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Posted on: Oct 8 2018, 07:46 AM


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QUOTE (newres @ Oct 6 2018, 05:05 AM) *
Anyway, I’ve never met a nice South African.

Spitting Image reference by any chance?
https://youtu.be/aeDk6ZeGNnU
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QUOTE (newres @ Oct 5 2018, 08:59 AM) *
Given the fact that white people invaded, stole the land, then subjugated and enslaved the indigenous population, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to take the land back. As long as it isn’t violently (unless necessary) and whatever the consequences for production. It se m ironic that rabid Brexiteers would not see this. You couldn’t make it up.
...except the 'enslaved and subjugated' bit wasn't entirely a white preserve. The Bantu tribes were invading, slaughtering and enslaving the Hottentots, Khoi & San people (bushmen) for centuries before the European settlers turned up.

The Voortrekkers (Dutch settlers) were generally pretty religious and along with British missionaries gave aid and medicine to local tribes people while they got down to converting the heathen rather than killing them.and converting the virgin bush to fertile farmland

The pattern for the nomadic tribes on the other hand was that they were constantly warring with each other, raiding for cattle & slaves. Around each tribal village there would be a network of small gardens where basic grain & vegetables were grown, but after a number of years most villages would have exhausted the game in the area and taken all the goodness from the soil in the gardens, polluted water souces and would be forced to find & move to another site. That was the pattern of Sub Saharan African life for millennia.

Certain tribes like the Zulu in SA, the Matabele in S. Rhodesia & the Lozi in N. Rhodesia, under strong leadership, became dominant in their areas and ruled huge areas of land extracting tribute from other tribes in exchange for not attacking/killing/enslaving them, if they were lucky.

The population density was minute so vast areas of land appeared to be uninhabited. Often local chiefs would sell/give permission for Europeans to settle land in exchange for trinkets such as cloth, beads, steel knives & occasionally old muskets. This was scrubland and virgin bush that was changed to fertile land over time by a combination of crop rotation, fertilisation, irrigation and hard work.

A century or more later these areas of fertile farms and vineyards are now being viewed with jealous eyes. Is there a need to take these farms back by force? There's plenty of scrubland and virgin bush left which could instead be converted just like these farms were. Two problems with that line of thought are that those huge swathes of unused and undeveloped land are owned by the ANC and that it would involve hard graft. It's easier to nick what's already working to wipe your **** with it.
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Posted on: Oct 4 2018, 06:09 PM


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I have a close friend in RSA who owns a reasonably successful vineyard which has been targetted and his family were attacked twice. His neighbour is one of the farms on the forced expropriation without compensation list. The neighbour has been hospitalised twice with gunshot wounds. Long serving farm hands who came to his aid and tried to prevent the farm being burnt to the ground and all the tractors and equipment stolen were badly beaten and two killed.

He is closing the vineyard this December and leaving. He can't even sell as nobody wants to buy sonething that may be taken anyway. 20 years of investment and hard work just gone.

Anyway. Thread diversion. I think the OP wanted to have a moan about the toffs and landed gentry and Benyon in particular...
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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Oct 4 2018, 01:11 PM) *
Still someone has to own the land and providing they manage it correctly I have no problem. If it was distributed among the great unwashed it would be a recipe for disaster.
Exactly.... handing land back didn't work out too well for Zimbabwe did it. The former Bread Basket of Southern Africa quickly turned into a basket case and now Julius Malema and his murderous thugs in the EFF are going to do the same to South Africa.
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Posted on: Sep 17 2018, 10:02 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Sep 17 2018, 10:43 AM) *
Anyone visited Sainsbury's lately? How long does it take to repair a two storey carpark? Little wonder everyone is scared witless over brexit when we can't even complete what is a reasonably simple construction on time. There are more "workers" stood around with their ears glued to the obligatory phone than actually doing anything.
Any of the supermarket's management care to comment? angry.gif
What are your credentials that support your statement that it's a reasonably simple construction? I've no idea what they're doing, but they are keeping the store open while undertaking the work and that isn't simple when it needs to be safe for shoppers as well as construction workers..
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Posted on: Sep 10 2018, 11:46 AM


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Forum admin doesn't exist. Hasn't been present on here since day one... and that is YEARS and years ago.

