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Joined on: Monday, 26th April 2004, 09:11, Last used: Friday, 6th September 2013, 06:40

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RE: [VIDEO] Russia invaded Ukraine

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mbilko says...
"just remember if you can how worried that he was too right wing when he ran  and won the governor of California, times have changed"

Pretty sure most people here would still consider him right wing...

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RE: [VIDEO] Russia invaded Ukraine

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Snaps says...
"People criticising Patel and this government of failing the refugees and going against our 'proud reputation' whilst citing the kinder transport in WW2 saving Jewish children should read this thread
To my shame I've reached seventy years of age without ever asking myself this question.

Snaps"

May not be strictly true, unless we can link to the relevant Hansard debate those quotes were taken from and the relevant Cabinet documents.

It's only Wiki, granted, but it tells a slightly different story:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindertransport#:~:text=The%20British%20government%20put%20no,brought%20to%20the%20United%20Kingdom.



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RE: Warning if you shop mail order, and who doesn’t?

Hermes were scheduled to pick up a return of my son's the week before last and I was working from home that day.  It was a chromebook that he wanted to use for internet browsing that kept dropping wifi connection for no apparent reason, but I digress...

Anyway, he got an email to say that they'd tried to pick it up but were unsuccessful.  He mentioned that I was in and I'd heard nothing, but they insisted.

Then he mentioned we also had a Ring doorbell (bought the week before) and there was no video recorded of the visit and they suddenly changed their mind and arranged a visit the following day...

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RE: [VIDEO] So... what are you playing just now?

Gave up on Metro Exodus due to constant crashes, but then I'm now playing my first Souls-like in Elden Ring and it's fricking awesome...

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RE: [VIDEO] Russia invaded Ukraine

Think someone may be forgetting that Boris has been sending arms to Ukraine...and has been since at least mid January...

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RE: [VIDEO] Lord of the Rings coming to Amazon

Might just be my age, but all the actors look like kids...

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RE: [VIDEO] 1883

Where's this streaming?

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RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

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Jitendar Canth says...
"Apparently three had their Partygate sackings fast tracked to cover up the damage caused by the one and the parting gift of an acid putdown. 
Worked out just as intended then? Cos it seems like a total disaster."

Well, as a dead cat it has proven effective in moving the whole partygate thing from the front pages.  The (enforced) re-org of Number 10 can then proceed apace without any sacking announcements, so will seem a conclusion of this whole affair.

Cynical but probably effective for the wider populace...

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RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

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Snaps says...
"Yet here"

Well, criticising the one can lead to a vociferous response...

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RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

She doesn't look very happy...

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RE: [VIDEO] So... what are you playing just now?

Currently playing through Metro Exodus, which is very dialogue heavy...

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RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"I mean, also, Brexit dividend, 350m a week to spend on the NHS, and yet they have to raise National Insurance."

You know this has already been given to the NHS by Theresa May, right?

Now you can argue that we haven't actually saved that money yet due to Brexit (as the fact check below does), which is a valid argument, but the money has already been pledged to the NHS.

https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/factcheck-the-nhs-funding-boost-is-not-a-brexit-dividend

You can either take it literally or just look at the funding pledge, and I guess that depending on your view of Brexit will then dictate on which side of that line you fall...although we still have to wait until next year to see if it actually happens, considering we've had a global pandemic and currently sat with borrowing at £2,206.5 trillion, or 104.5% of gross domestic product (13.7% above the average of the 27 European Union member states at the time that figure was published).

Still, what's an extra £3.5bn when you're already in hock by trillions?

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This item was edited on Wednesday, 2nd February 2022, 16:57

RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

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Pete-MK says...
"He only got this one because no-one else wanted the job. Lowest bidders barely finish the job. Trust me, I'm in the construction industry."

Not quite true, there were plenty of challengers last time and there will be next time.

It's painful and we're in the dreaded downward spiral of a premiership but I still don't think he'll be going anywhere anytime soon...

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RE: [VIDEO] New Highway Code rules

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"The most annoying bit was just a tiny part of her car nose was over the box, and she wasn't blocking the junction at all."

That's not really stopping in the box, is it?

She really should have appealed that...

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RE: [VIDEO] Reacher

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Snaps says...
"I tried reading the first Reacher book and lasted just a few pages. I couldn't cope withe the Janet and John three word sentences.

Do they get better.
Would you suggest a different starting point."

No, if you don't like the first one, you won't like the rest...

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RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

This whole thing has been overplayed and therefore I suspect nowt will come of it.  It would have been better to either put all the info out there at once or just leave it at the initial accusation.  This drip feed is a blatant strategy to keep the story in the open for longer.

