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  2. Be interesting to see a map of the historical Mersey floodplain; overlaid with a map of housing development in Warrington for example.
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  4. Apparently people can claim asylum as they are being taken to the plane flying them out of the country.
  5. Perhaps if a fraction of the £Billions spent subsidising so-called "renewable energy" had been spent on dredging and maintaining our waterways, the damage caused by the not unprecedented rainfall of recent years may have been avoided. File under "What did the EU do for us" (See: The Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC ).
  6. And also create a lovely area of peace and quiet to enjoy in the summer months. It's a win win situation.
  7. only if we get overseas aid obs. you know like we send to other countries who have flood/famine and the like.....🤫
  8. Well it's happened again ! Just a thought, could all threatened houses be converted to three story, with loft conversions or added build, leaving the ground floor to garage the boat ? !
  9. Not if your stepping off a rubber dingy onto a beach in Kent Dave ! 😉
  10. Doesn't asylum have to be claimed at passport control on entry to the country ?
  11. Full marks to Priti Patel and the Tories for at least respecting the concerns of the majority of electors, in trying to tighten up immigration laws; in total contrast to Labour's pitch to welcome in all and any arrivals. However, as an advocate of a tighter system, I can see any initiative running into a minefield of HR laws and woke objections. In theory, any "illegal" entrant should be able to be deported immediately they are caught landing on the beach, but the problem seems to be, that they are detained, while circling HR lawyers swoop in to advise them, with tax-payer funded legal aid; to apply for (bogus) asylum. Seems these cases take years to resolve by the HO, during which time applicants are housed, fed and watered by the tax-payer; during which time, it's possible for applicants to start a family over here and have children classed as British citizens, thus complicating further any deportation action. Then there is the question of "legal" entrants, invited in on the basis of visa applications based on a so-called points system; sound in theory, but lacking in thought. EG: Are visa applicants subject to medical and security vetting prior to issue ? Are visas time limited, to fill tempory skills gaps? And what happens if they start a family over here ? Seems the Gov need to clear the minefield as part of their attempt to clear the abuse.
  12. The Chinese Gov has confined around 60 million people to their houses in an attempt to prevent contacts and viral spread. Meanwhile, Public Health England is advising parents to keep sending their kids to school - in the event of an outbreak, affected cases will go to hospital, while the rest will self isolate, presumably with the rest of their families. The experience of cruise ships, shows that any crowded environment facilitates spread.
  13. Again the USA is a lot bigger then the UK, but find it hard to believe goods are shifted by train that are reasonably local that is within 200 miles or so, so although I do not know anything about logistics in the USA I bet trucks do venture out beyond cities and suburbs. Ships often take the place of trains in Europe shifting large shipments. Still that is not what I came to write. Went to Oldham today and a rare trip on the M62. Still surprised the roadworks on the smart motorway are not finished even though I heard on the TV they were about to end a few weeks ago and the sat nav said the road was roadworks clear. However there are lots of places one can pull off the carriageway be it on to grass or soil. There seemed to be a lot more places were run off could be created as there os room although there are grassy slopes so they would need to be excavated and probably a retaining wall built. I know thjis would cost extra but it is a government contract after all. As it is I did not see any safe run of areas were one can pull over in case of emergency.
  14. Went into town today, Sunday and was pleasantly surprised at how busy it was. Golden Square was busy and there were also several shops open outside. I was in the olde sweeter shoppe and noticed kids on their own and with parents possibly getting stocked up before a trip to the pictures. Time square and the pictures had plenty of people around too. Could the pictures be having a positive effect so soon?
  15. Good luck - mind you if you had replacement hips you could have fun setting off the alarms I know what you mean I can't stand still for even short times - because it just sets of the pains due to the imbalance. I'm useless getting through customs at the best of time hence the reason why I haven't bothered flying for ages you points this out It looks like my flying days are over and I'll give it a miss and let my family go instead.
  16. Maybe one day the penny will drop ... But I'm not holding my breath
  17. Latchford. Well according to the UK spokesperson, it’s the Chinese that need to learn from us on how to do things democratically, but they would say that wouldn’t they. How can we be globally competitive if everything we do here is wrapped up in so much red tape that it takes years of debate and consultations before anything gets started. Take Heathrow’s third runway as a classical example where they’ve been talking about it now for over 25 years and they’re still arguing now. Bill
  18. Well they built a hospital in a few weeks last month. Probably cut a few corners but at least it was fit for purpose. Why can't we learn from this ? Sometimes we must accept that a five year railway as opposed to a 25 year railway plan is just too good to refuse,despite it maybe being a bit less "polished" if it does the job I've no complaints.
  19. I see the Chinese have offered to tender to take over the job and have it done in less than five years. As Mr Punch would say “That’s the way to do it” Bill
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  21. It's a pain in the ass ain't it ? Forgive the pun. Sounds like hip replacement time Geoff. The injections give some relief, but only for about six weeks and they too have their own degenerative problems. If you are down to bone on bone, the only remedy is replacement - sez I who is scared to death of it! I will be passing thru Heathrow this Spring and because of the long immigration time, for the first time in my life, because of my hips, Im going to have to use the wheelchair service.
