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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by nikos » 2018 Jun 03, 13:49

since we've lost the forum mascot, I will try to impersonate the unimitable Kilmatead. Not that I know him in depth, I'll just emit a spontaneous verbal torrent in all ecumenical directions with a misanthropic twist, which may sooth your longing about our most likable lost soul :)

enter the ghost of kilmatead
going from the particular to the general and formulating immutable laws has been the guiding light to human procession under the stars, but its applicability to detective work is not universal. Sadly your conjectures about my whereabouts are miles off the mark, culminating with the crowning fallacy of documentary evidence supplied just now by kunkel321 aka Mr skinner. I was momentarily tempted to let the story flow and lead the good people of this forum to believe that the ever so jolly gentleman in the picture was me myself and I, happy in the general predicament of life and sharing my paradise on earth with numerous dogs. But that would be a jest too far. I have nothing to do with the meritorious petty bourgeoisie, or landed gentry and their dogs. For years on end I was clearing up the Augean stables of one such a fallen aristocrat, trying to mend the crumbling fortifications of a castle way past its zenith. The land of castles and knights right outside a modern capital. But I digress. Even a saint would not submit to a life of serfdom for such a long extent. So I moved on. I shaved my head and followed the ancient tracks of Marco Polo in a quest of wisdom and meaning, and riddles (what is the sound of one hand clapping)? Don't look out for me. I understand the suspense is swelling inside your breasts. There comes a moment in each man's life, call it mid-life crisis or whatever (I turned 50), when jumping off to the silliest adventure seems to make a lot of sense, like hugging a cactus or waking up to the sound of wild yaks. The great wall that separates the Gogs from the Magogs, each pursuing their own dreams or sins, is calling all explorers, and I heeded the call. I swapped xplorer2 with a book of omens and never looked back. I ride my horse through the desert, and when my dried yoghurt paste is all but expired, I cut a vein off my trusty steed and drink its blood till the next watering hole. Only the enlightened can understand what drives a Mongolian. Your worries are unfounded and your regard would be welcome had I kept my prior mode of life. Seek me not, I beseech you. I hear that in these parts men can take a lot of wives and I will be able to compensate for my late start in multiplying my genome, because it would be a pity to leave such DNA in an evolutionary dead end. Everybody loves a verbose philosopher especially Mongolian womenfolk. When I reach 10 offspring or thereabouts, and the 7th moon has risen, I may appear again when everybody has lost all hope. I'd rather face the Turkish sabres at Sebastopol than trifle with your affections. In conclusion, there is no summary more eloquently composed other than the night cometh but another day must follow. I regret I caused poor Nikos' xplorer2 to relegate in a secondary role, everyone's affections directed to my person instead of great software, its nuances and tribulations. This forum is a platform for wishful thinking. No man is immutable to pestilence, Nikos the stubborn programmer included. So bombard him with requests and sooner or later he will cave in. Life is hard and then you die -- but not yet!

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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by kunkel321 » 2018 Jun 03, 15:59

An excellent tribute! Thanks for writing this Nikos! And a very good simulation.

....some would say "too good." I propose that all of these years Kilmatead and Nikos have been split personalities of the same person!!!! :twisted: Of course K has a history of being somewhat antagonistic over the years, even (especially?) towards Nikos. If they're the same person, that would make him quite a sadomasochist... Is it possible that the "2" in xplorer2 has referred to dualing egos all these years? :alien:

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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by FrizzleFry » 2018 Jun 05, 01:40

That is a good pseudo Kilma-rant but I have trouble with a couple of phrases... "But I digress" and "I regret..." :beer:

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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by sanferno » 2018 Jun 10, 09:28

That impersonation from Nikos was interesting, if he is really Kilmatead or not, who knows... :shock: This is a crazy world! :party:

I'm still gratefull to both of them for their contributions. This reminds me that Kraftwerk played once "Die Mensch-Maschine" (The Man Machine), here, they play "The Programmierer-Philosoph" (The Programmer-philosopher). Best to both of them.

