callipygous
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Icon 7 posted December 15, 2006 16:05      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Beethoven, Jane Austen, Noel Coward, Arthur C. Clarke, Liv Ullmann, Benny Andersson, and....

uilleann!

Happy birthday to U!

[Smile]

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Icon 1 posted December 15, 2006 16:11      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Happy birthday uilleann.

Hope you have a good one.

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Icon 7 posted December 15, 2006 16:33      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
uilleann! Happy B day! [Big Grin]
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I know you don't celebrate it, but happy birthday anyway uilleann. Go wading with someone you like [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted December 15, 2006 18:49            Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Steen [Big Grin] [Big Grin] (But still, what temperature is it where you are? Damn, man, it's a bit chilly for that here right now, a warm heated pool sounds better)

Yeah I saw the topic and thought, heh, me too, but wasn't going to say anything.

Thanks guys. Though technically I'm still 25 until 21:50 tonight ...

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The high today was 65F or so, so yeah, a bit chilly. Indoor, heated pools are nice [Smile]

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Maybe next year ... not got my teleporter working yet.
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happy b-day [Applause]
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Icon 14 posted December 15, 2006 20:37      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Happy Birthday to U! I didn't know you shared the day with "lovely, lovely Ludwig van". I feel like having some milk and going out for a little ultra violence to celebrate.
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I don't even like classical music, I find it all so dreary and stuffy and lacking in any ideas. (There are a few tunes that are actually fun and interesting, however; whether any are Beethoven's, I forget, but it doesn't ring a bell)

Milk and ultraviolence? Odd ... but if it's what you want.

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Icon 1 posted December 15, 2006 21:32      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Gonna have to disagree with you there, uilleann.

Classical music suffers a lot for its presentation. It really does.

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I am sure many would disagree; the damn stuff just won't die. Hundreds of years pass and it just won't die, like some sort of shambling horde of the undead.

Until very recently, I'd never heard the original In Dulce Jubilo. And finally I did ... I think my reaction was along the lines of "What on earth is that?" After only knowing Mike Oldfield's fantastic arrangement, the original was painfully slow and dull in comparison.

I like it when it's not stuffy and depressing -- Elite II: Frontier had a reasonable selection, albeit in all of its AdLib glory. Mussorgsky's Night on Bear Mountain was one, along with Ride of the Valkyries (forget whose that was). Not sure whether it was the right genre to go with a space trading and combat game, but hey ... More forgivable than drawing space in blue.

Always loved Mars by Holst, and Jupiter although I seem to have gone off the latter.

It's not all bad, not by far, but only when it's not pretentious and stuffy, and too much of it is. I'm not old and crusty enough to suffer that sort of nonsense, I want something that speaks to my soul and is lively and engaging.

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Icon 1 posted December 16, 2006 00:44      Profile for Astronomer Jedi   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Happy Birthday uilleann, fellow December birthday man. [Big Grin]

I'll definitely be swimming on my birthday, but then it's summer down here. I'm about to pass out...going to the cricket when it's 40 degrees C is sooooo much fun. [crazy]

Meh, anything to see the Poms lose. [evil]

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And I thought I we were going to discuss Beethoven [Geek] ..

Anyways, Happy birthday U.

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If classical music does nothing for you uilleann, how about the other musician who shares your birthday, Benny Andersson?

PS There is another GC member who shares your birthday, but he's far too modest to mention it.... [Wink]

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I quite enjoy listening to ABBA in Spanish, which is rather odd, but I do. But yes, ABBA are great.
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quote:
Originally posted by uilleann:
I quite enjoy listening to ABBA in Spanish, which is rather odd, but I do. But yes, ABBA are great.

ABBA are plural?

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Happy birthday Uilleann!

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Well as they were four and the ABBA is the acronymn of their intials - Yes...

Also in English a group of people may be referred to by their "group title" either in the singular or plural. In this instance "ABBA is great" or "ABBA are great" both pass as acceptable English grammar. The exact point at which a group of people pass into a single entity for grammatic purposes is open to debate but in English even big corporates can still be referred in either the singular or plural because, for example, Microsoft is a legal single entity in its own right and a conglomeration of people - therefore the statements "Microsoft is great" and Microsoft are rubbish" can both be acceptable.

English is strange like that and as usual has a variety of riders, caveats and exceptions...

Shrugs - if it wasn't my first language I would hate to have to learn it... it is a truly "bastard language" with bits of Latin, Greek, Norse, Old Germanic, Mediaeval French and who knows what else mixed into it.

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Icon 1 posted December 16, 2006 13:34      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
quote:
Originally posted by uilleann:
I quite enjoy listening to ABBA in Spanish, which is rather odd, but I do. But yes, ABBA are great.

ABBA are plural?
What Serenak said, plus...

I find Americans are more likely to use the singular when referring to collective nouns "My football team is playing well this year" while brits are more likely to use the plural "My cricket team are crap". We aussies tend towards the british tradition in this, but you'll find both in common use here.

English really is a bastard of a language [Frown]

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Jeez.. it's no good being a shy attention whore here! For the next 59 minutes it's my birthday too! Let me feel your love! [Big Grin]

Yes to our mutual shame uilleann and I are bound together not just by our common humanity, but also by astrological destiny and December the 16th.

<Marlon> the horror... the horror...

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Callipygous wrote:
Let me feel your love!

I didn't think you swung that way...

Yes to our mutual shame uilleann and I are bound together not just by our common humanity, but also by astrological destiny and December the 16th.

Happy birthday to you too, in that case. [thumbsup]

If you put your birth date in your profile, you'll probably get more spontaneous birthday wishes than you do now

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Happy belated Birthday to you too Calli. [Smile]

Now I just have to see how many spontaneous birthday wishes come my way, since I have my birthday on my profile. [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by uilleann:
I am sure many would disagree; the damn stuff just won't die. Hundreds of years pass and it just won't die, like some sort of shambling horde of the undead.

Oh, but Rachmaninov composed in the 1930s! Rachmaninov is neither stuffy nor boring nor anything; his music is exhilarating, really. I don't want to get into an internet fight here, but IMHO Rachmaninov's music is a standard deviation above most other classical music.

Happy birthday, uilleann!

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