"Curie’s wife, who was with him at the time but has not been identified, told the police that they were returning home after consuming alcohol. She mentioned that the visibility on the road was poor, which led to the vehicle colliding with the streetlight pole"
So the accident was nothing to do with the alcohol he consumed
Not sure that I have predisposed ideals or lack of insight or observing and engaging with blinders on. I was as usual travelling with Thai friends and in the cities mentioned in this article found very little difference in the way of life to when I visit friends who live in the suburbs of Bangkok away from tourist areas.
What “ dark sides” or “ rotten apples” ?
Are you in earnest asking that question, oldschooler? Is any country or it's people beyond criticisms? Or are you suggesting that the UK has no failings, either current or in it's long and illustrious history?
If any existed they would have been swiftly dealt with.
What's taking you lot so long in dealing with Harry and Megan then?
Slavery for example has been practiced by All Humanity from the dawn of time. Considered Acceptable / Normal…. Until it wasn’t. UK first to Abolish.
Kudos. Sincerely. And worthy of celebration and pride. Now I don't mean to suggest sifting though the UK's past and present to find there only the shameful. But I would not encourage taking a blind eye, either. Honest and objective criticism is healthy. It leads to beneficial growth. Sticking one's head in the sand in order to avoid criticism, on the other hand, is unhealthy. Mainly due to a lack of oxygen.
Again, I believe it extremely unhealthy to look only at negative aspects which inexorably leads to self hate. So I do agree with you about not posting anti-British self hate shyte for the sake of only heaping negative criticisms. And yet again, it is equally unhealthy to refuse to look at one's self objectively.
Agreed. Nothing at all wrong with expressing pride in one's heritage. In fact it's healthy. As long as it's not obsessive and overly biased towards delusions of superiority.
Being honest, I am not intimate with the history of the Falklands, nor do I pretend to be. I am, however, acutely aware that history is written by the victors and favourable to them. Therefore I am careful to not willy nilly accept and take as truth everything that is written. In my view the Falklands were an uninhabited portion of the world ripe for settling by any who chose. But I cannot in good faith take sides to any disputes of which I am not familiar. I do, however, agree that given the long history of British settlement the inhabitants now have a right to self determination.
And 8,020 miles, as the crow flies, from the British coast. As a point of argument you must fairly and honestly admit that this one has nothing to do with anything except perhaps irrelevance.
Superior civilisation? I heartily dispute that we can in general be called civilised. No doubt to a degree. But I would argue that much of what we consider civilised is actually closer to barbarism. I would also not be so "superior" to judge cultures of which you appear to have little knowledge or understanding of on the mere basis of comparison to the culture you were born and indoctrinated into.
My view is that as a race we have developed remarkably in a technological sense but in the sense of spiritual development we are, borrowing your terminology, savages.
Again, this is not a one-sided viewpoint. It is, however, how should I say it, rather complex.
Patriotism: Your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
-- George Bernard Shaw
It really isn't a difficult truism to understand, oldschooler. You may, though, be left, in the immortal words of Mick, shattered.