I might be going to Ireland soon and I always thought of meeting Kilmatead, I owe him a drink of cider. Same for Nikos if I should return someday to London. :wink:

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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by nikos » 2018 Jun 10, 16:18

nowadays you need to come south to Cyprus to find me :)

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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by sanferno » 2018 Jun 11, 07:33

It sounds actually better, at least in weather terms... 8)

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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by Tuxman » 2018 Jun 11, 11:20

But the whiskey might be much worse.
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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by pj » 2018 Nov 18, 15:11

We've passed the one year mark since Kilmatead's last post. I'm still rooting for the theory he ticked off the Old Bailey who told him he needed a time out, of about a year or so. Maybe he'll be out in time for Christmas.

Anyway, K, if you read this, you're missed.

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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by nikos » 2018 Nov 19, 09:14

according to the forum's stats, his last post was one year ago but he was seen "last active" on march 10, 2018, so unless his account got hacked, our AWOL friend is not gone for good, just joined a cult or something. One day he may come back, who knows?

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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by Tuxman » 2018 Nov 19, 09:54

The Kult of Kilmatead? I thought that was the netez forum!
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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by CrossX » 2018 Nov 24, 18:59

nikos wrote:
2018 Nov 19, 09:14
according to the forum's stats, his last post was one year ago but he was seen "last active" on march 10, 2018, so unless his account got hacked, our AWOL friend is not gone for good, just joined a cult or something. One day he may come back, who knows?
Glad to hear.
Let's hope he will come back at some point in the near future :beer:

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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by jpcoetzee » 2019 Jan 28, 20:50

A Google trail leads to this : http://source.southdublinlibraries.ie/b ... orkagh.pdf

The photos in there show ivy-covered "Kilmatead" and an 18th Century gunpowder mill which looks very much like the photo posted by kunkel321 and fits with previous posts by kilmatead. It also has pictures of Finlay Colley. Read the prose, it even sounds like kilmatead, although the Irish do have a lyrical way with words. I would say that kilmatead was either Finlay Colley or Joe Devine.

Finlay Colley still runs Rare Plants Ireland: https://www.irishspecialistnurseriesass ... ur-members. I've sent him an email.

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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by Tuxman » 2019 Jan 28, 21:06

In either case, receiving that e-mail would probably disturb me.
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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by johngalt » 2019 Jan 29, 05:37

jpcoetzee wrote:
2019 Jan 28, 20:50
A Google trail leads to this : http://source.southdublinlibraries.ie/b ... orkagh.pdf

The photos in there show ivy-covered "Kilmatead" and an 18th Century gunpowder mill which looks very much like the photo posted by kunkel321 and fits with previous posts by kilmatead. It also has pictures of Finlay Colley. Read the prose, it even sounds like kilmatead, although the Irish do have a lyrical way with words. I would say that kilmatead was either Finlay Colley or Joe Devine.

Finlay Colley still runs Rare Plants Ireland: https://www.irishspecialistnurseriesass ... ur-members. I've sent him an email.
In reading that .PDF and searching through it, I found this:
A photograph shows 14 staff celebrating the birth of Finlay Colley in 1948.
- pp 49 - 51

The photograph that quotation refers o is on pg 40.

That would put him right at 70.

Also, Page 2 states
Cover based on a map kindly supplied by Mr. Finlay Colley.
The picture of Finaly Colley and his mother Patricia, on pg 39, makes reference to him owning Carbery Nurseries. I found a reference to them at http://www.irelands-directory.com/Dubli ... nters.html

Carbery Nurseries
The Mill House,, Kilmatead Clondalkin
01-4592668

http://www.floravera.com/index.php/offe ... rseries-ie Also shows a listing reference but has an X under the website column, (I assume that that means there is no website).

However, I see your point about him being the author - the wording is grandoise like his posts here were.

I'm leaning more toward Finlay, though.
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Re: Any news from Kilmatead?

Post by nikos » 2019 Jan 29, 08:15

That would put him right at 70.
he once told me he is around my age (50)

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