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  1. 3 points
    3 boatloads of the Extinction Rebels are due to blockade the crater by Friday at the latest.
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    A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Montana when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust. The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, he leaned out the window and asked the cowboy: “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?” Bud looks at the man, who obviously is a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, why not?” The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo. The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany … Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response. Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.” “That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud. He watches the man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the man stuffs it into the trunk of his car. Then Bud says to the man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?” The man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?” “You’re a Congressman for the U.S. Government”, says Bud. “Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?” “No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about how working people make a living – or about cows, for that matter. Because this is a herd of sheep! Now give me back my dog.”
  3. 2 points
    Unfortunately. Parliament was effectively prorogued for the best part of 3 years by Remainer intransigence restricting the regular throughput of Parliamentary business.
  4. 2 points
    I'll supply the rope if we are having a hung parliament....🤭
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    We have a "Brexit fiasco" because our MPs decided to sabotage the will of the people in a referendum; which has clearly undermined our belief in our democracy - which the Russians appear to wish to exacerbate. Another hung Parliament would play into the Russian strategy.
  6. 2 points
    It's Cathy Mitchell's house. Charlotte Nichols is registered on the electoral roll in Islington so the question is why she gave the Deputy Leader's address as her home address on the nomination form. That may be the breach of the law. I think there are two possibilities. The most generous and likely interpretation is that they're rattled about the backlash to her being parachuted into a safe seat so have pretended she lives in the Borough for the credulous to see on their ballot papers. The other possibility is they've done that and committed electoral fraud at the same time, all under the watchful gaze of the agent and proposer, a Mr R Bowden, the seconder, a Ms C Mitchell, and the returning officer, a Mr S Broomhead. BTW, watch how Russ deals with this sort of stuff. He has a standard MO. He first will make an aggressive assertion about 'mischief' and ignorance of some issue - classically people not knowing the difference between revenue and capital budgets or some stuff about the Tories - then when asked for a supporting detail for his assertion - let's say whether interest paid on capital spending comes out of revenue budgets, the cost of the council's offices, Redwood Bank, why the candidate for North Warrington is registered in Islington but has given her home address as somebody else's, and so on... ...he disappears. It obviously frustrates him that the people of Warrington won't just be told and pipe down. I assume he doesn't respond to the police and the Electoral Commission in the same hectoring tone.
  7. 2 points
    I had one from the police saying they wanted to interview me. Thing is i can't even remember applying for a job with them...🤭
  8. 2 points
    Seems Jo Swinson flies from London to her Scottish constituency, most of the time !
  9. 1 point
    Seems the snowflakes were out in force, on the streets of London, protesting about the election of our new PM. (eh?) Grown up in a world where they're refused nothing, these middle class kids no doubt form around Momentum (ex-militant), that has taken over the Labour Party and injected Corbynism. Well, that has been rejected by the electorate, just as Remain has; but these people simply won't accept democracy. Seems the British mainland is now divided into three Countries - London, Scotland and the rest, alien to each other and preferring the company of their own echo chambers on line. So it seems "the healing" will take some time, at least until these youngsters have mortgages, kids and other grown up responsibilities, to distract from their more fanciful ideas.
  10. 1 point
    Watch out, before you know it you'll have a (fake) impeachment on your hands ! Seems to be the way to go if you lose. I want to thank the U.K. for the recent vote - it's got all of our nutcases scrambling for cover.
  11. 1 point
    The total separation of the three branches of government is not a British tradition, rather it is a continental one which the liberal elite have been trying to introduce here for decades. For myself I find that every invocation of this principle has behind it an attempt to reduce the power of the executive and the unlawful prorogation decision was exactly one such decision which invoked separation of powers. Careful what you wish for.
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    I have heard that discussed a lot recently but the discussion often points to the issues of meaning creep over time that happens with written constitutions. The US constitution on gun ownership being a prime example. We actually have more written constitution than is appreciated what with civil service rules, Standing Orders in Parliament and Erskine May on top of Statute and Common Law. Writing down those things which are conventions has also been done by the Parliamentary Librarians as a record of custom and practice. Given that Constitutional Law cases often quote these sources showing that they are well known I wonder what you want to be different? What if I suggest that writing it all down in one place would offer the lawyers a ready made opportunity to change it as they write it down and that would give the law a larger role than today. Would you be happy with that? I know I wouldn't.
  13. 1 point
    The Seven Stars Inn 1860. Bridge Street.
