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  1. 3 points
    A rabbit walks into a pub and says to the barman: ‘Can I have a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie?’ The barman is amazed, but gives the rabbit a pint of beer and a ham and cheese toastie. The rabbit drinks the beer, eats the toastie and leaves. The following night the rabbit returns and again asks for a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie. The barman, now intrigued by the rabbit and the extra drinkers in the pub, (because word gets round), gives the rabbit the pint and the toastie. The rabbit consumes them and leaves. The next night, the pub is packed. In walks the rabbit and says, ‘A pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please barman.’ The crowd is hushed as the barman gives the rabbit his pint and toastie, and then burst into applause as the rabbit wolfs them down. The next night there is standing room only in the pub. Coaches have been laid on for the crowds of patrons attending. The barman is making more money in one week than he did all last year. In walks the rabbit and says, ‘A pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please barman’. The barman says, ‘I’m sorry rabbit, old mate, old mucker, but we are right out of them Ham and Cheese Toasties..’. The rabbit looks aghast. The crowd has quietened to almost a whisper, when the barman clears his throat nervously and says, ‘We do have a very nice Cheese and Onion Toastie.’ The rabbit looks him in the eye and says, ‘Are you sure I will like it?’ The masses’ bated breath is ear shatteringly silent. The barman, with a roguish smile says, ‘Do you think that I would let down one of my best friends. I know you’ll love it.’ ‘Ok’, says the rabbit, ‘I’ll have a pint of beer and a Cheese and Onion Toastie.’ The pub erupts with glee as the rabbit quaffs the beer and guzzles the toastie. He then waves to the crowd and leaves…. ..NEVER TO RETURN!!!!!! One year later, in the now impoverished public house, the barman, (who has only served 4 drinks tonight, 3 of which were his), calls time. When he is cleaning down the now empty bar, he sees a small white form, floating above the bar. The barman says, ‘Who are you?’, to which he is answered, ‘I am the ghost of the rabbit that used to frequent your public house.’ The barman says, ‘I remember you. You made me famous. You would come in every night and have a pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie. Masses came to see you and this place was famous.’ The rabbit says, ‘Yes I know.’ The barman said, ‘I remember, on your last night we didn’t have any Ham and Cheese Toasties. You had a Cheese and Onion one instead.’ The rabbit said, ‘Yes, you promised me that I would love it.’ The barman said, ‘You never came back, what happened?’ ‘I DIED’, said the rabbit. ‘NO!’ said the barman. ‘What from?’ After a short pause. The rabbit said… ‘Mixin-me-toasties.’
  2. 3 points
    I'm trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles. Therefore, every day I walk around town and tell passers by what I've eaten, how I'm feeling, what I did last night and what I'm doing later and with whom. I give them pictures of my family and friends, of my dog and cat, of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, standing in front of landmarks, having meals out and doing things everybody does every day. I also listen to their conversations and give them the "thumbs up", while I tell them that I like them. And it works just like Facebook! I already have four people following me: two Police Officers, a private investigator and a psychiatrist!
  3. 1 point
    After last week's hammering by Wigan the wire were looking for a strong comeback, but the halftime score of 0-12 was not very encouraging. The second half, however, was a very different story with the wire rampant and scoring 30 points unopposed. In fact the margin could have been even greater had it not been for some strange refereeing decisions. Chris Hill was bitten by a Hull player in a first half tackle, the referee putting the incident on report while taking no other action. Now to take this victory as a stepping stone to a better performance against Wigan in the Challenge Cup next Saturday at the Halliwell Jones.
