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I've been using my Toshiba 13 Chromebook for 2 years, it's still a great laptop, but .. it's screen res isn't 1080p, it's not going to get the Android upgrade, and when your document gets to 100+ pages, it struggles a bit.

So time to upgrade. ???
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Truth

What is the truth ?

For far too many, the truth is what they think it is, it's agreement with them.

I see a lot of posts on G+ that come with the hash tag #truth, but rarely do I find much truth in them, only opinions, perspectives or ignorance.

Is it even possible to know what is and isn't truth ?

Lets take a commonly held belief "Benefit claimants are lazy".

You'll already have an opinion, before we look at it, you may even believe it to be true or false. You may caveat it with "many are" .. or "some are" ..

First thing to consider is the scope. Does the statement actually say ALL benefit claimants are lazy or some ? Straight off the bat, we hit a problem because unless we know, we cannot determine it's truth.

In reality, some people may use that statement but mean "Some", while others will mean "all", and context is all important. I would read it as meaning all, which is much easier to prove than some.

The second thing to consider is what lazy means. Each one of us will have our own view on what lazy is, but generally speaking we assume ourselves not lazy, therefore it's anybody who isn't as eager as ourselves. That means the statement is going to true or false depending on who's saying it.

So if I have a high opinion of my own work ethic, I may look at others and think most people are lazy, when actually I'm a workaholic. Equally, a person on benefits themselves may not see their level of interest in gaining employment as being particularly lazy. It's a matter of perspective.

So a better question is, where do you think you lie on the scale of lazy and workaholic ? I bet others wouldn't agree with your own thoughts !

Lets assume for a brief second that there was some way in which laziness could be correctly measured, is it possible to prove that ALL benefit claimants are lazy ?

As you've used the scope of "ALL", you therefore have to measure all to be 100% certain of your proof. You can't do that, so the next best thing is to measure a representative sample over a period of time, and try to come to a statistical proof that basically means "confident" of truth.
Being confident of a proof doesn't mean it's true, but it does mean you've done as much as you can to prove it, which is far better than blindingly believing a statement you quite like to be true.

Now I'm guessing most people who have an opinion about the statement won't have done any statistical analysis on this matter, so therefore they are unable to prove it, and it isn't a truth, merely an opinion.

But maybe you believe "most" are .. or "Some are" ..

"most" means more than 50%, so if there was an agreed way of measuring laziness (which there isn't) we could potentially measure it. Again, we cannot measure enough people to be 100% sure, we can only measure enough to be confident.

Some is much easier to prove, because some could be anything from 1 upwards, however while you may find that 1 person who you think is lazy, the fact laziness is not measurable using your own view of it, means again, it's not possible to say.

That was just a simple political statement that many people have a view on, yet .. as you can see, you simply cannot evidence it and as a result, it is a view based not on evidence but on your own perspective, and one you'd do well to not call truth.

Whenever anybody tells you something is true, apply exactly the same logic, break the statement down into it's component parts, think about the scope and ability to measure the statements claim, and then is if it's truth or opinion.

Opinions are not necessarily a bad thing, we all use our best judgement to get on in life, but an opinion that can't be questioned is the beginning of dogma.
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Free trade deal with China

One of the biggest news items of this week kind of passed us all by, no surprise really with all the madness being committed by deranged minds across Europe.

Barely have we caught our breaths from the UK's vote to leave the EU, diplomats and ministers have been on a world tour looking for potential new deals. Of course, we'd expect and hope they would after all they had promised, but a free trade deal with China caught my eye as being particularly ground changing.

One of the main reasons for low inflation and steady growth over the period of 1990-2008 was China, a huge growth in its industrial output, cheap labour costs kept manufacturing goods prices low, but it also had a negative impact. Living in the black country, it doesn't take long to see Britain once was like China, the workshop of the world, but no longer, and as a result there is a generation growing no longer able to find the manual work that was easily available in the 1960s.

Whilst UK manufacturing has declined significantly, there are still entire communities dependant on employers such as steel that will view this deal with grave concern. China can make steal at a fraction of the cost, and there is a political concern also about retention of the ability to manufacture goods which could be seen as critical to building an armed force up (does Britain want the Chinese to control what it can and cannot produce ??)

Free trade will bring even cheaper prices for the UK, and for industries that deal in quality products, access to what will eventually become the largest market on planet earth, so there is huge benefit for those areas, in particular luxury cars, branded items, insurance and banking.