Conservative MP's will now have decided that they'll ignore the media hype and decide for themselves when to remove Boris.

You may disagree with this, and I wouldn't have been sorry to see him go when this first broke, but hey...

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Meat Loaf - rest in peace...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-60080934

An iconic singer, and not a bad actor either...

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This item was edited on Friday, 21st January 2022, 08:38

RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

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Pete-MK says...
"When fines were being handed out, and wedding receptions being 'raided' and shut down, I'm pretty sure they felt like laws."

I can't argue with that...

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RE: What are you reading thread

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Pete-MK says...
"My god it's a rambling mess with tiny elements of plot splashed here and there to give the illusion of some kind of narrative. That's not to say it isn't enjoyable in places. "

Haven't read it for years but I remember enjoying it immensely.

Have you tried The Dark Tower series?

I'm still working my way through The Gulag Archipelago, but have slowed down as distracted by watching the whole of The World At War again.  Still, it's amazing to me just how petty and cruel the Soviets were against their own people even in the first couple of chapter where Solzhenitsyn is just describing the various purges that took place and how automatic 10 year sentences were just handed out for the most trivial of reasons, including just knowing someone who knew someone else...

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RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

There's definitely something going on here with this drip drip drip of leaks, but I have zero sympathy and you can't pretend not to know if something is against the rules if you're the person dictating the rules be made in the first place.

Ignorance of the law is not a defence, even if they were rules rather than the actual law...

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RE: Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard in $68.7B deal

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admars says...
"I suspect it will be like Bethesda, any current games, well under way, will be finished, but they won't release future games, on PlayStation, why would they, they'll want them as an exclusive so ppl buy the console and their games."

Not sure I agree wholly with this.

I think there will be timed exclusives but that's it.  Look at Sony, they've now belatedly realised that the PC market is huge, so not sure Microsoft will cut their nose off to spite their face here - particularly as the gaming pass has no competitor and I suspect that's more important in terms of profit.

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RE: Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard in $68.7B deal

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Gareth Williams says...
"Tbh this deal means little to me. I was never interested in WoW and I haven't played any CoD crap in about 10 years. It would be nice to have THPS and newer Crash titles on Steam, though, which is more likely now."

Me neither, think the last CoD I played was the original MW and that was when I was in a clan...

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RE: Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"Seems neptunesergue2 is a spammer:
https://www.stopforumspam.com/ipcheck/156.146.37.94"

Not a very good one, unless his post was already edited by the time we saw it...

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RE: [VIDEO] What are you listening to now??? (Music recomendations)

Quote:
sj says...
"Me too, mentioned here..
I think nobody bar Andy C realised what I was saying."

Ha, didn't even see that...

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RE: Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

Quote:
Jitendar Canth says...
"What an irony!

Tonga is one country on the planet that has been largely Covid free (didn't get their first case until last October)... and now has to rely on international aid, which raises concerns about importing Covid alongside that."

Not the first time diseases have been imported into countries/cultures though, so we've been here before but hopefully a bit more knowledgeable these days.

Only problem is, we're human, so someone will take a shortcut through carelessness or just because they're not bothered...

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RE: [VIDEO] What are you listening to now??? (Music recomendations)

New project from Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, very snyth heavy...



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RE: Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

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neptunesergue2 says...
"I sincerely hope that after 2 years it is officially over. I’ve read that a lot of experts say this with Omicron is actually a great thing and that Corona is stopping "

I think what you're saying is that we're at the point we can think about lifting restrictions and trying to get back to 'normal', living with COVID in the same way as we do with flu, etc.

Is that right?

It's not over and even the milder version can cause serious problems for some people, like flu already does.

The other thing to note is that just because we now have a milder Omicron variant doesn't mean all the other variants have vanished.

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This item was edited on Monday, 17th January 2022, 11:53

RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"GDPR stops that in Europe I think, although our problem is more the other way around, the government selling off anonymised NHS data."

It should but I see no real understanding from political parties about the data protection principles contained within the GDPR regulations:

https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/news-and-blogs/2021/06/conservative-party-fined-10-000-for-sending-unlawful-emails/

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/labour-group-momentum-faces-watchdog-inquiry-over-facebook-adverts-sdl2mvg0l

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/breaking-lib-dems-admit-they-added-information-about-voters-in-100k-data-sale/


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RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

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Snaps says...
"Is it?
I mean any more than we already knew.
I know damn well where I've been and what I've been doing is available to anyone with the nous to look for it.
As for de-identifying, yeh right."

As the Public Health Agency of Canada is being investigated by the Canadian privacy watchdog, I'd say yes...

https://globalnews.ca/news/8503895/watchdog-probing-officials-cell-location-data/

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