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JustJohn Report 9 Jan 2013 10:47

Bore da, MrD :-D :-D Lovely start to day down here - quite bright and sunny, wheras yesterday was dark till middday and dark again an hour later :-( :-(

I look in the Telegraph or Western Mail. I find (Paul Routledge excepted) there is not much sign of intelligence in the Mirror ;-)


Kay???? Report 9 Jan 2013 10:50

Ive met quite a few clever people some with lots of letters after their name.......but for me intelligent people are clever at many things and not just a localised area,ie a surgon can be clever in his chosen field,but lacks general knowledge in many things.


Von Report 9 Jan 2013 11:01

:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
Mr Daff and BC. You made my day
Thank you


AnnCardiff Report 9 Jan 2013 11:23

better to have common sense than intelligence - the two do not necessarily go together


Barbra Report 9 Jan 2013 12:02

Mr Gill A professor of Music his knowledge of life & music was phenomenal , I looked after him when i was a carer in the community .he was a true gent .92yrs old in 1998..he was very humble .never forgotten him Barbra


**Ann** Report 9 Jan 2013 17:45

Did you inherit any of his intelligence then Suzanne. ;-)


JustJohn Report 9 Jan 2013 18:38

Love your avatar. Which are you, Ann. The one in the background? You are doing very well - mummy will help with emoticon :-D Bless :-)


AnnCardiff Report 9 Jan 2013 18:40


Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 9 Jan 2013 18:45

AnnCardiff, I think John was refering to the other Anns** avatar ? asking which of the children was 'Ann' the one at the front or the one behind :-)


JustJohn Report 9 Jan 2013 18:47

:-D :-D Just friendly inquiry :-)

Suzanne has a degree from Bangor. She is therefore second cleverest person on this board. Someone on another thread suggested that Oxford and Cambridge degrees trump Bangor degrees. They know nothing :-) :-)

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 9 Jan 2013 18:59

I'd be lying if I didn't say that the people I have ( generally) thought most intelligent have been the ones who agree with me on the topics on which I am 'right' :-) ;-)

Aside from family, the most broadly intelligent person I have met would be one of my tutors ( all of them really as they had a good grasp of most subjects as well as those they taught, and an ability to 'think on their feet' ).

I think possibly the people who I'd class as most 'intelligent' are the ones who have used their capabilities to the best effect and to their satisfaction, whether that be 'academically' or not.


JustJohn Report 9 Jan 2013 19:11

I think Suzanne's OP was interesting. A Professor of something I don't even know anything about. And a very nice and modest man.

In academia, you have some brilliant and modest people. One of my tutors at Bangor was Professor Bedwyr Lewis Jones, Professor of Welsh. He was an authority on Welsh place names and a huge influence on me. He was only about 57 when he died :-( :-(

And my father had an uncle (my great uncle) who I never met so does not count here. But he was a Professor in Edmonton, Canada in electrical engineering at age of 27 (and in Who's Who from 1927 till death in 1981). And his hobby was genealogy :-D :-D

I think I am clever sometimes, then I think how brilliant he was at his hobby and realise I am very average :-D


GinN Report 9 Jan 2013 20:36

I agree with Joy. How do you measure intelligence or cleverness? It's not always down to academic qualifications and learning.I think it's about how you apply what you know.
For me, anyone who is good at maths is intelligent, cos I'm a duffer! :-(


Suzanne Report 9 Jan 2013 21:43

to answer your question Ann

no i didnt get any of his brains, i did go to uni, but not until i was the mother of 2.

i like to quiz, can get by,and im competent in my job.

thats it.x :-D


MrDaff Report 9 Jan 2013 22:49

I almost get the impression that there's a current of 'I wish I was as intelligent as' here. Why ?

Are you intelligent?

What do you define as 'being intelligent'?

((Dusts off and reverently places 'thinking wig' on. Takes off and removes cat biscuit, then replaces wig))

You are called into the office by your manager who tells you, 'We have a problem' ((as you are now in this office, 'we' obviously applies to you....)). When told what the 'problem' is, and asked ((told?)) can you sort it? What goes through your mind?

Do you panic and think, why on earth am I being asked this? And run away....

Or do you immediately see various avenues of approach opening up before you - e.g. the 'Problem' = the trunk of a tree. To tackle the problem you'll need to investigate X, Y and Z, that is, branches off the trunk.
Each of X, Y and Z will have it's own avenues of investigation and actions to address.
And so it goes on until .... a lovely tree in full foliage... and problem solved !!

Isn't that what you are all doing on this site, anyway ? Creating trees through oft times very difficult investigation, analysis and resolution ?

Now, who's intelligent???

P.S. an old quote = "A problem is just a solution waiting to happen." Love that, so just threw it in !! Knowledge comes from books and lectures etc, not intelligence.

((Removes wig and places back in old box .... having first removed complaining moggie...and a few more bis-cue-its :-| ))


JustJohn Report 9 Jan 2013 22:56

I want a wig too, MrD :-D :-D Very wise words.

Wigs reminds me of a Barrister who represented me in an unfair dismissal about 17 years ago. His brain was rapier sharp. Whereas it would take me half an hour to sort out wheat from chaff, he had all the pertinent facts in a couple of minutes.

Don't think he was unusual. Barristers and judges tend to be very intelligent :-)

ps I "won" - if anyone ever wins an unfair dismissal case.


Mersey Report 9 Jan 2013 23:09

I havent met them yet :-D :-D ;-)


Suzanne Report 9 Jan 2013 23:18

yes John i have a degree,but only because i needed it to do my job,if i had gone into nursing at the right age 17-18 i wouldnt have had to get a degree only a diploma,but because i was naughty and didnt do things properly ,i had to go all the way ,and it took a long time,but hey thats life.x :-D :-D


JustJohn Report 9 Jan 2013 23:26

Great place to study, meditate and drink, Suzanne. My lad did not want to go to Bangor (he got enough points) because it was " too academic". He would only go to a Welsh Uni (daft about Wales like his dad). Chose Glamorgan instead. Looking across the Snowdon range in all weathers is fantastic, but looking across the valley in Trefforest is quite good too. :-D :-D


aivlyS Report 9 Jan 2013 23:32

Surely your son did not need a degree to work on the checkout in Tesco .