So what's in it for China ?

Britain is one of the largest economies, but is only 1/10th of the EU market place, however this is where the deal comes in to it's own, and why Britain will remain in the EU's single market even if it has to pay for the privilege.

Outside of the EU, Britain can make its own trade deals, but by remaining inside of the EU's single market, it grants access to the single market through more favourable deals than dealing directly with the EU may give.

All this will no doubt irritate many parts of the EU, particularly if there is limits on EU citizens being able to take advantage of those jobs being provided to the UK for access to their own economies, so this is why I don't believe the UK can strike the kind of deal many who voted leave will have been expecting.

So in effect, the UK will become a rather large off-shore haven for access to the currently largest market place on earth, it's exit from the EU won't mean exit from the single market or an end to the free movement of many of the EU's citizens (even if there is a minor deal to let the Tories say they've taken some kind of control).

It will be interesting to see what price the EU demands for such an arrangement, as it won't come cheap, but all those Chinese plastic bits and bobs will ! Equally, what the political fall out of Leave not really meaning leave at all .. rather, EU membership in all but name.
Chancellor Philip Hammond insists EU is not in "punishment mode" over Brexit vote and tells the BBC he wants talks on developing a free trade relationship with China.
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Space Clouds
Poets through out history have sat pondering life while watching the clouds, astronomers though get a much more interesting view at the giant clouds that existing in space, called Nebula.

I'm guessing few of you will have ever seen one with your eyes before, and that's because almost all nebula are so faint, you can't see them without the aid of a Telescope or powerful binoculars.

There is one barely visible and in an easy to recognise place, the Orion nebula, situated just below the 3 central stars of Orion's belt, you can almost see it, although it will appear as little more than an odd smudge (if your eye sight is up to it!), take a look next time your out.
(a trick I learned as a youngster was to not look directly, but rather look with the side of your eyes. Apparently they are much more sensitive to light and can see things you can't when you look head on !!).

So what is a Nebula ? Unlike the clouds of earth which are mostly water, space clouds are made of all kinds of elements and reflect the make up of most stars. Mostly hydrogen, helium with lower concentrations of oxygen, nitrogen and a vast array of molecules including dust and ice.

Like clouds on earth, nebula are transient, they burst into existence on the death of a star, and slowly over time they dissipate, unless that is, they are dense enough to form their own gravitational attraction, in which case, given enough gas and enough of the right mix of material, a brand new star may form.

Below (picture) is the oldest ever recorded star death, in 1054 AD Chinese astronomers noted a bright star appearing briefly at this location in the sky, and over the last 1000 years the cloud has slowly spread out to form the beautiful blue/green and red colours.

The reason it's visible is because inside is the remnant of the star, still glowing and throwing out enough light to illuminate the gas which once made up the star itself.

Other nebula's have long since gone dark, and only visible because they obstruct another star or nebula.

Our own star, our planets and all that grow on it (including you) were once debris from a dead star just like the Crab Nebula. Every atom that makes you up, formed in the life and dramatic demise of a previous star that may have lived for billions of years before dying.

Now you'll know why when Astronomers go cloud watching, they have a rather different perspective on our place in the universe, and see the petty squabbles of our species as being as meaningless as watching two flies battle it out for supremacy of flight under the living room lampshade.
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Guilt by proxy

I hate you because ...

You invaded Iraq
You keep on killing innocent people
You turn a blind eye to the murder of Gays
You betrayed my people when you divide our land up
You committed outrageous atrocities towards the Jews
You murdered police officers

I could go on, and on and on .. the endless list of reasons for why we should be hated, guilty .. condemned.

I was in Saudi Arabia when I was asked "Why did you invade Iraq?" ..
I informed them I hadn't invaded Iraq, I hadn't even been anywhere near it (although, in more peaceable times I'd have loved to have done so).

It wasn't the answer they were wanting, and of course, the "YOU" really means "you British".

Guilty by association, they hated me, not because I had done anything particular, but because my Government had gone to war with the Government of Iraq.

Of course, they had no love for the Government of Iraq either, but they self identified with the Arab people of Iraq, who had indeed suffered greatly both under Saddam and then in the chaos that ensued since the invasion, and as a white British guy, I was guilty by association too, for the hardships caused, despite the fact I was in no way responsible.

