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  1. 5 points
    “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain
  2. 4 points
    Well you might then explain why enforcing the requirement to park in the bay only is in the public interest in an almost empty, and by the sound of it about to close car park. They already had the parking fee so the penalty ticket is only needed to discourage behaviour that might stop others from parking but that was evidently not the case. There is a requirement on councils to not treat parking fines as a source of revenue but this case suggests that might well be what was happening here. The rules are there for a reason but when the reason ceases to be applicable why not cease to enforce it. Save the money by not employing the attendant during those hours perhaps. I wouldn't mind betting that the data protection registration for the car park doesn't say that the cameras are to be used to enforce parking controls and rather that they are for crime prevention. Parking over a white line in a car park not being a crime if the parking firm use the footage to take action against their staff or the public for parking infringements they may well be breaking the law. I agree with Dizzy's underlying point about using common sense, the council just have a bit of a problem with common sense and prefer the officious route.
  3. 4 points
    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
  4. 3 points
    is there any possibility of confining the brexit table tennis to one topic. it is becoming rather confusing to try and figure out what the original topic was about with several topics containing references to other topics which then contain references to this topic. the votes have been counted the result is in like it or not it is done with as far as us plebs are concerned. it is now down to HMG to sort out what form it takes. Hard, Soft or no deal whichever it is we will have to accept it as negotiated (or not in the case of no deal). will it affect me personally? yes it will but how i will not know until it actually happens. I have learned over the years that i can only worry about so much before the brain gives up and takes a holiday, so worrying about what MAY happen is rather pointless. Remember for every expert that says a thing is so there are an equal number who will say the opposite.
  5. 3 points
    just head that police are looking for a man seen to be shooting a starting pistol at a crowd of people. They think it may be race related.
  6. 3 points
    What? Eat the rat? There's probably some EU directive against that
  7. 3 points
    You see, i don't see the point of these childish protests against Trump. Love him or hate him ,he is passionate about the success & security of the USA . He is controversial, abrasive & is prone to telling other politicians what they need to hear but don't particularly want to.
  8. 3 points
    It'd be nice to think that we wouldn't need a facility such as this Algy because as we all know, it has the ability to stiffle debate but there comes a time when enough is enough. And while we're on the subject, I'm no big fan either of the plus and especially the minus thing and think that whether you agree or disagree you should simply say something or say nothing. Seeing a red mark against a post can be deeply hurtful, especially when you can't see who did it. Can you imagine something like this on Facebook? it'd be open season for the cyber bullies and turn people away from using it. No doubt they spent a lot of time and effort designing their policy to make sure it works and while I appreciate that there's no great resources here, there should at least be a recognition of what works and what doesn't. I'll probably get a red mark for saying this Apologies for the rant. Bill
  9. 3 points
    What the hell are you talking about PJ, there was no racism mentioned or even intended in my comment, are you so bigoted that you can't see genuine humour when it stares you in the face, Confused 52 is correct I was merely having a light hearted dig at Sid regarding his comment, I am the last person that would infer that any area of this country was populated by any race by their colour, for goodness sake lighten up and take your head from up your backside and see what the real world is like man.
  10. 3 points
    Can't see the point in sticking an england flag (made in china) to my car (made in france) or my bike ( made in america) to support a scratch football team (made in hope), especially as i have no real interest in the world cup (or football in general) and the resultant "shouldadone" commentary by the pundits who had the same things said about them when they played for the national side when it got beat by (insert any other national side in the world here). The world cup. the only competition where the pre match commentary and the subsequent post mortem of the result takes longer than the actual match.
  11. 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.’
  12. 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!
  13. 3 points
    Its called progress obs. as a kid growing up in the sixties I have walked to school in snow that came up to my knees in places, true my knees were closer to the ground then, but we still went to school, Steam trains ran albeit slightly slower as they had to melt the snow from the track, the bus struggled through somehow, people got to work. They set out earlier so as not to be late, but then most people worked within walking distance of home. Health and safety have a lot to do with our current predicament, add to that the fear of being sued because little chardonay has slipped on ice in the playground and it is no wonder the place grinds to a halt at the first flurry of snow or cold weather. the russians and the canadians cope because they know what conditions to expect, anything ;less than two feet of snow overnight is a mild winter to them. They have trains with snowplows on to clear the lines. cars are winterised with snow chains or studded winter tyres. Roads are regularly cleared using snowplow vehicles. They know what to do when the temp drops into double minus figures. it happens every year. with us it is a case of last minute or later then complain that the leaders should have seen it coming and why they are not doing anything about it.
