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Old 09-04-2013, 11:16 AM   #21
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Oh dear Phalange, I'm sorry you should resort to being publicly offensive. I'll PM you sometime and we can continue this privately.

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Old 09-04-2013, 07:34 PM   #22
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Horse racing has be to the most boring sport in history, surely?

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Old 09-04-2013, 08:36 PM   #23
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Horse racing has be to the most boring sport in history, surely?
No,that title has to go to golf! :D

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Old 10-04-2013, 12:28 AM   #24
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Boring for some Enthused, but I doubt so for a steeplechase jockey in a race like the National, pounding along at up to 40 mph and wondering if you're going to survive the next fence - and knowing that if you do come off you'll almost certainly be landing on your head at speed (not good) and that if you survive that there'll be other horses coming over the jump behind you which may very well trample you.

I certainly wouldn't find it boring, though I don't actually ride. But each to their own. And I presume you really mean boring to watch - entirely your choice. For the record, I personally find soccer boring - but of course there are millions out there who don't, and good luck to them.

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Old 10-04-2013, 12:54 AM   #25
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Horse racing has be to the most boring sport in history, surely?
Thats why you bet money :3




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Old 10-04-2013, 09:49 AM   #26
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Exploiting the fight-flight response doesn't sound too good to me - say what you like, but that is really totally one perspective on how it is. Boring, maybe or maybe not. But dangerous, yes. I guess many people don't find dangerous boring.

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Old 10-04-2013, 09:55 AM   #27
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Im not sure its exploiting flight-fight. The horses arent running because theyre scared or want to get out of a situation.




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Old 10-04-2013, 10:02 AM   #28
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I mean for the riders and spectators, what Tony was describing above re the boringness/lack of. And in turn the horses get exploited to feed this for the humans involved. Does that at least make sense?

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Ah, I dont think thats the case either!




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Old 10-04-2013, 10:31 AM   #30
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That's how I interpreted what Tony was saying, coming from what I know about trauma. :)

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Old 10-04-2013, 01:27 PM   #31
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I just always thought it was a bunch of toffs getting together and guffawing over how great the Tories are. Oh wells

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Old 10-04-2013, 01:28 PM   #32
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Not at all!




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Old 10-04-2013, 01:29 PM   #33
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Oh well. You live and learn

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Old 10-04-2013, 06:56 PM   #34
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I wonder Enthused, what the reaction would be if someone were to refer in a post to a bunch of plebs getting together and, say, sneering at those who've made a better go of life than they have themselves. Outrage I suspect! But are you any better?

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Old 10-04-2013, 07:08 PM   #35
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To be honest I'm not really bothered.

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Old 10-04-2013, 07:23 PM   #36
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Plus I was only joking with Liv. No need to get all defensive.

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Old 11-04-2013, 12:07 AM   #37
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Of course Enthused, have your bit of fun and the site will be the better for it. But as someone who takes an interest in the way the English language develops, and also in current social mores, I find it interesting that part of the population seems free to be able to accuse another part of being toffs as a form of denigration while said toffs cannot respond by calling their accusers of being plebs without howls of outrage (ask Andrew Mitchell, who denies using the term anyway). It does seem to be distinctly out of balance!

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