What I'm getting at here is the tendency in us to find others guilty by proxy, we can't hit out at the people who really caused it, so we'll pick on somebody who maybe is part of that group. We'll assume they must have agreed with it, they must also be guilty because they didn't stop it.

In recent conversations I've head the same argument in reverse, that all Saudi people are animals because they allowed Gay people to be murdered, and they must agree with it, because they didn't protest about it, and maybe even thought it was a good thing.

Guilty by proxy, the assumption everybody agrees because nobody complained.

I have lived in Saudi Arabia and I can tell you, I completely understand why people don't speak out. I learned very fast that what is said isn't always what is thought, and rarely what is thought is ever said.

You can never assume guilt of others simply because their governments do things we consider barbaric, each person is an individual, able to reason themselves, we are not a bunch of drones controlled by our governments or culture.

Every Pakistani doesn't agree with Honour killings, just because one or two do it.
Every Saudi Arabian doesn't agree with torture just because their government uses it.
Every American doesn't agree with the death penalty, just because many of their states do practice it.
Every British person doesn't look proudly at all historical events and think it was all "Jolly good show", no more than we want a Tyrannical monarch to return and rule us all.

Nobody is guilty by proxy, but you may be guilty of assuming it.

Take each person as they come, assume nothing, and let their actions guide your moral view of them. The world would be a whole lot better if we just stopped hating people because we hate something somebody who looks similar did.
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But YOU did invade my country back then Just joking. :D

I agree with you, take each person as they come. And let the actions guide your moral view of them. 👍👍
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Sharia ignorance

Occasionally in politics, words take on a meaning all of themselves, in the past it was "Federalism" in relation to the EU, when in actual fact the whole point of federalism is to devolve power to the constituent states, however it was trotted out to mean the worst excesses of big government and the EU.

Another is "Fundamentalist", which is somebody who believes in the basic tenants of something, yet . .it has been used to describe the extremes (which often requires much more than the fundamentals to arrive at).

Sharia is another word which has taken on the complete opposite of its purpose, the idea of chopping off of limbs, forced marriages and women being punished for their own rape.

Yet, Sharia is none of those things at all, even if some people may abuse their positions to justify their acts.

So what is Sharia ?

The easiest way to think about it is the rules which Muslims try to live day to day with, no different really to any other religion, and most similar to Catholic methods of approaching a learned person for advice, guidance or confession.

So, you know your dying, you want to divide your estate fairly, you may approach a legal expert to discuss this. How you wish the division to occur is your legacy and choice, and this is the same with sharia, the Quran is very specific about inheritance and how its divided, but if you're not sure yourself you can ask somebody who's more knowledgeable, just to make sure you've got it right. The outcome of this is your deeds, not some barbaric punishment.

Equally in a dispute within a relationship where two parties claim their rights, a learned person may try to explain what rights and responsibilities are expected and attempt to mediate a fair resolution.

So, in many respects Sharia is not only a positive influence on many peoples lives, it's also in perfect harmony with Western law and rules.

However, clearly some people abuse this system, enforce cultural matters and their own brand of ignorance in order to grab power.
Muslims everywhere should challenge such people and they do ! But these are the matters which grab the attention of the press, and probably the people Newt wants to turn his fire on, rather than assuming there is a choice for all Muslims between Western law and Sharia, because there isn't.

So you can actually fully follow Sharia and abide by western law at the same time, and most amusingly, one of Sharia's better known edicts is for Muslims to respect the laws of their host nations as long as they are not being asked to do something outrageously and clearly unislamic.

So Newt, in following Sharia, Muslims actually want to be law abiding citizens .. so your test makes absolutely no sense what so ever.

In so many areas of our life the very same situation occurs, in fact, where ever somebody can hold some kind of power over you or your family, there is the potential for abuse of that. It happens in politics, at the work place, in the school ground, in all organisations of all sizes. There will always be bad cookies trying to abuse the system for their own gain, so bringing out examples of terrible decisions by corrupt people who abused Sharia doesn't invalidate Sharia, it invalidates those people.

I don't say all scientists are wrong because some theories have been proven wrong, yet we see wicked evil examples of people attributing their actions to their faith, and suddenly it's faith that is the problem. This is ignorance because where ever there are people, there will be power, and corrupt people will flock to it. Get rid of one, and they will just find another place to be evil.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggests testing all US Muslims to see if they believe in Sharia law, and deporting those who do.
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Democracy
It's not always what you think it is.

