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  1. Most popular name ?

    I was going to say "Christian" name, but no; you've guessed - the most popular boys name in Britain is Mohammed (according to s/media reports). Which just about sums up the state of the Nation. Coming up fast though, is the Islington Pied Piper with Corbyn; which does suggest it may be preferable to have an IQ test prior to having kids.
  2. Brexit's losers -

    According to an LSE study, there seems to be a direct correlation between those areas voting Leave or Remain, and their post-Brexit fortunes (if it ever happens). Remain voting areas will be worse off, while Leave areas will be less effected. Perhaps that's why they instinctively voted the way they did ?
  3. Brexit's losers -

    I agree visa v Germany; they are clearly hissed off at providing the largess to all these begging bowls; but the way it seems to work is that they lend the money for the rest to buy their cars etc, then still demand interest on the loans (EG Greece). The problem is Con, we can't "mean it", because we have an EU 5th column in Parliament determined to wreck the will of the people as per the referendum result, and with some in the Tory Party, seek to sabotage any display of our real strengths. EG: the future of EU citizens in the UK, which imo should be a card to play. I can't see that Poland would welcome the return of over 3 million ex-pats to start consuming their public services and benefits. We've also got this obsession with the single market, which is in reality, no more than a glorified protection racket and any reversion to WTO rules is a two way street - thus tit for tat tariffs - if that's how they want to play it. The reality is, there is no such thing as a "soft" Brexit; anything less than leaving the single market, the customs union and the ECoJ, means we're still in the EU, but with no political input (like Norway).
  4. Brexit's losers -

    What the Gov don't seem to realise, is that the EU has to be seen to give us a bad deal; in order to stop the other 27 from exiting too. The east Europeans are at odds with Brussels over their migrant inflicting dictatorship, the southern Europeans are struggling with basket case economies; the only thing keeping them together is their belief in handouts from Brussels. Well, if we leave them with a 20% hole in their budgets, it's going to sting; so they're trying to bluff £billions out of us to soften the blow.
  5. Brexit's losers -

    .. and now the Tories have caved in and are using bribery as a tool of negotiation; offering £20billion for the privilege of staying in the single market for two more years and receiving continued migration from the EU. Clearly, the majority of politicians believe themselves to be above the will of the people.
  6. Grid lock -

    Finished up in a queue of traffic along Battersby Lane, which was backing up from Bridge Foot. So thought to myself, if this is how bad it is now, what's going to happen when tolls are placed on the two Widnes bridges ?
  7. Will Fat Boy get his nukes ?

    Well it is one of the three options !
  8. Lots and lots of talking and hand wringing from the international community, but no solid solutions on offer. 1) Economic sanctions won't work, as Putin said " they'll eat grass before giving up their nuke programme". Kim has a point of course, why shouldn't he have his nukes, to "deter" the US and others from regime change ? From the West's point of view; if he really does represent a threat to the current world order, it would seem two options present themselves: either take him out or his country out; something Western liberals wouldn't have the stomach for. so will continue wringing their hands. So as the saying goes, we'll just have to put up or shut up.
  9. Grid lock -

    Diz, this was earlier than that, and sadly now the norm - queues in Battersby Lane, and around the Island, Orford Laneski. Getting back to the question, can't see two toll bridges in Widnes improving matters - can you ?
  10. Most popular name ?

    Perhaps a gender neutral name - just to be on the safe side ? !
  11. Most popular name ?

    been on holiday Fugs ?
  12. Will Fat Boy get his nukes ?