  22. I just feel the massive investment could have been used in so many more ways that would benefit us all in the next few years not a pie in the sky concept due for completion long after I will have shuffled off this mortal coil.
  23. Can't believe the degree of laxity being shown by HMG, folk are still flying in from China, one got an uber taxi to A&E, before being found she had the virus and was isolated. So the plane, the taxi and the A&E need a deep clean, and everyone she came into contact with should self isolate. One problem seems to be that folk are contagious before they show symptoms, so the potential for rapid spread is huge. On the upside, it hasn't mutated yet and appears survivable for young, medically fit folk; just leaving the old and infirm to die; which will no doubt reduce the costs of elderly care in the future. Maybe that's the Gov plan ?
  24. Every cloud has a silver lining. Due to a combination of Chinese New Year and the shut-down caused by the Coronavirus, pollution levels in China have dropped by around 50% and up to 70% in cases. The downside being that any manufacturing in the West that relies on Chinese manufactured components may be hit badly. Swings and roundabouts eh?
  25. From the FT today. Auditor raises alarm at £6.6bn council property spree Fourteen-fold increase in deals as local authorities seek to plug funding gap The UK government’s spending watchdog has raised the alert over local authorities pouring billions of pounds into commercial property at a time when many private investors are shying away from the sector. The National Audit Office found councils had spent £6.6bn on shops and offices between 2017 and 2019, a 14-fold increase compared to the previous three years. Meg Hillier, chair of the public accounts committee, said it was understandable that councils were carrying out “risky investments” to get more money in. “However, a fourteen-fold increase in spend on commercial property raises serious alarm bells,” she said. “The [communities] department needs to take stock and ensure that there is protection for local taxpayers from local authorities acting as investment bankers. ” The NAO found the investments were focused on a small number of local authorities, with 49 out of 352 carrying out 80 per cent of the deals. Local authorities in the south east of England were highly active, accounting for 53 per cent of commercial property spending in the past three years. Spelthorne borough council in Surrey has blazed a trail, building up a portfolio of nearly £1bn of commercial property including BP’s £358m business campus in Sunbury-on-Thames. Other big spenders include Warrington borough council and Eastleigh borough council. Councils investing in property have seen “significant increases” in debt and in the cost of repayment, according to the authority. Some councils have justified their purchases as a way to ensure the survival of shopping centres or offices in their local areas — or to carry out regeneration projects. Local authorities face potential investment risks from buying commercial property, such as in the event of an economic recession or a downturn in a particular economic sector. But many have been investing in other parts of the country: 38 per cent of spending in the three-year period was on properties outside the buying council’s own geographical area. The NAO said there was a growing trend of authorities speculating in real estate to make up for deep cuts to their budgets: “A key motive of some authorities’ recent investments in commercial property has been generating rental income in order to offset reductions in their funding.” Local authority spending power — a mix of government grants and council tax — has fallen by 28.7 per cent in real terms since the start of public spending cuts in 2010-11. In a review of 45 authorities’ strategies for investment, the NAO found that all but three identified generating income as a significant objective. “Local authorities face potential investment risks from buying commercial property, such as in the event of an economic recession or a downturn in a particular economic sector, particularly where authorities are dependent on their rental income to keep up with debt repayments or fund local services,” the watchdog said. “The scale of spending and borrowing by some authorities in recent years leaves them potentially exposed to these risks.” Retail property in particular has been under relentless pressure with rents falling as competition from online shopping has forced traditional outlets into administration. Some councils had mitigated risks by recruiting specialist staff, undertaking due diligence and using external expertise. “Nonetheless, local external auditors indicated to the NAO that there was room for improvement in the governance and risk mitigation arrangements of some authorities,” the report said. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is responsible for the framework of statutory codes and guidance that set the parameters for local authority borrowing and capital spending. It has recently tightened up that guidance. But the NAO said: “Recent activity has raised questions about the extent to which MHCLG can rely on the framework in its present form to support local authorities to make decisions which provide the taxpayer with good value for money.” The NAO identified various risks including “specific risk” — such as the length of the lease of the financial strength of tenants — as well as “systematic risk” in terms of market movements in commercial property. “In recent years, systematic risk is apparent in the performance of the retail sector with the shift to online sales, among other factors, leading to growth in vacancy and void rates,” it said.
  26. No but looking at the hips and ball joint it's just bone on bone with bits of bone floating around - The left has completely gone and the right has all but gone - it has started to progress up the spine not far from where I get back spasms - I'm very careful not to aggravate that old gardening injury as it cripples me - sound like an old moaning man which I am Regards to your wife - I hope the treatment is working or at least giving some relief.
  27. Her's is still settling down at the minute but it has been very successful in her feet ,elbow & shoulder over the years.
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