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blackdog
Posted on: Jan 30 2018, 07:00 PM


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QUOTE (x2lls @ Jan 29 2018, 05:30 PM) *
This thread is now over 5 years old without what I can see, a representative view from the faith.

We can only wait, so time will tell.

As none of the 7 users of the forum are moslems the wait will probably be a very long one.
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Posted on: Dec 19 2017, 06:31 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Dec 19 2017, 04:39 PM) *
Breaking news this lunch time. Councils will be permitted to raise an extra 'rate' to increase police budgets! Is our Theresa running scared?


Not totally accurate - councils will have no choice in the matter - PCCs are the ones to be empowered to implement a raise of up to £12 per household.
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Posted on: Dec 8 2017, 05:51 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Dec 7 2017, 12:56 PM) *
???????
One would have thought they had increased relevance with 101 channels of mush , though I agree that a guide in a weekly publication would be a little pointless .

TV Guides in papers only show a few of the channels - the guide on my TV shows them all - I never look at the TV pages of the paper.
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Posted on: Dec 7 2017, 12:06 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Dec 7 2017, 06:49 AM) *
Ironic this; I hate to admit it, but I always thought the TV guide in NWN was simply pandering to down market tastes. Pretty pointless as they come with the national Daily and Sunday national titles anyway.


TV guides in any paper are pretty pointless now we have so many channels available.
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Posted on: Dec 5 2017, 12:50 PM


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The NWN prints a lot more local news that it ever could in the 'good old days' when everything had to fit into 8 or 16 pages. Today it is so much bigger that it can carry the trivia that sells it - as well as the news.
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Posted on: Dec 3 2017, 12:46 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Dec 2 2017, 09:09 AM) *
Best plan is to ignore xmas completely . Sir W's top tip . wink.gif


No - don't ignore it, just put it off for a month. By mid January Christmas trees are readily found on a bin near you. You can recycle all those cards folk sent you in December and buy all those Christmas goodies as the stores are slashing prices to dump them.

Even better, if the 25th is on a weekday, the kids will be at school for most of the day so you won't have to put up with their ludicrous expectations all day.
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Posted on: Nov 24 2017, 07:04 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Nov 23 2017, 02:07 PM) *
Not amongst the payers I believe.


A universal law of taxation I suspect.

QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Nov 23 2017, 02:07 PM) *
The principle is fairer, but the policy they tried to implement wasn't.


How did the policy differ from the principle?
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Posted on: Nov 23 2017, 12:47 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Nov 22 2017, 02:17 PM) *
Yes, Corporation Tax is like Poll Tax was, unpopular but easy to 'legally' avoid.

Have to disagree there - Corporation Tax is pretty popular, though the popularity is from the perception that rich companies should be paying it.

Conversely Poll Tax was unpopular - but far fairer than the Council Tax that that took its place.

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Posted on: Nov 22 2017, 01:34 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Nov 22 2017, 10:58 AM) *
Many cars now have a speed control system, it relies on map data and cameras which can actually read speed signs as you pass them, very clever. It just needs the men in grey to legislate that these can not be organically switched.


I hadn't realised they were so available - the first step is to legislate so that all new cars must have them fitted and older models have them retrofitted within a few years. Once they are commonplace increase speeding fines/penalties massively (an automatic 1 month ban for instance) - so drivers opt to use them. Once most are using them habitually public opinion will approve of the off switch being removed.
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Posted on: Nov 22 2017, 01:23 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Nov 19 2017, 11:34 AM) *
Surely the idea is that HM collector of Taxes closes any loopholes that allow avoidance of said payment ? They are , after all , paid to do exactly that .


Surely they are paid to collect taxes - not to enact legislation. The Chancellor is the man responsible for tax law.