  4. 1 point
    If I were to be cynical I would say that the actual purpose of the development was to cut WBC costs. The key output is the offices which are just for the council, the objective being to stop paying rent where they currently do such as New Town House. Next was to provide car parking space for their employees moving inti the offices. To do so they need an anchor usage that uses and hence pays for the car park when the offices are not in use so the key anchor tenant had to be an entertainment in the evening. There then needed to be supplementary uses that would feed the punters before and after entertainment. The Cinema is the golden goose which uses the Car Park and the rent for which pays the loan the council has from the Public Works Loans Board to build the whole thing. The Market and the Shops are somewhat of an afterthought. We can show the key linkage to be true because the projections of the cinema got bigger as audience increased so the council made the offices bigger to close more existing office accommodation and the costs grew. The major impact is really then the offices but the annual 4 million price of the loan for the whole project is a risk that the council tax payers are taking. If the cinema folds or under performs the shops and market rents are mitigating factors to reduce the cuts in services or increases in charges that the town would face. The project is a gamble to avoid significant changes in the way the council operates. The objective of the whole plan is to make the Council offices cost nothing in rent to WBC whilst making Bridge Street and Time Square look more open and modern. The regeneration of the town is a patchwork of individual projects which may work together but only this one is so far funded by capital borrowing and has some benefit to the public. Birchwood Park, Matalan, DW Sports are all commercial profit seekers to increase income without any civic benefit other than income for the council. We are told that the old market was particularly unsavoury in the storage and delivery areas and needed considerable work. The market needed to go first to get the offices in the right place for the car park so it was always going to be reworked but it is collateral damage in the main plan as far as I can see.
  5. 1 point
    Yet another listed building demolished. I guess the only reason for having listed building register is so that council can make it harder to restore old properties, there seems to be little problem in getting them demolished.
  6. 1 point
    Ooh did WBC purchase the Packet House?? The problem with this spoof invite Algy is that most posters on here would struggle lifting a toffee hammer let alone a sledgehammer 🤣 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s0m57ONmw8c
  7. 1 point
    Seems small tech firms are struggling to get skilled EU migrants to fill job vacancies, so are trying to get recruits from the rest of the world. Alas, a shortage of visas is causing problems. According to CH4 news tonight, an Asian, who had studied in the UK to qualify, couldn't reach the income target to qualify for employment. So we have to ask, if he studied for his skills set in the UK, why weren't there a classfull of indigenous British students in the same class getting qualified for the same job ?
  8. 1 point
    No it's not PJ fried egg every time.
  9. 1 point
    Even that straw man is a straw man - because I've just agreed with you. I've got to hand it to you. I guess that's how you manage to rack up thousands and thousands of posts by constantly misrepresenting what people say and then whinging on till they admit you can have the last word. Not big on irony though, are you?
  10. 1 point
    More straw men and personal comments. And you've answered your own question about the Parr Hall. Now that you've raised the subject, there is already a vanity project in the middle of the new development and it is being funded by the people of Warrington. So if you object to that sort of thing, then we agree on something.
  11. 1 point
    I have. I don't just sit around whinging thousands of times on here like some people. I always go to source. They won't say. So, they've gone from publicising the costs in support of a business case, to increasing them (still in support of a weaker but viable business case) to pretending they don't exist. Occam's Razor leads to one conclusion. The business case has gone. As for all the other stuff in your post - it's just your usual straw man stuff full of things I never said, so I'll ignore that bit. BTW, somebody should have told the city of culture bid team that the town already has two 'municipal theatres'. It would have helped the bid no end and I can't believe they overlooked the facts you've just made up supplied.
  12. 1 point
    Sorry but they really are specialized. Each element is optimised and achieves the lowest cost by producing the largest volume possible with different models sharing common components to the greatest extent practical. Whilst any manufacturer has a large enough market to do this the world will not go back to cottage industries. The reality is that our prosperity depends on the economies of scale and without them prices would rise dramatically and our standard of living would plummet. The doomsayers are generally trying to frighten us all enough to make us want to return to the stone age as communists, don't listen as that way lies madness!
  13. 1 point
    I went into town on Sunday for a look around the Makers market. It looked great, lots of families browsing, buying and eating in the Queens gardens. There was also a ballet on at the Parr Hall. Nipped into Golden sq which was almost as busy as a Saturday. Didn't cost me a penny to park. You whingers need to try it sometime, you could do it when you are placing flowers on the site of the Manx Arms.
