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  1. Speechless is an adjective that describes a state where strong emotion or physical trauma temporarily deprives one of speech a state of shock that renders one speechless. I have been punched with such force in the belly that I am rendered speechless. That's a form of physical trauma. I have seen ladies so stunning, so mesmerising, that I am rendered speechless. That's an emotional shock, the good kind fascinating, awe-striking, spellbinding and hypnotising even. It's the wonderful sort of speechlessness that comes with a dab of anxiousness, a touch of nervousness and a dose of excitement. But today's topic isn't about any woman's seductive smile, but my honnor.
  2. Please accept this as my formal citizenship resignation; I believe to have conducted myself in the most honourable fashion and always took the name of the Empire above all. Respectfully Thorald
  3. My favourite military strategists are : . Khalid Ibn al-Walid, . Sun Tzu . Carl von Clausewitz, . Napoleon Bonaparte, . Erwin Rommel . Maurice, Prince d'Orange
  4. The point will be the monarch’s morality, his sub-forum “La Cage Aux Folles” and postings in “http://micras.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=3838”.
  5. Thorald

    English Wines

    Germany is a wine-producing country and produces wines in many styles: dry, semi-sweet and sweet white wines, rosé wines, red wines and sparkling wines (called Sekt). Winegrowing was brought to Germany by the Roman conquerors between the 1st and 4th century, in the Western part of the country. It spread to the rest of the country along with the spread of Christianity under Charlemagne during the 9th century. In the past, vineyards were controlled by the Catholic Church until Napoleon took control of Germany. Under his rule, Church vineyards were divided into small parcels and redistributed to local private vintners. The major part of Germany is too cold for the production of quality winegrapes and white winegrapes such as Riesling and Müller-Thurgau are better suited for the climate. Most vineyards are planted around rivers, where they are sheltered by mountains. These rivers have significant microclimate effects to moderate the temperature, and the soil is slate to absorb the sun's heat and retain it overnight. The great sites are often extremely steep so they catch the most sunlight. The slopes are also positioned facing the south or south-west to angle towards the sun. Many of the best vineyards in Germany are steep vineyards overlooking rivers, where mechanisation is impossible and a lot of manual labour is needed to produce the wine.
  6. Maybe the following research will help you : The shamanistic priesthood focusing especially on magical women known as völur and the chieftain-priests called goðar or godi or gothi or temple-priest. Their power and functions were probably the same in Norway as in Sweden or Denmark before the time of Harald Fairhair of Norway, Gorm of Denmark, and Eirik of Sweden. In the earliest times of the godis, whose office was called Godord (Godiship), were the leaders at sacrifices and spiritual rulers of the people and their descendants united both the spiritual and temporal power. The position of the godi among the thingmen was of a special nature, and was grounded on birth or privilege, such as purchase. The only thing above him was the law, which was in the keeping of all the godis of the country. He had to see that the law was carried out among the Thingmen and had to help his own Thingmen when they had a case against a Thingman of another district. The temple-priest as such had certain revenues; he had, besides,a share of the pay given to the Thingmen by the bœndr who did not go to the Thing; parts of certain fines and forfeited property, and fees for certain legal formalities which could only be performed by him. He was named by the district or by the family and the bœndr under a certain godi were called the Thingmen of the godi. The Godord was looked upon as property; it was inherited, and could be given away, sold, or forfeited. If the godi forfeited the godiship, then the men of the Thridjung-district to which the godiship belonged had to elect another; and also, when the heir was not of age, they could elect a provisional godi. The heir to a godiship would become godi, if the boendr allowed him, at the age of twelve. If the heir was a woman, she could give the godiship to whichever man of the district she preferred. When a man became a godi he killed a ram and dipped his hands in its blood. If the godi broke the law he was prosecuted like another man, consequently there was a check upon his powers, and he had to take great care that law and justice were properly executed. If the godi for one reason or another could not rule over his district, he could give it to whomsoever he liked within the district; though the office could be owned by more than one, it could only be represented by one man. If there were several owners, and the power had only been given to one of them, it went by turns one year at a time. The godis seem to have worn