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QUOTE (newres @ May 24 2018, 04:21 PM) *
The resulting social problems are not though.


Not wholly convinced about that, ironically the drug problems are more manifest so easier to identify and where necessary mitigate. The effects of living or working with an alcoholic is very often harrowing, physically painful, and dragged out over an extended period. My view is that what apples to one drug which is known to adversly affect behaviours should be applied to all.
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Posted on: Today, 06:48 AM


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Can't see the issue. Aren't the political big thinkers trying to legalise the sale and use of recreational drugs? There was a campaign just a few months back trying to get supplies to a young boy whose chronic medical condition could be alleviated if he could access such drugs. We've managed for years with the consequences of people misusing alcohol after all said and done.
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QUOTE (Strafin @ May 23 2018, 01:47 PM) *
New age royals paying their own way?

I'd like to hear more about that...


I doubt if you will, simply because if any of them or their extended family try they are screeched down. For instance, look at the ongoing vilification campaign launched against the Middleton family.
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Posted on: May 20 2018, 08:19 AM


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No real surprise, Newbury isn't immune from the national retail implosion.
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Posted on: May 20 2018, 08:14 AM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ May 18 2018, 12:48 PM) *
An American divorcée, haven't we seen that before somewhere? How did that end I wonder? Still, another opportunity for the Mrs migginses of the world to go all "ooh, 'aint she luvly me old ducks" and go down the rose and crown for a pint of stout. And it'll give Pippa a chance to sell some more overpriced tat.


Brilliant! Hope Pippa does, keeps our economy boyant and at least these new age Royals are more up for paying their own way. As for the big event; what display anyone expect? Aimed directly at our transatlantic cousins who've gone for it big time. Brand Fergie is so 1980's now - same place as avocado bathroom suites and Jackie Collins! Stout?, what's that when it's at home?
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Posted on: May 18 2018, 08:05 PM


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Well, Andy Capp, as you'll see from the latest Newbury Advertiser, WBC are on top of the pothole situation, from what Councillor Clifford reported, we are doing better than many other Councils making good the problems compounded by last seasons far worse than average weather. She also pointed out that a pothole that is an immediate hazard is made safe within two hours from time repair is ordered. They are spending 50 percent more on thus sort of routine maintenance as they did last year - yes, more. not less. She went on to say people are noticing they are doing a pretty good job. So, Andy what's the problem?
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Posted on: May 18 2018, 05:32 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ May 17 2018, 08:04 PM) *
People don’t expect velodrome standard roads, just roads that are safe enough so that one need not swerve to avoid. In my view OTE is talking absolute myopic ignorant bollox.


But the roads ARE safe enough. Haven't seen any reports locally of this happening certainly in any dangerous way. Similarly, I haven't noticed any significant increase in the road traffic accident statistics where the cause is road conditions. Our local roads authority actually has a standard and holes in the highway which become of greater depth are repaired, within the statutory time limits. Those standards weren't just dreamed up. A little more concentration whilst at the wheel helps of course?
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Posted on: May 18 2018, 05:14 AM


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QUOTE (nerc @ May 17 2018, 06:37 PM) *
Is anyone else fed up with this Royal Wedding lead up to the event?.

Every news paper and radio station you listen to is full of this bloody wedding and who is turning up etc.

Why is it so special that the media have to spend so much time on it?


Quite simple; to take our minds off the rather more serious and pressing matters of state. Give them bread and circuses; the oldest trick in the book.
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Posted on: May 16 2018, 05:47 PM


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QUOTE (motormad @ May 16 2018, 04:57 PM) *
There was one pothole which was about 4 inches deep and about 2ft long, about 1ft wide, on a road very near to my house

If you hit it at 30mph it would literally sound like a bomb has gone off.
The road is a 40 limit.
It was also in the direct natural wheel path..


I agree generally round here the roads are not awful but they are not good either

A recent trip to Europe showed how much nicer the roads in France, Belgium, and Germany were.

If they repaired the road properly for let's say £50 / yard rather which lasted 10 years, rather than £30 / yard which lasts 2 years....


Yes, yet another reason for Brexit!

The speed limit is just that, the limit, not the advisory mean! Drivers in the UK at least are obliged to drive at a speed commensurate with the conditions they find at the time.

If you report your pot hole, do it by phone, they'll tell you the size limits and if justified, will repair it. It works, I've done it.
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Posted on: May 16 2018, 05:39 PM


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Well, perhaps today's announcement by the Transport Secretary, nationalised using the east coast mainline might provide a solution! Wow, so it takes a Tory Government to show Labour how to deliver Clause 4.
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Posted on: May 15 2018, 03:05 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ May 15 2018, 11:07 AM) *
OK so I can’t get off at Feltham from my carriage, thanks for the warning you POS service!