  14. 1 point
    you rant and make statements of opinion with no facts to back them up and just repeat them. You have addressed non of the points made such as what has changed that will make the new market a success, a cinema that will mostly operate when the market is closed? So what if I do not go into Warrington a lot these days, why does that exclude me having an opinion, I pay taxes, what happens if ut is a white elephant will you underwrite the project PJ? Do the various EU, National and Local government policies on pollution exclude me because I do not go into Warrington town centre?
  15. 1 point
    I have business interests and property and family in Warrington. Even if I didn't, I still wouldn't need your permission to have an opinion. And you have ten times more opinions than me anyway, most of them moaning about other people from what I can tell. It really grips your pipe that other people don't do what you tell them to do, doesn't it? Have you spoken to anybody about it?
  16. 1 point
    such a pity all the love for the Manx Arms came too late. I bet none of you used the place regularly when it was open but couldn't wait to whinge online once this dilapidated, dangerous and architecturally insignificant pile was legally removed to make way for something useful.
  17. 1 point
    I take your point Sid, but really this is more about the impossibility of accomodating the sheer numbers of people wanting to migrate to what they perceive to be a better life in another country instead of trying to improve the country they are living in.
  18. 1 point
    British working class society has been pushed on the scrap heap for getting on for 40 years. Every government has dodged the issue of rising unemployment & the need to get people back into work & contributing to the national purse. One of the biggest scams, in the name of reducing dole figures, has been to move people off job seekers & onto another benefit ,whether long term sickness or 16 hours a week work + top up benefits. The short sightedness of all recent governments has left a massive hole in the skills market & an idle workforce that is unemployable while leaving a wide open door for employers to bring labour in from abroad at lower rates.
  19. 1 point
    .. and now Amnesty International steps in; saying that the Met data base on London gangs is guilty of racial profiling, and contrary to the human rights of disproportionate percentage of black youths on the data base. Thought that black youths were disproportionately represented in the number of actual perpetrators ?
  20. 1 point
    funny i never had a career was too busy with a job to have a career. I know it may sound a bit controversial but maybe if we made it compulsory to retire at say sixty five for everyone that might free up some jobs that are currently being taken up by people who have now to work until they are getting on for seventy before they can retire with a state pittance pension. At twenty five if somebody had offered me ten grand the only question i would have asked was "where do want the body burying". The money would have been put in the bank and gone to pay off the mortgage. I have a niece who was given that amount when a relative passed away and managed to spend the lot in less than a month and had nothing to show for it, not even a new car. See it, want it, get a loan, buy it, seems to be the order of the day these days. with me it was see it, need it, save like mad until i could afford it then buy it. a job was to put food on the table and pay bills and not just something to pass the time until the next holiday. "ahh the youth of the today". the eternal cry of anybody older than forty since time began.
  21. 1 point
    I wonder if the council have got the wrong idea about the listed status and think that it is a demolition list.
  22. 1 point
    Top result and well deserved. Showed character to come back in 2nd half!
  23. 1 point
    Which HMG data storage problem did you have in mind? You should consider that DWP has data that goes back to computerised data from card held NI stamp records and can calculate your pension all the way back to graduated pensions and how many stamps you were credited in every year since you were 16. But that is because they knew they needed to do that. They even have algorithms which were taken into account in setting contribution rates in past times . Windrush records were on paper could have been scanned but would not have been possible to OCR the hand-written records. They couldn't see the point so they got lost. Government has a clear policy on destroying data that is not needed any more, what they really need is a better crystal ball,
  24. 1 point
    Obs, Windrush and the Liebour agenda. Sorry you are being naïve, there are local elections in London and some other places more enlightened than Warrington with election by thirds. Labour tried to get at Teresa May in the Commons with a disclosure requirement, it failed so you can expect all sorts of squealing about the terrible Tories in the news tonight and in tomorrow's papers. They couldn't have Londoners (a lot of whom are immigrants) thinking Khan was as fault for failing to resource the fight against knife crime and reneging on promises to freeze travel costs when there is the opportunity to claim the Tories are out to deport the lot of them. It will calm down by Saturday! I agree with you Davy but just make a more detailed point (as usual!)
