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From: "Gary R. Schmidt" <grschm...@acm.org>
Subject: Re: Student Loans
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 22:47:12 +1100
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On 15/11/2012 11:21 AM, GaryN wrote:
> steveski <steves...@ntlworld.com> wrote in
>> GaryN wrote:
>> [giganteroid snippage]
>>> Richard K. Morgan in USia for some reason.
>> Bill Stewart (TV producer, host of 15 - 1, Right to Reply and all
>> round good chap) went to the States and came back as William G.
>> Stewart . . .
> I think it's due to the political dynastys. The Kennedys, Bushs et al.
> They have to have a middle initial so you can tell which is which. Who
> gives a shit anyway?
> But why should this apply to authors? And why should the title of the
> book be changed? "Black Man" by Richard Morgan is changed to "Variant
> 13" by Richard K. Morgan in Leftpondia.
> Why? There is a reason for the original title which you'll see if you
> get a copy. It goes far deeper than skin colour.
> I accept that Iain Banks is the same person as Iain M. Banks but that's
> to tell me what genre I'm looking at buying.
> Why should authors suddenly have to have a middle initial?
A lass I know was once married to a septic navy pilot, when she went to
fill out some forms at the base, she was called in to see the arse-hat
in charge of the non-military residents, and told that she "had not
filled the forms in correctly."
"Because you have not filled in your middle name."
On being informed that she was not currently, and never had been, in
possession of a middle name, the arse-hat said, "Don't lie, everybody
has a middle name."
This went around and around several times, including production of the
Oz passport and US marriage certificate, in the end she gave in and made
up a middle name.
When men talk to their friends, they insult each other.
They don't really mean it.
When women talk to their friends, they compliment each other.
They don't mean it either.