Oh well, look on the bright side; you'll enjoy a few jars with the compo!
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Posted on: May 15 2018, 07:01 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ May 15 2018, 07:19 AM) *
You dodged the point I was making: the random unexpected nature of some potholes make them dangerous for all road users, whether driving at the speed limit or not.


I'll probably get shot down for this, but certainly round here I haven't seen one pothole deep enough to be dangerous to proper road users. Yes, some do go deeper or various reasons, but the Council do actually repair these very rapidly.

I have a problem with 'all' road users. Some have unreasonable expectations, which is a other matter entirely. For instance, a cyclist I know who damaged a very expensive racing cycle hitting a crumbled road surface. He complained bitterly, but, looking at it logically, why on earth was he expecting a velodrome standard surface to practice his hobby when he hadn't paid a brass cent towards it? His ability to pass freely along the Queen's highway, which his taxes pay to be paved and drained is the only entitlement.

Sure, for some old or poorly designed vehicles, riding over rough surfaces will cause damage - particularly if done at speed. Knowing our road surfaces are not and in reality never have been, silky smooth means holes might be random, but can be expected and anticipated - rather like pedestrians.

The emergency service managements are also said to complain, but what public service manager doesn't keep complaining these days. However, even a casual glance at their issues tells a different story. Their biggest difficulty is random parking, where self centred drivers leave vehicles parked in such a way as to block progress; usually in areas of high density housing. Again, down to unreasonable expectations of certain road users, who feel that the general population ought to pay for somewhere they can park their vehicle where they choose to end their journey.
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Posted on: May 14 2018, 07:53 AM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ May 14 2018, 12:06 AM) *
Quite agree, banged up roads are meat and drink for the Range Rover. If the poor can't keep up they can always walk. More room on the roads for us Bud. Market forces rule!!


Absolutely. Further, it gives those without a real incentive to strive hard to earn more and better gives the entrepreneurial mind a new opportunity to offer alternatives. A double win; that is wealth trickling down for real.
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Posted on: May 13 2018, 02:37 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ May 13 2018, 10:53 AM) *
Then you certainly won't like what happens when everyone changes over to hybrid. Extra 500kgs to cart about.


More than happy, again market forces. Not everyone will be able to afford or keep such vehicles so there could be rather less. Yes, they might create more damage to the infrastructure, in which case it's a choice of carrying on as we are or significantly increasing road tax for these vehicles. Hybrid isn't the optimum let alone the end solution anyway.

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Posted on: May 13 2018, 06:23 AM


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QUOTE (x2lls @ May 12 2018, 11:56 PM) *
Round things in a dual bag. Absolute twaddle.


Care to explain why? We have rather too many people who think just because they want to use an expensive, overwide, over heavy vehicle, we should increase the size of parking spaces and the strength of the road surfaces to cope. Needs to be remembered that most unfilled pot holes exist not on main routes but on local roads; which were built with foundations to support far lighter vehicles and certainly not a constant flow of what are really wide tyred heavy trucks. Shame the car industry marketeers / designers didn't think that through when they were introduced.
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Posted on: May 13 2018, 06:15 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ May 13 2018, 02:01 AM) *
Tell that to the emergency services, besides, unlike potholes, those obstacles are signposted.


We don't put 30mph signs up on every single road so that's no answer. If the emergency services are seriously objecting, then they'd have had the humps removed, even bus drivers, where such traffic calming measures cause serious issues have failed on that one. Answer is straightforward, drive at the right speed.
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Posted on: May 12 2018, 04:20 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ May 12 2018, 03:37 PM) *
There’s nothing safer about having to concentrate on where in the road you may drive or ride.


The road safety experts disagree, hence strangely positioned and sharp height road humps, rumble strips and the like. Arguably, modern 4x4 type cars of which there are very many these days are built to cope with rough terrine. Even so, drivers are lulled into a false sense of safety by the comfortable, air conditioned, tank like construction of many cars which induces a lack of concentration. A sharp bang now and again serves to remind. I'd also argue that drivers having to cough up to replace suspension components is rather more effective than using traffic police or cameras to keep speeds down.
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Posted on: May 12 2018, 10:31 AM


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Quite agree. The good old vox pop interview, the curse of modern society. Its ok for interviewers to be excruciatingly rude to Ministers; so why do they always treat the clearly simple with kid gloves? 'So, sir, you've spent several thousand on this apparently delicate motor and found it doesn't run well on UK roads; where have you been for the last decade?'. Would be nice if we could make a start on pressing the need for personal responsibility.
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Posted on: May 12 2018, 06:33 AM


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It's ironic that footpaths should be used as an example of our crumbling roads network given that the intended users can't use them with any degree of safety anyway! What with parked cars and vans, cyclists, disability trollies, monster baby buggies and utility excavation spoil heaps.