There's been a lot of assertions about democratic rights lately in the UK, be it the 52% who voted Leave, or was it the 37% ? The unelected prime minister who was actually elected, just not by you and the Labour party who's leader is chosen.. well, sort of.

The UK doesn't have a particularly strong history of referendum, unlike the swiss that vote on almost every aspect of their national life. Rather, it's a opportunity for a politician to divorce the decision from their political career, well, that is, until the result comes out unexpectedly against what you wanted or had planned for.

The question is, does not voting in such a referendum have a meaning ? Do you not vote because you don't care, or maybe because you don't know. You can take a view that you don't have a view, or that in not endorsing something you can morally say you took no part in it.
Either way, democracy is about choosing, but it can have contradictory methods of dealing with those who don't take part.

I think it's dangerous to assume it's a lack of interest, in the UK particularly there is a huge issue with people not seeing the point. If you live in an area that ALWAYS returns the same party, it's tempting to believe there is no point, then you look at the turn out and discover the same guy is getting in with 35% of the vote every single time, the majority of people are not even voting. Is that democratic if all those people didn't vote because they didn't believe the system would work (even when it would have).

I met many people who didn't vote in the referendum because they believed the outcome was going to be REMAIN, and much more people who never vote in elections because their area is one party or another. Vote .. make a difference, even if it's just up'ing the numbers of the other guy, it's worth it, because next time that increased opposition may encourage others.

Then there is the matter of the Prime Minister. Nobody in the UK votes for the prime minister (even if they think they do) unless they happen to live in his/her constituency. You vote for a local representative (MP) which is affiliated to a party, that may or may not vote on issues as his or her party requests.

So, all this talk of Theresa May not being elected is ridiculous, she was voted for by the people of Maidenhead, in the same way as you didn't elect any of the previous prime ministers unless you lived in their area. But this underlines a problem in British politics, as I have heard people saying "I'm voting for Cameron" in the past, when they meant they are voting for his party, it seems many of the British electorate don't realise they are not actually voting for the prime minister, but only a minion who sits behind them (or against) who may or may not at some point in the future defend or challenge them.

Finally the issue of electoral stuffing. Democracy is great, until it's used as a mechanism to get your man in. A mass movement can easily convince its members to join a process, thus skewing the "democratic" choice to their wish. In doing so, you select a leader who represents the group, but not the electorate as a whole, and create a cult leader who won't lead you to electoral victory, rather, who agree's with you on everything.

One of the problems is, people who are politically active tend to be more passionate about being a member of something, rather like the guy in a group meeting that likes to talk, they will hold everybody to their views and get what they want, leading the rest to just go elsewhere.

The majority are not always right, but it's the best method of choosing, but when the majority isn't even the majority, democracy starts to fall apart.
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Pokémon Go, is it all a waste of your life ?

An interesting article with some truths, when it comes down to it, Pokémon Go is about activity, the more you play, the better you become.

It's not an original idea at all, anybody who plays any online MMOG is going to know, the more time you invest, the more you will progress.

Games such as Astroempires have been doing this for years, if you want to succeed you don't necessarily need skill, just the ability to be online as much as you can.

When you look at these games like that, you probably come to the same conclusion as the article writer, that it's a monumental waste of life in a game that you'll never win or ever be the top dog unless you have no life.

Yet, I've played these games for years, have made some fantastic friends and thoroughly enjoyed it, and no, I never made it to number 1, nor did I ever have any real wish to.

If you are playing Pokémon to be the best, then yes, give up now, you won't be ! unless you're ready to give your entire life up to the cause of merely being top dog.

But I'm not convinced that's what people are playing it for, certainly I am not, nor do I feel I am in competition with anybody. It's not taking over my life, and apart from the odd moment of hanging around pokestops because I've ran out of pokeballs, it's not really changed my behavior or become anything other than a bit of fun, and a window into another world where some people close to me happen to frequent.

However, it is true to say, any activity can take over your life, any obsession be that playing computer games or any other activity which requires a lot of time investment. What we get out of it isn't always the sum of the activity, general happiness and contentment, de-stressing and other psychological needs can be a huge benefit to people.

