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  1. Derwent

    19 man Squad

    Think it’ll be Rooke and Curwen who miss out on Sunday.
  2. So we are reduced to making things up now are we ? Nobody, so far as I can see, has claimed that every working class person voted leave. Otherwise some areas would have had 100% leave votes, and vice versa in affluent areas. However, if we are talking about probability, I'd say the evidence shows that it was more probable that a working class person in a deprived area voted to leave. Its certainly true in the North, the evidence is clear. In the Cumbria regions, the traditional Labour voting working class areas of Allerdale (59-41), Barrow (61-39), Copeland (62-38) & Carlisle (60-40) all voted overwhelmingly to leave. The much more affluent traditional Tory stronghold of South Lakeland voted to remain.
  3. In the context of the overall winning margin they are. 13.8% is significantly higher than 3.8% in this context.
  4. Does it not ? Go and have a walk around Wallsend, its probably the most working class area you'll ever find. Then go and have a walk around the Jesmond area, its painfully middle class with its artisan cafes and overpriced houses. We can't judge on how individuals voted as we don't know that, we can only judge on how areas voted. It is clear in the Tyneside region that the "working class" areas voted to leave. Of course some working class people voted remain but as an area the overwhelming result in the working class areas was leave. So given that the working class areas voted leave then it follows that working class people were "more likely" to vote leave in those areas otherwise they wouldn't have had a majority.
  5. Newcastle is a prime example of what Niels is talking about. You may not realise but there are 2 council areas in "Newcastle". The first is Newcastle City Council which contains the 50,000+ student population and the more affluent areas such as Jesmond, Gosforth, High Heaton etc. The second is North Tyneside Council which contains the more industralised areas such as Wallsend, North Shields and the former coal mining areas like Backworth, West Moor and Shiremoor. Newcastle City Council area voted to remain by a margin of 50.7% to 49.2% North Tyneside Council area voted to leave by a margin of 53.4% to 46.6% Then just across the river Gateshead Council area (which is heavily industrialised) voted to leave by a margin of 56.9% to 43.1% So its pretty clear that the industrial areas of the Newcastle-Gateshead area voted to leave by a significant margin. Overall, taking the 3 council areas together, the Tyneside area voted to leave by a margin of 52.9% to 47.1% The industrial areas voted to leave, the service industry and student areas voted to remain.
  6. Derwent

