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  1. SSoutherner

    The Culture Wars

    Had one of those as well - imagine a boy with less aggressiveness, more sulkiness and a 28 day countdown to each major explosion
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    The Culture Wars

    What you think a 16 yo girl might be moody as standard ?😖
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    The Culture Wars

    Strangely i sort of have this happening in my house at present We are white and live in a fairly affluent area but my daughters school is 50/50 our area and the 2 up 2 down terrace houses with a large immigrant population next door. She is trying to work out where she fits in - she is a 6'2" rugby playing 16 year old girl doing 3 sciences and maths for ALevel with a desire to go into medicine - she is forever being accused of being "a dyke" as she thinks the boys around her are immature and the asian ones frankly obscene&immature&abusive. She is torn between being more "girly" to fit in or just going with her natural personality which is quite masculine really as she does not do girly clique politics, desiring an iphoneX or subtlety and when she puts her high heeled boots on she hits door frames so she regularly wears army boots. Luckily she seems to now be coming to terms with the fact that she can just be her but for a couple of years she has been very moody with it all
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    Our new position in the EU

    Would that be the Henry VIII powers that they specifically said would not be used for things like that and would only be used to save wasting parliamentary time with minutai of legislation rather than the big things ?
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    Our new position in the EU

    I would like to point out that just before Thatcher's NeoLiberalism we had a few years of pretty hard right actions or at least a lot of very angry mobs. I have a friend (now living in Leeds) who was at some of the big fracas as a member of the Anti nazi league when they had pitched battles with the NF and the stories he tells make the official records look very tame. You can't just start with NeoLiberalism you have to recognise that it was in itself a reaction to what had come just before. The danger of reigning back on it too far is we go back to that open hostility of the mid to late 70's
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    Golden Point ?

    NFL the game that has spent the most time and effort trying to have scores and winners & losers has had a couple of draws this season and it doesn't seem to have driven the crowds away
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    Electric cars

    But i have a 1.9Tdi Octavia Estate which always gets over 55mpg on motorways and on a long A Road run i used to do (90mile each way of fast A Road) it would always get over 60mpg and once 64.7 (got stuck behind a lorry for about 20 miles). When I put £55 in it last Saturday it told me I had 620 miles of range. That is a 12/3 year old car that cost £12500 (+ a clapped out Punto) when it was an ex demo in late 2005. I can't see an EV making financial sense to me in their current guises I think plug in hybrids as currently designed are the worst of both worlds and actually only exist due to the tax breaks. In an idea world I would suggest that the best solution would be a car with electrically driven wheels, a battery pack and a small engine that clicks in when needed only and runs at a constant rpm (tuned to that rpm) and is a generator to recharge the batteries only. That would both reduce the mechanical complexity of the entire vehicle, allow the engine to be very finely tuned for max efficiency (there is a trade off between flexibility of revs and economy) Looking forward if they also specced/legislated that powerpack to be a standard size and have a standard interface it would be possible without a major chassis redesign to swap a new powerpack into a vehicle if a better one came along (such as a hydrogen fuel cell). There would be no need to have chassis and engine from the same manufacturer even.
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    Our new position in the EU

    However I think a first step they would easily get support for would be a charge for a Dr's appointment like you have at the dentist - sold a a disuader to people missing appts or going for spurious reasons to "reduce pressure on hard pressed GP's surgeries", that would then be extended over the next couple of years into fixed payments for certain treatments
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    Our new position in the EU

    I agree, it is totally prudent that if you shut down for a month every year and bringing it fwd a couple of months means you negate the effect on your supply chains of any Brexit dislocation that you do it. Oxfordshire school terms end Apr 5th so I guess a lot of BMW workers will take their summer holidays over Easter instead (if the planes are flying)
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    Our new position in the EU

