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  1. Then in fifty years when they get out, they'd probably be even more determined to seek greater revenge and become a martyr.  

    Most rules for dealing with crime in this country were made well before Islamic terrorism was even thought of and as such, are simply not applicable. If the ultimate punishment is death, then that's exactly what these people are looking to achieve, and they're not bothered whether that occurs in jail or on the streets, What's needed is a completely different type of punishment that would probably break every rule in the book by specifically targeting Islamic extremism, but it'll never happen in this country because we're too bloody civilised.


    Bill :)


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  2. Did anyone else notice that the coaches transferring the people to the isolation hospital last week each had someone at the front wearing a full isolation suit and visor.

    Sitting right next to them was the driver who was wearing a short sleeved shirt and tie.


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  3. Ah but, computers are much better.

    I went for a blood test a few weeks back but when I got there, the receptionist said there should have been a form included and that I’d have to go back to the surgery to get one printed. I asked why, if everything is on the computer, they couldn’t just print one for me. Not allowed, confidentiality, human rights etc. So all the way back to the medical centre, where no medical questions were asked, just my name, address and a quick press the print key. This took about ten seconds, but my round trip was nearly an hour and I got bloody soaked in the process.

    So much for computers being better, saving us time and effort.

    Bill :)

  4. A month back, my old Alfa suddenly developed a weird cutting out problem which left me kangarooing along at 20 mph. Fortunately, there was a hard shoulder and an exit not too far away that allowed me to get off but if that had happened on a smart motorway it could have been a disaster. The figures suggest that the number of recorded near miss incidents has increased twenty fold on these roads which to me indicates that someone skimped on the safety assessment.


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  5. So if I know the year the road was built and can gauge the distance between lamp posts, I'd have a 50% chance of being able to guess the speed limit depending on the classification.

    Looks like going with the flow makes more sense.

    Hey Stallard, don't you just love the way we do things over here! 


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  6. Well I'm still confused then because I've never really understood how street lights equate to speed limits.

    As far as I know Winwick Road has a 40 mph limit for most of it's length and that has street lights (i think).

    I've just Googled down Midland Way and see plenty of lamps but no speed signs?

    Maybe I'll just continue to go with the flow and not worry about it.

    Bill :)

  7. Given the size of the UK, it’s probably just easier and cheaper at the moment to use road transport for goods. I’ve spent a lot of time in the states, and there, the railways carry huge amounts long distances so there are very few trucks on the interstate motorways compared to the UK.

    Even when the cost of fuel becomes prohibitive, I doubt rail as we know it will be the answer and instead we’ll probably use semi-autonomous road trains that can then simply be driven to their final destination.

    Bill :)

  8. A slight digress, but what's the actual speed limit on the "Expressway"? I believe it's 30 mph, but when it's not congested, most seem quite happy doing 40 or more. I always feel a bit uncertain when driving along there as I don't like holding others up but equally I don't want a ticket.

    Bill :)

  9. Given the choice, most of us would prefer the convenience of a car, however councils seem to disagree with this and prefer us all to use bikes and public transport. But given they can’t force us to use the bus, they instead do as little as possible for the motorist, even to the point where it looks like they’re deliberately trying to make it more difficult for private car owners to get around.

    Fast forward to 2050 where we’re all electric and most of the environmental arguments won’t exist. People will still prefer to own a private car over a shared-self-driving Ubermoiles but either way, the lack of foresight means we’ll probably still be on roads designed for the horse and cart, traffic lights designed by five year olds and still not enough parking places.

    Clearly our planners should have watched the Jetsons when they were kids rather than Bill & Ben!

    Bill :)

  10. Following previous outbreaks, think a huge number of Chinese have permanently adopted mask wearing, even to the point where some see them as fashion items.

    Last year I was on Devil's Causeway in Northern Ireland, miles from any civilisation with a strong wind blowing directly off the Atlantic. You probably couldn't have wished for cleaner fresher air anywhere in the world, yet the place was full of Chinese tourists, all wearing their masks. 