  14. 3 points
    Fugs That means that it is now the Labour Party that wants to maintain job insecurity for the working class whilst the Tories want to stop it. The evidence was in the form of the argument that preceded that statement. Parties have to be judged by their actions and policies and the consequences of them. They all say that they are right but making our own judgements and choices is the essence of democracy. Generations of Labour voters have relied on the expectation raised by Keir Hardie in a speech made on 27th Feb 1900 when he proposed this motion at the meeting at which the Labour Party was formed, a .. " distinct Labour group in Parliament should be formed, distinct from other parties, with its own policies and whips, dedicated to the promoting of legislation that helped the working man. Since I demonstrated that their support for the customs union and through it the single market is damaging the outcome for the working man it is for you to show why that is not treachery since it contradicts the very essence of the purpose of the Labour Party.
  15. 3 points
    . 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.
  16. 3 points
    Just about sums things up David Davis is at the golf club returning his locker key when Michel Barnier the membership secretary sees him. "Hello Mr Davis", says Mr Barnier. "I'm sorry to hear you are no longer renewing your club membership, if you would like to come to my office we can settle your account". "I have already settled my bar bill" says Mr Davis.. "Ah yes Mr Davis", says Mr Barnier, "but there are other matters that need settlement" In Mr Barnier’s office Mr Davis explains that he has settled his bar bill so wonders what else he can possibly owe the Golf Club? "Well Mr Davis" begins Mr Barnier, "you did agree to buy one of our Club Jackets". "Yes" agrees Mr Davis "I did agree to buy a jacket but I haven't received it yet". "As soon as you supply the jacket I will send you a cheque for the full amount". "That will not be possible" explains Mr Barnier. "As you are no longer a club member you will not be entitled to buy one of our jackets"! "But you still want me to pay for it" exclaims Mr Davis. "Yes" says Mr Barnier, "That will be £500 for the jacket. "There is also your bar bill". "But I've already settled my bar bill" says Mr Davis. "Yes" says Mr Barnier, "but as you can appreciate, we need to place our orders from the Brewery in advance to ensure our bar is properly stocked".. "You regularly used to spend at least £50 a week in the bar so we have placed orders with the brewery accordingly for the coming year". "You therefore owe us £2600 for the year".. "Will you still allow me to have these drinks?" asks Mr Davis. "No of course not Mr Davis". "You are no longer a club member!" says Mr Barnier. "Next is your restaurant bill" continues Mr Barnier. "In the same manner we have to make arrangements in advance with our catering suppliers". "Your average restaurant bill was in the order of £300 a month, so we'll require payment of £3600 for the next year". "I don't suppose you'll be letting me have these meals either" asks Mr Davis. "No, of course not" says an irritated Mr Barnier, "you are no longer a club member!" "Then of course" Mr Barnier continues, "there are repairs to the clubhouse roof". "Clubhouse roof" exclaims Mr Davis, "What's that got to do with me?" "Well it still needs to be repaired and the builders are coming in next week", your share of the bill is £2000". "I see" says Mr Davis, "anything else?". "Now you mention it" says Mr Barnier, "there is Fred the Barman's pension". "We would like you to pay £5 a week towards Fred's pension when he retires next month". "He's not well you know so I doubt we'll need to ask you for payment for longer than about five years, so £1300 should do it". "This brings your total bill to £10,000" says Mr Barnier. "Let me get this straight" says Mr Davis, "you want me to pay £500 for a jacket you won't let me have, £2600 for beverages you won't let me drink and £3600 for food you won't let me eat, all under a roof I won't be allowed under and not being served by a bloke who's going to retire next month!" "Yes, it's all perfectly clear and quite reasonable" says Mr Barnier. Now we understand what Brexit is all about.
  17. 2 points
    Among the continued Brexit doom and gloom from Remainers, is the plight of farmers who employ immigrant labour for fruit picking etc. Well, aside from the fact that seasonal labour could be granted seasonal visas; what about the indigenous jobless, who prefer lying in bed? If they don't take available jobs, why not just stop their dole ?
  18. 2 points
    Do they contain nuts Sid?
  19. 2 points
    not if you are in a marathon for charity.