I suspect the problem is with the tax itself - the method used by the likes of Starbucks, Apple etc is cleary a corporation tax avoidance scheme, but I struggle to see how corporation tax rules could be adjusted to overcome it. They set up a subsiduary in Jersey or similar that the US parent licences to control brand rights in Europe - this then charges Apple UK an immense sum for the right to use the Apple brand (name, logo, etc) - enough to ensure that the profits of the UK arm is around zero. Thus Apple Jersey rakes in immense sums from the national operations all over Europe and makes an immense profit - in a country where corporation tax does not exist.

I suppose this loophole could be closed by a new 50% tax on brand rights payments - or 80% - as long as it is higher than Corporation Tax. But then we will have iPhones and Starbuck coffee imported via Jersey - with a huge mark up as they nominally pass through the tax haven - once again reducing the profitabilty of the national operations. Profits are so nebulous, so easily moved offshore by multinationals, taxing them will always be fraught with difficulty.
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Posted on: Nov 22 2017, 12:36 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Nov 21 2017, 01:54 PM) *
Interesting to note that my (very) recent communication with WBC regarding a street parking restriction sign that prevented wheelchair passage was met with " The sign has been there for a number of years without anyone complaining but as our highways budget has been used for this financial year we will review the matter in 18/19 " .
If it wasn't so funny it would make one incandescent . angry.gif


Seems a reasonable, straightforward response to me.
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Posted on: Nov 22 2017, 01:26 AM


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Animals certainly don't feel pain like we do - one of my dogs has a tooth abcess - looks like the sort of thing that would have me screaming. He shows no sign of noticing it is there.

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Posted on: Nov 22 2017, 01:21 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Nov 21 2017, 02:50 PM) *
Back in the day it was "acceptable" to go down the local have five pints and drive home. You were "unlucky" if you got caught. Now you are seen as a danger to all and quite rightly so. Perhaps in a few years when driverless cars ensure people stay under the speed limit your actions will be deemed senseless and moronic. Just saying...


Odds are that driverless cars will eventually go faster - because they are better driven they will be safer at high speeds.

But you don't need driverless cars to speed limit cars - all you need is a GPS, a link to the engine management computer thingy and a bit of software - absolute doddle costing very little to implement. They should have been fitting them in cars for ten years - many would use them even if there was an off switch. After a few years it would be socially unacceptable to use the off switch.
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Posted on: Nov 16 2017, 11:04 PM


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QUOTE (dannyboy @ Nov 16 2017, 06:43 PM) *
It has been shut for a lot longer than that. Still, it is up for sale, as a pub. £430,000 guide price.


Therein lies the problem - worth £430k as a pub, much more as a private house.

Still - The Castle at Donnington has re-opened.
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Posted on: Nov 9 2017, 03:58 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Nov 9 2017, 09:29 AM) *
She is an elected member of NTC and a very vocal one so just as NWN has, unless she specifically says otherwise, this is what she is campaigning for. This is just how the Greenham Tower project started.

Once you've been elected to public office, your own views when expressed in public can't be considered personal.


Equally a comment from a member of the opposition party cannot be seen as council policy - or an indication that the council are discussing it.
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Posted on: Nov 8 2017, 11:18 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Nov 8 2017, 06:11 PM) *
Brexit.


Everyone drowning their sorrows?

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QUOTE (On the edge @ Nov 8 2017, 05:15 PM) *
I don't think there is any suggestion that public money should be spent, although a good few are thinking the landlord or the occupier BT ought to cough up. I must admit, I'm nonplussed as to why Councillors are even discussing this micro issue; particularly given the rather more serious issues that should be attracting their focus and attention. I certainly haven't heard any serious disquiet.


One councillor is banging on about what she's keen on, are any other councillors even discussing it? I guess it gets in the paper because she's a councillor, but I'm pretty sure this is a personal opinion that is nothing to do with the council.

