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Pump am y Penwythnos / Friday Five 27/11/2020 :five:


#1

Bore da everyone, I hope that you are keeping safe and well and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Here’s a slightly different set of questions for you this weekend. :wink:

1) I believe in…

2) I’m quite intolerant of…

3) One of my worst fears is…

4) At the moment I’m hoping for…

5) I’m really quite excited about…


#2

1) I believe in…

… the importance of meditation to detach from the self.

2) I’m quite intolerant of…

…people being unkind.

3) One of my worst fears is…

…that I might be forced to watch ‘The Goonies’ again one day.

4) At the moment I’m hoping for…

…a largely coherent and successful Zoom ‘how to say Llanfairpwll’ lesson with Meinir Gwilym and Jeremy Vine this afternoon…

5) I’m really quite excited about…

…launching our English-for-Spanish-speakers course…


#3

Friday again already? Blimey! Thanks as ever for an interesting set of questions, @CatrinLliarJones :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: and here are my answers:

1) I believe in…

the role of humour in helping me keep cheerful

2) I’m quite intolerant of…

Other road users who don’t say ‘thank you’ when I let them into traffic or other nice gesture

3) One of my worst fears is…

Spiders. Scuttling horrible things.

4) At the moment I’m hoping for…

A return to normal(ish) life in the Spring, fingers crossed!

5) I’m really quite excited about…

Watching my indoor pea plants growing and hoping they’ll flower out of season. I make my own fun, you know.


#4

1) I believe in…

…only things for which I have direct evidence, or for which there is scientific consensus, I guess.

2) I’m quite intolerant of…

…intolerance of minorities or marginalised groups.

3) One of my worst fears is…

…being trapped in a small space or having my movement significantly restricted. *shudder*

4) At the moment I’m hoping for…

…a successful vaccination programme so that, among other things, there will be a National Eisteddfod next year, and that I’ll be allowed to travel to it!

5) I’m really quite excited about…

…a very geeky retro computing project I’ve been tinkering with for a while, which seems to be making some good progress lately. (FPGAs are fun!)


#5

1) I believe in…
Life.

2) I’m quite intolerant of…
Injustice

3) One of my worst fears is…
Heights

4) At the moment I’m hoping for…
Vaccine

5) I’m really quite excited about…
Euro 2020


#6

1) I believe in…

Equality. Magic. The benefits of good quality loo roll.

2) I’m quite intolerant of…

Inequality. Cheap loo roll.

3) One of my worst fears is…

My children becoming seriously ill.

4) At the moment I’m hoping for…

The swift administration of the Coronavirus vaccine for my elderly parents.

5) I’m really quite excited about…

Christmas.


#7

1) I believe in…

The innate goodness of ordinary people the world over.

2) I’m quite intolerant of…

The abuse of power, however and by whomsoever it is done.

3) One of my worst fears is…

The ongoing loss of personal liberty and freedoms, both here and in all quarters of the world

4) At the moment I’m hoping for…

Wouldn’t dare tell you (it’s to do with the world waking up and smelling the coffee)

5) I’m really quite excited about…

Bringing up my new puppy (my dear old collie died back in May at thirteen and a half, and this whole lockdown/travel restriction/firebreak thing has been horrible without her)


#9

Controversial opinions there @david-thomas-1

Would you care to expand on a few?.


#10

I believe in…

Being kind and loving, God, the need to socially interact with people.

2) I’m quite intolerant of…

People who litter. Urgggh.

3) One of my worst fears is…

Giving the wrong impression.

4) At the moment I’m hoping for…

The chance to speak Welsh in Wales again soon.

5) I’m really quite excited about

Seeing my parents again once the vaccine is rolled out.


#11

Other road users who don’t say ‘thank you’ when I let them into traffic or other nice gesture

Have you seen the Michael McIntyre sketch about this @Stine ? My kids remind me of it whenever I’m getting wound up by this :laughing:


#12

1) I believe in…
Equality, kindness, and that Black Lives Matter

2) I’m quite intolerant of…
Bigots

3) One of my worst fears is…
…best not to think about that.

4) At the moment I’m hoping for…
Lots of time with my family in the year to come.

5) I’m really quite excited about…
The future. And bees. And Christmas. And now. And wood. And dinnertime. And wool. And that shiny thing over there…
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#13

1) I believe in…
Tolerance, equality and equity.

2) I’m quite intolerant of…
People who don’t show tolerance and compassion for all, especially the ones who call themselves religious. Oh, the hypocrisy!

3) One of my worst fears is…
Losing control. Not being able to protect my family and friends.

4) At the moment I’m hoping for…
An independent england.

5) I’m really quite excited about…
Retirement … only about 18 years to go.


#14

1) I believe in…

Change and growth

2) I’m quite intolerant of…

injustice

3) One of my worst fears is…

A world without change

4) At the moment I’m hoping for…

kindness

5) I’m really quite excited about…

My son learning to walk (with equal bits of fear and trepidation)


#15

No. I dont think this is the place for a discussion on religion or any other topic I mentioned.


#16

@david-thomas-1 Everyone has a right to hold an opinion but also others have a right to question that opinion. Your original comments came across as controversial to say the least. I think you should stand by your convictions and explain what you mean.

Let’s start with these for now …
[edited in line with the original post]


#17

There’s a strong argument that the David’s original reply was phrased in a way intended to rile, and would have best not been posted. Further discussion can’t lead anywhere compatible with the forum, I think.


#19

@emma-ireland, no, I haven’t, but it sounds right up my street (see what I did there? :rofl:). Do you have a link? Thanks!


#20

I’m not sure how to do links! But here is what to put into YouTube I think, and the sketch is about 6 minutes 10 seconds in. It’s hilarious :joy:


#21

I’ve been thinking about this, and I’ve held back because of the forum rules, but I don’t believe that the rules are there to prevent open and respectful discussion, so here goes. What’s happened now as far as I can see is this:

Someone’s said something that, in an attempt to be gentle, or nice, or whatever it is we’re being, we’re calling ‘intended to rile’ (that’s not an attack on you @wondersheep, it’s how I characterised it myself at first). I call it racist. The Black Lives Matter ‘agenda’ is simply this: that Black people’s lives matter. As much (not more) than White people’s lives. If that’s someone’s worst fear, and they publicly say that, then in my view, they’re being publicly racist. They are saying that Black people’s lives don’t, or shouldn’t, matter. We can all sit here and whistle and look the other way and pretend it hasn’t happened, but that’s nothing short of a validation. So, thank you @gruntius, for having the balls to draw attention to this. I’m ashamed that I didn’t immediately stand by your side.

Tagging @aran and respectfully asking the forum moderators to please take a look at this to make sure that this thread doesn’t get out of hand. I’ve always thought of this forum as a safe space. I’d like it to stay that way.


#22

Isata, thank you for posting - I agree with you and Geraint, and I’m sorry for having missed this. Fixing it now.