In an effort to get some attention way back when I posted some very naughty stuff one night while drunk and added a whole load of words that would have made an Anglo Saxon blush. No reaction from 'admin' at all so I ended up self-policing and decided to delete the post so the horses didn't get frightened. Remember V-Bird and all his posts?

I'm afraid this forum seems to be the Forgotten Corner of the NWN Empire. Do what you want.
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Posted on: Sep 2 2018, 11:43 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Sep 2 2018, 09:13 AM) *
...If that is not bad enough, the designer of said track has decided, for reasons best known to himself, to place ribbed blocks running at right angles to the path on the pedestrian side so once again forcing me over to the cyclist's M1.

I have nothing against the principle, just the incompetence of design and upkeep. angry.gif
I take it you're not visually impaired? Lucky you. This newspiece gives an insight into the reasons for the different sorts of tactile paving, including the corduroy paving you refer to

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-44861568
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Posted on: Aug 29 2018, 08:50 AM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Aug 28 2018, 10:04 PM) *
Unlike your's which is no doubt filled with old lager tins, doorless fridges and piles of faeces from your rotweiller. because that's what you people enjoy anyway.
A bit presumptuous... accurate, but presumptuous. Touchy though aren't we? . Do you have a collection of gnomes that you're a bit over-protective of? Wind chimes as well no doubt and 3ft plastic 'butterfly' things nailed to the front of the house and a 'dreamcatcher' behind those grotty net curtains of yours....


Anyway how come you're able to get online and comment? I thought you'd been banged up for running a brothel full of Vietnamese nail painters at your gaff...
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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 20 2018, 08:04 PM) *
So I am an elderly resident who no longer drives, ( tip not an option ), my only income is the state pension, ( £50/year is not within my annual budget I'm afraid ), but I do enjoy my garden even though it is only a front one and therefore a compost heap is not acceptable. So what am I supposed to do?
The above scenario is hypothetical but I am sure quite a few who fall in the above category will feel pressured in to coughing up the money even though they may disagree in principle.
An elderly resident 'probably' doesn't fill the black bin in two weeks. I suspect they'd have room for a bag or three of garden waste if they only had a small front garden.

Front garden would be full of garden gnomes and other such tat that the elderly enjoy anyway.
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Posted on: Aug 8 2018, 11:44 PM


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QUOTE (x2lls @ Aug 9 2018, 12:15 AM) *
Gets popcorn rolleyes.gif
.... about time we swapped the popcorn for a bag of pork scratchings when we discuss this topic.
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Posted on: Aug 8 2018, 11:14 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Aug 8 2018, 09:26 PM) *
How about #gammon. You lot seem to think that is hilarious to describe middle aged white people probably in ill health due to high blood pressure and stressful jobs. But I guess thats Ok with you and is....funny.
... or 'choc ice' as a derogatory term for black people who are seen to be siding with the honkies or selling out on their black brothers. ('Black on the outside, white on the inside'). Rio Ferdinand seemed to think the term was quite funny. Of course you can only get away with that if you have a certain pigment.

As for BoJo maybe he should have added a topical comment about air pollution in London which is seeing more and more people in the city walking around wearing face masks to cover their mouths and noses. All you can see is their eyes. Japanese tourists in particular. ...just their eyes... ...or are they Chinese tourists? I dunno... with their faces all covered up they all look the same to me.

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The luvvies in the BBC may be baying for his blood, and the Guardian readers and sandal wearers and the 'faux shocked' and the Islamic hate preacher may be demanding action, but from a purely personal view I have to say I don't want to see the burka in the streets of Newbury.

It has already become a common item of dress in many areas of this country. In fact in some areas it doesn't even warrant a second glance. Birmingham, Bradford, virtually every London Borough, even parts of Reading. But last week I was driving along the A4 through Thatcham and walking along past the Sainsbury convenience store was a women in full black burka. So out of place and, if I'm honest, so unwelcome.