    Well, he's going to have to go some to catch up to the Yanks !
  13. Grid lock -

    Slightly more important than being stuck in traffic.
  14. Nutters -

    Seems one in four girls aged around 14, suffer from depression. One wonders how previous generations managed to grow up.
  15. Nutters -

    Seems some mental health charities have challenged the name of some toffees on sale in Poundland, saying "nutters" is offensive to the mentally ill. We had the PETA court case of the monkey that took a selfie, with PETA claiming the monkey has image rights. Seems we now live in a world of sad folk just looking for things to be "offended" by, the nutters have well and truly taken over the asylum.
  16. Nutters -

    Come on Dave, gender neutral underwear please !
  17. Seems over a dozen Labour MPs ignored Corbyn's three line whip on the EU withdrawal bill, and either voted with the Gov or abstained. Most represent pro-Brexit constituencies, so know which side of the bread is buttered. Meanwhile, Corbyn accused the PM of a constitutional power grab in adopting Henry VIII powers in order to speed up the process of adopting EU laws into British law. thus avoiding the disruptive machinations of Labour Remoaners determined to wreck any rational process of exiting the EU. Corbyn is allegedly planning a "power grab" of his own, with rule changes at Labour's Party Conference, aided and abetted by his Momentum Red Guards, in order to remove moderates from Parliament, so pot calling kettle. .
  18. MPs walking the tightrope -

    The champagne socialist inside the M25 bubble, like Shaka Unnuna; criticising the detached comments of Rees-Mogg on food banks, while wading into regular restaurant meals at over £50 a pop. All of them taking regular pay rises over the time that essential public sector workers have been capped on 1%. Time the stables were cleaned out, if the penny ever drops with the electorate.
  19. MPs walking the tightrope -

    The problem is Dave, as with all politics and especially the Labour Party: it all comes down to dogma rather than common sense or even representation. MPs straight out of UNI into research jobs, then into a safe seat, without the slightest notion of how traditional Labour supporters think, let alone live, pontificate on subjects coloured by their trendy peers. The majority of MPs are Remoaners, who completely mis-read the public mood over Brexit, and now arrogantly assume it was the "uneducated, racist and xenophobic" masses that got it wrong, and that rational judgement belongs to them alone. Ironically to a point they may be right, as it was some of those same masses who evidently voted them back into Parliament at the G/Election.
  20. New Market ?

    Has anyone seen inside the "new" market multi-storey car park ? Aside from the external façade (which looks suspiciously like some form of cladding); it doesn't appear very different from the one they demolished.
  21. Egg on faces ?

    Remoaners were telling us of a disaster for food safety caused by Brexit; perhaps they'll note the latest call back of eggs in Germany and Holland due to poisoning risk and the horse meat for beef scam. Perhaps if we bought less food from the EU and produced our own, we could monitor production ?
  22. Egg on faces ?

    Shows they haven't learnt a thing: can't sort out immigration from Africa, make it even easier for migrants to move around Europe; increasing centralised power etc; seems we're escaping just in time.
  23. Stephen Hawkings challenge ?

    Prof Hawkins believes humankind will become extinct on planet earth within the next 100 years, and has challenged science with the task of "travelling where no man has gone before" to colonise a new one. So an interesting prog on TV the other night, went into the problems to be faced and the possibilities of mankind overcoming them. Apparently the nearest suitable candidate is Proxima B, an exo planet 4.5 light years away, which, with current rocket technology would take around 2,000 years to reach. So with developments of light energy technologies, they narrowed this down to 20 years. There were a host of other "problems" to overcome and some tenuous solutions were explored, but for me, the final sick joke, was the fact that, because of the nature of it's revolution in relation to it's sun, Proxima B has two poles, one facing it's sun, where water would exist as a gas, and one where it would exist as a solid, leaving a thin strip of possible habitable zone in between, so not exactly a good starting point for re-starting human civilization. So perhaps a non starter ?
  24. Stephen Hawkings challenge ?

    The scientists in the prog, estimated around a thousand humans would be required to begin breeding on a new colony (presume this would exclude LGBT applicants ! ) Frankly, having listened to all the problems faced and the lack of any unified global programme, I doubt that it's a starter. I also doubt the ability of biological beings to sustain prolonged space travel. What is more likely imo, would be our replacement by AI robots, who's only energy requirement would be sunlight, and they would be capable of existing in hostile enviroments. How humans could transfer their personalities into such robots is one for the scientists or perhaps they could carry the seeds of humanity with them; if it's possible to protect them against radiation. However, I don't think any of us will see it anyway, so it can remain sci-fi.
  25. Green Belt homes plan is madness

    Thanks Con, seems they have ticked all the boxes then !