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General Discussion Area / Re: Royal Wedding
« on: Yesterday at 11:22:53 »
No invite for me. :)

That's your punishment for turning down them holding it at Opti castle, so they had to slum it in Windsor. :P :P :P ;D ;D ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Check my science.....
« on: Yesterday at 01:30:12 »
The world is currently cooling down as we enter a 40-60 year Maunder Minimum. Snow levels last winter & spring have been particularly high in North America and ice melt in the Canadian North West passage particularly low. But don't let the facts interfere with a good kids bedtime fable to give you & them a few nightmares. ;D ;D ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Well you all know...
« on: 17 May 2018, 00:53:22 »
The reason why is the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have clamped down on the penalization of existing customers for motor, home and annual travel insurance. Renewal notices must now contain what your current premium was so you can easily compare last years with this years premium and the FCA are monitoring companies for the percentage price difference between new and existing customers and may take further action.

The insurance broker I do work for automatically include loyalty bonus renewal discount codes for typically 10-15% in their renewal reminders when renewed directly through them as they have no third party commission to pay. Although they do a rance of insurances they don't currently do home or motor.

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General Car Chat / Re: What a bag of sh!te
« on: 17 May 2018, 00:37:10 »
No just making the point all of the comments are along the lines of don't buy this because....

I would have thought something along the lines of a,b,c are their good points, but watch out for these problems especially after x miles, z years would be much more useful to you when making a decision. More like secondhand reviews tend to do, but with the benefit of direct personal experience added from the contributors on here. :y :y :y

For example: I know the Renault/Vx vans tend to eat gearboxes but with regular oil changes and making sure regularly the oil is fully topped up massively extends the gearbox life so you probably won't have a problem.

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General Car Chat / Re: What a bag of sh!te
« on: 16 May 2018, 22:50:44 »
Sounds like your best bet is a couple of pairs of steel capped hiking boots for you and SWMBO, but be careful:

Brand A: Definitely avoid as after 10 years beach surf walking everyday, poor corrosion resistance, the steel toe caps had completely rusted away. :-[
Brand B: Avoid as they fitted badly where the different parts came from the bitsa bins. :D
Brand C: Only got 1.5 times around the world before their weak mechanicals meant they fell to pieces. :o
Brand D: Poorly made with rough stitching, that gave way on our 3 circuit of Europe and weak laces meant a roadside rescue. :(
Brand E: Came out of the ugly bin and badly fitting, so sore feet, avoid. ???
Brand F: No heat resistance, they lasted notime when walking on hot lava in Hawaii. >:(

Have you considerer the benefits of bare feet walking? :-X :-X :-X ;D ;D ;D :P :P :P

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In which case they are no longer travellers. People with Traveller heritage and culture yes, but not travellers.

Generically "pikeys", no?

They are Travellers or Gypsies. Walk into a Juke joint in the US and call the people in there by the N-word or the same in a pub with Travellers using the P-word expect to be on a fighting retreat as they are both massive insults to each ethnic group respectively. Boxing is a traditional career path for travellers with many champions including Tyson Fury and somebody from a local family who I know is Les Stevens.

http://boxrec.com/en/boxer/16073


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General Discussion Area / Trump lawyer & fixer Michael Cohen
« on: 16 May 2018, 02:48:06 »
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5732429/Michael-Cohen-asked-millions-dollars-pass-Trump-family-members.html

This is just the tip of the iceberg of the allegations against the Trump crime family that is going to break and turn into a flood in the next few weeks. So far Special Investigator Robert Mueller III has served 23 indictments against the Trump crime clan, with many sealed and ready to be served and many more to follow. As I've always said the is going to make Tricky Dicky's Watergate look like a parking violation. :o :o :o

I have been following for the last 18 months many newspaper articles, blogs, journalists, politicians, lawyers and ex-5-eyes-spooks and the scale of the organised crime is staggering with money laundering figures from the $100's billions up $1tn being quoted. The Panama Papers gives a hint and a small insight into the webs of anonymous companies involved in this. Corrupt politicians, business people and gangsters need similar sized and connected money launderers to help them get their money out of corrupt countries into the safe West so they can make the dirty money clean, invest and spend it. :o :o :o

The countries involved include European, Asian, South American and Middle Eastern and will probably cause the disgrace and fall of multiple political leaders. Personally, I think this is going to be the biggest crime case the world has ever seen and will involve major global organized crime groups. :o :o :o

Robert Mueller busted all of the major Italian mafia groups including the 'untouchable' teflon Don. Once a gangsters crimes are put in-front of him and the potential jail sentence or worse for a capital crime is spelt out they all flip and plea bargain in the end. This is already happening to many major figures in the current investigation, where he is going after the biggest fish. 8) 8) 8)

Time to get in the buckets of popcorn and enjoy the show. :o :o :o

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Sandhurst has a travelling community from when they were labourers building the Reading-Redhill railway in the 1840's and settled in the area and there was also quite a lot where I lived as a kid in Ash. Like all communities there are good and bad, the bad end up in the news & take part in scripted tv programs for which they are paid, the good ones get on with their lives and you don't hear about them.

A friend of mine started off worked as a groundsman at Sandhurst college, where he is a par golfer he then used to be a caddy at Wentworth and now does a traditional travellers job of buying and selling building materials but he always gets a signed receipt from whom he has bought them and another one from who he sells them too. He has at times been stopped by the police, but because he has a paper trail, which at times the police do check he has never been in trouble with the law. Hes got three children his boy did a 4 year plumbing apprenticeship and then after about 12 months working as a plumber got a job as a trainee surveyor and took the exams so he is a chartered surveyor. His eldest daughter was a top sales person at Thompson Directories until they closed a few years a go and her and her husband now organise corporate training courses and his youngest daughter works as an office administrator and started that career at our local council headquarters. There the sort that you don't get to hear about. :y :y :y
A travelling community that's been settled since the 1840's? There's something wrong with that statement......I can't quite put my finger on it  ;D

You mean like UK Asians that no longer live in Asia. They are called ethnic communities. About 50-60% of travellers these days live in houses, the rest in mobile homes, static trailers and on the road.