    I had a really sad conversation with someone last night - not seen them for a while and they asked how things were, I said not great as business being hampered by Brexit uncertainty the conversation then went "Well it would be with all you remoaners - moaning" "Well what do you think we could do to get a better outcome" "Well that Mayhem is totally mucking it up" "Well what one thing would you have her do better" "Maggie would have told them what to do" "yes but she is not around what do you think we should do now to make it better and what do you expect to get out of Brexit" "We can stop paying billions to those corrupt MEP's but we won't because Mayhem is a remianer so she will keep paying to them anyway - it is all the fault of you remoaners. I was tricked into voting for the EU in the 70's and there is no way I am going to not help us escape now" "But what about if we are worse off" "We will be because of Mayhem and it is all you remoaners fault, we should just have got out the day after the vote, we would be ahead of them all by now and people could see how much better of we are out, instead we are going to be in the worst of both worlds and it is all you lots fault" With that he downed his pint and stormed off - this guy recently retired after many many years in facilities type roles in the NHS ending up in patient transport and seems to be living a bit of the high life on a very good pension
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    Are we in a recession?

    The thing about Waitrose and M&S food is that their core customers are snobs and won't by things hitting date - therefore their end of day knock downs are better. Morrisons will knock off 25% when M&S knock of 90% - Just yesterday I got an 2 ham on the bone "ends" 1 was 740g and the other 800g (1 honey roast , 1 marmalade can't remember which was which) bother were at 10p per 100g, at that price they would have been cheaper than dog food for the dog, as it is they where sandwiches for lunch for 5 and part of the evening meal for us all and not even 1/4 gone so far - will likely be a carbonara or similar tomorrow. Got bread, sausage rolls and similar at the same kind of discount. I do the same as CKN with JL, their 2 year standard warranties can make a huge difference - wife and I bought panasonic laptops at a similar time, she got hers at PCWorld and I got mine 3 weeks later at JL, mine was a slightly lower spec model but near identical, 13 months later both died of overheating within a week of each other - she got nothing I got a brand new machine
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    Our new position in the EU

    As a bi product of something else I was looking up i found these news stories from jan/Feb 1973 which should give people an idea of how just in time the car industry has always been and how any disruption to transport can affect it - they are in order from Jan 31st to Feb 3rd then a jump to Feb 10 then Mar 1st https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/news/archive/1973-01/lorry-drivers-dispute-halts-car-factories/ https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/news/archive/1973-02/british-leyland-faces-shutdown-on-brs-dispute/ https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/news/archive/1973-02/brs-strike-disrupts-two-more-leyland-factories/ https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/news/archive/1973-02/blmc-output-losses-near-8m-as-more-strikes-hit-car-plants/ https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/news/archive/1973-02/leyland-threatened-with-lay-off-pay-clash-as-brs-dispute-makes-2000-more-idle/ https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/news/archive/1973-03/blmc-strike-ends/ A 1 month strike by 1000 lorry drivers caused led to 15k BL workers being laid off (on reduced wages) , well over 50k less cars being produced with showroom value of £54m in 1973 figures All that was over a £2.50 a week bonus for driving heave vehicles that the drivers felt they were owed - that was our country pre EU/EEC
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    Our new position in the EU

    If it wasn't this forum it was another - but i definately posted it somewhere However if you listen to Raab carefully he did not say we wouldn't pay it - he said we would only pay what we legally have to and maybe over a different payment schedule - I would suspect that means we would pay for all our true liabilities but not for ongoing market access - so likely still £25bn or so and that wouldn't cause a problem for Moody's
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    Our new position in the EU

    Another difference from last time is that back in the 1990's housing crash housing benefit would pay your mortgage if you ended up jobless they then changed the rules and it will now only cover the interest on your mortgage. Whilst i think a 33% adjustment downwards in house prices would be a good thing on a macro scale it would be devastation for many individuals and also cause chaos in the jobs market as if you are in negative equity you can't move (or not very easily) and thus labour mobility would drop at the exact time we need a more agile workforce
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    Our new position in the EU

    The most relevant line of that is "Both commercial and private UK pilot licences would remain valid for use on UK-registered aircraft" It has already been started that for various other reasons operators wanting to keep their routes in and out of the EU will have to be registered in the EU, this means their aircraft will not be "UK-registered aircraft" they will be Eu registered aircraft and hence the UK pilots UK licences will not be valid. For example easyJet has opened an office in Vienna and will be Austrian registered instead of Luton/UK. (p.s. I think this means they will also be paying their taxes to Austria not us as well)