  20. 2 points
    The jail was opened in 1985. when the school was opened i have not found out . (yet) Whichever was built/opened first you do have to ask why they were allowed so close to each other in the first place. ON A DEVILS ADVOCATE TYPE NOTE. Not all sex offenders are paedophiles (which seems to me to be the implication in the way it has been portrayed in the social media sites) Not that it is right, but then again how many of the "inmates " are drug user/pushers, how many are in for GBH or similar violence. Nobody kicks off about that, but the mere mention of "sex" in any terms with regards to prison and people go into mob mode, flaming torches and pitchforks at the ready. END OF DEVILS ADVOCATE TYPE NOTE. Probably more convicted paedophiles wandering around under suspended sentences at the moment than would ever be housed at thorn cross.(been at least four in the last month or so). BUT LET ME RE ITERATE i still do not think that it is right to do this I am just trying to get people to think rationally (or at least think.)
  21. 2 points
    To quote Oliver Cromwell: "It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice. Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government. Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money. Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse. Gold is your God. Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth? Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defiled this sacred place, and turned the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance. Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House; and which by God's help, and the strength he has given me, I am now come to do. I command ye therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place. Go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!"
  22. 2 points
    The whole EU enterprise was planned well before we were lured into it, and has progressed along the lines of ever closer integration under the unelected bureaucrats. To get back to the original post - Trumps visit, I am annoyed that the likes of the BBC and Guardian presume that everyone in Britain is against Donald Trump and report that as a fact. The reality is that the majority of the population (as is their normal stance) couldn't give a stuff either way. There are the usual suspects who will go out and protest about anything if the MSM tells them to, but the rest of the UK is mainly apathetic.
  23. 2 points
    A young mother was pushing her baby along the street in Manchester when suddenly a huge rottweiler dog lunged towards the pram, gnashing its teeth. The young woman thought for a moment that the dog would kill them when suddenly a man rushed over, wrestled with the rottweiler and broke its neck with his bare hands. Another man rushed to the scene and said, “I am a reporter and I saw everything that happened. Wait until I put the headline in my paper. It will read ‘Manchester United fan saves baby from savage rottweiler!” “No you can’t write that!” replied the man. “But why not?” said the reporter. “Because I am not a Manchester United fan, that’s why!” replied the man. “Oh, okay then,” said the reporter, “I will write Manchester City supporter saves mother and baby from savage rottweiler!” “You can’t write that either,” said the man. “Why not?” asked the reporter. “Because I am a Liverpool fan!” replied the man. “Oh I see,” said the reporter, “How about this then, ‘Scouse mauls family pet!”
  24. 2 points
    well by opening the window and putting the fan into overdrive i have managed to keep the temp in this room below 30c (29.6 at present) fortunately car at front of house so in the shade otherwise it would have melted by now it being mostly plastic. after three days of being out in the sun i have managed to get a nice white even colour over most of my exposed parts. ( arms and legs you shameful lot you)
  25. 2 points
    Hey that's cleaver, I didn't know we could do that. I suppose everyone else can still see what's been said up to this point but at least it should stop a lot the childish name calling that's been allowed to go on here for far too long. Sad that it comes to this but who knows, the forum may end up getting a few more active members if the petty bickering stops. PJ you do make some posts that I actually agree with but your constant attempts to bait people into arguments is just not very nice to see so reluctantly I've also added you to the ignored list. Needless to say there's no need to reply this, I won't see it. Bill
  26. 2 points
    The thing is that people crossing the border illegally are, by definition, breaking the law and are, if caught, placed in detention centres. They can't place children in adult detention centres, or adults in children's detention centres obviously, so they have to be separated. An unfortunate consequence of the Obama administration's handling of illegal immigration was that they gave a "pass" to families with children crossing the border illegally with the obvious result that a lot of children, not related to the illegal immigrants, were taken across miles of inhospitable desert to enable the illegals to cross into the USA without fear of being arrested, whereas before it had been mainly single males attempting to cross. Who knows how many of these kids have been subsequently been further abused by the people who used them as a sort of "passport" into the USA, sold on to traffickers. Another reason to separate the adults from the children is to establish whether there is a family link between them or are the children just being used as tools to enable the adults illegal entry. The Trump administration is not against immigration, it is against illegal immigration. Mexicans can, and do, migrate legally into the USA but, being sensible, the US don't want convicted criminals and drug dealers immigrating, they already have more than enough of them home grown. But of course the MSM and the left (but I repeat myself) can't resist using the images of concentration camps full of children as a weapon against the Trump.