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Sandhurst has a travelling community from when they were labourers building the Reading-Redhill railway in the 1840's and settled in the area and there was also quite a lot where I lived as a kid in Ash. Like all communities there are good and bad, the bad end up in the news & take part in scripted tv programs for which they are paid, the good ones get on with their lives and you don't hear about them.

A friend of mine started off worked as a groundsman at Sandhurst college, where he is a par golfer he then used to be a caddy at Wentworth and now does a traditional travellers job of buying and selling building materials but he always gets a signed receipt from whom he has bought them and another one from who he sells them too. He has at times been stopped by the police, but because he has a paper trail, which at times the police do check he has never been in trouble with the law. Hes got three children his boy did a 4 year plumbing apprenticeship and then after about 12 months working as a plumber got a job as a trainee surveyor and took the exams so he is a chartered surveyor. His eldest daughter was a top sales person at Thompson Directories until they closed a few years a go and her and her husband now organise corporate training courses and his youngest daughter works as an office administrator and started that career at our local council headquarters. There the sort that you don't get to hear about. :y :y :y


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General Discussion Area / Re: Eurovision "Live" proved a sham
« on: 14 May 2018, 23:12:35 »
Did the UK win it again or was Europe having their annual getting its own back for 500 years of us whipping their asses in various wars & Brexit? ::) ::) ::)

Why can't our song be a politically correct celebration for memorable battles like the Nile, Trafalgar, invading Gibraltar, Crecy & Agincourt & really give them something to give us 'nul points' for. ;D ;D ;D

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https://unherd.com/2018/05/truth-liberal-london/?=frpo

As I haven't lived there I can't comment, but I am interested if this article is a good reflection from those that have or currently do?

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General Discussion Area / Re: Speaking of bog roll . . .
« on: 13 May 2018, 02:25:52 »
Go and visit Ukraine to find out what the term 'shit hole' really means. ::) ::) ::)  In a  village house like the MILs it is in the outside room.  A hole in the concrete to joint the rest in the smelly pit below. In the summer you have plenty of company from the flies buzzing around, whilst perfecting your aim trough the hole in the concrete slab so you don't leave a 'signature' behind on the concrete rim. If you have a loose bowel then you add your 'graffiti' all over the concrete to join the others, the swarm of flies will thank you. :o :o :o

And this is pure luxury compared to the free public toilets, the paid ones aren't so bad as they give you two sheets, to clean up your small/large, wet/dry discharge afterwards, you need more, live with the clinkers until your evening shower. :o :o :o

To say it is enlightening and character forming how other countries live and unpleasant sums it up. :o :o :o It is obviously a mainland European way of life as french public toilets with their hole and raised foot placers aren't much better. :o :o :o

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Go and visit your local mental health hospital and take a bit of time to study the people who have had their brains fried by smoking the shit, then you might see the justification for keeping it illegal.
Many of them will be well below the age of 18 by the way.
This is a subject very close to my heart, and I find it frustrating when people are glib about it.  :-X

The question here where skunk cannabis has known psychotic long term effects on the brain especially young brains, would legal lower strength help? I defer to your frontline experience, before I voice any opinion.

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Reduce the population, shoot any child who has 2 older siblings (that means shooting myself). Shoot anyone who is a financial drain on society, pensioners excluded.

The country needs to be cheaper to run, as we've run out of rich people to pay for it all.

Once again we are in a recession since the referendum (though figures are only just starting to catch up), and many small businesses just throwing in the towel as greedy landlords and greedy authorities keep bumping up rents and business rates, and nobody is spending.

Toys R us, Maplin and House of Fraser (now saved, temporarily) are just the start of this one, and there a few big names according to the retailer rags that are lined up to follow.

The millennials think online retailing is the answer, but that will only push prices up, and you can bet free postage/free return will soon become a thing of the past, and remember its horrifically expensive for a mail order company to process returns.


Obviously all this will reduce money raised by taxation, so time to vote me in as President ;)

Stalin & Hitler tried that; one suffered a 'stroke' and the other an 'accidental negligent discharge' in a Berlin Buker and Western society is still where it is. :o :o :o It's a numbers game and fools always easily outnumber smart academics. ::) ::) ::)

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As you've explained before, Malcolm, no one has 'paid in' to the state pension, the people who are contributing now are paying for the current pensioners. I get a warm feeling inside knowing that Albs is paying to keep me warm in my dotage. Thanks, Albs  :-*   ;D ;D

Yes, but I would further argue that virtually no-one, and probably on-one on this list, ever pays anything in nett. We're all takers of govt benefits one way or another. Govt spending in 2017 was 1726 Bn. So for a population of 65 Million, that represents about 26.5K in per man woman and child. Personal taxation (Income tax, NI,  VAT and a few others) make up about  70% of govt income, so accounting for that I suppose you could argue that it's about 18.5K per man, woman and child.

So unless you pay 18.5K in taxes per year for every person in your household, you're a benefit scrounger living off the taxes paid by others.  ::)

Most recent figures I've got for UK total tax is for 2015:  609.2bn. GDP: ~1800bn. You have also got government net borrowing on top of this which in 2015 was: 86.5bn. So total government spending was: 696bn. This works out at about 10,700 per person or with ~30m working 23,200 per employed person.

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