  14. 1 point
    Well that’s it for another five years and I’m just hopeful that it’s an end to all the hostile and negative comments that have plagued social media recently. Some say it was all about Brexit or Corbyn but I’m sure there were people out there who simply wanted an end to the hate and bad feeling that was dividing our nation. This is 100% true. Yesterday when my wife and I voted, there was just other person in the polling station, an elderly lady who went in just before us. She looked fine going in but standing at the booth, we could see she was visibly shaking and had tears in her eyes, so we sat her down. She said that for all her life she had always voted the same way but now just couldn’t do it and this resulted in a huge family argument. How wrong is that! I was always taught that if you want to keep your friends and prevent arguments then avoid talking about politics and religion, especially in the pub and I suppose these days that should include social media. I’ve just removed six people from by Facebook list who clearly had never heard this advice and had become nasty political trolls. Bill 😊
  15. 1 point
    When i were a nipper we had to make do with a dose of pink stuff. Don't know what it was but the doctor prescribed it for everything short of actual death. "chopped your leg off with an axe?" hands over bottle of pink chalky liquid."take two teaspoons before bedtime and and come back in a week if it is no better " Have a dose of the latest lurgy that is going about. coughing, sneezing, shivers,sweats. still ambulatory provided i don't turn quickly.(if i do i have to wait a few seconds for the room to catch up). Have had my flu jab so i know that it will not be too bad and hopefully gone within a week, two at most. know that A&E is not the answer, they will just tell you what your doctor would. keep warm, drink plenty of fluids, treat the symptoms with off the shelf medication. if still ill after three weeks then call doctor, or undertaker depending on circumstances....🤧...👻
  16. 1 point
    Isolation - but if needed, call out a GP, if you can get one.
  17. 1 point
    Could not agree more. Unless it take a turn for the worse self medicate and keep away from place where there are ill people who could be made worse by catching what you have.
  18. 1 point
    They are also in favour of free movement. There won't be much "green" left at the present rate of immigration.
  19. 1 point
    Just say'in. Our gas is now $1.90 gall, which I think is about 38 p a liter - thanks fracking ! Fracking has made the US pretty much independent in oil and gas production. There have been multiple private and government investigations searching for adverse effects and none have been found. This is backed up by the fact that there is not one proven case of pollution or water table contamination recorded in the US. All opponents are merely political alarmists. Please consider this in your response, if any, I am a mechanical engineer (retired), with 50 years experience in petro chemical major project management ( now cowboy and rancher !), who has been personally involved in these studies. Don't let these penny ante activists idiots succeed.
  20. 1 point
    Your right, we don’t get owt for nowt so we all end up paying for cleaner air and a supply that doesn’t fail every few days. Nobodies being forced to but all electric cars (yet) but with all the major manufactures moving that way it won’t be long before we don’t have a choice. I’d like to think that the brunt of the cost will be born by the initial purchasers and that prices with volume production will fall for us peasants. I don’t think it works like that Davy because the amounts of panels you’d need would be crazy, not that we have that much sunshine anyway. On some cars, they do offer solar roofs which might help maintain the charge slightly but It’d take about a week to charge a flat battery in full sunshine. I’ve read the reviews and the consensus is that it’s more a gimmick that’s not worth anything like what they charge (pardon the pun) 😊 It’s not without it’s problems, especially when there’s several cars and no drive to park in but things will have to change. Have you been on the new market car park and seen the number of electric charging points? I’m more likely to become disabled before I change to electric so Warrington council might be more forward thinking than we give them credit for when they allocated so many disabled spaces. Bill
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    Just as well our old friend Geoff Settle isn’t around these days otherwise he’d probably be suggesting we all live in cardboard boxes heated by a candle.😁 Oh dear indeed, it looks like Confused is preaching to the already converted again. Just so that you know I’m no eco warrior or environmentalist, I rinse my plastic milk bottle and recycle them and that’s about as far as it goes. What I am though is realistic, enough to recognise that change is happening and nothing that you or I can say or do will have any effect on things once the governments decide on a course of action. Like you I was all in favour of fracking given the fragility of our supply situation and its reliance on gas from places like Russia. And I had no doubts that any UK fracking would be done under much tighter controls than in the US. But if the government’s long-term plan is to phase out the use of fossil fuels like domestic gas then you must question the logic of continuing to expanding it. Nothing is going to happen that quickly and fortunately, for now we do have enough gas reserves to cover a short-term disaster. Changing every home to use heat-pump technology would as you say, probably take 20 years but that’ll also allow ample time for the none-fossil renewables to grow to match the increasing needs. And by this time of course, 100% of cars will be battery powered and able to feed in nearly 2,000 gigawatt hours of power making our grid far more resilient than it is now. It’s all very complex and we can all throw in numbers to suite our own arguments but at the end of the day, the government has set out its plan and It might well be expensive but is probably the best route. Fracking would give me cheaper petrol for my none-eco V8 but it’d also remove the incentive to change and you can’t beat a bit of urgency to get things done. Bill 😊
  24. 1 point
    I think my best policy is to buy a couple of exercise bikes with dynamos attached. Mrs Davy & myself can then keep warm while powering a couple of 6 volt bulbs.
  25. 1 point
    All starting to take shape now and should really take off in the New Year when the new market is facing on to Bridge Street! https://www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/2019/11/27/first-look-inside-the-botanist-warrington/ https://www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/2019/11/28/first-look-inside-the-new-cineworld-warrington/
  26. 1 point
    Nice to see they've tried to keep the architectural style in keeping with the previous town scape; makes a change from the usual lego boxes.
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  28. 1 point
    I have no idea because the BBC and SKY are totally impartial and would surely never withhold such a story involving the close family of any politician. Day after day the lack of bias is unremitting, but I just don't see it.
  29. 1 point
    I'll be the one!!! The new development looks nice but how much of the town center has been regenerated which was the whole point of the the build?
