Virgil Caine

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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from Van Lady in Celebrity Death Sweepstake 2020   
    A very impressive CV going quite literally from TopShop to President of the Astronomical Society.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heather_Couper
    She produced and narrated some the Equinox documentaries on Channel 4 in the 1990s.
    It says something about the rotten state of the U.K. that her death merits far less media coverage than that of a Love Island presenter
     
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    Virgil Caine reacted to Happy Renting in What's it like to be white?   
    I self-identify as Pantone 721U, and there is no record of us oppressing anyone, so they can fuck off.
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from swiss_democracy_for_all in What's it like to be white?   
    What’s it like to be white ?
    I don’t know and I don’t care.
    What’s it’s like working for a Broadcaster heading for oblivion because every current affairs program is like a stuck record ?
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from whitevanman in What's it like to be white?   
    What’s it like to be white ?
    I don’t know and I don’t care.
    What’s it’s like working for a Broadcaster heading for oblivion because every current affairs program is like a stuck record ?
  5. Lol
    Virgil Caine got a reaction from Kilham in What's it like to be white?   
    What’s it like to be white ?
    I don’t know and I don’t care.
    What’s it’s like working for a Broadcaster heading for oblivion because every current affairs program is like a stuck record ?
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from steppensheep in What's it like to be white?   
    What’s it like to be white ?
    I don’t know and I don’t care.
    What’s it’s like working for a Broadcaster heading for oblivion because every current affairs program is like a stuck record ?
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from whocares in What's it like to be white?   
    What’s it like to be white ?
    I don’t know and I don’t care.
    What’s it’s like working for a Broadcaster heading for oblivion because every current affairs program is like a stuck record ?
  8. Lol
    Virgil Caine got a reaction from Hail the Tripod in What's it like to be white?   
    What’s it like to be white ?
    I don’t know and I don’t care.
    What’s it’s like working for a Broadcaster heading for oblivion because every current affairs program is like a stuck record ?
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from Van Lady in What's it like to be white?   
    What’s it like to be white ?
    I don’t know and I don’t care.
    What’s it’s like working for a Broadcaster heading for oblivion because every current affairs program is like a stuck record ?
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from Libspero in What's it like to be white?   
    What’s it like to be white ?
    I don’t know and I don’t care.
    What’s it’s like working for a Broadcaster heading for oblivion because every current affairs program is like a stuck record ?
  11. Lol
    Virgil Caine got a reaction from MrPin in What's it like to be white?   
    What’s it like to be white ?
    I don’t know and I don’t care.
    What’s it’s like working for a Broadcaster heading for oblivion because every current affairs program is like a stuck record ?
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from One percent in Death of a Z lister   
    Sadly suicides are fairly common. Most get little or no news coverage. Why is the death of someone from luvvy land charged with a criminal offence  more important than those of someone driven to extinguishing their life by circumstances beyond their control. The usual plethora of hypocrisy and double standards that is sadly the norm from people in public life now. The truth is 99.9% of them could die tomorrow and the world would not miss them.
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from Melchett in Death of a Z lister   
    Sadly suicides are fairly common. Most get little or no news coverage. Why is the death of someone from luvvy land charged with a criminal offence  more important than those of someone driven to extinguishing their life by circumstances beyond their control. The usual plethora of hypocrisy and double standards that is sadly the norm from people in public life now. The truth is 99.9% of them could die tomorrow and the world would not miss them.
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from Van Lady in Death of a Z lister   
    Sadly suicides are fairly common. Most get little or no news coverage. Why is the death of someone from luvvy land charged with a criminal offence  more important than those of someone driven to extinguishing their life by circumstances beyond their control. The usual plethora of hypocrisy and double standards that is sadly the norm from people in public life now. The truth is 99.9% of them could die tomorrow and the world would not miss them.
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from gilf in Death of a Z lister   
    Quite.
    Just another example of Them and Us Britain in which insiders such as Celebs and Politicians are constantly pleading for special privileges denied the rest of us.
    To be honest I suspect what drove Caroline Flack to suicide was not the threat of the court verdict but the fact ITV had terminated her contract thus causing her to move from being an insider to an outsider in luvvy land.
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    Virgil Caine reacted to Van Lady in Death of a Z lister   
    Flack. Worked in entertainment media. 40 year old childless woman with a 26 year old boyfriend.....was she hoping for a settled relationship?
    Self reported that she had “mental health” struggles. Both drunk on the night of her attacking him with a heavy lamp while he was asleep or passed out. Police called. Flack taken to hospital and assessed as ok to be released to await her fate. Car crash life circumstances for her. Lost contracts, negative media stories, felt alone in life. Obviously she decided that life had nothing left to offer so checked out of life.
    Well, I’m sorry she felt she had no options left in life but I’m sick to death of the unrelenting media stories about her. In my opinion she was a nobody and had some bad luck in life just like me but she couldn’t cope.....because of her ego perhaps?
    I agree that if a bloke in the media world had bashed his sleeping younger girlfriends head with a heavy lamp then suicided there would not have been the positive reporting about the perpetrator in the media. 

    It’s like a moral panic situation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_panic but the media are using it as an opportunity to safeguard themselves in my opinion, e.g. promoting hate crimes, be kind to others, we’re all fragile etc They don’t give a toss about ordinary folk though ......the majority of who could never even afford to live in London or the opportunity to have a highly paid media career.
    Anyway Flack has had top story media attention for days now. Shame she’s missed the  show! 