    Poetry

    No mention of England's greatest living poet on here yet, so here you go.... AKROYD’S FUNERAL It was dark as a coal-hole picnic On the day Grandad Akroyd dropped dead; Work was scarce as rocking-horse droppings, Not a church roof for miles had lead. So cold that the flame on the candle, Got frozen one Wednesday night, And we had to warm it up in the oven Before we could get it to light. Some brass monkeys outside sung carols soprano, You could ‘ear ’em cursin’ and swearin’, As they wandered ’round lost in the cold and the frost They couldn’t find their bearings. On Sunday our chicken for dinner Was a pigeon from off next door’s loft. And me Dad pumped it up with his bike pump, too hard And our Sunday dinner buggered off. ‘What would you like to eat now, Dad?’ Said our Mam, picking her nose, ‘Hard boiled eggs,’ our Dad said, ‘You can’t get your fingers in those.’ We couldn’t afford to kill t’ chicken, So we boiled some water up hot, And with bunches of dried peas tied to its knees, It Paddled about on the top. Me Grandad had mortgaged his pension ‘Til 1994, While me Gran in her vest, was outside doing her best, With a red light above t’coal shed door. ‘I can’t stand’t no more,’ the old man cried, A mad light shone in his glass eye, ‘We’ll have to defraud the insurance man Hands up, I want a volunteer to die.’ Mam said she would have, but she were too busy, Our Albert said his library book was due back, Gran said she would but her and her mate, Had got tickets for last Saturday’s match. So we drew straws to settle the matter, But there was never no doubt, ‘Cos me Dad cut me Grandad’s in haIf wi’t’ bread-knife, Just as he was pulling it out. I’m too old to die,’ he said, using the cat As a club to belabour me Dad, ‘All right,’ me Dad says, ‘you don’t have to die… Just lie down and pretend as you are.’ So me Grandad lay down on the hearth-rug, And we called the doctor in. Gran took out a bottle and glasses, And got him smashed on her dandelion gin. He said me Grandad had died of a very rare disease, A bad case of tropical frostbite, Then he staggered off out and we all heard a shout From the street ‘cos he slipped in some dog . Our Billy ran round for the Man from the Pru, Gran filled him with dandelion gin, He paid £4.10 in used chipshop yen And said, ‘When are you burying him?’ ‘Oh, We weren’t thinking of burying him,’ Grandma said, ‘Thinking of having stuffed meself, Or embalming him in Plasticraft, And keeping him on’t mantelshelf.’ ‘Nay, yon is illegal,’ said Man from Pru. ‘Grandad will have to be buried, In a box and shroud in constipated ground.’ At this Grandad looked reet worried. The Man from the Pru’ said he’d come to the burying And see as how things were done quite right, Then he staggered off out and we all heard a shout From the street ‘cos he slipped on that stuff that I told you about before. ‘I’ve just done that, ‘said the doctor, So the insuranceman rubbed his nose in it. So the pretend corpse now had to be buried, Me Dad got an old kipper crate, When the holes got plugged and the wood it looked good With plastic brass handles on – great. ‘We’ll only bury you just till he’s gone, Then we’ll dig you up, honest,’ Dad said. It took a bottle of gin before Grandad gave in And lay int’ box to play dead. Me Gran looked down at the box saying, ‘What a lovely corpse.’ Tears fell on her dripping and toast, When the body at rest shoved his hand up her vest, saying ‘Now then, how’s that for a ghost?’ So we put the box on big Mabel’s coal cart And off to t’cemetery we set, We followed on bikes and all seemed quite right Until another burying we met. A policeman was stood on point duty, ‘Cos there was a fault on the traffic lights, But he fell to the ground with his arms flaying round ‘Cos’ he slipped on the road on another load of that stuff I was telling you about before. ‘We just done that,’ said the doctor and the insurance man, So the policeman rubbed their noses in it. As he spun on the ground the traffic flew round, And the two buryings got in a jam, Their driver took a poke at me Dad wi’ a wrench And got a kick up the shoemaker’s off me Mam. When we sorted it out we’d got the wrong box; Grandma said, ‘Ee, we won’t see no more of him,’ When their driver come round our burying we found Had gone to the crematorium. By the time that we got there the service was done, You could hear the organ play. As the congregation wept hankies and sniffed, And our kipper box was on its way. The shutters were open, we all heard the flames, And suddenly Grandad gave a yell, And a coffin with legs and its ###### end on fire Ran out on t’conveyor belt! O’er the pews and out through the window, The burning kipper box ran, And we all cheered the crate as it swam through the lake Chased by me Dad and me Mam. ‘A blessed miracle,’ said me Gran, But the Man from the Pru went quite white; ‘Ruined,’ he roared, he would have said more But he slipped in the road on some more of that stuff I’ve been telling you about. ‘I’ve just done that, ‘said the policeman, So the insurance man rubbed his nose in it.
  7. Exactly. It doesn't matter what people's personal view of Churchill is, the fact is that the vast majority of people only know him as the man who steered us through WW2 and the fact he was voted the greatest ever Briton shows that. In cases like this facts aren't important, perception is everything. There are already perceptions of the Labour leadership being "anti-British" and this just adds fuel to the fire.
  8. How do we get the public onside ? I know, let’s insult the person who was voted the greatest ever Briton by the public, that should do it.
  9. Derwent

    Job hunting

    Erm, you do realise that if you only scored better than 10% of people who have taken the test then 90% of people (or 89.something %) scored better than you ?
  10. But you know that the EU funding calculation doesn't work like that, the sum won't be split equally it'll be expected that Germany and France shoulder the biggest burden. While I agree that in the grand scheme of things the monetary cost might be insignificant, there is also the political cost to take into account. In the event of a No Deal Brexit then the manufacturing industry in Germany (for example) will take a hit and continue its downward trend. There is no doubt their economy will suffer too and workers will bear the brunt of that through lay offs and wage stagnation. It'd be a dangerous political move to agree to underwrite the EU's losses in the face of an economic crisis at home. Given recent events I'm not sure the French people would react very positively to it.
  11. Of the total housing benefit paid out in the UK, 67% is paid to social housing tenants. Housing benefit is not based on whether you are renting privately or through a housing association or local authority.
  12. Article 116 gives them power to override the uninamity rule where the issue is creating a distortion between member states. If the commission deem an issue to be a distortion then theoretically they can impose a solution that isn’t subject to veto. I accept they’ve rarely, if ever, used it but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
  13. Veto may not count for much at some future date if the move towards QMV for all Council matters is ultimately successful. There are already suggestions from the commission that uninamity on tax rates should move to QMV as a starter.
  14. Derwent

    John Donovan

    RIP John, was my boss in the late 80s / early 90s at Sellafield. Rallying was his biggest passion, with Town a close second.
  15. Derwent

    2019 signings

    I get it and I also think he is as well....