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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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Posted on: Aug 8 2018, 10:46 PM


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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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Posted on: Aug 5 2018, 07:14 PM


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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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Posted on: Aug 5 2018, 06:52 PM


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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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Posted on: May 8 2018, 08:51 PM


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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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Posted on: May 2 2018, 08:03 PM


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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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Posted on: May 2 2018, 07:43 PM


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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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Posted on: May 2 2018, 07:11 PM


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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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Posted on: Mar 18 2018, 06:16 PM


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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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Posted on: Mar 18 2018, 06:00 PM


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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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Posted on: Feb 9 2018, 07:29 PM


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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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Posted on: Jul 10 2017, 09:29 PM


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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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Posted on: Jul 10 2017, 03:23 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Jul 10 2017, 08:57 AM) *
Corbyn doesn't have the hairstyle to be president. These things matter in the higher echelons of politics. wink.gif

He also doesn't Twatter to an expert level... sorry, Twitter.... no hang on, that's not right.... come to think of it maybe it was twat I was thinking about when I saw the name Corbyn....
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Posted on: Jul 10 2017, 12:18 PM


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I'm outraged. When members of the Travelling Community offer people unpaid employment it's called slavery. But when ethnic minorities are offered the same opportunities it's called an internship. Bigots!
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Posted on: Jun 23 2017, 07:01 PM


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Well it would need the 'Starchip' to be powered by dilithium crystals. Thought Einstein boiled down to anything with mass couldn't travel faster than the speed of light...
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Posted on: Jun 23 2017, 05:59 PM


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It's a big old place to find your way around in though... which direction would an intrepid inter-galactic explorer head?

https://youtu.be/JWVshkVF0SY

"...and pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
because there's bugger all down here on earth"
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Posted on: Jun 22 2017, 04:56 PM


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It's a piece of piddle. All you need to do is change all the dials on existing spacecraft to show 'Warp Speed' and Bob's your uncle.


We will all have been space dust for millennia before any of this fantasy could ever have been a reality. If Einstein says it can't be done then it can't be done.
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Posted on: Jun 15 2017, 12:03 PM


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He could have taken some time out by claiming to have diabetes 2. Let the circling media vultures get bored and move on.


He was different in that he was an open and committed Christian, which whether you believe in sky fairies or not makes a change from the faux-pious and pompous political leaders who turn up to Sunday services when the TV crews are around, or put on a facade for other religious events where their attendance is 'part of the job' rather than because they have a strong faith that someone above is watching and checking whether they're lip-synching to the hymns or not....
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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jun 10 2017, 03:03 PM) *
Quick question...

When will the first Strike by Unite and co take place?

Emboldened by the GE results I can see the Unions with JC on side causing much misery.

I can't do the linky thing but I've already seen the #resist thing doing the rounds from the "Labour's Digital Army" website implying watch this space for news on what to do next under the name Project MAYhem. The plans will become clear and will be shared from tomorrow apparently
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I dare say there wouldn't be a huge resistance to removing or subsidising tuition fees if it was kept to the brightest students doing meaningful degrees, but we're way past that now. A fair number of my son's peer group toddled off to their various Unis to do 'Sports Science' degrees with some dream of being physios at top rugby clubs or such like. The reality is that the nearest they can get to a sports related job is handing out towels at Nuffield...
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jun 10 2017, 11:54 AM) *
Yes, but you Tory boys have done that. Stuffed the Country by selling absolutely everything.

I think Gordon got ahead of that particular game a wee while back by selling the gold reserves at knock down prices.

QUOTE (On the edge @ Jun 10 2017, 11:03 AM) *
Spot on; like the lie they used to believe about success in life was via a University degree followed by a career with a good firm who paid you enough to buy a reasonably decent home and a fair pension when you retire

Yeah, fell for that one didn't they!
Once upon a time University degrees were something to aspire to for the top academically gifted percentage. Now it's just seen by a huge percentage of less academically gifted as being a natural progression from school A Levels, where E is counted as a pass and can get you a place at a converted Poly during the clearing process.. I mean ANY Uni is better than NO Uni right? You can still get pissed at Southampton Solent Uni right?
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