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by John McKenna
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lionel Burrell the chess player
Replies: 44
Views: 2794

Re: Lionel Burrell the chess player

However, this auditorium is empty since the critics have all gone to pick over the bones of a whale of a story - as is ever the way with those who follow the trawler.
by John McKenna
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3148
Views: 142154

Re: The English Language

Not really, the ever-present threat of the move is so strong as to be impossible to meet. The 'specter' of that move is going to become a real monster and there's nothing that can be done to stop it. (It's been a pleasure knowing you even at a distance Soheil Hooshdaran. Here endeth my English lesso...
by John McKenna
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 29
Views: 1411

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

I've sat next to Chinese people and eaten in Chinese restaurants. I've lived in mainland China. Now is not the most auspicious time for such activities, within reason. Covid-19 originated in China and has been spread from China by the movement of Chinese people. I'll end by simply saying that if you...
by John McKenna
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 29
Views: 1411

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

This is more specific advice - While there is obvious concern, there is no apparent panic. https://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/food-and-drink/coronavirus-chinatown-london-chinese-restaurants-affected-1411911 Gerard Street, and its surrounding China Town, was fairly busy this lunchtime. By contrast, ...
by John McKenna
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 29
Views: 1411

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

Justin, to answer my own question - MISANTHROPIC is the worst I can come up with right now You'll have to excuse me - time to go somewhere in close proximity to Gerard St. PS You and Danny G can go your way and I'll go mine. Free speech is still just about surviving the avalanche of political correc...
by John McKenna
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 29
Views: 1411

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

I will leave it to others to decide if they agree with your statement immediately above. If I find myself in close proximity to anyone displaying any symptoms (don't forget that with this virus symptoms may not be evident at all in some cases) that could be associated with the virus in question, or ...
by John McKenna
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 29
Views: 1411

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

What kind of ignorant racist nonsense is this? KYou think this is something to do with Chinese restaurants? Doesn't China Town attract Chinese visitors to the UK, who are more likely than others to be infected? My preceding sentence may be ignorant, but I don't think that it's racist. David, I do n...
by John McKenna
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 29
Views: 1411

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

We cancelled a works do in china town. What was your thinking there Presumably the "thinking there" was along the lines of loads of other customers of Chinese restaurants. Namely - that it is better to be safe than sorry. Meanwhile - A surprise announcement to which there's a lot of confusion and s...
by John McKenna
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3148
Views: 142154

Re: The English Language

'Specter' is American English spelling - in British English the spelling is spectre. Other examples of this kind can be found, e.g. center and centre. A spectre is a frightening apparition - such as a visible ghost that haunts and disturbs the mind of the viewer. Therefore the threat of Bd6 is so fr...
by John McKenna
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lionel Burrell the chess player
Replies: 44
Views: 2794

Re: Lionel Burrell the chess player

Ted Edwards could be in the frame -

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Edwards_(actor)
by John McKenna
Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on AI
Replies: 9
Views: 525

Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Much of what is said above may well be true.

However, in the final analysis, the only solution to "financial algorithms" is likely to be "42" (plus or minus an infinite margin for human error).
by John McKenna
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lionel Burrell the chess player
Replies: 44
Views: 2794

Re: Lionel Burrell the chess player

OK, Francis. Thanks, again, for your reply.
by John McKenna
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 29
Views: 1411

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

TOKYO Thurs. 27th Feb. 2020 A woman working as a tour bus guide in Japan tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time, Osaka's prefectural government said Thursday, the first person in the country to do so amid growing concerns about the spread of the infection. The second positive test co...
by John McKenna
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lionel Burrell the chess player
Replies: 44
Views: 2794

Re: Lionel Burrell the chess player

Hi Francis, can you give a bit more detail -

Which "local library"?

What 'movie'?

Thanks, John
by John McKenna
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 29
Views: 1411

Re: coronavirus leading to cancellation?

Looks like things could end up going that way, Danny. Perhaps smaller events might be able to continue in a worst case scenario. In Japan, which is obviously ahead of the UK in the spread of Covid-19 (see link below for details), the following two things have just occurred - Last weekend (Sat. 22 & ...