So I say, keep on catching them all .. at least, until the next fad takes your fancy.
The first few days were exciting. But now that I've hit level 10, it's time to stop before Pokémon Go consumes my entire life.
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First Person Perspective

First person perspective involves creating a view as if the character you are playing was looking out, rather than a character you control which is visible on the screen.

It's often said that the Genre started with 3D Wolfenstein in the early 1990's, however games as early as the 1980s were using this technique, although mostly for space or tank styled games, not human characters.

I've included some screen shots from the original offerings and the up to date versions, you'll certainly notice the huge amount of difference, however, the mechanics of the game are pretty much unchanged, it's still a first person perspective game, it just looks a whole lot more like reality, with a whole lot more to render within the 50th of a second that your monitor screens update at.

The ability to re-create reality as a model which you can move around and interact with was one of games biggest technical achievements, even in the original Elite, despite the vector styled graphics, you got a perspective of the size of space between objects. The great thing about computers is, you don't actually have to model "Nothing" .. you simply use coordinates and only model the objects. So 5 Light years of nothing took up no RAM at all to model, although each objects coordinates would need to be large enough to appreciate the distance.

Not long after Elite, a variety of games began to shade the spaces within objects, using different styles to represent shadows. This was tricky at the time because early 8bit computers were not known for their speed ! and the last thing you'd want is for the screen to take several seconds to render each frame, leaving the player feeling like they are wading through treacle (seen it on many games sadly).

As computers got faster, 16bit processors, more memory etc, that shading turned to drawing bitmaps. If you look at the 3D Wolfenstein image closely, you'll notice the walls are all made of the same picture of stones that are painted into the gaps. It game a much more realistic feel to the game, but could make places all look a bit similar.

Doom 2 takes this technique and adds some, in fact, A LOT more bitmaps. Exactly the same technique, they just spent a lot more time producing a lot more bitmaps to ensure things didn't feel quite the same.

Fast forward to 2016 and bitmaps are still used, although we tend to refer to them as "Skin", which of themselves can be made up of millions of independent bitmaps, each bit able to stretch and shrink to render a surface in many different ways. Light sourcing alters the intensity of the shades, characters follow rendering engines that follow programmed laws of physics to ensure everything looks and feels as if it's reality, and as our brains would expect.

But, it's still the same game.. run around, chase things, shoot things, stay alive, and with elite .. trade :)

These techniques have been used in the airline industry for many many years, as flight simulators. I had the chance to look at one of BA's flight simulators some years ago when I worked there, and it wasn't particularly different from some of the best flight simulator games I'd seen at that time, except the hardware setup was that of the real airplane !! Beats a Kempston joystick anytime.

Simulating reality has countless applications, particularly in training and intelligence. The ability to view the battle field in real time as things happen, with all the players rendered in real time certainly takes Sun Tzu's philosophy to another level ! Know your enemy but know yourself first.

Outside of the military, the same techniques are used in virtual reality headsets, and moving forward can be used with drones and augmented reality to give a controller the actual perspective of the drone, while it is being controlled.

This technology will ultimately replace many tasks we humans find difficult, not just cleaning the reactor tanks of nuclear power stations, but as costs drop, unblocking the sewers and pretty much any drone based automated task could be ran and controlled both using AI and virtual reality human interface.

First person perspective is a much more natural interface for us humans, as it's the way we live our lives, not looking down on ourselves moving about, not looking at a side view of us jumping around, but looking at a 120 degree section of the world around us, and moving our heads to see more. It means things, just like in real life, can sneak up on us, catch us out, something used to big effect in many games, quite by design !! :)
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Platforms meets Adventures

10 Input "What would you like to do next?";i$
20 print "Sorry, I do not understand!"
30 Goto 10

This was the joke I once saw in a comical magazine from the 1980s. For those of you who can remember the text based adventure games (such as Hobbit screen shot below), you'll remember the constraints in what you could actually tell the computer when asked "What would you like to do next".

However, adventure games were amazing, they were able to take you to a world where exploration and puzzles were the name of the game.

Around the same time, another famous genre was all the rage, the platform game.. Donkey Kong, Manic Miner and even games like Frogger, where you move your character to different levels, jump bad guys and try to make some goal (like collecting all the key's or reaching a door).

Then along came a mixed genre, that mixed the exploration, the puzzles and the platforms, the age of Magic Knight (Finders Keepers, Spellbound, Knight Tyme and Stormbringer), and other classics such as the Dizzy series.

