I just read some comments written to me, politely, by Vlad, and I thought it was worth putting up for wider debate. This point he raises has emerged several times before on my threads here and it intrigues me quite a bit. So here is what Vlad wrote...
Ironicly, I will reply to Vlad's comments mostly IN CAPITAL LETTERS, which he hates, in order that my responces are separate from Vlad's. Apologies to Vlad's ear holes.
I'll never forget the day I bought the first edition of your book "QueenLive". I paid a substantial amount of money for it, even though it was second-hand and I had to walk quite a bit to the shop where I bought it. The book vastly broadened my knowledge of Queen history and my horizons as a Queen fan. I think that it's a tremendous work and after all these years it's still a prized item in my collection. In other words, I admire you a great deal.
GB: THANK YOU. VERY NICE TO HEAR THAT. I APPRECIATE IT.
I just need to ask you one simple question:
Why do you feel this compulsive need to shout at us every time you show up at this board? Surely it's common knowledge that typing in uppercase is generally considered to be bad manners on the Internet and even in business correspondence.
GB: THIS IS COMMON KNOWLEDGE IN THE INTERNET COMMUNITY, YES. TRUE. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT BOTHERS ME REMOTELY, AND IT IS NOT 'LAW', AS IT WERE, IN MY WORLD.
I AM NOT SHOUTING. THIS IS MERELY HOW YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO PERCEIVE IT. THIS IS PECULIAR TO YOU, AND MANY OTHERS. IT IS THE RESULT OF YOU TRAINING YOURSELF TO BE THIS WAY AND TO REACT THIS WAY. YOU DO IT SUBJECTIVELY, HOWEVER, NOT ALL THE TIME. I MEAN, YOU DO NOT GET PAIN IN YOUR EARS WHEN YOU READ THE NEWSPAPER HEADLINES EACH MORNING, OR ROAD SIGNS, OR WHEN YOU SEE 'ESSO' OR 'BP' PETROL STATIONS.
I RESPECT THAT MANY PEOPLE FEEL DIFFERENTLY ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE ME USING CAPITAL LETTERS, BUT THAT IS MY WAY. I ASK THAT YOU RESPECT MY PREFERENCES AS I DO YOURS.
I do not percieve that you are whispering, or talking calmly or louder than average, or quieter than average, when you write in small letters, nor do I imagine Brian May shouting VERY VERY LOUDLY at me when he sends an email saying, 'GREG, CAN YOU BE HERE AT 11 TOMORROW?'
This is all a bit weird to me. Silly, even, but I can see how some people think that way.
Vlad: Nothing personal, it's just that reading the caps really hurts both my eyes and my feelings.
READING CAPITAL LETTERS AND IT ACTUALLY AND PHYSICALLY HURTING YOUR EYES, IS A BIT STRANGE IN MY OPINION. I WONDER IF THE MEDICAL WORLD HAS RECOGNISED THIS????
PERHAPS THERE WILL BE HUGE LEGAL CLAIMS AND COURT CASES SOON WHERE PEOPLE WILL SUE W.H. SMITH AND WATERSTONES AND WOOLWORTHS FOR CAUSING PAIN TO THEIR EYES ALL THESE YEARS WITH THEIR HUGE HIGH STREET SIGNS. HOW INTERESTING WOULD THAT BE??? IT'S A GREAT CONCEPT.
BRIGHT LIGHT, LASERS, MARTIAN HEATRAYS, POINTED STICKS, RED-HOT POKERS, ACID, SAND, GRIT, DIRTY WATER, OBSCENE VISIONS, YES... I CAN SEE HOW THEY WOULD HURT EYES, BUT NOT CAPITAL LETTERS. THAT IS MY HONEST RESPONCE.
IF THEY HURT YOUR FEELINGS TOO, THAT IS BECAUSE YOU HAVE CONDITIONED YOURSELF TO THAT PARTICULAR THING.
RACIST COMMENTS AND NASTY PEOPLE WHO BAND THEM ABOUT, HURT MY FEELINGS, AND THAT TOO IS BECAUSE OVER THE YEARS I HAVE EVOLVED THAT WAY. I HAVE BECOME CONDITIONED TO BE AFFECTED ADVERSELY BY THOSE THINGS. IT DID NOT HAPPEN WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE. I CHOSE TO BE HURT BY SUCH THINGS, AS I CHOSE TO LAUGH AT MONTY PYTHON AND NOT BE OFFENDED BY IT.
I LIKE TO EMPHASIZE CERTAIN EXTRACTS OF MY WRITING, BY REINFORCING CERTAIN WORDS IN THEIR BIGGEST AND MOST IMPOSING FORM... I.E. BY OFFERING CERTAIN THINGS IN CAPTIALS.
Example: I was walking down the street last night when suddenly there was a MASSIVE explosion, has more impact, and is more vivid than instead writing... I was walking down the street last night when suddenly there was a massive explosion.
When I write about certain imb