    Just another example of the broken uk really.

     
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from Mirror Mirror in Death of a Z lister   
    Top item on BBC website news page just to confirm how far it has gone down the tabloid route in its coverage. Makes one think that Johnson’s comments about BBC funding are on the money. This is a grubby little domestic tragedy not world news. Notable that Reuter’s UK news page barely mention the story.
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from Soft lad in Death of a Z lister   
    Quite.
    Just another example of Them and Us Britain in which insiders such as Celebs and Politicians are constantly pleading for special privileges denied the rest of us.
    To be honest I suspect what drove Caroline Flack to suicide was not the threat of the court verdict but the fact ITV had terminated her contract thus causing her to move from being an insider to an outsider in luvvy land.
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from Frank Hovis in Vegetarian Nazis?   
    If history is any example they will start fighting among themselves to preserve their stash. This is essentially what the medieval English aristocracy did post the Black Death. First they engaged in war of plunder with France and when they got kicked out of there in the first half of the 15th century they spent the next half century largely wiping themselves in a series of civil conflicts. I don’t think many people realise that one of the driving fundamentals of modern capitalism is the expectation that there will be more people tomorrow than today. Outside Africa world fertility rates have been plummeting and hard as it is to believe a fall in the world population post 2050 may already be baked in. It is already happening in quite a few countries and a lot of recent population rises in places like the U.K. is really based on importing bodies from elsewhere. If that stops for any reason then a lot of economic models are going to break.
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from mattydread in Death of a Z lister   
    Quite.
    Just another example of Them and Us Britain in which insiders such as Celebs and Politicians are constantly pleading for special privileges denied the rest of us.
    To be honest I suspect what drove Caroline Flack to suicide was not the threat of the court verdict but the fact ITV had terminated her contract thus causing her to move from being an insider to an outsider in luvvy land.
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from sarahbell in Death of a Z lister   
    Quite.
    Just another example of Them and Us Britain in which insiders such as Celebs and Politicians are constantly pleading for special privileges denied the rest of us.
    To be honest I suspect what drove Caroline Flack to suicide was not the threat of the court verdict but the fact ITV had terminated her contract thus causing her to move from being an insider to an outsider in luvvy land.
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from M S E Refugee in Death of a Z lister   
    Quite.
    Just another example of Them and Us Britain in which insiders such as Celebs and Politicians are constantly pleading for special privileges denied the rest of us.
    To be honest I suspect what drove Caroline Flack to suicide was not the threat of the court verdict but the fact ITV had terminated her contract thus causing her to move from being an insider to an outsider in luvvy land.
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    Virgil Caine reacted to BurntBread in Wheels coming off HE bubble   
    On external validation, for anything scientific, I think that consists solely in publishing in decent journals.
    I've said on here before that the big transition from undergrad to PhD is not learning how to answer questions better, but how to ask them. For that reason, to get going on a PhD, most people (even the really good ones) will need to be given a nudge towards a productive question by a supervisor, before they get truly airborne. If you're still getting research questions from your supervisor after that, then research is probably not for you.
    I'm someone who is a bit of a butterfly, in that I've dabbled & published in a number of unrelated areas (all as a hobby - I've never been an academic, and I'm not good enough to be one; but I'm guessing that's the path you're after). That means I've started out from scratch on several different occasions, and in each case, the real learning (and the embarrassment and despair) came from the referee reports, which don't cost you a penny. I also hardly spoke to my supervisor, as I was terrified of him: he was not only extremely clever (even by then academic standards), but made no accommodation for who he was speaking to. For that reason, I pretty much had my research education from the journals and the publishing process.
    For the humanities, I have no experience, other than proof-reading a friend's political science thesis. However, I did read an interesting comment recently in a book by an historian. This is obviously the author's perspective, so some salt may be required. Anyway, he (the author) was an Oxford graduate 50 years ago, and was contemplating doing a doctorate, as he was near the top of his class. However, the academic he talked it over with said that he (the author) was too good a historian to be wasting his time doing a DPhil, and should write a real book instead.
    So, I think what I'm saying is that if you love a subject and have a talent for it, you should learn it by doing it. External validation is probably essential to force you to achieve your best - but if so, choose the real external validation, which is the respect of the community of practitioners. Don't assume that someone with a university title or connection is part of that community: the university could (in fact, probably will, these days) just be acting as an expensive and unnecessary gateway.
    Obviously, to become a researcher, and especially to start that process, if you don't have a supervisor to hold your hand, you will also need all the usual spiritual virtues: arrogance, humility, honesty, and being just enough (but not too much) of a pain in the arse.
     
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from Byron in Where's my parcel? Photos reveal reality of depots   
    I have done quite a bit of delivering over the years to roads I know fairly well and there are still some places where I have never worked out where to post stuff. It amazes me that some people ever get anything delivered as their letter boxes appear to be permanently glued shut, the door bells are always out of order and some seem to have hidden their front porches in a dimension that can only be reached by Tardis.
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    Virgil Caine got a reaction from Wight Flight in Boris's cabinet   
    No attempt at neutrality there from the So-Called BBC.
    Next weeks Panorama’s sensational revelations  - Dominic Cummings Copied My Homework.