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  11. Well that always happens when too many try to jump on the same specialist bandwagon irrespective of where they’re located. Running might be a big thing right now but supplying only running shoes seriously limits the number of visitors, so to keep them coming back they need to be right on their game.

    It seems very few shops these days stand the test of time and even the big names are deserting our town centres. Perhaps they should look at stores like Handcock and Woods and see if they can work out what the magic formula is.


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    5 hours ago, asperity said:

    The worst fires they've ever had Bill?


    Well like most people I’m only going off what I hear and see on the news but if you know better, then feel free to update me of exactly when it was worse.

    You’ve made your views on climate change/global warming very clear and I even agree with much of what you say but the authorities (while not directly blaming climate change), do say the that the scale of this disaster is down to the weather. The fire authorities said they couldn’t carry out a lot of the preventative burns they normally do, not because of any locked gates or green issues but simply because of the weather conditions this year made it unsafe.

    Suppose it all comes down to who you choose to believe.  

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    5 hours ago, Confused52 said:

    one of the Royal Family being kidnapped abroad do not bear thinking about.


    I’m sure they’ll be discussing this very point at their meeting today. Given the strong public opinion, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Queen tells Harry to get this right because one isn’t going to be seen bailing anyone out.


    Bill :)

  14. I'm no big fan of Greggs but my grandkids certainly aren't very happy that they've stopped doing the meat and potato bakes. These poor excuses for a proper meat and tata pie were apparently just a northern regional option, who'd have thought that?


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  15. Well yes, according to one of the Labour party wannabees, which I found a bit surprising.

    Personally, I reckon if they want to distance themselves from the royal family and become financially independent, then they should organise their own security, at least while outside the country. 

    Bill :)

  16. I’d hope that most thinking people would look at the big picture about what’s happening over there rather than take the word of an Aussie drongo with an internet conspiracy theory. Clearly these are the worst fires they’ve ever had and yes, some of the environmental laws haven’t helped but the consensus view of the professionals is that extreme weather conditions over the last year has been the primary cause.  These unusual conditions may well be linked to global warming, but equally so, it could just be down to the natural variability of the weather and that’s never going to change.


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  17. No not at all.

    There’s always been help for the needy, we just never referred to them as foodbanks in the past. But think about how things have changed since you and I were lads. Back then most people tended to remain in the town where they were born and work there too, so families were always a lot closer together than they are these days. Then consider also the fact that most of us lived in streets where we had neighbours that we could always borrow a cup of sugar from but today the term neighbourly is almost unheard of. Fewer people go to church, socialise in a local pub, shop at local shops, play bingo, the list could go on forever.

    The bottom line is that we are rapidly becoming a society of fragmented stay at homes whose family are too far away and where friends are all virtual. The lack of face to face contact thanks to our obsession with mobile technology certainly has a lot to answer for. But neither governments nor the general population created these devices but society is now dominated by them.

    Sorry if anything didn’t make sense but in a big rush to get out to socialise (wife’s birthday!)


    Bill 😊

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  18. No child in this country should ever go hungry but if they do, who’s fault is it? The poor blame the government while the rich point fingers at the parents but sadly to me, to some extent, they’re both right.

    It’s all relative though because one person’s definition of poverty would be another’s idea of sheer luxury but wherever we set the defining point for poverty, there’ll always be some who, rightly or wrongly, consider themselves hard done by. This makes it an almost impossible problem to solve, especially for a government, short of driving us all into communism.

    For me, if anyone is to blame it’s society as a whole which for a variety of reasons has allowed us as a people to become more insular and remote from others who in the past would recognise a developing situation and be willing to help.


    Bill :)

  19. Same here. I'm starting to believe there might be something in this global warming thing. 

    Only kidding I think it's about 5C at the moment.

    Anyway, hope all my forum mates all had a very merry Christmas and I'm just going to start getting a bit merrier now I'm done with the day's driving.


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  20. In any case most of the current hospital isn't that old, probably 20/30 years tops so either the planners weren't forward thinking enough or as Davy says it's just overcrowded with people who should just see a local doctor or take an lemsip.   


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