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 on: Today at 03:10:47 AM 
Started by Heedless Horseman - Last post by Heedless Horseman
Covid Vac, (Carer), at 'Centre For Life' N'cle in about 10 days.. so thought to 'recce' it on an internet map. LOL!  Wink 'Normal' maps crap...'places of Interest'... (Hatchet Harry's Axe Throwing' (?) ... could make no sense of the thing!  Shocked SO, Resorted to the 'Aerial' view... Well, the Luftwaffe did!  Grin Christ! Have THEY been BACK?  Shocked Newcastle has been 'BLITZED' since the 90s! What a Horror!  Shocked  Having found the Railway Station, I can make a rough location for 'The Objective'... but rather think that getting the' Battle  Bus' and 'infiltrate' on foot might be a 'better'  Sad  option than 'vehicular insertion' and trying to find an LUP!!  Grin. Just hope Ma's 2nd jab will still be Local!  Sad WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO NEWCASTLE Huh? !!!  Sad Sad Sad

 on: Today at 12:38:43 AM 
Started by The_Wrong_Khovanskiy - Last post by paulr
Well done Ian & stay safe

 on: Today at 12:34:32 AM 
Started by Techno II - Last post by paulr
Very sad news and indeed a very talented fellow

 on: Today at 12:29:27 AM 
Started by goat major - Last post by paulr
 Thumbs up Applause Thumbs up Applause

 on: Today at 12:02:27 AM 
Started by Srpz2116 - Last post by paulr
Parliamentarian Major George Wither.

He served in the Bishops War in 1639 as a cavalry Captain. When the Civil War began he raised his own cavalry troop, but it wasn't long before his house was plundered and he was captured by Royalists.

Later in the war he served at Gloucester in 1643 and Naseby in 1645.

Post war, he was an avid political and religious pamphleteer, but was often in trouble because of it. With the Restoration, he was imprisoned for three years and died in 1667.

Thanks Srpz2116

An interesting and thoughtful discussion, thanks Gents

 on: Today at 12:00:05 AM 
Started by Srpz2116 - Last post by Maenoferren
That is quite profound.

 on: Yesterday at 10:44:38 PM 
Started by Srpz2116 - Last post by mmcv
Don't really know how you change or improve what seems like normal to most people in the UK (including me when I lived there). Now I have lived outside the UK for the longest time ever in my life I'm beginning to understand why many Europeans see it as a peculiar place. Not sure how you give 65million people that opportunity.

I'd say there's a generational thing to it. Each successive generation becoming more open to these things than the previous, accelerated somewhat by an increased globalised society through internet connectivity and online interaction in the modern era. Younger generations tend to be more progressive than older ones. Naturally as the younger generations become older they tend to become more conservative themselves, but because they're starting from a point of further progression will rarely be as conservative as their parents.

Forty years ago gay men were actively targeted by the police in my region (likely one of the least progressive in the UK if not much of Europe) and faced constant threat of arrest, harassment and violence. Now they can get married and live a perfectly normal life and certainly among younger generations most wouldn't even bat an eyelid at someone being gay. I can easily see the shifting attitude from my grandparents, my parents, my own and younger generations. That happened in half a human lifespan. Yes there's still plenty of unpleasant or closed minded people about, but as a society we've accepted and normalised something that was considered criminal not that long ago.

I think we're seeing something similar with mental health. There's been increasing focus on it across the board, media campaigns, raised awareness from everywhere, even more so as the concerns about the mental health impact from the pandemic and lockdowns become apparent. Yes there will be those reluctant to accept change and hang onto old stereotypes, but younger people are generally more open to change and internalise and normalise it so when they become older and more conservative it's a new normal base from which the next generation can progress from.

And once the genie is out of the bottle, it's harder to put back in. It would take a fairly radical shift to "regress" this we now take or are beginning to take for granted. That's not too say all "progressive" ideas are good and all "conservative" ideas are bad, not at all, more that there's a natural balance that grows from the interplay of the two that helps strengthen a society with new norms.

 on: Yesterday at 10:13:22 PM 
Started by Steve J - Last post by Leman
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Tin Soldiers in Action
2) What armies were confronted? - Austrian v Prussian early SYW
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - It gave a result very quickly. Card draw for brigade actions is a useful solo mechanism.
7) What could have been improved? - The kill rate was very high which, as it was part of a campaign, caused me to make night fall after only three turns so that the Austrians could withdraw. The Prussians were also battered so could not pursue, giving both armies the chance to rest and recuperate. There was also little contextual feel to the rules, thus I am continuing the campaign with Honours of War instead as they are specifically written for the European theatre of the SYW.

An Austrian big gun from my latest 10mm game - still in progress

 on: Yesterday at 10:11:55 PM 
Started by goat major - Last post by Westmarcher
Coming along very nicely. Who knows when I'll ever get round to mine but when I do, I can see me re-visiting these for inspiration.

 on: Yesterday at 10:09:08 PM 
Started by Techno II - Last post by Westmarcher
A very talented fellow. What a sudden and tragic loss.  Sad

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