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    “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain
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    . My first game ever was as a young lad of 10 and the game was Feathersone Rovers at home in the cup 2nd round ( February 1961) Donning my new Wires scarf and armed with a massive wooden rattle( ex Air Raid Warden's) I was ready for my indoctrination.Just as I was setting off my Dad shouted to me "Don't forget to look out for the number 2 winger Bevan he's the best player that has ever played for us" wow that was some statement and I couldn't wait to see this super hero ! Well here I was at Wilderspool and the atmosphere was electric as Wire entered the arena to the roar of a packed crowd. Then shock horror I realised Bevan wasn't playing but instead some old man who was bald with no teeth ,thin as a rake and swathed in more bandages than an Egyptian mummy was on the wing instead.! Oh well not to worry I watched the game and was still captivated for life with my beloved Wire. Even though we lost 13-10. I got home and told my Dad all about the game and how we probably got beat because Bevan never played and I then described this old man who had taken his place. Suddenly I felt a clip around my ear as Dad told me that WAS Brian Bevan !!! Happy days happy memories.
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    I knew I was supposed to be doing something a few weeks ago..oops. Gary...can you like or vote on others peoples post comments now? I'm not sure if other people can like or vote you and me up or down again though...probably a good thing that though especially for me ha ha
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    Thank you for your reply regarding the welfare of the older gentleman who was involved in the accident near Sainsbury's Dizz, you were the only member who showed concern over his welfare the others were too busy tearing their dresses and swinging their handbags at each other to be bothered. I have been a member for many years now and the situation never changes on this section of the forum, takes me back to my tender years at junior school!, this new chappie Togger1 is a brilliant replacement for Lt, a little more volatile perhaps but not half a bad gutter scrapper.
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    I tried using "BeefStew" as a password on a website this morning. It was rejected because it wasn't Stroganoff
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    i tried using fortnight for mine but it said it was two week
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    Think this was flogged to death on this board in the lead up to the referendum and beyond, the media never leave it alone with their intermittent doom and gloom scare stories; and the majority of MPs are trying to sabotage it. A decision has been made by the UK electorate to LEAVE the EU, not half leave or quarter leave, but total leave. This means leaving the single market with it's commitment to "free movement"; leaving the ECJ with it's super-national authority over or laws; and leaving the customs union which ties us to EU trading arrangements. I think the majority of folk now simply want to see the Gov, just getting on with it asap; even if that means crashing out with no deal and reverting to WTO rules and of course the non-payment of the £billions being demanded by the EU. As the EU keep saying - you can't have your cake and eat it too !
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    Before I start I have to confess that I voted to Remain. However as I believe in democracy and a referendum is the purest form of democracy that the UK constitution (and yes it has one, which is not wholly written) allows I can see the other side of the debate. 1) There is a guarantee that the UK will not lose further sovereignty, that protects out seat on the UN Security Council (which is a significant source of soft power). 2) The EU has changed to using regulation rather than directives which force a one size fits all for new legislation and the European parliament has a larger role in the negotiation of those regulations. The European parliament committees are dominated by extremist minorities to a much greater extent than in the UK. This has been damaging in two sets of recent legislation that I have followed, the Open Internet and the General Data Protection Regulation where costs to businesses have increase for no benefit to UK citizens whatever. This trend is set to continue. 3) There is a political reality that free trade with the USA will be blocked at provincial level in the EU. Given that the USA is such a major trading partner for the UK a free trade deal, which is unattainable inside the EU, will give us a benefit. 4) We are free to continue to adopt EU product standards and by setting no tariffs against the Customs Union the effect on trade is minimal. The key is to maintain the tariffs against third countries in line with the Customs union, that means that there is no point in a customs examination. We can act against dumping unilaterally as long as the electronic documentation exchanged is the source of data. There will as always be little that you can do against smuggling - no change. 5) The UK will cease to be a major contributor to the regional development ambitions of the EU. Instead we will be free to target investment to help British trade rather than the present system which favours German trade disproportionately. 6) We will cease to be affected by supremacy of the European Court of Justice. That means that their particular interpretations of issues which are often at odds with what would be expected from an Anglo-Saxon perspective and case law base grown from the Common Law. We would also be free from case law precedents on new regulation being set by courts of record in other member states which is a very worrying concern for businesses. There is a starter, perhaps others can add more.