What does that say about me? I already know I'm religiously intolerant as I close the door on the Jehovah's Witnesses when they come a'knockin'. There's just something sinister about the burka that I don't want in my country. In my neighbourhood even.

Would I feel the same about a family of Amish moving in next door, with their odd dress sense and their quaint modes of transport? Maybe, but at least you can ask the Amish neighbour to help you knock together a garden shed and know they'll be round in a flash with hammers, saws and a whole bunch of willing hands.

Would the people crying out in support of wearing the burka TRUTHFULLY feel the same way if they had neighbours moving in next door who were following this particular practice when showing their faith? In Newbury I mean. I mean really welcome them. Newres included. A knock on the door if you decided to have a Sunday morning fry-up and allowed the waft of sizzling bacon to leak from your kitchen into their airspace?
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Posted on: Aug 6 2018, 05:16 PM


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QUOTE (Strafin @ Aug 6 2018, 10:11 AM) *
I don't understand why they are called Battle Proms... .
from their website:
The first Battle Proms was at Battle Abbey, East Sussex in 1997, and from this it has grown into the UK’s premier picnic concert series, set at the UK’s finest stately homes
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Posted on: Aug 5 2018, 07:41 PM


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I'm sure the owner would find a suitably qualified structural enginneer very quickly if WBC would only threaten to find one for him and charge him for that service. It's something they should have done a week or so ago..
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QUOTE (Strafin @ Jul 5 2018, 11:15 AM) *
We have loads of smart motorways where I live and I travel on them all the time. Nothing Smart about them, they are a complete waste of time and money and are just as congested as they were before. Safety wise, if there is a breakdown they just close that lane and it happens almost immediately so I wouldn't worry too much about that.
Agreed. Smart Motorways provide an extra lane by freeing up the lane that lies dormant for 98% of it's life. The overhead gantries will smartly tell motorists the lane is blocked if there's a breakdon.

Conveniently, those same overhead gantries are strong enough to hold a whole array of speed cameras. The Smart Motorway will pay for itself soon enough..
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It was excellent. Can be hit and miss these outdoors events given our past history of poor Summers, but this one at Highclere hit the bulls eye. Totally excellent way to spend an afternoon with friends... great fireworks display to round off a great day.

QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Aug 5 2018, 11:29 AM) *
Is it a multi cultural event? Sounds like an event where white racists go to wave the imperialist flag.
..I don't suppose there were many Guardian readers there either.

Transpose the event to the grounds of some Bavarian schloss, with 10,000 elderly flag waving Germans singing patriotic songs in full voice (Horst-Wessel-Leid not on the song sheet - not THAT sort of 'patriotic' event!), with the sound of Wagner booming from the speakers from the orchestra at full tempo and a Messerschmitt 109 doing cartwheels in the sky overhead and the same comment could be made about revelling in Imperial pasts..
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With the sun we had yesterday there were times when the Spitfire pilot would have been looking down at a field full of people stood upright with their right arms out at full extension (blocking the sun, but you know what it looks like) and the ghosts of Spit' pilots of yore would have been urging yesterday's pilot behind the controls to flip the switch on the trigger controls and give us a blast of it's cannons.

A still photo of an imaginery event like that with arms extended would certainly get the Daily Mail readers in a tizz
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We just had a good time cool.gif cool.gif cool.gif
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Posted on: May 10 2018, 07:01 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ May 9 2018, 06:21 AM) *
No, St Barts’ playing fields are both on the other side of Fifth Rd.

Yes, unrealistic to close off that road given the number of residents that would have complained about access to the town being difficult, but Church Road didn't have those resident numbers nor would it create the same problems about access to anywhere in particular
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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 3 2018, 10:19 PM) *
That doesn't explain why the road had to be closed. After all, several primary schools in the vicinity have main entrances on even busier roads. Then there is Park House! Logic isn't exactly WBCs strongest suit!

