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Jude
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Wanted: All-in-one landlord, pub manager and monarch for remote U.K. island
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Have you ever wanted to be crowned king or queen? A council in England might have a job for you.

But if you take the gig, you'll move to a remote British island with a population of exactly two, get drenched with beer, and be the caretaker and landlord of a centuries-old pub.

Oh, and the monarch title is purely symbolic.
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The person who gets the job will also be crowned monarch of the island, Murphy said. It's not an official part of the council's job description, but Murphy says it's tradition.

It dates back to 1487, when Lambert Simnel, a 10-year-old pretender to the throne of England, camped overnight on Piel with 4,000 mercenaries on their way to London to claim the throne.

They were roundly defeated during the Battle of Stoke Field in Nottinghamshire, the last battle of the Wars of the Roses. The young would-be king was spared and pardoned, and later went on to be King Henry's falconer.
Incidentally, Lambert Simnel was pretending to be Richard, Duke of York, one of the two princes in the tower that mysteriously disappeared under suspicious circumstances in 1483.
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Fast forward to the mid-1800s and "some of the local fishermen were sitting in the bar with a glass of very strong lemonade, and they were thinking, 'Well, if we can't have a future king of England, we'll have our own king of the island,'" Murphy said.

"So a decision was made that any landlord or any landlady, in turn, will be knighted king."

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I didn't know England had its own false dead prince pretenders.

Jude probably knows about Russia's false Dmitry from Boris Godunov.

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I know about him from Mussorgsky's opera.

England had quite a lot of pretenders right after the princes disappeared. Also there were the Stuart pretenders, who weren't really pretenders but were the genuine heirs to the throne if you go buy primogeniture, but were disbarred on account of being Catholic. Because who doesn't need a civil war.

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Honestly, right?

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Soooo tempted.....

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You would be very hard pressed to find a more ridiculous headline than this one.

"‘90 Day Fiancé’ star retires from selling farts after heart attack scare"
https://nypost.com/2022/01/04/tv-star- ... lth-scare/


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If you needed any more proof that we are approaching peak idiocy...

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That seems to be behind a paywall. Can you post the gist of it?

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Its a sort of Ethics Agony Aunt column.
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A Co-Worker Told a Sexist Joke. Should You Be Disciplined for Laughing?
The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on how human resources should handle a reflex reaction to an inappropriate remark — and more.

By Kwame Anthony Appiah
Jan. 4, 2022
In a company staff meeting, a regional manager made a joking remark that was unquestionably inappropriate for that setting. It was sexist in nature but quite witty and clever. While many of us in the meeting groaned in disbelief, three employees laughed out loud. The manager has been suspended by human resources. Should the people who laughed at the comment, two men and one woman, also be disciplined? Is a reflex reaction to a comment less egregious than “liking” an objectionable social media post? Name Withheld, Bedford, N.Y.

Pressing “like” on a social media post is something people do on their own time. I’m inclined to think that employers have been too eager to make after-hours activity their business; as scholars like Elizabeth Anderson and Jeannette Cox show us, such monitoring comes at a serious cost to the freedom of expression we think we enjoy. By contrast, management has a legitimate interest in the way people behave at company meetings, because it directly affects the workplace atmosphere. Employees shouldn’t be made to feel uncomfortable because of things like gender, sexual orientation, race or religion — and, of course, there are legal as well as ethical aspects to the stricture. It’s wrong, however, to penalize someone for laughing at a joke, not the least because laughter is sometimes a response to shocked embarrassment. The job of human resources, in any case, is to assess our conduct, not to plumb our souls. Making that inappropriate remark was clearly a choice, as laughing at it might not have been. The penalty paid by the speaker in question sufficiently communicates that the company intends to avoid creating a hostile work environment.

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Hungry badger may have uncovered Roman coins in Spanish cave

The article claims the badger was "desperately" foraging for food. Badger was unavailable for comment on its state of mind at the time.

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What, no diaeresis on the a? I am shocked! Shocked, I tell you!

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Jude wrote: *  Mon 02 May , 2022 12:20 am
What, no diaeresis on the a? I am shocked! Shocked, I tell you!
I think that's because it's Middle (or Old?) English, not transliterated Quenya.


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"Researchers who study dolphins are well aware of the animals’ sexual proclivities, such as rubbing their genitals on toys or inserting their penises into objects, animate and inanimate. They often use their penises for tactile interactions, Dr. Reiss says. She has even observed male bottlenose dolphins trying to penetrate the blowhole of a rescued pilot whale in an aquarium. It’s possible, she added, that the males tried to insert their penises into the snake."

Funny how you could swap the word "dolphin" for "human" there.


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