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  1. 2 points
    So we are all ok with a time travelling, self regenerating, immortal alien zooming about in a phonebox yet we struggle with a woman playing it, have a look at yourself or better still jump in the tardis and whizz back a few centuries to where you belong.. The very notion of a female doctor this day and age indeed
  2. 2 points
    The thing is Gary, Warrington isn't. And not just by a little. It's a million miles behind even a city like Stoke, with all its challenges. Until the local media and council identify and accept that, nothing will change. As I said before, even a small town like Newcastle under Lyme has more to offer than Warrington. The town is a cultural backwater and it's only been the action of residents standing up to the council that has ensured Warrington has something left to offer culturally, however little. How many RSA reports and rejections do you need to see things for what they are? If the council had its way, there'd be no libraries and no Walton Hall for a start. It's only residents and local groups that ensure there are any green spaces and cultural life at all. The council's vision is purely shit housing estates, out of town retail and business parks with everybody moving between them in cars on inadequate roads. No amount of sloganeering from the council and well-meaning but deluded councillors like Dan Price is going to cover that. I hope the council wakes up soon and people like you start to put real pressure on them instead of making statements like this. Until then, it's up to the people to preserve whatever culture and heritage the town has.
  3. 2 points
    Both my son and his wife went to University at the same time. They are both now in their early 30's (They were childhood sweethearts ) they both have since gained good jobs based on their degrees. Both are paying back their student loans (My son maxxed his out because he saw it as free money) and they also own their own house and are looking to move in the next few years. Student debt isn't as ominous as it sounds if the course the student is taking is likely to reap benefits in the future and the government will get money back as long as the degree course doesn't lead to a job paying minimum wage. Can't really see what the fuss is to be honest My youngest son has just left school at 16 and is looking at college with a view to going to uni
  4. 1 point
    Hopefully if they do find whoever is responsible, they won't use that "restorative Justice" nonsense that is currently the topic of a news story on the main site. No, if they do find them, they should be made an example of and banged up for 10 years with no parole.... and that goes for anyone setting fires, thieving or attacking someone. About time the country woke up to the fact that this soft on criminals rubbish has bred a generation who have no respect for things that others care about and certainly no respect for the law or the consequences of their actions
  5. 1 point
    sadly Geoff even if they were caught in the act they would not even get a slap on the wrist or even a stern talking to. and if they did their mothers would no doubt take to social media going on about the way their little cherubs who have never even crossed the road without obeying all the rules were being persecuted and any way it wasn't them it was the others they were with who did it. Perhaps it is time the judicial system started to get a bit tougher with these totally innocent little Herberts. Fine them by all means but then immediately go to their homes and seize goods to the value of the fine and also to cover the costs of the damage plus court costs. another alternative would be to make them attend an eight hour a day ten week course during the school holidays where they are sat in a room and forced to watch endless repeats of a welsh eisteddfod without subtitles. after which they had to write a hundred page report on the merits of choirs over harp recitals. unfortunately this would probably come under cruel and unusual punishment. Cruel, yes Unusual certainly. Punishment definitely, unless you are into eisteddfod's
  6. 1 point
    The bid document is irrelevant. You don't need that to realise that Warrington has been subject to years of cultural cleansing from the council. It hardly seems credible that months after the council tried to shut all of the town's libraries, turn down yet another chance to build a theatre and shrug when asked to find a site for a statue of Joseph Priestley, not to mention being named the least cultural place in the UK, it tried to enter this competition. I just hope that the council and local media are stung by this latest news and finally do something positive about culture in the town. Early indications are that this is the last thing that will happen. The council will continue to treat the whole place as a numbers game and the local media won't take them on about it. As ever, it will be down to local people to do and preserve what they can.
  7. 1 point
    The Paul Simon Brexit Plan: ‘You just slip out the back, Jack Make a new plan, Stan You don’t need to be coy, Roy Just get yourself free Hop on the bus, Gus You don’t need to discuss much Just drop off the key, Lee And get yourself free’
  8. 1 point
    Good on them, they used the system and it paid off for them. Unfortunately quite a lot don't end up with a decent paying job. Seems today's youth just want to live long enough to earn the money to pay off the student loan. I just wanted to earn enough to pay off the mortgage and maybe a bit extra to allow and early retirement. I suppose it all stems from wanting a career as opposed to a job. I remember seeing a quote somewhere that read along the lines of "a career, for those that can't hold down a steady job".