  25. 1 point
    ... and they're now considering upping the subs for membership of the EU, due to Brexit taking 20% of their budgets. So those members that have grown used to being in net receipt of EU funding (paid by us), will now have to cough up some cash - which I'm sure they won't like; indeed, to the point where some will decide they'll be better off out of it.
  26. 1 point
    Obs, You may wish to think that Israel has nukes but Netanyahu couldn't possibly say. No Israeli government has ever confirmed it but the deterrent effect is still there. I think it is unfair to call it hypocrisy when it is about self preservation. Should Israel be open an honest with regimes that have pledged to destroy it as a state?
  27. 1 point
    I have been trying to lose weight and my fitness instructor told me to bend down and touch my toes. I said, “I don’t have that kind of relationship with my feet. would it be Ok if I just wave to them?”
  28. 1 point
    No Fugs, just bored with your attempts at one-upmanship.
  29. 1 point
    Has had some effect though as i now keep getting letters and texts from places to explain what their policy is regarding the sharing of any data they have on me. what it basically boils down to is that they won't share if i don't want them to. trouble is any data about me has already been shared hence the ppi/accident claims/ isa claims/bank charge claims/pension review and market survey calls that are a constant blight in our society. getting to the point that i will soon be answering the phone and when asked if i am who i am will be replying "no i died last week"
  30. 1 point
    Where to begin, there are multitude of factors that have played a part in the demise of the Town Centre, and it's not just a Warrington problem. If we start with the politicians, I would suggest that rather than an emotional attachment to and investment in a comprehensive vision (local plan), our politicians, either through laziness or ignorance, gave total cart blanche to the expediency of allowing a developer led strategy, which has resulted in piece meal and disjointed development. If we go back to the golden opportunity of Warrington New Town, we can discern that it was wrapped around the old Town without being integrated into it. The linear road system linked areas of NT development, rather than adopting a radial system that placed the TC at it's centre. It also gave rise to the "out of Town" retail phenomenon, which was car dependent, with the resultant sprawl of retail "sheds" we see today. All of which draw custom and activity away from the centre. Likewise, in the TC itself, we saw the development of Golden Square, which in effect was like moving the existing TC to the N/W of the TC, leaving other areas abandoned. Retail has a finite demand, and if you move it and concentrate it in one area, the rest dies. We've also got the issue of that demand, if residential dwellings, and thus population are moved outward, it's no wonder we witness reduced demand for shopping and entertainment. Finally, the advent of on-line shopping clearly doesn't help the high street's sustainability. Whether it's too late, I'm not sure, but any remedial strategy will take a generation to repair.
  31. 0 points
    Has to be the fried egg every time. Grilled pineapple? An abomination!
  32. -1 points
    Probably because your entire posting repertoire extends only to slagging off the council and slagging off the council, grow up and stop whinging. Local shops, local cafes, local restaurants, local bars all run by local traders and entrepreneurs yet still you moan. This is WHY the market is being built, right on the high street. Enjoy Newcastle and cut the umbilical the town has enough resident doom and gloom merchants without non residents chipping in.
  33. -1 points
    So you want to restrict third world workers to only selling goods in their home markets? Not very liberal of you is it? The world would be a much poorer place if each country could only sell its produce at home.
  34. -1 points
    Ah I see, vanity projects are only acceptable if they are your vanity projects, things are clearer now thank you and what subject, pray tell, did I raise? 😄
  35. -1 points
    its so hard to choose between grilled pineapple or fried egg lol
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