  27. 2 points
  28. 2 points
    As a very serious political pundit, who followed every minute of the Primary and Presidential debates, I can tell you straight that Trump's position regarding non-involvement or not, was a very minor, irrelevant part of his campaign. His platform, as I stated, was Isis, illegal immigration, jobs and the economy and the only thing that he has not fulfilled is building a southern wall, that is because the Democrats are blocking the funding. The only reason that he has not yet left Syria, is because of the recent poison gas attacks, which affected the strategy. You are a little uninformed regarding US taxes. Due to deductions like earnings level, child credits, home mortgage deductions, etc, sixty percent of Americans pay no taxes at all. The major changes just effected, have no 'slashing' of any kind. Everybody in every category benefited, rich and poor. ( why do you feel that taxes should be designed to be punitive to any group?). The most important feature of the tax bill, is the lowering of the Corporate Tax rate, which helps the US be more competitive worldwide. This alone has already created jobs due to businesses expanding and has also started a wage raise phase. Hillary Clinton is, in my opinion, one of the most despicable Americans ever, narrowly beaten by Charles Manson. She has been a criminal all of her life, starting when she was a young lawyer and was involved in the Whitewater real estate scam. She has used her position to thumb her nose at the law every day. The evidence appears to show, that the Clinton Foundation actually extorted money from foreign governments when she was Secretary of State. Foreign governments were making $50,000,000 donations to the foundation and the next week, their representative would get an interview with Clinton, followed by some request being approved. The Clintons take eighty percent of the Foundations income for personal expenses. Right now, the Inspector General at the Justice Dept, is investigating her for allowing Top Secret documents to be kept on her unsecurephone and those of her staff. Very serious stuff. Several low level, military guys have gotten prison sentences for similar things. Let's see if she can corrupt this investigation. Of course, if she's found guilty, it will be because she's a woman or its rascist.
  29. 2 points
    Unfortunately the police had no option other than to comply with the law and arrest this hero!, as the old saying "the law is an ass". Thankfully the chap has been released on bail. On last nights news they reported that he had been defending his wife who has dementia and was terrified. Well done that man!.
  30. 2 points
    Has what gone Fugs ? If you mean the downvote/upvote thingy well no it's still there as it always was although we also added a 'ha ha giggle' type reaction too We (admins) can't see who actually votes either way again now (thankfully) as that was only a temporary measure for a short while while we/Invision were looking into the issue of the perpetual and rather annoying 'downvoter'. Glad it all stopped and we are back to being a happy(ish) place once again
  31. 2 points
    A few more vehicles that were modified by our cash strapped public services
  32. 2 points
    Agreed, there's a load of guff spouted over so called austerity which is blamed every time a public body is looking for an excuse as to why they aren't doing their job. Police forces that claim to be strapped for cash still manage to find enough to have their police cars done up for gay pride events. They can't afford to investigate domestic crimes but can afford to have officers trawling through social media looking for offense. Police and Crime Commissioners that we didn't need not so long ago now find they need deputies and a large staff. Apparently we need more Mayors for some obscure reason. As you say there is plenty of scope for savings in the public sector.
  33. 2 points
  34. 2 points
    But the evidence to-date from the antics of the EU, is that it's not a negotiation, but an attempt at humiliation; designed to deter others from leaving the EU and frighten the faint hearts in the UK into staying in it. Also, if we rewind back, previous referendums by Eire and Holland had to be redone in order to get the result the EU wanted; and it would be no surprise, given the faint hearts in Parliament, that the EU is after a re-run of the referendum (best out three, four or five ?).
  35. 2 points
    I tried using "BeefStew" as a password on a website this morning. It was rejected because it wasn't Stroganoff
  36. 2 points
    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 !
  37. 2 points
    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.
  38. 2 points
    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.
  39. 2 points
    Straight from Animal Farm "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".
  40. 2 points
    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!
  41. 2 points
    Is there much space on Birchwood business park?
  42. 2 points
    Seems M Macron has milked another £44million out of the UK Gov, to add to previous £millions being spent on security fencing and cameras, in and around Calais. Then to add insult to injury, asks that we take some of the illegal migrants dossing around France, having thrown in a sweetener that he will loan us the Bayeaux Tapestry. Whilst we may have a Parliament full of liberal bleeding hearts, isn't it time we had a Gov with some common sense ? The French have allowed illegal migrants to enter France and roam all the way to Calais, previously building camps; so why aren't they rounding up these "illegal" migrants and deporting them back to their country of origin ? Why isn't HMG doing the same with those that slip through the net into the UK ? HMG are responsible for protecting the territorial integrity of the UK, that's why we have an Army and Navy; but they've totally failed to defend our borders against this invasion for decades.
