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Posted: 02 April 2017 03:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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ElizaD - 01 April 2017 11:33 PM

Dave, have you taken exception to this thread???! All the icons have disappeared.

Nope. Probably a browser glitch on your end.

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Posted: 02 April 2017 04:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Yes, I can still see them all. And nice choice, lh, very appropriate!

Lionello, long may the last extant Ammonite flourish and prosper.

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Posted: 02 April 2017 04:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Very odd.  When I’m logged in the icons disappear, only to reappear when I log out.

Lionello, my apologies - the spark must have come from having been “a ginger”, as it’s called now.  And there it rests.

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Posted: 02 April 2017 01:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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As I recall, Lionello has denied any deliberate attempt at irony in choosing an ammonite for his picture, but nevertheless the Ammonites were enemies of the Israelites in Old Testament times.

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Posted: 03 April 2017 01:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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just to keep in the spirit of things, I have added an avatar.

One of the nearest houses is the one that consumes a lot if my spare time!

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Posted: 07 April 2017 09:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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the Ammonites were enemies of the Israelites in Old Testament times.

True - but then, so was just about everybody else in the region, including Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizites, Rephaim, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, Hivites, and Jebusites (Genesis 15, 19-21). To say nothing of Moabites and Edomites. I think the trouble was (as so often is the case) that there were rather more people than there was land to accommodate them all (plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose) The Ammonites were, in fact, cousins of the Children of Israel, being descended from Abraham’s relative, Lot. Their territory was East of the Jordan. The capital of present-day Jordan, Amman, takes its name from them.

The fossil Ammonites get their name from their shape, which vaguely resembles a curved ram’s horn (the Egyptian god Amun, or Ammon, had a ram’s head).  Ram’s horns are often to be seen (as divine attributes) on coin-portraits of Alexander III “the Great”, King of Macedon

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