Not only did you have a real character who could jump around, avoid nasties but there were objects to collect, puzzles and riddles to solve, things which had to be done in logical order to complete the game.

For example, In spellbound you needed to get Thor (pictured below) to go to the broken lift, and asking him to help would result in him using his hammer to fix it.

Part of the appeal of games like Spellbound and Dizzy was the large array of items placed all around and not being 100% sure which was needed, which wasn't.
My experience has been that the "Sticky Bun" generally wasn't the best thing to pick up, as you couldn't put it down again.

When we look at such games, and as fun as they are, what we are really learning is a set of rules. In real life thankfully we can put the sticky bun down again, but imagine you wanted to educate employee's about rules and regulations, but rather than giving them a rather dull and dry document to sign in blood (which they won't read or follow or understand) you get them to run a game where they are taught the rules as they go through.
Most of us don't need to know that much in terms of rules, but in some industries it's vital that people are kept up to date with the latest rules and regulations, and such tools could make it much more interesting to learn.

In Spellbound you need to keep some of the characters happy, otherwise they won't make it. In the laboratories you need to keep machines stocked with chemicals so they do the tests (and the correct chemicals at that) .. So you can see how the concepts can easily be moved into an interactive, fun yet actual serious application of teaching rules and regulations.

I still have a soft spot for this old genre, it was limited, fairly basic to design and render, but fun .. and yes, the spell Quiticus Gamus did exactly what you'd imagine :D

For those interested or nostalgic, if you can bare the ZX Spectrum's music (it was 1986 after all) .. enjoy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0tMUGhghg0
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Games if used correctly have the power to enrich our lives, and even more so if Autism is impacting on your life.

This lovely story shows how one youngster was able to make friends he otherwise would never have had the chance to.

Keep on gaming !!
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Can Sid Meier's Civilzation teach us all History

For those not familiar with Sid Meier's Civilization, it is a turn based game of epic proportions. Starting at the dawn of civilization, you found your first city and from there you face decisions, to explore, to build, to research science, to defend yourself .. and of course, to build more cities.

There is a wide selection of real earth based Civilizations, both past and present to choose from. You build, you fight, you expand and invent your way to the modern world.

But can such games teach us History ?

Turn based games obviously are limited in that each player takes it in turn to play out their moves, while reality everybody does what they want at the same time, however as a mechanism for controlling the flow of the game, it's a simplification which allows many other complicated matters to be modelled far better. For example, diplomacy is easier when you take it in turns to speak, it would be rather chaotic trying to negotiate a trade deal with England whilst having the Chinese complain about our new cities being too close and the Russians declaring war on us .. because .. they are the Russians.

Equally, it allows you to spend a little time considering your next move in response to the actions of others, rather like Chess. Real life can be a bit of a mixed bag, with some situations leaving little or no time to react, whilst others become obvious as time goes on.

The construct of the game puts you in charge of several matters, military, economy, science development and diplomacy. Each one a factor in what is going on, very much similar to the real world.

The inclusion of historical civilizations, historical wonders of the world, historical city names and personalities certainly does build the picture, and gives you a glimpse of a past time in a way a crusty History teacher could never do. Some wonders of the world you'll have all come across, others you may not, and it's that which makes Civilization so interesting, because it encourages you to go away and find out more. Who were the Mongols, what was the hanging gardens of Babylon, was there really a giant lighthouse in Alexandria ?

Civilization will introduce you to concepts, although it won't teach you dates and events, those concepts may spurn further enquiry, and a love for history you never knew you had.

What Civilization does teach you beyond all other things is, that what exists today is but a passing phase, no nation has a God given right to supremacy, and generally those who think they do end fairly quickly not so long after.

It's a just a game, modelled on reality, that will lead you to find out things real life probably wouldn't ever have made you think about.
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I love to get to know new people, so everybody is invited to add me, follow my posts, comment and say Hello from time to time. If you post interesting stuff or don't have dodgy photos I'll almost certainly add you back.

I'm an IT and Science geek, so I will write quite a lot about it, if your into the same, your ideas and thoughts are always welcome, if not, you can troll a little for fun ;) I won't mind :D

Most of all, enjoy life and have fun. 
Bragging rights
I survived hell, twice !
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Google Keep
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Quickly create, access and organize notes, lists and photos with Google Keep. All your notes are automatically stored in Drive.

