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Rik Sowden
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This is amazing! Someone should get me this for a lovely present :D
 
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You always get the best gifts!

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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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Excellent (and simple) explanation of why I need feminism personally, rather than just to have a more equitable society. Fantastic.

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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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I'm not a specialist in scientific history but this looks legit to me...

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I am involved in a research project over the next two weeks and would appreciate your help.

Please take a moment to complete a survey focusing on technology and its impact on world security - it should take five to ten minutes only.

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Birmingham Project SurveyThis survey is being conducted by a group of first-year students at the University of Birmingham as part of the Birmingham Project, an interdisciplinary research project where students work to "tackle a real world challenge set by a University of Birmingham academic". In this case our area of focus is on technology and world security, with a specific focus on military applications of technology. To this aim, we are asking some questions about 'w...
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Whoops, thanks for that!

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Is it bad that I would like to see "infrastructure"? 

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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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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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  • University of Birmingham
    Undergraduate Admissions Officer, Web Officer, 2002 - present
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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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