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This is such a good way to get people more familiar with BSL!
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Wow, this covers a lot in a few words, and highlights quite how little Boko Haram are understood by most (including myself).
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This may be the single greatest song I have heard this entire afternoon! Proper grand!
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Haha top man, ta Rik.
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Excellent (and simple) explanation of why I need feminism personally, rather than just to have a more equitable society. Fantastic.
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This certainly illustrates that sexism goes both ways but does nothing to convince me that feminism is the answer. As a brand it's tainted, whatever it once may have meant, because it does NOT include men. Generally if you bring up these issues to a feminist they will tell you patronisingly that all those things may be true but check your privilege. In other words "if it affects men its not a problem we need to worry about because women have it worse".

And I agree that women do have it worse. But by always talking down the sexism issues that affect men... Feminists push me away from their agenda.

Fortunately nothing they or any one else can say (like the equally frothy and tainted mens rights folk) will make me believe in anything other than gender equality.

So call yourself whatever the hell you like folks. Just be more aware of when you are making assumptions, don't be a dick, and I'm sure everything will be fine.

Oh, and +1 rik ;)
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I've done some training with (English) Civil War pikes and they're not as long as 25 feet but they go to about 18 feet, which is plenty long enough! They're useful in mass formations for defence (particularly against cavalry) and to present a formidable row of spikes to the enemy. Notably some regiments had shorter, 12-14" pikes, which proved a big disadvantage against other divisions of pike. 

The Macedonian pike (sarissa) was around 20 feet in length and was used very aggressively, again in large formations.

I would imagine that this would be used with others (armed with similar weapons) in a formation, either defensively or aggressively to attack, relying on intimidation and a mass of spikes/spear points to win ground.
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Wow. This is a frankly amazing version of the Radiohead song - far, far better than the depressive original (IMO). Brilliant!
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I'm surprised nobody's chimed in with this glorious demolition yet: Richard Cheese - Creep
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Is it bad that I would like to see "infrastructure"? 
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I would totally watch this...
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Goodness, this is rather fabulous! I'm not a Maroon Five fan, but this is excellent! Great video too :)
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I am sorry that this happened to you, and that this happens to anyone.

Street harassment and the normalisation of rape culture is not right and must stop.
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All bad. Everything about the whole situation is just bad. I've never called out to a woman or anyone else my whole life.   FFS, WHO DOES THAT?! More to the point why do they do it? I'll never understand our species. Never.
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This is an important topic, and one I wasn't really aware of (YouTube being used in this way). Thanks for raising it - I shall do what I can to spread the word!
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Interesting video, though I noted Richard I was missing (who I'd put at #1 personally!). James II was pretty terrible too, and...yeah, there are many other options!
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I'm not sure I'd put Richard I as no. 1, but he was certainly bad. He only spent six monthos of his ten year reign in England and he just used the country as a source of money for his crusades. Mind you, when he died it meant that John became king and he was probably even worse.
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There is something glorious about John talking about how words should be properly pronounced (since mispronouncing things is his thing!)
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Welcome to a world beyond sense. Welcome to...Sowdenation
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A man about town, and spread around assorted time periods - I sometimes feel like I'm successfully blagging at being an adult, but mostly just enjoy life, which seems to work for me!
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