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Stanley
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Posted -  14/11/2010  :  06:26
NEW VERSION TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR MEMBERS WITH SLOW CONNECTIONS TO CONNECT.

Follw this LINK for last version.


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frankwilk
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Posted - 23/01/2011 : 08:05
I wonder how some of the sold off concerns would have faired if they had remained under Goverment Control. I don't seem to remember any roaring sucess stories before privatisation. !!!!



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catgate
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1764 Posts
Posted - 23/01/2011 : 10:54
This attracted my attention :-

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70K70020110121

Is your chippy safe.....come to think of it most of them have already gone "foreign".

Will there be anything left in native hands, apart from poverty.


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moh
Silver Surfer


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Posted - 23/01/2011 : 13:19


quote:
frankwilk wrote:
I wonder how some of the sold off concerns would have faired if they had remained under Goverment Control. I don't seem to remember any roaring sucess stories before privatisation. !!!!
I thought we were keeping poliotics off here!



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thomo
Barlick Born Old Salt


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Posted - 23/01/2011 : 13:42
I have just read about an Australian Soldier who has been awarded the VC, at six feet and seven inches Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith of the SAS must have looked awesome from the three taliban machine gun positions he attacked single handed, he already has a gallantry medal awarded for a previous action against the taliban and is now the most decorated Australian soldier. Well done that man.


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frankwilk
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Posted - 23/01/2011 : 15:36
Awesome achievement Congratulations that man, and the Canadians, South Africans, Fijians and others who all stand shoulder to shoulder for our protection.



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Phil
Regular Member


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Posted - 23/01/2011 : 16:15
Just back from a run, first for a while because of injury, incredible amount of horse and dog muck on the pavements on Park Road and down to Salterforth. Is it because we have had snow or is it due to dark nights and it not being picked up?

Also nearly got trampled by four horse men/persons trtting at speed up Kelbrook Road, is the apocalypse on its way?


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Bradders
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Posted - 23/01/2011 : 22:45
That's got to be a first....

Somebody complaining that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse didn't "poop  scoop".....

Brilliant !


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belle
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6502 Posts
Posted - 23/01/2011 : 23:38
That's the way to dis-arm them!


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 24/01/2011 : 05:18
Phil, all the parks are the same, they think snow dissolves dog muck.

Moh, you're right, I was silly enough to think that reading history could be non-political!  Frank, see Speaker's Corner for a bit more education.

I watched the splendid series on the Normans last night and was surprised to learn that after the Norman Conquest in 1066 onwards many displaced Anglo-Saxon  warriors went to Italy as mercenaries. There's always something you don't know! Migration never entered my head. Many joined the Varangians. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varangians

This article ony refers to Norse mercenaries but latest research shows there were Ango-Saxons as well. Sort of medieval Foreign Legion.


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Tizer
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Posted - 24/01/2011 : 10:16
Is there a link between those Anglo Saxon mercenaries and the later Knights Templar?

There was a lot of discussion about future food supplies on the news this morning and an interesting comment from an Indian man interviewed. He said there is no shortage of food supply in India, but the problem is that many people cannot afford to buy the food. This raises the question why can they not afford it? One of the big changes is that supermarket companies are moving in and the only way they can manage is if they transform the food supply infrastructure. They are faced with poorly surfaced roads and rapidly building traffic density (bad for distribution), frequent loss of power supply (particularly bad for refrigeration), dirty, unsafe and unreliable water supplies, and layers of middlemen between farmer and shop. They also have the extra difficulty that 50% of Indians are vegetarian and the supermarkets have to carefully separate `meat areas' from `veg areas'. All of this is expensive and makes food expensive. On the other hand, Indians will tell you that the layers of middlemen have always made Indian food more expensive than it needs to be. It's a complicated business!

The article on this Time web page (actually 2 pages) was written in 2007 but it gives a useful insight into what is going on.

Edited by - Tizer on 24/01/2011 10:30:24


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moh
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Posted - 24/01/2011 : 13:28


quote:
thomo wrote:
I have just read about an Australian Soldier who has been awarded the VC, at six feet and seven inches Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith of the SAS must have looked awesome from the three taliban machine gun positions he attacked single handed, he already has a gallantry medal awarded for a previous action against the taliban and is now the most decorated Australian soldier. Well done that man.



A very handsome man too!!!!


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catgate
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Posted - 24/01/2011 : 18:29


quote:
Tizer wrote:
Is there a link between those Anglo Saxon mercenaries and the later Knights Templar?

There was a lot of discussion about future food supplies on the news this morning and an interesting comment from an Indian man interviewed. He said there is no shortage of food supply in India, ............

That's because of the number over here.


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Bradders
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1880 Posts
Posted - 24/01/2011 : 19:47
Oy .....stop that !

(I'm hoping you were being humorous )


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 25/01/2011 : 05:34
Tiz. Yup, theEnglish contingent on the first Crusade wrere Norman knights but picked up some travelling companions, they later moorphed into the Templars with knights from other countries, France in particular.

The UN section on food shortages identify the causes as bad internal transport, exports during famine years and speculation raising price of imports. I heard the man and his thesis was that waste  and bad distribution were the problems. He's right but attacking these problems isn't the best way to immediate relief. Infrastructure and changing ethnic habits takes too long, quickest route to improvement is to improve local productivity.


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Posted - 25/01/2011 : 08:00
Norsemen, Vikings, frequently acted as mercenaries in eastern Europe particularly Rus. The Persians and Turks thought highly of them as bodyguards because of their particular ability to frighten off potential trouble and if it came to deal with it through skilled close quarters fighting.


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