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"the big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes" - David Ward MP (who later apologised categorically)


Almost every night for weeks, I have tried to write what I feel about Israel’s latest attack on the Gaza Strip but until now each time I have tried, I have given up. I am not Palestinian, nor am I Israeli nor Jewish. I cannot truly understand the pressures that the people who suffer what…

The etymology given by Webster below was in former days most credited, but the word is understood now to derive most probably from espada ropera, a Spanish term translating roughly to »dress sword« — that is, one suitable for civilian dress. As is common in English, the term was loaned via French, in which latter language it had become espée rapiére; hence the word rapier.

The flourishing period of the rapier is from the mid-16th century to the early 18th; it developed in…

"After we came out of the church, we stood talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley's ingenious sophistry to prove the nonexistence of matter, and that every thing in the universe is merely ideal. I observed, that though we are satisfied his doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. I never shall forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it -

"Conure" is, in this case, a word representing a vaguely defined group of birds in the parrot order, psittaciformes. The term is usually used in aviculture rather than actual scientific ornithology as a way to differentiate bird breeds by size. Conures range in size from large parakeets (which in itself is a word used scientifically as a vague way of referring to even smaller parrot subspecies, or to Budgies if you're an American) to small true parrots. A lot of times…