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Posted -  11/01/2009  :  06:04
New Year, new topic. If you want to see the old one do a forum search for same title but 2008.


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Tizer
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Posted - 04/04/2009 : 11:31
Shame about the RAS at Stoneleigh but the Bath & West show at Shepton Mallet still seems to be going strong. A great day (or several) out with everyone simply enjoying themselves, and nobody causing any trouble even though the cider flows well! But the showground keeps itself going year round with other events. Went to the annual Postcard Show there a couple of weeks ago - over a 100 stalls and not enough time!


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Posted - 05/04/2009 : 06:47
I think that failure to adapt to modern needs was one of the problems the RSA had. Old Fogies on the committee who thought they had a god given right to be dinosaurs.

As you know I nothing about football but my spirits rose when I saw the immediate lifetime ban on the two footballers who were disciplined by their club for drinking and then made fools of themselves from the subs bench. Nice to see that the man who started the process was the Rangers manager. More of this needed?


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Posted - 05/04/2009 : 07:14
There is a programme on what went wrong at the RAS of England on R4 at 13:30 today. It could be interesting....


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Posted - 06/04/2009 : 06:28
They have raised part of the Super Puma from 300ft down in the North sea, found the flight recorders and the eight missing bodies. No consolation for the relatives as regards the deaths but it must be some slight comfort to know that every effort is being made,

Interesting comment by the financial gurus this morning that despite all the activity in banks there is very little sign of changes in their organisation and systems to guard against another melt-down. Quite...

The state pension has gone up by just over £8 a week. Useful and I am grateful for it.


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Posted - 06/04/2009 : 10:38
Lowest Common Denominator again....the fish we know as pollock (Latin: Pollachius pollachiusis) is to get a name change because some people are too embarrassed to ask for it by that name. Why do we keep giving in to all this dumbing down of our language and culture to suit a minority with silly ideas? It makes you want to go into the nearest supermarket, stride up to the fish counter and shout "POLLOCK!!!" at the top of your voice (and get banned from further visits probably).

For those of the highest common denominator, this from wikipedia:

"Pollock (or pollack, pronounced the same and listed first in most UK and US dictionaries) is the common name used for either of the two species of marine fish in the Pollachius genus. Both P. pollachius and P. virens are commonly referred to as pollock. Other names for P. pollachius include the Atlantic pollock, European pollock, lieu jaune, lythe, and pollock; while P. virens is sometimes known as Boston blues (separate from bluefish), coalfish (or coley) or saithe. The Alaskan pollock fishery in the Bering Sea fishery is the largest single-species food fish fishery in the world."


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Posted - 06/04/2009 : 11:07
Shades of Spotted Dick and look where that one got them. Also Rape oil becoming Canola..... Really!


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Posted - 06/04/2009 : 14:09
Yes, and the use of the name canola has caused a lot of ambiguity. It was coined by the Canadians to refer to their own specially bred varieties of rapeseed and is effectively a brand name. But now it is applied worldwide to anybody and everybody's rapeseed varieties, so we never know for sure what people mean.


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Posted - 07/04/2009 : 06:37
The US has also been quite quaint about the word 'breast'. Chicken breast is 'white meat' and they don't recognise 'chimney breast'.

Shades of my piece on 'Drugged to Death'. A news item about children in hundreds of care homes being drugged for various reasons well above the level in the outside world.


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Posted - 07/04/2009 : 07:04
The two boys held by the police for the attack in Doncaster are thought to have been under the care of the Doncaster Social Services department.


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Posted - 07/04/2009 : 09:42
Just been listening to the man from the drugs organisation who has done an in depth study of the efficacy of our present policies on drugs. A very cogent argument using many government figures which shows that the policies have and are failing comprehensively. A very powerful argument for a rethink and making drugs available to addicts. I totally agree with this on the grounds of unescapable logic.


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Posted - 07/04/2009 : 16:58
Full effects of the RBS cock-up started to hit the staff today. 9,000 to lose their jobs. The union reckon there is more to come. I notice Aviva are doing the same thing to the Norwich Union branches and employees.


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Posted - 07/04/2009 : 20:07
One minute it's bonuses, next it's redundancy. Oh well, I'm sure Mr Goodwin will offer to share his pension with them.

Jaguar Land Rover to get EU money for developing `green' car technology. I hope there is a condition in the contract to make sure they are family cars we can afford.


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Posted - 08/04/2009 : 07:13
Have you noticed how the media have got bored with the story of the banks and bad regulation? It's as though it never happened. Meanwhile the poor suffer and the panet goes down the tubes. Business as usual in the higher echelons.


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Posted - 08/04/2009 : 08:41
" Business as usual in the higher echelons ".
I understand what you are saying Stanley,but for a lot of people so far it has had no effect that can be noticed in day to day life !! Shops are full, people are going on holiday. No houses are up for sale in our road etc, no re posessions that I have noticed.
It is starting to look like the advert  take out a loan now and repay all your debts and you end up with a low repayment, but over an awful lot more to pay over the years. Is that what the Goverment is doing ??

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Posted - 08/04/2009 : 14:26
I'm not absolutely sure about this ,but if I'm right .......there's something wrong in the justice system.

Three things have caught my attention .

A young man was recently  convicted of Murder,and given a 14 year (I think )  minimum sentence.

He had thrown a glass dish which shattered  ,and killed another .

A different young man was convicted of Manslaughter , and given  4 years (I think )

He had thrown a bottle which shattered and killed a young woman.

Both incidents  could be said to freak occurances (note I DID NOT say accidents).

The difference seems to be that in the first instance the defendant denied any intent and pleaded innocence , showing no remorse.

In the second  I think there must have been  some plea bargaining.

The third incident involves the  news seller knocked to the ground by police ,during the G20 demo ,and his subsequent death from a heart attack. (will the post mortem show a head injury too ,I wonder ?)

I'm pretty sure I DID  hear a news report at the time that sought to put the demonstrators in a very bad light indeed , by saying that they had "pelted police with bottles , as they CAME TO THE AID of  a dieing man ".

Unfortunately for them  of course , someone filmed the whole  incident , and now there is, quite rightly , to be an enquiry.

The outcome will BE INTERESTING !

The point I'm getting at is of course , the "accidental " nature that connects the three deaths , and the differing reactions in each case.

WE'LL SEE. 

 

PS The "bottle pelting" has already been shown to be  gross exaggeration (one bottle did go NEAR  the Police team, and the crowd can be clearly seen to urge anyone else thinking of  throwing missiles to stop.)

 


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