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    There's no nuance. If transgender people have to deal with some difficulties as they transition, then tough luck. There are bigger issues affecting more people than how they feel. It's a real problem for these individuals but the amount of rubbish that has grown up around it needs to be challenged, not least the idea that gender is entirely independent of biological sex - it isn't - or even worse that there's no such thing as biological sex at all. There is. We know how the GRA proposals will change things which is why the government is backtracking. You did drop the 'Daily Mail' thing. It's just a lazy way to apply labels to people and create a straw man argument. Ironic, really. Then there's your other straw man about inspecting to check if somebody is a man or a woman. In most cases, it's pretty obvious, whether in the case of a convicted paedophile and rapist with male genitals who wants to move to a female prison. Or a transgender male playing in the woman's AFL. Then there's the whole issue of people identifying transgenderism in prepubescent children based on what they see as their failure to comply with gender stereotypes and then seeking to administer puberty blockers to them. That is just child abuse and we need to call it that.
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    Straight from Animal Farm "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".
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    It's obviously a Scotsman in a kilt. Lets face it, how often do you see women in dresses in the supermarket these days? A lot of them are in their pyjamas!
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    and I can't believe anyone is so sensitive that they start whinging and moaning because they received one downvote. Perhaps the thought that someone disagrees with their views is unthinkable for one so precious. Grow some and crack on.
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    The Google et.al. defence is based around established principles which doesn't suit governments. The information they provide is generated by others and they act as a "Common Carrier", that does not change the content. That is why they will aggregate or take down stuff by will not let their people edit things. Algorithms are not employees or agents for which they are responsible in law. There are similar restrictions on the telcos in the UK. My own view of the prosecutions for jokes that I have heard of are that they are abuses of process. The judge should have asked himself whether had such a joke been made in a newspaper article or a letters column the judgement would have been the same, and I suspect not. I am becoming concerned that we are moving to a era where thought crime alone is sufficient for punishment. It used to be that evil action had to be accompanied by intent. It seems that today it is unlawful to even be tempted to do bad things and that is very worrying. The problem is that the Internet cannot be policed by a single state unless it is accompanied by the equivalent of the great firewall of china and repressive laws. Asp is quite right about this. At the moment we lose more than we gain from blocking the internet and that was recognised by the folk who designed the Internet structure and ensuring that it stays like that it a key premise in the evolution of the Internet and the protocols that make it work.
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    Thus opening the door to government censorship of anything that might go against their preferred agenda/politics? No thanks. We already have police prosecutions of people for posting jokes on social media that they deem harmful/hurtful.
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    Is there much space on Birchwood business park?
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    Quite right, 12.8% of the population and 10.7% of the net contributions to the budget and 16% of Gross GDP. That is going to smart, and the reason for all the nastiness I expect.
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    Sandwiched between interminable curling & Loose Women, i watched some of Daily Politics & a segment had Vince Cable bemoaning the fact that war veteran & arch Europhile Woy Jenkins would be turning in his grave at Britain wanting to leave the EU. Then we are also shown pictures of the big red Euro bus telling us to abandon Brexit.. It all seems strange to me to want to stay in a deepening political union with countries,some of which were happy for us to save their necks 70 years ago but have since been happy to stab us in the back. The original concept of the Common Market was as far as the UK should have taken its involvement with Europe....a trading partnership ,no more ,no less but with an insisted upon proviso that we could have also traded worldwide.
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    I think the idea Dave, is eventually to morph humans into robots, sort of bionic man style. There is already a debate in the scientific community about the dangers of a reliance on AI, which will rely on pure logic, without emotion or empathy, and make decisions accordingly. The reason we're top of the food chain now, is through superior intelligence; if we invent entities with superior intelligence to ours, they would eventually treat us with contempt and begin to take over. I robot !
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    Yeah. That's what I thought. To be honest, I think you're right to choose Option B. Option A would have involved you admitting you're wrong and we all know that will never happen.
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    Would you like to do the arithmetic on that statement or would you prefer to change the subject and hurl about some personal abuse?