Maybe it was because there would be so many kids walking back and forth to the astroturf pitches (Hockey and football?) opposite the school main entrance throughout the day that it was safer just to restrict traffic rather than continue to allow passing traffic. Not many schools have their playing fields separated from the 'school grounds' with a road running through the middle so when the opportunity was there to close it off and make a safer environment it was taken.
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Access to the Park House sports fields is to the rear of the school isn't it? Same with St Barts and Kennet Schools
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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 2 2018, 06:35 PM) *
What's the precident for that? Parkway bridge is a public road closed to the public. Worse, Church Road, Shaw, which the residents actually fought (1909) a High Court action to keep open is also closed to the public. Then there is Jack Street; which was given away and private security tells you what to do. The Council decides what's public or not these days.
Park Way bridge is open to the public if you're on a bike, on foot, or sat in the back of a bus or taxi. You could say the Severn Bridge is 'closed to the public' unless you happen to have £5.60. Church Road is a bus gate and unless it was there you'd have a lot of cars driving past the front entrance for Trinity School
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QUOTE (Berkshirelad @ May 2 2018, 03:03 PM) *
I fail to see why a private road (for the use of the racecourse and gym) should have priority over traffic on Hambridge Road - that's exactly what happens on the roundabout.

If it is a public road, then it should be open to the public.
The residents in there didn't buy properties with price tags starting at £400k only for them to have a main route runñing past the front door. As for a private road having a priority on a roundabout over Joe Public then it's fairly routine. Calleva Business Park onto the A340 for one... plenty of examples nationally as well
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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ May 2 2018, 11:09 AM) *
"......But, as the driver followed the car in front over the bollard, it rose, writing off the vehicle and leaving her with abdominal bruising, whiplash, concussion and chest pain.

Selective reporting. It would have been helpful if the NWN included a wide angle shot of the damaged car to include the VERY large sign in the background that clearly says "NO TAILGATING"
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hmmm... I don't side with the pseudo-intellectuals that mourn his passing and refer to the copy of his book that's in their possession...mostly unread... (but they have read the Amazon feedback contribution from other readers, so have a general idea)

I'm no cosmologist and don't have a deep understanding of what happened so that over a short matter of several millennia we have become what we are, but I do appreciate that he was a clever chap and he had a mind trapped in a useless body and that he did have a sense of humour as his personal contributions on The Simpsons will testify.

My knowledge and appreciation of cosmology is more on the 'general' level and is fairly well described by Mr Python....
The Galaxy 'n all that stuff
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Whatever happened to Vbird...... the waffling tit that he was....

Ah, those were the days.... nostalgia ain't what it used to be....
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It seems a number of sports were just waiting for darts to make the first move....

Boxing is under pressure to get rid of ring girls...(Eddie Hearn says no but if there's money saying "Get rid" they'll go..) There will be more sports to follow. Anything involving a bunch of pretty girls being paid to be objectified by 'lecherous men' (and some laydees too no doubt) will go (or have to justify themselves to the Feminazi Brigade) ...but what's so lecherous about just appreciating a good looking girl anyway?

A number of sports clubs have been asked to ban their cheerleader squads (if the Dallas Cowgirls et al go then everything about that silly sport will be dead to me).

There's even talk of girl athletes being told to cover up more so that they can't be said to be bringing this objectification upon themselves.... I imagine beach volleyball only made it onto TV screens because of the outfits and flesh on display...Those swimming costumes some of the girls wear at the Olympics... do they HAVE to have costumes with such a high cut over the hip? And that naughty minx Tom Daley is as bad...

Time to invest in a shop selling burkas...
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Just because you look more Talcum-X than Malcolm-X doesn't mean you're not who you identify as....

So long as you identify as non-white, no-one should have a problem with you applying. And if you think that you've been discriminated against because of how you appear then you should sue the racist b**tards.

I mean if a man can have a baby linky thing then surely the mere fact of having pale complexion shouldn't prevent you thinking and believing yourself to be black.
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