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Greetings from Scotland

Postby reddragon70 » Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:11 am

Hi there,

I am Iain and I am a train driver. God that sounds like something from Alcoholics Anonymous. Anyway its the truth, also I am a fan of Harlan Ellison and have been for a long number of years numbering in the 20's. I was fortunate enough to find a paperback of Shatterday at a jumble sale and bought it. From there on the rest is history.

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Postby Jan » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:12 am

Welcome Iain - hope you like the place. We're always trying to improve it but it's hard. :) Lots of US politics here right now, as you have seen.

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Postby reddragon70 » Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:19 am

Hmmm yes I had noticed that there was a kind of lean towards the political debate going on. Is there an election on or something ;)

Frankly I feel the same about American polititians as I feel about Brittish polititians. Theyre all shifty, untrustworthy bastards who will lie through their teeth to get you to vote for them and once theyre in will promptly ignore you in favour of some high paying political lobbyist. Or maybe I am just getting cynical?

Anyway most Americans tend to view me with suspision because I am a socialist. Not, I must add, a communist.... That was my grandmothers thing not mine.

All I can say is no matter who wins your election, I hope he does a better job than his predesessor.

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Postby paul » Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:51 am

Howdy RD. Welcome to the boards.
New Ellison readers are always welcome. If you like spirited conversation about HE's writing, the S.P.I.D.E.R. forums can give you a plethora of opinion on the deeper meaning of Ellison's stories, much of which is quite insightful and interesting.

Do you freelance work or do you drive for a company?


reddragon70 wrote:Frankly I feel the same about American polititians as I feel about Brittish polititians. Theyre all shifty, untrustworthy bastards who will lie through their teeth to get you to vote for them and once theyre in will promptly ignore you in favour of some high paying political lobbyist.
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All I can say is no matter who wins your election, I hope he does a better job than his predesessor.


That's putting it New-Poster Mildly. You're gonna fit in here just fine. :lol:
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Postby Moderator » Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:22 am

Red Dragon (Iain) -
An enthusiastic welcome. As Jan will tell you, we're in dire need of some European voices.

As a resident of the LA metro area, I sincerely hope you do not read Harlan while driving the trains, but otherwise I'm thrilled you're enjoying! (We've had enough of distracted train drivers here, as you may have heard in the news.)

And as for our election and campaign, I'm of the considered opinion a semi-trained chimp would be better than our current Prez. (Of course, there are some who insist that a "trained chimp" is precisely what he is...)

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Postby Peggy » Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:20 am

Welcome Iain! Where in Scotland do you live? I spent several years in Aberdeen and thorough enjoyed the whole of Scotland (we traveled around quite a lot).
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Postby markabaddon » Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:38 pm

Iain, welcome to the madhouse
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Postby David Loftus » Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:17 am

Welcome aboard, Iain!

I love Scotland, and wish I could visit sometime. The missuz and I are planning a trip that will have us in London for a week next year, but I don't think we'll get up to your neck of the woods. Furthest north I've made it is Newcastle, and I were but a lad then.

If you would permit me a very stupid question: Is there a pertinent difference between Ian and Iain? Does one or the other imply the bearer hails from a particular part of the globe?
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Postby Jan » Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:56 am

Well, my heart's in the highlands, gentle and fair
Honey suckle bloomin' in the wildwood air
Bluebells blazin' where the Aberdeen waters flow
Well, my heart's in the highlands, I'm gonna go there when
I feel good enough to go.

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Re: Greetings from Scotland

Postby David Loftus » Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:29 am

reddragon70 wrote:I am Iain and I am a train driver.


P.S. The first time I pulled up this page, my eyes raced over your post and registered "truck driver," so I was puzzled by Steve Barber's subsequent post that referred to trains.

I grew up playing with electric trains that my Dad financed and fostered in a large attic space for me and my brothers.

When he was small, my youngest brother used to say he was going to be an "engineer driver" when he grew up. Really! we'd tease him: "You're going to drive engineers?"
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus

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Postby Steve Evil » Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:32 pm

A Socialist eh? You should get along fine with Frank Church and I, who are always hitting that particular ping-ball around, to the chagrin of many. (I'm currently annoying people over at the "Science vs. Religion" thread).

Wilcomen, comrade!

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Postby Chuck Messer » Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:45 am

Hi, Iain! I just wanted to add a laurel and hearty handshake to welcome you to the Webderland. This is becoming a more world-wide website, isn't it? I think you'll find our group very interesting.

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Postby reddragon70 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:22 pm

Let me see. I grew up in Clydebank, near Glasgow. Famous for a couple of things really. The QE2 was built there. Wet Wet Wet are from there and went to my school (ok thats a tad embarrassing). And the actor Fulton McKay is from there (and also went to my school).

Nowaday though I live in Dumfries, near the border with England. Also a famous place of sorts. Robert Burns the great Scots poet lived here for a while. JM Barrie who wrote Peter Pan grew up here. And it was nearby that the infamous Sawney Bean lived and murdered travellers, taking them to his caves where he and his family ate them. Lovely.

The difference between Ian and Iain is that my spelling is the old Scots spelling now going out of fashion, sadly. The Ian spelling is also more common amongst the English than the Scots

If anyone has a Myspace account I can also be found there under the user name Stumpylad which is a long and not very interesting story LOL

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Postby Douglas Harrison » Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:04 pm

Howdy, Iain, and welcome.

My late father dearly loved Scotland. So much so that I was named for the Black Douglas and my brother for another Scottish hero. Dad would've liked the spelling of your name.

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Postby Jan » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:03 am

Iain we forgot to tell you that you must write a minimum of three posts per day or Steve will cancel all your privileges and report you to Harlan.


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