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    This thread has become more clogged than Sainsburys the other day
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    The government has already backtracked. My views aren't antiquated because they're based in biological fact. THat doesn't change just because somebody steeped in post-modernism says so. The problem with what is being proposed is that it's regressive, in that it removes many rights and gains that women have had to fight hard for. That is why so many feminists are against them, and rightly so. As I've said, I don't have a problem with transgender people. Good luck to them and I hope they're happy and find acceptance. But they don't get that at the expense of the majority. Here's the feminist Sarah Dumit agreeing with me in the New Statesman, which should put paid to your 'Daily Mail' argument but probably won't. https://www.newstatesman.com/2016/11/whats-missing-transgender-debate-any-discussion-male-violence It's a shame that you're not engaging any more. I'd have loved to watch you refute the idea that there is such a thing as biological sex and make a case to administer hormonal treatments to block puberty in children. Finally, this is what transgender feminist Camille Paglia has to say on the subject and I agree entirely with her. "In a democracy, everyone, no matter how nonconformist or eccentric, should be free from harassment and abuse. But at the same time, no one deserves special rights, protections, or privileges on the basis of their eccentricity. The categories ‘trans-man’ and ‘trans-woman’ are highly accurate and deserving of respect. But like Germaine Greer and Sheila Jeffreys, I reject state-sponsored coercion to call someone a ’woman’ or a ‘man’ simply on the basis of his or her subjective feeling about it. We may well take the path of good will and defer to courtesy on such occasions, but it is our choice alone."
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    You can do your own googling. There are plenty of examples. From what I can tell, few if any involve transgender people but there are plenty of examples of men exploiting the law to enter female spaces while posing as women. And who's to say they're not women if there are no checks and it's all down to them? I note you've dropped your lazy 'Daily Mail' claim when presented with the fact that the most vocal opponents of this are feminists. There's plenty for you to see here. https://fairplayforwomen.com/thank-india-w-showing-us-women-perceive-transwomen-still-male/ I also think Camille Paglila is very good on the subject and she IS transgender
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    The problem of men gaining access to women's spaces won't primarily be with people suffering from gender dysphoria. They have their own set of issues. As for there being no problems, there's a very good reason why it's opposed by so many people including (those notorious Daily Mail readers) feminists. Have you seen the response of the transgender lobby to people like Germaine Greer, Linda Bellos and Mary Beard? All notorious Daily Mail readers obviously. Are you aware of what is happening with Hannah Mouncey in the AFL? How about the transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox beating the crap out of a succession of women in fights? Have you seen the footage of transgender men assaulting a feminist OAP in London? How about the rapist David Ayrton who now claims he is a woman but retains male genitalia and has asked to be transferred to a woman's prison? There are numerous examples of men posing as women gaining access to toilets and changing rooms. They are from what I can tell not largely transgender, if ever. I have sympathy with people struggling with this issue and wish them well with their lives, but the idea that they are no different to biological women when they say so is dangerous BS.
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    The backlash is beginning. There's been a huge increase in the number of men in US workplaces who refuse to mentor women, meet with them alone, speak to them about anything other than work, travel with them and meet with them with the door closed. This is a direct response to the fact that a woman can now ruin a man's life simply by accusing him of asking her out or saying something she didn't like, whether he did those things or not. Refusing to engage with women you don't know very well and trust completely is just the sensible thing to do. And who benefits? Nobody. I can see us also getting to a point where firms will simply give up on saying or doing anything pretty much completely, because they'll always be offending somebody. I can guarantee that if Tesco changed all their signage to depict men, that would be wrong too.
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    Doubt it Dave, it's only the liberal West that has this problem.
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    I believe that's correct Obs. So they find themselves between a rock and a hard place, scupper Brexit and not be able to nationalise anything, or accept Brexit and destroy the economy. Decisions, decisions!
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    I expect that the Pension Funds wouldn't mind that much because the proposal is for the comrades to decide the value of energy companies and compensate their owners in gilts, i.e. by printing money! That is why the idiots think it will cost nothing! Of the big 5 energy companies all but one are owned by EU energy companies with some of their shares owned by their respective states. Their owners will not see UK gilts as a suitable substitutes in their investment portfolios. In my view there is no evidence that the Labour Shadow Cabinet have thought this through whilst considering in any way the effect on the public. What foreigners will see is the UK government failing the follow the rule of law and the effect on overseas investor confidence will be catastrophic. That loss of confidence is why McDonnell expects a run on the pound and is right to do so. Expect a far bigger loss of jobs and GDP than Brexit could ever summon up.
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    Hope you enjoy this section folks! Plenty more to come....mimocuja
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    Not sure exactly where this was. Any ideas?
