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tripps
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Posted -  24/02/2011  :  12:29
I've been thinking of starting this topic for a while.  Let's see how it goes....

Asked if he was in charge of the nation, in the absence of the Prime Minister -
Mr Clegg told Metro: ‘Yeah, I suppose I am. I forgot about that.



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Stanley
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Posted - 20/03/2011 : 05:54
There was a good programme on a few days ago about the Cabinet Secretary on BBC4 and they all said that they never missed watching 'Yes Minister'. There were theories at one time that there was a mole in the Cabinet Office because it was so close to the truth. (Cockerell did the prog, more to come and I'm looking out for them)


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tripps
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Posted - 20/03/2011 : 08:50


This is from the worksof the Failsworth writer and poet Ben Brierley.  I think it will be very sutable as an answer to the religion question in the forthcoming census.  Beats Jedi by a mile - and in Lancashire dialect too!

Somewhere about the time when the first Bonaparte was engaged in his praiseworthy endeavours to depopulate Europe, there existed in Merriton a society of social reformers calling themselves "Gallithumpians."  The qualifications for membership were exceedingly simple.  If the candidate had returned a favourable answer to the question, "Dost' want to see th' wo'ld a bit betther than it is?" he had subscribed to the fundamental principle of the Gallithumpian creed.  If he had said "Ay" to the further question, "Dost' believe ut fun's better nor physic; an' ut long faces are an abomination?" he was deemed eligible to be made acquainted with the initiatory tenets of the society.  If he pledged himself never to lose sight of the public good for private gain, he was invested with a ragged coat—the Gallithumpian badge—and further inducted into the great mysteries of living cheaply, dealing fairly, and using the world as if he wished it to last beyond his own time.




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Tizer
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Posted - 20/03/2011 : 10:55
Tripps, back in the 800s King Alfred defeated the troublesome Danish king Guthrum, brought him to a church a few miles from where I now write and forced him to convert to Christianity. I think we should now get hold of Gaddafi, bring him to Barlick and convert him to Gallithumpianism.


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Stanley
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Posted - 21/03/2011 : 05:42
Tiz, that episode has always intrigued me. I think they were far more pragmatic in those days.


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Stanley
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Posted - 21/03/2011 : 05:42
We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbors.
- Sun Tzu


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frankwilk
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Posted - 24/03/2011 : 12:14
Ed Balls

" George Osborne is being Reckless with the Economy"

well he should know !!!



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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 25/03/2011 : 06:41
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.
Margaret Thatcher


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tripps
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Posted - 25/03/2011 : 16:57
Brendan Behan  (I think?)

"The Guiness family have always been very good to the people of Dublin - but then again, the people of Dublin have always been very good to the Guiness family! "


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Bodger
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Posted - 25/03/2011 : 22:49
Another Brendan Behan,

I was accused in my absence

I was found guilty in my absence

Therefore they can execute me in my absence


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                           Joseph Whitworth
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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 29/03/2011 : 05:00
"I make that promise that I shall die reading since my book and my grave are so near."

Letter from John Donne to Sir Henry Goodyer. 1608.


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BenR
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Posted - 29/03/2011 : 16:28
Ken Livingstone, when interviewed after the start of the 2007 Tour de France in London: "Yes, this was one of two of my ideas that have turned out better than I expected; the other being congestion charging."  


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tripps
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Posted - 30/03/2011 : 09:10
Stanley try textual amalysis on these.......

William Hague said the Nato led operation was "staying absolutely within the United Nations resolution"


UK Foreign Secretary William Hague told BBC Newsnight that "Britain was not planning to give weapons to rebels seeking to overthrow Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi "in any form... at the moment".


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Stanley
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Posted - 31/03/2011 : 05:12
staying absolutely within the United Nations resolution 

Translates as 1. We are not Blair. 2. The resolution is so vague it means we can do what we want. We are in discussions as to how far we can stretch it. (Note use of absolutely which seems to lend weight to the pronouncement but is meaningless.)

 at the moment

Classic get-out clause. The statement preceding it has no value because that moment has passed.


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panbiker
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Posted - 31/03/2011 : 10:02
Exactly the opposite of "Free Ale on the Morrow" on a hostelry not far from here. The ale house promise does not have the same undertones though.


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Bradders
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Posted - 31/03/2011 : 10:57
My Grandpa used to go to  the Cross Gaits every evening to see if  it was true !.....(Mrs Gott ran it then , and he lived in the next house up Barnoldswick Rd.....Fair Oak )


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