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Giz wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:36 pm
ceptimus wrote:
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ed wrote:
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we still pay money to the EU for the privilege of being a member;
and we still have to obey all EU rules and regulations.

We won't have any representation in the EU parliament though

hell of a deal you lot negotiated
The EU were very clever negotiators. They only allowed us to negotiate the things they wanted - how much we pay them for leaving (thirty nine billion euros is the current estimate), and what rules will apply to Ireland. The EU flatly refused to talk about what the UK wanted (future trade deal) until after we'd paid them and left.
At that point May should have threatened no-deal but she caved
May did not have the backing to do anything.

Europe quickly realized this.

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Tommy Cooper Comedian. Born in Caerphilly, Wales in 1922, he moved to Exeter in the first few months of his life. He was noted for his trademark fez
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Jerry Lewis? Or that more recent Jerry who is not funny?

Is he a Shriner? Or just doing shtick?
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:18 pm
Jerry Lewis? Or that more recent Jerry who is not funny?

Is he a Shriner? Or just doing shtick?
Tommy Cooper, who was a real funny guy, as opposed to Jerry Lewis.

Also died during a live stage act. People though it was part of the routine.
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Doctor X wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:15 am
Giz wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:36 pm
ceptimus wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:22 pm
ed wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:19 pm
we still pay money to the EU for the privilege of being a member;
and we still have to obey all EU rules and regulations.

We won't have any representation in the EU parliament though

hell of a deal you lot negotiated
The EU were very clever negotiators. They only allowed us to negotiate the things they wanted - how much we pay them for leaving (thirty nine billion euros is the current estimate), and what rules will apply to Ireland. The EU flatly refused to talk about what the UK wanted (future trade deal) until after we'd paid them and left.
At that point May should have threatened no-deal but she caved
May did not have the backing to do anything.

Europe quickly realized this.

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London underground (1860 – 1960):

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And what it's like now...

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More a time of day thing?

Still got those upholstered seats? 8)
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Fascinating maps show huge divide between younger and older voters in general election

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Twitter account Election Maps UK compiled how different age groups, ranging from 18 to 24s to over 65s, voted in the election – and what the result would have been if only one age group had voted.

The December poll ended in a Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party winning a huge majority of 80 – the biggest the Tories have secured since Margaret Thatcher in the 1987 election.

Labour suffered a humiliating defeat, taking just 203 seats – the smallest number of seats the party has won since the 1935 election.

The SNP performed strongly, winning 48 of 59 seats in Scotland, while the Lib Dems only managed a disappointing 11.
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politic ... 23171.html

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I think youngsters have always tended to be more left wing and radical than older people.

It will be interesting to see whether or not the current generation of youngsters change their views to the right as they gain more maturity and experience: if they don't, then we can expect future Labour governments in place of the currently dominant Conservatives.

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In this case "left wing and radical" happens to be underwritten by billionaires "rebelling" against the working class.
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UK censors all Saudi Arabia conversations from latest release of cabinet minutes

Sensitive discussions by British government ministers about Saudi Arabia which likely involve controversial arms deals have been censored from a series of newly declassified files, raising more questions about oversight of one of the UK’s deepest alliances.

The cabinet minutes from 1996, released under Britain’s declassification rules, contain details of weekly meetings held by then-prime minister John Major and his Conservative ministers. Saudi Arabia was discussed on three separate occasions that year, according to the cabinet agendas.

However, the minutes of these discussions have all been redacted and remain censored, in the latest sign that British officials want to keep secret details of their relationship with the authoritarian Saudi regime.

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle told Declassified UK: “The fact that even now the British public can’t see the level of cooperation between our country and Saudi Arabia shows that the British authorities must be worried that the full truth would disturb many sensible patriotic Brits.”

Russell-Moyle, who has sat on parliament’s arms export committee, added: “It is time that this relationship be exposed and ended whilst the Saudi Arabian coalition continue to bomb and destroy the Yemen, harbour international terrorism and destabilise the Middle East.”
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England’s first wild beaver colony in centuries is ‘helping communities and climate’

Animals have created ‘beautiful areas of new habitat’, says Devon Wildlife Trust

England’s first beavers to live in the wild in 400 years are positively affecting the community and the environment, experts have said.

The animals, who unexpectedly appeared along the River Otter in Devon more than a decade ago, are being monitored to determine whether they benefit the local area and should continue living there.

The beavers have significantly reduced water flow, a researcher has said, which means their dams can potentially reduce the risk of flooding.

Professor Richard Brazier from the University of Exeter said research shows plant and animal life is also flourishing in their ponds, which catch sediment and inorganic fertilisers washed from farmland.

The beavers have also drawn tourists to the area, helping local commerce.
https://www.independent.co.uk/environme ... 67331.html

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Wait a minute. They are the first in 400 years and they "unexpectedly appeared"?

Something is missing from this story.
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I presume it's a "wild" reintroduction. (And I'm quite sure locally everybody knows about it.) But there are laws:
While the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) were initially concerned the beavers could carry deadly diseases, they tested the animals and allowed them to live freely along the Devonshire riverside as part of a five-year trial.

Plans for the trial were originally initiated by the Devon Wildlife Trust and were also backed by locals. The Trust explain that there are now at least seven breeding pairs, with possibly as many as 13 beaver families living on the river.

"We are committed to reintroducing formerly native species, including beavers, where there are clear environmental and socio-economic benefits. A decision on any future work following the River Otter project will be taken after its conclusion," a spokesperson for DEFRA told The Independent, hailing their success.
https://www.countryliving.com/uk/wildli ... vironment/