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    That's it for tonight folks. Thought you'd like this small collection. Sorry about the quality but as you can see I have photographed a photo. i have over 150 assorted photos of old Warrington from the 1920's to 1960s. I will upload more over the coming days and weeks I hope you enjoy them. mimocuja
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    I haven't been on here for a while so I haven't been following the thread. However having just got back from a Gala Dinner for Coventry Business School and seen how Coventry has changed since I studied there we were out of our depth. At the time my dissertation was on the Social and Economic aspects of the City and it was a bit down in the dumps but since then it has got back on it's feet appears much stronger place and as precursor to and for the bid have focused on celebrating cultural aspects. One of which was a £12million refurbishment of the Belgrade Theatre built with a generous donation from the then Yugoslavia following the Coventry Blitz of November 1940 when the city was all but flattened. Having said that they still retained and maintained some very iconic buildings. The new Cathedral was built at a similar time and next to the shell of the old one facing the University campus that has had such an impact of the City Centre taken over a major part of the ring road stamping its own culture on the city. Culture doesn't just happen over night it evolves over time it can't be rushed, it can't be bought - you only have to look at the reasons why Liverpool was so dominant in 2008 as European Capital of Culture - one of the architects of their bid was Phil Redmund - steeped in Culture just as it was steeped in Liverpool's history - celebrating the Maritime, Rock and Role, Faith, struggle of the people, slave trade, shipping prowess, football, scouse humour, trade capital of the world, everyman threatre, Royal Theatre, Grand National - tough act to follow. Warrington is a proud and a success Town appearing in City League tables because of its population size. It is punching above it's weight and should be ambitious but maybe it should focus on developing it's vision and tackle the pressing issues whilst understanding and supporting it's cultural offering. I suppose also that Warrington's culture may over recent years been influenced by the influx of Scousers and Mancs who have brought their own aspects of culture which may have got the Town's mental map a bit confused especially as history has been gradually stripped away since the days of the New Town and subsequent doubling of the population to now over 200,000. Do we really understand the Warrington roots and when I say we I not only mean us incomers who have decided to make their homes in Warrington but also the officers of the council who go home at night to other parts and therefore spend little or no time living in Warrington outside New Town House - just a thought
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    By the way, I also meant to mention what a progressive mindset about culture can get you. Just contrast what's happened with the Halifax Piece Hall with what would have happened in Warrington. If the site had been here, it would now be a 5 hectare plot of executive homes and a Spar. Everybody at the council should look at it in light of their feeble attempts at 'culture' and hang their heads in shame.
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    Well, I may be well off beam here, but I don't think I am. One thread, four posts, four downvotes: Zero comments from the thumbsdowners. Regardless of any negative aspects I may consider this place to have, I've always considered it somewhere where issues could be discussed. I don't think I've ever used a thumbs down for anything or anyone, I prefer to engage. Imo, that's what talkboards are for.
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    Of course, I've mentioned it in many a post; but to suggest that all elderly folk are infirm, is as nonesensicle as suggesting all youngsters are fit. Every day we hear of kids with genetic deseases and cancers; pre-mature kids on life support with parents demanding they stay on it; nutters knifing each other or crashing cars - so it would be fair to say all age groups get treated by the NHS, and some would argue the elderly have paid more into it !
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    latchfords thelwall lane
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    The error you made in not reading all the previous posts before accusing me of being lazy and/or a cheapskate. But of course Togger is never wrong about anything (in his own little fantasy world).
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    So you can see who's been dishing out the ups and downs. That's interesting, I always wondered if you could. So there's someone out there that knows that someone else knows they've got a bit of a nasty streak. Top sleuthing there, Diz.
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    Errm - think you need to google it again: the Soviet Union wasn't involved until invaded (Operation Barbarossa) 22 June 1941. The USA, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour 7 December 1941. As for the rest, with the exception of the Commonwealth, they were either occupied or in the case of Turkey - neutral, Syria and Lebanon were Vichy French colonies. The period in question followed Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, the Blitz etc. So to all intents and purposes; (June 1940 until June 1941) - alone. But I wouldn't expect you to know.
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    If only we had been warned before the referendum lol
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    Mjmocuja, Dizzy is correct in that Porters was the Cross Keys, 34 Buttermarket Street, in 1895 it was the Rope & Anchor, Licensee Joseph Horlock , 1871 Rope & Anchor - Levi Riley, 1849 Rope & Anchor - Mary Chester, 1819 Rope & Anchor - J Chester. Hope this helps!. algy. in 1895 it was the
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    Being mostly a pedestrian these days, it is surprising how many drivers i see throughout the day still using mobile phones while driving. However,the bigger danger to me by far seems to be the young mother pushing her pram while using a mobile.