just odd. Especially surrounded by so many people.
The pro headphones runners using handicapped deaf people as some kind of alibi is just plain loathsome.
It isn't loathsome, it is merely obvious. Either you need the use of your ears to run a race or you don't. Either people who can't hear their surroundings fully/at all are a danger which shouldn't be allowed on the course, or they aren't. If you say people shouldn't listen to music but other people are allowed to run despite the fact they can't hear anything at all, there's an obvious contradiction. You can excuse it if you want to, but it's a contradiction. Double standards.
It's a fair bet that race organisers who ban headphones will listen to something on the radio or CD player on the way to and from the race and not see the contradiction in that either.
I made no comment about whether I wanted or expected still to be British - I asked what the splitting of the union, if it happened, would mean in terminology. East Germany and West Germany were independent of one another, but were all still "Germany" (sort of). Great Britain, as I understand it, is the island. If Wales and Ireland voted for independence too, would England be Britain, would Britain no longer exist, or would "Britain" be something akin to "Netherlands".
It's all semantics, I think..............
What I would like Scottish independence to mean, if you want it, is that you all get north of the border and be independent on your own in solitary confinement and get out of the sight of the rest of us, because we're actually rather tired of you. If you want a divorce then divorce and disappear please. Anyone Scottish can be deported to your new homeland.
If I thought for one second that all non-Scottish British people thought like that, I'd be first at Hadrian's wall with a pile of bricks and some cement. But fortunately, I think most are actually rather nice people, as are Scots, and I am quite happy to be British/UK along with them.
1. I expect the whole terminology will be redone if Scotland becomes independent. There won't be a reason to speak of "Britain" any more. A new term would be needed for England, Wales and Northern Ireland as a set of countries.
2. I did say "if you want it". The people in favour of independence seem to have their eye not on independence but on dependence. You declare yourselves independent, but then you will still expect us to take your goods and provide your people with work when you can't find jobs for them all, et cetera. If you choose independence then actual independence should be forced on you by keeping you out of the EU, at least for an unstated trial period, so you can be forced to support yourselves within your own borders without treating England as a place to still come to and take what you like from. The rest of the UK will be entitled to prevent Scotland as an independent country joining the EU, so that should happen, at least for a trial period. We can consider letting you in the EU later, once we've got a clear picture of how you manage as an independent country. (Badly, I expect.)