long beards, which apparently was the custom among rulers, for Edward is represented on the Bayeux tapestry with a beard. When the heir to the godiship was a minor, the fittest Thingman took the office till he came of age. Every Thing-district had a fixed Thing called Herad-thing, which was presided over by the three godis of the Thing-district. The godi in whose district the Thing-place lay declared the Thing holy; if the Thingman could not come himself, he could send a freeman of his house in his place. A Thingman could declare himself the Thingman of another godi. Every godi had to have a booth on the plain, large enough to hold all his Thingmen; but the great bœndr often had with them their own booths, and their friends, women, children, and servants, & etc. The godi who declared the Althing holy was called Allsherjar Godi (the godi of the whole host). We see that in Iceland at first the Kjalnesinga Godi had the high office at the Althing, but later the godi in whose district the Althing lay. The Althing began on Thursday when ten weeks (fifty days) of summer had passed, and lasted fourteen days. To the Althing all the godis had to come, and to arrive on Thursday night, before the sun had left the plain; if not, they forfeited their godiship. If a godi had met with lawful hindrances, the godi of the same Thing-district decided who should take his place. He had the right to call upon every ninth man of his Thingmen to follow him to the Spring-thing. All the bœndr who had come to the Althing on Thursday night were considered right Thingmen, but the bœndr who remained at home had to pay a fine. If they came before the first Sunday of the Thing they were right Thingmen, but received no pay. The Thingmen were not allowed to leave the precincts of the Thing before the assembly was dissolved. Sometimes meetings took place called Vapnathing, where all the bœndr had to appear, and produce for inspection the arms which every man was legally obliged to have. The place where the judges sat was holy and ropes, vebond marked out the boundaries of the enclosure.
  7. I like to say : One day, long, long ago, in a land far, far away, there lived a woman who did not whine, nag or bitch. But it was a long time ago and it was just that one day.
  8. The concept of English wine was once as absurd as German bananas. But England's summers have been warmer and drier from year to year. The effects of climate change have been tangible in the British Isles for some time and oenophile Britons are trying to take advantage of those effects to make wine. The pioneers were practically treated as wine-drunk lunatics, but now the exotic industry is experiencing a veritable boom. The quality of many of the English wines is remarkable. When the G-20 heads of state rushed to London in April to save the world economy, one of the wines they were served as No.10 Downing Street was a British bubbly - a 1998 Nyetimber Blanc de Blanc with a fine bead, produced in Sussex in southern England. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the grape varieties grown in France's Champagne region, are all doing surprisingly well in England's new climate. English wines are now achieving respectable results at blind taste tests like the International Wine Challenge, one of the world's biggest wine competitions. They captured 24 medals at this year's event, including a few gold medals. However France, with its 729 medals, is still the undisputed leader.
  9. Scientists at the National University of Defense Technology in Changsha, China, had plenty to celebrate - they had developed a supercomputer that could perform more than a quadrillion calculations per second. The announcement, released just in time for US President Obama's visit to China this weekend, had symbolic value and with their new computer, the Chinese claim they will be the first country to become a direct rival to the superpower. China is bursting with self-confidence. The new world power sees itself as a winner in the financial crisis and China's leaders are challenging the US more and more aggressively, not least to demonstrate to their own population how far the country has progressed under their leadership. China hold more than a quarter of all US treasury securities, and as a result China's foreign currency reserves have increased to $2 trillion. As a rising economic power, China is even playing a key role in the reorganization of the American auto industry. General Motors recently sold its Hummer SUV brand to a Chinese company that hardly anyone in the West had even heard of before. China is also continually expanding its political influence. Africa is indebted to the People's Republic as a major customer for its natural resources and the Arab oil states are also enthusiastically reviving age-old trading routes with the Asian giant. Even Latin America is in the process of switching sides. China is now the key trading partner of Brazil, the largest economy on the continent. In many world capitals, a handshake with Beijing is worth more than strategic dialogues with Washington.
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