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by Michael Farthing
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 113
Views: 4456

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Even if Council votes for it, large swathes of English chess will just ignore it anyway and carry on regardless. After all, almost all of English chess has shown zero appetite to introduce their own policies so far, which they have been perfectly at liberty to do without the ECF Board being involve...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nominations sought for post of Chairman of Council
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Re: Nominations sought for post of Chairman of Council

Nick, Should you wish a vote there are currently three* unrepresented organisations whom you could approach (though they might tell you how to vote). * as listed on the base voting register document of the Council papers on the ECF website. PS For the avoidance of any suspicion, I have requested tha...
by Michael Farthing
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nominations sought for post of Chairman of Council
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Re: Nominations sought for post of Chairman of Council

Errr... Well (oh, that's retro now isnt it? I mean "so"), So, me.
by Michael Farthing
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 43687

Re: Chess history trivia

FWIW my also not comprehensive modern Greek-English dictionary, published 1978, does give σφυρον (with accent on the second syllable, which I am too lazy to include) as a meaning for ankle. If you put it into google images, then you get a mixture of hammers and ankles appearing. That's interesting ...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 43687

Re: Chess history trivia

Nice one David, butl we all know that Google Translate is a load of .... :) My (not very comprehensive) Modern Greek dictionary gives σφυρα as both a feminine word for hammer and neuter plural for ankles (distinguishable by a difference in where the stress is). Rather puzzlingly it does not list the...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment
Replies: 120
Views: 12112

Re: Complaint to ECF Board about CEO Mike Truran re. Development Officer appointment

I think Paul's question mark gives the clue that he is intentionally being a bit mischievous with this suggestion.
by Michael Farthing
Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3056
Views: 137994

Re: The English Language

Your explanation makes sense to me Andy. If we think of other absolute conditions it certainly fits. He was quite dead (not partly dead or even nearly dead). He was quite determined. It's an interesting example and one that caused me problems when, in the way that was common in our youth, I was pres...
by Michael Farthing
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 43687

Re: Chess history trivia

Alice Liddell, daughter of the then Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, was the inspiration for the central character in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and its chess-themed sequel Through The Looking Glass, And What Alice Found There . [Edited to get the titles exactly right.] I must a...
by Michael Farthing
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER STATEMENT
Replies: 11
Views: 934

Re: ECF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER STATEMENT

The EC Forum started life with the blessing of the ECF... For what it's worth, this isn't accurate. The Board agreed there should be a facility through which Directors would make announcements and respond to queries but no proposal for a forum was ever put to or agreed by the Board. As I understand...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'Go' master quits
Replies: 9
Views: 851

Re: 'Go' master quits

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:58 am
In other news, Usain Bolt has retired because he realises that he cannot compete with Lewis Hamilton.
:lol:
by Michael Farthing
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER STATEMENT
Replies: 11
Views: 934

Re: ECF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER STATEMENT

The EC Forum started life with the blessing of the ECF but following some disagreement was .. er well, disowned. However, that was not the can of worms. During the Phil Ehr years the ECF started its own forum as it regarded this one as - I've genuinely forgotten the word, senior moment - anyway "not...
by Michael Farthing
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Election 2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2611

Re: General Election 2019

A minor quibble, David, but you have changed the terms of reference. The original specification stated "a contemporary at Cambridge" not "a contemporary at Queens ", thus fooling me into considering a Churchillian. [PS I always thought Queens was Queens' (ie a plural possessive). Is this wrong?]
by Michael Farthing
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Election 2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2611

Re: General Election 2019

Er... "Dispute over his non-membership of the House of Lords" (or is that the point you were making?) No, I wasn't making any point other than the words written. I know nothing about this dispute and haven't seen him since 1975. Even then, though I have probably spoken to him on various occasions, ...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Election 2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2611

Re: General Election 2019

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:23 pm
I assume you are not referring to a hereditary peer?
Well I can think of one such that I suspect would have been known to David:

Christopher, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
by Michael Farthing
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Election 2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2611

Re: General Election 2019

David Robertson wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:17 pm
go where the power lies: approach the Arbiters' Nexus
Oh dear oh dear! It's not an Arbiters' nexus. A nexus has to join things. It's an arbiter-organiser nexus - specifically the hyphen in the middle.