  30. 1 point
    I thought Fiddles Ferry was staying as an emergency power station for the days we have no wind?
  31. 1 point
    Do know that it was a Greenhall pub between the two sides the Tetley brewery. Always made me chuckle that did. Thinking on it i wonder if Greenhall kept it going out of a mischievous streak to have a dig at Tetleys, "a brewery with a rival breweries pub almost in it's grounds" does sound rather like a clever marketing ploy.
  32. 1 point
    Would cost three times original quoted budget and be two years behind original quoted schedule though obs.
  33. 1 point
    Don't know about the Vulcan ,Latch. I believe the Noggin at Risley was a biker haunt. We used to walk down Bridge St to the Roebuck or Feathers in winter for a warm inside & to get buzzed alarmingly by the War Cry sellers & the cockle sellers.
  34. 1 point
    I won't hold my breath !
  35. 1 point
    I used the Beachcomber back in 1966, I don't really remember any bikers though there were a few young US soldiers(teenage conscripts really) who just kept telling us how they thanked God every day that they had been posted to Burtonwood instead of Vietnam!
  36. 1 point
    If she does own the house, she is doing well, 28 and owns a £450,000 house! Yet another politician living beyond her salary?
  37. 1 point
    The Labour party are probably confident that even a meat pie wearing a Labour rosette would win in Warrington.
  38. 1 point
    If folk vote for these carpet baggers, they deserve what they get.
  39. 1 point
    Water, water everywhere and not a drop to spare. Think we did this as a topic last year and we're still here; with politicians circling the Don Valley trying to pick up votes from disgruntled victims of flooding. But ALL politicians have known for decades that there is a problem and it needs sorting, but have they addressed it - apparently not; probably too busy monitoring social media for political incorrectness.
  40. 1 point
    Good to see Coldplay are setting an environmental example by refusing to do a world tour to promote their new album. No doubt the BBC news article has given them enough nationwide free advertising to guarantee good sales figures though.
  41. 1 point
    Watch this space Obs/Asp. This I an actual Jason Bourne situation. Unbelievable elite corruption, no way Epstein committed suicide. Lots of photos of Prince Andrew with underage girls, Bill Clinton took over 150 flights on Epstein's private jet, two Epstein guards just arrested for falsifying records. It's now become obvious that Epstein made all of his money from blackmail, funny how suicide gets everyone off the hook when he could have used that blackmail to prevent a conviction. Apparently, Prince Andrew is a possible pedophile! That should knock the Queen's Ascot hat askew !
  42. 1 point
    This one is getting lost in the current election debate Milky - being conveniently forgotten by Liebour.
  43. 1 point
    Sid, There is no more water. The claim is simply that as the oceans warm the water expands and take up more space so the sea levels must rise. We measure ocean temperatures using water in a bucket, or some floating Argo beacons else from space with Infra Red sensors. In every case we get the surface temperature. Since the oceans are very deep there will be a temperature gradient to the ocean floor and currents either will or won't mix the warm and cold water. However it seems unlikely that estimating sea level rise by extrapolating surface temperature effects to a body of water as massive as the oceans when we don't understand how they work is going to be accurate. But hey you can make up scary numbers really easily!
  44. 1 point
    I presume that they are ignoring real-world data (i.e. sea level rise currently around 3mm/year) and instead using the much scarier doomsday scenario figure of "here's a number that I plucked out of the air yesterday". 3mm x 30 years = 9cm (less than 4 inches for those of us who think rationally). According to the map in 2050 my road will be underwater but, as it's a hill and my house is at the bottom of the hill, the water level would have to rise several feet for that to become true. So I call bovine excrement on this study.
  45. 1 point
    Plus no worries about having a couple of pints when you're out Latch 😉.
  46. 1 point
    But at least the eco friendly cars will be able to function. Maybe instead of arresting these protesters they should round them up ship them to an island with no amenities and see how long they can stick it out. no phone no electric, no gas fires, no shops,no shelter. Just what they are wearing for clothing at the time. Wonder how long they would last, how many of the trees would be chopped down for shelter or for heating and cooking. Be an interesting experiment.
  47. 1 point
    Seems Labour are really going for it : everything is to be FREE ! A free weekly wage to every citizen, regardless of whether you work or have worked, thus providing an incentive not to work; the idea was tried and dumped in Finland some time ago; but will no doubt prove a vote winner amongst the work shy. Free education, should increase the number of lifelong students, picking up those micky mouse degrees, whilst being PC programmed. No doubt such policies will be a major attraction to the world's poor, who will be heading through Labour's open doors on to UK streets paved with gold. You really couldn't make it up - but they are !
  48. 1 point
    Tony Blair (labour) did a very poor job of trying to privetise the NHS through the PFI initiative.
  49. 1 point
    Where have all the factories gone?......Asia and East Europe!
  50. 1 point
    Arrrh,the dreaded draft sherry from the shop in Orford Lane,a shilling a pint,put into an old pop bottle,then on to the bricky field to down it in one,then onto the Bell Hall or Co-op Hall.The smell of sherry still makes me feel sick 45 years later!
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