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Randal Oulton

Randal Oulton

Author: Cooksinfo.com. Education: Trinity College, Toronto, and University of Florence.

Location Toronto, Canada

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  • @BrendanFlynn I knew what you meant! I live in the Canadian province of Ontario, where we have a Ministry of Transportation (MOT) and over the years I have heard people refer to such vehicle checks as getting "MOT'd" or "safety checked". (It isn't currently an annual requirement though.)

  • Third one: it's interesting that in some words the "q"s look to me like "e"s.

    HIC REQVIESCIT IN PACE ANCILLA CHRISTI [maidservant of Christ] MAXIMA QUE VIXIT ANN PLM [plus or minus] XXV DP VIIII KAL IVLIAS [IX.Kal.Jul. = 23 June] FLS PROBO IVNIORE VC CONS QUE FECIT CVM MARITVM SVM ANN VII M [menses - months] VI AMICABILIS FIDELIS IN OMNIBVS BONA...

  • I think I saw on Twitter that one of the people who had been involved in running the Portus course died.

  • Good question

  • Good question

  • I had no image in my mind. I guess if anything, I just assumed she was the Macdonald cigarette lady. https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/4447361111_5f239e3df0_o.jpg

  • Audio but no visual. I am on iPad. I was able to view it after downloading it. So likely something to do with html coding on this page slightly different than for.videos on previous pages.

  • Same here audio no visual

  • @DavidArmitage Good questions, David Armitage

  • All this writing by her, but nothing to clarify the status of the relationship between her and Bothwell from her point of view?

  • Devil’s advocate here maybe, but could anyone else whether female or male have done better in her situation? Scottish politics of the era even before her consisted of constant infighting and betrayals and drama, and we haven’t even looked at the broader context of highland vs lowland fighting, or the constant internecine murderous battles between the clans. I...

  • Pretty Jordy. Again another random comment about someone’s appearance but nothing about Bothwell.

  • To me this all just really enforces how right Elizabeth was to stay clear of formal romantic entanglements, so that some twit of a man wouldn’t drain her of her agency.

  • Okay so here we have Mary later setting the record clear about that document. Odd that nothing is similar is extant about Bothwell.

  • Mary was literate. So odd that in all her years in England, she never wrote of it.

  • Side point here, but it is hard not to note that while it is pointed out that Darnley is good-looking and Rizzio is ugly, no mention is made of Bothwell’s appearance.

  • How does someone go down in history as ugly? I mean who makes that determination, and how do we from this distance in time validate it or not?

  • Knox seems like a nasty, twisted, bitter piece of work.

  • Wait. The precious week just established that Mary, Queen of Scots, had a strong education.

  • Something to do with the whole de guise clan losing influence after the death of Francis II

  • Mary and Francis were married from 24 April 1558 to 5 December 1560. That's about a year and a half, but no children.

    "Her first husband had been Francis II of France, and that had been a fine marriage, in its own way. Sure Francis was stunted, bloated, and sickly, with an ineffective pair of undescended testicles, but Mary loved him and he loved her....

  • “Step 1: divide the first term in the bus stop..”. What is the bus stop? This is the frustrating learning barrier I have always faced when trying to learn maths, those teaching use “inside language” terms that act as barriers to exclude others.

    Similis est mihi subito Latine loqui.

  • I found a definition for the word factor as used in mathematics in the Cambridge dictionary: “ in mathematics, any whole number that is produced when you divide a larger number by another whole number: Two, three, four and six are all factors of twelve.”

  • I know what a factor is in other definitions of the word and in other fields of human endeavour, but I don’t know what it means in maths. Maybe a one sentence definition of what it means in the mathematics field at the start of the page might have helped me.

  • "The relationship between Essex and Elizabeth was often tempestuous but by 1588, the year of the Spanish Armada, Devereux’s star " << I don't think there's a need to flip back to referring to him as "Devereux", with Essex seeming to have already been established in these paras as the name by which he is being referenced. Just potentially causes confusion in...

  • "Essex displayed considerable bravery in both campaigns against Spain in 1598 and in Normandy in 1591-2" << Why not flip the reference there around to be in chronological order?

  • Future Learn has an entire course on this: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/black-tudors

  • Minor typo? "Many silk weavers and needle makes"... makers?

    Also, one word or two words? "Many silk weavers and needle makes practised trades that imported skills from the European continent. Silkweavers and needlemakers were skilled trades and well-reputed. "

  • Minor typo: "There’s little doubt that the Bard was inspired by [the the] street scenes"

  • Minor typo? "Their actions and perceptions are sometimes crucially affected [by] their participation in the corporate life of a city or realm."

  • Thank you!