  9. 1 point
    Just read the story on the news page about "Travellers" at Culcheth. Why is it every time they park up somewhere, some council officer has to carry out welfare checks? Do they get them at every stop? because it certainly gets mentioned every time. How do the council justify the expense of carrying out these welfare checks at every camp? Surely if the welfare of those involved is in question, something more permanent than a check should be implemented
  10. 1 point
    I would have thought that building them to a height that current equipment could easily reach would be a better solution.
  11. 1 point
    If anything,the proposal sounds like a cash for votes carrot for the next election.
  12. 1 point
    Think we really need to ask what courses are currently on offer at University; as Labour widened choice to include all sorts of Mickey Mouse degrees, plus dumbing them down; as it had an obsession with folk going to Uni. The whole point of education imo, is to prepare a work force for the future economic needs of the Country, including such professions as Medics. These are the essential skills, that we have been importing from abroad, and it's clearly time we produced our own skilled workforce. Now, as you've shown Diz, the current "loan" system isn't too punative; but I would prefer a system that is free for those skills we require, and only paid back if the individual leaves that profession or leaves the Country; thus repaying the tax-payer for their generosity. While on the subject; all vocational courses should be free imo, which would include qualification for nurses, a profession we clearly need. As for Labour's bland statement that they would spend £100billion cancelling debts, without any idea where the money would come from, would merely saddle the Country with more debt. Sure we all remember the note left on the Treasury desk, by the outgoing Labour Secretary, saying there was no money left !
  13. 1 point
    The Queen, she can move in any direction she wants
  14. 1 point
    Just about sums up the BBC view of Brexit!
  15. 1 point
    I was going to say "Christian" name, but no; you've guessed - the most popular boys name in Britain is Mohammed (according to s/media reports). Which just about sums up the state of the Nation. Coming up fast though, is the Islington Pied Piper with Corbyn; which does suggest it may be preferable to have an IQ test prior to having kids.
  16. 1 point
    Notice the Grenfell "victims" are being given amnesty from prosecution for some cases where tenants illegally sub-let their properties; also amnesty from prosecution for entering the UK illegally (where applicable). So if you want to dodge the law, become a "victim".
  17. 1 point
    PS The 'different budgets' thing doesn't wash anymore.
  18. 1 point
    Do we remember when Warrington announced itself as a "nuclear free zone" ? Waste from Sellafield was still being transported through the Town, and I don't think anyone told the Russians to re-direct their ICBMs !
  19. 1 point
    Warrington holding an International Festival of Peace, what a ridiculous idea! and could be setting us up as a target for those who don't want international peace. Hope you've noticed the comments on the link you've posted Geoff - not exactly an enthusiastic response to the idea! You say "It's no wonder that Warrington doesn't remember or celebrate it's past, with such negative attitudes" I think Warrington should celebrate it's past, our town has some really interesting history but when does this ever get promoted? You'd think the only thing that has ever happened here is the IRA bombing! Absolutely sick of hearing about it! and I bet if you held a poll, most people in Warrington would say they are too! There should be a survey done throughout the town so that the people can have a say on what they want Warrington to promote - not just follow the whims of a few councillors with what seems to be little knowledge of the town's rich history and more of an inclination to destroy it than promote it. It's not us Geoff who have the negative attitudes - wallowing in grief and misery is negative, we should be celebrating the positive parts of the town's past.
  20. 1 point
    Just one other thing.... when we first started up back in 1998, the first letter we ever received as a company was from HMRC telling us of what we were legally required to pay and provide and on what date is was due to be paid.... the second was from HMRC regarding when our first VAT payment was due... I should have closed the doors then and gone and worked for someone who would give me 6 weeks holiday a year and paid for my bank holidays, a job where I could close my computer down at 5pm on a Friday and not worry about anything until I walked in the office again on Monday morning.... where a holiday would not mean spending half of the day on the phone... oh now that would be bliss