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    I lead walking tours along Hadrian's Wall, (hence GhostOfClayton), so knowlege of Roman History is a necessity, as well as a passion.

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  1. I take it all back. Watching the Brexit fiasco unravel over the past 3 years had lead me to think my fellow country-men and women are not the giants I'd previously thought them to be. The whole thing is humiliating, and the rest of the world have every right to laugh heartily at us. I can only apologise profusely in embarrassment. Sorry! PS The worst may be yet to come. Boris Johnson is odds-on favourite to be the UK's Prime Minister within the month! The shame of it all! PPS If you don't know what 'Brexit' is, it's a contraction of BR (BRitain), EX (EXit), and IT (all turned to s*IT).
  2. GhostOfClayton

    The Cumbria Coast

    It is.
  3. I like this question. Allow me to stick my oar in. My first comment would revolve around your use of Centurion as Captain. I always saw the Centurionate as the highest ranking proffessional soldiers - what we would refer to as Non-Commisioned Officers. Maybe Sergeant-Major or some such. Camp Prefects, especially auxilliaries tended to be drawn from the Centurionate. I'm interested in how you differentiate Ground Troops from Marines in a sci-fi context. if you see Marines as similar to ground troops, but they get carried about in boats to support naval operations, how much use is there for actual ground troops who never see the inside of a spaceship (I'm assuming that's where you were going with this.) Generals tended to be people like Julius Ceasar in his invading days, so well above Prefect, and probably one above a 'Legate'. Admiral of the fleet (Pliny was one of these if you want to do research). Interesting one. Maybe praefectus classis?
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    Living like Legionaries

    Many years ago (I'm going to say 15, but that really is a complete guess - when you get past the halfway mark, all the years blend into one), there was a reality TV show where they took modern men (maybe soldiers, but my memory is hazy), and forced them to live exactly like Roman Legionaries for a few weeks. Anyone remember anything about it?
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    British Battalions

    I have a colleague in the Territorial Army. I'll see him on Monday, so I'll show him the OP. I'm sure he'll shed some light on the matter.
  6. Let's hope it's a blip, rather than a trend.
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    Five books on daily life

    Thanks, Nick. I look forward to it.
  8. Well, I’m not sure you’re looking in the right place. But let’s assume you’re not going down to your local library to do your research. You’re probably using the world wide web to do that, which was an invention of Tim Berners-Lee. And you’d be doing that on hardware whose design can be traced in an unbroken line through Alan Turing right back to Charles Babbage. But what have the Brits done for us lately? Let’s limit our thoughts to the last half century (it would be cheating if we were allowed to include such things as the BBC or the NHS). I’m going to start with my local wonder of the modern world, the Humber Bridge. When it went up in 1981, it was the longest bridge in the world (1.4km; a record it was set to hold until as late as 1998). To this day, it is longer than any bridge in the Americas. While we’re talking about bridges, there’s the highest bridge in the world, the Millau Viaduct in France. Designed by Norman Foster (who also gave us the Hearst Tower in New York). Sticking with engineering, I really should mention the only rotating boat lift in the world, the quite remarkable Falkirk Wheel. If you live in the US, and would like to see the Falkirk Wheel, it will take you bloody ages to get there, because you’d have to fly at sub-sonic speeds. Back in the day, of course, you could have chosen to fly on the world’s only ever supersonic passenger jet, Concorde. No-one has managed to get a supersonic passenger jet up and running since. And who invented the jet engine? Best leave the field of Engineering behind (otherwise, we’d be here all day), let’s move on to DNA. Obviously, Watson, Crick, Wilkins and Franklin discovered DNA (2 of whom were Brits), but that’s too early. DNA fingerprinting was invented by a Brit, and human DNA was sequenced by British researches. All that stem cell research (e.g. stem cell replacement into bone marrow for cancer sufferers)? British. MRI and CT scanners? British. The cancer gene map? Brits. Omega-3’s effect on the brain? Discovered by a Brit. Fermat’s last theorem? Solved by a British mathematician. The iPod? Designed by a Brit. I could go on, but you get the idea. I'll leave you with a fascinating statistic: Around half of the US population have a below average IQ, whereas conversely, the same proportion of UK citizens have an ABOVE average IQ.
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    Worst restauration job ever...

    It really highlights what a genuine skill those Roman era mosaicists had.
  10. Sadly, it's hard enough to attract tourism to Roman sites, even where there are extensive visible remains. English Heritage pull off tourism better than most but I can't think of any of their sites (please do try to prove me wrong here, everyone) where there's nothing but interpretion to see. The best job was pulled off in Colchester, at the Archaeology Park (outlines of theatre and temple complex along with very good interpretation), but Colchester Tourist Board don't really make much effort to use that site to bolster tourism.
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    Baby - one more time....

    Congrats to you both. PS Maybe you should consider buying a telly!
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    Events (UK and Europe)

    Segedunum are about to kick off a new exhibition. 'Roman Empire: Power & People'. Details here: http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/home.html?utm_source=TWAM+Communications&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Must+See+Exhibitions+May+2015
  13. It's all well and good getting Darwinian on our asses, but how would your theory account for me: a ) being a Brit b ) having a telephone number IQ?
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    Five books on daily life

    Hi Nick, and welcome to UNRV. Do you mind if I hijack this thread to ask a question? You only have one 'Agent of Rome' novel currently out in audiobook format, and seems to be neither the earliest, nor the latest. Do you have plans to release the rest of the series in that format?
  15. I'm certainly feeling lacking in biological drive this afternoon.