  43. 2 points
    Forgive my ignorance, but is it usual to award contracts to a huge corporation, that apparently claims expertise in a multiplicity of areas, from building Hospitals, transport infrastructure to delivering school meals ? Would it be true to suggest that such a huge organisation, would merely be a corporate tenderer for HMG contracts, that are then sub-contracted out to smaller firms ? In which case. would it be preferable for HMG to have a National(ised) Building Organisation, that would tackle such contracts and employ relevant sub-contactors in the first place ?
  44. 2 points
    I don't seem to be able to remember anything since I got one.
  45. 2 points
    If they incinerate it in a power station it will be more cost effective than burning imported wood chips as well as having a higher calorific value than conventional fuels (including gas and oil) so any filtering required to remove toxic emissions would be cost effective. It won't be done of course because it would upset the greenies.
  46. 2 points
    Happy & Prosperous New Year to all on the forum & beyond.
  47. 2 points
    Well folks we are back home in Texas. We had a great trip and the lunch with Gary and Dizzy, with a visit from Evil Sid, was a highlight. My first comment is that it is damn cold there, course you know that, but it seemed very cold this time, probably because the sun rarely appeared. People were great, had a front wheel flat close to Llangollen and a very nice young guy in his work truck, stopped and changed it for me. Great café / bakery on the main street in Llangollen, Winchit's or something like that, if I lived there, I would weigh three hundred pounds. Not so good was the traffic. Don't remember the lanes being so skinny and the parking with wheels on the sidewalk is a killer. Traffic circles are a problem too when you are not sure of your directions, everyone seems to turn them into race tracks. Becky was my navigator, but every time I looked at her for directions, she had her hands over her eyes!! Couldn't believe that I got lost so many times in my home town. Trying to get to the parking off Midland Way (that's new) and an unmapped island appeared and we ended up in Cockhedge shopping! I drove a 55' long tour bus all over the USA for eight years and never had a tighter experience than getting out of that parking lot !!! Must say though, my buddy, Smithy, who's my age, shocked the hell out of me when he told me that he had a hip replacement using local anesthetic !!!! Said that he wasn't too happy with having to listen to the whine of the saw as it cut his leg off !!!! One last thing, if you ever get the chance to fly Singapore Airlines take it. Their coach is just like business class with smaller seats, they feed you every two hours and wine with lunch and dinner. All in all a good final trip, thanks Gary and Dizzy. To quote the great man: It's so nice to go travelling, but it's so much nicer to come home.
  48. 2 points
    Can I just politely say that if the person/persons responsible for continually downgrading other members posts or comments across the whole of the forum doesn't stop playing silly buggers with the facility I WILL DISABLE IT and up/downgrading of people and their reputation count will go and wont be coming back. It's not nice and it's not clever to target another forum members and to mark their posts just for the sake of it to try and score some sort of vendetta point to make them look bad re their 'reputation'. Just saying like but hey I have the power and I WILL use it even if if means I loose all the many hundreds of good post/reputation marks I have accrued over the years too. I never deserved them anyway Now play nice everyone PLEASE Dizzy (Official Admin Grump) Anyway back to where you were......happy posting everyone
  49. 2 points
    that suggestion not only borders on the libellous but could be cause for a legal case to be brought against you for defamation of character unless you can provide some proof as to the validity of it. innocence until proven otherwise is the basis of the judicial system, even a murderer, if caught standing over the body with gun in hand and screaming they deserved it, can only be arrested under suspicion and is deemed innocent until convicted in a court of law. hence the term alleged being used all the time. alleged crimes are not proven crimes and "victims" coming forward in the press only prejudice any case against the alleged perpetrator as they would not get a "fair" trial in a court of law.
  50. 2 points
    My condolences fugt, it must be so depressing to be permanently negative. Liberals lost to a businessman, get used to it. The man made billions of dollars, lost it and came back and did it again. Anyone who can equal that is entitled to unfairly criticize him. He's been in office for seven months, please give me a list of his evil deeds to date. He has reduced illegal immigration, he has backed the police forces, he has removed many of the idiot Obama's job destroying regulations, tried to revise the healthcare but was stalled by 'politicians'. I could go on, but I await your list with interest. By the way, the Unions are right behind his agenda and his agencies have never arrested or deported any illegal who wasn't a violent criminal. Finally, can someone please give an answer, as a normal human being I'm at a loss. Why do left wing liberals always feel that they have to turn human suffering into gotcha politics - the epitome of bad taste. I guess it's because they have no original thoughts and it comoflages their lack of ideas. I apologize folks, been taut as a spring for a couple of weeks, but feeling better right now- just opened the bar. Aaaahh
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