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GUEST,Jim Carroll Speaking ill of the dead. (140* d) RE: Speaking ill of the dead. 26 Oct 07

Those who think this has degenerated into a vaccuuous slanging match are, of course right, it has become somewhat out of hand and irrelevant, my fault as much as anybody's. I mistakenly took the question in general terms and hadn't realised it was aimed specifically at Alex Campbell - a perfectly valid and laudable topic, of course.
People have said what they thought of Campbell and as far as I'm concerned, that's it.
Unlike others, I did not detect any nastiness; over-enthusiasm maybe, but that is as it should be; we'd all be fairly colourless if we didn't step over the line of our enthusiasms about who and what we respect occasionally.
I'm am sure Bryn didn't intend his 'Capting' comment nastily; I certainly didn't. I assumed we were all old enough to remember 'The Goon Show', where it originated, and I also assumed we all had a sense of humour - maybe not, on both counts.
Personally, I find tags rather unnecessary and am occasionally tempted to take a rise out of them; Countess Di and WMD, (both of whom I respect greatly) for instance. I would be far more comfortable addressing people by their real names - but that's me.
One problem for me is that I always manage to get drawn into harangues with Dick Miles; totally pointless, as we appear to be light years apart in our opinions, and I suspect he gets as little out of them as I do.
I am tempted to say it won't happen again, but I suppose it shall.
Sorry if I have given any offence, I didn't intend to.
Jim Carroll

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