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Posted on: Nov 8 2017, 03:10 PM


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I see that the holders of this data are refusing to let HMRC have a copy - so much for all their calls for transparency.
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Posted on: Nov 8 2017, 03:08 PM


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QUOTE (Mr Brown @ Nov 6 2017, 10:18 PM) *
The UK certainly isn't ruled by minority pressure groups, even though it might seem so on occasions. Of course pressure groups try and often succeed in influencing party policy; but party still rules. As we saw in the previous coalition, the LibDems had quite limited effect on government policy. In this government, the Unionists are actually a breed of Tory.


Political parties are minority pressure groups.
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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Nov 8 2017, 01:31 PM) *
Could someone explain why it is perfectly ok to spend a six figure amount of tax payers money on prettying up a supposed eyesore yet they bulk at forking out some lose change on a school crossing lady ?
Like the good book sayeth ," if thine eye offends thee cast it out ". Quite happy to oblige if asked .


Could someone explain where it is suggested that any public money should be spent on this?
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Posted on: Nov 5 2017, 01:17 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Nov 4 2017, 12:24 PM) *
It is OK for a sit and watch event, but the bar is sparse and the venue is a little out of the way compared to, say, The Corn Exchange.


Parking's a lot cheaper.
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Posted on: Oct 29 2017, 04:53 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Oct 28 2017, 07:58 PM) *
And within 5 years you wont be getting a van delivering. This is definetly a drone job. Savings will be massive. You book.. ERP processes and an API interfaces into Robots who pick your order and drones deliver. Gonna happen...and soon. I've seen the plans. 10 percent discount on delivery this way against a human interface.

Delivery drones may be fit a niche, but it's absurd to think that they can deliver as efficently as a man with a supermarket van. I can imagine a self driving van without a man, but not thousands of drones buzzing around Newbury satisfying the day to day shopping needs of the populace.
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Posted on: Oct 28 2017, 07:44 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Oct 28 2017, 01:04 PM) *
Small question re self driving cars . If the car is capable of taking itself to the destination , why would one bother to accompany it ?
I envisage ordering my groceries on line , sending Fred ,( have to call him something ), to collect which just leaves me the job of putting it in the cupboard . Brilliant !!!
We all know it's just a mad scientist's pipe dream but it does pose the question , what next ?


No need to wait for self-driving cars, just order online and your groceries will soon be at your door.
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Posted on: Oct 28 2017, 09:41 AM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Oct 26 2017, 08:49 AM) *
Once again useless attempts to make the "dangerous" A34 safer. link
How many more times?
It is not the road that is dangerous, it is many of the drivers that use it.
These steps will unfortunately do nothing to decrease the number of crashes on the road.
Not while you have people using mobiles, tailgaters, lack of concentration, often due to tiredness, etc.
The article admits that the two crashes regularly highlighted were both caused by drivers on their mobile phones.
It is an very busy road with an exceptionally large number of HGV's and will therefore, unless completely upgraded to a 3 /4? lane motorway (or the freight is back on a long closed railway line duplicating the route) crashes will unfortunately continue and the current rate.
This would, of course, have to be linked in with a scheme to stop people driving like prats. Unlikely eh?? rolleyes.gif


The proposal to lengthen slip roads is a huge advance - certainly won't stop all accidents, but it will improve the road.

Of course it's all just a temporary fix until we get self driving cars and do away with driver error.
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Posted on: Oct 28 2017, 09:37 AM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Oct 28 2017, 09:44 AM) *
Religious following is rather like the fervour of rival football fans . Their particular team is always going to be no.1 and they are quite happy to duff up their opposing counterpart and no power on earth will convince them that it is just a game , or in the case of a deity , just a fantasy .
When "god" steps down from the clouds and stops children being buried alive during an earthquake I will be at the front of the queue to apologise for doubting his existence , but I am not going to invest in running shoes anytime soon .


Why should God stop children being buried in an earthquake when she went to all the trouble of creating the earthquake in order to bury them? The fact that God does not do what you think he should do is not proof that God doesn't exist, just that God's agenda is different from yours.
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