A few years back, I spent a good deal of time in LA, where the roads, even the trunk routes, were in a far worse state than anything we see round here. However, it was very obvious mean average speeds were lower than in UK. II came home only to find our dear departed LibDems were merriliy trying to do the same in the UK, by installing speed humps etc.

The 'pot holes' do mean drivers have to concentrate rather more and thus keep speeds down and that also includes militant cyclists!

So arguably, austerity has done us a favour, demonstrating we can reap the safety benefits which come when drivers are slower and more attentive without spending a penny.
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Posted on: May 6 2018, 12:50 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ May 6 2018, 01:24 PM) *
Very poor for mid term.

Much the same was said about Ted Heath immediatley before 1970 election. Anyway, if the Torys manage to cling on, we'd have the joy of Johnson or Rees-Gobb as PM....then we'd really be an international laughing stock.
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Posted on: May 6 2018, 05:39 AM


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QUOTE (newres @ May 6 2018, 02:25 AM) *
I hear Philip Green through terrific parties. And?


Yes, he certainly does, very nice to the peasantry, unless they dare answer back, like the time he angrily explained his philosophy to one of the shop staff....I own you!
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Posted on: May 5 2018, 08:33 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ May 5 2018, 03:00 PM) *
The young will vote for JC becuase he is offering uncosted freebies. When they get a house, a well paid job (not all but some) then they will change votes. Always been the same. I am afraid people are selfish and always have been. The drean of a full welfare state is just that. A dream. Always has been. Always will be.

As for the Philip Greens of this world. He is not representative of all bosses. My CEO left last week and on the day he left he gave us HIS credit card and told us to put it behind the bar and have a good time. This was for all staff including the cleaners.


Facinating, but I suspect a very accurate reflection of human nature which as you so rightly imply underscores Conservative philosophy. Used to be parodied the then of the Red Flag, 'The working class can kiss my ar*se I've got the Forman's job at last......' What I've grasped I keeps. Yes, sport on.

However, that means we now have a slight problem - 'when they get a house and a well paid job' just isn't going to happen for most of them. Worse, when their pay increases, they'll be immediatley reminded not to believe any political 'free offer' because the student loan repayment kicks in. They'll have seen mum and dad collect a good pension from work and have seen them retire rather early. Guess who is going to get the blame for that lot?

So, sorry, JC simply has to wait!

Nice to see your CEO coughing up for a party. I agree, that's real old style Toryisim. His Lordship usually threw a party up at the big house to celebrate family events good to hear it's still going on. Hope you all lined up by the door when he finally left.
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Posted on: May 4 2018, 07:50 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ May 4 2018, 07:04 PM) *
Forgive my ignorance but don't young people become old people over a period of time? Or is it just a simple case of frontal lobe development as young voters do tend to take today and forget tomorrow. Older ones don't have a tomorrow to worry about. smile.gif


Of course they do, but as we see here, attitudes once formed rarely change.

it's quite a mistake to assume the young haven't noticed we've sacrificed their chances to secure decent reasonably paid jobs, adequate pensions and homes they can purchase. They also feel miffed about falling for the lie they were told about the need to get an expensive Unuversity degree as the key. They've only seen a collection of chancers and graspers running the Country for the past 12 years who only seem interested in personal greed and self indulgence.

Imagine yourself in their shoes, what example does Sir Philip Green and his ilk really set?

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Posted on: May 4 2018, 03:42 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ May 4 2018, 09:16 AM) *
You mean Tony Blair, labour, 2010. As admitted by labour, on TV. And talking of civil war, how's jc's party at the moment? Short of physical attacks couldn't get a lot worse!


No, Jeremy Thorpe to Harold MacMillan.

As you say in your later post TM had done well in constituencies where older people predominate, whilst JC where the electorate is young.

As far as I can see then, JC simply needs to wait.
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Don't get me wrong, I've merely been parroting the consequences of the ruling political dogma. I can well understand the deep frustrations of railway passengers, particularly commuters. Over the years, its been blindingly obvious that no one, no one at all is listening, let alone even making a few inexpensive gestures to put matters right. The question is then, why? As far as I can see, only a new business model has any chance of delivering let alone sustaining, the service standards needed. The attempting to create a 'market' where one naturally doesn't exist might seem good in theory, but doesn't work in practice - the chosen moderator, the regulation concept has been an expensive failure. Ironically, this is the Conservatives doing what they always castigate Labour about - letting outworn political dogma cloud their judgement.
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