Google - Google Play'de Android Uygulamaları
market.android.com

Android için Google uygulaması: Web'de ve cihazınızda ihtiyacınız olan şeyi bulmanın en hızlı, en kolay yolu.• Web'de, telefonunuzda veya ta

Google Drive - Aplicaciones Android en Google Play
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Empieza a utilizar Google Drive de forma gratuita y accede a todos tus archivos desde cualquier teléfono inteligente, tablet o computadora.

Waze social GPS Maps & Traffic – Apps para Android no Google Play
market.android.com

Waze é o maior aplicativo de navegação e trânsito do mundo baseado em uma comunidade. Junte-se aos outros motoristas em sua área e compartil

Twilight – Android Apps on Google Play
market.android.com

Are you having trouble falling asleep? Are your kids hyperactive when playing with the tablet before bed time? Are you using your smart phon

TuneIn Radio - Aplicaciones Android en Google Play
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Escucha la colección de deportes, noticias, música y programación hablada más grande del mundo. TuneIn ofrece más de 100,000 estaciones verd

Truecaller - Caller ID & Block – Android Apps on Google Play
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Truecaller helps identify unknown incoming calls, block unwanted calls through a community based spam list, where users helps report unwante

Textra SMS – Android апликације на Google Play-у
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Let's face it, the stock Android Messaging app really sucks! So time to try something new, but it has to be pretty special, right? It's here

Nationwide Mobile Banking – Android Apps on Google Play
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The Nationwide Mobile Banking app makes it even easier to stay in control of your finances. It lets you quickly and easily check your balanc

Bản đồ - Các ứng dụng dành cho Android trên Google Play
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Ứng dụng Google Maps được thiết kế mới dành cho điện thoại và máy tính bảng Android giúp cho việc điều hướng thế giới của bạn nhanh hơn và d

Libra - Gestor de Peso – Apps para Android no Google Play
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Libra monitoriza o seu peso diário e apresenta-o num belo gráfico interactivo- Entrada de dados simples - Gráfico interactivo com capacidade

Inbox by Gmail - Android Apps on Google Play
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Inbox by Gmail requires an invite. Email inbox@google.com to request one. Your email inbox should help you live and work better, but instead

Hangouts - Android Apps on Google Play
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Use Hangouts to keep in touch. Message friends, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group. Say m

Google Play Music – Android Apps on Google Play
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Google Play Music makes it easy to discover, play and share the music you love on Android and the web. With our new subscription service, yo

Google Notizen – Android-Apps auf Google Play
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Halten Sie schnell Ihre Gedanken fest und erhalten Sie später zum richtigen Zeitpunkt oder am richtigen Ort eine Erinnerung. Sprechen Sie ei

Google Fit - Google Play Android 應用程式
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• 只要隨身攜帶手機,即可掌握您的步行、跑步和騎乘自行車等相關活動紀錄。達成您的健身目標 • 設定時間目標或步數目標,並瞭解您的當日進度。 • Fit 會根據活動效果為您提供活動目標建議。全面掌握您的健身情況 • 將第三方裝置和應用程式與 Fit 設定連結,您就可以透過單一介面查

CPU-Z – Android Apps on Google Play
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Android version of the popular CPU identification tool for PC/Windows., CPU-Z is a free application that reports information about your devi

Marvin - ZX Spectrum Emulator - Android Apps on Google Play
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World's first Android ZX Spectrum Emulator - full 48/128k Spectrum emulation - accurate timing, 100% speed, 50 fps - high quality 48k and AY

Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal - Android Apps on Google Play
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Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the world’s most popular health and fitness app! With the largest food database by far (over 5,000,000 foods)

Unreal Speccy Portable
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Portable ZX Spectrum emulator supports Z80 128K (Pentagon) AY/YM, Beeper, BetaDisk, Tape, Kempston Joystick/Mouse, Snapshots.

Lovely school, great teachers and facilities.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Occasionally drinks can be a little Luke warm if given in mugs, so I always ask for take out cups, and that seems to have resolved the issue. Apart from that it's a quiet Costa.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Lovely staff, very nice seating inside.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
It's Nandos, does pretty much what you'd expect. Food delivered in good time, not too busy.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
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Love visiting Akbar's, excellent curry and great large naans
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
My favourite Starbucks.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Come here often, fantastic service and lovely food. Highly recommended
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago