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blackdog
Posted on: Sep 2 2017, 06:22 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Sep 2 2017, 06:48 PM) *
Ignore.


You busk then?
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Posted on: Aug 27 2017, 07:38 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 27 2017, 07:29 PM) *
I was under the impression that the tabloids were more interested in the chest size of any respective member rather than the political niceties of such a boring subject as the Country's future .

The cynic in me concludes that all this diddling is contrived to drive the pound down so as to encourage exports . What we actually manufacture in order to export I will leave to your imaginations but there is always an alternative agenda.


They may not be too interested in the future, but they're enthuiastic blamers.
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Posted on: Aug 26 2017, 11:17 AM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Aug 26 2017, 10:10 AM) *
Now this really is 'old news', when the car industry started to develop robotics for spot welding and for use in spray processes we were all told it was the end of the world, 'in twenty years the only people working will be the ones pushing buttons' was the universal wail! Unemployment has dropped since then, only the feckless, lazy dinosaur types got left behind. The rest of the world adapted.


Unemployment has dropped - but I wonder how much of this is down to government employment subsidies (tax credits) which make it easier for people to work part time. The figures are, to some extent, misleading - I wonder what they would look like if they converted the number of jobs to the number of full-time equivalents.
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Posted on: Aug 26 2017, 10:34 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Aug 26 2017, 10:03 AM) *
Quite, but not really surprising given that for nigh on fourty years every populist wrong in our society has been blamed on 'Europe' making us do something or stopping us putting something right.


It will be interesting to see who the red-tops will blame after we leave.
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Posted on: Aug 25 2017, 09:03 PM


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QUOTE (Rdg @ Aug 25 2017, 05:33 PM) *
The problem is (and i am a remain voter) that the Leave (and remain) campaign are made of several disparate groups, each has it's own "way forward" which leads to "no way forward". If things had been done sensibly then like the scottish Indy ref there should have been position papers and plans published pre referendum, a manifesto as it which both sides explained exactly what they planned or desired re customs union, single market, immigration, further Eu integration, Euro, euro expansion etc.


You seem to think there were only two sides. If they had done as you suggest there would have been a dozen manifestos spread from those wanting a Republic of Europe to those wanting to repatriate any one who cannot prove 5 generations of British born ancestry. And half of them would think that they'd won. Pretty much the current situation.
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Posted on: Aug 13 2017, 01:06 PM


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QUOTE (x2lls @ Sep 22 2016, 10:50 PM) *
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Newburypast...474575914330694

So much more public involvement.

That said. NWN for crying out loud why do you not do your duty and go for it?


Returning to the orignal post - how do you link a forum and a fb group?

Apart from that there are too many fb groups already do we need another?

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Posted on: Aug 11 2017, 09:41 AM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Aug 10 2017, 07:41 PM) *
I saw this on BBC and thought, je suis strikes again?


"I am" strikes again? Will?
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Posted on: Aug 10 2017, 05:04 PM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Aug 10 2017, 05:59 PM) *
There's plenty of coal left in the coal mines. It's just that we're not allowed to burn it any more because we are considering future generations! tongue.gif


Future generations will thank us for not using all the coal and leaving a bit for them. And the current generation should thank us that they don't have to work down the pit and can work in a nice call centre or supermarket instead.
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Posted on: Aug 8 2017, 04:08 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 8 2017, 03:28 PM) *
I remember reading a few years back that if the Sahara was covered completely with solar panels it would generate enough power to feed most of Europe . Now there may well have been an element of journalistic license but to be honest it is doing very little else and would bring employment to the "locals".

If the figures are right it demonstrates the need for more than solar; if 3 million square miles of panels in a desert can't provide enough for Europe you have little chance of running the world from the sun.

And think of the eco impact of manufacturing that many panels!
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Posted on: Aug 8 2017, 04:03 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 8 2017, 03:21 PM) *
I know someone who had exactly the same problem . In the end he just gave up . The cynic may well consider that "higher" forces would like to see it close down.
It does not fit into the social media criteria because there is a degree of anonymity and most of the contributors can compose an opinion without resorting to personal diatribe . ( Well I did say most wink.gif ).


If the NWN wants to close it they may as well do so - it's dying a slow death as it is.
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Posted on: Aug 7 2017, 08:40 PM


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Hyrdro can mean big dams and drowned valleys, but it can also mean a small generator in a river. There is a storage facility in Wales that comes under this too - they pump water up into a reservoir when there is low demand on the grid and let if fall through a hydro generator at times of peak demand.
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Posted on: Aug 7 2017, 09:07 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Aug 7 2017, 07:10 AM) *
A romantic myth, quick trip to Portsmouth and a chat with the lads in the dockyard might help.

Timber was a key resource, for housing as well as boatbuilding, of course it was farmed. Admitttedly there was also a steady deforestation, but not because of the greed for timber, but because of a more general greed - the land could be used more profitably growing a different crop. This process continues today - woodland and hedgerows cleared to make way for ever larger machinery to work ever bigger arable fields.
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Posted on: Aug 7 2017, 08:54 AM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Aug 7 2017, 06:01 AM) *
All of which have an environmental impact.
(Tidal? How many MW do we generate using that?) unsure.gif


Everything we do has an environmental impact. If you want to reduce your environmental impact the biggest thing you can do is not have children.

Tidal power is in its infancy, but France has a 240MW plant, Korea a 254MW one; the Swansea project is planned to be 320MW.

And I forgot to mention hydroelectric.



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Posted on: Aug 6 2017, 01:16 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 6 2017, 12:32 PM) *
I very much doubt that the electric car is the answer until we develop a generating system that isn't fossil fuel based .


Nuclear, wind, solar, tidal, what more do you want?
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Posted on: Aug 6 2017, 08:43 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Aug 5 2017, 08:04 PM) *
Mind we've no room to gloat, didn't we do the same to England's old and massive oaks to build Nelson's navy?

Not really, most of the oaks for ship building came from forests planted for that purpose and were replaced to provide more in a few decades time. We've lost a lot of woodland since wooden ships went out of fashion.
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Posted on: Aug 6 2017, 08:37 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Aug 5 2017, 10:04 PM) *
Irritatingly, NWN are in accurate with their headline: "Newbury community building will not be sold, council says."

No they didn't, they said: “It is the intention that the building will remain for community use".

So contrary to the headline, there has been no assurance at all that it won't be sold.

I don't like to slag-off the NWN, but on this the NWN headline is bovine excrement.


Can't argue with this - a total lack of assurance.

And, let's face it, WBC don't have a good track record in selling property - they usually give it away. Nice site for a pub, a pub that the community can use. Add a dozen flats and Bob's your uncle.

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Posted on: Aug 6 2017, 08:33 AM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Aug 5 2017, 08:13 PM) *
So, it seems that our local Councillors feel that we have no money to properly refurbish the Council's Waterside Centre, so they are looking for a partner to develop the place for them. Assurances that it will be 'for the benefit of the community' have been given.

Isn't it rather odd to be told we can't find a few bob for a lick of paint and a tidy round, when we can find the cash to build a splendid new cafe pavilion just yards away in a presently green park.

Surely something seriously amiss here?


So the moral of this story is to give the Waterside to the town council - they'll find a way to sort it out.
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Posted on: Aug 4 2017, 12:06 AM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 3 2017, 10:26 AM) *
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40806527

Who said there is no such thing as bad publicity ?


You do realise that the audience figures were measured before the BBC pay data was released?
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Posted on: Jul 27 2017, 11:34 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jul 26 2017, 11:53 PM) *
Now forgive me for being a snob but I buy free range chicken. The idea of buying a chicken reared in substandard battery farms before being dipped in Chlorine is hardly appealing. It may end up in some dodgy kebab or other fast food restaurant but I wont be eating any of that *****. I think the yanks will find that the Britsh people in general won't touch it with a bargepole.


While a significant minority may be fussier the British people in general will buy whatever is cheapest. Chlorine dipped? Will the consumer know? Will the packaging show it in words big enough to read?

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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Jul 26 2017, 07:44 PM) *
Ok so thank you for the history lesson. We all know the CAP didn't come into effect until 10 years after the signing of the Treaty of Paris which lead to the ECSC and the Treaty of Rome, but my point is that we can't eat coal and if we fudge the question of our food production we may go a little hungry before too long.


It was the CAP that led to over-production, wine lakes and butter mountains - which led to a modicum of reform to reduce production to saner levels. If we want to be self sufficeint in food production more protectionist measures like the CAP will be needed - we simply can't compete on production costs (farm to market) with, for instance, Canadia wheat. However, our Brexit inspiration is to develop free trade agreements with countries like Canada - we will never be self sufficient in wheat, one of, if not the, largest single crops in our food supply.
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QUOTE (James_Trinder @ Jul 26 2017, 01:26 PM) *
I think that you are making the assumption that Hitachi would not take on any of these people at risk of redundancy, which is not an assumption that I would make.


Even so, one would hope that newer trains would be dseigned so as to reduce the need for maintenance - any new generation should mean fewer maintenance jobs.

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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jul 26 2017, 06:34 PM) *
Mind, we've always sold out on our standards. Supermarkets still unload EU pig meat, etc.etc. because they 'know' we won't pay more! Big question then becomes are we willing to properly enforce our own standards when we exit EU?


At the moment our standards are the EU standards - and will pass into UK law via the repeal bill - the measure will be whether we relax or tighten them.
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The rush to free trade deals is a rush down the slope to lower standards - EU trade deals are not free trade deals, they enforce standards aiming (not always succeeding) to ensure goods coming into the EU are to the same standard as those manufactured/grown within the EU. The Brexiteers are so desperate for deals that I fear they will sell our standards down the river in order to get deals the can spin as benefists of Brexit.

The EU has been negotiating a deal with the US for years - a deal that horrified many in the UK. Odds are that a UK/US deal will be on worse (to the UK) terms.

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Posted on: Jul 24 2017, 11:56 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Jul 24 2017, 07:20 PM) *
Unfortunately this affliction applies to most of what we do . Our education system has concentrated on rewarding the pen pusher as opposed to the pen maker. Maybe a bit of chicken or egg equation but if we don't encourage and reward those who can make/model/manipulate according to the present environment we will continue to struggle.
One of the principle benefits of leaving the EU was that entrepreneurial skills in manufacturing would return but as those in charge seem either reluctant, or simply blind, to encouraging such ventures which means we may well rue the day we stopped encouraging kids to get hands on with car engines etc.


Why on earth should leaving the EU make the slightest difference to entrepeneurial skills?
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Posted on: Jul 21 2017, 11:08 AM


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Advertising has ceased to be such a pain since the advent of a Sky box in my home - I rarely watch commercial TV channels live these days and find it easy to fast forward through the ads. Even when watching live I will often pause to make a cup of coffee, answer the phone, etc which then allows me to skip the ads for the rest of the programme.

The thing that struck me about the limited list I saw was the number of radio DJs among the higher earners - to me these are the idiots who interrupt the music, but they seem to be highly valued by the Beeb.

The other thing that struck me was how few of them I would even consider switching on to watch/hear if it was not for the job they are doing - I may want to watch the news, but I don't really care who is reading it and I love Mastermind, but could readily cope with a change of question master.
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